Worldbuilding

Succession and Inheritance in Deusetats

So, in my Primer on Politics for Writers, I said: If you make the [inheritance] systems any more complex than that, you risk (a) spending all your time explaining it, or (b) confusing readers over something that doesn’t drive the plot anyway. Trust me, I know this from personal experience.

A Primer on Politics for Writers: the Players (Part 1)

Previously: the Game, the Board (domestic), the Board (international). Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. – Epicetus So, you know that politics is all about the getting and keeping of power, and that the pursuit of said power will

On the pronunciation of names and places in “Philomena”

By request, a little pronunciation guide – happy to add any others people aren’t sure of. 🙂 Broadly (but not consistently), Deusetatsan pronunciation is similar to German, Jovani to Latin, and Alysine to Greek. Alysia/Alysine “a-LEES-ia/A-liss-ine” Cervin “KER-vin” Cimbra “TSIM-bra” Deusetats “DOI-zetats” Holle “HOL-ly” Leutz “LOITZ” Mittelwalde “MI-tel-vald” Mullrose “MOOL-rose”

A Primer on Politics for Writers: the Board (Pt 2)

Last time: we talked about the game, and about the systems and social structures that underlie your country’s politics. This time! We’ll look at diplomacy and trade, war, and the murky world at the borders of your country.

A Primer on Politics for Writers: the Board (Pt 1)

So, last time on this metaphor Winston Churchill would disapprove deeply of, we talked about the stakes in the game of politics: the getting and keeping of political power. Politics is the art of the possible. – Otto von Bismarck So, how is the board set out? What structures and

A Primer on Politics for Writers: the Game

So I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately and beefing about the lack of nuance in the way that characters navigate the political systems of the world, and the way that politics and power are used in the plot. Then I thought to myself: self, you are a

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