on Writers Helping Writers:
One of my favorite parts of being an obsessive reader is the feeling of picking up a book and instantly being immersed in the world. A few of my favorites include Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, any book by Taylor Jenkins Reid or Kristin Hannah, The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, everything that N.K. Jemisin has ever written, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Sarah MacLean’s sweeping feminist romances, and Chad Lucas’s perfect spooky voice in Let the Monster Out. Across genre, across age category, this feeling of being pulled right into the story denotes fantastic world-building.
If we know good world-building when we see it, why is it so hard to do it in our own work?