I haven’t done any seriously big worldbuilding since The Rogue King Saga, which is one whole planet and four moons. It also took about a decade for me to nail down. Neither of my other two novels required that level of detail; Golden Dawn takes place in a single valley and Dark One’s Mistress needed a few opposing kingdoms, none of which actually have names at this present time.
Some of my older WiPs have bigger spaces. Aelfah spans a galaxy and the Spellster Series…
Well, what once started as a single merchant hub for one story grew into an empire, then sprawled into quite the continent. One that’s still spitting out names and places…
|Clearly there are gaps that need filling|
|But then again, it was molded by gods…|
No, the current world will follow more real world structures. Just with dwarven ancestors and elves alongside humans… mainly because my brain insists messing with elven biology and having five-foot-something people who say they came from dwarves should be there.
But then again… this morning, I woke up from a dream involving a zombie who was not a zombie if he wore a mask, whilst we went vampire hunting in a wooden cabin that had a corridor leading to a college sports ground… so sometimes I do wonder what the hell my brain knows about anything.
How do you approach your world? Is it big? Or just as large as you need it? Do you toy with maps? Have a weird dream you want to share?