Don’t Let World-Building Get in the Way of Story-Building

A post of mine regarding Far Flung on John Robin’s blog, Epic Fantasy Writer!

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Happy almost-November!

Today I’d like to share more on world-building by means of a guest post from an author I recently connected with—TCC Edwards. You can check out his book, Far Flung, which is has been picked by an Inkshares syndicates and is still funding, at nearly 1/4 of the way to meeting the Quill publication milestone.

TCCHow many lists of world-building tips, hints, questions, and resources have you seen on the internet? They’re a bit intimidating, aren’t they? Especially when they’re as exhaustive as the queen of all world-building lists by author Patricia C. Wrede, with questions about politics, science, religion, and many more aspects of your fictional world.

You could spend a lot of time building your world with a list like this, but without proper attention to the story and characters, readers aren’t likely to appreciate the effort. If you are writing a multi-novel…

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#Inkshares Preview #49 – Space Cat by Sammy Wilsmore (@MindInTheStars)

In Space Cat by Sammy Wilsmore, a researcher on a space station in orbit receives an unexpected new friend.

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Commander Leah Esstrerson is a researcher aboard a microgravity farm base with a mission to grow food for self-sustainability beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Without consulting Leah, colleagues of hers on Earth have sent her a new companion – a cat, complete with a custom-designed space suit. With her expected isolation interrupted by an unusual and unexpected companion, Leah must complete her original research while learning to live with a cat – in space!

While the premise is at first humorous, the narrative promises human drama and exploration of space travel themes as well as some comedic moments. The preview chapters hint at some of the mental trials that Leah and astronauts like her face on long missions alone, and the addition of a pet cat seems like it will be a way to broaden the emotional experience of living in space. I look forward to hearing more about this story!

Check out Space Cat on Inkshares here!

 

 

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#Inkshares Preview #48 – Flight of Angels by Kate Merenda Hohl (@khohl)

In Flight of Angels by Kate Merenda Hohl, a street smart secretary from New York arrives in Los Angeles to clear her boss’s name when he’s framed for murder.

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Franny Bari is a New Yorker living in Los Angeles in 1957 – she’s a fast-talking secretary for a private investigator. When her boss is framed for the murder of a young woman found in the La Brea tar pits, Franny must navigate a seedy underbelly of ex-cons and crooked cops as she works to clear her boss’s name.

I love the idea that the noir P.I. of the story is the one under investigation in the story, and that it’s up to his secretary, a character who would normally be sidelined, to actually solve the case. The narrative promises the familiarity of hard-boiled noir fiction,  but with a female voice that was almost unheard in the classics of the genre.

Go check out Flight of Angels on Inkshares here!

 

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#Inkshares Preview #47 – The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro (@BonesofthePast)

The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro follows multiple characters as demons and deities are unleashed upon a dark fantasy landscape.

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The Bones of The Past follows several intriguing characters as darkness rises in the epic fantasy setting. One thread follows Salt, a sailor rescued by the Night Guard of the city of Bialta. He’s a quick learner, but he’ll have to train hard to help the Night Guard against the strange and demonic challenges they face. One such threat is Nial, a girl changed by a demonic force and who now hunts for human souls. Another plot thread follows Maura, a citizen of Sacral – a city that has been hidden and has just reappeared to the outside world. Maura will have to leave behind her isolated life as war approaches her once-hidden city. There is also Carver, a master of magic known as fleshcarving, who is bent on unleashing an army of twisted creations upon the land.

While obviously a very complicated story, the narrative of The Bones of the Past manages to be easy enough to follow, drawing the reader in to each of the main characters. I enjoyed the available chapters very much, and I’ve put this at the top of my list of books to by after my current crowdfunding campaign. I’m also very excited about the upcoming sequel!

Go check out The Bones of the Past on Amazon, and see its original Inkshares page here!

 

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#Inkshares Preview #46 – Kingdom of Dreams by Kevin O’Coffey (@KevinOCoffey)

Last time I talked about Kingdom of Dreams by Kevin O’Coffey, it was still in funding – and now it’s in full development with a release date soon to be announced!

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The story is about Jimmy Reve, a boy who just wants his bullies to go away. One day, the bullies start to disappear, one by one, and Jimmy realizes his problems are much worse than he thought. He is introduced to the Kingdom of Dreams, and has to find a way to fix the damage he has caused – or he will disappear next.

That’s the synopsis I wrote back then – the story is now undergoing developmental edits with Inkshares, but the idea seems to be the same. Kingdom of Dreams is a darkly humorous hybrid of graphic novel and traditional novel, with artwork painstakingly provided by the author. The preview discussion also offers another interesting tidbit – the finished book will have different artwork at the very start of the book to represent different ethnicities for the main character. It looks like the reader will get to choose what the main character looks like – I can’t wait to see this incredible idea in action!

Go check out Kingdom of Dreams on Inkshares here!

 

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

Time is running out to support Far Flung on Inkshares!

With 5 days left in the Launch Pad Inkshares contest, I’m losing my hold over 4th place, let alone a top 3 place that I would need to win.

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So here I am, again, trying to get pre-orders for Far Flung. I’ve got two supporter previews left. I think those previews are why a lot of new blog visitors are here!

To my new visitors and my readers before the campaign – will you support Far Flung?

If you plan to, now is the time!

Check out Far Flung at the Inkshares page here and see the updates and chapters I’ve provided. With complex characters and worldbuilding, I think sci-fi fans will deeply appreciate this journey. Read over the preview chapters, maybe leave a comment or recommendation, and let me know what you think!

#Inkshares Preview #45 – Tainted by P.J. Marshman (@PJMarshman)

After being attacked while in the forest, a man fights the beast within for control over his mind and body in Tainted by P.J. Marshman

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Alex has had nightmares for as long as he can remember – dark images of death that plague his sleep but vanish when he wakes. When he’s with his friends on vacation, he’s viciously attacked in a remote mountain forest. The attack awakens something inside him, a hungry creature from his horrid nightmares. Alex must suppress this beast within, or his friends may be the only thing that satisfy his new hunger.

The author has worked on the manuscript for several years, and is even devoloping a screenplay based on it. The narrative is nice and creepy, moving quickly as it promises scares to come. Go check out Tainted on Inkshares now!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think