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What are your top 3 tips on world building?

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What are your top 3 tips on world building?

Postby Dreaming Imrryr » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:54 pm

Hi everybody. :)

What are your top 3 tips on world building that you have heard of or came up with yourself?

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Re: What are your top 3 tips on world building?

Postby pls » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:56 am

Unless you're writing fantasy or science fiction, don't bother wasting your time in world-building. Get on with the writing.
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Re: What are your top 3 tips on world building?

Postby Dreaming Imrryr » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:06 pm

Hi everybody. :)

Here are my top three tips on world building, use these tips at your own risk, I am not responsible for the failure of your book if the following tips are used:

1.) Start with your characters, what kind of people are they, are they humans, aliens, elves, dwarves, vampires, werewolves, etc.
Then form the various cultures that your characters come from.

2.) Create a timeline of events, to show why the world is in the current state it is in. Such as, a meteor hit the planet ten thousand years ago so a giant crater lake was formed and a large empire has formed around the lake. And there was a war 500 years ago that unified the various kingdoms around the lake into an empire.

3.) Create some maps, start with larger areas then create maps for local areas. Such as, create a continental map, then a country map, then a city map.

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Re: What are your top 3 tips on world building?

Postby Brien Sz » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:19 pm

Everything is story first. Have an idea of what the story is going to be and then build the world around that. As previously stated, Sci-Fi and especially Fantasy rely on this. I think too many people, amateurs and wannabes are looking to create these vivid words full of pomp, color and culture and never get anywhere because they haven't come up with the great world - what they haven't come up with is a great story. I sometimes look at George Lucas this way with those Star Wars prequels - he was so caught up with his worlds that he never developed a good story to tell.


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