Welcome to this weeks Craft Post. We are moving along in our very long series on Worldbuilding. Last week, we wrapped up our first sub-series on Cosmology. Before we continue, a side note. Every week I post the past posts in the series. With this series being long I am not about to do that. Instead, I am going to post just two links. One to the new Worldbuilding page, which will have every link in the series and a link to the page of the sub-series we are on. This way it will be just easier. With that out of the way back to the topic at hand.

Today we are going to start a new series called Storyworld. I know what you’re asking, how do I come up with such original titles… I will probably change the title once I get into a few posts and really get what this sub-series is all about. I was going to call your world, but that sounded dumb. This sub-series will be broken into three posts: Planetary System, The Planet, and Look of your World. Let’s jump into today’s post, Planetary System.

Okay, I am going to break some news to everyone here. Just in case you don’t stalk space news like I do. It is now a well known fact that stars having planets around them is not rare like it once was thought. I’ll give you a moment to get over the shock… Okay enough time. If you need more time stop reading until you’re ready. With this news, I don’t think it is stretch to say, your story world is part of a planetary system. Tim, what does know about my worlds planetary system have to do with worldbuilding? Glad you asked. If you’re are writing a science fiction novel, it very well might have a lot to do with your world and story. Mostly if you are going into space. Not so much if you are doing a fantasy series, but it is kind of cool to know about. Especially if some of the people (races) look to the sky and do what the greeks did and name the planets after their gods.

Let’s get down to business, another interesting find is that single star in planetary system seems to be rare. For example, our planetary system. We only have one star that we orbit, and that is Sol or Solar (Sol is latin word for sun). What is being discovered is that Binary systems (two stars orbiting each other) is actually very common. There are three start systems or more. So, the question for you is, how many stars are in your planetary system? One? Two? Five? Ten? (If you are doing more then one you might want to do research on how life can form on a planet with two or more stars). Who says your world even orbits a star, how about a black hole, or a red dwarf, or pulsar, etc. Something to think about.

Is your world actually a planet? We have dwarf planets, that orbit in our system, a lot of them. Could your world be on a astroid? What about a moon of a planet, that is very common in science fiction, but what about fantasy? That leads to moons, how many does your world have or does it have no moon? Most planets do have moons, but not as large as ours. What about an astroid belt, does it have one or more? How many planets are in system, do the people on your world know about them? What about comets, and astroids. Do they have special meaning to he inhabitants of your world? (We will go more into this in a later sub-series).

What all of this comes down to is making your piece of the universe that your world inhabits a little more fuller. It also will help flesh out people and even events of your world when working on them. Maybe when the is a new moon on your world, one race thinks the world is coming to an end, and slaughters all the elderly to stop it. A different race maybe more advance or not sees it any child born on that night as special. Maybe only their king or tribe leader can be born on one of those nights. Those are just two examples. Take some time and just think through the planetary system that your world is apart of, even if it isn’t going to have anything to do with your story. Then see if you can find a way to include that information. Maybe a character who has crucial information about what is going on, will only tell you if you listen to his wild theories that no one else believes. Just another example.

That’s it for this week. Check back next week on The Planet. Can you guess what it is going to be on? Monday’s are my Weekly Writing Wrap-up posts where I talk about what I accomplished in the past week, or sometimes what I didn’t accomplish. Hope your writing is going great and seen you later.

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