As a published author, I tend to think I know some things about the novel writing process.
As a teenager, I acknowledge that I actually don’t know a whole lot.
One aspect of novel writing that I struggle with, most likely from a lack of experience, is world building. There are countless aspects that go into creating your own world. No matter how much meticulous planning goes into your creation, there is always something being overlooked. I’ve put at least a year into my current project, and I’m still nowhere near complete.
Naturally, then, I would be one of the least qualified people to put together a world-building guide. Right?
Apparently, as a published author, I have an unnatural amount of self-confidence.
As an almost-graduated senior, I have a strong desire to avoid Physics homework.
Somehow, those two aspects came together to make…Build-A-World Workshop.
It’s far from a comprehensive guide, but I think I did a nice job on it. It features one of my favorite fonts; a magical fairy guide; and some amazing creative commons pictures, including one of a unicorn (man, I’m a nerd). Even though it just asks some basic questions, it should be able to spur more thoughts.
Sometimes, people don’t take into consideration how the economy of a country might have to function. The levels of technology available, whether to scientists or the common man. How people get their food. Occupations and how they’re perceived. Gender roles. Where money comes from. What lies beyond the town, the country, the continent, the planet, the galaxy. The history, both of the characters and of their world. The presence of religion, or lack thereof. What cultural differences exist between people. Rich heritage from different places. The vegetation, types of animals, climate, seasons, terrain, and weather.
Can anyone truly capture the insanity and detail that is world-building? Probably not. But I gave it my best shot!
And then I did my Physics homework.