Worldbuilding Lessons from The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is a franchise that has been around since the beginning of video games. The first entry in the series featured a massive overworld like nothing the world had seen before, and since then, the land of Hyrule has just gotten bigger and better. The Zelda franchise has become my go-to inspiration anything involving worldbuilding, especially fantasy settings like my story for this year’s NaNoWriMo. No matter what game you’re playing, the Zelda series has some great examples of excellent worldbuilding. I’ve learned a lot from these games, and so today, I’d like to share that with you.

So what worldbuilding aspects does The Legend of Zelda do well?

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Your Story Matters (WSPD 2017)

I know most of my regular posts are on the more upbeat side of things, or are at least thought-provoking but never very serious. However, every once in a while, there’s something I want to talk about that requires a more serious tone.

Yesterday (September 10) was a day that’s very important to me: World Suicide Prevention Day. In light of that, I’d like to reflect on this topic of suicide, depression, and mental health, since this is something I care about deeply and I feel like I haven’t given it enough attention as of late.

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Week In Review – September 8

Welcome to Friday, everyone!

This week has been a little crazy – I’ve had a lot of reading to do for my classes since the last WIR post, but fortunately, I’m past that (at least, for now). With all of the busyness, I didn’t get a chance to write a “proper” post this past Monday, but I did share some cool new projects I’ve been working on with the blog! You can check out all that in my post “A Rather Messy Monday.”

(Spoilers: I added two new pages to my blog: an “Archives” page and a “My Writing” page)

Also, this week in Musings History, I shared a blog post about my first few weeks of college back at the beginning of my freshman year. It’s really interesting to look back on it now and see how much has changed since my first year!

As for the rest of the week…

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A Rather Messy Monday

Get my reference?

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m back in school now, which means I’m back to juggling my classes and blogging and other things again. Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those “my blog is going on hiatus” posts, but if you’re wondering why my posts have been late recently, that’s why. I’m still getting back into my routine of blogging and planning posts, and it’s take longer to readjust than I expected.

This past weekend in particular, I had a lot of reading homework for my classes, and along with some other things that happened (nothing major, just some unexpected messiness), I didn’t have much time or energy to write a blog post for this Monday. Hopefully, as the weeks continue and I get back into my routine, my posts will appear more regularly and on time. I’m busy a lot this month, but I should be able to plan my time better as the weeks go on.

Since I don’t have a “real” blog post this week though, I thought I’d share another little surprise I’ve been working on recently. You may have already noticed, but if not, click below to read all about it!

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Week In Review – September 1

Welcome to Friday everyone!

This week was the first week of school, and I’ve been pretty busy with stuff already, so this WIR is gonna be short (by the way, quick question for you all at the end of this post, if you enjoy sharing your opinions). Anyway, this week, I shared 6 Tips on Surviving College as an Introvert, so if you’re in college, this one’s for you!

As for the rest of the week, here’s a quick wrap-up!

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6 Tips on Surviving College as an Introvert

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again! The time when the temperature starts to go down and textbook prices go way, way up. That’s right, it’s college season once again!

Now let’s get one thing straight here: college is rough for everyone in some way. Especially when you’re going in as a freshman, you’ll likely have some hard days, whether you’re an introvert or extrovert – and that’s okay! In my own experience as a freshman-year introvert though, I noticed that I faced some challenges that were different from those of my extroverted peers.

That’s where this post comes in. I know that college is a hard transition for many, and at least for the introverts, I want to help you out if I can. (Sorry I can’t speak to your own challenges, extroverts – but perhaps I can convince one of my friends to blog about it…)

So how does one survive college as an introvert?

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Week In Review – August 25

Welcome to Friday, everyone!

It’s been a crazy week since I last posted – as I mentioned last week, I arrived back at school early for a leadership training week with Minds Matter. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, Minds Matter is a organization on my school’s campus that promotes positive mental health through educational events and fun activities. I’m the Vice President of Media for MM, and so I was invited to go early for leadership training and planning. It’s been busy, but I’m really having fun and I’m excited for the new school year!

This week on my blog, I shared two new posts! On Monday, I shared some Writing Lessons from Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that took the world by storm a few years ago, and on Wednesday, I participated in the Beautiful People linkup for August! I really enjoyed writing both of these posts, so be sure to check them out sometime!

As for the rest of the week…

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Beautiful People #27 – August 2017

Another month, another edition of Beautiful People! For those who don’t know, BP is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In. Each month, they share a list of ten questions for writers to think about for one of their characters, and then the writers share their answers on their blog! It’s a great way for fellow writers to connect with each other, so for more information, click here.

The last time I did BP was back in June, when I introduced my character Myrina from a new fantasy-based project that I’m working on and planning to draft for NaNoWriMo this November. The plot details are still a little iffy, but I’m really excited for the story.

This month, I’d like to introduce another main character from that story, one that comes from a much different background than Myrina. This character is Adrien Bryton, the crown prince of Reystrell, which is another one of the nations in my world. He’s younger than Myrina by a few years, and under normal circumstances, it’s unlikely that the two of them would ever meet. However, Myrina protects Adrien from an attack on the palace during one of her diplomatic missions to Reystrell, and when it’s discovered that the prince’s life is in danger, it falls to Myrina to protect him while he’s a fugitive.

That pretty much covers everything you need to know about Adrien to start, so read on to learn more about him!

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Writing Lessons From Hamilton

Not long ago, I was listening to Hamilton: An American Musical non-stop all the way through, and while I was listening, I realized three fundamental (writing) truths at the exact same time.

Forced references aside, for those unfamiliar with it, Hamilton is a hip-hop musical that tells the story of the American historical figure Alexander Hamilton. The musical gained popularity when it first debuted on Broadway in 2015 due to its unique music, diverse cast, fascinating story, and modern relevancy. I’ve been interested in it for a few months now, and while listening to it, I’ve noticed there are a lot of great storytelling lessons to be learned from it.

Hamilton is heavily based on historical events, and for the most part is accurate to the facts. However, it is still fictionalized in some ways, and for the purpose of this blog post, I’m focusing on the way that characters, events, and storytelling is presented in the musical. If I say something that’s inaccurate to history, just remember that I’m solely basing these observations on the musical.

Also, as a minor disclaimer: if you haven’t listened to Hamilton before, there are a number of instances with crude language, so just know that going in.

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Week In Review – August 18

Happy Friday!

This week I have a shorter WIR post (kinda like last week – oops). I’ve been spending this week getting ready to move back in at school, and I finally did yesterday, so you can understand that it’s been a bit busy around here. But anyway, more on that in a second.

On Monday, I wrote a blog post called “Talking About Things You Love.” This is something that’s been on my mind for a while, and I finally put it all into words. If talking about your passions is hard, I have some thoughts on that here.

And this week from the Musings Archives, I have the follow-up to my Top 5 Heroines post, my Top 5 Heroes. It’s always fun to put together these lists of characters and whatnot, so maybe I’ll do more sometime.

Finally, for anyone who was wondering, I had a great time with my friend last weekend! I had a safe drive both ways, and we had a good time together, talking and exploring the area. I’m really glad I was able to make the trip!

As for the rest of the week…

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