The Biggest Problems of Worldbuilding

Last week, I asked you what was the biggest problem you had with worldbuilding. Jesper and I collected the responses across Twitter, Facebook, and more and found a few BIG consistencies.

Which is really not that surprising.

Even though every story is different, writing follows a set foundation. At least good writing! And the same can be said about the challenges facing worldbuilders. While everyone will have a few unique issues, many people will struggle with the same significant steps.

Worldbuilding is an added hurdle to creating an amazing story unique to the fantasy and scifi genres. It is IMPORTANT, as necessary as character development. Other genres might need research into historical accuracy, but worldbuilding makes you put on your thinking cap, pull out a calculator along with cartographic tools, and develop societies from scraps of ideas. It is fun, exhilarating, addictive, and something that needs to be figured out so you can get on with the story.

Oh, and 90% of it the reader will never see. I think that might signify fantasy writers are a little crazier than most!

So what are the biggest problems?

Take our survey and find out! We are still gathering some data so that our helpful advice is really spot on. So until then, we’d appreciate your thoughts on if what we found is correct, and what you do to push through the difficulties.

And to make it all worth your while, there is a link at the end to pick up a FREE World Building Workbook and Map Making Cheatsheet to help you with your worldbuilding. 🙂

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Written by: Autumn

Autumn (also known as Weifarer) is an indie author, conservationist, & world traveler with plans for many more adventures both real and fantastical! She is currently on the road in North America in a Four Wheel Camper along with her husband, Adam, and Cairn terrier, Ayashe.

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  1. Victor Rutledge

    I’m unique. I’ve realized that I will not live forever. In fact, I’m rapidly becoming the oldest living member of my family. That having been said, I’d opt for a theoretical genetic therapy to increase my lifespan exponentially, just for the thrill of it. Until, and unless, that occur, I’m not concerned with establishing a market, or even protecting my work. If someone steals one of my books and it goes out to 5 million readers, becoming almost a household word, and yet I get paid nothing, I’m not concerned, because HEY! Five Million Readers! That’s worth more to me than the powerball Lotto, or any other financial gain. That said, making my work better, more readable, more interesting, moving, meaningful and generally superior to what it is, at the moment, is very high on my list of priorities. Anything I can learn, to improve, to enhance to innovate, I shall explore to the best of my ability. It’s not easy, (I’m autistic) but it is sincere. All I can do is say thank you, and just look at the improvement in my comments, over the years. {laughter echoes}

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