• Creating Places

  • The Art of World Building, Book 2
  • By: Randy Ellefson
  • Narrated by: Randy Ellefson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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By: Randy Ellefson
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Publisher's Summary

Creating a unique, immersive setting one place at a time.

Creating Places is a detailed how-to guide on inventing the heart of every imaginary world - places. It includes chapters on inventing planets, moons, continents, mountains, forests, deserts, bodies of water, sovereign powers, settlements, and interesting locales. Extensive, culled research on each is provided to inform your world-building decisions and understand the impact on craft, story, and audience. You’ll also learn how and when to create history and maps. Experts and beginners alike will benefit from the free templates that make building worlds easier, quicker, and more fun.

Learn the difference between types of monarchies, democracies, dictatorships, and more for realistic variety and believable conflict. Understand how latitude, prevailing winds, and mountains affect climate, rainfall, and what types of forests and deserts will exist in each location. Consistently calculate how long it takes to travel by horse, wagon, sailing vessels, or even dragon over different terrain types and conditions.

Creating Places is the second volume in the Art of World Building, the only multi-volume series of its kind. Three times the length, depth, and breadth of other guides, the series can help fantasy and science fiction creators determine how much to build and why, how to use world building in your work, and whether the effort to create places will reap rewards for you and your audience.

©2017 Randy Ellefson (P)2017 Evermore Press, LLC

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This book was perfect for what I needed as a beginner world builder. Informative and thoughtful, I found more than I needed to begin.

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  • 12-02-22

Terrible narrator, I almost fall asleep.

I had high hopes as I have read great Amazon's reviews about this book. I wanted the information, so I thought I could listen to it while I was working. It could have been a great book but the narrator was so bad, reading like a robot would read a database, monotone and fast that I literally felt on the edge of falling asleep. Such a pity, I need to find another world building book that I am actually able to listen to.