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.Religion often plays a role in fantasy novels. Wars are fought over differences in beliefs and practices. How will you handle religion in your book? In a contemporary novel you might ignore it but in most historical or fantasy novels, the idea will intrude. I've put it at the very center of my latest fantasy novel, First Dragon. Will religious leaders be powerful, rich and possessed of supernatural abilities? Will the religion open opportunities to charlatans or attract true believers? Will sacrifices be required? Will a god walk among men? Will there be numerous gods? Places of worships? Religious tokens? Are men and women equal in the religion? Is there a history behind it?
Will humans be the only race in your story? Will there be aliens, dwarfs, elves, giants, sentient animals or humanoid types of your invention. Will the races be equal and tolerant of each other or will prejudice play a role in the tale? Will the races live together, interbreed, or will they live apart?
Do you often see religion as a source of conflict in novels? Do you like having species other than humans in your tales? Do you realize you're entering the last full week of the challenge? Hang in there.