World Building Tips

Great tips for building your story-world, no matter what genre your writing in!

Writing and Illustrating

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This perfect January illustration was sent in by Joanne Friar, who was featured on Illustrator Saturday – March 10, 2012. I love how she has built a winter world around her three characters.http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/illustrator-saturday-joanne-friar/ She is represented by Christina Tugeau.

Your job as a writer is to build a world around your characters to make readers forget they’re reading a book, to convince them that they’re inside a true experience, and that they are witness to a world that exists beyond the page. We tend to think more about world building when writing and fantasy or sci-fi, but this is true for every book. You can’t make your story about life in the 70’s, being lost in the woods, or your novel about protagonist getting hooked on drugs, if your don’t bring that world to life for the reader. The writer who immerses their audience into the world your story lives in…

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