World building at Booktrib
If you read fantasy in particular, it’s a given that the author will have spent some time (LOTS of time) thinking about the world you’ll be visiting. I have to thank my first editor, Debra Ginsberg, who after reading a very early draft of The Sand Prince, told me I hadn’t finished doing the work. (She was both much nicer and much more direct than that!)
At first I ran away from it–I was interested in character and emotion and dialogue. When I thought about the concept of world building, I pictured orc armies and great fields of battle. It’s true that a lot of fantasy–and a lot of epic fantasy–revolves around war, armies, descriptions of weapons and buckets of blood. But societal change can occur without bloodshed (or with a minimum, anyway.) I substituted politics for battles, and the actions of individual people for those invading orcs. And when I started thinking in terms of food, language, and fashion, building my worlds became a delight.
Here’s my series, I hope you’ll take a look.
Coming up I’ll be looking at hairstyles, our animal friends, and artwork, among other things. What are your favorite imagined worlds? Leave a comment, let’s talk!