The Great Western Woods: Worldbuilding Podcast

Episode 1.10: Making Maps

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Worldbuilding from scratch for writers, gamers, and anyone interested in creating their own fictional world.
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Episode 1.10: Making Maps
It’s a classic expectation: a beautiful map in the front of a fantasy book. But, whether you're an expert cartographer, or your drawing skills are limited to a few squiggly lines, maps are a helpful way to stop yourself from getting lost in the world you create. Which is actually surprisingly easy. In this episode, find out about the maps we've created, and the big lessons we've learnt along the way. Hear where to start with map making, how to layout your map, and what to include in the landscape. Also check out the various methods for actually creating your fantasy world map in either physical or digital form.
August 5, 2019
Episode 1.9: Edge-Lit After Party
On the morning after attending Edge-Lit writing convention, while still suffering from post-con exhaustion, we gathered our thoughts about the event. Discussing workshops and panels, networking, and the need to clone ourselves several times over. Hear our highs and lows, and our biggest takeaways from the day. Holly talks about meeting her hero, and we tackle the hardest 'would you rather' question ever!
July 22, 2019
Episode 1.8: Author Events, Networking, and Meeting Readers
Today, we’re breaking away from the stereotype of the solitary author hunched over the manuscript, and we’re getting out in the real world. Yes; it really does exist. We’re talking about real life events: literary conventions, book festivals, book signings, and public readings. We share our experiences with events, our thoughts, and, yes, our fears. And hear Angeline's top tips for surviving a writing convention.
July 8, 2019
Episode 1.7: Worldbuilding Essentials
This week, we're going back to basics, and talking about all the essential things you need both before, and just as you start, worldbuilding. We chat about the things we can't live without while worldbuilding, and all the lessons we've learnt along the way.  (Apologies for intermittent sound issues on this episode.)
June 24, 2019
Episode 1.6: Indie Author Week UK
In celebration of Indie Author Week UK, we're talking all things indie. We chat about our lives as indies, the highs and lows, and offer our top tips for anyone considering the indie author route.
June 10, 2019
Episode 1.5: Living Legends
Today we're talking about creating religions, belief structures, rituals, and legends. We discuss the urban legends from our childhoods, and those we might still believe!
May 27, 2019
Bonus Episode: #WorldbuildingQuest
Bringing you a special episode with an invitation to join us for #WorldbuildingQuest this June.
May 24, 2019
Episode 1.4: Horror Stories
Join us as we discuss our love of horror, share our tips for scaring your readers, and, most likely, scare ourselves a little bit too!
May 13, 2019
Episode 1.3: Origin Stories
Could this be the truth about how Angeline and Holly got their superpowers? Do they have superpowers? Time to find out...
April 29, 2019
Episode 1.2: Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Tips
We may both like our creature comforts, but we do love Camp NaNoWriMo. Listen to our reasons why, and our top survival tips.
April 15, 2019
Episode 1.1: Relaunch Party
Join us for our relaunch party: meet the co-hosts, and find out just how nerdy things are going to get.
April 1, 2019
Episode 10: Holidays and Leisure
Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside... Where do your characters go on holiday, and what do the locals really think of them?
November 22, 2018
Episode 9: Food
One of my favourite subjects, and the thing that kicked off my worldbuilding obsession.
October 12, 2018
Episode 8: Animals
Animals have important roles to play in the lives of humans. Here's some different things to consider when adding them into your world.
September 29, 2018
Episode 7: Introduction to the Environment
A starting point to thinking about the physical environment of your world, and how it affects everything else.
September 11, 2018
Episode 6: Family
How does the society and culture of your world impact on families and mothers living in it? And is there a perfect solution for working mothers?
August 28, 2018
Episode 5: Health and Wellness
Issues surrounding health and wellness in your world reach much further than just a visit to the doctor.
August 1, 2018
Episode 4: Towns and Cities
Let's zoom in and look at the layout of your towns and cities, and the design of your houses.
July 17, 2018
Episode 3: Making Your Map
Different ways to approach worldbuilding, how to layout your map, and what effects the layout.
July 10, 2018
Episode 1: Introduction
An introduction to me, Angeline Trevena, and The Great Western Woods podcast.
July 3, 2018
Episode 2: Writing a Series
Why book series work well, how to approach writing one, and the number one thing you need to make it a success.
July 3, 2018
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