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This is hard. This one is so incredibly hard. I have a mental image from books, but can't think of particularly "fitting" quotes from the books/serieses. On my desk when I'm in Worldbuilding Mode, I have youtube videos discussion lore from The Elder Scrolls playing off my phone, as many of my books that own written by Tamora Pierce near by, the DragonLance Chronicles Anthology on my desk, a bunch of various Military Sci Fi books (I have no idea why, but reading Sci Fi gets me writing Fantasy, but reading Fantasy gets me writing Sci Fi) everywhere. When I'm worldbuilding, I don't use things like Inspiration Boards because it would get *covered* in things. The other part is that I have a Patchwork World because some of the fun of worldbuilding for me is in mixing the patchworks.


The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers
— Princess Leia, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

Something something, cost of power, Adrakian Empire.

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
— The opening line of The Gunslinger, by Stephen King

Epic line, sets up the entire book and the plot from the start.

"Demons run when a good man goes to war
Night will fall and drown the sun
When a good man goes to war

Friendship dies and true love lies
Night will fall and the dark will rise
When a good man goes to war

Demons run, but count the cost
The battle's won, but the child is lost"
— River Song, explaining the meaning of the name of Demon's Run base, Doctor Who, Series 6, episode 7, June 2011


Embed three (or so) landscape or location images that inspire you, and match your genre and tone (remember to credit the artist!)


Embed three (or more!) character images that inspire you and match your genre and tone (remember to credit the artist!)

Videos and Games

THE BIG GUNS: 3 movies or TV series that inspire you, and match your genre and tone

  • Skyrim, and by extension, the Elder Scrolls game series

  • DragonLance D&D setting, not seen since D&D3e. Introduced me to the idea of worldbuilding as something more than JRR Tolkein's many side notes

  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe (pre-Disney Aquisition, as it was also a huge exploration of the Galaxy Far Far Away, and I still reread the now noncanon works)


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