We are occasionally asked for advice about the worldbuilding process. By its creative and imaginative nature, the process of worldbuilding doesn't have a single obvious starting point or a step-by-step process that is universally applicable to all worldbuilding efforts.

The answer below lists many worldbuilding resources that can help you with your, "where do I go next?" questions. We recommend that you review these resources before asking us, so that if you do need to ask, you know exactly what problem you need to solve.

Please note that there are many specific questions assigned the and tags. Most of them are too specific to be generally useful for the purpose of this post. We recommend reviewing them both for their content and to get an idea of the kinds of specific resource and process questions we answer here.

The answer has been created as a community wiki, which means everyone is invited to add resources. I and the moderators reserve the right to remove entries that we deem trivial or inappropriate. Everyone is welcome to help with formatting to keep the list neat and organized.

  1. If you have questions, please post them as a comment to this question. When addressed, please delete the comment.

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Clarification: Due to James' query about whether or not it makes sense for this question to exist here on Main, I opened a Meta discussion asking why it shouldn't exist on Main. The post on Meta is NOT identical to this post. My personal belief is that this question belongs on Main.

  • $\begingroup$ I have asked the moderators if it's possible to convert the question itself into a community wiki. $\endgroup$ – JBH Apr 9 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ I don't oppose this effort but it doesn't really fit here. You could certainly include a list of resources/processes in the tag wikis. That being said I am willing to discuss whether this makes sense to keep on the site and open, but its probably worth a meta discussion. The resources/processes tags require specific needs and the answer a specific tool. $\endgroup$ – James Apr 9 at 20:10
  • $\begingroup$ @James, I'm cool with that. I'll post in Meta. $\endgroup$ – JBH Apr 9 at 20:38
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, I don't mean to shoot the idea down...well I mean I do, but I also like the idea. Figure we can sort out whether an exception to the rule makes sense in this case. $\endgroup$ – James Apr 9 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ @James, no offense taken. This idea's been broached a few times over the last year and I'm basically forcing the issue. Meta question is here. $\endgroup$ – JBH Apr 9 at 20:44

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