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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