Where To Begin
You likely know a bit about the basics of worldbuilding: characters, storyboards, plot points and timelines, magic scales, bestiaries, etc. So, where do you take things from here? Well, there are numerous techniques you can incorporate to transform the presentation of your world from simple to spectacular.
3 Tips to Enhance Worldbuilding
Specifics and Flexibility
Loving the worlds that you create makes some of the best fiction. Diving into your world allows you to fully involve yourself in your world while giving your reader more to love as well. This entire process can be overwhelming, especially if you have so many ideas and have nowhere to put them. Consider these tips:
· Consider writing a guidebook – explaining the magic system of your magicians might be helpful for readers that adore that content, but it doesn’t have to be in the series itself. Information like that can be part of an author campaign. Alternatively, you can publish a novel guide, like the guides from video games and share a plethora of ideas that didn’t make the cut.
·Let your world grow – some worldbuilders can become so stuck on their ideas that there is hardly room for it to breathe. Let your world build itself. Allow yourself to make new discoveries. If you’re focused on a vampire world that suddenly has faeries, roll with it. There might be something to add here that enhances your entire work.
Resources and Tools
Does worldbuilding seem too complicated or extensive? The below list is non-exhaustive, but filled with quality resources and helpful tools you can utilize to make your worldbuilding easier and more effective. Some essential resources for worldbuilding, especially for novice worldbuilders are:
○ Note: The workbook is a $27 investment. It’s very affordable and totally worth it.
· Dan Brown’s Masterclass on Worldbuilding. This worldbuilding refresher course will review both the basics and advanced techniques to help you develop your world.
· WorldAnvil – one of the most used worldbuilding sites on the net. This consists of communities, extremely detailed organization, and campaign planners.
These sites have communities where you can connect with other creators and network!
Ready To Build?
Worldbuilding takes great skill and it’s not the easiest thing to do. Sometimes, tips, programs, and documents are not enough to make sense of your world. Still, by continuing to refocus, you can be flexible in your approach to worldbuilding. Find a balance between detail and overtelling. You’ve got this, for sure!
Lashun Williams is an African American writer of self-help, fantasy fiction, and romance novels. Her debut fantasy series, Element Princess, was published in 2013 under the pen name Jenaia Williams. She also published her short story Sea Comedies in DG Sentinel in 2022. Lashun’s upcoming works are co-creation projects with Healing Soul Collections.
Lashun is currently obtaining her Associates in Liberal Arts at Southern New Hampshire University, and completing more novels and creative projects. She is a member of the Women’s National Book Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. In her free time, Lashun invests her time reading, writing, and studying occult sciences and spirituality.