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  2. Good Q! Not an expert here but these are my thoughts: I think going into rules that aren't relevant - especially early on in the book - can slow down the pace. Rules need to be simple at the start - but often rules are not - rules have exceptions. If that is the case - don't go into all the exceptions to the rules until they become relevant. Just state the rule simply and then build on it later. Often having a "clueless" character, or young/new-to-the-world character helps as they need to have these things explained and it can be done through dialogue which at least allows for some opportunity to build character voices. However, I see lots of published books where the character providing the info LOSES their voice whilst seeming to recite what the author wants us to know. Like they got possessed by the author and thus making it about as worthwhile as an infodump. In a series I am writing, my main character will be aware he is a magical being from the opening line, but due to age and lack of education he won't actually start to learn the limits/rules around using his powers until the third book. There will be magic and accidents and attempts to recreate but a whole lot of mystery and uncertainty - just got to make sure these magical bloops don't solve all the plots points and are more to keep reminding the reader of the growing desire for the magic itself to be expressed. Laws and customs can be used to help explain why a character is the way they are. If Billy, who happens to be the only character from the nation of X, reacts differently to a situation and gets angry or upset, then this provides an opportunity to help readers understand his unusual behaviour due to a rule or custom of his people that makes him see the world differently. I believe David Eddings did this well... if memory serves, it's been about 20 years since I read his books.
  3. RKM

    Hey Everyone

    Very excited to see the cast for that show. GOSH I hope they don't mess it up! Terry Goodkinds Sword of Truth Series didn't turn out too well in the end as far as I'm concerned so I just hope they don't go down that old "Xena and Hercules" style story telling. More Game of Thrones style/modern day big budget stuff PLEASE! oooo! Keen for a writing challenge! Thanks for letting me know I will go read more about it 🙂 Also never read the book... And I only watched the movie at the cinema because there was nothing else on. I remember having such low expectations going in and being blown away. I love it and love that's such an awesome standalone that fit so much into it.
  4. RKM

    Hey Everyone

    Basics Name: Richie Age: 31 State/country: WA/Australia Education: Law grad Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? writing, reading, walking my dogs, and day-dreaming. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Series Robin Hobbs Fitz and the Fool books - all of them! Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth Series Colin Dann's The Animals of Farthing Wood Series Beatrix Potter - I just love her writing and her books. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? Fave Movies - Fantastic Beasts Series. Stardust TV Show - Really unsure on a Fave. I was trying to think of a fictional show but I actually really love Survivor Writing How long have you been writing? Seriously? Not really long at all. Not even sure if I would consider it serious yet. But I write a lot, just like I read a lot, but I can always go a good while between doing either. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) It was story about life on my parents lifestyle block, as seen from the eyes of our pets - ducks and chickens, dogs, etc etc. I think there was a duck who kept getting into fights with a specific chicken and it was around how the animals helped resolve the conflict. I illustrated it too... Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. Currently... I'm loving writing about a boy named Emveri. He's been through a bit, burnt off half his face and it's going to get worse. But I know his arc, and I can't wait to complete it. For his sake... Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. I often think my world is scarily unoriginal. It is. That's probably why I think that. Often. But that's the benefit of being a slow to write kinda guy... I haven't written enough to have anything set in stone and I am definitely wanting to take the world building more seriously. I've mapped out the world but don't truly understand it. I've got a timeline since it all began but it's very high level. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? Currently writing about a zombie apocolypse from the perspective of a retirement village. It's hilarious fun. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? I did it one year. Not the last one but the one before. I did 30K in 2 weeks then fell of the bandwagon and I dont know why. Well.. Actually I think I do know why. I wrote too far ahead and realised I had plot issues and didn't want to continue until I sorted them out which I never did. I regret stopping because I lost all momentum. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? On another similar style site. What made you decide to join? The other one was quite quiet. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning the craft, etc) Hopefully, people are open to sharing their thoughts on this subject and allow me to share mine as well. Maybe down the track I can even share some writing and get it critiqued. I have never had that done to me before as I'm very private but it would be very useful.