World building is very useful guide in creating your world in the story that you’re writing. As a matter of fact, this is the very essence and at the same time, foundation of a good science fiction or fantasy story as well as other genres. Good world building can lead to richness in your writing while giving valuable information to your readers allowing them to know deeper the characters in the story and the plot lines. This then raises the question of how the writers must carry on in their world building? Well to learn more about this subject, we will be breaking this idea into 3 main categories which is, 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.
Creating an imaginary world is one of the most challenging and daunting types of world-building. 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 does makes sense that creating these said elements to build the fictional world can be hard and challenging as well and being able to decide where it should start is sometimes impossible. If you like to have some inspiration, then it will be ideal to check the universe built by some of the famous authors similar to J.R.R Tolkien, J.K. Rowling.
Needless to say, not everyone has the capacity or ability to create a fictional and functional language but budding world builders can at least take their lead. 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. Work first on this element and then, concentrate on how you would build up the story and world from there.
Once you get the hang of it, starting to work out the details and other information will become easier. One way to get this done is to simply ask few questions that are related to the elements of your world. 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.