Many, many years ago, I noticed American politics often boiled down to blaming things on God, Darwin, Or History. Later it came to me that, in some ways, worldbuilders did this as well.
These are three crutches we use rather poorly in our worldbuilding. Three excuses that let us hand-wave good worldbuilding and thinking, and shovel torpes in. We may not even realize we do it.
(Though if you think about it you’re probably being a bit lazy. It’s OK, everyone is now and then.)
Let’s look at how these excuses get us lazy – and make poor worldbuilding. (more…)
Writing your world up is one thing. You can take notes, document everything, draw up timelines, and so forth. That’s a matter of technique, imagination and, frankly, your ability to write everything down. Getting yourself to use all those notes? That’s another challenge.
How do you actually bring all this worldbuilding to life? How do you get the details to live and not sit forgotten on pieces of paper, wikis, and documents? How do you keep this information in mind? How do you avoid breaking your own carefully-crafted continuity without turning every bit of writing into a chore of review?
Perspective is my answer, though that now deserves an explanation. (more…)