Worldbuilding resources can make the lives of fantasy writers a hell of a lot easier.
From templates and questionnaires to podcasts and workshops, there are a plethora of options to learn new skills and find inspiration for ideas.
Below, you can find a huge list of resources to help you build your fantasy worlds. You can find a free writing class and a whole bunch of guides, tips and advice, among many others.
If you’d like to learn more beyond this guide, join a writing group and get a free creative writing book, click below to learn more about The Writers’ Toolshed.
How Can Worldbuilding Resources Help Your Writing?
As writers, we should always be looking to improve our craft and learn new things. The more we take on board the more powerful our stories have the potential to be, and that’s why using a broad selection of worldbuilding resources can improve your writing significantly.
First of all, creating a fantasy world involves a lot of imagination, but also a lot of research. If you come up with an idea to shape the technology of a kingdom, it may be necessary to learn about how that technology works in real life so that you can write with more conviction and authority. Not only will this help the writing process, but it’ll also improve the quality of the story.
If you’re yet to begin the worldbuilding process and would like to know how to start, check out my guide below.
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How To Find Worldbuilding Resources
There are lots of different ways that you can find worldbuilding resources. As well as what you can find on this page, you can check out:
- Forums – places like r/worldbuilding, r/fantasywriters and r/fantasy have lots of worldbuilders all discussing ideas and sharing inspirational resources. Head over to Reddit and check them out.
- YouTube – if you’re looking to research a topic as part of your worldbuilding process, such as what people ate in medieval times, then you’ll be sure to find a quick documentary on YouTube. It’s become one of the best places for learning anywhere.
- Writing Groups – if you join a writing group of like-minded writers then chances are they’ll share resources and guides for you to benefit from too. That’s what it’s like in our writing group anyway. Feel free to join us by clicking the button at the top of this page.
To get you off to the best start, I have, in addition to this guide, a comprehensive guide to building worlds, covering every single aspect, which you can check out by clicking below.
Learn More In My Complete Guide To Worldbuilding
In the following sections, you can find a variety of worldbuilding resources, all of which will help you create your fantasy world.
Fantasy Writing Guides
To help you get off to the best start possible with creating your fantasy worlds, I’ve included links to every worldbuilding guide on my website.
The subjects cover everything from aspects of medieval life, such as living in castles and the lives of peasants, to creating a fantasy map.
Just click through to learn more:
- How To Create A Fantasy Map
- A Guide To Fantasy Armor
- A Guide To Archery
- The Lives Of Medieval Peasants
- The Life Of Lords
- Medieval Weapons
- The Lives Of Women In The Middle Ages
- Horses And The Fantasy Genre
- The Medieval Castle
- Castles In Fantasy
- Siege Warfare
- Cannons In The Middle Ages
- Medieval Diseases
Free Worldbuilding Writing Class
I put together this writing class to help you build your fantasy worlds (usually paid-for, but for you, it’s free). It covers every aspect of worldbuilding, from creating mountains and rivers to defining the cultural quirks of your new world.
One of the best ways to learn about and understand your world is to complete a questionnaire which helps you to define it.
Some questions can be quite specific, whereas others are broader. They tend to focus on the two distinct areas of creating a fantasy world—the physical make-up of the world, and the cultural side (everything influenced by man).
Here are some links to the best sets of questions currently available:
If you enjoy learning from books, you’re spoilt for choice. There are scores of worldbuilding books available. Some offer methods and approaches to creating fictional worlds. Others provide a template, and a few offer insights and inspiration.
I’ve compiled a detailed guide on the best books on worldbuilding available, which you can find here.
Podcasts On Worldbuilding
If you’ve heard of The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed podcast then you may have already found our bountiful selection of worldbuilding podcast episodes.
Below, you can find Spotify links to some of the best episodes on the subject:
Something that can prove a very useful aid in the creation process is a worldbuilding template. Luckily for you, I have a free one that you can download. Just click the link below to learn more.
In short, it splits the creating process into two broad areas—physical settings and cultural settings. The template then provides you with a number of prompts for each area, asking you to define the likes of the politics of the world and the types of food people like to eat.
Click Here To Download The Free Worldbuilding Template
Learn More About Building Fantasy Worlds
You can access more worldbuilding resources below: