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I'm starting on my Q4 now and which is a medieval type of fantasy, my first try at this. I was hoping for some advice.

I know that Dave has said that he dislike cliches, that when describing a tree so many writers will just say "pine tree" or if not, "oak tree", Dave wants original worlds, where the mileu is something real and imaginable.

The problem is I don't really know where to start. (I have a magic system pretty much worked out, it's the map that's the problem.) And even the ideas that I do have, I'm not sure how to go about describing them. (Although that's a secondary problem.)

So my question to everyone is: How do you go about creating and displaying your (fantasy) mileux?

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Topic starter Posted : June 21, 2020 12:13 pm
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I imagine a world which I would love to visit, put myself in it and then describe it.
I use my senses. What are the smells? How does it feel? What does it look like? Are there any ambient noises? What are the colors?

Example: Harold looked up and saw white puffy clouds kissing the tall redwood trees. Cool moisture from the fog dripped from the tree's green needles onto his head. A mild scent of cedar tickled his nose. He could hear a blue jay mocking him.

Did this put you there?

That's what you do. Put your reader there through their senses.

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Posted : June 21, 2020 11:21 pm