Worldbuilding, headworlds, paracosms: no matter the name, many of us have created our own fictive worlds and are immersed in the art of constructing them. We even write characters and stories to fit within their boundaries, creating a living and breathing fictional universe in our minds.
The art of shaping a fictional setting within our imagination is prevalent throughout our culture, and here on deviantART we have a bustling niche of artists who have taken to crafting their own universes, characters, and stories within them. The endeavour to etch out every detail of these settings creates an ever-growing canvas upon which to inject new life and ideas into our work, and it grants a context, colour, and depth to our creations that can't help but draw people in.
Here at original-worlds we aim to collect all works by you, the authors of these worlds, which are connected to your creative projects. Share your work with other writers and illustrators of the worldbuilding art, be inspired, and showcase your ideas to the world!
The focus here is on world-building, so we're going to want you to tell us a little bit about your creation before you can be a member. Just hit the "Join our Group" button over on the left, introduce yourself and give a brief overview of your original world. Provide links to relevant works in your gallery if you have some.
You can submit anything digital, traditional, or written that is related to your original worlds, their characters, environments, and stories tied into it all. This means we do not accept fan characters or fan art of any kind, as well as stand-alone OCs. While we are all for people writing their own original stories and being creative, we are for original worlds exclusively. So as awesome as your stories and characters might be, they aren't suitable for our group if they're not part of their own world distinct from the world we live in.
Note that we do accept Earth-based settings if they are significantly different from the present day. For example, of a world-changing event happened in the past that changed how society developed into the present and has resulted in a very different Earth entirely that is almost unique in itself from the reality we know. Because of this divergence point humanity has developed very different cultures and societies and so on.
CONFIRMING ORIGINAL WORLDS
If you do not make it clear in your deviation that your work has ties to an original world, you will be declined if very little evidence of a world is shown or mentioned. If it looks like your work may be tied to a world but we aren't sure, you will be be asked in the correspondence message about any connections, as we wish to be sure to accept only relevant works into our group.
If you do not respond to our inquiries and/or ignore them, you will have your artwork declined. So please be attentive to your correspondence logs and confirm if a member of staff asks about your original world; this will often entail explaining a little about your setting. It doesn't have to be "complete", since they are always works-in-progress as we develop them, so don't be afraid if your world is still in its early stages. Just let us know what you can and we'll judge it from there.
:thumb387314971: Please read our full rules and folder descriptions list, which can be found Here. :thumb387314971:
We offer some special features here in the group! We have:
• A World Development Guide in progress, to lend advice and inspiration for creating your worlds and adding further detail;
• As well as a Featured World system where you can get your very own folder dedicated to your world! Want one? Find out how.
Please feel welcome to participate and, of course, we hope you enjoy your stay at original-worlds!