Let’s improve your creative writing skills by creating a world for your characters. When writing sci-fi or fantasy, your characters come to life in their environment. If done correctly, they become memorable and legendary.
The setting of a story and the building of a world are similar, but building a world implies going far beyond the setting. However, building the world does, of course, include the setting.
There is a stage in the worldbuilding process “where authors create believable settings for their stories. This may involve crafting a fictional world's history, geography, politics, and economy, as well as religions or power structures” (Worldbuilding: Create brave new worlds [+template]).
What sci-fi or fantasy or dystopian movie or book stands out in your memory? What did you focus on most, the environment, language, dress, or a combination of these and more?
The book Alice in Wonderland is a classic. The world she falls into is filled with fantastical characters and environments. The magic includes her ability to eat different sides of a mushroom to make her body grow bigger or smaller.
Wow, what a world!
To improve your creative writing, you will need to practice building a world for your character. When reading or watching different worldbuilding environments, pay close attention to how the world is built and how the characters exist on a day-to-day basis within it.
You’re not just reading or watching for entertainment purposes now; you’re paying close attention to learn how to construct your own.
Consider some of these worldbuilding factors:
Every factor need not be addressed since “. . . it’s easy to get lost in the small details you want to include in your universe. However, focusing on too many aspects of your fantasy worldbuilding will not only take time away from the actual writing but possibly limit your freedom when trying to change your story later” (MasterClass).
For a deeper look into worldbuilding, check out MasterClass here.
Improve your creative writing by checking out this example of what’s needed in order to build a world for your character. It must be interesting and believable, and it must take us someplace that stretches our imagination.
Here is an example from one of my screenplays:
The above narrative points out that we are seeing a different world from our own. We are directly told that we’re in a spaceship. Further, our attention is directed to a corkscrew maggot-bot with which we’re not familiar. And if that’s not enough, an alien is performing a medical procedure.
Here is another scene on the alien spaceship. A hostage situation is taking place:
This was a fun story to write. Imagination was key. The more examples of stories I read and watch, the more my imagination becomes stimulated.
Improve your creative writing by understanding the components of worldbuilding. Practice until you bring your characters to life when immersed into a world where your readers can appreciate them by believing them.