While this volume focuses on creating places, world building doesn’t need to start with the planet itself, or anywhere on it. We could start with inventing species, plants, animals, gods and other beings as described in Creating Life (The Art of World Building, #1). More often than not, we’ll crisscross between subjects as we refine our ideas. Everything is optional, but if you’re stuck on deciding what to do first, follow your heart. Start with what matters most to you so that you don’t burn out on creating things you care about less. It’s also vital to remember your goals; create what you need for your story or career but don’t invent anything you can’t or won’t use. The templates will help you stay organized and might even inspire more invention. And if you ever get frustrated or overwhelmed, take a break.
Remember, world building is fun!