mobilesavage said: Many questions on the topic of worldbuilding. For example: God, why?

“God, why?” Good question! Here are some world-building questions about gods (deities) and why these preternatural beings might have an influence on your setting and plot.

Basic

If Deities Exist

If Deities Don’t Exist

There are, of course, many more questions that you could ask yourself regarding deities and their effect on your plot and setting. Hopefully, these questions can get you started.

If you’d like to add a question or even a few questions to this list, submit or message us!

-C

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swordmaster-sarosh added: About the place of deities in world building - don’t forget that the ambiguous option is always available! While I have my own convictions, I prefer that it be an open question in my world, just as it seems to be in the real world.

I guess the point I implied here but didn’t actually make is that these questions are for the writer during the world-building stage, not for the audience during reading stage. I’m not a big fan of choosing not to know stuff about the world you create, since that seems like an odd fingers-in-ears-lalala scenario to me. From where I’m sitting, if it came out of your brain, then you know whether or not deities exist in it. You may choose not the tell the reader, but I think it’s good for you to know either way.

This, of course, is just my perspective. It is absolutely fine never to address the existence of high powers in your story if deities play discernible role in the plot. If deities never come up, then there is no point worrying the reader about them. I’m going to go out on a limb and assert that most modern fiction (with the exception of the Spiritual and Fantasy genres) ignores the question of deities in the story.

Again, this is all just my opinion. What do you think?

-C


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