Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-Up. I don’t have much time so this will be short so let’s dive right in.

Starting with Writing, I hit my four days of writing goal. Unfortunately, I didn’t hit five. I could have, but I got distracted Friday on something I am I need to figure out eventually. Time. Yes, how time will work in futuristic sci-fantasy Forbidden Realm Trilogy. Mostly dating purposes. I got wrapped up in trying to figure this out that I didn’t write. Oh well. I think I figured it out. I came across something called UNIX Time. It a time stamp based on how many seconds have passed since January 1st, 1970. I will use this with some tweaks, but the date will be at an important time in my world.

As for writing, it was not easy this week. I didn’t get started until Wednesday and I wrote small chunks of two hundred, five hundred words. Thankfully, Sunday I got 1200 words written. Why was that? I wasn’t feeling good this past week. Also, the scene was another hard scene to write. It was important to the plot but just not easy. Thankfully, I got through that scene and onto what should be easier scenes to write.

Last week I talked about how this section ends with no real conflict, but the conflict happens at the start of the next section for Taryn. Well, I going to add it to this section so I can see how I feel. With only two scenes left, I may leave it alone and depend on how I feel the last scene as it now goes.

Breaking News, I feel like I don’t know all my characters like I should. I don’t know all of this goals or wants. Developing Long Live has really taught me more about characters. I have a stronger grasp on those characters then I do of these characters. Well, not Taryn and Emily. I know them well. It is all the other cast I don’t know anything about, really. My immediate thought is to stop and fix this. However, I am not going to do that. I am going to finish this book and write book 2 and 3. Why?

Well, I need material to write while I develop my multiverse. Second, several key characters don’t show up in the original take on this story, which I still plan to tell. I need to develop them. Since I want to try new ways of writing, I am going to use Brandon Sanderson way. He discovery writes his characters. Yep. While he outlines his story and arcs for his characters he discovers the characters in the first draft. He will try different things in the first few chapters. He is willing to go back and fix things in the early chapters once he grasps the characters. That’s what I am going to do.

Also, I don’t plan on releasing this trilogy anytime soon. More on that in the development.

As for Development this week, I didn’t hit my three days of developing. I got only two days in. Long Live got two days, but really that first day I only posted character arcs for part one into my Scrivener file. Sunday, I got some developing done on both Long Live and my Superhero Epic. Let’s start with Long Live.

Originally I thought this book was going to have three sections made up of three parts each. I know, I was following the three act structure, which I hate. Why? I hate structure. I do well in it, but I hate it. Also, I have read books that you can clearly see they used that structure. I could predict when something was going to happen. Not what would happen, but roughly how many pages. I don’t like it.

Thankfully, that’s not going to work. I broke down section two and got several more sections to cover the events that happen. Now, I can’t say for sure that will be when I am done with the outline and scene list. It is just how it is now. I still mapping things out. Back to what I was getting to. Seeing this, I realize just how not fleshed out my ideas for my middle of this book were when the outline was written. Certain ideas will be wrapped up quicker then I sure I thought they would be, and others that need more brainstorming to make them be as strong as they can.

I got my two main characters four parts of section 2 done. Just like for section one, I will go through all the important characters for that section and map their arc. Something tells me I should map the arc of the characters for the whole book first, but I like doing it this way and then I can do the long version. I mean I already did this when I figured out all the characters motives. For now, I am going to do it by section.

Moving to my Superhero Epic, I started to work on the arcs. I got through two done. This one is hard as well because there is a lot that wasn’t thought out during the outlining of this story either. My thoughts on this are both of these outlines (for Long Live and City at Siege) were done around the same time. Or reworked around same time period. I knew a lot about story and plotting, but it was under the same mind frame was to get it done as fast as you can and not think through it. Now that I have been focusing on the writing part more over the last two years, I can see I need to spend more time thinking about this stuff when I develop future series.

I will because back then I wasn’t doing the scene list which forced me to fill in the gaps between bullets ahead of time. When I was doing a blow by blow bullet outlines it left for now freedom in the writing process, which I need. However, a summary of the scene allows for it. and forces me to think through events. If I did this back when I wrote the outlines for Long Live and City at Siege (Superhero Epic) I would see that I needed more. Maybe in a book format, the outline for City at Siege would have worked, but not for the Web Series.

Lastly, I mentioned above I have plans for publishing Forbidden Realm Trilogy have changed. Yep. In my head, I always thought it would be better if I was able to tell my original story first before releasing this trilogy. As of now, I am going to do that. I mentioned Forbidden Realm as a web series I could write while developing my multiverse. Well, that is what I am going to do. After my Superhero Epic ends.

Anyway, I am making progress on both. Of course, this post is long when I say it will be short. Oh well.

Goals for the week

Writing Goals

  • Write four days ($30 fine)
  • 2500 words

Writing Stretch Goals

  • Write five days ($30 reward)
  • 5000 words ($15 reward)

Development Goals

  • Spend three days developing
  • One day for each project with the third on both

Development Stretch Goals

  • Spend four days developing ($20 reward)
  • Two days for each project

Friday’s our Weekly Craft Post is posted. I will be posting the final two posts in our Worldbuilding series. Why? I don’t want to go into June with only one post. Also, it has been over a year. It’s time to be done with this series and move onto something else. I can’t say exactly when the first post will be up, but both will be up before May ends. I am hoping this week, and maybe I will just post both on Saturday. It all depends on how the week goes.

Welcome to this week’s Craft Post in the last sub-series in a year long Worldbuilding series. You can find all the posts in this series under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. All posts in our Other sub-series can be found here. Today’s post is on Architecture.

What do the buildings of your world look like? I know what an odd question to start with? There is so much more to Architecture than appearance. Yes, but no. When most people think of Architecture is the design of the building. Now, how many beams are going to be used or the angles to accomplish a specific aspect of the building. It is the look of it. If you’re a business having a building built you want something that meets your standards. Also, doesn’t cost a fortune.

Let’s focus on the most important thing about Architecture. Your designs don’t have to be practical or even possible. WHAT! Yes. It is your world, if you want a building that perfectly straight and splits half way up and wraps around into a circle with no support wires or beams to reinforce it, you can do that. It may not be very believable, but it is your world and can do whatever you want. We the reader have to believe it is possible within your laws of physics to do this. So design things how you want them.

Now let’s talk about cost. When making something it is going to cost something. Money to buy materials, the labor of workers, purchasing of land. How are is the building going to be paid for? If you are an evil ruler then labor costs and purchasing land won’t matter, you can just take the land and use slaves. Now your costs are only in materials. Again you can take these or just use materials the evil king already has, which is the cost instead of money.

Wonder why materials, workers pay, matter? If you describe a building made out of gold, or ivory you know it cost a lot to make. However, if every building around is made out of wood and another is made out of mud, you know it didn’t cost as much. What buildings, monuments, etc are made out of and how they are designed adds to your world. How designs are different from race to race is also adds to your world. How tall these structures can get and how wide make a different. Is magic used in some building and not others?

How are buildings differ from rural to urban areas? Does level of skill change on where you go in your world? How is everything affected when rich and poor are taken into consideration? The technology of the people?

There is so much that can be taken into consideration. Especially if you have a theme of old ways are better the new ways. What better way to push that theme by having buildings build under the older slower way lasting long. Unlike building built with newer and faster ways with new technology. We covered a lot of topics that you need to consider when looking at architecture. Again, don’t just steal designs from us.

That’s all I got. Short post today because I don’t have a lot of time. Think about architecture and everything you need to think about and see how some of our other topics work into this.

Be sure to check back on Monday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up.

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. It was an interesting week, for me and I met one of my goals for last week. Let’s dive right in.

Let’s start with Development first for a change. This was the goal I meet last week. I wanted to have at least two days of Development for Long Live and my Superhero Epic web series. I got two days, but only my superhero epic was worked on this week. I was able to get through part 3 of the outline I had and collect the bullets that I want to keep and not keep. I kept pretty much every bullet, the ones I didn’t, were merged into others. I even wrote down ideas for flashbacks to help flesh out important the main protagonist turned antagonist turned protagonist. There are many relationships with a few girls who are important to what is going on.

I do want to talk about his origins in this story without being locked into the restricting nature of stories that origins stories have. By the time we meet Cade (that’s his superhero name) he has gone through a lot. I feel it is important that we see how Cade is influenced leading to the events of this story. I am not sure if it will be several flashbacks told throughout the whole story or if I will use it as an arch of the overall story.

If you want to know what I am talking about. Well, you can check out Worm (The link takes you to the table of contents) a web serial. This where I got the idea to do this as a web series. You can see that the story is broken up into arcs. I will be doing something similar. I can’t say it will be 30 arcs and an epilogue. The story will be as long as I feel it needs. Before I go any further, I do plan on having this be the start of my own superhero universe. How many stories will take place in it, I don’t know. I have at least three other stories in mind, plus ideas for a few others. Time will tell.

My next step for this story is now to start breaking up the story into arcs. I know the first part needs more than it is to make the events be what I want. Once I have my arc’s done, it will be developing a scene list for the first two arc’s maybe even the first three.

Moving on to Writing, I wrote four days in a row. But one of those days doesn’t count. What!? I wrote Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Sunday doesn’t count as that was part of the week before. So I didn’t meet my goal of writing four days. I will say it was very fun and easier to write as the week went on. Wednesday was probably the easiest to write. However, I hit another stumbling spot that caused me to stop. I could have continued writing Thursday, as what has me thinking is not my next scene. It’s how I end the section I am in. There is no real conflict. I reveal two people who Taryn is trying to find out and that they leave. She doesn’t get to confront them or even try to stop them.

That comes in Taryn’s next section. So, I am working through if I should move the first few scenes of that section to my current section. I believe it is section three. That way the section will end with some action in a section that is very emotional. I am leaning towards it, but haven fully decided. I will truly make that decision when I get to the last current scene of section three (or whatever number section I am actually on).

I have to say I am feeling a little guilty. This past week I started learning Swift 3. If you don’t know what that is, it is the programming language used in all MacOS and iOS apps. I found the course on Udemy for $10. I have been looking for a class that is actually current not out of date by the time I get the class. Anyway, the instructor says to learn it you need to code every day. So I have, yet I should be writing every day, but I am not. So I feel guilty.

That leads me to this week’s goals.

Weekly Goals:

Writing

  • Write four days this week ($30 fine if not achieved)
    • Write five days this week ($30 spending reward)

Development

  • Develop three days this week
    • Two of those days are on Long Live

There you have it. You have my goals for the week. Once I have my arc’s done for Warlord of New York City, I am going be posting a writing schedule. I have decided while writing this post, that I am going to be writing the next two books of the Veil Trilogy and all three books of Forbidden Realm. They won’t be back to back. Long Live will be placed in there somewhere, as will other arcs for Warlord of New York City. That is something you can look forward to.

That’s all for this week. Check back on Saturday, for the next post in our last sub-series in our year long Worldbuilding series.

Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. We are in our final sub-series that is a part of our year long Worldbuilding series. The title of this sub-series Other. That’s right we are in the few topics I want to talk about that didn’t have a sub-series to put it in or it hit many sub-series. On Wednesday we talked about Communication and Transportation. Today we are talking about Science and Medicine.

“Wait, you’re telling me that you couldn’t find a sub-series to put Science in?”

Actually, I could, if actually fits into multiple sub-series. So I decided to put it under other.

What level of science is your world at? Is it at the wheel? Or is it at where we will be in two thousand years? If you remember from Communication and Transportation post, I don’t like it when fantasy follows the path of human on earth. If you have humans in your world that is fine, but it doesn’t mean they have to follow our path. Meaning, you can have certain areas of science be more advanced than others. Example. Maybe they don’t understand what it would take to build a rocket and launch something into space. However, they have a high understanding of how their bodies work and the medicine to heal and fix them. Maybe it is even to the point where they can speed up the natural regeneration process to minutes instead of days.

“Whoa! How could any race of people have the technology to speed up the healing process to minutes, but not know how to build a rocket?”

I never actually used or said the world technology. I said to understand and from understanding developed a medicine that did this. It is very possible the future when we are traveling the stars, that we will come across a very advanced race where the are able to heal but are still fighting with swords and shields (or whatever type of weapons that are simple in nature).

Knowing where the people of your world understanding of science is crucial for many areas of your world. How can you have a transport through the planet that takes only 38 minutes to go from one side of the planet to the other, when they don’t understand gravity? Better yet, what if your people’s level of science is so far advanced they can’t figure out how ancient sites were built? I am looking at you Stonehedge.

Have the people of your world got around to where they understand the science of magic? Yes, I know you want your magic to not be science based. (You as the author should know the rules of it.) Under the system you want, the answer would be no! Your people don’t understand the magic that well.

Want a building that seems to float in the air, but your people have an understanding of physics that we had about a hundred and fifty years ago. Guess what can’t happen. The Architecture possible will be limited. Fun fact, next week’s post will be on Architecture.

Depending on the understanding of science and the many different subjects will determine what is possible from roads, bridges, towers, food production, navigation, telling of time, etc.

Moving on to Medicine now.

I mentioned the medicine above that can speed up healing from days to minutes. How much would medication in our world cost that could do that? A lot, if it got released ever. Big Pharma doesn’t like cures, they like medicines that help mask or make the problem go away temporarily. Is it the same way in your world? Are there medicines that some people see as too risky or they just don’t want around due to it being a profit it killer?

How is health care looked at in your world? Is it seen as a right? Or only to those who can pay for it? Maybe one of your races on your planet sees good health as for all so they can help the tribe or nation out. At the same time, that race sees frail and old as a liability so when you hit a certain age you are no longer able to contribute to the tribe so you are given the option to take your own life or they take it for you.

Is birth control seen as a positive or a negative? Is it even allowed? Same goes with abortion? If a male and female have relations and the female is now with child (assuming the women care the child) but the male or female doesn’t want to have a child does the one who doesn’t bare the child have a say if the pregnancy is terminated? How are children with mental illness looked at? Can same-sex pairs have children or are both genders needed?

Is death seen as the hand of god and if god wants them dead they die or can a medical team, work on the person and save their life? Is there a taboo to touching a dead body or is it okay?

What kind of illnesses are there that can kill someone in hours to years? Are there diseases that cross between races?

There is so much on medicine and science that I could make this post super long. I am going to cut here because I want you to just see only a small portion. If you want to see how much more there is pick a simple topic like childbirth. Now answer every question you can think about on that topic just off the top of your head for one of the races on of your world.

Once you have done that, go through your answers and find what new questions arise from your answers. Do this until you have every possible question you can see how childbirth is done for one race. If you want to find more questions, give your answers to someone and see what questions they have. Once you’ve answered your friend’s questions that’s just one area. Do that for everything I covered.

That’s all for today. Check back when we will talk about Architecture. Surprise! Be sure to check back on Monday for my Weely Writing Wrap-up.

Welcome to the start of our final sub-series in our year long Worldbuilding series. The title of this sub-series could be called nothing but Other. Yep, there are a few topics I want to talk about that I just couldn’t find a place for. Some could easily be placed in their own sub-series, but after a year of this, I am ready to move onto other topics. So they get one post. Now you may be asking why is there a post on Wednesday? Good question. It simple. I feel like I owe you all more since for the last few weeks I haven’t been posting on time. So you get two posts this week.

Now you may be asking why is there a post on Wednesday? Good question. It simple. I feel like I owe you all more since for the last few weeks I haven’t been posting on time. So you get two posts this week. The other reason is I want to finish the Worldbuilding Series as a whole by the end of this month. So two birds. Let’s dive into today’s post.

There are two topics so we are going to split them up. We will talk about Communication first and the move onto Transportation.

How is communication usually done in fantasy stories? It is either by a messenger who delivers it by horse or other for of transportation. However, long distance communication is usually sent by messenger pigeon or raven. There’s nothing wrong with this, but these things have become tropes of fantasy. Why? Well because like a lot of things in fantasy (mostly stories taking place in a medieval setting) we use things from our own history. Why? Because we are familiar with it. Also, we know it works. No author wants to come up with a way of doing something and have their readers say “Nope, that wouldn’t work.”

Side note, if that happens it is not because the premises of the idea didn’t work, it was the overall execution throughout the story. Other things in the story aren’t done well enough to make use believe it can work.

Continuing. While there is nothing wrong with using things from our world that work, it just not as unique. I am tired of having so many fantasy worlds feel the same because they all have the share things from our world. The idea is this isn’t our world. Maybe humans exist there, but they aren’t humans from earth. They should have different kinds of plants animals. If you are going to go with a less technically advanced people, come up with ideas for they would communicate over various distances. Maybe you have bird post, but only commoners use it because they can’t afford the really cool and instant communication that the rich have access to.

If you want to use something from our world, put a twist on it. How about the telegraph, but instead of sending electrical signals maybe it sends pulses through the magic ley lines. It doesn’t just go to a specific place, but everywhere. Maybe that is why a code is needed so only the person the message is intended for can get it and read it. Speaking of magic, why can’t it be used to communicate with people far away? Have magic mirrors or portals that allow you to actually see each other. How about

How about a telepathic race? Instead of writing anything, you visit the local Telepathy shop or if you are wealthy enough have your own personal telepath, and by contact with them, you can communicate with another person. Either through another telepathy or directly to the person.

This isn’t limited to fantasy. If you are going to have a science fiction world where all or a portion of the galaxy is colonized, you need to know how they will communicate. My problem with science fiction right now is that they are relying too much on current science. So communication to another star system takes years. Some might say that’s because it is accurate. Yes, and it works if you want a storyworld where every star system is there own separate place and communicate long term. What if you want a world where you can talk to someone on the other side of the galaxy?

“Sorry, you can’t do that, because based on our current science that is impossible.” Wrong. You have to come up with that works for your story world. If you want people to know how it works, make it believable. Or come up with a new discovery that allows for it to happen. This is why I love Stargate. Sub-Space Communication is how they talk to each other so far away. When you get really far, such as different galaxies, you have communication stones that switch consciousness with someone else. You are in someone else’s body.

Let’s move onto Transportation.

“You’re just going to ask the same questions but about transportation.” Probably. However there is a difference between talking to someone far away and actually going there. Let’s look at all the different ways there are to travel on earth. You can walk, ride a bike, use an animal like a horse, you have cars, trains, ships on rivers and oceans. Planes for crossing around the world in hours instead of days or weeks. There are submarines for going below the ocean and shuttles that go into space.

There are a variety of types within those ways to travel, such as sled dogs for animals. You have motorcycles, dirtbikes for as motor vehicles though I just said cars. Depending on the time period your story world is in, will determine your ways to travel.

“Wait! You made a huge stink earlier about fantasy worlds being too similar because they used things from our own world and time periods. Now you’re saying travel has to be based one time period.”

I did just say that, but I said it because a lot of people seem to think that way. I would hope people would look at ways of travel and come up with their own even if they have their world set in a medieval type period. Why not have cars at that time? Instead of using gas, they use a different kind of fuel. If the world is closer to their sun, but not so close it is a desert planet, maybe they have a form or solar power. They have carriages that move on their own that use crystals that are full of sunlight.

We will never truly get away from having worlds that are similar to our own completely, but we can take things from our world and place them into our storyworlds but make them fit. I am a huge proponent of stealing other people’s ideas.

“What!”

You heard me. Am I saying steal someone’s novel they wrote and publish it as your own? No. However, you will find ideas that you really like from your friends, other writers and take them and use them. However, those ideas don’t work if you just drop them into your storyworld as they are. You have to make changes to them so it fits. That goes with anything. If you want flying cars in your colonial time period type world, you can do it. Just give a reason why, and make it believable. Maybe that world has a stronger magnetic field or something that allows them to have those kinds of vehicles.

Going back to magic, why can’t you just open portals and be there instantly. How about jump sites. This way you can get to civilized areas fast like other major cities, but if you want to get to the mountains, you have to jump to the closest site and then travel by foot or animal. If you’re using magic, you can have flying carpets. If you don’t want instantaneous travel, magic allows you to move faster or slows time down so you can get to places far away, quicker.

Time to look at science fiction. Unlike with communication, if you want to use science it isn’t that bad for travel. Why? Well, many scientists have many different theories on how such galactic travel may be possible without breaking the speed of light. There this is my approach and screw the cosmic speed limit and just do whatever you want. Ever heard of Hyperspace, Faster than Light Travel, Wormholes, hell why not just use portals.

When it comes to doing anything in writing, if you make it seem possible within your storyworld, then readers will buy into it. Not all, but most. Its when you don’t make it seem possible that everyone rejects it. If you have this great idea on how people can travel across the universe, but don’t think anyone will believe it is possible, and keep thinking that. Well, when you write it, you will write it in a way that tells the reader you don’t think anyone is buying it or you don’t believe it. Guess what happens, they won’t either.

My closing remarks are, to limit yourself to ways we travel or communicated during specific time periods. Do what you want and just sell it. Also, there is nothing wrong with using things we use, but put your own twist on it.

That’s all I got. Check back on Saturday for the next post in our Other sub-series. The topic Science and Medicine.

 

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. Spring is here and with it finally, comes success. What do I mean by success? You may be thinking am about to announce I signed an agent or a book deal. That would be amazing, but since the only book I have remotely close to being publishable is Draft 2 of Seeing Through the Veil, I am going to say no. What I mean is, I am starting to find that groove or sweet spot of writing and developing. Let’s break this up into the two parts, starting with writing.

This week, I wrote 3 days. Yeah, baby! Three days.

I know that might not seem like much, especially since at the end of writing draft two of Seeing Through the Veil, I was writing seven days. However, writing more than one day a week on Pyre book one of Forbidden Realm Trilogy is a great thing. It would have been four, but I got distracted Friday and Saturday. However, I finished the week out yesterday writing a tough scene. More on that in a minute. I wrote over two thousand and one hundred and some odd words. Forgive me for not

Forgive me for not for not having the exact number, I am sorry, I being lazy. I really don’t feel like opening up my excel sheet to find out. Or Scrivener. I am not hitting the five thousand word count goal for the week, yet. I am slowly getting there, but part of the problem.

A Problem you say! Yes. Since I started the new section I have been writing heavily emotional scenes. I am still feeling out my characters, and this being the first draft, not sure of types of things the characters would be thinking. So, I am repeating a lot of the internal thoughts from other scenes. It’s not a bad thing, but at the same time nowhere am I giving new information on them. My next few scenes are going to start answering some of the questions. Sorta. Hopefully, that will help make it a little easier to write.

The other problem is I am not writing back to back days. Well, two of the three I did. Tuesday and Wednesday. If I recall, Wednesday was the easiest to write. Yesterday was damn hard. That’s why I really need to force myself to write back to back days. If I am only going to get three to four days of writing at this point. I would rather have them back to back to make it easier then spread throughout the week.

The last thing on the writing front, is I am thinking of changing up my sections format. Right now the first few sections are based on my two main POV characters. They are apart, so they have their own sections. However, later when they come together, I am not continuing the POV section. I constantly change between the two and other characters. I may try sprucing up the first few sections by changing the between the two by character or have each chapter. Not sure, I think that will be something I look into after I finish the draft.

Okay moving on to development side. I only got one day of development, unfortunately, but it was a big day. Let’s start with Long Live.

I have mapped out the first section and the three parts in the section for all important characters. I know their story arch for that part. I will say I feel like I gutted a lot of the story from the old outline, but really I know in the end it will be much better. I may try to use what I cut later in the book since I had two Thieves Games. Both different, but I may be able to merge them into one for part three.

I am excited because I have a clear look at everyone’s story broken up by characters. I can see where what characters story will make up the majority of the first section. This is good because the few times I have tried to write this story in the past, I have tried to make all characters part deeper and longer than they may have needed. This week, I will focus on section two and maybe section three. Time will tell.

Moving on to my Superhero Epic, I have transferred over my bullets from the old outline from notebook to computer. I can see all the important parts for the main character, secondary heroes secondary plot points, and the main antagonist. This, of course, is from part two outline. I still have part 3 and part 1 outlines to look at. I didn’t include part one when I broke it down, solely I knew the events in that would be a flashback. Either a scene or two or maybe its own arch later on. Part three is the follow up to the hero after the events and finally defeating the antagonist.

My next step beyond going through those outlines is to write out any new ideas. I have a lot of characters who won’t get their own POV scenes. I need to find other ways to flesh them out as well my main hero’s past. Once I have that, I will look start constructing my arch’s. Then scene lists for each arch. I am looking forward to it.

That’s all I got this week. My goals for this week is to try to write four days. I am not ready to put a penalty on not achieving this, but I think this will be my last week. Also, I want to hit two development days. I don’t care if one day is only Long Live and the other is my Superhero Epic. Just two days of development. I gotta wrap this up, so I can write and have some time to play NHL 17, which I haven’t played in two weeks.

Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. Sorry, it is coming a few days late. I said on Friday in my last post when I should have said Saturday. Yesterday, I got distracted. Damn you 13 Reason Why? For being so good. Today’s post is the last post in our Daily Life sub-series. I am sure I could find many more topics to cover here, but these were a few things I thought important. Maybe sometime after we wrap out Worldbuilding series I will come back and talk about some of them. For those who are new or returning after some time, you can find all the posts in our ongoing Worldbuilding series under the link in the toolbar. You can find all of our Daily Life sub-series posts here. Let’s dive into it.

Education. What form does it take in your world? Is job-related, where if you are going to be a blacksmith you are taught what you will need for that job? Is it more one on one with an instructor who determines what you learn? How about a teacher who knows all and teaches all the subjects similar to the Maesters in Game of Thrones? Do children leave home and go to a special building where a teacher teaches them, similar to how it is done in our world?

Those are just a few questions you need to ask yourself about how education is done in your world. Why? That’s simple, depending on how education is handled in your world will determine how educated your characters are. If only the rich are education beyond what is needed for their job, and your lead protagonist is a commoner, but spouts off facts about things not dealing with their job, will be seen as a huge contradiction. Unless the character purposely seeks out new information. That leads to a huge question, who get’s to be educated? Is it only boys? How about only girls? Maybe it is only the rich. How do adults feel about education? Do those who live in the city see it as a way for their children to move up in the world, where those in smaller villages see it as a waste when they could use their kid’s help on the farm or in their store or whatever they do?

Let’s go back to the structure of education. How long does the education last? Do children go from a young age all the way to adulthood? Does it stop after they get to an age where they can be working and help earn extra money for the family? Is it a law that children must be educated? How many hours in a day does school last? Eight hours? Five? It is year round or ten months with a few breaks in there and then two months off (or how many days in a year in your world)? Do the teachers grade the students or is it more of a keep doing it until they get it right? How are students treated when they act out? Are they beaten? Put in the corner for a time out with a Dunce cap?

If you look around at how different countries education systems are like, you will find so many different structures. Some have strict test base structures where others have gone away from tests altogether. There there is how teachers are viewed. In many countries, teachers are seen as important part of the education system. Then you have the U.S. where teachers are villainized for low test scores, told how to do their jobs by people who don’t know a damn thing about education. Ops, guess my own thoughts on that slipped out. Oh well. Are teachers seen as something anyone can do or someone special, who is seen as wise and people have great respect for?

The last point is how is education paid for? If you have a maester based system where they are cared for by the Lord they work for. Or does the country pay for it? How much money is given to education will depend on a lot of the questions I already asked you. If the rich are seen as important to education and the commoners not, then most of the money if not all will go to schools for the wealthy, where the commoner schools will get little to nothing. Let’s look at specific areas of cities. If education is of commoners is seen as important then do only good areas get money and the bad areas get less? Racism comes into play, as does sexism and any other kind of bias.

That’s all I got today, check back tomorrow for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up, and next week when we start our last sub-series other. There are few random areas I want to talk about before wrapping up this Worldbuilding Series. I do have a few ideas for where we will be going next, but I am still processing them.

Welcome to another Craft Post in our ever going Worldbuilding Series. You can find all the posts so far in the Worldbuilding link above in the toolbar. You can find all posts in our current sub-series Daily Life, here. This post is a make up for this past week and not posting on time at all. Let’s get started.

Manners and Etiquette, what the hell are they?

Let’s define them really quickly.

Manners Are polite behavior that reflects respect for others. Saying “Please” and Thank you” as well as waiting patiently and not interrupt others while they are talking.

Etiquette is a social code that is polite conduct that facilitates positive exchange. The code is for any given situation and helps create comfort and confidence for everyone. Think of a table setting. Part of etiquette is knowing which bread and butter plate are yours and what fork you use with what course. Also, understanding why these practices exist to make it more believable. A name tag is worn on the right side because it is easier for someone to read when you shake hands.

What are you the rules of your society? Is it not right for a woman to pull a chair out for themselves? How about the fork? Do you get offended if someone offers to shake hands with a certain hand? How about how you dress or the way you walk, talk?

Consider what people think of the code? Are some people love it and will have nothing to do with those who don’t follow it. Do only the rich follow it only because they fell they must, but actually hate it? Is the code a cultural thing or only certain people follow it?

When is comes to Manners, are they important to people in society or only a few people? Is there a word or a gesture said or used to ask politely or means thank you? Is it seen as a bad thing when someone who represents that they don’t have manners?

How do people react when someone is rude? Do they look on from afar and snare or actually get involved? How do these change from race to race? How about the difference within a race? Just because someone is an elf, doesn’t mean a wood elf will react the same when a plains elf. What about when you host a guest, is there something you should do when they arrive? Do you greet them or send your son or daughter to greet them. How about a servant or a soldier? What about food and drink? Is it first or after some time has passed.

Manners and Etiquette do cross over at times. There maybe manners part of the Etiquette code and by not following them you could purposely be rude to someone. How about a society where the code is not to be polite? Somewhere if you hold the door for a lady, you stand out. Where punching someone in the face for bumping you won’t.

That’s all I got. Check back on Friday for the last post in our Daily Life sub-series.

 

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. It is May first. You know what that means… Three more days until the fourth, or as we Star Wars geeks like to say May the Fourth Be With You. Okay, that last statement isn’t true at all. No, not the Star Wars geek part. Me being one. I enjoy them, but I am not someone who watches Star Wars every year or month or whenever and how often they do. What the first of May really means it is time for some Spring Cleaning. That’s right, I need to tidy up my workspace and take a fresh look at things.

Let’s get to the book of things, I got little Writing done this week. No, I didn’t hit three days like I planned. Got some news of the death of a family member, this week. So that cut into the week. Please no Sorry for your loss comments or anything like that. I am not very close with my family, but my Mom took it hard. So I had to help her out. I will just have to make it up this week.

Anyway, that brings me to my Spring Cleaning. Not only has my writing suffered since I finished Draft 2 of Seeing Through the Veil, but my development has suffered. This time last year I was working hard on developing Forbidden Realm Trilogy and the world it takes place in. However, now I am struggling to do barely any work on my development. Part of it is I have been distracted with another hobby I have. I need to light up on that some and it will give me some more time to work on development.

Part of the reason, I believe this is, is because I haven’t put any deadlines on completing development for my current projects. I knew I wanted to start writing book 1 of Forbidden Realm Trilogy in June. I talking about last year. The second draft of Seeing Through the Veil was taking longer than I wanted. Which affected how much time I put on developing Forbidden Realm near the end. Knowing this, I need to take that all into consideration.

So, part of my spring cleaning, I am going to start setting some dates for the Long Live and my Super Hero Epic (Web Series) that I am currently developing. While I don’t have dates, but by next week I will figure out those deadlines.

Speaking of developing, this week I got some progress on Long Live. I finally got motives for the last of my antagonists done. Which means I now have what I need to start developing the outline for the book. There is a struggle in my head to try to take everything in my old outlines and use it, but I know I can’t. There is a lot of stuff that happened that was to make the book longer and it wasn’t needed. I will have to review the outlines and take notes on what think was filler and what isn’t.

No development on my Super Hero Epic Web Series. I have to take the bullets I mapped out from the old outline and get them on the computer and start figuring out arcs. Also, I need to figure out how to flesh out a lot of character who appear but don’t really get a POV. It will be interesting I will tell you that.

Well, that’s all I got. My goals this week is to write more at least three days and get more than a day of development done on Long Live and the Web Series. I will be posting another Craft Post tomorrow. Hopefully, before I go to work. So check back tomorrow for a post on Manners. Be sure to come back on Friday for my normal Craft Post on the final post in our Penultimate sub-series in our year-long Series on Worldbuilding. The topic is… Education.

Welcome to last week’s Craft Post. Yep, I am late on this one. I’ll be posting a few to make up for it. For those who are new, we are in a year long Worldbuilding Series. You can find all the sub-series under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. You can find all the posts in our current Daily Life series here. Today’s post is Fashion.

What is the kind of dress is acceptable in your world? I am talking about the kind of dress that is okay in the culture of the nation. Then you have the kind of fashion that is frowned upon and seen as stylish. Is there even such a thing? Do the people of your world care about the style of dress. Every culture has their own styles and style. It could be a based on religion if the culture is more religious or something else. The Middle East have a strict dress for women while the tribal villages in Africa have a simple sheet style.

That brings use to Morality well at least the when it comes to dressing. Is it acceptable for women to have their breast exposed? How about men? Is it okay for their chest to be seen as long as we don’t see nipples? (Assuming the people have nipples). What about the gentiles? If you want to go odd, look at Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive where women cover their left hand. Beyond Morality, are there gender styles? Do just

Beyond Morality, are there gender styles? Is it acceptable for women to wear pants or men to wear skirts or dresses? How about young children? Teens?

Then you have fabrics. Do they have patterns in them, maybe a pattern that is unique to their people’s culture? How about colors, are certain colors okay for religious ceremonies, others for festivals, and then there are funerals. Same goes for the kind of dress for those events? Should a groom wear a suit and the bride wear a dress?

Do jobs have uniforms for everyone or just certain jobs like judges, sports teams, and military? We will be covering Education in a few posts, but do they have uniforms for public education or private?

Are there standard items required for dress such as jewelry? What about weapons? Are they part of the everyday dress or only part of specific jobs or dress codes?

I know this is a lot of questions, but when you think every culture has their unique styles designs. You need to think about this for every culture in your world. Also, how intermingling between cultures will affect each other. Take some time and think about each of your cultures.

That’s all I got now for today. Check back soon for another Craft Post on Manners. Monday there is my Weekly Writing Wrap-up.