The World Building Blog Series: MAPS

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Hey Everyone! Here is part five of my world building series. As promised I will be focusing on maps for your new world.

The size of your world will determine if you need one map to show the whole world or multiple maps to show different lands or regions of your world. Always focus on the areas that you are going to directly show in your writing. If you are only showing one land in a world of seven, just make a map for that one land to start.

Maps are a useful tool when world building since they give you concrete visuals of your world. It helps you when planning different parts of world building and it helps when you are writing your book. Having that visual makes it easier to anchor locations to scenes and plan out routes of travel for your character. It will help keep consistency in your story.

When creating maps you’ll want to start with a basic outline of the landmass or territory you’re focusing on. Keep the line work loose, since coastlines and borders are almost never smooth or straight (with exceptions like the borders you see between some Canadian provinces). Keep the general shape you want in mind but allow your hand to loosely work. It will create a more organic and natural look to your map. After you create a solid outline to your map start adding in your borders. Again keep your lines loose to create a more organic look.

Once you have something you’re happy with map at least five copies of the outline. This is easily achieved using the copier on a printer. Keep the original somewhere safe in case you need to make more copies in the future. From here you can make different reference maps that you can use during the world building process.

Here are some different maps you can make:

  • Basic geography map
  • A map of the climate or biomes
  • Cities, Towns, Landmarks, with Roads
  • A map of rivers, lakes, and oceans

You can make as many or as little maps as you need to get a good feel for your world. You can make an ‘everything’ that shows everything you need on one map. You can find different map ideas all over the internet. You can even make a fancy stylized fantasy map if you wanted to.

This process of creating and using maps is subjective. Everyone is going to have a different process, because everyone will have different wants and needs when it comes to their maps. Use references from the internet as guides and ideas for your own process. Do whatever works for you. You can draw the maps by hand on paper or you can make them using digital art programs.

Here are examples of some maps I made for my world of Terrivea.

 

Thanks for reading,

Lalia LaRose

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The World Building Blog Series: GEOGRAPHY and CLIMATE

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Hey everyone! This is part four of my world building blog series. I hope you’ve been enjoying it so far and have learned a few things. Geography and climate may seem like simple aspects to a world, but they play a large role in culture and in world building in general. Geography and climate determine how and where people live. It determines what they eat and how they dress. It is the determining factor of people live depending on where they live. When determining the geography and climate of your world you’ll want to keep these things in mind:

  • Weather– what does the weather look like through out your world? How does it affect different areas and the people who live there? What are the typical weather patterns? How do people with the weather?
  • Seasons– what are the seasons? How does it affect the lives of people? Are the seasons different in different regions? What is the weather like during the different seasons? How does affect your world and people?
  • Resources– what are the common resources? Where can they be found? How are they collected and used? Why are they there or how are they created? How do these resources affect the lives of the people? Does the collecting of these resource affect the geography or geology of your world?
  • Major features– are there any major features in the geography or climate that plays a major role in this world? (Ex- a large magical crystal that is the source of all magic). How do these major features affect the world and people who live there?
  • Changes over history– has there been many changes in geography and/or climate over the history of your world? Do these changes follow a pattern? What are the causes of these changes? How do they affect the world and people? How do they affect the flora and fauna?
  • Municipalities– where are the towns and cities, especially major cities, located? How does the geography and climate affect the towns and cities? How do the towns and cities affect the geography and climate? How do they affect the flora and fauna?
  • Landmarks– what are some landmarks? How did they come to be? Where they man-made or natural? Do they serve a purpose? What is their purpose?
  • Flora– what is the flora like in your world? Does it differ in different regions? How is the flora used in the regions? What role does it play? What does the flora look like? How does it affect the world and people?
  • Fauna– what is the fauna like in your world? How does it look in different regions? How is it used in your world? What role does the fauna play? How does it affect the world and people?

These are just basic questions to act yourself as you dive into the geography and climate of your world. Creating maps will help this process tremendously. I will be creating a blog post on map making for world building. So keep an eye out for that in the future!

 

Thank you for reading,

Lalia LaRose

The World Building Blog Series: SOCIETY

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Hi everyone! Here is part three of the World Building Blog Series all about the society/societies in your new world baby. This is extremely important to know since society plays a huge role in how people live their lives. It is the foundation in which your characters will base their lifestyle on.

When you think about society you should be thinking about these eight things:

Social classes– what do these social classes look like? Is everyone equal? Are there levels of class based on economic status? Or is it based on race? On profession? Birth place? What is your social class system based on?

Racial groups– what are the backgrounds of your racial groups? How are they seen and treated? Who are the minorities and majorities? What are their lives like? What are their social views? How do they fit into this world?

Gender norms– how are women and men treated? Are they treated differently or pretty much the same? Are there different opportunities for the different genders? Are there more than just male and female genders? How is gender viewed in your society? What roles do the different genders play?

Discrimination and prejudices– who are these discriminations and prejudices aimed at? Why? Is the society working hard to erase these discriminations and prejudices? Or is it fuelling them? Are there reasons why these discriminations and prejudice are alive? What’s causing them?

Sexual orientation– How is sexual orientation viewed? What common sexual orientations are seen? Which ones are accepted by society? Which ones are not? What is the ‘norm’ in your society when it comes to sexual orientation? How are people not fitting the norm treated and viewed? How do they live? What role does sexual orientation play in society?

Raising and treatment of children– how are children viewed? Are their any child based laws? What is typical upbringing of a child? How are they treated? Is there child labour? Are children seen as sacred or are they hidden away? Why are children treated the way they are? What is it like to be pregnant and/or have children in your society?

Education– what determines who gets an education or not (could be class, money, race, or anything that makes sense in your world)? What does the education look like in that society? What is commonly being taught and to whom? Are there schools or is education tutor based? What does it look like? What are the pros and cons? Are there multiple options for education or just a select few options?

Professions– what are common professions? Are there some professions considered better than others? What roles do these profession play in society? How does a person get a job? It is based on class or moral? Does race determine the profession? Does profession determine class? Does one profession affect their education or vice versa?

Those were the main topics you should look at when you are building a society or multiple societies in your new world. There are many other things you could address, but start here and work your way up if need be.

 

Thanks for reading,

Lalia LaRose

 

The World Building Blog Series: SETTING

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Hey everyone, here’s part two of my world building series!

The first things we need to consider when creating new fictional worlds are: the name of your world, the divisions and names of those divisions, along with subdivisions and their names. Depending on how involved the world is in your plot you can save yourself some time and effort. If your story takes place only in a particular kingdom you will only need to focus you attention on that one kingdom. However, you should know at least the names of other kingdoms, especially if they are being mentioned in dialogue.

If you are writing a series that will showcase the entirety of your fictional, well then you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. You will need to know everything you can about the world, continents, countries, kingdoms, and regions that are of significance to your series.

Let me us my fictional world as an example: The world is called Lakrymosa. My book The Last Queen of Terrivea is set in the continent of Terrivea and more specifically the country of Terrivea. (The history of Terrivea explains why both the continent and a country of the continent share the same name). My main character travels all over the country of Terrivea through the kingdoms of Bormons, Medirus, Sylvespa, Avortium, and Lamaust.

When considering the setting of your book within your fictional world there is a lot to think about and learn about your fictional world. You need to be able to look at your world in macro and micro views, just like how we see Earth. Macro being the world itself, the continents, and the countries. Micro would be looking at the cities, villages, landmarks, and people.

I find it helpful to make maps. Making a simple map of your world and its continents (maybe even including the countries) can help you look at it with a macro view. Making separate maps for each continent that looks at the countries, cities and regions will help you get a micro view of the setting. This, I believe, is the minimal amount of work needed in the journey of creating a new fictional world.

 

Thanks for reading,

– Lalia LaRose

 

Life Update and Novel Update

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Hey everyone!

I have completed the exposition and first chapter of The Last Queen of Terrivea! I’ve also made some maps for world-building. I took a break over the holidays to focus on family. I’ve also started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I have a couple of posts to catch up on and I hope to finish them and post them today.

As for my life. I have started working in a new position! I’m extremely happy and relieved to have this position. I should be working until the end of June and then summer break starts. In July my brother will be getting married as well. It would seem things are looking up again. Hopefully 2018 is better than 2017!

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018 going forward!

 

Thank you for reading,

– Lalia LaRose

The Immense Task of World Building and How to Tackle It

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This is the introductory to my World Building Blog Series.

When it comes to writing fantasy you need to be able to world build. Creating supernatural beings, magic, or a new world requires a lot of imagination and time. Creating a new world for a novel setting is an immense task that requires you to know a lot of information about your world child.

TIP 1: Focus mainly on the need to know. Figure out what aspects will be featured in your novel. If your character does not travel beyond country borders then you don’t need much information on the neighbouring countries.

TIP 2: Don’t skimp on information. You want to present the readers with enough basic information to immerse them in your fantasy world. Little details came make a huge difference. Showing the reader how the people of your world are educated (or not educated) can mean the difference between a 2-dimensional experience and 3 dimensional one.

There are ten basic things you need to know about your world and show your audience for it to come alive.

  • Setting
  • Society
  • Culture
  • Peoples and Customs (this refers to different groups of people you create)
  • Geography and Climate
  • Technology, Science, and Magic
  • Politics
  • Legal Systems
  • Military and Warfare
  • History

Of course, there is still a lot of information you need to fill in under these categories to fully flesh out your world. Think of this list as the bones of world building. Now you need to create the flesh. In my World Building Blog Series, I will be going into these categories in greater detail.

Thank you for reading,

Lalia LaRose

The World Building Blog Series

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Hey everyone!

I am creating a blog series all about world building. Including: how to tackle world building, information you need for creating your new world, and more!

I am trying to find the best way to set up a page under my blog so it can be easier to find! Look for the same banner as above. I will be posting this banner to all my blog posts related to The Worlding Building Blog Series.

 

Thanks for reading,

– Lalia LaRose