Category Archives: World-building
Adventures in World-building: Devising Magic Systems

A complex fantasy world isn’t built in one day or seven days. In fact, fantasy writers may find that their secondary-world isn’t complete until after their story comes to an end. This is a daunting concept to consider, particularly for writing-perfectionists with a tendency towards completeness. Even more daunting is the process of creating a magical world where the traditional features of society are completely altered by a unique force unknown to those of us living in the real world. As the world-builder, you are tasked with creating a system of magic that is consistent and believable. Without consistency, you…

Adventures in World-Building: Fantasy Religions

Religion is a staple in any fantasy world. And although our society is filled with worshipers of various faiths, creating a new religion for a novel, short story, or even table-top game is bound to be challenging. Here are a few elements to consider: Pantheon or Solo God? Your characters may worship a single god, but that doesn’t mean there has to be just one. A pantheon is the collection of all gods in a religion or of a set of people. The Greek pantheon includes the deities of Olympus, yet cities would often worship specific deities. If you go the…

Adventures in World-building: Writing Local Color

Imagination can take a writer far; what it can’t do is take a writer to the moon and back whenever it pleases. Writing Fantasy is a wonderful experience, but writing local color in Fantasy to make your towns, villages, and cities appear dynamic is a difficult task. Here are some ideas and resources to consider when give your world a rich, vibrant, colloquial vibe. Consider Manner of Dress Your characters will not be running around naked (or will they?). But you can not assume your readers will expect to see the protagonist wearing brands like Hollister and The Gap. If…