Adventures in World Building
In addition to research, another area I do a lot of work with is world building. Paranormal and fantasy worlds, even if they take place in the present day, require a ton of thought and structure.
In my Dragos Series, my dragons are based on different mythos from around the world, with a bit of imagination thrown in. Most can shift with their clothes on. Breathing fire, for women, is a product of the Dragon Burn, once they find their destined mate. The dragons are different colors. They can heal fast, like other shapeshifters, but it takes a lot of energy. I wanted other magical creatures in my stories, so I devised a way different types could mate. Most children take on the powers of their mother, and some have no powers at all.
In my paranormal Tiger Shifters series, I created an island off Denmark for my matriarchal tiger clan to live. Scotland is populated by werewolves, and the Norse are were-bears. I tried to keep consistent with technology of the time, but I changed a lot of other things. That’s the fun part of writing fiction, not just fantasy.
Sitting down to start writing about a new world is exhilarating. There are endless possibilities. Then the characters and events take over -- and the world develops like baking a cake.
All the ingredients come together to make something complete and whole.
Readers -- How important is the world building to you? Do you want to see the world clearly, or have you read stories you loved with just a little world and a lot of the characters and events?Writers -- How do you like to world build?