Hi, guys! It’s time to talk about my favourite writing topic. I’ve decided that I’m going to be doing a series of worldbuilding (I still don’t know if that’s one or two words…) each week on Wednesday; I don’t know how many parts there are going to be, but there will be more than one, certainly. As an introduction post, this is going to fairly short. Each week I’ll be discussing a different element of worldbuilding.
These posts are geared towards fantasy; however, you can also use them as a basis for other genres.
You’ll now have the Game of Thrones introduction sequence music stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.
In case you are wondering, I chose to put these gifs here because I think that A Game of Thrones has one of the best examples of fantasy worldbuilding I’ve read so far. If you’re looking to read a good novel with fantastic worldbuilding, that’s a book series I’d suggest. (And also because the intro sequence is awesome.)
Here’s why worldbuilding is important:
- You want your reader to be completely engaged in your world
- You want your world to feel real — and you’ll need to flesh out your worldbuilding beforehand because if it doesn’t feel real to you, it won’t feel real to your reader. (It is also important to keep the worldbuilding consistent.)
- It sets the scene for your story — from the worldbuilding, the reader will be able to tell what sort of world the story resides in — eg, a medieval fantasy, a high-tech science fiction world, a steampunk world, dysoptia, and so on.
- Worldbuilding does not only apply to fantasies, but to practically every genre there is. (However these posts will be geared more towards fantasy, because that is what I write.)
Topics I’ll be discussing over the next few weeks:
EDIT: THIS WORLDBUILDING SERIES IS NOW COMPLETE! Also, feel free to download a Worldbuilding Template in my last topic.
- Part One (Introduction)
- Part Two (Geography & Terrain)
- Part Three (Society and Culture)
- Part Four (Names)
- Part Five (Military / Government)
- Part Six (History)
- Part Seven (Magic & Mythology)
- Part Eight (Religion)
- Part Nine (Economy)
- Part Ten (Worldbuilding Methods & Wrap Up — Including a Worldbuilding Template)
So as you can see, you’ll realize there’s quite a bit to talk about in worldbuilding, which is why I’ve chosen to do it over several weeks instead of condensing it down into one post. Otherwise I’d miss things if I tried to stuff it all into one post!