Yes, do a lot of world building.
We have a tag on world building here.
- Don’t list. ‘The grass was purple and the trees were so huge I couldn’t see the tops and then there were little orange people everywhere’. This is a great way to bore your reader. You should allow them to experience the setting as your character does. When you visit a new place, you don’t document everything you see in lists. You simply see it. So describe what the character sees, hears, feels, tastes, touches and smells.
- Drip-feed. Your character can’t possibly learn everything about their world in one day. And if they already know their world and it’s something you need to introduce to the reader, then the reader doesn’t need to know everything in one chapter. Only bring up information as it is relevant. If the reader doesn’t need to know it right then and there, don’t bother talking about it.
- Don’t include everything. Although it’s tempting to give your reader a thorough look at every single aspect of your world, it just won’t all fit in there. Some information will have to be sacrificed to make room for the really important things. Make these choices wisely.
- Weaving Your World (find all the other ‘World Building Considerations’ here)
- World Building Masterpost
- The Rules of Quick and Dirty World Building
- Eight Tips to Bring Your Setting to Life
Best of luck…!
It’s one thing to make a world, a fantasy land or alternative place where things are different, but it’s an entirely different thing to make a World.
That sounds stupid, right?
Perhaps not so much as you think; you’ve heard the phrase “a whole new world”? (Disney counts too) which refers to a…
I would argue… very in depth. It’s important that your reader gets a good feel for how this race lives a daily life… and what kind of things they do, say or believe that makes up their whole world.
Here are some resources to help you out with that:
- Quick World Building Tips
- Naming Places and Things
- Questioning Your Story
- The Senses and World Building
- Creating/Drawing Maps Links Masterpost
- Fantasy Writing Guide
- Name Generators
- Prompts & Pointers: World Building
- An Aside on World Building (Worksheet)
- 30 Days of Introducing a Speculative Fiction Element
- Race Building Guide & Resources
- Tips for Making a New Fantasy Species
- Creating a Fantasy Race
- How to Create Fantasy Races or Species (Part 1, Part 2)
- Creating a Culture
Obligatory Cultural Appropriation Warning
- Creating a Fictional Calendar
- World Building Basics: Technology!
- Fantasy Weapons
- Creating a Religion
I think this should at least be a good start… best of luck…!