How can I explain, with only words for pictures?
I was lost without you and I walked alone.
I was a painter… you were my favorite brush;
I was a writer … you were my cherished pen;
I was a poet … you were my best rhyme;
I was a speaker … you were my bravest words.
You were all of these things… yet even more.
You made me complete when I was unfinished.
But now we’re apart … yet we aren’t,
for never shall I be without your memory;
never shall I forget how you made me live.
There is an honored…
The next step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create a Technology.
For creating a Technology, we’ll explore: Levels, Vehicles, and Weapons.
If you’ve based your Universe in Science, then you can use the Earth and its Technologies throughout history as your basis. I like to draw from human history regarding technological progress and there’s a good Wikipedia article here on Technology through the Ages. If I set a story in a specific time period, then I research that time period to make sure I don’t use technology which didn’t exist at the time of the story. …
The next step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create a Government.
For creating a Government, we’ll explore: Factions, Leaders, Militaries, and Politics.
If you’ve based your Universe in Science, then you can use the Earth and its Governments throughout history as your basis. I like to draw from Democracy, Feudalism, Socialism, Monarchies, Oligarchies, Dictatorships, Republics… there’s a huge list here. You might just center your story around one or two enigmatic Leaders… be they Kings, Presidents, Dictators, or Czars. Or you might concentrate more on opposing Militaries, like North Korea versus the United States. …
The next step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create a Culture.
I like to use the Evernote app for my Worldbuilding, but you could also use OneNote or Scrivener or World Anvil, or a variety of software or just paper notebooks if you like.
I usually like to create a notebook in Evernote for each new story I start. Next, I create a notebook in that stack called ‘Cultures’. I organize my Cultures notebook with tags, so I tag each City on each Planet. Next, I create tags for Arts, Fashions, Festivals, Foods, Histories, Religions, and Sciences. …
The next step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create a Settlement.
In this step we’ll explore Cities, Districts/Zones, Landmarks, Towns, and Villages.
I like to define my types of settlements based on population, you may choose a different method, but population seems to make the most sense. I define Villages as having 50 to 1000 people, Towns as having 1000 to 8000 people, and Cities as having 8000 or more people.
Regardless of which genre of story you’re telling, a Settlement should account for seven key components: 1. A Defined Perimeter, 2. Internal and External Transportation, 3. Food Production…
The next step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create a Continent.
In this step we’ll explore Deserts, Glaciers, Lakes, Marshes, Mountains, Plains, Rivers, Swamps, Tundra, Valleys, Countries, Provinces, Regions, and States.
If you’ve based your Universe in Science, then you can use the Earth and its Continents as your basis for reality. I like to start with the idea of a Planet with just one super Continent, which Earth had hundreds of millions of years ago called Pangea. …
The next step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create a Planet.
In this step we’ll explore Fauna, Flora, Climates, Habitability, Oceans/Seas, Races, Species, and Timelines.
If you’ve based your Universe in Science, then you can use the Earth and the Planets in our solar system as a general basis for creating realistic planets. Earth being the obvious choice to replicate if you need a Planet to have life on it.
For Fauna, or animals, you would list whichever animals have a major impact on your story (predators, prey, wild, domesticated, etc.).
For Flora, or plants, you would list whichever…
The next step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create a Galaxy.
In this step we’ll explore Stars, Star systems and Travel times.
If you’ve based your Universe in Science, then you’ll have a Galaxy populated with Stars. Real stars come in all different shapes, sizes and colors with different temperatures and radiation outputs. The simplest start to this step is to use a star like our sun, Sol. By using either our own sun or one similar for your story, then you’re eliminating a lot of time having to do research on its characteristics.
If you’ve based your Universe…
The first step in this Worldbuilding Workshop is to create your Universe.
You need to determine the rules for the Universe to know what your characters can and can’t do in it.
1. Rule #1 Base your Universe on Science or Fantasy (or a mix of both):
If your Universe is based solely on Science, then you can use our existing universe as a basis and just say that all the physical laws of science apply to your Universe as well so your characters are limited to what they can do by known physics.
· What level of scientific knowledge…
Here you’ll find simple steps for expansive worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding is the process of using fictional details to construct an imaginary world or an entire alternate universe for storytelling purposes.
I usually start worldbuilding with a character or two… but that’s a whole other complex issue that I’ll save for a different workshop.
For the simplest start to a worldbuilding project, I like to use a checklist of categories.
· Universes: Dimensions/Planes, Magics, Sciences
· Galaxies: Stars, Star systems, Travel times
· Planets: Fauna, Flora, Climates, Habitability, Oceans/Seas, Races, Species, Timelines
· Continents: Deserts, Glaciers, Lakes, Marshes, Mountains, Plains, Rivers, Swamps…