Considerations in World-Building: Culture-Building

Many scifi/fantasy authors write their stories in worlds of their own creation. Even those who set their stories on Earth usually face some form of world-building, though on a smaller scale.
My concern here, however, is not so much the physical world, but rather the people who inhabit it. More accurately, I would like to discuss what I think of as culture-building.
When I created the world behind the Peace of Evon series, I found a surprising number of things that we take for granted in our everyday lives that simply didn’t make sense for the people of my world. I found myself creating, altering, or completely eliminating things like important life milestones and ceremonies, divisions and lengths of time, religions, language and vocabulary, holidays, and so much more.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to publish articles on each of the different aspects of human life I found myself altering and why I thought them important enough to consider. I hope you will join me and discuss the culture-building you may have done in your own works or seen in others.

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3 comments on “Considerations in World-Building: Culture-Building
  1. boteotu says:

    I actually kind-of enjoy the process of creating a culture for the sci-fi/fantasy novels I’ve been working on. It’s a great mental exercise.
    A great site for this sort of thing, for inspiration, is http://www.incatena.org/index.php.
    My favourite part is actually creating the language for the cultures in my novels, because I feel that’s one of the best ways to get a feel for what the culture is going to be like in the book.
    Cheers!
    JD

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