Simply put when we’re talking about world building, what we’re talking about is creating your very own imaginary world that the characters in your Work in Progress (WIP) can exist in and thrive.
The said world of your creation may be an entirely fictional universe (like marvel) with self consistent settings tailored by you to your story’s specifications.Furthermore, your world may look, feel and be as similar to Earth as possible or as absolutely fictional a realm as can be where everything is constructed from scratch. It’s your world after all, so if you want flying lazer shooting babies then that is exactly what will be flying around in your world. Do you boo; go crazy.
I hope we’re together up to this point.
For the sake of this and other future discussions on WorldBuilding, let’s call the resultant world a Constructed World aka Conworld okay? Okay!
So if you’re reading this I’ll assume that you are either at the precipice of creating your Conworld or have already started and reached a kind of stalemate and have absolutely no idea where to move on from here. No worries, I got you. It’s time to fold our sleeves, get that coffee pot brewing, our note pads and fancy pens out and get to solving this little problem for you okay?
Now it is written that in six days God created the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day, he rested. Pretty cool right? Well not so cool for you because first of all, you’re not God and second of all, after you’re done with your Conworld (which let’s be honest, you never really will), trust me, you’ll need more than just one day of rest.
WorldBuilding is a lot of work, I won’t lie to you. Even if you’re simply constructing a small town for your story, that town doesn’t exist absent of interaction with other lifeforms or nature (although if that’s what your town is like, it sounds like a really epic place, I’d definitely love to read about that)
If your Conworld is like our world though, it means you not only have to think about what factors affect your characters in the immediate vicinity but everything else from the social construct of their environment, political and cultural systems that answer the basic human questions; Where did I come from? Why am I here? What is my purpose? Who am I? And so many other important questions that help fill up major plot holes in your story.
Also, a well constructed Conworld enriches the backstory and history of your fictional work.
So now that you know what a Conworld is, before we get into the details of maps and histories and actually races and creatures living in the Conworld, how about you tune in next time and we can talk about your Naming your Conworld.
In the meantime, I’d like you to take your trusty notebook and scribble down some of the ideas you have about yiur Conworld. They will go a long way in deciding what kind of name you’ll give to your fictional world.
Until next time, your biggest fan,