On August 1 I will start a world-building challenge. It will proceed in much the same manner as MidSommer Madness, with daily public posts to the LH blog. As this is public, you might want to take advantage of the challenge.
The August World-building challenge will focus on four (4) general topics:
Topic 1. Maps and Diagrams Topic 2. Technology and Magic Topic 3. Culture and Society Topic 4. Physical and Cultural Environments
For LH Members:
Each person will work individually to create basic information to support their novel-writing efforts. We will critique in small groups of 3 people or so. We’ll try to keep the groups small, and will change group sizes etc. as we need to keep things sustainable during the month. You WILL have to create some graphics, but this is NOT a graphics-intensive challenge. Persons who are drawing by hand, and who have no scanner, can post either by faxing the drawing to me toll-free (number will be posted in the forums) or by using a digital camera to photograph their drawings. Any digital images can be uploaded into the forums.
Look in your library, or online or at home, for examples of maps, diagrams, geneaologies etc in books in the same genre that you will write in. Try to identify just why they were included, and what you feels works or doesn’t work.