Alongside the stories I’m putting together for NaNoWriMo this year, I’m also in the process of writing a three-part (so far) series on a Witch/Vampire Tribe hidden from the rest of world by a glamour. Let me tell you, anything I can find on world building is good advice.
I also know, that right about now, some November Novelists might be struggling with the threads they’ve created in constructing their own story’s world. From Chuck Sambuchino’s “Guide to Literary Agents” blog, a guest post from author David Hair gives some great advice about world building and what to keep in mind about your world, back story, and character development when constructing that world and providing action for it.
Read the entire article by clicking below, and enjoy an excerpt on why world building is so important, regardless of the genre in which you’re writing.
There isn’t a certified qualification or course on world-building (well, not in my neighborhood), but every story requires it. Whether your tale is set in a real place or an imagined one, you need to establish your characters’ world so that the reader can suspend disbelief and fully engage with their story.
Of course, the more differences to our own world you introduce, the more you need to focus on getting those details absolutely right – but you need to do it in such a way that they almost fade into the background so the reader is instead focusing on the characters and the story. You don’t need to explicitly create and explain all aspects of your world in the first couple of chapters. Without some story developing in these chapters your reader may not persevere further into the book.