World Building: Fauna And Flora

The Uncensored Writer

So you’ve decided to write a fantasy or sci-fi novel set in a strange land with strange wildlife. Sounds fun!

Unfortunately, it isn’t just all sunshine and rainbows. The world you’ve created needs to operate like a realistic world. It needs to live and breathe like a real world would.


Because your readers and your story need it to be. It can be very jarring to read a book where the basic world it’s set in doesn’t make sense. Having a basic understanding of your world’s flora and fauna will at least ground the setting in reality and boost the realism factor way up (which is always a good thing).

Here are a few things to keep in mind whenever you’re working on this particular part of worldbuilding.

Realistic or Bizarre

You need to decide whether you’re going to make the flora and fauna realistic (i.e. closer to that…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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