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SPLITE for Worldbuilding
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August 2019
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August 2019

This week I shared a special Tipsy post with my Tumblr followers! (Tipsy is the name I've given the segment where I share writing tips and advice, as well as resources. It's normally posted every Tuesday, so definitely give that a look-see! If you want to check out all of my previous Tipsy posts, you can find a regularly updated list with links here.)

This week's Tipsy was all about SPLITE, which is my take on the SPRITE chart/table that AP World History students use to analyze and compare different civilizations throughout history. The original SPRITE includes Social, Political, Religious, Intellectual/Ideological, Technological, and Economic sections. For my modified version, I've replaced Religious with Locational. The reason for this is simply that a fantasy world can be built without religious considerations, but it cannot be built without locational and geographic considerations - or any of the other elements contained in SPLITE. Stories must be set somewhere. Usually that somewhere plays a big role in the story itself.

To keep it nice and easy to use, I've set it up so that a writer can use the SPLITE chart as a guide. Within each section, I've gone ahead and written down as many relevant questions as possible for writers to refer to when creating their fantasy worlds. Of course, there are countless other questions to add to each section, so I am thinking of going ahead and creating a separate poster for each of the six elements. If you'd like to see those in the future, let me know!

To download the SPLITE chart, go here.

Some things to keep in mind as you use this guide:

  • You probably won't need to answer all the questions in order to effectively create your world. That's okay! Use what you need. 
  • Even if you do answer all of the questions in this guide, a great deal of the information probably won't make it into your final draft. That's okay, too - as long as your most important information is there for your readers. 
  • A lot of the big questions can be extremely relevant to your characters a plot. Check out the original post for examples of how that is true.

If you like this resource, go ahead and leave me a comment! I'd love to know if it's been useful for you. 


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