Fantasy is such an exciting genre – you can create whole new worlds. Do you have any advice for writers when they’re building these worlds? How can you make sure they seem authentic?
Ask yourself lots of questions. If a character is eating a certain kind of food or wearing a certain kind of clothing, ask yourself where they come from. How they got to be eating/wearing it. You don’t necessarily need to explain that on the page, but understanding trade routes, kingdom boundaries, geography, the harvest/seasons/etc., all helps to expand your world. Also, remember that world building and character building often go hand-in-hand: just like you, your character is a product of their world. Sometimes the subtlest day-to-day details can bring your character and world to life. - Sarah J. Maas
“Interview with Sarah J. Maas.Writers & Artists: The Insiders Guide to the Media, Bloomsbury, 2020.
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