Vaean—My Worldbuilding Project

Upon my first day entering the world of innovation, I was surprised. Not just because I had expected something small and had instead found something grand. Barely for the fact that the inhabitants of this realm felt, acted and appeared as humanoid. Not because they subverted my expectations, acting happy to see me instead ofContinue reading “Vaean—My Worldbuilding Project”

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writers talk about writer’s block a lot. It’s a question nearly every author gets asked—how do you deal with writer’s block? How did you beat it? It’s an issue that, it seems, penetrates every writing community, and the question of how to overcome it is one that no person, book, or google search has yetContinue reading “Overcoming Writer’s Block”

Worldbuilding—Constructing a Map

As you’ll know if you follow this blog, I’m a fan of the art of worldbuilding—that act of creating a fictional setting, be it for fantasy, science fiction, or anything in between. It serves as an outlet for creativity and as grounds for collaboration. Many of our favorite tales are set in grand worlds withContinue reading “Worldbuilding—Constructing a Map”

Best Books I Read in 2021

Greetings! While this may be coming a little late, I did want to touch on some of my favorite books of 2021 before taking this site into the new year. This was a huge year for me in terms of reading, and while several of my reviews have made it onto this blog, I thoughtContinue reading “Best Books I Read in 2021”

Taking a Break + Plans for 2022

Greetings! This year seems to have gone by quickly, and while I only had this site for the later half of it, I’m glad I didn’t put it off. Goblin Opinions has certainly assisted in my writing journey, as well as that of continuing to read in the genres of fantasy and historical fiction. ManyContinue reading “Taking a Break + Plans for 2022”

Triple Book Review + New Short Story

Greetings! It’s that time again—I’ve finished a selection of books, and I’m sharing my reviews of them on the Goblin Opinions blog. You can find more reviews, as well as a list of favorite readings, on my goodreads account. This past month, I finished several books, all by the wonderful author Brandon Sanderson. I’ve spokenContinue reading “Triple Book Review + New Short Story”

Worldbuilding—Nations and Cultures

Worldbuilding—the act of creating a fictional setting, usually for fantasy—is something that has always fascinated me. The possibilities are endless: your world can vary from our own, it can have its own weather patterns, geographical features, species, and nations. Worldbuilding is a creative art, and it presents no limit. However, there are certain aspects ofContinue reading “Worldbuilding—Nations and Cultures”

Online Resources for Writers

In my time searching for advice concerning writing fiction, several online resources have fulfilled and exceeded my expectations. I’ll list several of those here, along with others recommended and spoken of throughout the writing community. Brandon Sanderson’s Lectures: Sanderson’s YouTube lecture series has proved invaluable in my quest for writing advice. He posts them completelyContinue reading “Online Resources for Writers”

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Study in Dystopian Worldbuilding

Recently I finished Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and it got me thinking about the role of dystopias in fiction and worldbuilding in general. Atwood’s futuristic dystopia features a totalitarian regime that has taken control of a failing United States. The new state enforces rigid social roles, enslaving its inhabitants and providing only bare essentialsContinue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale: A Study in Dystopian Worldbuilding”

Sensory Details in Writing

In writing anything fiction—a short story, a novel, what have you—it is important to keep in mind the significance of utilizing sensory details for the benefit of the reader. Even if your plot is centered around something far outside the realm of perception—and please enlighten me if this is your plan—you’ll still want to tryContinue reading “Sensory Details in Writing”