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The Lay of the Land
If you've followed along in our series, then you know we've spent the first few articles defining the 'rules' of the world...the overall foundation for which many future decisions will be made. Are you creating a fantasy world where monsters, magic, dragons, or worse rule the land? Did you decide on a alternate reality setting where the basic principles are already in place, but some pretty important questions remain unanswered? Now that the foundation is in place, it's time to build the frame, the geography. Follow us through this multi-part series as we lay the groundwork (pun intended) for how the land itself plays a role in the making of your new world.
Miss the beginning? Head back to where it all started: World Building 101: Overview
There are many different terms used to describe a certain type of terrain…biome, ecosystem, environment, habitat, etc. The point is, no world is just one type of terrain. In fact, I happen to live in the state of Oklahoma, which…oddly enough…is known for having 7 distinct different terrain biomes, more than some countries! Basically, terrain types vary widely and this section will cover how to make your land diverse, and ultimately, believable.
We will jump into the different types of terrain your world could offer, how each is distinct, and how each can be developed to use for your story. When done correctly, the land becomes another character in your book, so it deserves the same amount of attention and development as one of your stars!
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Hello, my name is Scott...I'm a husband, father of 3, and work full-time in IT. If that's not enough on my plate, I'm also tackling the biggest 'creative' project of my lifetime, bringing the world of Mists of Kel Doran to life. I hope you like what I'm trying to pull off and I truly appreciate all of those who have supported this dream of mine. Here's to following your heart and having the courage to put your ideas out there for the world to enjoy :)
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