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    Cameron Haider
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      I am a solo indie game developer, unreleased. My game is a fantasy random gacha hero collector. I am sorting through years of unorganized notes and structuring world setting/events/characters for my game. I’m planning on improving my notes enough for a professional service to apply it to my game designs. I’m currently moving my thoughts onto cradle and would be grateful for any advice.

      #302683
      Magic Seeker
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        Hello Cameron! Welcome to FM!

        I don’t know anything about gaming, but I hope someone here can help you.

        Happy writing,
        Deb Salisbury
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        #302684
        Cameron Haider
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          I got the game covered. I desperately need advice on pulling together all of my world building notes into something besides a pile of chaos!

          #302718
          Magic Seeker
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            I would start by making folders by type: Characters, for example, with a file for each character name, including descriptions, relationships, and histories for each. The same for land regions, cities, weather patterns, wars (current and past), trade routes, anything else that applies to your game. We call this a story bible, and your app creators will need all the detail you can give them.

            I hope this helps!

            Happy writing,
            Deb Salisbury
            The Mantua-Maker, Quality Historical Sewing Patterns and Books
            www.mantua-maker.com

            The Art of the Hoop: 1860 - 1869, Dress, Sewing, and Clothing Care Advice
            https://www.mantua-maker.com/a---1860s-fashion.html

            Dead Wizard's Loot: Wizard Whitewing #1
            http://www.djsalisburybooks.com/Dead-Wizard-s-Loot.html

            #302720
            Cameron Haider
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              This is the sort of advice I need right now! I’ve found a lot of advice online about world building but not much on how to make a useful story bible.

              Is there any other advice you can give me on important details i may forget to include in my story bible? Or any advice on taking ideas and putting them in organized black and white?

              Thanks you!

              #302721
              Magic Seeker
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                Here’s a couple of articles that might help (that I admit I didn’t read):

                https:// www. janefriedman. com/the-story-bible/ (Split up because it shows an ad for her book)

                Tips on Creating a Story Bible

                Googling ‘Create “story bible” ‘ brings up a bunch of results.

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                Happy writing,
                Deb Salisbury
                The Mantua-Maker, Quality Historical Sewing Patterns and Books
                www.mantua-maker.com

                The Art of the Hoop: 1860 - 1869, Dress, Sewing, and Clothing Care Advice
                https://www.mantua-maker.com/a---1860s-fashion.html

                Dead Wizard's Loot: Wizard Whitewing #1
                http://www.djsalisburybooks.com/Dead-Wizard-s-Loot.html

                #302723
                Cameron Haider
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                  I actually never though of the phrase “story bible” as significant and was googling “world building”. You advice did give me a lot more specialized articles to read. Thank you very much!

                  #302779
                  Keeley
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                    Welcome, Cameron!

                    And thank you, MagicSeeker, for that link. That’s fantastic info.

                    Author of a romance between Loki and Sigyn, a dragon shapeshifter series, and a romantic fantasy with forbidden magic and a mysterious minstrel. (More at amykeeley.wordpress.com)

                    Also writes space opera/sociological science fiction under the name Z.A. Waterstone. (zawaterstone.wordpress.com)

                    #302792
                    Cameron Haider
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                      I actually found a mountain of advice online and plan to post the most useful sites soon, maybe in a few days.

                      #302813
                      Cameron Haider
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                        This is a good overview on story bibles: https://penstricken.com/2019/07/14/writing-a-novel-make-sure-youve-got-a-story-bible/

                        This is my favorite website, her workbooks are exactly what I wanted: https://www.well-storied.com/tools

                        This is an amazing old free resource of world building questions: https://www.pcwrede.com/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/

                        I’ve read several books, K.M. Weiland is my favorite: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

                        Her book is 5 years old and was recently turned into a program, I hate the software but the book is amazing. I found the book at my library.

                        For software, Scrivener is great even though the new version still isn’t released for windows.

                        I over research everything…

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