Paracosms: Playgrounds of the Imagination

A paracosm is an imaginary or constructed world. It's meaning, literally, is "beyond-world." Many people create these worlds as a hobby, a process often called worldbuilding. The most familiar use of a paracosm is for writers (particularly fantasy authors) who craft these worlds where their characters live and stories unfold. Paracosms can be simple sketches or fully-drawn worlds of astounding detail, with their own inventive histories, societies, and mythologies.

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Inspiring Apps for Writers

Journaling is one of the most useful tools for writers. It helps us express our everyday thoughts and capture the ephemeral details of day-to-day life. A journal is like a reservoir of content for future writing projects. Recording fleeting ideas and insights can come in handy later when inspiration runs dry. You may not have time to sit at a desk daily and handwrite in a leather-bound journal, but dedicating a few minutes for reflective writing each day is easier now with various journaling and writing apps on the market.

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Devilish Details

I am an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy. Give me a post nuclear war and barren wasteland over a modern day New York City skyline any day. I would rather look up in the sky and see three moons, two suns, and a nebula cloud than stargaze at what we’ve got going on now on earth. Foreign flora and fauna are even better when they secrete some sort of toxin in the air or are trying to eat you alive as you walk past them (forget roses, I want one of those on Valentine’s Day).

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