Welcome to the bonus craft post two-part sub-series on History. Today, part one is posted. Friday part two will be posted wrapping it up. If you didn’t read this week’s Writing Wrap-up, I should explain why a craft post is being posted in the middle of the week. I am sick of posting wrap-ups for sub-series. They aren’t that interesting to write or read. Also, I was only writing them, mostly because I didn’t know what the next topic of the next sub-series would be. From now on, I will post a wrap-up or conclusion as part of the last post of the sub-series.

For those who are new, we are going through a massive series on Worldbuilding. You can find all the posts in the series thus far, under the Worldbuilding link, in the toolbar. We just complete a sub-series on religion, which you can find here.

Just like in the real world, your fantasy world will and should have a history. Depending on the kind of writer you are, you may only want to write the history that will cover in your story. I take a different approach. I want, to know the whole history. When I say the whole history, I mean a summary of major events.

Let’s look at our world, our history is divided up into two periods. BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era). For those of you who may still prefer BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini or in the year of our Lord). You can break those up into other areas such as the bronze age and Iron ages. You can go back even later before man, to Cenozoic Era or the Mesozoic Era that contains the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.

When you think about the formation of a planet it takes millions to billions of years. Take earth, it is believed but scientists, to be about 4. 543 billion years old. Humans have been living on this planet for about 100,000 years. Humans have beena round for only 0.00002201188642 of earths existence. This doesn’t mean that your world has to be around for that long with many different periods with extiction level events. You could from life days after it was formed, especially if you have gods.

Depending on the story you’re telling, you should figure out where the first point in history that event started. If you need to search for a magical item that has been around for thousands of years. Start with the formation of this item, why it was formed. Was there a different purpose that it was made for, but it can also be used to help in the crisis of your story. Figure out those events first as your history, since they are important to your story. You can always backtrack to add other history and major events before it. If you think it through every event in your history is leading to that event.

What do I mean? I mean if some event in the beginning of the people who inhabit your world was different, than it is very possible that the events of your story wouldn’t happen. Something else woudl happen. Another way to think of it is like this. If you went back in time to the Jarassic era and did nothing but kill a bug, that simple action could change the entire history of the planet without realizing. Every major event in your worlds history leads to the next event.

Does the first event of your world have to be directly tied into your story? No! I mean my storyworlds I do a lot of that, because I like huge events that no one saw at their time, but as you move through time and look at it the history you can see this massive event slowly starting to shape and now is blowing up.

If you don’t know where to start, do as I suggested before. Start with a major part of your story plot, the birth of the villain, creation of the pendant of power, the end of the world war, etc. Flesh that out and the events leading up to your story. This gives you a starting point for your history, and fleshes out all the events leading to your story. You may learn more about your characters or event the conflict than you originally thought.

That’s all I got for this post. Friday, we will look at how to take your starting point and flesh out a whole time line for your storyworld. Make sure to check back on Friday.

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