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Happy National Writing Day!

Greetings All!

Today, June 27th, is National Writing Day! Are your pens and pencils out and busy?

Even Ivan has got in on the action!


OK, well he’s just getting started!

Who else is curious to see what dragons write about? That is when he gets over the fear of setting the paper on fire…

Anyway, I am fully aware of the irony of using today, National Writing Day, to put this out, but I shall be going on a few months’ hiatus.

Partly because I have somehow been talked into doing Camp Nanowrimo in July (I still suspect witchcraft, others may point to temporary insanity – actually that’s a permanent feature, and thus doesn’t count!) So I’ll still be writing, but mostly concentrating on that book I’m doing all this world-building for!

Also, and just as excitingly, Ivan and I are going on an adventure!


Yes, look at him as he stares into the bleak yet tempting Unknown…

Maybe Ivan can find a new Thing to hoard that isn’t my stationary? Maybe he’ll find knights to befriend (who can see this tiny monster in a fight? No, me neither.) Who knows?

I see you all again, probably in August or September, although intermittent posts about our adventures will still keep coming.

Until next time, you wonderful people!


Writer. Crafter. Nerd.

23 thoughts on “Happy National Writing Day!

  1. Have a fun adventure! I too will be world-building for CampNaNo, and may the words be ever in our favor.

    I must say, though, I can’t blame Ivan for hoarding your stationary. I have a stationary hoard of my own.

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    1. Thank you! And also in yours!

      I wouldn’t mind Ivan’s stationary hoarding, but he always manages to sneak off with exactly the things I need right now. It’s never stuff I’m not using, is it?


    2. Worldbuilding is honestly one of the most fun parts of writing! You get to create your own entire world with its own unique history and culture. Have you already thought up all of the names for our towns and cities, or are you still working on it? Oh, also, I remember for my book I made an entire pantheon of Gods for my characters to worship. Will your world have its own gods and religion too?

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      1. Only a few cities sorted out so far, but yes to plenty of gods in the pagan sense. The fun part is figuring out what the gods themselves will believe in – like, do the mythical figures have their own myths? Do they need to have something to believe in? Are there things inthe world that they do not understand and if so, how do they deal with that? It’s all very exciting!

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      2. It is super exciting! That’s great to hear. Yeah gods, are super complicated characters and beings. Like, are you going to have a series of myths about them or not? I know that in my own book I have a whole bunch of creation stories about them and myths that my characters believe in.

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      3. Weeeell, the concept of the whole series is to take the starting point that the old Celtic gods are, and always were real, but largely separate and disinterested in human life (I’ll be doing a post on why that’s important later, so I won’t spoil it here). Anyway, building off the oldest folktales I grew up on, I’m looking at these figures as if they were real people, a little like humans and a lot like personified forces of nature, and how various humans interact with them.

        So there will be backstories that look a lot like myths, but they are meant to be given the feeling of simply being big events in the lives of immortal beings who are mostly hot-messes who can and will destroy everything to get their way if pushed.

        For example, I did a little series of posts a few months ago talking about the four characters almost completely pulled from folklore; the Fairy Queen Maeve, and three nature spirits who I named as three brothers, and the brothers are the oldest people in all of Fey, but even they don’t know everything about how the world works. That way there can be discoveries that surprise them, and it prevents anyone from being all powerful.

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      4. Yeah that makes perfect sense. I think that’s one of the best ways to go about developing gods as characters- they are flawed and like humans in some ways and all powerful forces of nature at the very same time.

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      5. Which is also what makes them so terrifying, because let’s face it, humans are scary enough given only a little bit of power. If one of them could literally burn an entire city to the ground on a whim, then that’s definitely someone you’d be scared of!

        It’s also why I had to think really hard about building a wide variety of differently-powered characters so they could balance each other out, like an ecosystem of myth and legend!

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      6. That’s so cool 🙂 I honestly love world building so much and how other people decide to go about their world building. It’s honestly so much fun even thought its a lot to the think about at the exact same time.

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      7. I know, right?! I love world-building so much, and it’s one of those things that really rewards you if you take your time with it and think things right the way through to their logical conclusion!

        I mean, I loved it so much I started a whole blog based around the Chrinicles in Creation, a series dedicated to watching me pootle around building worlds and figuring out what works and what does, so that’s probably not much of a shock!

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      8. ahahhahaha that’s awesome 🙂 Yeah, world building is a really rewarding aspect to writing. It adds such a depth and originality to your work, since literally everything that you made up is your own and came from your own head. I think that really changes the characters in a number of different ways, since you can explain why they are the way the are a lot easier. It’s always interesting to play with their world’s history, their beliefs, languages and culture, not to mention the magic system.

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      9. Oh! So much this! And it’s so good to deconstruct how society shapes its people, which then flows into interesting stories full of complex and relatable characters. And all from something as simple as ‘No, really, how *would* life change if we had dragons?’

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      10. That’s so true! All great stories start with a single, simple question like that and then once you add more complex concepts and subplots, you find yourself with an entire novel. Society is a thing that has always fascinated, and when you world build you get to deconstruct it and build it up from the ground again the way you want to, with its own injustices and social classes.

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      11. It also makes sense to never make anyone all powerful, like each of the gods in my story have their own realm of power and plane of existence so that they are not really all powerful at all.

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      12. Ah, I have a system in which most gods have their own kingdoms, in which they are at their strongest, and although they have power in each other’s lands, that power is much reduced. That way they all have points of strengths and weakness, and there’s a sense of proportional fear, since a really, *really* powerful figure is still going to be *plenty* scary even at reduced strength on another’s patch!

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      13. That’s a really cool idea. I also have a patron god of each city in my book, but I hadn’t thought it out nearly as well as you did in relation to their reduced power in other cities. That’s an amazing idea!

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      14. Thanks! I built it off the idea involved by the phrase ‘On home turf’; the idea that you are stronger in a space you are familiar with. I linked it to old ideas about certain places inherently being more magical than others and that’s what I ended up with!

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      15. That’s a really amazing and unique idea that you’ve managed to come up with. I’d love to see how that manifests in your book. It’s weird how phrase or thing that we see as writers can prompt the building and creation of an entire world. In some ways, the pen is truly mightier than the sword.

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      16. Definitely! Inspiration strikes from the weirdest directions sometimes!

        And thank you, I’m still playing with the limitations of the idea, but I definitely think it’s got potential…

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      17. It has a great deal of potential. And that’s also the beauty about writing, everything has the potential to be a great idea and a bestseller. You just never know what’s really going to speak to people.

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