There are a couple of things I look for to help strengthen worldbuilding and build a level of immersion – because that’s what you want. Immersion. You want someone to “buy in” to the world you have made and care about what happens. You want it to create that suspension of disbelief that makes them worry about what will happen and who it will happen to, even though it’s entirely fictional.
And believe it or not, you don’t have to build out literally every aspect of the world to do it. In fact, I think that can take longer and make it harder to create an immersive experience. At least within a short window of time, as you’re dividing yourself over what could be an entire planet or galaxy. Not that it isn’t fun, of course. I’ve talked at length about how much fun worldbuilding can be when you get carried away.
Sometimes it takes a backseat to character & plot, but if you’re writing sci-fi or fantasy, half the fun is the fact that we are getting to explore a world unlike our own. So when the worldbuilding is neglected you can feel a little cheated. After some thinking, I came up with three ‘rules’ that I think help guide your worldbuilding and your writing to be stronger and more immersive.Read more