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Friday Fiction: Writing a world

As with all things in writing, show don't tell the environment your characters live in is incidental to the story but hint's are necessary to form a connection to the story and to describe a journey. So along with the maps you worked on yesterday you need to flesh it out so you know it as if it were your own.

  • Geography- natural resources, location on the world etc
  • Politics- within each settlement & between them
  • Rites & Rituals- What kind of things do they celebrate, is there a thing or series of things each race or person does everyday besides the obvious body functions & needs
  • City Building- Its called city building but it is a description of the community physicality from why that place was chosen for the settlement to a description of the buildings within it.
  • Flora & Fauna- plants & animals both domesticated and wild are important to the journey description


50 Questions from Lady Writer to help you build a fictional world

  1. WHAT IS THE CITY’S NAME?
  2. WHAT DEFINES THE SETTLEMENT AS A CITY?
  3. WHO LIVES HERE AND WHAT ARE THEY CALLED?
  4. WHY DO THEY LIVE HERE?
  5. WHAT DO THE INHABITANTS DO?
  6. WHAT ARE THE CITYʼS RESOURCES?
  7. WHAT RESOURCES NEED TO BE IMPORTED?
  8. WHAT IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME?
  9. WHERE IS THE CITY?
  10. WHO ARE ITS CLOSEST NEIGHBOURS?
  11. WHY WAS THE CITY BUILT HERE?
  12. HOW LARGE IS THE CITY?
  13. WHAT DO THE DWELLINGS LOOK LIKE?
  14. WHY DO THEY LOOK THE WAY THEY DO?
  15. ARE THERE THREATS TO THE CITY?
  16. IF YES, HOW HAS THE CITY ADAPTED?
  17. WHAT IS THE PREVALENT ARCHITECTURAL STYLE?
  18. WHO ARE THE CITY LEADERS?
  19. WHO ARE THE OUTSIDERS?
  20. WHERE DO THEY LIVE?
  21. IS THERE CRIME?
  22. IF YES, WHAT DO THE CRIMINALS WANT?
  23. IS THERE A LARGE RICH-POOR GAP?
  24. HOW ARE THE THOROUGHFARES ARRANGED?
  25. WHERE DO THE INHABITANTS WORK?
  26. WHAT ARE THE MODES OF TRAVEL?
  27. HOW HAS TRANSPORTATION SHAPED THE CITY?
  28. IS IT EASY TO LEAVE & RE-ENTER THE CITY?
  29. ARE THERE MANY FOREIGNERS?
  30. HOW ARE RELIGIONS AND RITES ACCOMMODATED?
  31. WHAT ARE THE MAIN DISTRICTS?
  32. WHAT OTHER FACTORS MIGHT HAVE AFFECTED THE CITYʼS DEVELOPMENT?
  33. WHAT ARE ITS LANDMARKS?
  34. WHAT IS THE AIR LIKE?
  35. DOES THE CITY CREATE ITS OWN MICROCLIMATE?
  36. HOW IS THE CITY REGARDED BY ITS INHABITANTS?
  37. HOW IS THE CITY REGARDED BY OUTSIDERS?
  38. HOW OLD IS THE CITY?
  39. HAVE PARTS BEEN REDEVELOPED?
  40. HAS THE CITY BEEN PLANNED?
  41. HOW ARE RESOURCES DISTRIBUTED?
  42. HOW ARE DWELLINGS LAID OUT?
  43. WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED IN CONSTRUCTION?
  44. WHAT FLORA AND FAUNA LIVE IN THE CITY?
  45. WHAT IS CHARACTERISTIC OF THE CITIZENS?
  46. HOW DOES THE CITY REFLECT THE TASTES OF ITS INHABITANTS?
  47. IS THE CITY FAMOUS FOR ANYTHING?
  48. WHAT IS THE CITYʼS EMBLEM / MASCOT / COAT OF ARMS?
  49. WHAT LANGUAGE IS SPOKEN?
  50. DO THE CITIZENS HAVE A DISTINCT DIALECT / ACCENT?

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