Category Archives: World-Building

World-Building: A Vast Zooniverse

As Douglas Adams tells us in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road … Continue reading

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World-Building: Be Consistent

This is the first article of a several-part series on different aspects of a core world-building topic: consistency. The basic message is very simple: your world must be internally consistent. Doesn’t matter if it’s science fiction or fantasy, and it … Continue reading

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World-Building: What Not To Tell Them

Today I’ve got a couple of things to talk about. The first is a change in the two projects I’m focussing on at the moment. I’m putting Project Shuriken to one side for a little while. This is simply a … Continue reading

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World-Building: It’s the Little Things

One of the things that varies between the Primary and Secondary World-Building (PWB/SWB) tasks I described earlier is the importance of details. This is due to the way in which we experience reality ourselves: in those details. You absolutely do … Continue reading

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World-Building: Mind the Gap

There is a Gap between what you know about the world you build, and what your audience knows about it. You know this already. After all, it’s obvious. What may be less obvious is why this Gap is so important, … Continue reading

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World-Building: The Story Harvest

This is the idea of going through the closest real-world analogue(s) to the world you are building and collecting as many cool images, quotes, events, anecdotes, sayings, and stories as you can find. Focus on details that make the people … Continue reading

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World-Building: Size Isn’t Anything

Other than bigger worlds needing more work, size alone should not be a concern for world-builders. A world can be as small or as large as you like. The only really important thing about size is that it is the … Continue reading

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