World building

In the three weeks since I finished my first draft I’ve been doing a lot of world building. Like I’ve mentioned before, my novel started as a NaNoWriMo project. Going in I had two or three ideas about what I wanted to do, and that was it. The world formed as I wrote.

That worked well enough for the first draft, but it isn’t going to cut it for the next one!

Before going back into revising, I want to have a clear idea of what my world is. I’ve been drawing maps, writing out long explanations of religion and politics. I’ve been exploring my characters’ back stories  to the point where I’ve been conducting “interviews” with them! I’ve figured out a lot of the details that tripped me up when I was first writing. Mostly I’ve been thinking a lot about my world, my characters, and my story.

It’s all a lot of fun, and I’m starting to feel really prepared for the revision. I’m getting excited to jump back into it, although I’ll probably wait a few more weeks.

If you’re a writer, how do you do your world building?

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