Tag Archives: worldbuilding

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!

YA Adventure Special 12: The Action Climax

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Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.

Questions 163: Time-Efficient Research

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Ed asks:
“How did you learn the stuff for the flying suits in Hadrian’s Flight? How to I research without losing writing time?”

YA Adventure Special 10: Hadrian’s Flight, Pinch Point

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We continue our journey through Hadrian’s Flight. Now we’re at the pinch point in the novel, where our main character goes from being reactive to proactive, and as a result the world changes around him.