Worldbuilding: Religion

In my last post in the worldbuilding series I looked at the creation of magic systems. When I moved on to develop my own specific magic system, I found it lead naturally into the consideration of religion. So, I thought it would be helpful to look at the creation of a religious system.   What is […]

Worldbuilding: summary of series to date

At this stage, I’ve done enough basic worldbuilding to start drafting some story ideas for The Lannerain Chronicles. I will add to the series as the need arises, but for now, here is a summary of the posts in this series to date: Creating a Fantasy World (Introduction) Decide on your Fantasy Setting Countries and Terrain […]

Worldbuilding: Magic Systems

Today we’re going to have a look at the creation of magic systems. The internet has many in-depth resources on this topic, so my aim here is to keep it simple, outline some basic principles, and apply them to the fictional fantasy world I have been building throughout this series. The majority of fantasy books […]

Worldbuilding: Names

In my worldbuilding series, I’ve created a country, a city and some basic characters. I’ve reached the stage where I’d like to give everything a name. For now, I shall concentrate on the worldbuilding elements affecting the three characters I have in mind. So I want to name the country, the city, the river, the forest, the […]

Worldbuilding: Initial Character Ideas

Worldbuilding is like flying towards your fantasy world with a large camera in your hand. At each step you zoom in another level. In the last post we considered cities. It’s difficult to progress any further in this exercise without having some idea of individual characters about which you wish to write stories. We’ve briefly considered the […]

Worldbuilding: Cities

For the next post in my worldbuilding series, I want to think about cities. In the previous post, we considered countries and terrain, so cities are the next logical step to zoom in to. When you are deciding which city to develop, I personally would suggest picking the one where your story starts. If your […]

Worldbuilding: Countries and Terrain

In my first post on worldbuilding I discussed deciding the type of fantasy book you want to write and using that to define the nature of your world. The next step is to think about the country or countries in that fantasy world. You may be able to get away with one country or you may […]