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Creating A Fantasy World – Introduction

creating a fantasy world, worldbuildingI’ve always been fascinated with world-building. I love creating new races, spaces, and history, fill the world with religion and culture, politics and magic, give everyone a purpose, and a land to live in, make them interact and create a story from that.

Because of that, I have decided to take on a daunting task, and that is to create a series of posts in which I describe my own method for creating a fantasy world.

There are a lot of blog posts and books out there that deal with the same subject, but what will be different in this series of posts is the fact that I will be building a new world with you, as you go along reading each new post. I will have an ongoing document where I will add onto our world all the elements presented in each post.

I don’t know where this will eventually take us, I hope somewhere really epic, so the index below is subject to change. I will turn the items into links, as posts become available, and I will move them and edit them as I go along. If you want to follow this post you can bookmark this introduction or subscribe to my feed to be notified when I add something new.

So, let us begin. Below is the outline of the posts to come. If you have any suggestions, things to add, things I missed, please mention them right now so I can account for them ahead of time.

Creating A Fantasy World

  • Geography / Map
  • Language
  • Names
  • Units / World Physics
  • Fauna & Flora / Natural Resources
  • Political System / Government
  • Races
  • Religion
  • Magic System
  • History
  • Technological Advances
  • Travel and Transportation
  • Commerce and Finances
  • Folklore and Myths
  • Arts and Culture

Practical Demo Links:

Hope to see you again soon with the next installment in this series!

All the best,

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Iulian Ionescu

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  • Opachii

    Thank you for this post, I have been looking for something like this for some time now. It’s ironic though because a friend was telling me a few of these aspects just the other day for a story we plan to work on together. I guess you helped find the missing aspects. I will keep these in mind we go to build our world, getting it read to write short stories about.

  • Shigidy

    Are you planning to continue the other parts? Its just been a long time since you published a new chapter.

    Thank you for doing this by the way. It is really helpful

    • Yes, I will definitely continue and complete this series. I got a bit sidetracked with the launch of my magazine, but this is coming soon!! Thank you for checking in!

  • Ruben L. Archilla

    When is part 3 coming, I really want to read the rest of the articles you have planned for this series, the first two were simply great and amazing in the amount of info provided and the examples were easy to understand. Please keep up the series, I am really interested in the reading the rest.

    • Third chapter is already written, coming in shortly. I got distracted with NaNoWriMo 🙂 Thanks!

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  • Guest

    I’ll be sure to keep checking this page out. I’m about 3 years into World-Building and loving it!

  • Lonny Buinis

    Very nice! I’ve done some of this for a world I started constructing in 1967. Lately I’ve been refining the physical characteristics. Please let me know if I may be of assistance. I have an Excel spreadsheet that calculates mass, density, radii, and surface gravity in several locations, and compares it all with those of Earth.
    Keep up the good work! – L. Wayne Buinis

    • Thank you, Lonny. If you would like to share that Excel sheet publicly, I could link it in the Map/Geography post. Thanks!

      • Lonny Buinis

        I’ll rework the spreadsheet this weekend to be more generic and let you know when it’s ready. You’re most welcome, Iulian!

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