Five Amazing Worldbuilding Resources

There are so many amazing resources out there, and I thought I would make a little list to highlight some your might find useful. You can expect more of these since there are still many resources I want to share with you. But we’ll start with five for now.

Some of these might be a little unconventional, but I wanted to provide some interesting resources that you either haven’t heard of before or haven’t considered. They do tend to lean more towards the fantasy side of worldbuilding, but you could use any of these resources listed below if you really wanted to. On to the list!

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Create a Plan for Every Step of the Process

Especially the parts of the process that you are unfamiliar with. How else do you know where to begin? Or what order to tackle everything?

I mentioned this in the last Writer’s Diary, but since I am going to start my Far North revisions next month, I wanted to come up with a revision plan to guide me through the process. Especially since a revision of this scale is really new to me, and I don’t want to get overwhelmed and disheartened.

And the idea to give this process some structure came to me pretty recently. It was only in February that I thought that I should probably go into this with a plan. After all, it’s new to me. It’s something I’ve never seen through to the end, and it’s kind of a big project. It doesn’t seem right to wing it.

So I made a plan.

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Dealing with a Heavy Schedule – The Writer’s Diary

Last week I discussed tackling my to-do list a little better by prioritizing my tasks. And it worked – at least for a couple of days. It quickly became apparent that prioritizing helped me get things done, but I may have misjudged how long it would take to do them. By Thursday I had fallen behind and was feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and that just spelt bad things for the end of the week.

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Creating a Framework for Stronger Worldbuilding (& Free Worksheet!)

Two weeks ago I gave something of an introduction to this series of blog posts, and explained my approach to such a big concept. I also mentioned I would be doing a couple of worldbuilding 101 posts for the uninitiated, those looking to spruce up their technique, Or the insatiably curious.

So I think the most natural place to begin is the beginning – where do I start my worldbuilding?

I think too often people make the mistake of starting at the literal beginning. I know I have. You find those lengthy worldbuilding questionnaires and the first item on the list is the creation myth, and so naturally it’s the first place to start. There are always circumstances where starting here makes sense, but not all worldbuilding should begin at the same point. Starting at the beginning is not always the most interesting part of the process, and probably not why you started worldbuilding in the first place.

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Finding the Strength Not to Give Up

We are well into the third month of 2019, and by now many people have let their goals fall to the wayside. The buzz and energy of the beginning of the year is long gone. Reality has set in. If progress hasn’t been made, then what’s the point, right? Why not save yourself the trouble and just give up?

Sounds really frustrating when I put it like that, doesn’t it?

And yet, so many people have done exactly that by this time of year. Heck, I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve thrown in the towel by the end of February. I’ll just cut my losses and learn from my mistakes. Maybe the next year will be the year I finally do it. Only for it to have the same outcome.

Maybe waiting until next year isn’t the answer. Maybe what you need to do is find the motivation and the willpower to keep to it. Or to try again if you gave up long ago. We’re three months in, but we still have nine left of the year. Far too early to call it quits.

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How to Prioritize Tasks – The Writer’s Diary

I need to make changes to my process.

Namely, I need to start prioritizing my tasks a little better. Lately, I’ve been creating a weekly to-do list, but I find that I do the items on that list at random, and assume that I’ll have enough time to get them all done. Which, I should be able to if I’m tackling them in the right way.

As it turns out, I’m not.

Unfortunately, not all tasks are equal. Some should just come first, whether you want to do them or not. And sometimes you need to reassess what you consider a priority, especially if it ends up eating more time than it should.

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