Need help fleshing out magical rules of your fantasy? Or the place itself? Or the type of creatures in it, or geographical attribues, or town layouts and buildings? If so, this is where to come. This thread is the same concept as the character development clinic (http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?t=38469), but instead of focusing on characters, the focus is on world building. I'm currently writing a YA fantasy, and I'm struggling to put together all the aspects of the alternative universe in a way that's not too vague, too overdone, a ripoff of the LOTR world, or anything like that. It's my first novel that requires world-building, but I figured that if I had challenges, so might other forum members. Here's how it works: -- Briefly state your MC's overarching goal in the story and the nature of the quest he or she goes on (or, if no quest, what types of adventures will he/she have in this setting.) -- Briefly describe the parts of the world you've got developed so far: geography, types of fantasy/sci fi races and species, water sources, etc. This includes the creatures in the world. This way we'll know to focus on the areas you don't have, not on the areas you've already got under control. Also, we can design Socratic questions specifically relevant to what you've got. -- What parts of the world/creatures are you stuck on? -- Any special traits: i.e. must resemble a certain time period for a reason, or must have a certain type of magic No one is going to tell you what to do for your fantasy world. It's yours to create. However, the idea is that if you post what you've got, what you're stuck and what you're looking for, other people can post questions that will get you thinking about where you're stuck and nudge you in the right direction. The helpers on the thread can ask questions to the world-building posters, with the idea that in order to answer the questions, they'll be able to come up with answers for where they are stuck. The questions should be things that get them thinking about issues they might not have thought of before, or that otherwise help somehow. (Not "what kind of monsters does your world have" when they clearly stated that's where they're stuck, but perhaps detailed questions about the traits these monsters ought to possess for a given situation the characters might face.) Anyways, just thought I'd post this here in case it helps anyone.