Monday, January 14, 2013

The Worldbuilding Blogfest

Worldbuilding. It's all about creating fantasy/dystopian/alternate history worlds that are developed and believable. It's critical in sci-fi and fantasy but important in ALL works of fiction. Every character lives in a setting or "world" and it needs to be fleshed out in the novel, whether it's a fantasy world like Middle Earth or present-day New York City.

For science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian writers, worldbuilding cannot be ignored. But worldbuilding is for my friends writing in the real world too. 

So, here is the challenge. Do you really understand your novel's "world"? Do you know the geography, cultures, religions, history?

In this blogfest you'll be challenged to flesh out all the pieces of your make-believe or 100% real setting in the Worldbuilding Blogfest.

The schedule and details are here.

More information about each challenge will be posted as the blogfest approaches.

Novels of all genres and all stages of creation are welcome.

The first 10 people who sign up and complete all the challenges will get a free digital copy of The Charge on 3/2/12. 

EVERYONE who signs up and completes at least one post will be entered to win one of the following prizes.

1) Three autographed copies of The Charge
2) A query and first page critique by Sharon Bayliss
4) How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card (print)

I'll also be giving away a full manuscript critique to the writer of the best excerpt from 2/1!

Sign up now!


  1. Yay world-building! This will be a fantastic way to keep my mind off Round 3 of NaNo Virtuosos (or to ignore it completely if I don't make it into round 3, lol), and I know just which story I need to work on for this . . .

  2. Oh yes, I am so in this! I hope you're prepared for some long and detailed posts! ^_^

  3. This sounds like a lot of fun! Count me in.

  4. i think i have to try at least one day of this! thanks, sharon!

  5. I absolutely love world building. I'm glad I followed the link a friend of mine posted.

  6. Welcome all! Thanks for signing up.

  7. Given that my Confederation has a history of some 125,000+ years and a number of cultures and worlds, I have to try this even if it means two posts a day sometimes.

  8. Sounds very cool. Hopefully I put the code where it is supposed to go. First time trying so I probably screwed up. Thanks for organizing this.


  9. I'll include this in my Contest Circuit post on Monday! ;)

  10. This is a great concept! Just signed up for it and place the bade on my side bar.

  11. I can't wait for this! I love worldbuilding.