Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.Kings, queens, lords and ladies, who is ruling your world? Governments, good, bad, or at war, are always great story plots. Is your futuristic world ruled by committee or is it a dystopian world with no one in charge? Is the government the source of conflict or the answer to it? Do people vote? Are you going to base the government of your world on a modern or historical model?
Rolling hills, cloud touching mountains or surging oceans? What is the geography of your world? Fertile farmland or windswept plains? An isolated island? Active volcanoes and shifting continents? Geography can influence government, ease of travel and the welfare of your characters.
Gender roles? In medieval societies in our world, women usually were second class citizens. Will they be so on your world? Will they be of a more ancient tradition where women ruled the village and made the decisions. Will your women have access to education? Can they inherit? Is it a future world where everything is completely equal? What will the gender roles be like in your story?
Do you have a favorite geographic setting? Have you read any novels with interesting, nontraditional gender roles? Have you read or written about any governments that are better than any current ones?