Worldbuilding Questions


Remember before how I mentioned that subtext was my writing weakness? Well, I have another one.

Last week, I met up with a friend to do some writing. Other than taking over a table at a very dead location of Boston Pizza, we talked about worldbuilding. More specifically, I asked him a lot of worldbuilding questions and swore as my story evolved into something better, deeper, more complex.

For him, worldbuilding is easy stuff. He loves it, being a master of a society all his own, developing motivations and means of governance.

Me? Not so much. Worldbuilding is probably my weakest area. It takes me forever to develop a world idea. I especially like to dabble in genres I don’t particularly read in. So, as a result, when being schooled in worldbuilding by my friend, he would ask, “Have you read _____?” and the answers was always, “Nope!” followed by a mixture of eyeroll-and-headdesk from him.

Yeah, I’m not well read. I might not have much of an idea what I’m doing, but I have a story bubbling in me that won’t leave me alone until I form it into something worthy.

In the past, I have tried to improve upon my worldbuilding. But it can be a daunting task if you need assistance. Patricia C Wrede’s listing of worldbuilding questions has always been on of my favourites but I find I wander off with my ideas before I finish going through all of the questions.

Working with my friend gave me an opportunity to ask pointed questions about a genre he loved enough to not see me murder-by-plasphemy: cyberpunk.


Who, or what, helps you put your worlds together? How do you find the core philosophy of your world?


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