How to Build a Fictional World by Kate Messner

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Kate Messner goes over some great worldbuilding 101 concepts on how to craft a fictional world. Here are the questions she poses in the video to get the ball rolling on your terraforming:

  • Are you working in the past, present, or future?
  • How did the world come to be? What past events shaped the world to what it has become now?
  • What rules are in place here?
  • Laws of gravity?
  • Laws of society? What rules are in place to punish those that break them?
  • What kind of government rules?
  • Who has power? Who doesn’t?
  • What do people believe in here?
  • What does this society value most?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • Where do the inhabitants live, go work, and school?
  • What do they eat?
  • How do they treat their young? The old?
  • What relationship do they have with the animals and plants of the world?
  • What do those animals and plants look like?
  • What kind of technology exists? Transportation? Communication? Access to information?
  • How does this world shape the individuals that live in it?
  • What kind of conflict is likely to emerge with the characters in relation to the world you created?

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