Let's get to it, shall we?
(Note: all images, and the content they contain, used in this post are copyrighted)
Over my hiatus not only did I do some editing on Draped in Deception, I also imagined a new story called Splintered Crown. (But more on that in another post) Like I do with practically all of my stories, I let it simmer in my mind for some time while I pulled together bits of inspiration. When I'd fleshed out the general premise and some semblance of the main characters, I decided to jump into world-building.
For me world-building isn't just borrowing some Earth culture and shoving obscure customs and unnecessary rituals on it to make it original. It's not about creating odd shaped plants, dangerous terrain, and savage beasts that terrorize travelers (though they're fun). I like to go to the people, and the history that shaped them. That's where I start.
I don't know about you, but the thought of writing out textbooks of history that will probably never come up in a story makes me wince. So as I stared at my journal, prepping myself for long paragraphs on the world's most important moments, and less than thrilled about it, I got an idea.
The page started out as a doodle of birds as I begun to think everything through. Then it became a drawing, and soon, something I now refer to as scrapbook world-building.
The pages are mix of simple (and not that great) drawings and words done in different hand-drawn fonts, to bring attention to certain lines. The above page is about the world's first people, who found safety with the help of five green birds. I also included snippets of paper, as if they were torn from different texts, each showing a different perspective on the event.
I've realized now that in most other stories I'd written, I only knew historical events from one group's perspective, but it's so important to know it from all angles. These different perspectives can be vital in forming different cultural groups, enemies, allies, and on and on.
|I apologize for the little you can read, but most of the images I took contain spoilers|
The fun and amazing thing with scrapbook world-building is that you don't have to write everything down. A mix of drawings and words can convey the feeling of a time period or certain event, and help you visualize how it's seen in the story. I was planning to have a jumbled collection of images to represent Splintered Crown's POV Crimson, but somehow I found the starkness between the small and large print to mean much more.
|The bigger text reads "I'm the best. I'm the Heir. I'm perfect." while the tiny, almost invisible words between other letters say "Help me, someone. Please?"|
How are you? How's your writing going, and have you done any world-building recently? How do you create your story world?
Let me know in the comments; I'm dying to hear from you! <3