Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad WorldbuildingOne of the first mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror) makes is front-loading every little bit of information of their world that they painstakingly made. One of the last mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction makes is giving stupid details of their world, unknowingly retconing things, and explaining things that don't need explaining because this usually ends their career or irreparably damages a franchise. Today's lesson is about "bad worldbuilding" because the hardest part of actually creating a fictional world is giving too much detail.More Like This
This one is going to be different for different types of media. For example, most television shows have a build-as-you-go kind of feel (think Fairly Odd Parents), while a series of novels is usually planned out from the beginning. As an aside, if you're planning out an entire series of novels, make sure that at least the very first one can stand completely on its own to the point where
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_________________________________________Kyra, Outskirts of Saelyn - 4'2'196'5
His breath hung in the air, an unmoving fog that blurred his vision. All around, blinding white snow buried everything from the once swaying grass to the graceful boughs of the saelpines. Nothing was spared the onslaught of winter’s most bleak, yet wondrous condition. The blue jay’s claws sunk deep into the snow with the crunching of so many thousands of tiny ice crystals that succumbed to no more than a mere footstep – one of many trekked by the bird that night. Feeling the sting of the cold in his throat, the jay held his beak tight, breathing through his nostrils until they went numb. He switched back to his beak as long as he could hold out.
The subtle silver light filtering through the distant wisps of clouds lining the far horizon began to disappear, leaving a lonely pale blue clinging to the air. While the sky grew darker