World building is more than just a guide in building the world of your story. Basically, it is the essence and the foundation of science fiction or fantasy story and also, basis of 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. How writers must proceed on the world building to their fiction then? In order to become more aware of this, we will split it into three major points 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.
Believe you don’t, among the different types of world-building for authors are being able to create an imaginary world. 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. On the other hand, you may look at some authors like J.R.R Tolkien, J.K. Rowling if ever you need some inspiration and think that it is impossible to make such.
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. One great place to start in building your world is by pinpointing one aspect of your imaginary world to which you are most interested in. It is best that you focus on this element as it will help you in building your story and world from there.
After you get the hang of it, you have to start working out on the details that will convince people and remain consistent in your imaginary world. One way of doing this is by asking a set of question related to different 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.