on The Write Life:
When you hear the term “worldbuilding,” what comes to mind?
For some, it might be George Lucas’ classic Star Wars universe; for others, perhaps it’s the sprawling, gritty world of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, the not-so-distant future of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, or the richly detailed Middle-earth of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
An author creating his story’s world has the power to develop it in every way. What will the world look like? How different is it from our own? What new and interesting creatures will inhabit it? What will the people be like? What about the cities and landscape?
Considering these elements is crucial to creating an interesting, engaging and believable world — in any genre, not just fantasy or science fiction.
Before you write your next story, make sure to give your characters’ world the attention it deserves. Consider worldbuilding one of your first priorities.