dvanced Worldbuilding was created out of need.
When designing my first story in 1990, I had this crazy notion to craft a one-of-a-kind adventure. To build a career around the creation of dozens of storylines interwoven into a single world -- my inspiration being the Discworld of Terry Pratchett.
A fantasy world where a person could happily get lost, over and over again.
This would require high-end worldbuilding skills, organized into an easy-to-follow system (so I didnt get lost myself, right?). I required something to help prevent writer's block, increase writing speed, production, and templates to organize the overflow of ideas I'd been having. Fact is, I'm not a very organized person by nature, so i needed help.
When this system was in place, I contacted a friend, a NYTimes & International Bestselling Author to see if such a book had ever been done before.
He said, "The last time a book like this was done, it was written by Isaac Asimov some 40 years ago. We need this."
The book did well, and helped many writers. Sadly, I had little interest in keeping on top of updates...or competing with other writers supplying their own versions of worldbuilding (I was more interested in writing stories).
GOOD NEWS, is that the Worldbuilding Journals have never gone out of style, and to this day help writers both formulate and organize their creations in a beautiful way (see the side panel for options).
I bought this book [Worldbuilding Journal] on a hunch and now that it has arrived, I'm already in love!
"I didn't realize how big it actually is when I bought it.
If you don't really feel numbers like I do: it's easily two fingers thick, A4-sized, and softcover.
It's not something to be enshrined, but something to be carried around, to be used and abused whenever creativity strikes you. There are hints of order - templates (with trigger questions that are probably gonna be immensely helpful when I get to the characters I dont't have running around in my head yet!), a table of content for you to fill in and an index, also for you to fill in.
It feels like the perfect amount of structure and freedom, and I can't wait to actually go back and fill in the ToC and index pages later on.
I may be a digital native and do a lot online, but there's just a different quality to actual writing and drawing (especially the drawing!) on paper, and this really makes me want to sit down and get real with my worldbuilding and book planning!"
~ ImoenKim (Sage on Worldanvil)
The Advanced Worlbuilding Journal is the best notebook I’ve owned for my writing and note-taking.
"I’ve used it for everything from detailing out characters, to planning my website layout, to worldbuilding, to (most recently) plotting my first novella.
The templates are fantastically organized, the ability to index and table of contents my general notes is invaluable.
Whether you just need a scratchpad for ideas that won’t get used right away, or volumes to keep your copious lore, the Worldbuilding Journal is the best pen and paper way to do it, hands down."