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Worldbuilding can make or break your sci-fi story.
You've been given a blank canvas, and they expect you to paint the Mona Lisa!
Where do you even begin? But, have no fear!
I've got a few tricks up my sleeve that'll make your worldbuilding as real as the one outside
your window or Shire or whatever crazy place you're in. So grab a pen and paper, and continue
breaking down the steps to creating a believable world for your sci-fi or fantasy novel.
Spice It Up with Languages
Have you ever noticed how many accents there are in New York City? Well, imagine how many
languages you could have in an entire galaxy! Develop a few unique phrases or words to sprinkle
throughout your story. It'll make your world feel more alive and add some flavor to your dialogue.
Integrate Your Characters
So, you've got this fantastic world with complex societies, but who lives there?
The mailman? The dog walker? No! Your characters!
Make sure your characters are shaped by their world, and their actions impact it in return.
We want them to feel like a natural part of the scenery, not just tourists passing through.
Remember the Small Stuff
You know what's amazing about a cup of coffee?
It's the little things: the aroma, the warmth, the steam rising from the mug.
The same goes for worldbuilding. Focus on the small details - the smells, the sounds, the way the sun
sets - and your readers will feel immersed in your world.
Stay Consistent (and keep notes)
Ever been to one of those restaurants that serve sushi, pizza, and burritos?
Yeah, me neither.
Consistency is key.
Your readers need to feel like they're in a coherent world, so take notes on your creations and
characters and keep track of your decisions. Trust me; it'll save you from future headaches.
In conclusion, creating a believable world for your fantasy or sci-fi novel might seem like a daunting
task, but with these eight tips, you'll be well on your way to crafting a universe as expansive as your
imagination. So, buckle up, put your creative caps on, and dive into the infinite realm of possibilities!