As with many who read fantasy books, I have always wanted to create my own secondary world. I’ve read books by J. R. R. Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Trudi Canavan, Ursula K. Le Guin… (the list goes on) and those books have shaped the periods of my life in which they dominated.
Here is a list of items to think about when creating your fantasy world. You do not have to know everything on the list, your reader certainly doesn’t. Pick the things that seem the most interesting and design them in detail. I hope it’s useful! Also, I have a link to a word document of
I am a huge fan of the way Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ trilogy does not rely on the importance of character. This may seem like an odd introduction to a post about the importance of character, however I just wanted to iterate that I believe good books have been written, and can still be written, where this
If you are a fantasy writer, you have definitely come across the hurdle of making a map for your new world. The thing is, you don’t have to spend much time on it to get what you need. Most fantasy writers use their map to plot the sequence of events – the journey – that