World building is the process of creating a fictional or imaginary world that is the basis of your novel or series. These worlds usually have their own histories, geographies, back stories, species, etc. Although the world you’re creating is fictional, it will most likely share aspects of our own realities.
There are a few things you should understand before you begin world building. Make sure you keep these things in mind:
Your world has to make sense.
I’m not saying you can’t switch things up, but everything that happens has to be a logical part of YOUR OWN world. Your characters should react appropriately based on his or her environment. Properly setting up your world will help us understand your characters, so make sure you take the time to develop it. Excellent world building means nothing if you don’t take the time to share it with your audience.
The culture of your world does not have to be the same as it was in our histories.
A lot of fantasy novels lack diversity because people say to themselves “well, that’s the way it was.” First of all, that’s not always the case. Secondly, YOU’RE CREATING YOUR OWN WORLD. You don’t have to abide by our history. While you should always show respect for the cultures you’re basing things on, you don’t have to follow what’s happened in our own world. Get creative and build a world no one’s ever seen before.
Figure out what sort of technology your world has and spend time developing it.
There are so many novels I’ve read where the technology doesn’t make sense. Sometimes a world has all this crazy technology, but they’re still behind on medical advancements. You can do what you want, but make sure it matches up and make sure it’s believable. Also, there will be some sections of your world that will be poorer than others, so places won’t have the technology of the richer areas. Take some time to think about how class and race will play a part on where certain technologies are utilized.
Be as creative and crazy as you want. Why participate in world building if you don’t use it to your advantage? Put in everything you love. Have fun creating your own world. If you do it in a thoughtful way, everyone will enjoy it.
— Kris Noel
alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine
There is a moment about a minute and a half into alt-J’s lush and intricate new single, when the Miley Cyrus sample plays for the first time, and you can’t help but step back and appreciate the absurdity of it. It shouldn’t work, but of course it does, adding yet another layer to this strange bird of a song. Orchestral, eclectic, tense, and soft, ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ doesn’t come in like a wrecking ball, so much as a breath of fresh air.
That Miley sample is really something else. So unexpected, but it works.
The Huffington Post | By Mallika RaoThe Beijing-based artist and beekeeper Ren Ri is a focused man. His new three-part series — titled “Yuansu” in reference to the Chinese word for “element” — turns bees into his collaborators. Yuansu II features sculptures made by bees, of beeswax.
In an interview with CoolHunting, Ren explains the “special” properties that make beeswax such an interesting material:
“It’s unstable and can change shape with temperature. The structure of wax cells is orthohexagonal, which is an inconceivable feature in the natural world and it’s a peculiarity of honeybees.”
The sculptures are housed in transparent plastic polyhedrons. At the center of each is the queen bee, positioned thusly so as to enable the worker bees to build around her. They build symmetrically, due to the even planes of the polyhedrons. Every seventh day, Ren changes the gravity of the structure by rotating the box onto a different side. The act is in reference to the biblical concept of creation, but introduces a random element. Ren determines how to shift the box by the roll of a dice. Each time, there’s no telling how the bees will react to their new environment.
— Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War — NYMag
after Israeli extremists kidnapped and murdered a Palestinian kid named Mohammed Abu Khdeir, apparently in retribution for the earlier murder of three Israeli teenagers, police detained and beat up his cousin, Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15-year old Palestinian-American from Tampa, vacationing with his family*. It is common for television news broadcasts to carry sympathetic stories of a local American kid tragically caught up in Middle Eastern violence. It is not so common for that kid to be Palestinian. (via studioartist)