#AtoZChallenge – Worldbuilding

Time for W in my Sci-Fi themed A-to-Z Challenge!


I’m cheating and going “behind the scenes” for W – instead of a concept used within sci-fi stories, I’ll talk about something used to write them – the process of worldbuilding.

I don’t mean ‘worldbuilding’ quite this literally…

Have you ever been drawn so deeply into a fictional world, you had trouble coming back to reality?

The author must have had a good understanding of the process of worldbuilding. Fantasy in all its various subgenres is most notorious for detailed worldbuilding, with Tolkien‘s well-developed cultures and histories setting the bar very high for the authors who followed him. Thanks to RPG pioneers like Gary Gygax, nearly every popular fantasy game has a developed world full of rules for magic, its own political and economic structure, and detailed histories for nearly every being and object encountered by players.

Sci-fi authors have some really tough challenges in worldbuilding if they want to write about galaxy-spanning civilizations. Good authors imagine histories for each alien race, trying to incorporate facts of their evolution and their culture on their homeworld into the way they talk, act, and dress. If a sci-fi series has many different races, worldbuilding gets even more complicated – just how do all these species interact and get along (or fail to get along) with each other?

Are you ready to take the plunge into worldbuilding?

Oh, I’ve got some bad news for you if you have the urge to write fantasy, sci-fi, or any other genre that requires a lot of speculation. Worldbuilding is hard. Like really, really hard. There are lot of big pitfalls that authors have to avoid – most of these spring up from not thinking through the connections between the different facets of the fictional world.

However, taking the time to answer as many worldbuilding questions as you can pays off big time. If you tackle a few questions every day in your writing diary, your ability to show your imagination will certainly improve.

Do you have a world you want to build?

More about worldbuilding:





2 comments on “#AtoZChallenge – Worldbuilding

  1. cSzinegh says:

    Great resources! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Simon says:

    I love world building…

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