202: Emma D. Dryden on Worldbuilding
Over the course of her twenty-five year career (including as Vice President and Publisher of imprints at Simon & Schuster), Emma D. Dryden has edited nearly 500 books for children and young readers, ranging in format from board books and picture books to poetry, novelty books, non-fiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult/teen fiction and fantasy. In this rebroadcast, Emma talks about how as a publisher she oversaw the annual publication of over 100 hardcover and paperback titles, many going on to win prestigious awards in the publishing industry.
We discuss worldbuilding, including:
- What’s the best way to help your reader feel like they’re in your world without “telling” and creating prolonged descriptions?
- How to use the weather to tell you story and build your world. – what if it rains? Are you in a desert?
- What are key pieces of the world to never forget?
- High fantasy tends to be created from the top down
- And more!
- Episode 148: Effective Description
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- Episode 150: