Fictional Setting Development Tools

Use this sheet to get to develop your setting, whether speculative or earthly.
© Lisa J Lickel 2 pp. Permission granted to recopy and use as needed.

Working Book Title/Today's Date:

Overall Theme of the story in one word:

Hook sentence (in progress):

Historical Era/Reference/Age of community:

Name of community:

Significance of the name:

Nearby communities/significance (if any):

Physical size, such as how many square miles:

Approximate number of individuals and groups/families (and does this change significantly for any reason, such as tourist season or school year, or festivals):

Weather/Seasons and significance:

Physical landscape in community and the surroundings (i.e., mountains, water, sand, fertile soil, forest, karst and graben):

Type of buildings and construction:

Type of roads, transportation means and methods (does this change for any reason, such as muddy or impassible during a rainy season):

Means of trade (money/wealth):

Trade items (groceries, crops, manufacturing, natural material):

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Public buildings (stores, shops, museums, religious houses, educational centers, public safety):

Private home types:

Character's neighborhood/lifestyle (briefly):

Names of roads, parks, significant features – map as needed, including orientation:

For spec fiction world-building:


Gravity – will affect size of plants and animal growth, motion


Diurnal/length of day, year – will affect tides/growing cycle, temperature, atmosphere






Elements base (ie: silicon/sodium, affect plants and animal growth; copper/iron, affect blood types)


Land mass/water