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Publisher's Summary

Writing advice tends to be full of "rules" and "tips" which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire.

On Writing

  • Part I: Prologues
  • Part II: The First Chapter
  • Part III: The Exposition Problem
  • Part IV: Foreshadowing
  • Part V: Villain Motivation
  • Part VI: Hero-Villain Relationships
  • Part VII: Final Battles
  • Part VIII: The Chosen One
  • Part IX: Hard Magic Systems
  • Part X: Soft Magic Systems
  • Part XI: Magic Systems and Storytelling

On Worldbuilding

  • Part XII: Polytheistic Religions
  • Part XIII: Hidden Magical Worlds
  • Part XIV: How Empires Rise
  • Part XV: How Empires Work
  • Part XVI: How Empires Fall

Exclusive Content

  • Part XVII: How I Plan a Novel

Dozens of sidenotes and extra thoughts on all these wonderful stories

©2019 Timothy Hickson (P)2020 Timothy Hickson

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all hail mishka

the content? absolutely amazing. the pronunciation of Javert? "JAH-verT" (instead of "ja-VER). tfw you don't know french so you just go hardcore on the american.

but otherwise, as a writer, this is literally setting off so many plot points that I think is gonna make my book dope af. my favorite is the villain sections, especially with the final battle.

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overall good.

I enjoyed the content, gave a lot to think about. the narrator mispronounces several names

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Great book, okay reading

This book really is an invaluable source for writers in ALL genres, not only those we "typically" associate with worldbuilding like fantasy or science fiction. All stories are comprised of worlds, even if they ostensibly take place in the "real" one, and Tim really understands that. Accessible and well-researched. Not the biggest fan of the narrator, who often mispronounced words or sometimes mis-read the book to the point where I had to refer to my print copy in order to understand points. This made listening less immersive.

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Phenomenally helpful!

This book is phenomenally helpful in writing novels, screenplays, teleplays, and more. Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me), is as talented as they come!

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Solid enjoyment from youtube

I enjoyed having the videos structured from initial concepts to more nuanced ones near the end. My only sadness was that it ended too quickly for me. I look forward to Tim's part 2.

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Fantastic, informative, insightful

Long time fan of this author's work with his YouTube channel. Bought the paperback and it's one of my favorite books for writing. After hearing that there was an audiobook too, I absolutely had to get it. Was not disappointed :) looking forward to volume 2

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A Good Exploration of World Building

As an aspiring writer, I found this book very interesting. it covers a wide range of topics and content areas. It's not so much a how to, rather, it provides a lot of information for the reader to use and consider on their own. It helped me ask several questions about my own writing and look for ways to improve it. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Do watch the ytube too

very good info!!! i love this guy and his videos are both informative and fun. that and he reuses some of the jokes. nothing more entertaining than your brain inputting the meme when the narrator quotes it.

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Day of Black Sun.

Love the whole thing and am excited for volume 2. But if I never hear about the Day of Black Sun scene from ATLA ever again I will be just fine. 😄

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Great deep dives into worldbuilding and story writing. Topics on villains and final battles was especially interesting and informative

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  • 12-30-20

Poor narration

I have this book in Kindle version and it's amazing. I like the book really much and I find it really helpful... That said, this Audible narration is just plain awful from the start. It sounds as if a robotic voice had read a pdf version outloud while someone is just changing the voice option every moment, so it starts first as super quick, then slows down insufferably for a second or two and so on and so on... I don't know why the guy who wrote the book haven't just done the narration himself - he has a great channel on YouTube where he doesn't narrate his own videos that this book seems to be based on. Didn't expect to be disappointed, but it is what it is... Great book, but the narration is below any minimum standards...

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  • 07-02-21

very informative and beautifully narrated

Love the structure, examples and insight of this book. I learned a lot of very applicable things and will be coming back to different sections as I incorporate the wisdom into my worlds and words.
Merphy and Larissa are excellent narrators, making this very easy to listen to.

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  • BillionaireManzi
  • 05-12-22

Wonderful

This should be in all school libraries, all writer’s desks and at coffee places everywhere

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  • Joshua
  • 03-28-22

Helpful Information

Very much enjoyed this read, it has detailed analysis on all facets of world building and the four usual suspects: Plot, Setting, Characters and Prose. I was taken back at the detailed breakdown of Empire building, falling and need to know pieces of information such as imperial administration. If your after a detailed breakdown on building a world from every conceivable angle, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-20

yes

top work. anyone interested in writing stories should take a look at it as it consolidates some important concepts and gives inspiration