World building is very useful guide in creating your world in the story that you’re writing. Basically, it is the essence and the foundation of science fiction or fantasy story and also, basis of other genres. Well thought world building can help in adding richness to the writing while providing valuable information to your readers, which makes them feel more attached to the plot and characters. So how writers should proceed on world building to their fiction? To be able to know more about this subject, we are going to break it into 3 main categories and these are imaginary worlds, alternate reality and actual locations.
With the imaginary worlds, the construction of the whole fictional universes is found mainly in fantasy genres wherein alternate reality, it is re-imagining the details of our present world which is actually popular to writers whose focus is mostly in science fiction and last but not the least, actual locations or the invocation of real place of our world that’s used in novels without adding any fantasy elements.
Believe you don’t, among the different types of world-building for authors are being able to create an imaginary world. It is oftentimes used in science fiction and fantasy to which the writer conjures every detail of his/her world from scratch which includes geography, lore, language, history, characters, politics, religion and social customs.
It is understandable that the thought of creating all of these elements in forming the entire fictional world could be daunting and stressful and deciding where to begin with the story is nearly impossible. If you want some inspiration, you can look at some of the universes built by famous authors such as J.R.R Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and many other great writers/authors.
We all know that not all writers are as imaginative, talented and creative as those two above and will be able to create a functional language but at least, this gives them a head start. As a matter of fact, there is a technique that can b used in building your imaginary world and that is by finding which aspect you are fond the most. Never underestimate this for the reason that this can help in building your story and at the same time, describe your world in which your readers will be captivated.
Sooner or later, you’ll get the hang of it and it would help in convincing people of everything you worked for; you just need to be consistent in your world. By objectively looking at the elements of your world and asking few questions based from it, you can get this done. Think of it like you sharing info on a person who doesn’t know anything about your country or home and you explain it to them in a way they will have vision of it.