Marilynn Byerly

 

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Creating a Believable Paranormal World

 

Are vampires, fairies, and space aliens real?  If you create the right background for your novel, they will be to your reader.  Marilyn Byerly, lauded by reviewers for "building a world that combines both integrity and depth in an entertaining way," shows you how to develop a fantasy, science fiction, or paranormal world from scratch...how to invent creatures to populate it...and how to make your novel utterly believable.  She'll teach you the ins and outs of research, fresh ways to use creatures like vampires, and the means to avoid various traps many authors have fallen into.

 

Lessons will be posted every day.

 

Topics include:

 

 * The three methods of world-building--their advantages and disadvantages

* World-building questions and resources

* What not to do in building your world

* How to create the perfect alien or magical character

* Putting your world-building on the page

* Avoiding SF hazards, magic messes, and info dumping

 

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF WORLDBUILDING

 

MAGIC OR THE REAL WORLD?

 

LANGUAGE

 

MAPS

 

REAL PLACES

 

THE HISTORY OF A LOCATION

 

THE HISTORY OF A RACE/CREATURE

 

OTHER ELEMENTS OF WORLDBUILDING

 

THE THREE METHODS OF WORLDBUILDING

 

WHOLE WORLD DEVELOPMENT

 

ORGANIC WRITERS

 

HOW I BUILT THE WORLD OF STAR-CROSSED

 

YOUR WORLD OR YOUR PLOT--WHICH COMES FIRST?

 

RESOURCES FOR WORLDBUILDING

 

HOW TO USE THE LINKS

 

WEBSITE LINKS

 

RESEARCH METHODS FOR FINDING BOOKS AND INFORMATION

 

SEARCH TERMS FOR SEARCH ENGINES OF ALL TYPES

 

READING OTHERS' FICTION IS NOT RESEARCH

 

HOW TO USE NONFICTION RESEARCH

 

DEVIATING FROM NONFICTION FACT

 

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR WORLDBUILDING

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KEEP IN YOUR WORLDBUILDING FOLDERS

 

KEEPING UP WITH INFORMATION AS YOU WRITE

 

INSPIRATIONS AND SOURCES IN WORLDBUILDING

 

KITCHEN SINK WORLDBUILDING

 

KITCHEN SINK GENRE MIXING

 

RESPECT YOUR GENRE/S AND KNOW THEM

 

HONEST JOHN’S USED WORLDBUILDING

 

GURPS, LRPGS, AND RPGS

 

GOING WHERE SOMEONE ELSE HAS GONE BEFORE

 

MAGICAL AND PARANORMAL BEINGS

 

GHOSTS

 

WRITNG A PSYCHIC CHARACTER

 

THE DANGER OF BEING TOO PSYCHIC

 

TELEPATHIC DIALOGUE

 

SEX AND THE SINGLE ALIEN

WICCANS AND WITCHES

 

SATANISTS AND SATANIST

 

MYTHS AND LEGENDS

 

VAMPIRES

 

DRAGONS

 

ZOMBIES

 

TIME TRAVEL

 

PUTTING YOUR WORLDBUILDING ON THE PAGE

 

DETAILS, DETAILS

 

THE NAMING OF NAMES

 

A STRANGER IN A FAMILIAR LAND

 

FLAWS IN SCENE WORLDBUILDING LOGIC

 

HOW TO MAKE EVERYTHING OLD NEW AGAIN

 

A FRESH TAKE ON THE STANDARD FANTASY NOVEL

 

HOW POWERFUL SHOULD YOUR SPECIAL CHARACTERS/CREATURES BE?

 

HOW POWERFUL ARE THE BAD GUYS?

 

BAD GUYS ARE PEOPLE, TOO

 

MAGICAL POWERS THAT GROW

 

THE SELFISH GOAL

 

THE CAST OF THOUSANDS SYNDROME

 

THE HERO'S GOAL, ITS COST, AND MOTIVATION

 

SNEAKY WAYS TO AVOID SCIENCE TROUBLES IN SF

 

MAGIC AND REALITY

 

CREATING A CREATURE USING THE REAL WORLD

 

MAGIC SPELLS

 

INFO DUMPING

 

GOOD INFO DUMPING

 

THE OPENING SCENE

REAL WORLD INSPIRATION FOR OUR UNREAL WORLDS

 

MAGICAL CHARACTERS IN OUR WORLD

 

WORLDBUILDING FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOOKS

 

WORLDBUILDING IN SHORT FORMATS

 

THE SERIES

 

TYPES OF SERIES

 

ONE VIEWPOINT RULES ALL

 

MULTIPLE VIEWPOINT SERIES

 

THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES

 

REPETITIVE STRUCTURE

 

BREAK IT INTO NUMEROUS TRILOGIES

 

THE NEVER-ENDING STORY

 

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SERIES

 

HOW I CREATED THE WORLD FOR “CRYSTAL WED TO STEEL”

 

SAME WORLD, VERY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

 

SUMMATION

 

Marilynn's Teaching Biography:

Marilynn Byerly's two passions are writing and teaching. With a BA and MA in English with an emphasis on fictional structure and literary analysis, she has taught writing, judged numerous national and regional writing contests, reviewed books, and written articles on writing which have appeared in trade publications, national magazines, and writing websites. Her articles have also been used as part of the course work for writing and publishing programs at major universities.

Her romance, fantasy, and suspense novels have won major awards including the National Readers Choice Award, the Sapphire, and the Write Touch.

 

What qualifies Marilynn to teach this course?

Romance Reviews Today has said of her, "Building a world that combines both integrity and depth in a believable and entertaining way is a trademark of Ms. Byerly."

 

Workshops Schedule

The Big Question: How to Create a Powerful Novel from a Few Ideas and One Big Question

Worldbuilding Course: Creating a Believable Paranormal, Fantasy, or SF World.

Writing in the Moment: How to get your voice, viewpoint, and craft so perfect that you disappear and your story comes alive.

The Blurb: Mother of All Promotions How to write a blurb -- that pithy description of your novel in a query letter, the short "elevator pitch" used at a writer's conference, the log line for online promotion, and the all important back cover copy for a published novel.   

Analyzing Jim Butcher's Storm Front

The Game We Play Star-crossed The Once and Future Queen By Fate's Hand GuardianAngelTn Time After Time

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