The Novel and the Art of World Building

This exciting fantasy fiction is a collaboration between Sylvio Tabet and Mark Graham Communications.

Oh, yes, you hear everyone using this phrase these days: World Building.

It is meant to convey something that writers have been doing since the dawn of the pen: dropping the reader into scenes that not only fit your story, but give it momentum and purpose; creating a setting that brings your characters to life and effectively stirs the reader’s imagination.

It begins, generally speaking, with the task of deciding when your story is going to take place.  What is the time line?  Is it the 19th Century or the 22nd Century.  Both require creating a world that the reader will buy into and be excited to live in for a short time each day. That is the challenge. That is also the wondrous pleasure that no one can take from you.

I once had a fellow writer say: “You can do anything as long as the reader accepts it. And as long as you don’t deceive them along the way.”

World Building is 100% about believability.  If you’re setting your novel in the Old West, it has to fit the historical context.  It you are writing a science fiction novel set in the Old West, you can manipulate the historical context however you please, as long as the reader knows what you are doing and is onboard with it.

Part two of this world-building puzzle is fitting your characters into the place you’re creating. The characters are part of the world. Their reactions to the place have to fit according to the reader’s expectations.  If you meet the reader’s expectations with regard to the world you’re creating, then you have succeeded. If the reader is less than enthused, you have a problem. If they feel as if you’ve deceived them or led them astray, then you have to go back to the drawing board.

If you’d like to know more about the novel, the art of world-building screenplays, and hiring an experienced ghostwriter to assist in the process, we’d be happy to help you at Mark Graham Communications. Visit us online at, give us a call at 303-777-4155, or drop us an email.