TLC’s Extreme Couponing is fascinating show to watch. To think it’s possible to spend next to nothing with coupons has converted me to start to shop with them. The show highlights the extreme end of couponing, but there are people who use coupons on lower scales. They create a plan based on their need and the money they can afford to spend. Then I thought about the amount of couponing and world building.
Writers are no different from couponers. We create a world based on our desire and the story we want to write. Just like couponing, there are three levels writers can be placed in. For example: J.R.R. Tolkien is an extreme world builder, J.K. Rowling ranged in the middle and Stephanie Meyer is a low level builder. The sub-genre we are writing plays a big part in how much we are creating. A high fantasy novel will have more world building than a paranormal novel set in our world.
Even our reactions are the same. We may questioned the sanity of some writers who pour their entire life into a creating a world. But praise another writer who finds the right balance. Look down on writers who barely work on creating a world. Personally, I cannot take anything from Tolkien. A part of him is in the world he created; just like Rowling and Meyer. It pains me to write about Meyer in this post as my strong dislike for her novel. Ok, it's more like borderline hatred but she did create an interesting world. Rowling created the right balance for a magical world and only shared what the readers needed to know.
I'm building a world from the ground up. The map outline for my world is done and I just need to fill in the details. I will be somewhere in the middle to extreme area of world building. My question to you is: what level of world building are you on?