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PostSubject: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:09 am

I realise that many of us are fantasy writers. Currently i'm working on the world buidling aspect of my current WIP and have by my bedside locker the book 'How to write SF & F' by orson scott card. I've skimmed through most of it but in the process of world building certain things seem to come into play:

1. Rules of your world

2. Invention of the past

- Evolution
- History
- Biography of important/historic people

3. Language

4. Scenery

I wonder though, how do you go about constructing your worlds? where do you draw inspiration from?

Here is an article i found: http://www.saradouglass.com/createw.html - but the internet is littered with similar articles but i would love to know how you constructed your world? and how you went about the process?

Is there a magic worksheet similar to those 'character bio' ones that would help me to fill out?

That contain stuff like:

Population: xxxxx
Name of country: xxxx
Religion: xxxxx


Here are some i found:

http://www.thescriptorium.net/world1.html

http://www.sfwa.org/writing/worldbuilding1.htm - From SFWA site

http://www.oneofus.co.uk/index.php/how_to/how_to_create_fantasy_worlds/

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:06 pm

Emily, are you raiding my bookshelf? Because you've talked about two or three writing books that I have. Smile

I spent a solid month working on building Indranis for The Surface of the Deep. It got pretty intense. I wanted it to parallel Earth in a way -- and I wanted Adonia to mirror France during the Revolution -- but I wanted it different enough that it was its own planet. I just kind of went through it, without a guide, and included what I thought was logical. Although towards the end of the month, just to make sure I had everything, I went through Holly Lisle's workshop on making maps, which included things about worldbuilding.

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:45 am

I've made Strada parallel Earth in a huge way. the countries and name places are exactly the same, only Strada is more stuck in the middle ages with a few more modren things like clocks and ovens that work using magic. There's no proper roads or sky scrapers or mobile phones or stuff like that.
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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:36 pm

I have that book and wasn't impressed. He focuses on sci-fi way too much for me. Although, I did pull some gems out of the rubble.

Here are some sites I peruse whenever I'm world building. The first is the best, I think.

http://www.sfwa.org/writing/worldbuilding1.htm
http://hollylisle.com/fm/Articles/rules-for-better-fantasy.html
http://larseighner.com/world_builder/index.html
http://www.metamythos.net/wiki/World_Builder_Questions

I had another really great site but it seems to be down now. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:26 am

Thanks a million Lapillus!!! Smile Ooooohhh i might just use this at some point for WC post about 'world building'!

Just shows you how great internet is, where free info is better than a book - i also notice he focuses alot of SF too.l

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:59 pm

You know, I found this one pretty useful:
http://larseighner.com/world_builder/index.html

I'm such a dork about the worldbuilding thing (I'm a dork all around, but especially with worldbuilding). I make maps. Detailed maps. And I've created my own language. My friends are calling me Tolkien, Mark II. It's pretty amusing. xD

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:28 am

Novel i don't think that is nerdy, i think these things are necessary to build a proper world. Language is one thing always over looked due to it being such a difficult thing to create

thanks for the link! her questions are excellent - note to self: must copy and past them into word

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:55 am

emilycross wrote:
I realise that many of us are fantasy writers. Currently i'm working on the world buidling aspect of my current WIP and have by my bedside locker the book 'How to write SF & F' by orson scott card. I've skimmed through most of it but in the process of world building certain things seem to come into play:

As a side note, any questions you'd like to ask Mr. Card? He teaches at the University I go to on a daily basis and is readily available for questions. It's been kind of crazy for me to think of him right there on campus.
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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:55 am

OMG!!!! are you serious!?!?!?!?! thats amazing


*stunned silence*

*groan* my mind has gone BLANK!

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:30 am

Totally serious. He teaches at Southern Virginia University where I play the flute on a weekly basis. He teaches about one class a semester, usually based on fictional writing. Pretty cool. I have a friend in his class right now and she absolutely loves it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:58 pm

That's a cool link. Could do with that to improve Strada a bit. Get a more rounded view on it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:51 pm

I'M TOTALLY GOING TO SOUTHERN VIRGINIA.

(Okay, probably not, but still. It's a thought.)

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:40 am

Oh dear, at the moment I keep getting bogged down in world building. I've written the first three chapters of a new story, and for a change, I'm actually planning this one. Before I go any further, I need to work out more about the bad guys. But to work out what they want now, I have to look at where they've come from. Through a couple more things like that, I'm now faced with the problem of 'so where did these vampires come from in the first place?'

Which is not what I want. I don't want to know the creation myths for vampires! I want to write the gorram story!!! argh!!!

Does anyone else have this problem? You start finding out one thing, and end up with more questions than you had to start with?

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:24 pm

Daeonica - i could have written this post. I was/am the same. I got it into my head that i should outline/plan/build my world for my first draft

(3months later . . . and where am i?!?!)

Its like catch 22 - i'm trying to figure out motivation for my MC and villians etc - i think hmmm maybe there was some sort of conflict - and before you know it i'm looking at books about rome and celtic/japanese mythology!!!!

So i decided that i may just figure out whats best for me. I think writing a rough awful 2d first draft is they way for me - because i've found that when i do 1st draft for my short stories, i think about them and add depth to my characters and learn things that filling out a questionnaire/bio wouldn't be able to accomplish!!

I think that bios/worldbuilding questionnaires are excellent, maybe after the first draft/second draft to have better focus on the characters in the story- as you already know where they are headed!

does that make sense??

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PostSubject: Re: The Task of World Building   Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:24 am

Yeah, that makes sense.

For my worldbuilding, I find that it helps if I treat my setting(s) as a character, too. It all goes back to finding what makes them unique, figuring out what makes them tick, and tying their traits together into one solid, believable entity. When I make character arcs and profiles, I always include one for the major settings of the book, too.

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