From a Presentation I gave at the 2017 Cuenca International Writers Conference
I had the honor of presenting a one-hour session at the 2017 CIWC (here’s a link to the 2018 site). It was a terrific three days, filled with information and inspiration. You can tell how much fun it was by the expressive hand gestures of the speakers in the photos below. The 2018 conference will be even better: five days at the newly-renovated Museo de la Ciudad in Cuenca (shown left). Registration opens January 2, 2018 and is an incredible bargain at $199. Cuenca (and Ecuador, in general) has a vibrant English-language writing community with over 200 active writers in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. Cuenca:Writing our World and the Cuenca Writers Collective are two of the more active groups in our city.
We writers really get into describing our craft. So, I’ve put the slides I used for my Building Worlds presentation below. It’s followed by three writing samples that demonstrate how different authors (Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, and yours truly) deal with building an imaginative world and immersing the reader in it from the first few sentences. Have a look at the slides and then check out the samples. I hope you find it useful. In addition to my own experience, I drew upon Jaime Buckley’s Advanced World Building. There are a lot of books on the subject in Amazon now.
[Click on slide show then use down arrow for best presentation]
I hope you found that helpful. Different authors spend different amounts of time in creating their imaginary worlds. Some make extensive notes (books, even) and some do it mostly in their head. The best approach for you depends on how you like to work.
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Until next time – Paul