World building encompasses many facets from set design, to landscape, to costume design. When I think of world building I think about movies and making of movies. I tend to navigate towards the medieval period and I love Lord of the Rings both movie and book. With the new technological advances (DVD’s) you are able to see the preproduction brainstorming that goes into putting the world together. From the making of swords and armor, to the building of sets and costume, all of it is there to watch. And I love watching that. It amazes me, both at what is real and what is tied to a blue screen.
I apply this concept when I build my world, minus the blue screen. I learned that horses are not keen to battle and you are in big trouble should you have one in heat. I learned that men can’t really move well with all that armor on them, I learned that swords are really heavy and should match the man, or woman. I also learned that men’s voices don’t carry very well in real life. In battle, when you have the trumpets blaring and the flags up, that means something. Because men in battle can’t really hear a darn thing their commanders are saying. There were loads more.
Everything in a movie is deliberate, as it should be in your book. Check these sites to learn specific world building—Janice Hardy blog or SFWA--as well. But you may find that the best information is already in your library of movies. Just go to the special features. And the best thing is, if you are heavy into multitasking, like me, you could watch it while cooking dinner or with your kids. Or while cooking dinner with your kids.