Worldbuilding is one of those topics that bakes my noodle every time my brain chooses to dwell on it. I have a whole bucket full of opinions, many of them in stark disagreement with one another. So…
We talked a little about worldbuilding in an earlier ask. So, I thought I’d throw out some advice from Chuck Wendig on the subject. We’ll probably go delving into fantasy/urban fantasy/sci fi/horror/genre fiction at some point, but for now here’s something that might get the brain juices flowing.
Like anything dealing with writing, crafting worlds is hard, and spending a lot of time crafting a setting that you’re only going to use in one book may seem impossible. More than anything worldbuilding is about detail, it’s about remembering that even a single society is a monster of complexities, and just like you are not any single facet devoted wholly to one emotion, the people who inhabit the worlds you create are complex individuals who are shaped by their experience.
Remember, you’re not just building a world that your character can inhabit, you’re building a person and a plot in the pieces you put together.