World building is something I’ve been interested in lately because of the science fiction fantasy novel I’ve been writing. Such a genre requires an extensive amount of world building, and I wanted to make sure I was doing it right. In that endeavor, I took a workshop at Context about world building presented by fantasy author Elizabeth Bear. This post answers the question of What is World Building, and next week’s post talks about the Seven Deadly Sins of World Building. Both posts are the accumulation of notes I took for the incredible workshop. Enjoy!
“Fish do not talk about them swimming, but about the state of the water.” –Elizabeth Bear
This past weekend a good friend of mine and I took a road trip to Worthington, Ohio and joined many others at the writing convention Context 26. This was my third time going to this particular convention, and as always, I learned a lot, met great people, and had a wonderful time.
This year I took some writing workshops that I hope will help with certain areas I’ve been having problems in. The shops included topics like self editing and diagnostics, world building, getting the science right, and warfare for writers. I took a daunting amount of notes and look forward to going through them and typing them up in a digital file. That way I can share them with others, and I might even put some of the information on this blog. Look for that information in the near future.