World Building: Naming a Continent—or Not

It’s hard to believe you can fail to address a decision for so long the task becomes disproportionate to its importance. One world building question of mine went unanswered for years. Okay, for over a decade. Hopefully there aren’t other writers out there who can identify with this problem, but there probably are.

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

The task? Name a continent. I failed (for a loooooog while).

At least no one died. No country fell. No economy collapsed. Still, there was a fantasy world with a hole in it the size of my procrastination.

In the early 2000s when I was developing a fantasy world to serve as the setting for my stories I created Ontyre. The world of Ontyre (remember that, it’s important). The name came to me, as I recall, fairly early in the process. Other elements followed: histories, a highly defined magic system, peoples, cultures…even a rudimentary language for the ora’ean people.

Oh, and then there was the geography. And so my ridiculous tale of self-imposed woe truly begins…

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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