Great observations! Worth the read!
This awesome fictional map of “Clichea,” created by Sarithus. Might want to avoid this sort of thing.
I attended a really interesting lecture by prolific fantasy author Kevin J. Anderson on the fundamentals of worldbuilding. I don’t want to crib too much from his lecture—and the pending book on the same topic (keep an eye out for it; he can explain a lot better than he can!)—but I figure it’s still fair for y’all to benefit from my conference-attending.
The nine elements of creating a realistic, or at least believable, fictional world are: geography; climate; politics; economics; society; religion; intellectual/scientific; arts; and history.
When considering the setting and general plot for your totally rad fiction work, ask yourself some questions (and maybe more, as you put the pieces together):
- Geography—could this landmass exist in the real world? Should it?
- Make sure the actual structure of the land a) makes sense…
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