Building a Fantasy World
Fantasy is my favorite genre to write. I grew up reading fantasy books like Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, and Patricia McKillip's Winter Rose. The
flowery language and description really appealed to me, bringing me to places I'd never been before. I wanted to create my own worlds, and I started writing my own fantasies. The best part about writing fantasy is creating your own world through word building. You get to invent new words, or use old words in new ways. This combination of words that you choose can create images that will take people to other worlds.
Today I'm going to share some of the words I used to build my fantasy planet- Paradise 21- in my YA sci fi, Colonization, coming out November 7th from Inkspell Publishing.
Trillium Bisonate- This is a made up man eating flower that can pull you into it's blossom and digest you over the course of thirty days. I took the word trillium- which is a kind of flower, and added Bisonate-which is a more sci fi term.
- Turf- This is the foamy stuff made from the vines and root systems of the jungle on Paradise 21. This planet doesn't have sand. It's made up of crystals and plants which thrive on these crystals.
- Locator- This is a device implanted in their arms at birth. Not only can you use it to communicate, but it can also give you a status on your life signs. The problem with Paradise 21, is that the crystals interfere with the signals sent by the locators, making it difficult to find people.
- Lifemate- Because they've been on a ship their whole lives, they are assigned a person to marry, and this person is called a lifemate. This ensures that there is no inbreeding or genetic mutations from such a small gene pool.
- Corsairs, landrovers and aviators: I wanted to come up with vehicles they could use to colonize and explore this new planet. Landrovers are giant trucks that can plow through the jungle. Corsairs are small, sleek scout planes piloted by aviators.
In conclusion, think about the images you want to evoke in your world, and carefully choose words that will help deliver that image to your audience.
About the Author
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
Aubrie's writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in November 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
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