Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. Hope everyone is having a good week. Sorry, about no Weekly Writing Wrap-up this week. I got tied up with a lot of things and before I knew it, it was Tuesday night. I have one up this week for sure. Are you enjoying my mini-series on NaNoWriMo prep? There’s only two left. Before diving into our final post on civilizations, if you are new we have been going through a massive series on Worldbuilding. You can find all the posts under the Worldbuilding link on the toolbar. Just not caught up on our current sub-series, you can find all those posts here.

Before we start, I have an assignment for you. What, homework? I know. Just humor me. Go over to Google Maps and type any major city name. Click it to Google Earth and zoom out so you can see the whole city. I’ll wait here.

Back. Good. What did you see? Did you notice how the city is laid out? You did. Good. Since long before we know, cities have been laid out in a grid plan. Yep. Roads making of the grids and blocks where the buildings go. As you can see depending what city you viewed in Google Earth, some are more straightforward than others. “Really, you had to make a whole post on this. We could have figured this out on our own.”

I know, that’s not why I decided to do this post. For thousands of years, man has built its cities in grids. Alexander the Great turned it into an artform. Just because this is how we did it on earth, doesn’t mean we have to do it in our worlds. Sure, if humans are in your world they can do it that way. What about other races? Instead of doing a grid, maybe they do a grid, but their blocks are the size of three blocks. This could be that the race likes space so there is plenty of space between each building. Maybe between blocks, there is empty space.

Do your grids need to be in squares? What about a series of interlocking circles? Triangles? How about a race that lives in the trees. Do they have to have a grid? Depending on the tree, some trees may not be strong enough to support structures. Really, how you want to layout your cities, towns, and villages is up to you.

Before you do that, there are some things you should take into account when planning your city. Where is it located? If your settlement is near a river or a river splits it in half, how do they take care of flooding? Do they have walls? Are there walls within the city as in sections? Is the city on a mountain? Or around a mountain, in a mountain? Is it in the middle of a flat field or in the middle of a desert. How does the race that built the city bring their own touches to it to make it more like their own than human?

When planning a major city, you need to think of defenses. Not just walls, but how they fight back against siege towers, catapults, etc. Are there underground tunnels?  I could go on, but I am not. This  post is just to get you thinking about your cities and their layout. Just google city layouts or how to plan a city and you will find so much information on this topic. Do you need to layout every city? No. I don’t even go that far. I only do the areas that will appear in my books.

We have covered what a city is and how you decide the difference between a village, town, city, a major city, etc. To where and why cities form where they do. And how a city is laid out, which the most important thing is Location. Using these take some time to maybe find a city or town in your world and applied what you learned. Take your time. There is no reason to rush.

That’s all I got for this sub-series. Sadly, I have no idea where we will be going next. I haven’t had much time to even ponder it. I do have ideas, but now I need to go back over those this weekend and see which of them will make the most sense. Be sure to check back Monday, I will be posting a Weekly Writing Wrap-up. Wednesday for the Penultimate post in the National Novel Writing Month Prep Mini Series. As always, next Friday for the start of a new Sub-Series.

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