Setting Study: Fennbirn from Three Dark Crowns

When it comes to conceptual world-building, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake did well at integrating various core elements of the setting itself, with a few critical misfires that flubbed the ending. Still, the blend of various magics is unique enough, and its effects on the culture plausible enough, that it sets Fennbirn apart from … More Setting Study: Fennbirn from Three Dark Crowns

Setting Study: The Harbor from The Starless Sea

The Harbor from Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea is an interesting place as far as Narnia-esque places go. Set beside the honey-filled titular Starless Sea, the Harbor isn’t exactly one place, but one of many. Set apart from the “real world” by magic doors, it is a place of wonder and beauty. As the years … More Setting Study: The Harbor from The Starless Sea

The Nonsense Factor

When building a new world from scratch, a lot of elements can be determined based off of a pre-existing sense or understanding of the world. I’ve discussed this approach in previous blog posts: start from the known, and work your way out. Know you want a moon deity? Then also know that there’s going to … More The Nonsense Factor

Time to Plan the Narrative: Building Your Plot pt. 4

In the last three months, we’ve taken some time to figure out the basics of our story through its abstract, as well as discussed what should be taken into consideration when crafting your characters and your world. Now, it’s time to put them all together and create the most fundamental piece of any novel: the … More Time to Plan the Narrative: Building Your Plot pt. 4