World Building Resources

For this upcoming NaNo (and holycrap it’s already mid-to-late September, when did that happen?!), I want to do some world building.  Or, more precisely, think I need to do some world building if I want the story to come out right.

Well, “right”.  As in, in enough of the right shape to be refined into what I actually want it to be.  I don’t have to get all the details right, but I should have a rough idea of the important things.  Which is where you guys come in!

No, I don’t want you to build my world for me (that would take away a lot of the fun!).  However, since I’ve never really done world-building before, I don’t really know what I’m doing, and I think a few of you out there in readerland might.

So!  What are your favorite world-building resources?  The ones that work best for you and help you to flesh out your world so that you can more comfortably move around in it.

For a little information, I’m writing an urban fantasy (this time – I do have an epic fantasy that I will use this information for eventually), which means map making and weather information and stuff on continents and geography is less important (google can tell me that).  However, stuff on races, magic, culture, etc. would be awesome, but I will (of course) take more general-purpose ones as well.

Also, any tips that you might have, or experiences that you would like to share, would be most appreciated!

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2 Responses to World Building Resources

  1. Liornessa says:

    Well, if you’re feeling really ambitious (or just want to cover your bases with all the questions one can ask ever!) you can try out Patricia C. Wrede’s guide:
    http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding

    • cosmato says:

      This does look rather in depth, but helpful! I may not answer all of them, but it will at least point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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