Calendar

Posted: May 31, 2017 in Craft Post, World Building

Welcome to the last post in our Worldbuilding series. It has been a long series, and the end has finally arrived. To get caught up on this series you can find all the posts above under the Worldbuilding Link. To get caught up on all the posts in the last sub-series Other, you can find them here. Let’s dive in.

How do you tell time in your storyworld? I am talking about more on the grander stage. Days, weeks, months, years and beyond. What does the calendar look like in your world? Is it one calendar that all accept or do each race or nation have their own?

Our year on earth is 365. something odd days. That is why we have a leap year. There are 24 hours in a day because that is how long it takes for the earth to rotate around once. There area seven days in a week from Genesis creation account in the bible of six days of work and day off. Or it was the seven heavenly bodies: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. There are many reasons we have seven days.

The reason for all this is when you create your calendar there are reasons behind why our calendar looks like the way it does. If you want one unified calendar it would be best to have it be based on facts instead of superstitions. Facts are what you make them in your world. Maybe your Calendar is given from the Gods if you have gods in your world.

Are there older calendars that were used that don’t work well with the current or unified calendar? If so, when did these events happen in conjunction with the new calendar?

Think about how your calendar lays out. What are the names of the months and the days? How about how many days in each month? Are they evenly distributed or they uneven? How about those leap years? Do you even have leap years? Are there eras or splits like our, BCE and CE?  If so what are the dividing points, a great war? A God was born into flesh?

How do you go about it making your own calendar? I would recommend looking Aeon Timeline 2. It is a great program. You can read more about it apart of my Aeon Timeline 2 Review.

That’s all I got. It has been fun, but all great things have to come to an end. Next week we will start a new series, I am still thinking about it but I leaning towards First Drafts. Note there will be no post on Saturday. Check back next week on Monday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up and the start of our next series second Saturday of June.

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