Vito and John are two brothers with a problem; world building addiction. They've decided to take action, kick their habit, and actually finish their fantasy novels, offering some accidentally educational tips and methods along the way. If you've ever spent days agonizing over how many banners should fly on the main mast of the Imperial flagship, then this is the place for you. Come with us on this journey of healing and recovery. You too can finish your novel. Let's do it together!
The One Where John Sings
Let's just say we have a new and improved version of the theme song today. Then stick around for a discussion of the guys' progress, John's experience rereading Lord Of The Rings recently, and even a little about alternative story telling media like video games.
Integrating Magic Into Your Outline
The guys discuss their magic systems thus far, and how they're integrating them into their stories at this early stage. Sure, this podcast is all about avoiding excessive worldbuilding, but there inevitably comes a time in the story plotting process when you need magic to do its thing...which means you have to know what that thing is, at least in general terms. How do you integrate your magic system into your story without using it as a crutch to simply get characters out of bad situations without considering the wider implications of its use? And how do you keep yourself from getting bogged down in tweaking the finer details while your story languishes on your hard drive? Plus, what are the guys drawing creative inspiration from right now? John is reading The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding and Vito is diving back into the multimedia universe of The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Listener-Submitted Story Critique
The guys give an update on their work from the past week and then dive into a listener-submitted excerpt of writing, illustrating with practical examples many of the points from their top ten list last week. They point out some good things and some things to bear in mind in making revisions. If you'd like VIto and John to have a look at something you wrote, feel free to send it to us at their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org! They'll of course ask permission if they want to use it on the show, but they're happy to give their thoughts privately as well.
Top Ten Writing Tips For Beginners
John dedicates his lunch break in a parking garage to your entertainment and delight once again today. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the rain and sirens in the background as he submits his list of the top ten writer tips for beginners for Vito's appraisal. They cover showing, not telling, using more sensory data than just sight, harnessing a reader's imagination rather than over-describing, and so much more! Seven more to be precise. Check out our website for the blog version of the list! www.worldbuildersanonymous.com is where you can find the article, as well as a few others we've posted.
The Show Must Go On
The boys are back! Again! Babies and airplanes couldn't keep us away forever, and the guys are here once more to bring you their take on storytelling, fantasy, magic systems, world building, plotting, and so much more. Not even technical difficulties could prevent our intrepid heroes from ranting for 25 minutes about Mary Sue characters, internal vs external motivations, and plans for the next phase in their writing!
Plotting While Discovering
The guys discuss their plans for getting back to their stories after some time away. Both of them intend to zoom out a bit and use their discovery-written chapters as a foundation to plot out the rest of the story in general terms. They plan to keep the outline pretty broad instead of ultra-specific in order to avoid paralyzing themselves with the urge to perfect their plots. They discuss how discovery writing from scratch actually leads to less paralyzation than plotting the story in great detail first. Plotting from a top-down, god-like perspective can lead to the temptation to try and perfect the story before a single word is written (which inevitably leads to do-over-itis) while discovery writing forces you to put words on the page and commit to something.
Fun and helpful
I love this podcast. The guys are fun, informative, helpful, and enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommend you give it a try :) I love listening to them!!
Good job 👍🏼.... but seriously, great job you guys. The sound quality is top notch compared to other podcast channels