If you are a writer and you haven’t picked up Janeen Ippolito’s new writing craft book Irresistible World Building, you are doing yourself a disservice. This book really delivers on the title in all the right ways. Each section gives you many, many questions to help you figure out what your character, worldview, and narrative is for your book which is absolutely invaluable.
This isn't someone trying to give you a few pre-made plans, this is a workbook that walks you through the step-by-step process of figuring out your world. It helps you to weave your world-building right into your story with questions to ponder and figure out.
As a part of the blog hop, I’ve been invited to share a bit about one of my worlds. I choose the world of Crigmis from my WIP Rise Of The Shadow Lord.
A century of war. A deadly curse. A marriage that could save them all.
Taja Sihara Dayel is torn between duty and happiness. An alliance with a violent steam powered kingdom is her country's last hope against the Empire of Animalia. Half-man, half-beast, the Animalians are without mercy.
But traitors lurk behind every corner and when Lord Jaden of House Calstein uncovers a terrible secret, Sihara may be the only one who can find the truth.
In the inhospitable Outlands, an exiled Animalian possum struggles to recover a priceless artifact while protecting others from his curse.
Enter the Euro-Asian fantasy world of Crigmis filled with nerve-wrecking battles, political intrigue and blossoming romance. Where shadows of an ancient darkness linger, destroying one evil may awaken something far more dreadful.
Name your spec fic subgenre!
In general, Scifi Fantasy Political Adventure. It has elements of steampunk, elemental fantasy, and history.
What are your favorite books in your subgenre?
Right now, I’d say the Chronicles of Amber which I am currently reading. The reveal at the end of Hand of Oberon was amazing.
Tell us about an aspect of your world that causes problems for your characters. Any dangerous weather patterns or geographical complications?
Actually the whole main conflict is started by a sand dune overtaking a rainforest where the enemy, the Animalians, live. The Followers of The Light explain that the Creator is punishing them for worshiping other gods. War breaks out when the Animalians realize the Elementi and Mineralites have plenty of land to spare.
Are there any cultural or racial tensions? What are they?
The whole book is basically about the generalizations you have to make to justify war and hatred of an entire race. Mineralites hate Elementi for their political intrigue, Elementi hate Mineralites for the violence, but both of them hate the Animalians. So they will have to work together or face mutual annihilation. Some people think annihilation is a better option than working together.
If you could take any part of your world building and make it into a giveaway item, what would it be?
Ooh, that’s hard. I’d have to say the Mineralite pendents which grant the wearer a special ability.
What about your world building messes up your main character’s life?
In Sihara’s culture, the Elementi, women cannot inherit their fathers title. This puts her in a precarious place since in order for a family to have a title, they must be an active house, with a legitimate heir.
Now, this wouldn’t be a world ending problem, unless you know her father is the ambassador of Elementi and the one instrumental in trying to create the alliance between Minerali and Elementi.
What are two aspects of your world building that you never want to see in the Real World?
The wastelands is a barren desert filled with the shadows of those who have passed on. The madmen are Mineralites infected with science, only to receive ideas in the form of fever-dreams.
What is your favorite made-up creature from your world?
OK, he doesn’t appear until the second book, but Needlethorn is my very favorite creature. Technically he isn’t made up, rather he is a combination of existing myths. A lizard leprechaun who can only be seen by one of the main characters.
Gasp! What is something your character would never do? What are some taboo subjects, behavior, or clothing from your world?
Sihara and Jaden would never kill a Follower of the Light, a priest to the Creator. The punishment is a swift execution.
Describe a food your protagonist enjoys in your world—and one he/she hates.
Lord Jaden enjoys the flavorful Elementi food, and he hates his own people’s perfectly rationed nutritional meals. He is fond of the spicy Northern Elementi in particular, but he has never tried any of the Southern dishes yet, so who knows?
What languages do the characters in your story speak? Do you have a conlang? Share a bit about it!
Yes, the Animalians language is based on Nahuatl and latin. Each race has their own language, but they speak the Devine tongue as ordained by the Followers Of The Light.
You’re going to visit your world for a week and you know you’ll be in a dangerous area. Where are you visiting, and what do you pack to increase your chances of survival?
If I was dropped in the middle of the Outlands, I’d bring a backpack filled with gold coins (doesn’t matter what kind), a compass, flashlights (they would be huge in the Outlands), a water filtration system, a small tarp, and a bunch of granola bars. I’d wear a poncho, study boots, and cargo pants. I’d make a walking stick to test the ground to be sure there wasn’t any dangerous plant life.
Tell us about a worldbuilding element you’re proud of even if it doesn’t make it much into the story itself.
I’ve written a complex history for the world to explain most of the geological formations, all the magic, abilities and the two ancient races which in turn explains the current races. The original ancient race doesn’t make it into the story, but their presence is felt none the less.
More about Irresistible World Building for Unforgettable Stories
Write stories with worlds that create lifelong fans and fandoms!
Irresistible World Building for Unforgettable Stories contains key methods and tips on how to weave your world building into every aspect of your story, from theme to plot to character arcs.
-Use writing prompts and exercises to jumpstart your creativity
-Get ideas on how to refresh world building genre tropes while still hitting reader sweet spots
-Learn to embrace your inner geek and passions to connect your world building with readers
Vivid world building is great. Vivid world building that sells? Even better!
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About Janeen Ippolito
Janeen Ippolito is two authors for the price of one! She creates writing resources and writes urban fantasy and steampunk. She’s also an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, and the editor in chief of Uncommon Universes Press. In her spare time, she enjoys sword-fighting, reading, food, and making brownie batter. She believes that words transform worlds and that everyone has the ability to tell their story. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica. This extroverted writer loves getting connected, so find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website: janeenippolito.com
Check out the other posts in the blog hop!
April 30 – Claire Banschbach (https://clairembanschbach.wordpress.com)
May 1 – Doug Triplett (https://dougtriplett.com)
May 5 – Sarah Delena White (https://sarahdelenawhite.com)
May 6 – C. O. Bonham (https://cobonham.com)
May 7 – J.F. Rogers (https://jfrogers.com)
May 8 – Anna Tan (http://blog.annatsp.com)
May 9 – Shannon Stewart (https://shannonstewartwrites.wordpress.com)
May 10 – Laura A. Grace (https://unicornquester.com)
May 11 – Bethany Jennings (http://simmeringmind.com)
May 12 – Jebraun Clifford (https://jebraunclifford.com)
May 14 – Tabitha Caplinger (https://www.tabithacaplinger.com)
May 15 – Amelia Nichole (http://amelianichole.com) <– You are here!
May 16 – Amy Brock McNew (https://amybrockmcnew.com/guts-on-the-page/)
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