The Great Western Woods: Worldbuilding Podcast

The Great Western Woods: Worldbuilding Podcast
Worldbuilding from scratch for writers, gamers, and anyone interested in creating their own fictional world.

2.6: World-build With Me
Oct 7 • 34 min
In today’s episode, Holly talks about the creation of her writing sandbox; creating the history, mythology and cultures of her dark, urban fantasy world in which all of her books to date are set.
2.5: The Importance of Ongoing Learning
Sep 30 • 31 min
Happy International Podcast Day! We’re celebrating with an episode about all the great things we’ve learnt, and a tribute to all the great podcasts we listen to. Hear about how the lessons we’ve learnt via podcasts, online courses, and from our peers have…
2.4: Building Your Author Platform
Sep 23 • 24 min
Today it’s time for Angeline’s first solo episode, and I’m talking about building your author platform. It’s not just a simple case of getting yourself online, and I discuss all the issues around tackling imposter syndrome, and mindset, as well as delving…
2.3: Worldbuilding Education, Training, and Mentoring
Sep 16 • 28 min
In today’s episode, we’re going back to school, and talking about building education and learning into your world. We discuss the different things you need to think about; from how education fits into your wider world, to the different kinds of education…
2.2: From Villainy to Heroism - Worldbuilding with Sacha Black
Sep 9 • 38 min
This episode is the first with our new format. From now on, we’ll be publishing new episodes every week. Today, Holly is flying solo and interviewing author Sacha Black about villainy, heroes and everything in between.
2.1: Goal Check and What’s Next?
Sep 2 • 30 min
This episode marks the beginning of our second season, and we have some big changes and big news for you. We look back over the year so far; discussing the podcast and our own writing. We look at the goals we achieved, the goalposts that had to be moved,…
1.11: Worldbuilding with Food
Aug 19 • 19 min
On request, we’re revisiting the subject of food in your fictional world. And we love to talk about food! In this episode, you’ll hear about our own fantasy food creations, from the mathematics of a vampire’s diet to lifelong obsessions with dumplings.…
1.10: Making Maps
Aug 5 • 18 min
It’s a classic expectation: a beautiful map in the front of a fantasy book. But, whether you’re an expert cartographer, or your drawing skills are limited to a few squiggly lines, maps are a helpful way to stop yourself from getting lost in the world you…
1.9: Edge-Lit After Party
Jul 22 • 27 min
On the morning after attending Edge-Lit writing convention, while still suffering from post-con exhaustion, we gathered our thoughts about the event. Discussing workshops and panels, networking, and the need to clone ourselves several times over. Hear our…
1.8: Author Events, Networking, and Meeting Readers
Jul 8 • 21 min
Today, we’re breaking away from the stereotype of the solitary author hunched over the manuscript, and we’re getting out in the real world. Yes; it really does exist. We’re talking about real life events: literary conventions, book festivals, book…
1.7: Worldbuilding Essentials
Jun 24 • 20 min
This week, we’re going back to basics, and talking about all the essential things you need both before, and just as you start, worldbuilding. We chat about the things we can’t live without while worldbuilding, and all the lessons we’ve learnt along the…
1.6: Indie Author Week UK
Jun 10 • 21 min
In celebration of Indie Author Week UK, we’re talking all things indie. We chat about our lives as indies, the highs and lows, and offer our top tips for anyone considering the indie author route.
1.5: Living Legends
May 27 • 27 min
Today we’re talking about creating religions, belief structures, rituals, and legends. We discuss the urban legends from our childhoods, and those we might still believe!
Bonus Episode: #WorldbuildingQuest
May 24 • 7 min
Bringing you a special episode with an invitation to join us for #WorldbuildingQuest this June.
1.4: Horror Stories
May 13 • 32 min
Join us as we discuss our love of horror, share our tips for scaring your readers, and, most likely, scare ourselves a little bit too!
1.3: Origin Stories
Apr 29 • 30 min
Could this be the truth about how Angeline and Holly got their superpowers? Do they have superpowers? Time to find out…
1.2: Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Tips
Apr 15 • 40 min
We may both like our creature comforts, but we do love Camp NaNoWriMo. Listen to our reasons why, and our top survival tips.
1.1: Relaunch Party
Apr 1 • 29 min
Join us for our relaunch party: meet the co-hosts, and find out just how nerdy things are going to get.
10: Holidays and Leisure
Nov 22, 2018 • 15 min
Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside… Where do your characters go on holiday, and what do the locals really think of them?
9: Food
Oct 12, 2018 • 26 min
One of my favourite subjects, and the thing that kicked off my worldbuilding obsession.
8: Animals
Sep 29, 2018 • 14 min
Animals have important roles to play in the lives of humans. Here’s some different things to consider when adding them into your world.
7: Introduction to the Environment
Sep 11, 2018 • 12 min
A starting point to thinking about the physical environment of your world, and how it affects everything else.
6: Family
Aug 28, 2018 • 19 min
How does the society and culture of your world impact on families and mothers living in it? And is there a perfect solution for working mothers?
5: Health and Wellness
Aug 1, 2018 • 13 min
Issues surrounding health and wellness in your world reach much further than just a visit to the doctor.
4: Towns and Cities
Jul 17, 2018 • 14 min
Let’s zoom in and look at the layout of your towns and cities, and the design of your houses.
3: Making Your Map
Jul 10, 2018 • 22 min
Different ways to approach worldbuilding, how to layout your map, and what effects the layout.
1: Introduction
Jul 3, 2018 • 8 min
An introduction to me, Angeline Trevena, and The Great Western Woods podcast.
2: Writing a Series
Jul 3, 2018 • 16 min
Why book series work well, how to approach writing one, and the number one thing you need to make it a success.