Writing Great Fantasy: World Building Workshop {Review}

Today I have a different sort of review for you. As many of you know I am currently writing a book. I have a few different books started but this current one is the biggie for me. I often look at courses to improve my writing skills or teach me more about the genre I am writing in.

I want to give my readers something with is compelling, believeable and enjoyable. I want to immerse them in a world they feel is real. Thanks to Facebook’s marketing I am often suggested new course providers and courses. In this instance it was Udemy and a writing course.

I had a browse of the online catalogue and came across the course Writing Great Fantasy: World Building Workshop. Looking at the module breakdown it was perfect. The course material is only 4.5 hours long but has a lot of assignment style questions along the way.

I finished the course yesterday and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It covered everything you  need to know about creating a world, from how to draw a map to creating creatures. The lectures were really well done and very thought provoking. I have come away from the course brimming with ideas and a million things I want to now add, it’s given me the opportunity to consider things I would never have thought of and I now have the ability to create a well rounded believable world for my characters.

I really had fun with the map making and character creation parts of the course. They provided me much needed knowledge and I filled gaps in my map that I hadn’t realised would be problematic.

A massive bonus to this course is that when you finish you get a fantastic discount to use against the course Writing Your Fantasy Novel by the same instructor, Jason Link. I will  be taking up that offer, however, I have another course through them I also bought when on offer to start first. This one is called Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Mastery which sounds great.

The courses can be a bit expensive if you get them full price (though very worth it) but Udemy often have sales where you can pick up the courses for £9.99 so it might be worth it to keep checking back if you want the lower cost.

All in all if you want to write fantasy I would absolutely recommend this course.

Here is a copy of my certificate of completion and the map I made, I have blurred out the names of places to leave some mystery and intrigue for my readers.

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As of today’s date (30/01/2019) there is a current sale on for reduce price courses, the ones I mentioned above are all included.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

 

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Alaria Playlist

Sometimes when I write I like to do it in complete silence, sometimes when I write I like background noise from the TV and then sometimes when I write I have a playlist of songs going through my head which sum up situations, scene, dialogue etc.

Alaria conjures up a lot of songs for me, coincidentally mostly from the same band. They create the perfect atmosphere and imagery in my mind and help me pull scenes together.

My Alaria playlist is quite small currently but I am only at the beginning on my journey on it. As I write more I will undoubtedly add more to it.

Alaria Playlist

My Current WIP Set-Up {A5 Uglydori Traveler’s Notebook}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a lovely crossover post for you. It involves planners and writing, two of my favourite things.

I recently took part in a planner swap and I got this absolutely gorgeous A5 Uglydori from Uglybug Traveler’s Notebooks. The size meant it was perfect to set up for my current work-in-progress and NaNo prep and the quality of the leather means it will hold well getting a battering in my bag.

I have set-it up around the same theme as my novel genre and added little bits and bobs that inspire me and make me happy.

I have 4 notebooks inside it, each serves a different purpose.

Notebook 1 is my WIP Bible – this contains everything I need to know about my book. Character profiles, world building, plot points, outlines, storyboard. You get the drift.

Notebook 2 is my NaNo BuJo – I have all my preptober goals set up, NaNo goals, word trackers, NaNo self care info and I will add any word crawl pieces I take part in as well as a running to-do list.

Notebook 3 is my WIP notebooks – this is where I write out scenes and pieces of actual writing that I want to include in my book but don’t have my laptop with me. Great for when I am out and about.

Notebook 4 is for Writing Resources – this is where I write more technical notes, print out copies of advice, trips, tricks and worksheets. This is a book I can keep with me regardless of which WIP I work on as the information is relevant to writing in general.

I have various sticky notes and washi tucked in the pockets along with a NaNo personal size insert that I have yet to transfer all information into.

Natalia Leigh Pretober Workbook

Link to my pinterest where all these resources can be found: Alaria Storyboard

Links to images above: The Raven Girl The Room Stack

I would love to see if you have a planner or TN set up for NaNo or your work-in-progress.

Here is a link to my writing resources.

 

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x