One of the most valuable tools an author can have to aid them in worldbuilding is the stylesheet. It costs nothing to create but is a warehouse of information about your work-in-progress. If you’re smart, it contains a glossary of created words, names, a list of sites where you got your research, and myriad notes that relate to that novel.
The post on creating this essential tool is here: Designing the Story (includes developing a stylesheet).
If you are writing a contemporary novel or historical work set in our real world, this is where you keep maps and maybe a link to Google Earth.
The original plot and characters of Mountains of the Moon began life as a storyline for an anime-based RPG that never went into production.
I had created the maps for the game, so I knew the topography was as much an antagonist as was the ultimate…
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