World Building is fun. It can also be a nightmare. How can one person possibly create an entire world? There’s just so much to consider. If you miss something, your world may not feel real to your readers then, your story fails. Hopefully, the links below will make the process a little easier. I’ll keep adding to this whenever I come across a post or article I believe would help you on your world building adventure. By the way, just because most fantasy worlds are set in medieval times, doesn’t mean yours has to.
Below are some awesome sites with amazing details about each characteristic of World Building.
SFWA: Fantasy World Building Questions
Berley’s Top 10 World Building Tips for Sci-Fi or Fantasy
Inkwell Ideas: Worldbuilding: Local Area Design
Darkness/Dark-side Defined (Physical and Psychological)
Book- A Little Book On The Human Shadow by Robert Bly
Book- Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature edited by Connie Zweig
Book- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson
Writing Dystopian Fiction
Why Do We Like Dark Stories?
Writing Apocalyptic Stories
Why Do We Write Dark Fantasy?
Characters, Creatures & Powers
10 Amazing Real-World Locations for Fantasy World Building
Pinterest: World Building Inspiration- Settings
Pinterest: A Different Kind of Fantasy Land
io9- The Most Incredible Fantasy Maps You’ve Ever Seen
io9- A map showing the original meanings of place names in North America
Describing a Setting Readers Can Experience
Think of Locations as Characters
How to Create Plants and Animals for Your Fantasy Setting
Dark Fantasy World Building: Telling Time Without Clocks
Food in a Post-Apocalyptic World
Below are links for general tips and advice.
Wolfgang Baur on WorldBuilding: Historical Fantasy and Real Fantasy
World Building Tips I Learned at the Louvre
World-Building for Fantasy Authors
20 Questions for World Builders to Ask Themselves
Building A World: Basic Concept
The 5 Keys to Seamless Worldbuilding
Fantasy World: Where Ideas Come From
Pinterest: Fantasy Writing Tips
This one I found to be really interesting. You know the Random Name Generator? Well, these websites have different world building generators. One will give you ideas for a coin design another gives you plants. It’s kinda awesome!
Worldbuilding-Relevant Generator Index
Fantasy Name Generator
Plant, Herb, & Flower Name Generator
Want more World Building Tips? Check out my book Building Dark Worlds.