Fantasy worlds take all shapes and sizes. The physical landscape of your story’s setting plays a large part in its uniqueness. Creating fantastical geography involves more than just drawing maps, however.
Determine the Scope
Building an entire fantasy world can be daunting, and unnecessary. No need to create entire continents if your hero will only be gallivanting around a kingdom. Even epic fantasy, where the journey is an integral part of the plot, doesn’t require vast amounts of terrain. Focus only on what the story depends upon.
When I started writing my first Janner Kohl story, the world consisted of two cities, a coastline, a river and a forest. I added a third city, on the other side of the sea, and an archipelago when I wrote “Relvan’s Rescue”. Read more