Monday Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for you, the reader, to answer. You can answer on your own blog and link in the comments, or just answer here!
Hello, Misfiteers! I'm just so happy today, I think I could give you all hugs.
April Fools! ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Had to get that off my chest. There will be no hugging today. Instead I want to talk to you about worldbuilding. (Why is worldbuilding not a word? Apparently it should be "world building". Whatever, I don't care.)
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BUT I always have to keep in mind the story that I'm writing. Some stories can carry--or even require--a lot of worldbuilding. Others don't need it. Some would only get lost in heavy worldbuilding. Contemporary novels, for example, don't need a lot of worldbuilding because we already live in the contemporary world. High fantasy, on the other hand, positively overflows with worldbuilding. (Of course, each genre has its exceptions.) The amount of worldbuilding needed depends on the story you want to tell and how you plan on telling it. I recently wrote a book that was set on a futuristic earth. I could have done a lot of worldbuilding for it, but I didn't. That particular story would have only been bogged down by too much worldbuilding, so I left it out. But, as you can see in the picture, I'm going a little crazy with my fantasy idea.
So here's my question for you guys:
How much do you worldbuild for your stories? Do you love it, hate it, not think anything of it? If you hate it, why? And if you love it, what's your favorite part?