Writing Fantasy to Explore Worldview

Writing Fantasy to Explore Worldview

Something I’ve been exploring a lot lately in my Deseran worldbuilding is worldview. What cultures believe what? How do those beliefs differ from group to group and person to person? How do those beliefs clash with the beliefs of other cultures? I’ve found that I really enjoy exploring these different perspectives, and exploring how they do or don’t capture the real-world truth. So I wanted to write about some ways we can explore worldview effectively when writing fantasy, in hopes that some of you will also find it interesting or informative. This is something I’m still learning, so I don’t have it all figured out yet, but here are some of the things I’ve been able to identify from my own thought processes. Continue reading “Writing Fantasy to Explore Worldview”

Enneagram Authors: Type 3 – The Achiever

Enneagram Authors: Type 3 – The Achiever

About the 3

Description from The Enneagram Institute

Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.

  • Basic Fear: Of being worthless
  • Basic Desire: To feel valuable and worthwhile

For the 3, I got to interview my friend JHD! Continue reading “Enneagram Authors: Type 3 – The Achiever”

Enneagram Authors: Type 2 – The Helper

Enneagram Authors: Type 2 – The Helper

About the 2

Description from The Enneagram Institute

Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.

  • Basic Fear: Of being unwanted, unworthy of being loved
  • Basic Desire: To feel loved

The author representing the 2s today is Julia Skinner, of the blog Lit Aflame! Continue reading “Enneagram Authors: Type 2 – The Helper”

Enneagram Authors: Type 1 – The Reformer

Enneagram Authors: Type 1 – The Reformer

Today marks the beginning of a new series: Enneagram Authors! Since I’m an author and I find the enneagram system interesting, I was curious if enneagram type has any bearing on the writing process, so I decided to reach out to authors of each enneagram type and interview them on what writing is like for them! So for each of the next nine weeks I’ll be interviewing a different author of a different personality type, starting, obviously, with the Type 1. Continue reading “Enneagram Authors: Type 1 – The Reformer”

January 2021 Wrap-Up

January 2021 Wrap-Up

Writing

I’ve edited 29 chapters of Calligraphy Guild this month! Which is to say approximately a draft and a half. I’m well on-course to complete my self-edits by the end of February, which will free me up to send it to sensitivity readers and betas shortly! (If you’re interested in Continue reading “January 2021 Wrap-Up”