So recently I received an email from one of my writing group friends who was struggling with world building and wanted to talk about it in our next meeting. I thought this would be a good subject to post about for those of you in the same boat.
World building is a difficult process and one that you continually learn new ways to accomplish it successfully. I discussed on here in the past about the importance of planning your book and this is especially important when you are creating a whole new world.
I believe the first thing you should do is sit down with a notebook and write what this world is going to be like, at least an idea of the basics
1. Who are the characters and what are their roles?
2. What type of people are they? Do you have different magical races or powers?
3. Build on their character traits - give them personalities.
4. What type of powers do they have, if they have powers.
5. With powers, they need to be consistent. You can't add a sudden power unless you've built up that this could happen.
6. What does this world look like? Is it more of a Sci-fi scene, or more epic fantasy?
7. Are there monsters? Dragons?
8. Is there a certain relic that creates a quest?
9. Who are the leaders of this world and what are their laws?
10. Is this on another planet? Is it in another time?
11. What is the basic infrastructure? Such as , what do they eat? Wear? Religion?
12. Last but not least, invent a history of this world.
Once you have figured out the basics of your world, then you will move onto the next step.
1. Create an outline for each chapter. Maybe do the first 5 to get started.
2. Create a graph of important events and details as you move along.
3. Create a character outline that you continually build on, like you are actually creating a person(s).
4. And finally, use your imagination - no holds bar.
It is good to know what is basically going to happen in the end, even if it's several books away in a series. This does keep you in line of how the story is going to go and keeps you moving it forward instead of stalling.
Remember you will need to touch on basic necessities, such as where do they go to the bathroom? How do they bathe, ect... How do they pray and who are their Gods? What about sex? Do they have it out of wed-lock? Do they have marriage? What about alcohol? Drugs? Herbs?
There is so much to figure out and some of it you might decide on as you write, but just remember to keep it consistent throughout the book(s).
So good luck with building your world. Take it one day at a time and keep track.
See you back here next week!