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Does anyone have any tips/ideas for writing about a desert fantasy world? My WIP is set in the desert and I'm starting to run out of culture/terrain ideas.

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Yakira,

I suggest you create a map. Look at the "World Map" topic in this club and you will see an example of the map I created to go with my fantasy series.

 

I actually write sometimes with the map in front of me as it gives me ideas of what might happen. If you look at the map I created, you will notice that the center of it is more detailed than the outer "countries" That is because my stories started in the inner kingdom so I had to figure out the details of that area. As I write the newer stories I am filling out the map in those areas.

 

Interestingly enough, I hit a block on my current story (the third in the series) and i finally realized the map was wrong. I went in and changed some details (where a mountain was, where a river ran, etc.) and it opened up the story because now I understood where the characters were going.

 

I think it was somewhere in C.S. Lewis's writings that he said, something like if you are going to write fantasy, you better have a map so you know where the characters are going.

 

It has certainly helped me visualize parts of my stories.

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Thanks for the advice! I actually drew a map for my other WIP (which is currently on hold and waaay too long) but never for the one I'm working on now. :P Guess I just didn't think about it.

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Consider what type of desert terrain you will have. You can have the "traditional" view of a desert:

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You can have one that has more rocks than anything else:

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Slat flats could be a cool idea:

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And, of course, there are the frozen deserts:

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Those are just some features you could include. Other than that, RADerdeyn's suggestion is a really good one. 

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