By Donna Galanti
All the stories happened somewhere. Whether you are writing fantasy novels, science fiction novels or the real world, world construction is the key to creating meaningful stories. Every genre written can benefit from this process.
Young writers may want to know, what is world building? This is the process of constructing an imaginary world for your story. simply put, World building is to give your character a place to live, work and play!
Each of your favorite books, movies, and TV shows involves building a world, even if it looks a lot like our own world. Harry Potter’s book is a good example. JK Rowling created a complete magical world, set within our own, and each world has its own government and laws. She even drew elements from classic myths and created her own myth.I also use my children’s books to study Unicorn Island with unicorn Myth and Joshua and the Lightning Road Series and Greek mythology.
The research is interesting, but remember that world building is more than just setting. It covers everything in that world. Money, clothing, land boundaries, tribal customs, construction materials, transportation, food, etc. Showing young writers how to add world-building to their stories will improve their writing and enrich their stories.
Here are 5 ways to teach children how to build a world in their stories:
1. Create a world-building guide
Brainstorm and write down what you know about the world; what it looks like, history and people. A fun way to brainstorm is to set a 15-minute timer, and then keep writing about an element of your world. Researching your ideas can add a lot of detail.For example, in writing Unicorn Island I studied unicorns and found these interesting facts about them; they live peacefully in the forest, their horns are called unicorns and can be cured, and baby unicorns are called shining.
2. Learn from history and create your own world
It would be fun to remix events, cultures and people from history. The author keeps doing this! Take inspiration from history and create unique new things that belong to you. This can also help you stay away from stereotypes such as… heroes in white, evil villains, and girls in distress. For example, if you are writing a fictional story with a medieval style, you don’t need to limit your story to accurate medieval life. Perhaps in your world, farmers rule everyone-the royal family responds to them.
3. Draw your world map
To immerse yourself in the story world, create a map. Whether your story takes place in a big city or just in a house, it will help you visualize your environment-and your readers. Take a few minutes to map your story, whether it takes place in a street or the whole world. Then ask yourself these questions: Did you know any information about the world when you made the map? Are your plot and characters suitable for this scene?Based on writing Unicorn Island with Joshua and the Arrow World, I drew a map to better understand my world and make sure that the events in the story match the time.
4. Join the ceremony in your world
Rituals involve the transition of individuals from one social state to another. Adding rituals to your story can add a deeper level of world construction. Some of the ceremonies we know are weddings, graduation ceremonies, dance parties, and funerals. Another example is birthdays. In the United States, these usually include eating a ceremonial cake lit with candles, and birthday celebraters silently wish for the future. If you come from another world and don’t know what birthday celebration is, does that sound amazing? Creating such a ritual is also magical in your story! Another example is in the world of Harry Potter. Every academic year at Hogwarts begins with a famous Sorting Hat ceremony in which students are placed in their colleges.
5. Use all 5 senses
When you description Your world, it is important to show it from the perspective of the character who lives there. Using all five senses to do this can reveal a richer environment. What does your character see, hear, smell, feel, and taste in this world?Don’t simply describe the mountains from the outside; reveal what your protagonist will do Thinking Regarding that mountain range, if he or she is description it.Do they have Scared Did they get lost in the mountains at night or did they have fun adventures there with their friends? Their experience will shape how they view the mountain. And always be specific. Don’t be satisfied with “trees are green”. What kind of trees are they? Oak or Sequoia? What kind of green? Dark green like pine needles or light green like new buds? These details may make a difference!
Are your children still trying to create a world for their characters? Read the story aloud and hear how other authors created their world. Worldbuilding is not just for books. Watch and analyze movies together.Try fantasy movies like Mulan, how to train your dragon, Moana, Star Wars Or like a movie in real life A dog’s way home or Little woman. What did the filmmakers do to bring the world to life? Pay attention to details that add life and depth to the story.
This is the last sentence about helping children create a story world. Build a world that you like and are interested in, and your readers will also be interested.
About Donna Galanti
Donna Galanti is the author of middle-grade books Joshua and the Lightning Road, Joshua and the arrow world, And popular Unicorn Island SeriesShe often appears in school as a guest writer and teaches writers through her Udemy online coursesVisit her Donna Galanti.