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Creating a unique, immersive setting one life form at a time.

CREATING LIFE (THE ART OF WORLD BUILDING, #1) is a detailed how-to guide on inventing the heart of every imaginary world - life. With chapters on creating gods, species/races, plants, animals, monsters, heroes, villains, and even undead, it draws on the author’s quarter century of world building experience.
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Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Evermore Press
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Thiago d'Evecque
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The series The Art of World Building might very well be the definitive resource to create life, places, and everything a writer needs to flesh out a world.

Creating Life, the first in the series, is packed with tools, ideas and suggestions to help you populate a world. This volume is divided in 7 chapters: Why Build a World, Gods, Species, World Figures, Monsters, Plants and Animals, and Undeads. The book is as exhaustive as a non online, constantly updated encyclopedia can be.

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Kevin Potter
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A fair foundational base.

This book provides a fairly solid base of knowledge and some useful tools for both SFF writers and gamers, game masters in particular.

That being said, it should be noted that nearly all of the material present is geared toward novices.

Those experienced in world building will still glean a few choice gems, however.
Hannah Comfybookchats
Jun 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
Basic, like child level basic. Oh and if you want more details on a subject, instead of it being in the book you paid for you can sign up for the authors newsletter.

So you could just sign up for the authors newsletter for free and get more information.
Donovan
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good reference and guide

I liked this book. It is a good guide for someone who has no idea how to go about world building. It does not give all the answers or everything one needs to create their own world, but I do not believe it is meant to be or that any single work can be. The author does a good job though of giving a good reference of what someone undertaking world building should consider and touches well on areas where a person might need or want to do more research.
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K. J. Harrowick
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book as part of a project to find really great craft books to recommend to other writers on world building.

DNF at 15% - here's why.

This book is a great summary on how this particular author approaches world building.

The first 9% of this book contains a lot of self-advertising for the series and outlines of what readers should expect to see contained within the pages, instead of jumping right into the pages. But as I skimmed ahead a little, any crafting contained within seemed to
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Nathan
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
If you are familiar with this type of world-building how to books, then Creating Life is for the most part exactly what you would expect. It shines the most in the chapter on creating heroes and famous figures in your world; the downside of it is that it is 1/3 of a series on world-building that frequently references other entries, forcing you to either buy the rest of the books or have a nagging feeling of being incomplete. Average at best.
Paul Wandless
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great resource that I always keep handy when writing. The book is organized well by topic and has lots of great insights and information for help with your characters, monsters, plants or animals.
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