World-Building – Process

What goes into creating a world and sharing it with the reader? Aside from blood and sweat? Research Research everything. You may not use everything you’ve learned, but your increased subject matter expertise will come through in your writing and (probably) you’ll have more confidence in what you’re writing. One of my greatest joys is … Continue reading “World-Building – Process”

World-Building – Miscellaneous

Something is crucial to your world-building if your story is dramatically changed when you remove that thing.   Not everything tied to world-building is major. Except when it’s a central element to a story, meaning removing it dramatically changes your story. That noted, here are some miscellaneous world-building items to be aware of. Fun (Sports, … Continue reading “World-Building – Miscellaneous”

World-Building – Belief Systems

Belief systems are part of the anthropologist’s triad – culture, language, myth (belief). These three are so intertwined I can’t imagine studying one without drawing deeply of the others. Our personal library contains ~300 books on different belief/faith/mythological/folkoric systems. If you count ebooks, the number goes over 1,000 volumes (and note my bias there). But … Continue reading “World-Building – Belief Systems”

World-Building – Weather

I’ve yet to encounter a created world that does not make use of climate and weather directly or indirectly. That includes this one. Consider the history of earth and the interdependencies between life and climate become obvious (I hope). Read anything by Brian Fagan and you’ll get a taste of those interdependencies beautifully written. Examples … Continue reading “World-Building – Weather”

World-Building – Language

There are three basic questions when considering language in world-building: Does language play any role in your world? Does everyone speak the same language, or is there a variety? Do you need to invent any slang or terminology as part of the world-building process? Here I paraphrase Aristotle’s Poetics, “Avoid neologisms unless introducing some new … Continue reading “World-Building – Language”