Worldbuilding for Fantasy

I’m writing a fantasy series. This past week I’ve suspended my writing in favor of planning, plotting, and worldbuilding. Some of this I achieved alone in the solitude of my office. But the best ideas come when I am working with another–especially my daughter.

We discussed power and the needs of the citizens of my invented world. We also thought about the problem of currency. What would the beings use as payment? What were the needs of each Court and what resources did they have?

Location and proximity of the seven Courts to each other and to the sea and navigable rivers made for interesting discussion of movement. No large beast of burden are present, only small animals such as sheep, goats, and pigs as well as chickens and other foul. Most food is grown in the south and transported through the other Courts by the merchants.

Most natural resources such as metal ores and gemstones are mined in the north. These are sent south to be separated and formed into usable objects. The gemstones are etched and can be used as a form of currency.

There is much more to discover about my world, but I now have a good start and can continue writing.

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Have a fantastic week! Happy writing.