Fantastic Folks 2: Elves

Last week we had a look at the tropes associated with dwarves in fantasy writing. We could not, therefore, go any further without looking at their counterparts and occasional rivals, elves. Tree Huggers Although the depiction of dwarves in modern media has been greatly influenced by Tolkien, he practically re-invented elves. Before Tolkien, the elf…

Fantastic Folks 1: Dwarves

The tropes associated with fantasy races/cultures are, it must needs be remarked, somewhat tired. Despite the occasional kick up the backside that they receive, the general trend in fantasy seems to be repackaging of the same old ideas, rather than the creation of new ideas. Some of this repackaging is good, and some of it…

World-Building Recommendations

Between blogging, my various jobs, and the general grind of the season, I am afraid that I have no world-building thoughts to share this week. Rather than scrape together something underwhelming, though, I thought I might try something a little different and recommend a few sources which show a variety of forms of world-building which…

Writing Horizon: Zero Dawn

Spoilers for Horizon: Zero Dawn (game). I had been planning this week to begin a diary detailing my experience of The Longing, but so far, not much has happened to my little cave-gnome, so instead I am going to cover a game which came out a little while ago but which, mostly because I do…

Write Like You Mean It 5

An erratic guide to consistent writing. Akimbo Strictly speaking, this means with hands on one's hips, which paints a curious picture of the phrase legs akimbo, casual understanding of which would be flung out from the body. Because the two competing definitions are so at odds with one another (one a specific stance: the other…

Observations on Observation

Spoilers for Observation (computer game). This week, I was supposed to get back to books: my plan was scuppered, however, when the book I chose to read turned out to be underwhelming, and then construction work in my neighbourhood made any attempts to read utterly impossible due to the constant noise. That is why, somewhat…

Writing Brexit

Spoilers for the 2020 remake of the British version of House of Cards and Planet of the Apes. Yesterday the last episode in the long-running, popular comedy-soap BlocEnders, which has been a mainstay of British television and newspaper for forty-seven years, took place. The premise was surprisingly simple: popular British figures, chiefly politicians, played overblown parodies of themselves,…

Merry Christmas

Here at Writing Worlds, amidst all the desire for new universes and original spins on old tropes, we know that Christmas is a time for Tradition. Our Christmas present to you is all of that: a new spin on the old trope in the fine tradition of British parody, by C.S. Lewis. * And beyond…

Scheduling Shenanigans

Over the last few weeks I have been taking on various projects which have eaten into my time and energy more than I had anticipated. As a result, I am not happy with the quality of some recent posts: I try to be informative and funny, but I am not convinced I am meeting either…