Today I have a round-up of worldbuilding resources 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 Resources
Worldweaving (this is a whole website that has information on several aspects of worldbuilding)
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.)
Worldbuilding: Festivals & Holidays by Yours Truly
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.)
You can also just check out my worldbuilding category to see any posts I’ve added since this post was first published.
Additional Worldbuilding Resources
In addition to blog posts, there are some other worldbuilding resources 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 a BookShop affiliate link, which means I get a percentage of the price at no extra cost to you and you’ll support a local U.S. bookstore.)
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.
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.