Questions to Consider When World Building: Part I (The Overview)

Creativity & Writing

From Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland

What does the landscape look like?Β 

  • What kinds of plants grow here?
  • What’s the climate?
  • What kinds of animals are present in this world?

What kinds of societies are found in this world?

  • What kinds of clothing are in style?
  • What mortal and religious values define people’s world views?
  • What language(s) do they speak?
  • What form of government is currently in place?

How advanced is technology?

  • What forms of long-distance communication are used?
  • What modes of transportation are available?
  • How has technology affected entertainment and the arts?
  • How has technology affected weaponry and modes of war fare?
  • How advanced are the fields of medicine and science?

What are the natural laws of this world?

  • Which natural laws are different from our world (e.g. gravity)?
  • Is there a magical force in your world? How does it work?
  • What are its limitations?

What kinds of people populate this world?

  • Are there different races?
  • How do customs differ between people of different races and citizens of different districts?
  • Do the ethnic factions get along?

What’s the history of this world?

  • How many years of recorded history are available?
  • What historical epochs have shaped society?


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