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Old 04-29-2010, 07:05 PM View Post #21 (Link)
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:31 PM View Post #22 (Link)
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This is something I typed up over the last few days.

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The Art of Conning

What is Conning?

For a lot of writers, the world in which the events of your stories take place is just a back drop; an unimportant cut out that sits around your characters and tells them where to stand and how to look pretty while doing it. To others, particularly those involved in writing fantasy and science fiction works, the world is its own character and, quite possibly, the most important one of them all.

The term conworld is a portmanteau of the words ‘construction’ and ‘world’ and refers to an imagined setting dreamt up by writers, artists or hobbyists, often for no other reason than the joy of creating. J.R.R Tolkien is the prime example and he was obviously going to rear his head at some point in this blog entry. Tolkien was primarily a professor of language when he set out on his world ‘Arda’. It started with a few scribblings, some runes and some made up words, and from there he constructed entire languages. Eventually, he began to create cultures to fit said languages and a place to put them. Middle Earth was born. Arda was a man’s life work and it is thought that when Tolkien died in the September of ’73, he hadn’t even come close to finishing it.

How is it done?

Of course, Tolkien is an extreme example; his work on Arda has a scope and depth to it that is unmatched by most in the writing world. But that doesn’t mean that conning can’t be both handy and enjoyable for the budding writer. There are two ways to go about creating a conworld. The top-down approach involves outlining the major parts of the world first (layout of the world, races, how sophisticated the inhabitants of the world are) and then fleshing out the world gradually by focusing on smaller and smaller details until the world is rich and vibrant. The second method, and the one that Tolkien favoured, is the bottom-up approach, where a small section of the world is focused on and the built around (in Tolkien’s case the small section was language because that was his area of expertise). Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages, and choosing which one to use really all falls down to personal preference.

How can it help?

If you are planning on writing a fantastic story set in its own world, it will show if you haven’t given the world a bit of thought beforehand. The greatest advantage of conning when writing is that it will help arrange things in your head and stop you from making trip ups in terms of continuity within your story. Of course, many people choose to create worlds purely for their own enjoyment, and all that takes is the imagination; not even a pen and some paper are necessary. The possibilities are endless.


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That makes three!
Don't we have four now? Me, Tsuki, Spacey, and Drax...?
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For some reason, I find that rather funny. Math humor! Geeks for the win!
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For some reason, I find that rather funny. Math humor! Geeks for the win!
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You heard about the book written in Pi laws?

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