• Mechanics
  • Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building: Where to Begin?

    This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    “That’s so cool!” your friend says after you spew forth your latest story idea. Now what? Suspension of disbelief is the endgame a good writer is trying to achieve when we create a fictional world. Our primary goal is to get the reader to step into this world and then forget it is fictional while […]

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  • Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building: Where to Stop

    This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    Don’t fall into the world building trap of the never-ending punch-list of things you need to detail. “Oh, I just need to flesh-out the Purple Widget People that live on the eastern shores of Avoiding mystery Island.” How do you know when it’s time to stop writing the background and start telling the story? Last […]

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  • Atlas’ Tool Box: World Building – Staying Consistent

    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    World Building: Staying Consistent The world you’ve created, if only in your head for now, is the setting or stage upon which the more interesting thing happens. The more interesting thing is, presumably, your story. You have a point to make, a damsel or dude in distress to rescue, or a twist to reveal. In […]