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Worldbuilding #10 – Basic Rivers

WB IconWelcome to another edition of my Worldbuilding series. Due to massive amounts of information about rivers, it will be very difficult to sum them up in 1 – 2 articles, and so, I am dedicating the month of September to Rivers. I hope to do 3 – 4 articles this month about rivers, providing a lot of key information and teach you some techniques in how to put rivers on your map. This will be the most extensive section of map making and you will now understand why we waited so long to do rivers.

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Worldbuilding #8a – Advanced Mountains

WB IconWelcome to another edition of the Worldbuilding series. In our last article, I taught you how to put mountains on your map. I also gave you some thoughts about how mountains are formed and the different kinds there are. Today, we take the simple 2D mountains on your map and give them some texture, to give more of a 3D look.

Like all tutorials, I am going to show you the basic technique I used and it is up to you how you want to use it to create your maps. You may decide you want to use different colours or even have more than 2 types of mountains. With your imagination and my tutorials, the possibilities are endless.

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Worldbuilding #8 – Mountains

WB IconWe have finally come to mountains. The long awaited mountains. Mountains are extremely important for when we make our map, yet we have designed a great many other things first. Most worldbuilding resources will tell you to start with mountains, and for good reason you should. However, in this tutorial we didn’t ask we needed to get many things out of the way. Think of it as a puzzle. Before you can get the main image of what the puzzle creates, you have to start with the border pieces.

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Worldbuilding #6b – Shallow Water Advanced

WB IconWelcome to another edition of the Worldbuilding series. This is my 10th official article. I don’t consider Fixing a Mistake to be an official article as it only applies to those who have been following along since I first started this, and any new comer, it won’t apply to them.

This article is finish up series 6 of the Map Making phase, showing you advanced techniques for doing Shallow Water. If you did Advanced Beaches, this will come very easy for you.

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Worldbuilding — Introduction

I will soon start writing a fantasy series and started trying to picture the world where my story takes place, but was having difficulty. I decided that I would try to draw it out, but I lacked the ability to draw and even if I try to fake it, I didn’t know how to make my land appear organic and nearly random. While there are many tools out there to help out with that, most of them cost money.

Money is a funny thing for us writers. Generally our primary focus when it comes to spending money is on professional editing, cover design, and any tools that help us release a book. So making a map of our world and designing further elements that may not be in our initial story is frivolous. It is nice to have a map, but not crucial. But wouldn’t you like one anyways?

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