Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex for Writers and Creatives
Geography, whether in this world or that of the imagination, provides the grounding from which all else springs: plants, animals, economy, language, religion, health, politics, etc. When writing and world building, geography is a starting point for creating a culture and the characters within it.
Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex for Writers and Creatives features essays from working writers, including the likes of novelists Tim Waggoner and Maurice Broaddus, covering the gamut of issues in building a plausible world, from “ecosystems, creatures, and legal systems to the ways you can most effectively share your world with your audience.”
Worlds should be able to be touched, smelled, seen, and heard. Each of these things is vital to creating reality. The smallest details can illuminate volumes.
This worldbuilding anthology features "Geography and the Evolution of Your World: Logical Flora et. al." by Chanté McCoy:
Flora is but another manifestation of environment. This essay discusses plants in the larger context of building worlds with plants that are conceivable within their environment, whether of this world or one of the imagination, such as the plants of Pandora, Terry Pratchett’s sapient pearwood, and J.K. Rowling’s Whomping Willow and gilly weed.
The focus is on the types of plants one finds within given biomes and their evolutionary benefits. For further inspiration, the final section covers strange and unusual plants that we fiction writers would be hard pressed to exceed: the carnivorous, moving, resurrecting, warm-blooded, super-sized, and long-living plants of planet Earth.
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