Today's spotlight is going to some fantasy worlds that I have absolutely adored and would love to visit!
First we have @sara_raasch's magical botany island in THESE REBEL WAVES. River pirates? Magical plants? Yes please!
Next we have @stephanie_garber's world of CARAVAL. Whimsically dark competitive carnival? I didn't know I needed it until I read it!
Last, we have the always relevant Grishaverse, presented here by @lbardugo's SIX OF CROWS. Every land here is a mess, but the worldbuilding and distinctions between them are just wonderful. You just can't talk worlds without it!
So...What is ‘fantastical’ about your Fantasy World? 📚📖📚
I am a huge fan of asking myself questions during my creative process. I have been playing in and creating new fantasy worlds for various roleplaying games since I was twelve years old. I have been writing short stories, long-form character studies, creation stories, and novels for nearly as long. 📚📖📚
Whenever I sit down to brainstorm a new world to be begin exploring, the first question I ask myself is the question in this image.
The answers to that one question become the first bold steps into my epic fantasy journey in that particular world. An example of a fairly simple answer might look like this for the Sookie Stackhouse novels (the basis for the HBO hit show True Blood): “This fantasy world is actually modern day Earth, (specifically in Louisiana) but an Earth where Faeries, Vampires, Werewolves, and various other legendary beings are real and have been living amongst humans all along.” 🌍📖🌍
And here is an example of a much more complex response in this sample answer for George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series (which is the basis for HBO’s megahit show, Game of Thrones): “This world will be an earthlike world where magic is real, but is mysterious and rare, and where the various seasons can be unpredictable and may last many years each, where Dragons are real, but are thought to have died out, and where an ancient Fae-like race created magical beings called White Walkers who can raise the bodies of their dead foes back to life in order to stem the tide of humans taking their lands and cutting down their sacred groves.” 📚🌍📚
In those two answers, you have the essence of two unique and interesting Fantasy Worlds laid bare. Now, there is much more to each of those fantasy settings, and there are tons of other questions that the creators of those worlds needed to ask themselves before they started writing their awesome books, but in order to have a starting point, they needed to focus on what makes their worlds unique and...fantastical. 🌍📚🌍
I will have a much longer post on my Patreon account by Sunday. Look for more teasers and more articles over the coming weeks!
I made a thing! Free map maker online. It's... a bit of a pain in the ... but yay for freebies, yeah?
I'm still toying around with it. Might remake the lame map I did for Eshedale in my Breaking the Covenant story.
Link: https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/ #freemapmaker#fantasyworldbuilding