Worldbuilding Resource Round-Up

Today I have the resource round-up for you guys that I’d intended to post last month and ended up replacing with a post on infodumping. Hopefully these resources are helpful. :)

General Worldbuilding

10 Points to Think About When Worldbuilding by Hannah Heath at Hannah Heath

The Art of Worldbuilding by Rhianne at Little Novelist

How to Use Multiple Tiers to Worldbuild Effectively by Hope Ann at Kingdom Pen

Worldbuilding Bible Template by Ellen at Ellen Brock

5 Details that Will Bring Your Fantasy World to Life by Melissa at Project Canvas

Questions to Ask When Worldbuilding by Annmarie at Project Canvas

5 Common Worldbuilding Mistakes and How to Correct Them by Naomi at Kingdom Pen

The Outlining Process: A Bullet Worldbuilding Checklist for Your Novel by Evie at Evie Driver

5 Ways to Worldbuild by Vicki at NaNoWriMo

Creating and Characterizing Fantasy Races by Kaylie (guest poster) at Write for the King

Worldweaving (this is a whole website that has information on several aspects of worldbuilding)

20 Questions for Worldbuilding by Alyssa at Alyssa Hollingsworth

Creating Science Fiction Worlds – 10 Important Questions (It says sci-fi, but the questions can apply to any kind of worldbuilding. I also dion’t know for certain who wrote it, so I’m going to leave that blank.)

Creating Science Fiction Worlds Part II – 10 More Questions (See above.)

Questions to Ask When You’re Worldbuilding by Jennifer at Jennifer Ellision

Worldbuilding: Animals (And Monsters) by J.S. Morin at J.S. Morin

Worldbuilding: Government by J.S. Morin at J.S. Morin

9 Tips to Start World-Building by Thorn at Creative Writing Guild

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions by Patricia at Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Worldbuilding 101 by Ruthanne at The Write Practice

The 5 Keys to Seamless Worldbuilding by J.S. Morin at J.S. Morin

7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction and Fantasy Need to Stop Using by James at Gizmodo

3 Steps for Creating Realistic Fantasy Races and Creatures by Kaitlin at Ink and Quills

An Introduction to Worldbuilding by Kristen at Well-Storied

Developing Fantasy Cultures by Hannah at Dan Koboldt (This whole site is a great worldbuilding resource, so you should have a look around.)

Questions to Ask When Creating a Fantasy Religion by Melissa at Quill Pen Writer

 

Culture

Creating Culture in Fiction: 15 Things to Consider by Clara at The Invisible Author

Questions to Ask When Creating Fictional Ethnicities by Melissa at Quill Pen Writer

Worldbuilding: Festivals & Holidays by Yours Truly

Tips for Building a Fictional Society (a #StorySocial recap) by Kristen at Well-Storied

World Building: Having a Cultural Focus by Gabrielle at Write for the King

World Building: Using a Base Culture by Gabrielle at Write for the King

The 5-Minute Shortcut to Creating Cultures by J.S. Morin at J.S. Morin

Creating a Fantasy Culture by Athelas at Red Lettering

 

Magic

Creating a Fantasy Magic System by Jason at Write Good Books

Questions to Ask When Creating Magical Worlds by Melissa at Quill Pen Writer

Storyworld Building: Types of Magic by Jill at Go Teen Writers

Know How Your Magic Works by Jessica at Mythcreants

Worldbuilding: Magic at The Writersaurus

How to Create a Believable Magic System by Atsiko at Atsiko’s Chimney

Designing Realistic Magic Academies by Hannah at Dan Koboldt

How to Create a Rational Magic System by Chris at Mythcreants

 

Maps

Practical Steps to a Rewarding Fantasy Map by Tineke at One Year Adventure Novel

Worldbuilding Tips: Mapmaking by Gabrielle at Write For the King

Worldbuilding By Map by Jonathan at Fantastic Maps

Worldbuilding Considerations: Maps at Reference for Writers

Map-Making 201: Naming Things by Jill at Go Teen Writers

To Create a World: Part 1: The Map by Hannah at Ink Blots and Coffee Stains

 

My “Deep Worldbuild Project”

(I’ve learned a lot since last year and have tentative plans to do another series like this based on my more recent worldbuilding endeavors, but there’s still some good info in here.)

Deep Worldbuild Project Part 1: Map Outlines

Deep Worldbuild Project Part 2: Landscape and How it Affects Culture

Deep Worldbuild Project Part 3: Wildlife

Deep Worldbuild Project Part 4: Technology and Magic

Deep Worldbuild Project Part 5: Religion

Deep Worldbuild Project Part 6: History

Deep Worldbuild Project Part 7: Culture

 

Additional Resources

In addition to blog posts, there are some other things I’d like to mention.

Storyworld First* by Jill Williamson of Go Teen Writers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a super helpful book; my copy has sticky notes on multiple pages in almost every chapter. A couple of the posts I linked to above from Go Teen Writers are drawn from this book, so if you like those you should consider getting the book. (*The above link is an Amazon affiliate link, which means I get a percentage of the price at no extra cost to you.)

Aeon Timeline

This is helpful if you want a timeline of your world’s history, and later you can expand it to include your main story timeline. It’s a really useful tool.

Scrivener

This is helpful for organizing your world’s information and solves the problem of having to jump between a dozen files by keeping all of your story documents in one handy “binder.” You can jump between them via an interface on the left, and there’s even an option to view two files side-by-side. (Handy if you’re editing or, in this case, if you’re in the middle of a scene and have to look up what that animal is called that they just ran across; have the scene in one panel and keep your place while opening your fauna info in the second.)


You can find even more worldbuilding posts on my Writing Tips: Worldbuilding board on Pinterest (there were a lot on there that I thought were too specific to include in this collection, but they’re on there if you want to see them) and map-drawing references on my Maps board, and stay tuned for a couple of worldbuilding posts next month.

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