Fantasy worlds are AWESOME!
It could be argued that a fantasy story without an amazing world just doesn’t feel like fantasy. Fantasy as a genre can be defined as a story that has a fantastical setting and magic. The rest — swords, wizards, dragons, and all that — aren’t really necessary. Even if I might argue about keeping dragons… 🤣
The point is, readers of fantasy expect amazing worlds and magic. And if you don’t deliver, they’ll let you know. Usually in reviews… you know, right where it hurts. 😱
So, how do you go about creating a world that is at once unique (so memorable) but not so different as to be alienating? How do you craft it without getting lost in histories, developing cultures, and breeding monsters to challenge your heroes? Wouldn’t it be better if you could worldbuild a setting designed for the story you want to write? And maybe grow that story along the way, so that in the end you have not only a unique world PERFECT for your story but also a bit more to add to the plot and characters, and even know the magic of it like a mage?
If that makes your heart flutter, have I got some news for you!
Yes, it is possible to create an amazing world while seeding your story within it until the two are inseparable. But you won’t find it on the worldbuilding question list you just googled. We know that because we googled them ourselves … probably just about all of them. 🤣 And we couldn’t find what we were looking for!
There was nothing that would develop a world just enough to make it feel fully formed but without spending months and months creating it while struggling not to get too carried away with the fun of worldbuilding. Not one that would fit a story that grew with the world, forming something unique and rich.
So we creating something that would.
And now, for the first time to the public at large, we are releasing our fantasy worldbuilding course, Crafting Incredible Fantasy Worlds! We are so excited to share this course with you! If you’ve listened to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, you know we took YEARS to create this course and even tested it out by building a world, and now are writing a series, using the techniques we teach in it. The good news is it works!
So if you want to grow amazingly rich worlds without getting lost or shortchanging the time you need to write a story, if you want to cover elements you might not have thought of, learn to weave the worldbuilding and story together, and bring your world to life beyond a list of a hundred or so questions, check out Crafting Incredible Fantasy Worlds on its first public launch!
But hurry, the course is only open until May 8th. After that, we’ll close the doors and welcome our new students. We hope you join us!