The goal of worldbuilding is to create a context in which a story can take place. Similarities with our own world will be present, but the magic lies in the differences. This world will include flora and fauna, and its own unique topography.
|The World of Narnia|
created by C.S. Lewis
Lists of Top Ten Fantasy Worlds (Listverse's Top 10) often include Narnia, Wonderland, Neverland and Middle-earth. They may reference paganism, mythology and the arcane or be based on hypotheses of scientific probabilities or possibilities not yet developed: time travel, parallel universe, alien invasion, hybrid species.
|Nuke The Fridge's Top 10 List|
Many surreal artists create fascinating worlds. The visualization of their imaginative process seems to open a window on a new way of looking at the things we take for granted in our own world. Jacek Yerka, a Polish surrealist, has long fascinated me. A definitive selection of his work may be viewed at Amazing! Incredible!
|Turf Bay ~ Jacek Yerka (2006)|
Creative Commons Wikipaintings.org
The challenge today is to open our own small window on an imaginary world of original design. The images and sources I have provided are only to demonstrate what is possible if we delve into our own minds and pursue concepts and visions. Present your world in a descriptive or narrative poem - inhabited or not at your own discretion. This is not an exercise in ekphrasis poetry writing, so please do not take the option of describing another artist or writer's world. Create your own.
hoorah! This challenge is intriguing.....I shall be back with an offering....thanks Kerry
Kerry, this is a toothsome challenge. I had no intention of trying to write today, but you just changed my mind, as who could walk away from this one. Thanks for the very creative and fascinating prompt. Off to see what I can do.
I live in my studio - a real fantasy world!
oOoo, how could I possibly resist?
i am so deeply entrenched in Middle Earth these days that i'm not sure i can get out and create another. but i am up for the (very cool) challenge!
Did you write this prompt for me? :)
I LOVE Yerka's work!
I'm not a fiction poet at all and although I adore.sci fi and magical worlds to read about have never liked writing them myself. but I've tried, be kind.
This was really rewarding for me Kerry--thanks. I've gone to my usual well, and hope it fits the bill. (Forgot to mention that I also love Yerca's work--he is amazing.)
It's supposed to be freakishly warm and pleasant here, so I will be basking in a rare day of winter gardening, but will return later to read.
what the? i can't even... what the hell am i doing? oh well.
Oh FINE, Hedgewitch gets to be WARM, while I freeze my happy little behind off. I'm happy for her. Honest.
I found this difficult, but a great way to express what I am feeling at this moment! Yes, I feel frozen in time...brrr, it is so cold here!
Hedge is warm...where do you live? lol
I wish I could have written this with a fresh mind and taken more time.. Oh well...
Posting one of several stories I am creating for The Land of "Sel" inspired from a poem I wrote sometime back titled "Forever" the title posted is "Ice Lands" hope you enjoy and thanks for the opportunity to share.
Inner realms called... must be the result of 2-1/2 hours of Yoga, Pilates and Meditation!
Now, off to see the silver linings...
Yerca, wow! I will save the art to explore another time. I became so engrossed in the exosphere I forgot to describe the larger environment and architecture. But I will return to this prompt again and again.
Hi Kerry - like others I had no intention of writing today, or certainly of visiting an old fantasy novel, though I did plan to do a drawing, which I did. At work now, but happy to have been able to squeeze this in. Thanks much. k.
ps I've taken it in a rather childish direction, I'm afraid.
Kerry!! This is an amazing prompt and I don't think I really lived up to it very well...my world is sure imaginary but it's more of a wishful thinking poem. Any way...maybe if I feel more "out there," tomorrow I'll come up with something more appropriate for the prompt. Thank you for putting this together...I look forward to exploring the links...that should help set the mood! :)
Thanks so much, Shay, for letting me know that my initial link was faulty.
The post is a bit faulty too! But thanks. k.
I have SO tried this and failed miserably. It is beyond my imagination... but I will go and read everyone's right now. Can't wait to see the creativity.
Wonderful prompt Kerry. I enjoyed doing my own and reading the others as well. This is what I have always liked about science fiction.
I love the challenge. It gives me a chance to write something for children. :)
Thanks for the fun prompt! This made me think outside of my everyday world!
Sorry if I am too late; but this grabbed me yesterday and brewed til this morning! I will come back to visit and comment after work-
absolutely my kind of prompt! Yerka's work is fascinating too. I try to half-do this worldbuilding every now and then but will have a think and see what I can come up with... not sure when exactly, but I will do it haha!
I worked something up; I hope it's not too late. I look forward to reading everyone's tomorrow (today?).
Never too late, Shawna... why, I'll happily wait 6 months for OT's poem!
Joining the wonderful world of this Imaginary garden with real toads for only the second time I guess...and seeing what I've been missing...thank you for this awesome page where writers speak truly from the heart :)
Great challenge this. Apologies for being so tardy getting round to it. (Very glad I did.)
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