30 Days of World Building, Day 10: Mood & Culture

I actually wrote this post yesterday, but I wasn’t happy at all with how it turned out. I pretty much went through the timeline, politics & economics, and language exercises and cut out anything that didn’t contribute to the mood of the novel. Then I saw Emily of More Than One Page read the exercise. She wrote out the mood and culture for each location in her novel. That makes way more sense to me.

Day 10: Mood & Culture-Look over the exercises from the past few days. Use that information to create the mood and culture for the principle locations in your novel.

King’s Shadow:

The people of the capitol city have grown comfortable under the reign of the current King. They have learned to trust that he will be fair and honest, unlike his father’s underhanded practices of ruling through deceit and making closed-door decisions without explanation. While they understand that life isn’t as stable in the lands closer to the Barren Lands due to frontier dangers, they are confident in the safety and stability of the capitol city. There has not been an attack on the Royal Family or the capitol city in decades. They tend to be more concerned with their day-to-day lives than distributing technological/medical advances to the rest of the country.


The quality of life in the capitol city depends on a person’s economic status. Tension between social classes simmers beneath the surface daily, and there is little to no sympathy between classes. Lower classes feel powerless thanks to the limited options for education, work (outside the factories), and justice. The distance between classes began and was exacerbated by the growth of factories in the city that produce luxury goods. The lower classes building the goods but are unable to afford them. The upper classes believe that lower classes simply haven’t worked hard enough or failed to take advantage of opportunities available to them. The protagonist believes that the only way to create an effective government is to unite all of the classes.

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