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Myth Weaving

Myth Weaving

By Charlie Dorsett
World Building, writing, and storytelling are a craft we can develop and improve over time. Let's dig in to all the details discover a way to make more expansive worlds and enthralling stories together.
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Hard Magic Systems - World Building 201
I am not going into the intricacy of making a hard magic system, instead we are going to talk about why you might want to make one and why I think you shouldn't. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. Project: Shadow, my other podcast= https://anchor.fm/projectshadow YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
30:09
October 21, 2020
Illuminism- World Building 201
Illuminism is the type of magic covered in Mysticism and Occultism. It is a style of magic system rarely built. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
31:19
October 7, 2020
Soft Magic Systems- World Building 201
Soft Magic Systems are often used as an excuse for poor world building, but they are harder to write than you might think. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
31:08
September 30, 2020
Styles of Fiction with Magic- World Building 201
On today's episode, we discuss fabulism, visionary/mystic fantasy, low fantasy, and high fantasy. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
31:14
September 23, 2020
First Questions about Magic Systems- World Building 201
Before we get to the hard stuff, we need to cover the basics. Why magic? What are they called? What is the scale? What is the depth? If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
30:34
September 16, 2020
The Problem with Magic Systems- World Building 201
Let's start out discussion about Magic Systems in World Building by talking about some of the pitfalls to avoid and early steps on the path. Why do you want magic in your story? Racism in Magic Systems. Sexism in Magic Systems. Colonialism in Magic Systems. Beware the pitfalls. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
30:44
September 9, 2020
World Building is Writing- World Build 201
I can't believe I am talking about this, but Milwordy has driven some people mad ahead of time. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
30:30
September 2, 2020
Jungian Archetypes- World Building 201
Let's talk about the Jungian archetypes, the Ego, Shadow, Threshold Guardian, Trickster, and Anima/Animum/Animus If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
30:12
August 26, 2020
Creating a Mythology- World Building 201
The little things that get missed. World Building 101 playlist on Spotify. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
25:54
August 19, 2020
Creating a Religion- World Building 201
Let's start our World Building 201 with a deep dive into Religions, how to create them and how to use them. World Building 101 Playlist on Spotify. Ben Marcus 3B Framework- Belief- Doctrine, Theology, and Sacred Texts, the “values” of the religion Behavior- Rituals and Habits of Daily Life Belonging-  Being part of a community 4C Framework Creed Code Cult Community For more on this check out: What Does it Mean to Be Religious?  ReligionForBreakfast https://youtu.be/MrLj2MEcXO8 If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
32:13
August 12, 2020
World Building Cultures in a time of Cultural Upheaval
Things are changing, or at least they feel like they are. This is an interesting time to do world building a contemporary dark fantasy world set on Earth. What I decided to do I decided to set the story in the ’90s because of my own nostalgia for the goth subculture of my youth. Also I didn’t want to have to deal with the state of the world as it is now. I don’t know how to process live in the United States right now enough to write a story about it, but that doesn’t mean that current events aren’t changing the ideas going into my story world. The Outrage is not mine to appropriate Our job is not to appropriate the anger and outrage of people of color and victims of systemic racism, segregation, or of any population we do not belong to that suffered genocide. We need to adopt a tone of confession and anti-racism. We also need to be careful not to proclaim that our stores offer an absolute or ideal solution to these problems. How do we write honestly from the POV of our characters without appropriation? I can’t write a utopia because that wouldn’t serve the story, but I can’t pretend that I have the answer to these problems.  What ever am I going to do? The real question is: how do I develop a “realistic” fantasy setting without either proclaiming that I have found a “perfect” solution or appearing to write anything into the setting that would justify the bias of the characters within the setting? The answer I came up with is to focus on making sure I am not including racist tropes in my world building that would undercut the stories and the world itself. I know I will not be perfect about this, but it is something we all need to keep a close eye on. Several good example of what I am talking about come from my beloved Harry Potter books. I am not talking about the author’s current transphobia, but the flawed analogy used in the series. Seek perfection Knowing you will never find it. I know I will make mistakes, we all will, but we cannot allow our fear of failure to keep us from working. I understand that there is a big difference between author intent and reader impact, so I am going to do everything in my power to do no harm with my work. Should I mess up, then I need to apologize and fix it in good faith. I don’t have all the answers I wish more writers would repeat that over and over to themselves. Our work is about seeking meaning in this world and finding an escape from it. Our job is not to solve the world’s problem but to search, try, and sometimes harrow the souls of our characters and give our readers a worthwhile experience. All writing is empathy. Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know everything. The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep a close eye on our intentions and the effect we might have on others. Fear serves no purpose other than to keep us quiet. Do your best to tell stories worth tell, ever seeking to do no harm with your tales. That is all that can be asked from any of us. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
31:43
June 29, 2020
Foundation and Setting in World Building, a thank you to World Anvil
If you are working on your world building or wondering why your work feels unoriginal, then the problem isn’t really with your story, it is with your world building or lack thereof. Janet at World Anvil has made a great video about this (here), and they have example pages (here and here). Let’s talk about this starting point in world building. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Ash Dancer: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/ash-dancer Barrens' End: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/barrens--end Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Princess Rescue Squad: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/princess-rescue-squad Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:55
June 17, 2020
World Building The Referential and Symbolic Code
Let's get world building.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:20
April 14, 2020
World Building The Character Code
Don't let your world fall down the rabbit hole.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:49
April 13, 2020
World Building the Enigma Code
Let's build a mystery.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:30
April 10, 2020
World Building The Action Code and The Seven Lenses
How do Tim Hickson's 6 lenses broaden the action code. The Queen of Seven Ravens on World Anvil.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
24:34
April 9, 2020
World Building with the Five Codes of Barthes
It is time to dig into the World Building and see how the Five Codes of Roland Barthes can help us tell the story we want to tell.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:51
April 8, 2020
World Building the Story Focus
Now its time to figure out what the book will be about.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:36
April 6, 2020
World Building The Steps of the Passage
This is the last major step in the process before we dive into the nitty gritty.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:58
April 3, 2020
World Building from The Solution to the Problem to the Marvelous Element
Now, let's work out the positive side of the world.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
24:57
April 1, 2020
World Building The Archetypes of the Creative Unconscious
Remember Archetypes are not Stereotypes.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:29
March 31, 2020
World Building from the State of Misfortune to the Holdfast
Let's continue our World Building 101 seminar.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:28
March 27, 2020
World Building the Value being Pursued, the Scourge, and the Hook
We are continuing our World Building 101 seminar.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:19
March 26, 2020
World Building the Inciting Incident through the Entity being Transformed
Continuing our World Building seminar. Tim Hickson's 8 Steps to Constructing a Fictional World HistoryIf you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:34
March 25, 2020
World Building from Fascination to Subject
Let's start our seminar on World Building with the Fascination, Subject, and Quintessential, the three things we need need to start with to find the heart of our new world.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:50
March 24, 2020
World Building with Story Planner
Organization is half the battle. If you want to support the work that I do,If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:56
January 17, 2020
What is the heart of the Story World
Once you figure out the heart of the story, then you have the tools you need to write as many stories in that world as you want.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:59
October 2, 2019
World Anvil and Letting Go of Perfectionism
Is it really perfectionism that keeps us from hitting publish or is it something else?If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:14
September 17, 2019
World Building with Wonderdraft and World Anvil
Let's talk about world building with Wonderdraft and World Anvil. I set up a world for Ash Dancer, Dragons of Night, and the scifi project.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett Or buy me a Coffee on Ko-fi. Join my Discord. YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Dragon's of Night: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/dragons-of-night Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:39
August 23, 2019