If you’re creating a new story or narrative fiction, it’s important to consider the whole picture before you dive into your writing. This post will provide you with a helpful worldbuilding checklist that can get you started with this. It’s useful to consider the world that your characters will inhabit as this will help them become more fleshed-out members of your narrative fiction.
Worldbuilding is one of my favourite parts of writing. It’s a chance to create a whole new world from scratch, but often it can become overwhelming to know where to start. Hopefully, the prompts I’ve included in this simple infographic will give you a starting point!
These are just a few simple starter prompts. Used correctly though, you can implement them into a worldbuilding document you’ll be able to refer back to when crafting your story.
Why does worldbuilding matter?
It might seem enough just to have a thoroughly developed set of characters, but without a fully-realised world for them to operate in, they’ll quickly begin to feel stale. Worldbuilding will allow them to fully commit to and engage with their surroundings in a meaningful way. Plus, it’s actually kind of fun!
There are lots of other things to consider when building your world. Treat it like a bible you can refer back to and take the time to cover as many different aspects as you can. It will make a big difference when you’re searching for a new place for your characters to visit in your text.
Don’t be afraid to think big either. Explore the geography of the world you know and adapt its features into your own worldbuilding. Learn from fantast artwork, historical references, the buildings of the areas you know well. All these things can provide ideas for your own fictional settings.
Hopefully, this checklist will give you a bit of a starting point! Feel free to use these additional worldbuilding ideas too, and let me know how you get on with your writing. If you’ve found this post helpful, please do give it a pin on Pinterest. Let me know in the comments if you’ve got ay further tips or resources for worldbuilding. And, as always you can catch up with me over on Twitter.