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World-building: Traditions and Culture

World-building: Traditions and Culture

We have discussed how geography, languages, and religion affect world-building. In this last installment in this series, we will be discussing how culture and traditions shape world-building. The reason these two are last is that the previous topics influence culture and tradition. Culture is: the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization; the set of values, conventions, or…

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World-building: Religion

World-building: Religion

In this vast, blue world of ours, we have quite a few religions. We are so surrounded by religion and belief systems that it has become just everyday white noise to most of us, despite numerous people continually arguing about it. What very few people notice is exactly how much influence religion has on all our lives. Some religions believe in a single god, which is called monotheism. Christianity and Islam are among these. Now others are polytheistic, believe in…

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World-building: Geography

World-building: Geography

Second up in our world-building series is geography. Let’s face it. If you’re building a world for your story, it has to take place somewhere. Your characters aren’t just floating in the great abyss interacting with each other. That’d be boring. And honestly, very confusing and worrisome. Let’s say that you want to have a city as the setting for your characters. Now, this city can be medieval, modern, futuristic, minuscule, gigantic, essentially whatever you want. It doesn’t really matter….

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World-Building: Languages

World-Building: Languages

When most people learn a foreign language, it’s usually for school credit, work, or because they’re going out of the country. In class or however they learn, there might be a small snippet about the culture of the major countries that speak the language. While what little is taught about the culture is better than nothing, it is highly disappointing. Languages have such a profound influence on culture, and vice versa, that it needs to be explored deeply in our…

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World-building: Introduction

World-building: Introduction

Halloo, Folks! Guess what! Over the next four weeks, I will be bringing you my first blog series! In this series, we will be covering several different aspects of world-building and why they are important for your story. The different topics we will be covering are: Language Geography/Resources Religion Customs/Traditions What is world-building? Merriam Webster defines world-building as “the art of creating a new fictional world.” Though this phrase is most often used in the context of fiction writing, this…

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