A Simple Guide to Organizing Your Worldbuilding

Part One: An Introduction

 

What is a simple guide to organizing your worldbuilding?

A simple guide to organizing your worldbuilding is both a reference tool and a customizable template. As a reference, it can be a friendly reminder of what to include when worldbuilding. As a template, it creates searchable story bible that is quick and efficient. I created this system to solve the problems I faced while brainstorming my book series.

  • How do I organize my pre-existing world so that anyone can retrieve information with little to no effort?
  • How do I create a system that can expand as my story bible expands without always creating a new template?
  • How do I create a template that requires no prompts or fill-in-the-blank questionnaires to use it?

With these questions in mind, I created the template with Scrivner. I do plan to expand the system to be usable on various platforms like Excel or Google Docs.

 

No More Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are an excellent tool to write ideas or fill in gaps within story bible. While working on my series, I completed prompts and templates from various resources. I spent hours piecing together all I needed to establish a decent story bible. That was when my troubles began.

Like any writer, I experienced bouts of writers’ block. My breaks lasted weeks or months at a time. Whenever I came back to my series, the bible I crafted looked disheveled and foreign. Locating information soon became a hindrance, more than an asset. My frustration and annoyance increased. I was spending more time combing through pages than actually writing.

I tried researching better ways to organize my world-building using pre-made templates. The results left me with questionnaires and prompts aimed at beginner writers. I spent more time copying and pasting information from one template to another. Pretty soon, I’d run right back into the same problem I had days or weeks later.

Creating this provided a customizable system that’s adaptable to any writer’s needs.

No more writing prompts.

No more wasting time answering pre-filled questions you’ve answered before.

 

Organize Your Worldbuilding in Nine Easy Sections

A simple guide to organizing your worldbuilding groups relatable materials into nine sections. This expands creative freedom without needing to create new templates.

The nine sections are:

  1. General
  2. Religion & Language
  3. History & Geography
  4. Sociology
  5. Natural Science
  6. Technology
  7. Industry & Commerce
  8. Recreation Arts
  9. Magic Systems

 

But Sabrina, why nine sections?

Before becoming a writer, being a librarian was my childhood dream. I don’t just love books; I love organizing and stacking them on their correct shelves.

This passion is how I created a simple guide to organizing your worldbuilding. The system functions as a personal library system for fantasy and science-fiction authors. It uses the same principals as the Nippon Decimal System. The Nippon Decimal System used by the Japan Library Association. It is a system of library classifications for books based on the Dewey Decimal System.

Like a hierarchical tree structure, the nine sections organize the information systematically.

 

Where Do I Begin?

Over the next couple of posts, I will break down each section in more detail. I will begin with the general section, then finish with magic systems. While I will go in order, you don’t have to. The beauty of this system is that you can start from anywhere you choose.

I will also provide all the tips and tricks I use as I write my book series, Vicious Circles.

In the meantime, if you can’t wait and would like to get a head start in organizing, check out my visual reference guide. You can download it here.

See you next time!

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