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Worldbuilding from scratch for writers, gamers, and anyone interested in creating their own fictional world.
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This episode is the first with our new format. From now on, we'll be publishing new episodes every week. Today, Holly is flying solo and interviewing author Sacha Black about villainy, heroes and everything in between.
This episode marks the beginning of our second season, and we have some big changes and big news for you. We look back over the year so far; discussing the podcast and our own writing. We look at the goals we achieved, the goalposts that had to be moved, and discuss how we cope when things go awry. Hear our publishing plans going forward, planned changes to the podcast, and some big news of a fantastic opportunity for you.
On request, we're revisiting the subject of food in your fictional world. And we love to talk about food! In this episode, you'll hear about our own fantasy food creations, from the mathematics of a vampire's diet to lifelong obsessions with dumplings. Listen to our tips of things to consider when introducing food to your worldbuilding; starting out with nutritional needs and food availability. We also discuss traditions around food, as well as superstitions, and unhealthy relationships with food.
Episode 1.10: Making Maps

Episode 1.10: Making Maps

2019-08-0500:18:49

It’s a classic expectation: a beautiful map in the front of a fantasy book. But, whether you're an expert cartographer, or your drawing skills are limited to a few squiggly lines, maps are a helpful way to stop yourself from getting lost in the world you create. Which is actually surprisingly easy. In this episode, find out about the maps we've created, and the big lessons we've learnt along the way. Hear where to start with map making, how to layout your map, and what to include in the landscape. Also check out the various methods for actually creating your fantasy world map in either physical or digital form.
On the morning after attending Edge-Lit writing convention, while still suffering from post-con exhaustion, we gathered our thoughts about the event. Discussing workshops and panels, networking, and the need to clone ourselves several times over. Hear our highs and lows, and our biggest takeaways from the day. Holly talks about meeting her hero, and we tackle the hardest 'would you rather' question ever!
Today, we’re breaking away from the stereotype of the solitary author hunched over the manuscript, and we’re getting out in the real world. Yes; it really does exist. We’re talking about real life events: literary conventions, book festivals, book signings, and public readings. We share our experiences with events, our thoughts, and, yes, our fears. And hear Angeline's top tips for surviving a writing convention.
This week, we're going back to basics, and talking about all the essential things you need both before, and just as you start, worldbuilding. We chat about the things we can't live without while worldbuilding, and all the lessons we've learnt along the way.  (Apologies for intermittent sound issues on this episode.)
In celebration of Indie Author Week UK, we're talking all things indie.We chat about our lives as indies, the highs and lows, and offer our top tips for anyone considering the indie author route.
Episode 1.5: Living Legends

Episode 1.5: Living Legends

2019-05-2700:27:34

Today we're talking about creating religions, belief structures, rituals, and legends. We discuss the urban legends from our childhoods, and those we might still believe!
Bringing you a special episode with an invitation to join us for #WorldbuildingQuest this June.
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