World creationAs far as I can remember, I have enjoyed creating stories and working out my own invented worlds. The aim always has been to make them real enough to step in to explore them without being bothered by contradictions.
For instance, there's the question of trade, frequent both in SciFi and Fantasy worlds. But what do people trade? What goods does one region produce that another wants? How much does the price grow in the transport? Would it be more economical to transport the goods by ship or across the land? How do the natural barriers then determine why one nation thrives and the other does not? It's working out such issues patiently which make world-building such a rich experience for me. The joy is in finally seeing it all come together.
Looking at Tolkien, to create a world so rich that everyone wants to be in, it pays off to understand what dialect of the language of Mordor a particular orc speaks. Whether all these details need to be told to the reader is a different question, but they need to be there in the first place.
So, feel invited to explore Atanju's world if you enjoy richly worked-out fantasy and some of its stories.
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