World Building: Build a World You Love

World Building: Build a World You Love

It’s very easy to get lost in the details of the world or get bogged down by things you find irrelevant to your story, and that is the perfect time to really get to know both your story as well as your world. Relevancy Pick out things that are relevant to your story and help it move forward. We do not need to know every grandparent’s name, middle name and favourite football team, unless it is relevant to the story. Detail Know how much detail to put in your story from the world. It’s not necessary to describe every building Read more »

World Building: Mapping It Out

World Building: Mapping It Out

Depending on the type of story you’re writing, your map might vary from very minute detail to grandiose table spanning details. This is of course, laid out by the story you’re looking to tell and where it will take place. These are a few things to consider regarding mapping out your world: What kind of world is it? How do my characters react to this world? How much of my world do my characters get to see? What will my characters face in this world and how will details of the world guide the narrative? What are the key features Read more »

World Building: Visualizing Your World

World Building: Visualizing Your World

Story Setting   First you must define the kind of world your story takes place in. Is it the existing world we live in now? Is it an alternate version of it or do you have to create a completely new world? Once that’s established you delve into the details of the world. The people. The Fauna. The Flora. Religion. Beliefs. If it’s Science-Fiction then the technology and how the world has been affected by it. Fantasy, then what creatures, peoples and races live in it and how has their cities, villages, and world look like. Remember that this world Read more »

World Building: What is World Building

World Building: What is World Building

What is World Building?   This is a question I had to face when I took part in my first ever NaNoWriMo novel and again last year as I sought to tackle a South African historical fantasy fiction, based off my own people; the Batswana people. The idea of world building is to create the very realm where your story takes place. In fact, every story ever written involves world building as this expresses the environment, the economics, religions, cultures and other aspects that define the people and their ways. All of this, in turn, affects both your story and Read more »