From vast plains, deep seas, to dark galaxies, worldbuilders have been taking escapism to the next level for quite some while now. If you’re interested in creating a world of your own, be sure to check out these resources!
Perhaps the first go-to point for many worldbuilders, the r/Worldbuilding subreddit counts over 400k people. You can find other people’s worlds to take inspiration from, and, more importantly, amazing prompts. These are questions that push you to think about different aspects of your worlds in new points of view. If your world is just starting out, I would definitely recommend answering a few of these prompts each day.
World Anvil is the ultimate tool for worldbuilders. It offers a halo of tools ideal for forging new worlds and expanding on existing ones. You can create interactive maps and link them back to articles, which come in many templates. Track the history of your worlds with time-lines, cross-link articles with existing ones, or add new ones to a ToDo list, and even monetize your worldbuilding by giving Patreons private access to some parts of your world. World Anvil also offers extensive back-up (your worlds are saving to 8 different servers pretty often), and you can download your worlds.
The basic version of World Anvil is free, but the more expanded version cost from about $45 a year, all the way to the best version, going for $350 a year.
On this blog, I have covered a ton of worldbuilding topics, from Villages, Cultures (a big one), Races (one of my most popular articles), Magic, etc. In these articles, you can find detailed guides on certain parts of worldbuilding, often with links to other resources, when you can find more. A lot of research goes into these articles, so you can be sure you can find valuable info in all of them.
Novels, novellas, short stories, or flash fiction, writing is one of the best ways to publish your worlds and find fans. With these resources, you can become a better writer and author in a flash!
An amazing book, Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark gives you 50+ tools you can use as a writer, from basic grammatic tips, all the way to more complex tricks to help you in your writing journey. As a writer, I keep this book close to me at pretty much all times.
Grammarly is the number one tool for writers. Besides correcting your grammar and punctuation, it can also help you with writing in a certain style (like academic, creative, etc.), check for plagiarism all over the internet, give you definitions and synonyms of the words in a text, and check readability. Grammarly has both a free and a premium version.
As a bonus, you can join their affiliate program, promote their services, and earn money from it!
On Eledris, I have covered a halo of topics regarding writing, from Writing Dialogue, tips for beating Writer’s Block, a list of Writing Genres, or the Alphabet Story Challenge. With these articles, you can find inspiration and guides on writing, which will help you create better stories. Just as all the other topics, a lot of research goes into each and every one of these articles, so you can be sure to find a ton of valuable information in them.
From epic illustration, game art, comics, to animation, if you’re interested in art, here are some resources that might help you a bit on your artist’s journey.
This is the drawing tablet I use at the moment, and it’s one of the best choices for beginners on a tight budget, as it is relatively affordable. The tablet features over 4000 levels of sensitivity, a USB connection, a stylus you don’t have to charge (that comes with a few spare nibs), and as a bonus, you receive professional software for free. It does not have a screen, which is expectable from an entry-level tablet.
The Short Story of Art is one of the best books I’ve ever read on the topic of the history of art. The book goes through 200 pages of descriptions of movements, works, themes, and techniques of art’s history. The book describes everything clearly, and in its own context, giving you a deep understanding of the topics.
I wrote a longer review on this book, if you want to read more about it before deciding whether to buy it.
I have also written several articles regarding Art on this website! Ranging from fundamentals, like Color Theory, technical stuff, like Drawing Software, or map-drawing guides, such as a Drawing Hills and Mountains. I’d like to write articles on topics like comics, animation, different styles, or tutorials, in the future, so check it out!
From quirky platformers to gritty horror games, the indie game dev community is thriving as never before; now is the best way to join in and create some games of your own. These resources are here to help you.
The Art of Game Design was one of the first books about game design I read, and it still remains one of the best, in my opinion. Its way of looking at games through different lenses can add a crucial perspective when iterating through game design choices in your game.
This article on Eledris lists my 5 favorite YouTube channels related to game development – Brackeys, Sykoo, BlackThornProd, Thomas Brush, and GameMaker’s Toolkit. With each channel, the post shortly describes the videos they make, and gives you some of their best videos. If you prefer learning in video-form, I strongly recommend checking all these channels out!
You can also find game development articles, guides, and tutorials, on this very website! I have covered very basic stuff, such as Game Engines, or Game Genres, but I do also cover more advanced topics, such as Ludonarrative Dissonance. In the future, I’d like to write coding tutorials, as well as reviews for assets and engines.
You’ve written an amazing book, drawn a cool comic book, coded the most innovative game of the year, but no one knows about it! These resources will help you get the word out there, as well as make some money in the process.
WordPress is a free content management tool for websites. You can use it to manage posts and pages, as well as import a ton of free and paid plugins to help you with your website. If you want to have an author blog, a portfolio site, or a website for your game, WordPress is the place to go (I use it for this website).
Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler. With this tool, you can schedule pins, watch advanced analytics, or join Tribes, which are like groups of like-minded pinners. In Tribes, you can find content to re-pin and share your own pins.
You can also join their affiliate program to earn money via promoting their service. However, be sure to first test out Tailwind, so you’re recommending only services you believe in.
My articles strive to help you make money and promote your work across the internet. As a blogger, I have experience in this field, and I’d like to help you publish your worlds, books, art, and games, and get as many people as possible interested in it!
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