Tuesday, 25 May 2010
01:52:54 AM (GMT)
There's a lot of fantasy fiction out there that centers around a magical world that
is different than our own.
For instance, Alegasia, Discworld, Middle-Earth, or the Land of Oz.
Unfortunately it's pretty clear that for every well done fantasy world there are at
least ten that are barely half thought out.
But I love that kind of story- deep down, maybe everyone does! I want to help
make it a practice for people to write fully formed worlds; worlds that could be
All I'm suggesting is that when people try to create magical worlds, we follow a
guideline set up by modern archeologists.
Archeologists and historians have a list of things that qaulify a group of people as
2. Economic system
3. Social system
4. Political system
5. Art and Architecture
6. Written Language
As would be writers, let's just try to make our places include these things.
Historians classify from the top down with this list, but good writers use this to
build from the ground up.
That's my idea. Comments?
Last edited: 25 May 2010