I love reading people’s works when they’ve created a world for their characters that either adds to or completely changes the world we know here. While this takes place mainly in fantasy and sci-fi epics, many works add secondary elements to the world we enjoy here as well. A lot of people aspire to create a world for their story and simply aren’t sure of how to go about doing it. Hopefully, with this new series of posts, you can pick up some ideas on how to create a world perfect for your narrative.
Determine Your Physics
The majority of fantasy stories involve some kind of magical or supernatural force that aids, opposes, or is used by the characters in those stories. In sci-fi novels, characters often confront advanced and imaginative technology or personal enhancements that provide a major driving point in the story. When one creates a new world, one must first define the physics of that world. Why does it matter? Well, if your story features magic, it opens the possibility to things like floating islands, magical forests, and cursed caves. If your story takes place in the future, you can add floating cities, laser guns, and even technological body enhancements; it’s totally up to you! As soon as you determine your physics, you’ve laid the foundation for your new world.
Make A Map
Forces At Work
Many maps can tell a story in and of themselves; J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth comes to mind; the map is divided into sections, per-say, that help keep the story intact. The good guys are on the west, the bad guys are on the east (to put it very, very simply) and everything in the middle is a variable. In many dystopian works, forces are concentrated within or without a specific area; either the bad guys control the area or the good guys control the area, and everything outside is free game. Think of Lois Lowery’s Messenger or even The Giver; the narrative has you believe that that areas of control (the cities where the characters live) are safe and the beyond is dangerous while the opposite is actually true. Consider these divisions of forces when creating your world.