Episode 128: 7 worldbuilding questions, I wished I asked first

Questioning our reality

7 Worldbuilding questions, I wished I asked first

Today's Topic – Seven basic Fantasy Worldbuilding questions that would have made my life easier.

Worldbuilding is the art of creating a fictional setting. I achieve this by asking lots of questions.  I first asked questions about the overview of the setting.  I then grab important details and ask more questions. I will repeat this process until I have what I need to start storytelling.  I only end the process when I am done telling stories in a given world.

I am not the only person to look at Worldbuilding this way.  There is an article about Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions by Patricia C. Wrede on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website.   Or go check out the 20 World Building Questions for Authors to Ask Themselves post by JS Morin or The Ultimate Guide to World-Building: How To Write Fantasy, Sci-Fi And Real-Life Worlds post on writersedit.com. There are also countless other great articles with great questions you should ask yourself when you are worldbuilding. However, I wish I asked myself some questions before I started.

So, check out the episode and let us know what your answers are to the seven questions below.

Podcast Show Flow

  • Why do I want to world build?
  • What do I want to world build?
  • What Genre do I want to build for?
  • What are the worlds we know about?
  • What changes would I make?
  • What kind of world do I want to make?
  • What type of word builder am I?

The Worldbuilding Task for the Day

The Worldbuilding Task for the DayAsk yourself the questions and use that as a goal when creating your world

The Real World task for the day

Call home before you finish work for the day and ask if you need to pick anything up on your way home.

The Tease

How to create the most original story, EVER!

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Michael's Resources

Episode 112: Magic Vs Technology? https://gardul.com/blog/episode-112-magic-vs-technology/
Episode 106: Language First Culture Create
Cyberpunk 2020: The Roleplaying Game of the Dark Future
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) 
Fifty Shades of Grey
Alice in Wonderland
Wizard of Oz
Episode 80: What Type of Worldbuilder are you?
The Building of Worlds by Rajan Khanna
Batman Ten Nights of the Beast No. 420 Jun 1988 (Part Four of Four) 

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Images and quotes

Questioning our reality* "Trying to create an entire fantasy world with all the detail of Earth is a great way to guarantee you will never finish. So ask yourself some basic questions before you start.” - Jeffery W. Ingram

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