But besides planet and city names and general ideas, I didn't do much else on world creation until after I outlined. As I was preparing my character descriptions, I found myself creating a lot of the world around them. For example, it's important to figure out your characters' religions and belief systems. Mine was pretty easy because I already knew that I wanted my story to take place in a world without religion, so all my characters are atheists.
Other things you want to consider:
- Education system
- Travel methods
- What houses/living structures are like
- People's jobs
- Societal norms
I also think it's helpful to draw a map of your world whether you have different planets or everything takes place on one planet. My drawing skills are sub par, but a sketch is all you would need. I even included details about how long it takes to travel between each planet by my preferred method of travel. These are details your readers will think of, so you need to have the answers!
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