World Building Lesson 1 – What is World Building

Hello Writers!

Happy Sunday to you!

Today I want to talk about my project a little bit. I’m building a world. I am a god! šŸ™‚ Just kidding. Seriously though, how do you create a whole world? It’s a little overwhelming if you stop and think about it.

There are realms and regions, maps, rules, lore, and so much more! (Hey, that rhymed! Totally unintentional. But I digress.)

Picture by: lauramusikanski

Picture by: lauramusikanski

Some of you may know that I’ve been working on a series of books for a few years now. While I’m writing the stories, questions come up about all sorts of things like, what religion do these characters believe in? Are they human? Do they believe in some sort of afterlife? What happens if the species interbreed? So many things to decide for these characters I’ve created. Not answering these questions leaves my characters and my world two dimensional; lacking depth.

As a love of Sci-Fi and Fantasy myself, I know what it’s like to read something that contradicts itself or goes against its own rules. As a reader, you feel cheated. For me, it’s like the writer thinks I’m dumb and I won’t catch the error.

In reality, the writer probably forgot their own rules or didn’t remember the character had green hair instead of blue a few chapters back. It’s simply overlooked. I’m sure writers who make these errors would be mortified to find those mistakes in their own writing.

I’m a pretty good Internet researcher, but I had trouble finding information on creating worlds. So, I’m going to take you on this creation journey with me in the hopes that my discoveries are helpful to you. Along the way, if you have questions or suggestions, please speak up. I love to collaborate instead of just talking to myself all the time! šŸ™‚

By the way, I will post affiliate links from time to time. It earns me a little cash and allows you to find some cool products.

So, how is a diligent writer supposed to keep everything straight with their world and characters without tripping all over themselves or making a mess of the whole effort?

One word. Organization.

Stay tuned! Next week, we delve into organizing our world information and materials.

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Orson Scott Card’s Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

Happy Writing!

~ Eileen

4 thoughts on “World Building Lesson 1 – What is World Building

      • I have been a long time role playing game player. It started with my Dad. He created fantastic fantasy and sci-fi worlds for me and my friends. We would play Dungeons & Dragons or Traveller at least once a month. When I got older, it was my turn to be a game master and I started creating my own worlds or adding on to the ones my Dad created. Now that I am writing my first Modern Fantasy series, The Veil Saga, I am building this world, I recently had a friend challenge me to use my world building skills for this series. You can read about that on my author site.

      • That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing. I too have been a role playing fan over the past few decades. Good luck with your series, I will have to check it out!

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