Rebel’s Writing Tips: Balancing an Intense World with a Story

Let’s say you’ve followed all my tips and tricks for world-building and now have the most robust and epic world for your story.  You’ve got a handful of cultures, you’ve got one-of-a-kind settings, and you even have a cast of characters from each and every location.  However, your world is so complex that you aren’t sure how to handle conveying the entire world to the readers of your story.  What do you do?

First off, fear not.  You are not alone and every world-building writer struggles with this issue at some point.  Even if you’ve checked out my post on integrating world and story, if there’s a lot of world on your plate it can still be a monumental and overwhelming task.  Some writers create worlds so vast that it takes an entire separate codex to convey every little detail written.  However, even this still leaves one in a difficult situation when balancing the depth of the world with the story.  As such, I’m going to walk you through five simple tips that you should bear in mind when writing your story and complex world together.  By following these, you should be well on your way to making sure your world doesn’t overwhelm while still being present.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Creating a Fantasy Calendar

For fantasy writers who get super into world-building, calendars are often a shiny element that many want to dive into creating.  After all, time dictates a lot of our lives, so what easier way is there to make a world feel unique?  There is also the simple fact that, unless set on Earth, there is no particular reason for a fantasy world to follow our time scale and divisions.  As such, despite being somewhat superfluous, calendars are a tempting aspect to delve into.

At the same time, though, many writers also get stumped by how to create them.  How many days per week?  What about hours per day?  Where should I put holidays?  There are a slew of issues to consider.  Thusly, today I wish to give you a step-by-step guide you can follow on your journey to make a calendar.  Of course, this is not a strict “do it this way” sort of ordeal, as you should tackle it in whatever order works for you.  However, I have tried to cover all the basics and put it in a sort of logical order that anyone can adjust to their needs.

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Some Thoughts on “The Colour Out of Space”

The Colour Out of Space is an intriguing tale by H.P. Lovecraft that attempts to combine two different genre aspects into one coherent story.  On the one hand, it addresses our fears of space and how we may not understand everything that comes from it.  On the other hand, it features our fear of what might lie underground in the dark that we can neither see nor comprehend.  The elements work together wonderfully.  Yet, there are also a few smaller elements worth discussing, as their presence adds a true terrifying “what if” prospect.  As per usual, this is merely my own interpretation of the story.

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Rebel’s 5 Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety

Like a lot of people, I suffer from some moderate social anxiety.  I have an extreme fear of talking to people on the phone, I freak over minor stuff like having to ask an authority figure a question, and I am the worst interviewer because of how nervous I get.  Yet, I am admittedly a lot better than I used to be ten years ago when my social anxiety was extremely crippling.  Even when you know your social anxiety is preventing your success, it can be a hard thing to improve upon.  However, today I would like to tell you it is possible to work at it and, over time, be less held back by it.  Thus, I’m going to give you my personal tips that have helped (and still help) me overcome my problems with social anxiety.

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Some Thoughts on “Love of Life”

“Love of Life” by Jack London is one of those stories you come away from completely horrified.  There are certain types of scenarios we know exist, and yet our minds often choose not to dwell on them.  To do so would mean to accept the true, horrific experience they would be.  “Love of Life” chooses to dwell on one of these scenarios, in this case what almost starving to death is like.  However, within this tale we examine a dark take on what it means to survive by all means necessary and what we may lose in the process.  As always, the following is my own interpretation of the story and not the only interpretation possible.

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RV Movie Reviews: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Read at your own peril.  This is your chance to click away.

 

 

As I mentioned in my review of The Last Jedi, I don’t see many movies.  However, I make exception for Star Wars, because it’s, well, Star Wars.  Going in though, I never expect much, as the newer Star Wars films are extremely flawed.  Not unenjoyable per say, but technically flawed in many ways.  So, what then did I think of Solo: A Star Wars Story?  Let’s run through my thoughts and feelings, and I’ll tell you just that.

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