Cosmology: Building the nature of your universe

Put in a nutshell, Cosmology is the science that deals with the nature of the universe as a whole, and what allows us to understand just how our world works and where it comes from.
Usually, there are two different approaches to help determine how a particular world has come into existence. The first of which would obviously be the creation of the universe by a single super-being or a group of particular deities, usually tied together nicely with a creation story.

That’s all well and good, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other ways through which a world could technically have formed. After all, how does one go about creating a new world when we don’t even understand how our own first came into existence?

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A Beautiful Photoshop Map Tutorial

The 4th and final part of the Elfcarron tutorial is now up on The World Building School.

This tutorial teaches all about adding typography and a boarder to your map.

If you haven’t heard of this before then The World Building School has been publishing tutorials on how to draw a map similar to the Elfcarron map:

I’ve included links to the other articles below:

Part 1: How To Rangomly Generate Terrain Using Photoshop

Part 2: Adding Texture To The Ocean And Land

Part 3: Drawing The Sea And Coastline For Your Map

Part 4: Finishing Your Map With Typography And A Boarder

I hope you find the tutorial useful.

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Quidditch To Be Made An Olympic Sport?

Quidditch should be made an Olympic Sport.

As we all know Harry Potter is the biggest story franchise of all time. However what you may not know is that the famous wizard sport is also fastly becoming a popular sport for muggles.

Come Rio 2016 it would be amazing to see such a new sport played in the Olympics. For those of you who are a little unsure on what the sport entails here’s a quick rundown.

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The World Building School Goes Live Wednesday 11th July!

I’m really proud to announce that the long awaited re-design of The World Building School will be put live tomorrow (that’s Wednesday 11th)

Here’s what you can expect from The World Building School:

  • A new world building article posted every Friday.
  • A free email subscription – so you can keep informed every time a new article is posted up on the school.
  • A growing library of World Building resources and guides.
  • Artwork featured from members of the DeviantART World Builders Guild.
  • Guest posts from other world builders and writers.

I will be sending out a special launch email to everyone who has requested notification of the new World Building School launch. If you’d like to be included on this email then please visit the website and add your email address to the box.

After I’ve sent out the launch email I will be deleting that email list so you can be sure that your email address is safe with me.

I will post another journal as soon as The World Building School goes live. If you’re an artist interested in featuring your artwork on the school to gain more exposure then please let me know, similarly if you would like to write an article for the school then that is also welcome.

E.g. if you’re a creature artists then maybe describe one technique you use to create realistic creatures. Or an armour designer may want to write about the different types of armour.

I look forward to the launch of The World Building School and hope it adds another dimension to the inspiration being collected over at The World Builders Guild on DeviantART.

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What would you like to see from The World Building School?


A great article on common mistakes made by self published authors. If you are self publish or plan on self publishing then head over to The Fantasy Author’s Handbook and have a read. In fact if you consider yourself a writer then it’s worth a read full stop.

Fantasy Author's Handbook

I’ve been reading a large number of self-published books lately, acting as a judge for a contest. I’m happy to report that many of them have been quite good, most are at least mediocre, and very few are truly awful. The fact is, the same can be said of the output of any major publishing house. We live in a bell curve, one way or another.

But there are a few things I keep seeing in these passionate, even exuberant labors of love, and so this week let’s get down to brass tacks and tackle some really basic writing mistakes that tend to plague all of us at one point or another, but that we should all be on the lookout for in everything we write.

In no particular order, I give you:


Galen wondered why there were no lights coming from the castle windows. “I wonder why there…

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