World Building ... my way
I once participated in a Sci-Fi critique group, where one of the authors asked about World Building. Our leader never expanded on this topic. When this topic was bought up, I pondered what I did when I build the many worlds I create for my books.
I believe everyone has their own methods. However, here are some of mine that help me throughout the process.
EXPOSE YOURSELF TO EARTH AND ITS WONDERS
I love to travel, as I have mentioned many times before. Traveling and exposing yourself to different wonders of our world can be a catalyst for the creation of your new world.
STUDY THE WORLD AROUND YOU
If traveling is not possible, or even if it is, take time to study and observe your surroundings. Things that may not seem interesting initially can become an integral part of the world you create. When you are walking, or touring areas take your time, allow your imagination to go beyond the obvious and ask yourself many questions. For example, when I am flying in an airplane, I ask myself, “What if the clouds were black, blue, grey?” What if the sun was white? Or lower to the ground? What if the plants had fingers? Push yourself to expand on the world around you.
RESEARCH AND MAKE NOTE
I do a lot of research on the internet. Truth be told, I don’t do a lot of reading, I just look at pictures. I tend to look at pictures for a long time, and sit back and see if it fits into my world.
I note what extremes I want my world to have.
I note what rules my world should have.
I note what kind of species could live in that world.
How would a human sustain this environment?
Should I create something artificial in order to allow my humans to live here?
DRAW IT OUT
I draw out parts of my world or cut out pictures of places or things that fit in the world I am starting to create.
DECIDE WHAT TO REVEAL ABOUT YOUR WORLD
I tend to create this elaborate world, and then I take out a lot of the microscopic pieces that I believe the reader can fill in. However, I give the backdrop in the world the reader creates. I note the rules for that world, its species, animals and weaknesses.
USE OTHER RESOURCES AND BUILD UPON THEM
Research other mythological worlds, and change them, pervert them or and enhance them to fit your characters needs.
FILL IN THE RULES
Address the main guidepost of your world. How is it powered? Is it advanced? Is it rugged? What’s the climate? What does the land look like? Does it has a sun or moon? Are there animals there? What are the major species?
HOW DOES YOUR CHARACTER FIT IN?
Note how your character fits into this world? Are they from here? Do they visit? How do they survive? Communicate with the species on this planet?
When I world build it comes natural to me, because I’ve always loved science and like to spend time pondering its wonders. However, taking notes, going exploring, drawing it out, and making DA RULES has helped me greatly in creating the worlds in my novels.