In my last article, I talked about digital readers, a group of readers who like to interact with stories in new and creative ways. Many of these readers are young, but not all. People of all ages discover the joy of interacting with stories and passion is contagious. Now I want to show you my new favorite toy for authors: a writing software designed to create worlds that readers can immerse themselves in.

(Note: this is a simplified version of an interview I did with Janet Forbes, which you can read on my website.)

  • What is the Global Anvil?
  • A magical notebook that organizes your notes
  • A novel writing software associated with this notepad
  • A publishing platform where you can share your work-IF you want (it can be used both as a digital publishing platform for your stories similar to Wattpad and as a WordPress-like website content management system.)
  • A vibrant community of writers, artists and readers
  • If you are like me, your first question is: “How much does it cost?”

World Anvil has a free level, which is good for testing how the platform works, but for a serious writer this will not be enough. I recommend at least the master’s level, year. This gives you the ability to create private articles and use manuscript writing tools.

Break with my normal frugality: if you decide that you like World Anvil, check the wise level if you can afford it: year or 35 month/month. (There is also a lifetime option available.) Although there are functional differences between the levels, I love the Wise Level because of the education that the people of World Anvil provide at this level.

World Anvil cares deeply about the success of their sages. They offer ongoing live seminars and an archive of commercial education that I wish every author can have. Think of a high-level marketing training designed just for writers and creatives. None of the confusing marketing training designed for coaches or widgets sellers is changed for authors. This is to help authors and game developers succeed. During the live sessions you will have times where you can ask your questions and get authentic answers.

What do developers and authors of games have in common?
Both areas focus on storytelling. In both careers, creating immersive worlds is the key to success. A game master has built a global anvil for writers. He built it as an act of love. As you explore, you’ll find tools and prompts that will not only help you create immersive worlds, but also help you write beautiful stories and finish your writing projects. Two features of the tool surprised me:

A website builder
I build websites for authors. Sage membership gives you the option to associate your custom domain name (the address of a website) with a world that you create with World Anvil. You can create and link a world at any level, but when you link a custom domain name to your world, the experience becomes an interactive website for your fans to explore. You still have to bring your own domain name to the party, but you don’t have to pay any additional hosting fees for this environment. If you paid for hosting sites, you will see the value here.

This is not a WordPress website. WordPress is a content management system used for the development of websites. World Anvil is a unique content management system that can create a website that you design to show your world to your fans. These rooms can be shared for free, or they can be monetized by selling subscriptions through Patreon, ko-fi or even on your own website.

Each level of World Anvil is designed to be monetization-friendly and help creatives make money. Individual pieces of a world will be objects of various kinds. You can set permissions — simple – for each item. Some can be free and public. Others may be limited to those who have completed Book 1 of a series, for example, or to members of a certain level of support on their Patron account.

How does World Anvil work?
I have already worked with software like World anvil and I liked it. The original look can be overwhelming.

My husband maintains and repairs airplanes. In his shed there is a large Red Toolbox with many drawers. Open one of them and you will find carefully polished tools, devices with a dark design, each of which is designed to solve a specific problem.

World Anvil is a writer’s toolkit.

There are tools for everything you can imagine! The decisions are overwhelming. Where do you start?

The answer is: you start with a world. Give your world a name. Don’t worry, you can change it after.

From there, the next important step is to realize that you can use any tool of your choice. Nothing needs to be finished and polished until they are ready. You do not have to go through a defined procedure. World Anvil works the way you do. It shows all the tools and prompts you to choose the one you want to start with.

Stories, characters, worlds – all these things grow slowly from many smaller pieces. In the world of Anvil, you start by putting the pieces together, adding ideas and letting the structure build over time.

You’re not trying to bend the creative process so that it fits the process of a particular software. Instead, let them explore their creativity. When you work, you will notice that the software makes connections to related things. As you add more parts, these connections grow.

There are videos and tutorials distributed throughout the software to help you when you need help. You’ll also find thriving communities on Discord, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as a YouTube channel full of video tutorials.

If you’re really lost, I suggest you start the world on meth. This is a magical creativity-boosting section with prompts that will make you think of a reason to write this story. When you open it, you will see an introduction that explains how this section works.

The world’s meta is a series of questions. They take notes on genre, themes, focus, drama, scenes, people and inspiration. The goal is to create a model of your world that guides you as you drift into the weeds. If you lose focus or motivation, you can return to this section, which uses your own words, music and images to motivate and guide you in the right direction.

Writing a notebook

  • When you have a world, fill that world with articles.
  • Think of the articles as research and world-building notes for your world.

Here is some information about the toolkit. There are pre-types of items, but remember that you can only create one general item at a time, a place where you can store every piece of the world that doesn’t fit anywhere else.

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