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Worldbuilding is the ultimate act of creation for speculative fiction writers, but how exactly do you worldbuild? You ask 'what if' and use each answer as a springboard to more questions and answers about your fictional world.

In The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, that ‘what if’ process is broken down into 26 themed chapters, covering topics ranging from architecture to zoology. Ea
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 30th 2017 by Fantasia Hearth Press
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Deborah
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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World building is an essential skill for every writer of speculative fiction, and this A-Z is a great place to start.
Originally an exercise for a blog challenge, the author has developed this into a really useful workbook to guide, inform and stimulate writers as they settle down to create their own unique worlds. Consistency, believability, and logic are essential when designing a world, and there are many aspects to consider, from moons and gravity, to geography and weather, through societies,
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J. Dorner
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers
This book is dedicated to the A to Z Challenge bloggers of 2014. I was one of those people! So, though the author and I do not know each other, we have participated in the same (very large) blog hop, and in the same book tour. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I enjoyed the book very much. I have a reference book out on a related topic (Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters), so I know quite a bit about this genre. The A-Zs of Worldbuildin
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Jemima Pett
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a handbook, or manual, to an essential activity for any author.  Even when you think you've got your world down taped I guarantee that working through this book, or even flicking through it, will bring something new to your ideas.  I learnt on my first A to Z that I hadn't delved deeply enough into my Princelings world.  Reading through Rebekah Loper's guide, I thought of two more aspects I'd never really considered in depth.  And although I've done better with the Viridian System, there ...more
M.A. Chiappetta
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a writer, I found this book to be super helpful for thinking through all the elements that go into creating a fantastical or science fiction world. Honestly, even if you're writing about a time in the historical past or a place of the world that you've never lived, this book would be useful. It encourages you to consider everything from wild life and plants to religions and family... and so much more that can potentially use to help create plot complications and inform the motives of differen ...more
Anna Tan
Covering everything from Architecture to Zoology, The A-Zs of Worldbuilding is a comprehensive workbook on how to build a fictional world from scratch. Evidently.

Each chapter provides some background on the chosen topic, giving examples of how that specific aspect may affect people or culture, both individually and as a whole. This is followed by exercises: questions about the topic, plus guidance on things to think about in answering those questions, which I found useful. A lot of times, I g
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Thorny
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was one of a lucky few who got to preview this book in April of 2017, and to beta test the exercises. If you are a writer, a thinker, a reader, a fantasy game builder or player, I would highly recommend The A-Zs of Worldbuilding to you.

This book's format will guide you through the creation of a whole new world, crafted from your own imagination and with the prompts on these pages, including the obvious necessities (what is the family structure, where do they live, what do they wear, and eat,
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Caroline
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received A to Z as a prize in a writing competition and I must say it has been a great book to have. As a writer of fantasy, getting to know my world before I begin to write is a necessity for me. I found Rebekah's 26 topics and the corresponding exercises extremely helpful to trigger ideas, dig deeper and flesh out the world.
J.R. Vincente
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fiction writer, but I have exclusively written in the "real world." I might make some mild changes like omitting STDs and pregnancy scares for the sake of sexiness, but I have never even touched on the realm of historical fiction, much less worldbuilding. The idea of it, honestly, was terrifying.

That's why I was so excited to pick up a book that would guide me through the process of worldbuilding! I have had an idea floating around in the back of my mind that would take pla
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Robin
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, writing
**Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC**

I love this book. With printable access to extra worksheets, you can write out your exercises in this book without fear of running out of space or changing your mind. Rebekah brought together various aspects of worldbuilding with questions I've never even considered for my own worlds such as birth/death rituals, how architecture affects and is affected by the world and climate, vegetation, and the science/religion/magic conundrum. This book and the c
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Rebekah Loper loves to create worlds – whether they are magical and fictional, or a productive farm in her suburban backyard where she makes futile attempts to curse Bermuda grass from all existence.

Rebekah lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband, dog, formerly feral cat, a flock of chickens, and an extensive tea collection. She blogs at rebekahloper.com, and is also a contributing blogger at F
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