My guest today is fellow blogger and author N. R. Williams, author of the recently released THE TREASURES OF CARMELIDRIUM.
N. R. Williams lives in Colorado, U.S.A. with her husband. She is delighted to have two three year old grandchildren, cousins. She’s a long time member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and has been privileged to attend conferences and workshops. Since her formative years, she’s been inventing fantastical stories and since she could spell she’s been writing them down. While she majored in art in college, she didn’t make a living at it. Now, she uses her skills of observation to create fantastical worlds, interesting characters and stories that touch the heart.
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Thank you, Marian, for being one of the host stops on my blog book tour for “The Treasures of Carmelidrium.” I appreciate your time and effort.
This post is all about World Building, a must for Fantasy and Science Fiction writers and even some other genres in which writers create unusual worlds.
There was a time when authors crafted paragraph after paragraph to describe their special world. To build a unique world, you have to consider everything. Is the sky blue and is the earth brown? Is the grass green? Do trees grow upside down? Is the air oxygen or some other gas that would kill humans but allow the other creatures that inhabit that world to be bigger, or smaller?
Once you set up the special aspects of your world, you need to establish the rules of that world. Just like gravity in real life, it is a rule that none of us can avoid. We must adapt to gravity, something we do without thought. But what if an alien came to earth? How would gravity affect them? Perhaps your special world includes super heroes and super villains in our everyday world. Can they fly? Can they transform into water? Do they catch on fire? These are the questions every author must ask about the world they are building.
Once you have created your world, then you need to decide how to introduce that world to your reader. I have read some fantasy books that take pages to establish the flowers of a world, the forest, the colors, the mountains that float over the oceans etc. Today, we don’t have the luxury as writers to get lost in such description. If you think about it, does any of that really matter if the characters are not involved? Are they trying to reach the mountains through a portal? Is there a poisonous flower that will kill them or make them lose their memory? Is the forest inhabited with monsters?
In “The Treasures of Carmelidrium,” the world is fairly normal compared with earth. It is earth, an alternate one. However, they have interesting plants that do both good and evil. Monsters that are a true threat to my heroine, Missie. Giant Eagles that scare you and may just whisk you away. But more importantly for Missie, it is a world that is medieval and yet touched by modern conveniences. A world where her music is magical.
Thanks for dropping by, everyone. Please leave a comment. I’ll be back all day to answer them. N. R. Williams (Nancy)
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When a hooded man steps in front of her car, Missie is thrust through a portal into a medieval world where she encounters monsters and mythical creatures. Here, her flute has magical powers to heal and destroy and to empower “The Treasures of Carmelidrium.” She is romanced by a prince and hunted by the villain. Will she find her way home? Does she want to?
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Thanks, Nancy, and have fun on the rest of the book tour. 🙂
WRITING PROMPT: Invent a world which is exactly like the world you live in with one difference. Is it an important difference or a minor one? Is it immediately apparent, or do you only realize it after a while? Do you like it, or not? In mine, the Colts made the playoffs.