As authors, it’s so imperative that we create real, believable, and individual worlds for our fictional characters to live in–after all, they can’t actually coexist with us in the real world; without this layer of authenticity, of intimate awareness, a story can easily become one-dimensional, uninspiring, or even…dare I say it, boring?
It’s not just that, either. You want a place for your readers to go, as well. When they read your words, you want their imagination to take them on a trip–to the city, the town, the store, the house, etc. that you created. You want them to not just read the words you’ve written, but to experience them. A lot of that has to do with world-building–because, as individuals, we are a product of our surroundings, our personality is stamped in our decor and style, in our habits and proclivities.
In these videos I’ll talk about the what, why, and where/how of building worlds in your fiction: what it means to your novel (and your characters), why it’s so critical, and where and how it’s created (at least, where/how I create my worlds.) And then, in the second vlog, I’ll endeavor to show you what it looks like and/or how to transfer the concept of your fictional world–or your map–into your actual writing.
Please watch and enjoy! (And, as always, tell me what you think.)