Guest posts for the Ways into Worldbuilding series will appear most Wednesdays through early November. Today I welcome one of my favorite authors to the site: Martha Wells.
Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including the nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasies, short stories, media tie-ins, and nonfiction.
Aside from reader expectations, why do you build worlds? Is it more of an obligation than a pleasure? If the latter, what is enjoyable or rewarding about this aspect?
I enjoy it, and it’s one of my favorite parts of developing a story. I like coming up with the details, and exploring how the world has affected my characters, and how it can determine the direction and feel of the story. I find it rewarding to come up with something that feels true and consistent no matter how fantastic or far out it is. Read More…