Tag Archives: worldbuilding

Questions 323: The Ever Expanding Series

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Simon asks: “I’d like to tell new stories in the same universe that I’ve just completed a five book series. Should I expand the first series or write a new, related series?”

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Resources Mentioned:
The Xanth Novels series by Piers Anthony
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Harry Bosch series by Micheal Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E Howard
John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Hadrian’s Flight
Suave Rob
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

 

Questions 314: Cross-references and Fan Service

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Herb asks:
“Is it okay to mention characters from one series in another series? What are the pitfalls?”

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Resources mentioned:
The Stephen King Internal Connections map

Questions 313: Forgettable First Novels and Series Strategies

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Herb asks:
“Should I put off writing a series until I have a few novels under my belt?”

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Resources mentioned:
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1) by Piers Anthony
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Questions 307: Connected Short Stories

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Herb  asks:
“How viable is it to write many short stories in a common setting, with the goal of publish them as a collection?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Black Mirror (tv series)
The Lombard Alchemist Tales:
At The Edge of Nowhere
Chicken Noodle Gravity
Sunday Morning Giraffe
The Empty House
Funeral Hats
Pick a Card
The Serpent and The Satchel

Questions 297: Man vs. World

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B. asks:
“How do you maintain drama without an individual antagonist?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Candide by Voltaire
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
1984 by George Orwell
Brazil, a film by Terry Gilliam
Franz Kafka
The Odyssey by Homer
War Games, the 1982 film
2001: A Space Odyssey

 

 

 

Questions 288: Is There A Market For it?

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Charles asks:
“I want to write a sprawling world with many different stories in it. Is there a market for this?

Resources:
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 282: Balancing Worldbuilding, Plot, and Characterization

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JR asks:
“What advice do you have for balancing worldbuilding, plot, and characterization?”

Resources mentioned:
The Complete Shakespeare
Yentl
Schindler’s List

YA Adventure Special 13: Wrapping It Up

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Today, I talk about the Character Climax in Hadrian’s Flight, the denouement, and the experience of finishing up my first ever successful attempt to write a Heinlein Juvenile. Interesting revelations about the nature of creativity and young adult literature ensue.

This marks the final episode in this series of specials–do send in any questions it spawned for you!

And be sure to check out Hadrian’s Flight for yourself!