Worldbuilding is an essential part of any work of fiction. But especially for science fiction or fantasy, it’s the lifeblood of storytelling. But when worldbuilding fails, it can wreck your whole story, and leave your characters feeling pointless. Here are seven deadly sins of worldbuilding.
- Not thinking about basic infrastructure.
- Not explaining why events are happening now.
- Creating fictional versions of real-life human ethnic groups, that never go beyond one dimension.
- Creating monolithic social, political, cultural and religious groups.
- Inventing a history that is totally logical.
- Not really giving a strong sense of place, like what it smells like after it’s been raining.
- Introducing some superpower, like magic or insane tech, without fully accounting for how it would change society.
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This is just my personal experience. Both positive and negative character types will be found in this post.
- bad girls who take their inner demons out on those around them
- loners with angst
- brash, adventurous women who love weapons, money, and men and don’t have a soft side
- females who are so devoted to something else (their job, their dreams, etc) that romance doesn’t matter to them (and the point of the story isn’t to turn them into lovebots)
- women who want to impress everybody with their skills (not just their parents and/or crush)
- women who are just kinda chill without being meek or submissive
- shy love interests
- excited guys who happily overreact to everything
- dudes who act passive-aggressively when they don’t like or don’t agree with something
- fanboys who aren’t creepy or gross
I think now is as good of a time as any to announce that I’m going to Fan Expo with a whole bunch of my friends! At first I wasn’t going to cosplay as anything, but because of IMMENSE PEER PRESSURE I am now going as a homestuck thing because why not. What you see up there is a cheap shirt I spent about a day or so painting a nice one-colour design on. It took like twenty fucking coats of paint (and I might at one or two more before I leave mid-week) but it looks rad now. My friend’s sister is doing a matching hood kind of thing to go with it for me, which is hella. I think that’s about it for now. I’m pretty excited to go.
Deflate when writing prose; inflate when writing essays for school.
Procrastinating on finding ways to add one page to my essay to get the page requirement! Thank you so much.
I’m not in school anymore, but here.
How Beauty Procedures Looked In The 1930s-40s [x]
This is scary
The apple face thing tho
the lowest resolution nepeta ever drawn
say that to my face not online see what happens
A quick tutorial on how I paint (mostly angular) shaped objects in a BG.
MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."
The Extravagant Black Bat flower
The unusual Black Bat flower, Tacca chantrieri (Dioscoreales - Dioscoreaceae), is quite distinctive by the strange, unique, near black flowers. The flowers, which can grow up to 25 cm long, have four large, dark-purple bracts and long bracteoles, giving the inflorescence a striking appearance that superficially resemble a flying bat, a sinister face, or a mean tiger with whiskers.
Tacca chantrieri is an endangered species that occurs in tropical regions of SE Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China, particularly Yunnan Province.
The features of these flowers have been assumed to function as a ‘‘deceit syndrome’’ in which reproductive structures resemble decaying organic material attracting flies that facilitate cross-pollination (sapromyiophily). However, a study on pollination and mating in Tacca chantrieri populations from SW China, has shown that despite considerable investment in extravagant display, populations of this species are predominantly selfing and that flowers have several traits that promote autonomous self-pollination.
Photo credit: ©Stephanie Lichlyter
Locality: Cultivated (Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, US)
This is for you:
A young, aspiring illustrator recently asked me how to become a full time freelancer. The answer is murky at best and provides no quick route to a stable career, but I’d like to think I learned a thing or two over the last fifteen-ish years that’s worth repeating.
I was lucky in that I started a blog before most folks were actively doing so. I posted a ton of work for at least five years before I got noticed from folks like Nike. It’s a numbers game. The more you put out into the ether, the better chance that the right people will see it.
Make a lot of work. Post it everywhere. Ev-er-y-where. Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Youtube, Twitter, Reddit, group blogs, art forums, sites whose content needs align with your work’s subject matter, and your own site.
If shotgunning the work into the world is half the battle, networking is the second. You’ll get notice eventually if you keep pumping out work, but develop a peer group in the meantime. These co-illustrators are more likely to get you your first gigs than anything else. You can’t go wrong with meeting, knowing, and being nice to a lot of people. Much of the time my success feels like a karmic reprieve for not being a dick.
Do the work. Make so much work that it’s persuasive as a body and speaks FOR you. Accept failures. Hell, accelerate the rate at which you fail. It’s the quickest route to learning what you need to do. And pretty soon you’ll have a base of fans or peers, or, if you’re lucky, both, that are open to what you’re creating.
That’s worth more than a big client or two. None of the work I’ve done for big clients has ever gotten me big clients. I didn’t even bother to put it into my portfolio when I was actively soliciting freelance clients half of the time. The esoteric, personal, honest stuff always has.
Be honest in your work. Make a shit-ton of it. Be nice to people.