Storyworld First, by Jill Williamson

A Nonfiction Book Review, by Naomi Downing

Back cover: The question I hear most from beginners about building a fantasy storyworld is, “Where do I start?”

Oz, Wonderland, Narnia, the 100 Acre Wood, Neverland, Hogwarts, the United Federation of Planets, Westeros, Middle Earth, Alagaesia, Terabithia, Gotham City, Jurassic Park, Fablehaven, and a galaxy far, far away.

These fictional places have become real in the minds and hearts or readers. These storyworlds that someone invented-someone who was once like you, learning to tell stories, learning to write, and dreaming about publishing a novel.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or are looking to add depth to a finished story, Storyworld First: Creating a Unique Fantasy World for Your Novel will get you thinking.

Includes tips for worldbuilding:

• Astronomy
• Magic
• Government
• Map making
• History
• Religion
• Technology
• Languages
• Culture

And how it all works together.

This book covers so many different topics you might run into while worldbuilding. But it didn’t give you the facts in a dry, boring way. It kept me turning pages, stretching my imagination—making me think a lot!

Anything you have questions about—or maybe not even thought about—this book will probably be able to answer it, or explain it.

Especially if you are a fantasy or science fiction writer, you should read this book. I can’t think of a worldbuilding topic it didn’t cover!

On top of everything else, it had lots of extra things in the back to help you plot your novel after building your world.

Once again, Jill Williamson penned a book that won’t disappoint!

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Downing is a homeschooled high school student who live on a small farm in the middle of no where. She enjoys reading, writing, taking pictures and dreaming about her future. She blogs at

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