World Building can be quite an intensive and extensive task. I knew from the conception of the The Veil Saga, that I wanted to make these stories as realistic and in depth as possible. In my research, I found myself asking so many questions! After coming across the websites of Dr. Platypus, a college professor and curriculum editor as well as that of Darrell J. Pursiful, fantasy author I had even more questions. These websites alone were chock-full of the answers I needed on mythology and ancient cultures.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that these two websites belonged to the same person! I just had to reach out. With expertise in history, mythology, religions, and languages, this was exactly the person’s brain that I needed to pick! I reached out with a few questions and I asked Darrell, if on the off chance, if he’d be willing to critique some of my world building documents. To my delight, he was happy to. In the interest of collaboration, we agreed to alpha read for one another which lead to us forming a critique group. We’ve expanded our critique group to a foursome.
All this to say, that the best advice I can give would-be authors is to join a critique group! This has been such a valuable part of my writing experience. If you can’t find a critique group, form one!
The following article from Darrell Pursiful’s website, Into the Wonder, is the perfect example of the value of a critique group.
I’ve recently found myself in a writing critique group that has made me think about medieval/D&D-type fantasy kindreds in the context of the classical world. Specifically, what would you call such beings if you were discussing them not in English (or any other northern European language) but in Greek?
The short answer: It isn’t as easy as it looks, but there are some options.
Steven A. Guglich’s Veil Saga is shaping up to be a centuries-spanning tale of magic and intrigue. The bit of it that I’ve been reading/critiquing lately takes place in the fourth century AD, which means the characters are discussing elves, goblins, etc., in the language of that time and place: namely, Koine Greek. (Koine Greek is halfway between the Classical Greek of Socrates and the Byzantine Greek of the Middle Ages.) I’m thoroughly enjoying the tale, but the language nerd in me wants to know: How
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