Worldbuilding Day 3: Mood and Setting

4 Jan

Today’s exercise really drives home that this is a challenge for someone who hasn’t done much thinking at all about their world, and are just starting at the very beginning. As that isn’t the case for me, I’m going to take some liberties and, instead of picking a climate from the list I made a few days ago based on the feeling I want in the book, I’ll just describe the feeling each setting should evoke.

Bellador, MC’s home, is everything to her; she’s rarely traveled outside of it. It is her childhood, her future, her safety net. On the other hand, she sees Kedron is a Big Scary Place full of the unknown, danger, people who want to kill her, and magic that she doesn’t understand.

Rather than making the settings fit the way MC sees them, however, I wanted to make the settings reflect what the countries actually mean to her from an outsider’s perspective. So, rather than making Big Bad Kedron a dark, gloomy place filled with imposing castles and dark dungeons, it’s open, sunny, and welcoming, with beautiful gardens, sprawling palaces, and a roaring ocean that can be seen out of her window. It is a place of new opportunities, new friends, growth, knowledge, and freedom.

Meanwhile, native Bellador is a fortress secluded in the mountains, cold, stormy, impenetrable, a prison, a place not to be approached or escaped from. Safe, sure, but it stunts her growth, doesn’t allow her to explore her abilities, and makes sure she’s never out from under her father’s eye.

I’m hoping to include more of these aspects while rewriting, particularly in Bellador where I’m not sure I’ve driven home all the details quite as well.

What are some of your favorite worldbuilding tips, tricks, and resources? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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