Readers pick up your tale to enter a different place and time, to experience something new, to escape. Yet they dread that part of the story where the world-building happens. What’s a writer to do with such ungrateful wretches!
In this presentation, Will Hahn demonstrates his tips for bringing in the information your reader must have, without detracting from the pace of the plot and growth of the characters. Hard to believe, but you can’t put off the story or the world! It starts with the first page.
[He will share some of his experiences and work-habits as a chronicler, then list out some ideas for how NOT to build your world for the group to discuss. We’ll have a free write exercise around the first line of a story, examples of what some of the greats have done in their first sentences, and plenty of time for question and answer.]
About the Writer
Will Hahn is the Chronicler of the Lands of Hope tales, an epic fantasy world setting bursting with a lifetime of adventure. Will has been in love with heroic tales since age four, when his father read him the Lays of Ancient Rome and the Tales of King Arthur. He taught Ancient-Medieval History for years, but the line between this world and others has always been thin; the far reaches of fantasy, like the distant past, still bring him face to face with people like us, who have choices to make.
[Will didn’t always make the right choices when he was young. Any stick or vaguely-stick-like object became a sword in his hands, to the great dismay of his five sisters. Everyone survived, in part by virtue of a rule forbidding him from handling umbrellas, ski poles, curtain rods and more.]
Will lives and works from a modest castle in Newark DE with his lovely wife, miracle daughter and more cats than you might readily believe. [His routine varies between delivering telecoms analysis, shuttling a future star to flute and voice recitals, grumbling about garden chores, dressing as an alcoholic wizard to host a birthday party, finding some chair other than his own for various cats to nap, and occasionally peeking into a world where heroes still fight against monstrous evil and impossible odds.]
With twenty years’ experience as a teacher, actor/director, lecturer, audio-book narrator and all-around extrovert, Will enjoys the performance of presentation with all his being. Do NOT expect him to remain calm when talking about his beloved chronicling vocation. You can find the Tales of Hope, including Judgement’s Tale, The Plane of Dreams and the new series Shards of Light in paperback, e-book and now audio-book formats online at Amazon and other major retailers. Visit his website for more authorly advice and reflections.