World-building techniques have always fascinated me. High Fantasy and Epic Fantasy books were my delight as a young reader. I poured over the maps on the book’s end papers, studied every entry in the glossary in the back, even marveled over the lengthy character name lists in the front.
When it comes to creating fantasy worlds for my own fiction, I’m a writer who knows the details of the characters’ environment. I must have their vitae close at hand so I know them well enough to write about their struggles. It also doesn’t hurt to speak their language and follow the latest fads for their clothing styles.
Today I’m sharing 2 of my 6 must-have elements for defining fantasy worlds. There’s no significance to the order I present them here, other than I’m starting with the largest elements and working down to the most detailed.
1. Geography and Cartography
I love maps. I can…
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