World-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
World-Builders Series: Special Item Creation
World-Builders Series: Race Creation
World-Builders Series: Creature Creation
World-Builders Series: Deity Creation
World-Builders Series: Character Creation
World-Builders Series: Building Creation
World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation
Over the last year or so, I have had several people ask me how I create my fantasy and science fiction worlds when I write. At first, I was stumped. How do I describe the methods I use to create my world maps, my races and creatures, my cultures? I would try, and I would try hard, but in the end, I only ended up with a glassy-eyed conversationalist who had long since zoned out. So, one day, I looked at my process, and I decided that I would stream-line it, create templates that would not only help me but would also help other writers and even game players who had to create their characters for the worlds they and their friends played in.
For the rest of the month of October and all of November, I will be sharing the eight templates that I use to build my worlds. Some of the worksheets are thorough, walking you through the ins and outs of what you need to create, and others serve more as jumping-off points. You may use only one to create a character, but you may use several of them to create a land, and all of them to create a world. It all depends on how in-depth you want to be when it comes to your world.
Over the last seven weeks, we have been creating our story worlds. We started with the large pieces, the lands, and we have been progressing into all the smaller parts that make each world different from the next. Last week, we worked on creating cities, towns, and buildings. I hope that you had fun with that segment. This week, we are going to work on transportation. Some worlds will be fairly straight-forward. Stories set in the present-day or in the past of human history will have very strict regulations on what sort of vehicles will be available. For fantasy and science fiction worlds, however, you get to be creative. Your beings may race across the country on horseback like the riders of Middle Earth, or they could ride giant cats or fly through the air on large birds. In science fiction, you could have hover cars, teleportation devices, portals, the Ring system like was used in Stargate, and so on. There are so many possibilities.
So, grab a copy of the worksheet above, print off one or two, and let’s give it a go.
Use this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and create all the means of transportation that you want. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!
This concludes the World-Builders series. I hope that you have had fun building your story world from the ground up, literally. Please share this series with your friends, and best wishes to you on your writing journey!