Earth or No? – Fantasy Worldbuilding Basics Part II

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope that you all had a fantastic holiday season!  As for me, I’m back from my all too brief hiatus.  The New Year has come and gone and it’s back to writing.  For this week, I’ll continue on the worldbuilding topic and focus on the first steps to developing a fantasy world.

Earth or Not Earth

One of the very first things you need to think about when creating your own fantasy world is to consider your sub-genre.  Are you writing an Urban Fantasy in which the world is similar to the Earth we know but with fantastical differences?  Or are you setting your story in a totally different place, like in Epic Fantasy?  Each of these choices has its own set of questions that must be answered. In this post, we’ll take a look at what you need to consider when developing an alternate Earth.


What’s in a Name – Fantasy Worldbuilding Basics Part I

“What’s in a name?”  When Shakespeare penned that infamous question so many centuries ago, he was speaking of the idea that the essence of an object or person remains the same regardless of what it is called.  Indeed, the rose that Juliet spoke of during her not-so-secret ponderings on the nature of Romeo has many names—a different one in each human language—yet they all refer to the same flower.  So what does this mean for us as writers or in terms of worldbuilding in general?