World-building is an intricate part of crafting a story — if done properly, it provides believability and envelopes the reader, holding their interest while also making them want to delve deeper into the world you have crafted.
While world-building is often considered the realm of fantasy and scifi writers that is not the case. Writers from all disciplines need to know the “world” their characters inhabit. Cities and towns have different flavors, just like countries do, requiring research to achieve believability to know what is possible and what isn’t. While most fantasy and scifi writers get to start with a clean sheet, they, however, must have set rules for their world, which requires understanding of their world’s history, culture, social issues, etc., and why they exist as such.
This world-building series, which will be posted each Sunday, will highlight different aspects, and since I am a speculative fiction writer, it will be aimed toward that discipline but with any luck writers in other disciplines will also be able to take away helpful grains from my posts. Posts will be in no order of importance with the first one most likely tackling culture. Be sure to tune in.