WorldBuilding: New World Essentials

This makes so much sense. I can make order out of my chaos

Dragons & Invisible Ink

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on creating a master worldbuilding worksheet. It’s taken so long because the list is so extensive – I hope to have it ready for both you and me in the coming weeks, but it occurred to me this morning as I began worldbuilding for a new story that an abbreviated checklist might be useful. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when you sit down to write and realize you have to build a world from the ground up. Where do you start? How detailed do you need to be? Where should you focus your attention initially? Are you writing a story or an encyclopedia?

There’s no need to go all Tolkien with worldbuilding, at least not at the first stage. So, here are the things that I develop first:

Draw a rough map. I’m really bad at drawing. Like, really bad…

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