Why Cultural Worldview in Fantasy is Important

Why Cultural Worldview in Fantasy is Important

In the past I’ve discussed how to use fantasy worldbuilding to explore worldview (and why it’s important to include real-world worldview), and I’ve talked about how to build the foundation of your world (which is what will form the basis of worldview). But I haven’t actually talked about why a cultural worldview is important as an aspect of the worldbuilding process, so today I want to fix that.

Worldview Colors Everything

This is the core point. Everything else is secondary. A cultural worldview colors every aspect of a culture, influences how your characters think, breeds conflict when worldviews clash… Everything within and surrounding a culture is going to be influenced by that culture’s worldview. Therefore, it ought to be an intentional consideration. A culture’s worldview is the axis Continue reading “Why Cultural Worldview in Fantasy is Important”

All About You Around the Blogosphere Tag

Thank you to Kristianne at Whimsical Wanderings for today’s tag!

Rules:

  • Answer the following questions
  • Tag at least a couple other bloggers
  • Have them answer these questions

Questions:

What’s your favorite book/book series and why?

I’m pretty sure my answer to this question changes Continue reading “All About You Around the Blogosphere Tag”

How to Write Fashion – Guest Post by Victoria Smith

How to Write Fashion – Guest Post by Victoria Smith

Last week I talked about how to develop purposeful fantasy fashions. This week Victoria Smith is going to take over and talk about some of the more practical elements of using the fashion you’ve developed. Enjoy!

Worldbuilding is hard. Being a fantasy writer—a novice one, mind you—I should know. While I’d like to think I have a natural talent for certain aspects of writing, I am by no means an expert. Still, I will offer my personal opinions, tricks and tips to help you with the tangible parts of worldbuilding. One for today: fashion or clothing. 

Before really diving into fashion in worldbuilding, there are four questions Continue reading “How to Write Fashion – Guest Post by Victoria Smith”

Fantasy Fashion With Purpose

Fantasy Fashion With Purpose

Fashion is a part of worldbuilding that can sometimes be overlooked and/or done incorrectly. Sure, you could just slap all of your nobles into modern high fashion… but should you? Depends on the world. And sometimes you really shouldn’t. Today I want to talk about a few concepts to think about while developing your fantasy fashions that will make your worldbuilding richer and more believable. Continue reading “Fantasy Fashion With Purpose”

Medicine and Medical Practice in Fantasy Cultures – Guest Post by Allie

Medicine and Medical Practice in Fantasy Cultures – Guest Post by Allie

Welcome back to another worldbuilding post! This one is a guest post by my best friend Allie, who was kind enough to write up a post about something that she loves and is great at: medicine. Specifically, of course, fantasy medicine. So, without further ado, let me turn you over to her!


Thank you for this opportunity to guest post on your blog, Ariel! Lord knows I have a hard time posting enough on my own blog, but I love helping others out, especially on a topic I enjoy ranting about for hours on end: medicine! 

One thing I’ve noticed people struggle with is successful—or even believable—medicine in books where info isn’t readily available (and sometimes even when it is, but that’s another post). Most of the time this means fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, steampunk, or anything involving magic, but other genres can also fall victim to some of the biggest issues most people have with writing a functional medical system.  Continue reading “Medicine and Medical Practice in Fantasy Cultures – Guest Post by Allie”

Summer 2021 Wrap-Up

Summer 2021 Wrap-Up

It’s been a long summer, and yet at the same time it’s crazy to think that the summer is nearly over. In some ways, the summer is over for me. My summer was defined by working at camp, and I’ve now been home for one week and done with camp for two. In other ways, I still have summer for a few more weeks, since I’m not going to school this fall and therefore Continue reading “Summer 2021 Wrap-Up”