Shortcut Your Fantasy World Building

by | Feb 3, 2017

Last Updated:
May 26, 2017

What do readers love most about fantasy books?

I’ve been asking that question to everyone who picks up a free copy of my fantasy novels for the last few years. Sometimes people answer it is the adventure they love, more often they will say the characters. But invariably, most often they will mention the magic and the world.

In fantasy, the setting with its myriad amazing creatures, strange races, and magic is as important as the characters.

It is why we as writers spend months world building. Wouldn’t it be awesome to shortcut all that work and still have a top-notch fantasy world to start, finally, writing about?

Yeah, I thought so too.

fantasy world building

That is why I created a cheat sheet that boiled down the key aspects of what it takes to make a truly unique world for your novel. More than that, create a nuanced setting that affects the characters who are part of it.

Don’t you hate it when you read a book and the characters feel like they could have been dropped into any background and still act the same?

I do. I want a richly woven backdrop with history, characters born and raised amid the hardships and wealth of a world that feels so real I could open a door and step into its streets and forests. I just don’t want to spend a decade creating it. Because there is still a story, at least one, to write once the world building is done!

What You'll Learn

7 essential steps

That is what I came up with. There are seven interlinked steps to creating an awesome world for your novel, one with depth, history, uniqueness, magic, and peopled by characters born to it. Follow the steps and you will have a world and be ready to write. Heck, you’ll have created a world burgeoning with stories to be told.

Do you want to know what the 7 steps are?

I’ll tell you because I’m not selling the secrets. I’m giving them away. Really! Including tips on map making, creating unique cultures to fit your world, and advanced character development tips.


Happy Friday (or whatever day of the week it is when you are reading this)! Now click the button, download the cheat sheet, and get to building your awesome world.




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Written by: Autumn

Autumn is a best selling indie author, conservationist, & world traveler with plans for many more adventures both real and fantastical! She is currently settled in the wilds of Maine with her small dragonish dog and husband, searching for a portal to another world.

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  1. reader's favourite

    This sounds really cool. I might take a look at it and see what it is all about. I would probably be interested in this kind of thing as it definitely would bring some welcome inspiration towards the way I would shape my work. It is most certainly a much dedicated resource to follow in helping to craft the most awesome narrative and plot structure that you could put into a book and it shows you ways that you could make it work in order to let your best creative spirit shine in the words you put on the page.
    It would help a writer who has slightly lower level skills as I have to allow them to have some groundwork that could contribute towards making a start in their writing journey in the same way as someone with slightly higher skills as the ones I demonstrate when I write to get them a stage forwards in the creativity spectrum that will allow them to further the ideas that they already halve that can be put in their craft.

  2. Avery K Tingle

    Snagged, thank you! I could use a tool that simplifies the world building process! Thank you for sharing!

    • Autumn

      Great! Glad you picked it up, Avery. Hope it helps and good luck with your writing (and world creation!).


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