Projects, admittedly, can be a pain in the butt. However, they can be an inspiration. In the 7th grade, I began a project for my reading class after reading The Giver. The task presented to the class was to create a utopian society, complete with transportation, laws, etc. I had recently been infatuated with the art of astrology, and used it as my basis. The Utopia of the Taureans! Got a good grade, no biggy. What happened next was purely imagination, and everyone has this same imagination. The following summer, I thought, Why not make this society for all signs? Thus was the conception and birth of the global utopian empire known as Terrapaxus.

Now, everything I have said seems like I’m bragging. Albeit, it is a little bit asinine. However, I have to say, everything I am going to display and share, yada yada yada, is to help you out and maybe inspire you to create your own world.

However, before you start, there are some things that must be addressed: the structure of y0ur world.

First, create the people. Are they all human, all beast, or a hodgepodge of creatures and man?

Second, choose the government. Are you a wild child? Make it an anarchy! You want to be revered as the supreme ruler? Make it a monarchy. You want to have total power and be feared? Make it a dictatorship. Do what you want.

Third, create your culture. What is the main religion? How do the people(s) dress? What do they eat on the regular? What are some of the ideals of the society? What are the languages like?

Fourth, make the lands. Where do the people(s) live: in the mountains, under the sea, on the prairie?

Fifth, names. Give the people and places names, along with this fantastical world that you have worked so hard to create.

Sixth, write the history of your world. How did everything come to be? Why are things the way they are now?

Seventh, last but not least, make a story to go along with it. Make the storyline to bring this world farther into the future, for better or for worse. Or, you can illustrate it!

Are you an avid MineCraft player? Hot damn, build your world. Do you love to draw, paint, and sketch? Grab a ton of canvases and get to work illustrating your fantasy. Is writing and reading a passion of yours? Cool, write some fanfiction about your world. Or better yet, if you want to, add something from your mind to my fantasy. Write, paint, draw, build, add on to your fantasy.

There is another person that started this stuff over 80 years, and continued for over 20 years: J.R.R. Tolkien, the writer of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the posthumously published Silmarillion. Look at how much success he had! He wrote The Hobbit for his kids, and when approached by a publisher, he believed no one would like his work! Now, Tolkien’s work is known world-wide!

Clearly, if Tolkien can do it, so can you! Give it a try!

Good luck to ye!

-The Ollam

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