Week before last, we went over continents and large land masses and how I set them up within the World section of my Story Workbooks. As I said before, this is just the way I set my workbook up and this is the information that I tend to include because it is important to my way of creating. You can organize your workbook and include any information that you wish.
After you have set up your workbook with continent tabs, country sub-tans, city/town sub-sub-tabs and so on, you have to start detailing your world. I have provided a graphic below that includes the majority of the information that I use. You don’t have to include all of this information, but remember that the culture and society that your character grew up in will greatly affect the way he responds to society as an adult. A character who grew up in a matriarchal society will treat women with more reverence and respect than a character who grew up in a patriarchal society, most likely. So please fill in as much of this information as you can.
Another thing I include is creatures and races. Any forests or areas uninhabited by sentient beings, I list with a tabbed section and I draw a rough map and populate it with creatures. It helps me keep track of what can and can’t exist in the climate I created there.
If any races gather in a specific region who wouldn’t normally be there, I note that as well.
Any detail you come up with, write it down. When you are writing, you have to immerse your reader in your world, and it is hard to pull off if you do not know your world well enough. So, create your world. Draw in as many of the details as you can.
And it’s okay if you can’t come up with all the details now. When we start working on the cities and towns in the next segment, you can come back and add in details as you need to.
This concludes the Countries/Realms overview. I hope that this layout helps you as you are creating your world and your story workbook.