If you’re constantly coming up with new story ideas, you might also come up with a lot of different settings in which to set those stories. The question is, at what point is it appropriate to create a whole new world and when should you just build on whatever you already have?
Sanderson’s Third Law of Magic states,
“Expand what you already have before you add something new.”
Now, these are Sanderson’s Laws of Magic. He has magic systems in mind. But this one, at least, is applicable to much of writing and today I want to explore how it interacts with worldbuilding as a whole.
Why to Expand First
First off, why is Sanderson’s Third Law good advice for worldbuilding as a whole?
For one thing, it makes worldbuilding Continue reading “Sanderson’s Third Law: When Should You Create a New World?”