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The Headaches of World Building

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World building is so broad a topic, it’s always intimidated me. So much, in fact, I’ve done little research on the subject and hoped I didn’t screw anything up in the interim. Now that I’m preparing to start work on the first novel in my Savior of the Serpent Islesseries, I decided I couldn’t keep avoiding the issue. I’ve recently been doing research on the topic and realized I’m not doing too badly as far as the world building going on in my Shadow Stalker serial. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

Most people mistake world building with the setting of a story. While the setting is part of world building, it’s not all there is to it. World building is just what it says. You are creating an entirely new world (even if your story takes place on an alternate Earth) and there is a lot involved that makes a world what it is. Aside from the actual setting, there is politics, religion, economics and even mundane every day details, we normally take for granted (like where they go to the bathroom), that need to be taken into consideration. Each of these areas can become very involved.

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