Worldbuilding for Non-Planetary Engineers

G’day dear readers. Join historical mystery author/IP lawyer Susan Spann and me on her blog today where I’ll discuss how to approach worldbuilding when developing your novel setting. A sneak peek:

Long ago in a land far, far away, I began writing a fantasy novel. While the manuscript still sits in bits collecting virtual dust on my hard drive, I fondly remember the enjoyment that came with the process of making up an entire world from scratch. Little did I know when I was writing that trunk novel–creating maps of the geography, developing the culture and the social order, et cetera–that years later I would publish a science fiction trilogy. Yet, when people think of worldbuilding as a writing device, most of us tend to think of fantasy tales…continue here for more.

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