Writing Fantasy || Setting 4 – World Building

 

This world is yours to make of it what you will. Anything you can imagine can happen there, so let your imagination run wild. Use your senses to create your world and make it come alive to you. What do you see in the sky? What do you smell in the town? What do you hear in the forest? What does the food taste like? What does the ground feel like?

 

Fantasy Setting 4. Cave dwelling_640
Fantasy cave – from Pixabay

 

3 Key Questions That Determine Your World    #WritingFantasy

  • Is your world the same as Earth in regard to being a planet? Does it produce air from plants and recycle water? Are the people humans or human-like, and the animals basically the same as ours as in The Wheel Of Time?
  • Is your world an alternate Earth? Do other human-like beings live there, such as Elves and Wizards as in  The Shannara Chronicles? What happened to send history on that trajectory?
  • Is your world totally different from Earth as in The Dark Crystal? Do aliens live there? What do they look like? How do they live?

World Building – 10 Important Questions To Ask    #WritingFantasy

You have the huge things figured out by now; the land mass, the seas and waterways, the governments, religions, power source and so on. Now you can add more world building. Decide on the smaller details such as…

  • Are there natural laws such as gravity and weather?
  • Will there be magic in your world? What does that look like?
  • What animal species live there?
  • Does your world need air for your characters to breathe? How is it generated?
  • Is there night and day? How long do they last?
  • Does your world have healing remedies? Where do they come from?
  • What is used as currency or trade?
  • What kind of food is available? How does it grow?
  • Is your world the only planet or are there others visible?
  • Does it need a sun or other source of heat?

 

Once you have a rough idea about your world, pour more detail into it until you know how everyone’s day will look before the routine gets messed up in the unfolding story. Now you’re ready to decide on ‘Characters’. By now you know if they will look like Earthlings, aliens or creatures from a favourite video game. Do you have an idea board/file started? If not – you’re going to need one for the next blog. This is going to be so much fun!

Watch The Dark Crystal online for free. (The link should take you to a site online where you can watch the movie for free. If not, Google will give you other options).

Till next time, I hope you are blessed.

Lynne

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