One of the best parts about fantasy novels are their unique worlds. I love opening a book and discovering a whole new universe between its pages, a place interwoven with magical creatures, complex histories, and unique landscapes. But when you’re the writer, how do you create that kind of world? For many aspiring authors, the question is—where do you start?
In Storyworld First: Creating a Unique Fantasy World for Your Novel, young adult author Jill Williamson proves that you don’t have to invent a language like J. R. R. Tolkien to create a unique, varied storyworld. Throughout this book, she relates different elements of worldbuilding—rules of magic, basic histories, creating interesting creatures, and more—interwoven with strategies for brainstorming and incorporating those details into your story. To any writer looking to take a deeper look at the setting of their story (even if it isn’t fantasy!), I’d highly recommend Storyworld First.
Note: Jill Williamson is also the coauthor of Go Teen Writers, which is an excellent book about writing, revising and even publishing before you’re an adult.