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On Writing and Worldbuilding - Volume I

By: Timothy Hickson
Narrated by: Larissa Thompson,Merphy Napier
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Publisher's Summary

Writing advice tends to be full of "rules" and "tips" which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire.

On Writing

  • Part I: Prologues
  • Part II: The First Chapter
  • Part III: The Exposition Problem
  • Part IV: Foreshadowing
  • Part V: Villain Motivation
  • Part VI: Hero-Villain Relationships
  • Part VII: Final Battles
  • Part VIII: The Chosen One
  • Part IX: Hard Magic Systems
  • Part X: Soft Magic Systems
  • Part XI: Magic Systems and Storytelling

On Worldbuilding

  • Part XII: Polytheistic Religions
  • Part XIII: Hidden Magical Worlds
  • Part XIV: How Empires Rise
  • Part XV: How Empires Work
  • Part XVI: How Empires Fall

Exclusive Content

  • Part XVII: How I Plan a Novel

Dozens of sidenotes and extra thoughts on all these wonderful stories

©2019 Timothy Hickson (P)2020 Timothy Hickson

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all hail mishka

the content? absolutely amazing. the pronunciation of Javert? "JAH-verT" (instead of "ja-VER). tfw you don't know french so you just go hardcore on the american.

but otherwise, as a writer, this is literally setting off so many plot points that I think is gonna make my book dope af. my favorite is the villain sections, especially with the final battle.

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overall good.

I enjoyed the content, gave a lot to think about. the narrator mispronounces several names

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Great book, okay reading

This book really is an invaluable source for writers in ALL genres, not only those we "typically" associate with worldbuilding like fantasy or science fiction. All stories are comprised of worlds, even if they ostensibly take place in the "real" one, and Tim really understands that. Accessible and well-researched. Not the biggest fan of the narrator, who often mispronounced words or sometimes mis-read the book to the point where I had to refer to my print copy in order to understand points. This made listening less immersive.

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Phenomenally helpful!

This book is phenomenally helpful in writing novels, screenplays, teleplays, and more. Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me), is as talented as they come!

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Fantastic, informative, insightful

Long time fan of this author's work with his YouTube channel. Bought the paperback and it's one of my favorite books for writing. After hearing that there was an audiobook too, I absolutely had to get it. Was not disappointed :) looking forward to volume 2

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good lord, her pronunciation is atrocious!

there was some decent information here, but the reader absolutely butchered certain words, and repeatedly, which made it difficult to listen to. it was jarring because for the most part she was okay, and I appreciated her enunciation and clarity, and then suddenly she would pronounce something so incorrectly that I had to back up and listen again just to get the point of the sentence. it was so distracting.
also, I wish the author had properly credited the creator of dragon Ball as Akira Toriyama. If you're going to cite anime, at least be aware that the true creators are the writers of the manga.

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Solid enjoyment from youtube

I enjoyed having the videos structured from initial concepts to more nuanced ones near the end. My only sadness was that it ended too quickly for me. I look forward to Tim's part 2.

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some good points raised

The author gets too focused on anime, specifically the last Airbender. the comparisons of several different books or series, are used to good effect. but the constant references to anime series, was a major distraction, and caused me to struggle with maintaining interest.

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Variety, engaging, and beginner friendly

I am an artist, not so much a writer, however I am going to create a comic and I wanted to learn what makes a page turning story. I like the variety of genres and media the author provides examples with—novels to anime to comics to television series.

I feel like I better understand when the author talks about a story I am familiar with, so I appreciate that we consume much of the same entertainment!

The narrators voice is friendly and energetic, I enjoyed listening and will listen again. Thanks for creating!

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Modern references to story basics

Every generation needs their own references when it comes to pursuing any craft, this book acts like a screenshot of the current decade referencing media a younger generation is familiar with which then makes the lessons more digestible

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  • salepetrovic87
  • 12-30-20

Poor narration

I have this book in Kindle version and it's amazing. I like the book really much and I find it really helpful... That said, this Audible narration is just plain awful from the start. It sounds as if a robotic voice had read a pdf version outloud while someone is just changing the voice option every moment, so it starts first as super quick, then slows down insufferably for a second or two and so on and so on... I don't know why the guy who wrote the book haven't just done the narration himself - he has a great channel on YouTube where he doesn't narrate his own videos that this book seems to be based on. Didn't expect to be disappointed, but it is what it is... Great book, but the narration is below any minimum standards...

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  • Marcus
  • 07-30-22

A great study in worldbuilding

Timothy Hickson has made a great tool for writers and worldbuilders. With good exemples and interesting breakdowns he aids you on a path of better writting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-21

very informative and beautifully narrated

Love the structure, examples and insight of this book. I learned a lot of very applicable things and will be coming back to different sections as I incorporate the wisdom into my worlds and words.
Merphy and Larissa are excellent narrators, making this very easy to listen to.

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  • BillionaireManzi
  • 05-12-22

Wonderful

This should be in all school libraries, all writer’s desks and at coffee places everywhere

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  • Joshua
  • 03-28-22

Helpful Information

Very much enjoyed this read, it has detailed analysis on all facets of world building and the four usual suspects: Plot, Setting, Characters and Prose. I was taken back at the detailed breakdown of Empire building, falling and need to know pieces of information such as imperial administration. If your after a detailed breakdown on building a world from every conceivable angle, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-20

yes

top work. anyone interested in writing stories should take a look at it as it consolidates some important concepts and gives inspiration