About the Books

 

This site is dedicated to The Art of World Building, a multi-volume set of books that are:

  • The most comprehensive books available for strategies and techniques about world building
  • Authored by an expert with over thirty years experience in world building
  • Filled with examples of how to use everything inside
  • Full of free, reusable templates you can use to jump start your efforts

The Art of World Building teaches aspiring authors, gamers, and hobbyists how to build believable worlds using time-saving advice, templates, and relevant research so you can make informed decisions.  You’ll learn how much to build for each scenario, when to do it, and how it can be used in your work.  Readers will learn how to create:

  • Volume 1 – Creating Life – Click here to buy
    • Gods
    • Species and races
    • Plants
    • Animals
    • Monsters
    • Heroes, villains, and more
    • Undead
  • Volume 2 – Creating Places
    • Planets
    • Continents
    • Land features (mountains, forests, deserts, plains, and more)
    • Sovereign powers like kingdoms and the differences between them
    • Settlements
    • Travel estimates
    • Time and history
    • Places of interest (like our Bermuda Triangle)
    • Maps
  • Volume 3 – Cultures and Beyond
    • Greetings
    • Culture
    • Languages
    • Religions
    • Organizations (like secret societies or forces for good/evil)
    • The supernatural
    • A system of magic
    • Magic items
    • Names
    • And much more, like a monetary system, curse words, a calendar, and unusual crimes and their punishments
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What people are saying

“It is exhaustive, well written, and knowledgeable…I, as a successful science fiction and fantasy writer, have generated many worlds, so this material is familiar, but it would have been easier and probably better had I had a reference like this. It is realistic, recognizing that the average writer may not have the patience to work out all the details before getting into the action.” – Piers Anthony, bestselling author

“…Might very well be the definitive resource…The amount of suggestions really surprised me…Tips like working with analogues from real life or from other authors and changing them to make your own fresh creations were very helpful, and Ellefson states the pitfalls in this method, too…It’s an amazing reference book. The author’s passion for fantasy and world building really shines through each page. He not only knows what he’s talking about but is excited to share it all. – Thiago”

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