Storytelling Services > World Building

In the world of storytelling, the setting is more than just a backdrop; it’s a dynamic force that shapes the entire narrative. With our World Building services, you’ll embark on a captivating journey of creation, where your wildest imaginations find a home. From the lush landscapes that define your world to the rich tapestry of cultures and histories that breathe life into it, we’re here to help you forge a realm that’s as captivating as the characters and plotlines that inhabit it. Dive into the endless possibilities of world crafting, where every detail, every culture, and every rule contributes to the immersive experience of your story. Your world-building journey begins here, and together, we’ll transform your vision into a living, breathing universe that resonates with readers and enriches your storytelling adventure.

During our World Building sessions, we take a meticulous approach to ensure that every facet of your world is richly developed. We’ll collaborate with you to define the geography, cultures, histories, and even the laws of nature that govern your world. Whether you’re crafting an otherworldly fantasy realm or a futuristic dystopia, our consultants will work hand-in-hand with you to ensure that your world-building aligns seamlessly with your narrative objectives. The aim is to create a world that not only serves as a captivating stage for your story but also becomes a source of inspiration and immersion for both you and your readers. Together, we’ll make your world-building dreams a vivid reality, enhancing your storytelling and leaving a lasting impact on your audience.

How Does This Work?

Our world-building process is a collaborative journey that begins with your creative vision. We will start by discussing your ideas, objectives, and the thematic elements you want to incorporate into your world. Our consultants and you will work closely to work out the key aspects of your setting, from its geography and cultures to the rules that govern it. Throughout this process, we encourage open communication and feedback to ensure that your world aligns with your narrative goals. Whether you have a detailed concept or are starting with a blank canvas, our goal is to transform your vision into a fully realized world that enhances your storytelling that resonates with your readers.

Here's an example exploration:

Welcome to our World Building session. Let’s start by discussing your project. Do you have any initial ideas for the world you’d like to create?

Well, I know I want it to be a fantasy world, but beyond that, it’s all a bit hazy.


That’s perfectly fine. Let’s explore your imagination. What kind of atmosphere or mood are you aiming for in your world?

I’d like it to feel magical and mysterious, with a sense of ancient history.


That’s a good idea and your interest in this, it sounds like something easy for you to write! That’s a good starting point.

How about the geography? Any thoughts on the landscapes or regions?

I hadn’t thought about that.  Maybe diverse landscapes like enchanted forests, towering mountains, and hidden caverns.


That’s a great foundation for your world-building journey.  We’re starting with a magical and mysterious fantasy realm featuring diverse landscapes and distinct races. Let’s keep developing these ideas, incorporating things like their ancient history, traditions, and unique magical systems tied to celestial phenomena.

Once you’ve got a great concept about the world your story takes place in, you’ll have a much easier time creating scenes that are believable to your readers.

We then take this info and create a world synopsis for you!

World Synopsis Report: Mystara

World Atmosphere: Mystara is a magical and mysterious fantasy world steeped in ancient history. It exudes an aura of enchantment and wonder, where the mystical and the mundane coexist.

Geography: Mystara boasts a diverse range of landscapes, from enchanted forests shrouded in ethereal mist to towering mountains piercing the skies. Hidden caverns and mystical waterways add intrigue to its geography. The climate varies across regions, with temperate forests, frozen tundras, and scorching deserts all coexisting within the world.

Cultures and Races: Within Mystara, distinct races inhabit various regions, each with its own rich traditions and beliefs. The world teems with diversity, offering a dynamic tapestry of cultures.

  • Elves: Graceful and attuned to nature, they reside in the enchanted forests.
  • Dwarves: Masterful craftsmen and miners who dwell in the heart of the towering mountains.
  • Gnomes: Inhabitants of hidden caverns, renowned for their inventiveness.
  • Humans: Thriving in diverse settlements, they navigate the interconnected web of Mystara’s cultures.

Physical Characterstics: Elves, the graceful inhabitants of Mystara, are renowned for their ethereal beauty, standing taller than most humans with slender, lithe builds, fair to dusky skin often possessing a faint luminescence. Their most striking features are their pointed, delicately tapered ears and almond-shaped eyes, which come in various colors. Elven hair is typically silky and fine, in shades of blonde, silver, or earthy tones. Elves exude an ageless quality, their attire favoring earthy colors and botanical motifs. They possess an aura of wisdom and serenity, often engaging in artistic pursuits and bearing mystical tattoos. Deeply connected to nature, they make their homes in treetop villages and are skilled archers with unique magical abilities, contributing significantly to Mystara’s rich tapestry of cultures and histories.

Magic and Celestial Phenomena: Mystara is deeply entwined with magic, with celestial phenomena shaping its mystical fabric. Unique magical systems, such as the “Celestial Nexus,” are central to its existence. Celestial events like eclipses and comet sightings hold special significance in the world, often influencing the course of events.

Neighboring Regions: Mystara is not an isolated realm. It shares borders with neighboring regions, each offering unique opportunities and challenges. To the west, the uncharted Sea of Whispers beckons adventurers with its mysteries. To the east lies the sprawling Dominion of Valeria, known for its grand cities and complex politics. To the north, the icy reaches of Glacia offer untold treasures hidden beneath the frozen surface.

Inhabitants and Wildlife: Mystara is home to a wide array of magical creatures, both friendly and dangerous. Mythical beasts, talking creatures, and sentient flora coexist alongside more familiar wildlife. The interactions between these inhabitants and the various races add depth to the world’s lore.

Historical Significance: The world of Mystara has a rich history, with ancient ruins and artifacts scattered across its landscape. The echoes of past civilizations offer opportunities for archaeological exploration and uncovering forgotten lore.

Religion and Ethos: Mystara’s inhabitants worship a diverse pantheon of deities, each associated with different aspects of the world. The Celestial Nexus, a cosmic network of celestial bodies, influences the world’s religious beliefs and magical practices. Key deities include:

  • Solara, the Sun Goddess: Representing light, life, and wisdom, Solara is revered as the bringer of knowledge and enlightenment.
  • Thalor, the Earthshaper: Patron deity of nature and earth, Thalor is honored for fertility, growth, and the protection of the natural world.
  • Astrion, the Starwarden: Guardian of the night sky and dreams, Astrion is associated with magic, divination, and the mysteries of the cosmos.
  • Zephyra, the Wind Whisperer: Mistress of the winds and change, Zephyra embodies freedom, inspiration, and adaptability.
  1. Sign Up and Share Your Ideas: Begin by signing up for our services and sharing your initial book ideas. Whether it’s a brief concept, a few scattered thoughts, or a more developed outline, submit your ideas to schedule your consultation. This step helps us prepare to offer tailored advice and support right from the start.

  2. In-Depth Consultation: Engage in a comprehensive one-on-one consultation to discuss your novel in detail. This session is where we explore your vision, understand your storytelling goals, and start shaping the path to bring your novel to life.

  3. Your Story’s Blueprint: Following the consultation, we craft a customized, detailed document that serves as your story’s blueprint. This can  include a summarized book outline, chapter breakdowns, character sheets, possible tips and pitfalls, and other key story elements, providing a clear roadmap for your writing journey.

  4. Customized Storytelling Toolkit: Receive your personalized storytelling toolkit, a compilation of resources and guides based on our consultation. This toolkit is your companion in the writing process, offering structure and guidance for developing your narrative and characters.

  5. Ongoing Guidance: As you embark on writing, we remain available for support and guidance. Our team is here to answer questions, provide insights, and help you stay aligned with your writing goals, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable novel-writing experience.

Expert Creative Team: Our team consists of experienced writers and editors with years of experience in world building and plot development. They have a keen eye for detail, an innate understanding of storytelling, and a passion for helping writers succeed. With their expertise, they will provide valuable insights, constructive feedback, and suggestions to enhance your manuscript while maintaining your unique voice and style.

Tailored Storytelling Approach: We understand that every writer and manuscript is unique. That’s why we offer a personalized approach to help create a story world. Whether you need  comprehensive plot development to understand the world and characters of your narrative, meticulous character development to improve relatability, or a thorough chapter outline to catch any lingering plot holes, we’ve got you covered. Our storybuilders will adapt their approach to meet your specific needs and goals.

Focus on Quality: At Next Chapters, we are committed to delivering top-quality storytelling services. We believe that your work deserves the utmost attention and care, and we strive to provide you with a solid foundation for your novel that you can be proud of. Our experts will help you understand the world where your story exists, as well as provide valuable suggestions to strengthen your storytelling, characterization, and plot development.

Timely Delivery: We understand that time is of the essence for every writer. That’s why we are dedicated to delivering your story’s world within the agreed-upon timeframe. We value your deadlines and will work diligently to ensure that you receive your work promptly, allowing you to stay on track with your writing goals.

Confidentiality and Security: We respect your privacy and understand the importance of keeping your work confidential. Rest assured that your manuscript will be handled with the utmost discretion, and we will take all necessary measures to protect your intellectual property.

Ready to Talk?

If you’re ready to dive in and get started creating your world and plot out your story, set up an initial consult with Next Chapters, pick an available time to schedule a session and get started!

Let us know what you’ve got in mind with your story, so we can be prepared with ideas and motivation to get the process started.

We conduct our online sessions over Zoom, so please have it installed and ready to go before your schedule time.  

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