Since I’m writing with purpose again, I have been creating new worksheets. Quite a few of them are versions of worksheets already posted here tailored to my own specific quirks, but here is one that may be more generically useful (i.e. one that doesn’t have fields relating to the specific by-laws of my city).
I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I finally did it. I am now on Patreon. You can find me here.
If you sign up as a patron, you’ll not only get periodic updates on what I’m doing, but also sneak previews of new stories, draft chapters of novels, character sketches and other bits and pieces long before they’re available anywhere else.
The full link is https://www.patreon.com/jooram
I hope to see you there soon!
I hadn’t realised I had been away from my blog for so long. That just goes to show what full time work does for you… Anyhow, I am still here and still writing (just about). And I once again have a new worksheet for you… Well, perhaps worksheet is the wrong word, but it’s certainly a useful resource.
My brand new world-building book is out now! Pop over to Amazon to check it out. The Kindle version is available to pre-order and will be released on 1 October.
It’s my guide to creating a believable world for your stories, no matter what medium you use to tell them or how fantastical (or even mundane) your setting. There are worksheets, writing exercises and illustrations to help you out. There is also a checklist of things you might not have considered (but probably ought to know).
Hopefully, this book will help some of you out, especially considering that it is time to start planning for NaNoWriMo. November will be here before you know it!
As well as the impending launch of my book, I have some exciting news about my site. I am moving to jooram.com! It’s not a huge change, but I’m very excited about it anyway.
The book is also coming along well and I expect it to be available for sale before October. The print version is looking good and now I’m putting the final touches on the Kindle version. I hope you’re as excited as I am!
Cover art? Check. Blurb? Check. Words for the inside of the book? Check! It’s all coming together nicely – and here’s a sneak preview of the cover, just for you. The release is currently scheduled for October with the pre-orders coming in September. If you liked my worksheets, please check it out – it’s got even more resources to help you with your work.
It’s been a busy year for me so far with a lot of deadlines, but I’m really looking forward to this one. Stay tuned for more news soon!
I posted a while back about the Worldbuilding book I planned to release. It still hasn’t happened yet as things came up that made me delay (and I was so close!), but I’m hoping to have it out before November. The current release date is October 15 and I’m hoping to get the pre-orders up at the beginning of October. Why November? NaNoWriMo, of course! I’m writing this book with you guys in mind and I’m hoping it will give you a bit of inspiration for your advance planning.
Of course, the book isn’t aimed solely at novel writers. It’s for any writer who needs a world built from scratch. Fiction in all its guises – prose, script, screenplay, games – and in whatever genre you write. While people might think “worldbuilding” applies only to the sci-fi and fantasy worlds we create, the same principals can be relevant to other genres too. Have you ever read historical fiction where the author has got a fact spectacularly wrong (for example, mentioning their Tudor-era peasants raiding the fridge)? That’s bad worldbuilding (and poor research). It’s not just about the fantastical and the futuristic. It’s about making all the elements of your story stick together. Worldbuilding is the glue that binds. It’s the waterproofing that rejects the unbelievable. It’s the tiny details that give your story a soul.
In the past, I’ve been the unofficial ML for the Portsmouth (UK) Region. This year, it’s official. There will be a series of tweets running through October to get you prepared for November (from @AngelLithium and @NaNoPortsmouth), but if you can’t wait to see them each day, here’s an outline. I’m mostly using my worksheets to get you planning, but there are some days when I leave you to your own devices. Good luck! Continue reading
Topi comes out first when I give them the signal that it is clear to move. He eyes the man with suspicion, but does not speak. The man barely looks him over; he knows he has strength enough to overpower us. If the Rage takes him, he’ll have more than enough. Topi and I work together to help Emilia up the ladder. As soon as she is upright, the man steps towards her. Topi and I block his route.
“How far along are you?” he asks, stopping only just on his side of the line.
I scowl, looking between him and Emilia. She looks away, her hands clasped in front of her, pulling her clothing more tightly over her front. If she had been injured, we would have known about it; there is no way she could be infected and we not know about it. The last time we saw a Rager was days ago. She would have turned by now.
“Two months?” He asked. “Three? More?”
“What are you talking about?” I begin. “People don’t last—”
“Three,” Emilia interrupted.
I look at Topi. He shakes his head before I speak.
“She’s pregnant. How did you not know?”
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