The next two weeks are going to be unofficial Fantasy Worldbuilding Fortnight for me. To this end, I’ll be sharing updated posts from my 2010 Jigsaw-Novel project. The Jigsaw Novel is a series of world-building exercises, prompts and ideas to… Continue Reading →
Describe the maps of your world. Who makes the maps? Show some of the map making process and a problem a cartographer or his/her team has encountered.
Today write about founding fathers (or mothers). What legends surround the founding of your story’s society? This might be a grand legend about the beginning of civilisation or a small family story about how your character’s ancestors came to be… Continue Reading →
Today write about houses. What kind of dwelling do the wealthiest, poorest and middling people of your world occupy? Show a character in the process of acquiring their home, however that may happen.
Today write about learning. Show children learning in your world’s traditional way – by rote, by memorisation of books, by injecting a knowledge serum… and create a scene showing willing and unwilling learners.
Today write about glass. Is it a rarity in your world – perhaps taxed – or does it possess mystical qualities, used in spiritual locations? Show your character with a glass object or structure, engaged in an everyday task.
Today show your character eating a forbidden food. Why is it not allowed? Who else knows about this? How is the character given away? Write for ten minutes and show the power of food and taboo.