There are four things that make a book. The writing, the characters, the plot, and one of the most forgotten, the world. Not only how the story plays out, but where. Not just about who, but when. These things are just as important as the others. Sometimes even more. But like a good movie soundtrack, the world is something you should only notice once it’s gone. It shouldn’t be shoved in the reader’s face or explained in great detail. It should be one with the story, one with the writing, and one with the characters.
World building is hard. It’s taken me years to actually get close to being okay at world building. It’s something I love to do, and something I obsess over. So for the next couple of posts I’m going to do a world building series to try and get out all the knowledge I know.
For this post I’m going to do short summaries of what I’m going to talk about.
First is probably the easiest: Geography. Drawing a map is very good way to get this down.
Second is religion. Religion shapes the way we live, and how we survive in society. Traditions hierarchy and so on.
That brings us to the third thing, society and government. These two things are very closely entwined, much like religion and society.
Fourth is politics. This is similar to government, but a little different. It doesn’t just focus on how the government works, but how it associates with it’s people, and with other countries.
And fifth is the people or species. Can’t have a world with a written story without some kind of intelligent creatures!
Those are the five things one needs to really focus on to create a world. Each has their own individual points, and it doesn’t matter what you work on first. Just as long as these things get covered. Starting in the next post I’m going to talk about geography!
Until then, Ciao!