I’m an SOTP writer. That is, seat-of-the-pants; otherwise known as the one who hates outlining. So when it comes to worldbuilding, most of what I come up with is in my head. Actually, many times I come up with things as I write and discover the worlds that inhabit my universe and apply it to the rest of my writing. Occasionally I have to adjust something I’ve written previously to keep everything consistent, but that actually doesn’t happen as often as one might think.
The trouble really comes when I get to the worlds. I really need to put them down somewhere instead of smattered throughout various documents. (I always split my novels up into a minimum of 4 documents ever since a disaster that happened back when I was using floppy disks.) I actually have to take the time to remember the names, people types, and most of all, the histories. I’m going to share a few with you, then I’d like to know how you keep track of your own worlds and their histories and peoples.
I have 4 major stars in my first books: Sol (Earth’s), Arcturus, Denebola, and Castor. I chose real stars when I first started writing because I wanted to stay realistic, but of course later I found out that star sizes mattered and I’d need a more detailed star chart if I was to truly be realistic. I also have the hidden Silvarian’s star system and the Apache star system.
To come up with the names of planets, I do a spin of the star’s name.
Denebola star system has two planets (both gas giants) in my universe: Lobene and Noben. Each planet has several moons. Noben has the most inhabitable moons. Lobene only has 7 moons and only 3-4 are habitable. Each moon is called moon followed with its number followed with the first letter of its planet. for example; Moon1L is the center of a good part of my series. It has two polar oceans both covered in ice. In the southern ocean are two hidden underwater cities cut off from the rest of the moon. The rest of the moon is mostly desert. It’s people are Asian and all have black hair with ponytails. It is ruled by a king. Noben had the first colonized moons and there is a bit of rivalry between the two people groups. They are mining and shipyard moons, although recently Moon1L’s scientists have created a deadly weapon.
Arcturus has several inhabited planets. The Arcturusians are at a standoff with the ISF (Interstellar Space Force based out of Earth) mostly because the Arcturusians have phenomenal scientists and are constantly creating new technologies but they don’t want to share them and they would like to remain out of any conflict. The ISF has a hint of their extreme number of ships and doesn’t believe them. One of their planets has a supercontinent that is split into 4 countries, and I can’t remember all the names for either. The extreme scientists are based out of this planet. They have a mixed people group, a big chunk of which originally came from Africa.
Castor is the home base of my villain, Sir Sloan Storm. It is cut off from the rest of the galaxy but it is suspected their planets are all mining planets and they have countless space-based shipyards. Their fleet is around half that of the ISF’s, if you don’t count all the pirate ships. The pirating industry is mostly controlled out of that area. These peoples are a mix of Russian and German and the warrior type.
The Silvarians have clouded their area of space somehow so that no one can see into it. The ISF has no knowledge of how many planets or peoples are in it. They have Silver Stars fleets, named such because they have a tendancy to police the galaxy, especially near their system. They are skilled with virtually every weapon ever made.
The Apaches aren’t considered a threat and are looked down upon by their neighbors. In reality, they secretly have an enormous force and are the only ones who know of the subspace tunnel network running through this galaxy. They are of course, also the only ones who know how to control it.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my worlds. Now I’d like to hear a bit about yours.
p.s. Sweet picture Kristen! Thanks for finding it for me.