Worldbuilding


Things pertaining to creating worlds and the people, places, governments, creatures, and everything else within them.

General Culture

Country & Culture-Development Questions
Questions to help you develop your countries and their cultures, whether they're fantastic fairytale kingdoms or futuristic space colonies.

On Creating Fantasy Alphabets
Just some tips and brain-stretchers I wrote on creating fantasy alphabets.

Tips 'n Stuff To Make Better Science Fiction/Fantasy Slang & Swear Words
Make better, catchier, and more potent SF slang and swears!

"I Need A Name For My Town/City!" - Help Coming Up With Names For Fictional Towns And Cities
At a loss for naming your town or city? Here are some tips and things that might help.

Town & City Development Questions
Things to ask yourself when you're developing your towns and cities.

Holiday Development Questions
Questions to ask yourself to help you develop fictional holidays.

Tips To Create Richer & More Realistic Fantasy & Science Fiction Cultures & Civilizations
If you want your fantasy or science fiction worlds to really feel like something that really could exist somewhere, check this out.

Designing Fictional Fashion: Figuring Out What Your SF Characters Wear
Principles to help you figure out what your science fiction, fantasy, or future characters wear.

A Few Things Writers Need To Know About The Medieval Period
Some essentials to know if you're working on or thinking about working on anything inspired by the Middle Ages.


General Mythology

Human Psychology and its Effect on Myths, Legends, and Superstition
A well-developed world needs myths and legends. Here I explore a bit on how they might be born.

Basic Tips To Create More Believable Sci-Fi & Fantasy Religions & Belief Systems
Create more plausible sci-fi and fantasy religions and the like.

Deity-Development Questions
Questions to help you develop better gods, goddesses, and whatnots.


Creatures & Species

Fantasy & Science Fiction Creature Development Questions
Things to ask yourself when creating your SF critters.

Tips to Create Better & More Believable Fantasy & Science Fiction Species
Principles that can be applied to every SF creature, sapient or not.

Points To Remember When Designing SF Creatures & Species
Simple stuff to help you make better science fiction and fantasy creatures.

A Few Things Writers Need To Know About Plants & Herbs
Useful facts and information to know about plants and herbs - whether you're creating and designing your own, or using ones that already exist.


Government & Other Organizations

How To Create Fictional Structured Religions
What to know and do when creating fictional religions, from tiny tribal faiths to massive international religion.

Things To Know When Creating & Developing Fictional Governments
Whether fantasy kingdoms, futuristic countries, or just about anything!

On Designing & Writing Oppressive Governments In Your Fiction - NEW!
What to know when you're writing an oppressive government - whether it's an evil empire or just one rotten country.

Factors That Contribute To Abusive & Dysfunctional Systems/Institutions - NEW!
Various factors that often lead to a system or institution becoming dysfunctional or even abusive.

Tips & Ideas To Write More Believable Masquerades
Writing the kind of story or creating an RPG setting where magical or supernatural folks live under the noses of everyday, regular people? This is for you.

Creating & Writing Fictional Organizations
Creating a fictional organization for your world, or writing a story about people who work or have to deal in one? Check this out.

Magical School Development Questions
Things to ask yourself if you're developing a school for magical-type people!

Things Writers Should Know About Big Businesses
An assortment of things writers ought to know if they're going to be working any big businesses into their settings.


World Mechanics

Phlebotinum-Development Questions
Questions to help you better develop and think out the potential effects of everything from mystical artifacts to superpowers to technological breakthroughs.

So You Wanna Mix Science And Magic?
For a start, you have to know how both of them actually work - and 99% of people who try this trope don't.

Keeping Magic From Taking Over Your Story
Magic can be very fun and rewarding to use in a story - but if you're not careful, it can become a deus ex machina for all manner of problems. How can you avoid this?

Spaceships, Airships, & Other Fantastic Crafts: Things To Think Out & Consider
Stuff to think about when you're coming up with science fiction and fantasy crafts.

Setting Rules & Limitations In Your World: Why & How You Need To Do This
This is an absolutely critical part of worldbuilding that often doesn't get half the focus and effort it deserves. Here's why it's so important that you do it, and how you do it properly!


Other Odds 'n Ends

Tips On Taking Inspiration From Real-Life Myth, Lore, Tradition, & Legend Without Looking Pretentious, Ignorant, or Insulting
Taking inspiration from real-life stuff can be great - but there are a few ways it can be done badly! Here are some tips to avoid some of the bigger blunders.

How To Increase The Fun Factor of Your Fiction
Tips to make your fiction more fun overall.

Tips & Ideas To Create More Believable Sword 'n Sorcery Worlds
Make better and more solid fantasy worlds of the variety you tend to find noble knights and magic-waving wizards in.

Tips To Write & Create Better & More Believable Futures
Whether you're writing an original story that happens to be set in the future, or setting a roleplay in the future of your favorite TV show's world.

So You Want An Apocalypse/Cataclysm In Your Plot?
Planning to write a post-apocalyptic world? Or a story where the world as we know it is brought to ruin? Check this out.

Tips To Build Better Post-Apocalyptic And/Or Dystopian Settings
Many post-apocalyptic and dystopian scenarios are poorly thought out and don't really hold up to scrutiny. Find out how you can avoid some common traps and make your own settings of this type more solid.

Points To Remember When Worldbuilding
Some oft-overlooked factors to consider and apply to your world or setting.

Worldbuilding-Relevant Generator Index
Browse a list of random generators useful for building worlds and cultures.



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