Worldbuilding — Introduction

I will soon start writing a fantasy series and started trying to picture the world where my story takes place, but was having difficulty. I decided that I would try to draw it out, but I lacked the ability to draw and even if I try to fake it, I didn’t know how to make my land appear organic and nearly random. While there are many tools out there to help out with that, most of them cost money.

Money is a funny thing for us writers. Generally our primary focus when it comes to spending money is on professional editing, cover design, and any tools that help us release a book. So making a map of our world and designing further elements that may not be in our initial story is frivolous. It is nice to have a map, but not crucial. But wouldn’t you like one anyways?

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Anyone who wants a map generally has to draw it on paper and then scan it into a computer, or use a computer to draw it. Me, I can draw a circle and then put a few squiggly lines in there for roads and rivers, some dots for cities, and perhaps a few inverted v’s for mountains. Would that really impress you? It wouldn’t me.

Many of the maps we find for books are impressive in design and take attention to detail on many key facts; maps such as Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). These maps do enhance the story and while a readers imagination is limitless, a small boost with some visual graphics can help make the immersion into your realm that more appealing.

So we appear to be in a conundrum. Either I pay for a professional map or I don’t have one at all.  Or do I? I have discovered a way to make a realistic fantasy map that appears unique using tools that are free on the internet. But why stop there, more than just having an outline representation of what the world looks like, let’s explore who lives there.

This series will be an aim to give you all the details to consider: from designing land mass, to populations, to locations of where cities and territory are located. There are many articles on worldbuilding out there and I will reference them in my articles. But most of them are limiting in actually providing you help. More of, here is what you must do. Rarely does it tell you why or how. I aim to give you much more than that, focusing on the science, the philosophy, and the art of making a world for your story. I am going to do the hard work for you so when you come to design it, it will be something easily done in a day.

Note, it will still require you to make a lot of decisions about your work, I can’t take that away. It is your story and your universe  after all.

Now you may be satisfied with only a few steps. If you are, kudos to you and I hope these articles helped you get to that point and if so, please share with your friends. However, how you design your world can have influence of how you tell your story. May not seem like it, but stick around, I will show you how that is possible.

These articles will be for anyone with a story to tell, whether you are an author or a game developer. More specifically, this will be for people who don’t have the money to spend on something extra like this. My techniques will be for no cost out of your pocket. It will at first have a focus on fantasy realm, but the techniques used will be applicable for science fiction. I do aim to have a few science fiction specific articles.

What you will find in this series will be the development from the solar system of your planet to the land masses, to the tectonic plates, to the mountains, rivers, and cities, to the trails and deforestation, to the people and their jobs, culture, day to day lives, to the plants, animals, to religion and festivals. More than that, you will have a representation of your world and a way to include others in and a means to expand your story beyond your hero but invite us into your world and never want to leave.

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