Thursday Thoughts: Universal Worldbuilding

For many people, their world has narrowed to the small space they call home. Social interaction with anyone but family or roommates is at a minimum and it’s much the same with the outside world. I’d probably be pretty frantic if I lived in a big city. I don’t, though. I live in the ‘burbs. I can look out my window and see trees and flowers. I can go into my yard or walk through my neighborhood. But I’m also a writer. I create worlds with a flick of my imagination.

I’m curious. Yes, that helps with being a writer, but that’s not what I’m curious about at the moment. I wonder if readers realize how much goes into worldbuilding? How much time we spend, how intricate it can get. I mean creating characters and plot is just a small part of the whole. It all has to mesh together in a cohesive whole so that the story makes sense. This is true no matter the genre but becomes especially so in fantasy–urban and epic, SciFi, paranormal, horror, and historical. Don’t get me wrong. Worldbuilding goes on in contemporary too.

In some ways, writers are like a minor god. We create our worlds and everything in them–places, things, people, and events, maneuvering everything from Prologue to Epilogue. Just like the Universe…

I have to tell you, Silver, that one of the greatest things about being the Universe, is knowing absolutely everything.

Well, that and making dreams come true.

I also love being eternal… and having no limits.

Creating worlds simply with thought.

Knowing that reality is unfolding just exactly as it should.

Having it all, being it all, doing it all.

And I like being perpetually in love… and loved.

How ’bout you, Silver? What’s your favorite thing about being the Universe?

The Universe
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Silver, don’t we rock!? Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ooooooooooooooooo!

Yes, Universe, we do rock. And my favorite thing is being a writer, in using my imagination to create. I love the worlds and characters I create. I love making their dreams come through–after making them work for it because that makes for a good story. It’s all in the details, and as writers, it’s up to use to fine-tune the details, get them right, and entertain the reader. Writers, do you have a worldbuilding trick or tip? Readers, what’s your favorite part of a story?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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