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For Writers: There’s History in My Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding

FOR WRITERS

Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Kari Trenten:

“History and how it interacts with world building also interests me.”

Yes, no man is an island, and very few worlds are built without at least a little history. Think of Guy Gavriel Kay, who builds fantasy worlds heavily dependent on existing (often European) countries and history.

So how much history goes into your own worldbuilding, and where do you get it?

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1 thought on “For Writers: There’s History in My Worldbuilding”

  1. Vital topic, Kari! For me, world building jives with plot and character because who we are and where life takes us resonates with and within our worlds. That is not to say that our characters can’t act on or change their worlds (in fact they should!); but how they think, function, and create that change often comes down to the world that created them.

    My two cents for what it’s worth . . .

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