The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, Volume 1

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Worldbuilding is the ultimate act of creation for speculative fiction writers, but how exactly do you worldbuild? You ask ‘what if’ and use each answer as a springboard to more questions and answers about your fictional world.

In The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, that ‘what if’ process is broken down into 26 themed chapters, covering topics ranging from architecture to zoology. Each chapter includes a corresponding set of guided exercises to help you find the ‘what if’ questions relevant to your story’s world. The guided exercises are essay-style questions, and the print version of the book includes space to write your answers in if you choose to do so.

Fair warning, though: worldbuilding is addictive. Once you get started, you might never put your pen down again.


In volume 1 of The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, the focus is on the actual creation of the world (setting) your story and characters will inhabit, and only briefly touches on creating magic systems.


Author: Rebekah Loper
Publisher: Fantasia Hearth Press
Cover Image: Footage Firm, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0692850558
Length: 252 pages
Dimensions: 8 1/2″ x 11″

What People Are Saying About The A-Zs of Worldbuilding…

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding is a very well written and comprehensive book. It’s informative and has a strong author voice. And, because of the subject matter, it even covers the importance of diversity. I would recommend it to any writer who is building a world from scratch, and also to those who are writing a story using a setting with which they are not very familiar. 

Christine Calvin, #AmReading Book Reviews

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

…Loper structures each entry in two parts: a two to five page discussion, followed by worksheets with several questions to help flesh out the subject… while such a format could be considered encyclopedic or formulaic, Loper’s fun, personable writing style makes it feel more like a dialog with the reader, and less like the cookbook I thought it would be.

Fantasy-Faction.com

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is a great resource for world-builders, whether you’re just getting started or have created entire universes of your own already… this covers a lot of ground with lots of explanations, so that it can serve as a comprehensive introduction to world-building, but still has enough scope to inspire writers who are already world-builders.

Anne Nydam, Author

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I received A to Z as a prize in a writing competition and I must say it has been a great book to have. As a writer of fantasy, getting to know my world before I begin to write is a necessity for me. I found Rebekah’s 26 topics and the corresponding exercises extremely helpful to trigger ideas, dig deeper and flesh out the world.

Caroline Sciriha, Author of the Hyllethan Gifts YA fantasy series

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding is a very well written and comprehensive book. It’s informative and has a strong author voice. And, because of the subject matter, it even covers the importance of diversity. I would recommend it to any writer who is building a world from scratch, and also to those who are writing a story using a setting with which they are not very familiar.

J. Lenni Dorner

Rating: 5 out of 5.

…If you are a writer, a thinker, a reader, a fantasy game builder or player, I would highly recommend The A-Zs of Worldbuilding to you. This book’s format will guide you through the creation of a whole new world, crafted from your own imagination and with [the help of] the prompts on these pages… This book absolutely belongs in every fiction writer’s tool kit!

Thorny Nettles, Writer