^picture by Josie^
As Josie put it, “Different worlds mean different people who live in them.” In our world, not everyone looks alike, and in your world, the inhabitants shouldn’t all look the same, either (unless that’s an important part of the story, of course). Think about it: there are many types of people in the world, and they all look so different from each other. They all have unique traits that make them stand out from the rest of Earth’s inhabitants.
One of the perks of writing: creating places that can’t exist in real life. You can create a world were it snows all the time (like Narnia in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), or a city on the bottom of the ocean. Give your locations memorable names and a fascinating landmark or two, and make the inhabitants unique, like I mentioned in point one.
Every country has it’s own cultures and customs. Your fantasy world shouldn’t be any different! Try looking up different cultures or traditions and tweaking them to fit your story.
Magic plays a huge part in many fantasy stories. Let’s say that in your world, everyone is born with an elemental power. How does this effect the citizens’ daily life? Do they have classes at school dedicated to mastering their powers? Are people separated into districts according to what power they have?
Without a government, your fantasy world will fall into disarray. The most common type of government in fantasy stories is monarchy, which means that a king or queen rules over the land. You know what that means: princesses! But there are many different types of fascinating governments, like oligarchy, dictatorship, etc., which could help shape your world.
Make sure to check out Josie’s part HERE.
What do you keep in mind when creating a fantasy world? Share your tips in the comments!