Monday, April 29, 2013

Y Is For You...

Yes. YOU! You, sitting there, reading this post. You, my favorite follower.

When writing anything, fantasy or otherwise, you are bound to put a lot of yourself into your world. Seriously. Think about it.

What sort of world would you create? What customs and cultures do you find yourself drawn to? What sort of climates would there be? Would you have everyone on equal footing or would you have people struggling in the streets?

Well, a lot of that in world building is going to be necessary. Humans were given the gift of free will, after all, so you may have those beggars in the streets. Your world will take on a life of its own, of course, but it would be interesting to see what you'd put into a world of your own creation. If it is Sci-Fi, I bet you would have lots of cool gadgets to make life easier, simpler.

You put just as much of what YOU want into your world, just like you put parts of yourself into characters. There will be traces of your personality everywhere in your characters and your world.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know there is a lot of my personality and values in my books.

Mark Means said...

While I haven't always commented (sorry about that!), I have enjoyed your 'world building' posts and found them very informative.

I've been thinking of just sitting down and 'creating a world', as a fantasy setting, even though I'm not really a 'fantasy' writer.

I'm sure I'd be putting a lot of "me" into it, as well :)

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klahanie said...

Hey Mel,

No matter what, I do indeed have my writing and my world beyond the writing, intertwined.

My personality, quirky and hopefully caring, comes through in what I write. I think a good writer actually becomes the character or thing they are writing about. Indeed, the reader feels a part of it all. If I'm writing about a talking fridge, I become a talking fridge :)

Mel, thank YOU!

Your friend,


Hart Johnson said...

You LIKE me! teehee--Seriously though, I have so much admiration for somebody who can world build. I can mix up reality with a wonky element here or there, but I don't have the imagination for fantasy.

Sherry Ellis said...

I agree that world building does include elements from your own life.

Mel Chesley said...

@ Alex ~ And that's a good thing!

@ Mark ~ No worries. I haven't exactly been the commenting queen myself. I'm glad you liked these posts.

@ Gary ~ I know exactly what you mean, Gary! And thank you, as well!

@ Hart ~ Of course I like you, silly. ;)

@ Sherry ~ I think it is important. You sort of get an idea of how other people view the world, that way, as well.

Unknown said...

One of the things I like best about fantasy is that if gives the author the chance to pour themselves into their world.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

world building is one of my favourite aspects of writing.