Proposal: Worldbuilding

One question I thought of posting was

what techniques can I use to stay sane whilst building my world?

But then I started thinking, is this about world building? Would such a question be considered on topic? Will this site cater for questions that are not directly about building a world, but more about the people building the world's and any queries they may have during the process of building a world?


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I think that that with a rewording, the original intent of the question could remain while the answers would be more appropriate. Just off the top of my head:

What techniques can be used to keep track of complex interactions between cultures in a world?

How do you organize your design so that you can keep track of what has been worked on?

These examples, instead of going "my head hurts", instead focus on methods and practices used in designing and building worlds, while giving the same kind of answer. Its about asking the question with the worldbuilding being the focus, rather than the worldbuilder.

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    Going off of this, I'd say the OP's question would be closed as "Too vauge", and then the clarity of why his project is giving a headache (such as your examples) would lead to it reopening.
    – Bobson
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 20:25

I disagree, I feel like mental stability really isn't appropriate for this site. If your brain hurts. Take a break.

I will say that "how should I approach x aspect of my world" or "What process can I use to create x" should be on topic.

Coping skills...not so much.

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    I think this is probably the right answer, but I'd be interested to know if other similar sites like writers.se accept questions like this, and how they feel about it. I'm also kind of surprised that this is even an issue. People don't typically associate worldbuilding with going insane, do they?
    – rbwhitaker
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 16:47
  • This specific question would probably be too broad, but those other two questions are good examples of "support questions", I think. Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 20:31
  • I think this answer is taking hyperbole literally; other answers here are reading "staying sane" as a colloquialism for not being unduly stressed or confused, and I suspect this is the intended meaning of the question.
    – BESW
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 22:58

Why not? If you can tag properly the question (and the moderators enforce the proper tagging), you could easily have the "What if" questions and the "How to" questions.


Absolutely. Consider a question like "X is driving me crazy. How can I resolve it?" It's hard to define the line between "helping define my world" and "helping me survive the worldbuilding process" while answering that, and I don't think we should try.

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