Weekly Update: December 4

So, I’m realizing here lately that I am not doing so well with the remembering to update everyone on what has been happening here this week.  This was on my list of things to do, but somehow, I missed it.

The Daily Prompt 2017

The Daily Prompt 2017 comes out this week.  It includes every creative writing prompt from the 2017 monthly series.  This book will be available at Amazon, and you will be able to purchase it in e-book format and in paperback.

Another Year of Blog Prompts

This is taking me longer to complete than I care to admit.  I have been working on the graphics for the daily prompts that I share on the blog for almost two months.  It’s a simple copy & paste job with a little bit of fiddling to make it fit in the margins of the background graphic, and for some reason, I just can’t seem to plant my behind in the chair and get it done.

I will have these ready to roll out in time for 2018, so don’t worry–you won’t miss a single day of writing.

That’s All, Folks

Other than that, it has been a fairly quiet week here in my home office.  The house is decorated for Christmas, the kids are ready for school to be out, and there is a somewhat winter chill in the air.  (There are days where I actually have to wear my winter jacket in the morning.  I’m in t-shirts by the end of the afternoon, however.)

World-Builders Series: Week 8: Vehicle Creation

How to Build Your World: Vehicle Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writing #worldbuilding #writingworksheetWorld-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
World-Builders Series: Special Item Creation
World-Builders Series: Race Creation
World-Builders Series: Creature Creation
World-Builders Series: Deity Creation
World-Builders Series: Character Creation
World-Builders Series: Building Creation
World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation

Over the last year or so, I have had several people ask me how I create my fantasy and science fiction worlds when I write. At first, I was stumped. How do I describe the methods I use to create my world maps, my races and creatures, my cultures? I would try, and I would try hard, but in the end, I only ended up with a glassy-eyed conversationalist who had long since zoned out. So, one day, I looked at my process, and I decided that I would stream-line it, create templates that would not only help me but would also help other writers and even game players who had to create their characters for the worlds they and their friends played in.

For the rest of the month of October and all of November, I will be sharing the eight templates that I use to build my worlds. Some of the worksheets are thorough, walking you through the ins and outs of what you need to create, and others serve more as jumping-off points. You may use only one to create a character, but you may use several of them to create a land, and all of them to create a world. It all depends on how in-depth you want to be when it comes to your world.

Vehicle Creation

Over the last seven weeks, we have been creating our story worlds. We started with the large pieces, the lands, and we have been progressing into all the smaller parts that make each world different from the next. Last week, we worked on creating cities, towns, and buildings. I hope that you had fun with that segment. This week, we are going to work on transportation. Some worlds will be fairly straight-forward. Stories set in the present-day or in the past of human history will have very strict regulations on what sort of vehicles will be available. For fantasy and science fiction worlds, however, you get to be creative. Your beings may race across the country on horseback like the riders of Middle Earth, or they could ride giant cats or fly through the air on large birds. In science fiction, you could have hover cars, teleportation devices, portals, the Ring system like was used in Stargate, and so on. There are so many possibilities.

World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation - Jessica Cauthon #worldbuilding #writing #writingreference

So, grab a copy of the worksheet above, print off one or two, and let’s give it a go.

Use this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and create all the means of transportation that you want. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!

This concludes the World-Builders series. I hope that you have had fun building your story world from the ground up, literally. Please share this series with your friends, and best wishes to you on your writing journey!

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World-Builders Series: Week 7: City and Building Creation

How to Build Your World: City and Building Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writingworksheet #worldbuilding #writingWorld-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
World-Builders Series: Special Item Creation
World-Builders Series: Race Creation
World-Builders Series: Creature Creation
World-Builders Series: Deity Creation
World-Builders Series: Character Creation
World-Builders Series: Building Creation
World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation

Over the last year or so, I have had several people ask me how I create my fantasy and science fiction worlds when I write. At first, I was stumped. How do I describe the methods I use to create my world maps, my races and creatures, my cultures? I would try, and I would try hard, but in the end, I only ended up with a glassy-eyed conversationalist who had long since zoned out. So, one day, I looked at my process, and I decided that I would stream-line it, create templates that would not only help me but would also help other writers and even game players who had to create their characters for the worlds they and their friends played in.

For the rest of the month of October and all of November, I will be sharing the eight templates that I use to build my worlds. Some of the worksheets are thorough, walking you through the ins and outs of what you need to create, and others serve more as jumping-off points. You may use only one to create a character, but you may use several of them to create a land, and all of them to create a world. It all depends on how in-depth you want to be when it comes to your world.

City and Building Creation

Over the last few weeks, we have been using my worksheets to build a world and populate it. We have created our land masses and realms, any magical items that may exist within them, added races of people and creatures, and we have discussed religions and characters. This week, we are covering the creation of cities and popular buildings. You are probably asking yourself why I included buildings in that statement. Well, if you have large parts of your book that take place within the same building, you need to know every detail about that building.

For example, in my first book from the Ithmere series (that I promise will be published one day soon), my main character Relanka goes into an apothecary in the posh district of the city. I described the place very well, to the point of capturing the smell of the herbs that lingered in the air. But the only description I had of that apothecary was in that one chapter. So, the next time one of my characters walked into that shop, I had to pull out my other manuscript and dig for it because I didn’t have it written down in my series notebook. (I have now photocopied those pages out and stuck them into the book for future reference.) Granted, every character is going to see the place differently, but the basic description of the place should be the same (the built-in shelving mentioned in the first book wouldn’t have moved to the middle of the room because it was attached to the walls).

Now, a city is no where as large as a land mass, so instead of using the Land Creation sheet for my city, I sort of “wing it” here. I make up the main buildings that I know I need to have in the city because they are in scenes of my story, or will be, and I draw a rough map so that I know where they are in the city. Then I fill in the area around them with houses, shops, the town market, the village square—whatever I need to have around those buildings to make my city or town fit in with the rest of my novel.

So, print out a copy of the worksheet below and have a little fun.

World-Builders Series: City and Building Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writingworksheet #worldbuilding #writingreferenceUse this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and create all the buildings that you want. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!

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World-Builders Series: Week 6: Character Creation

How to Build Your World: Character Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writing #writingworksheet #worldbuildingWorld-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
World-Builders Series: Special Item Creation
World-Builders Series: Race Creation
World-Builders Series: Creature Creation
World-Builders Series: Deity Creation
World-Builders Series: Character Creation
World-Builders Series: Building Creation
World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation

Over the last year or so, I have had several people ask me how I create my fantasy and science fiction worlds when I write. At first, I was stumped. How do I describe the methods I use to create my world maps, my races and creatures, my cultures? I would try, and I would try hard, but in the end, I only ended up with a glassy-eyed conversationalist who had long since zoned out. So, one day, I looked at my process, and I decided that I would stream-line it, create templates that would not only help me but would also help other writers and even game players who had to create their characters for the worlds they and their friends played in.

For the rest of the month of October and all of November, I will be sharing the eight templates that I use to build my worlds. Some of the worksheets are thorough, walking you through the ins and outs of what you need to create, and others serve more as jumping-off points. You may use only one to create a character, but you may use several of them to create a land, and all of them to create a world. It all depends on how in-depth you want to be when it comes to your world.

Character Creation

Over the last few weeks, we have been using my worksheets to build a world and populate it. We have created our land masses and realms, any magical items that may exist within them, added races of people and creatures, and we have discussed religions. This week, we are discussing characters. Plot and characters are the two things that keep a story moving, so having dynamic characters is extremely important. This is where the following worksheet comes in.

World-Builders Series: Character Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writing #worldbuilding #writingreference

Every time I begin a new story workbook, I print off several copies of this worksheet. Each character gets one, even the random servant that only appears in chapter four one time. Every character is important in some way, and knowing the background of each character helps me determine how said character will react and behave when certain things happen to them.

Imagine a dragon is attacking a village. A character who has a history of standing up and protecting others is far more likely to help defend against the dragon than the character who has always looked out for themselves since the day they were born. The one who has looked out for only themselves will have a greater sense of self-preservation and will most likely lead the retreat out of the village as soon as the dragon starts to swoop in.

Each character is important, and knowing everything that you can know about each of your characters can really give you a feel for how the story will go.

Use this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and create all the characters that you want. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!

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World-Builders Series: Week 5: Deity Creation

How to Build Your World: Deity Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writing #worldbuilding #writingreferenceWorld-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
World-Builders Series: Special Item Creation
World-Builders Series: Race Creation
World-Builders Series: Creature Creation
World-Builders Series: Deity Creation
World-Builders Series: Character Creation
World-Builders Series: Building Creation
World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation

Over the last year or so, I have had several people ask me how I create my fantasy and science fiction worlds when I write. At first, I was stumped. How do I describe the methods I use to create my world maps, my races and creatures, my cultures? I would try, and I would try hard, but in the end, I only ended up with a glassy-eyed conversationalist who had long since zoned out. So, one day, I looked at my process, and I decided that I would stream-line it, create templates that would not only help me but would also help other writers and even game players who had to create their characters for the worlds they and their friends played in.

For the rest of the month of October and all of November, I will be sharing the eight templates that I use to build my worlds. Some of the worksheets are thorough, walking you through the ins and outs of what you need to create, and others serve more as jumping-off points. You may use only one to create a character, but you may use several of them to create a land, and all of them to create a world. It all depends on how in-depth you want to be when it comes to your world.

Deity Creation

Over the last few weeks, we have been using my worksheets to build a world and populate it. We have created our land masses and realms, any magical items that may exist within them, and we have added races of people and creatures. This week, we will be focusing on the religions of your world. For some worlds, the religions won’t come into play as much as they do in other worlds. That is fine. If you feel that you need to know the hierarchy of your deities and which realm worships which deity, that’s what this worksheet is for.

World-Builders Series: Deity Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writingworksheet #writing #worldbuilding

This worksheet offers a general overview of any deity that you create, but there is ample space at the bottom to add in any extra notes that you may need to make.

I use these sheets as needed. If religion never comes into play in the world I am creating, I simply don’t use this worksheet. It’s your call. Use this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and create all the deities that you want. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!

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