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Top 5 Ideas to Create Your Perfect World

A fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo

It takes time, patience, skill, and perhaps even a little advice

Here are five ways to make your fantasy book's setting unforgettable and a few fantasy setting examples

If you snap a picture of said house and it fits within the frame, the viewer gets

Now imagine a second photograph of the same house, only this time we zoom in

Since we can't see where it ends, we're likely to perceive the house as enormous

If every corner of our world appears on the page, it makes the world feel smaller to

However, if our setting stretches off the page and into our periphery, it feels vast, expansive, and

So for the sake of realism, we should do our best to emulate this effect in our

Perhaps the most famous example is his mention of Queen Berúthiel and her many cats

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn remarks: "[Gandalf] is surer of finding the way home in

" Of course, if you've read LOTR, you know that the Queen and her cats never appear—or

This technique is effective because Tolkien hints at the world outside the confines of the page without

If you extract your story and drop it into another setting, it should fundamentally change that story

This novel features two major settings: London and London Below

Part of what makes these settings so powerful is their importance to the story

Real locations from London are converted into distorted reflections in London Below

In the main character's case, they literally become invisible

It's a story that truly can't take place anywhere (neverwhere?) else

The cool thing about fantasy, particularly epic fantasy, is its limitlessness

Which means you need not necessarily pack your entire setting into one volume

In his first entry, Gardens of the Moon, Erikson covers events set on the continent of Genabackis

Within this continent, we visit all manner of vibrant locations, including Pale, Darujhistan, and the various subsettings

In later volumes, Erikson shows us even more cities and continents, ones that were only mentioned in

Characters should only explore a setting if it moves the story forward

Therefore, if you're imagining a setting that you really want to show the readers, sometimes it's best

Fantasy book settings come alive when they feature brilliant names

Calling a forest a Forest isn't enough—fantasy settings are best when thought and care are poured

Rowling is famous for her meticulousness when it comes to naming conventions, often going so far as

"Forbidden Forest" conjures to mind a gloomy, twisted, ominous wall of trees, doesn't it? With just two

As fantasy writers, we sometimes feel the need to be too creative

Especially when it comes to alternate-world fantasy, we make the mistake of believing our settings must be

Martin's Westeros, the principal setting of his masterful Game of Thrones series, is a perfect example

Look even closer and you'll find some striking similarities between Martin's world and our own

Drawing inspiration from what you're familiar is one way how to create a realistic fantasy world

You'll remember it as the behemoth structure built to keep wildlings and White Walkers out of the

Hadrian's wall was a defensive fortification built by the Roman Empire to keep out people they didn't

Even though Westeros is an alternate world, our real life surroundings still influence it

How can we apply this principle to our own writing? It's simple: If you need help describing

For instance, let's say you want to write about a fantasy world that's mostly covered in water

(Kevin Costner's Waterworld could also work, though I'd advise against emulating the film's economics

Great fantasy settings do more than just provide ground to walk on; they challenge our characters, help

So take the time to develop the setting for your next fantasy book