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
How to Use Fantasy Worldbuilding to Explore Worldview by Yours Truly
Laying the Foundations of Your World by Yours Truly
Creating Science Fiction Worlds – 10 Important Questions (It says sci-fi, but the questions can apply to any kind of worldbuilding. I also don’t know for certain who wrote it, so I’m going to leave that blank.)
Geography & Maps
Worldbuilding: Wildlife by Yours Truly
Why Cultural Worldview in Fantasy is Important by Yours Truly
Worldbuilding: Festivals & Holidays by Yours Truly
My “Deep Worldbuild Project”
I’ve learned a lot since writing this series and have since written another series like it (see below), but there’s still some good info in here.
The “Discovering Your World” series
Six Ways Your Fantasy World Isn’t as Idyllic as You Think – Guest post by Kate Flournoy
You can also just check out my worldbuilding category to see the many 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. (Links with asterisks are affiliate links, meaning any purchases through them earn me a commission at no extra cost to you.)
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.)
WorldAnvil is my favorite tool for compiling worldbuilding information. It’s flexible, sleek, and comprehensive. I’ve talked about it a lot on the blog (it’s made my list of top worldbuilding resources at least once) and I recommend it to just about any worldbuilder.
New Worlds, Year One* by Marie Brennan
I came across this book relatively recently and it’s excellent. It’s a collection of essays, but I read it cover-to-cover and both enjoyed and learned from it. The secular worldview is rather evident in a few places; and there are a few chapters where, by necessity of the subject matter, Brennan uses some language or covers uncomfortable topics, but I thought it was handled well. The writing style is engaging, and Brennan’s anthropology background allows her to cover topics that I would never have thought to consider.
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.
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