Stupid Hurdle, Get Out of My Way

It turns out worldbuilding was my hurdle. The second I came up to this particular hurdle in writing my story, I did the equivalent of running around in circles in front of it Kermit flail style and shortly thereafter lying down in the dirt with my fingers in my ears shouting, “LALALA IT’S NOT THERE IF I CAN’T SEE IT!” Why my fingers are in my ears when I’m trying not to see something I’m really not sure, perhaps that’s just how my brain works when it shuts bits of itself off. But then I had a little rant within my writing group and people dragged me up and told me to just do it. Get it over with and get on with the rest of the race because let’s face it, if I don’t, I’ll never complete it.

I don’t know how you pushed my brain into activity again but somehow it worked, and I went off to my drawer and dug out my writing notebook which is full of random story ideas which I’m glad I wrote down because I’d completely forgotten about and perhaps one day I might revisit them. Within, there are ideas for a fantasy. There are the early ideas for my current project, a few more recent ideas, and some really really old ideas plonked in the back including “The World of Avalonia” which is incredibly naff but I love the idea of a table to go through things, and the little dragon doodle is quite cute.

It’s now 1am so I am off to bed but rest assured that tomorrow I will face down that hurdle and tell it that it is definitely not my problem and jump over it. Or in actual terms, I’m going to sort through my notes and make sure I have a naff map, a little history and culture for my world, and a skeleton of a story so that I have something to direct my characters towards. Then I shall start Eshne’s (my main female character) short story.

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RoW80 Here I Go!

I heard about RoW80 (A Round of Words in 80 Days) during one of my NaNoWriMo stints. I love NaNo for the community, but I find the pressure a little too much. So I was told about RoW80 and how you set your own goals but you still get the community. That sounds more like it!

As I’m getting myself writing now, (I know July probably wasn’t the best month to do it in because of my preperation for the steampunk feature on my book blog, but I kept putting it off. No more!) I’m jumping in.

My Goals

These are up in my sidebar as well, but I’m aiming to get started. I’ve had vague ideas, characters, magic systems, cultures, and so on building in my head for a few years now and it’s time I put it all down on paper. I need to start with the worldbuilding before I can do anything else, however, as although I have some ideas, they are not solid yet and I need a world to explore, not a world in which my characters walk through a forest and bump into an unfinished blue box because suddenly my brain can’t think of what might possibly be there. So I shall build.

Then, when I’m comfortable with what I’ve built, I will outline a skeleton. I’ll need a few characters and areas to visit, the ending, basic ideas for bumps in the road and such. Mostly I like to pants it but I would like a direction to take. If I end up veering off road and changing my ending completely because I decide something else works better, great. I’ll roll with it. That is what rewrites are for, right?

Once I have the outlines, I want to start on a prequel. A short story to introduce my main female character and how she ended up in a completely different part of the world to where her people can usually be found. At the moment, I have no idea, so it’s something I need to explore and I’m interested to see how her story plays out.

If I get all of that finished before the end of RoW80, then I’ll start on the main story itself as that is the next step. No word goals, just things to get done. I like lists, they work for me.

Thanks to Zoe Trope for this one!

Thanks to Zoe Trope for this one!

Are any of you guys reading this taking part as well? Are these nice, gentle goals to get me started on a novel that’s going to drive me insane (and I know it will, but I’ll love it anyway)? I’m hoping to take a gradual approach to ease myself in, and gradually work on writing daily when I’m ready for it.

A Little Stuck on the Beginning Part

Wow, I really walked away from the writing a bit there, didn’t I? It was never my intention, I just stopped.

Well, I’m back. With the advent of the writer’s group starting up on Fantasy Faction, it’s given me a bit of a kick to get writing again. Only, now that I’m here, I’m not sure where to begin. I know I want to write fantasy, but I’m not sure where to branch off to.

Of course I have my NaNoWriMo 2010 manuscript that desperately needs a reboot, and I had my epic fantasy as well which was going to go along the lines of: “Twin’s brother attacks him in a world in which you gain unimaginable power from killing your twin, but he fails and twin gains this power. He didn’t want to kill his brother but he was left with no choice and now he’s on the run from the law with a strangely intoxicating (no, there’s no romance, in fact, I’m not sure she’s all that intoxicating after all) woman who is a fearsome fighter from one of the tribal countries in the North. They don’t exactly get along but together they set out to keep twin safe and find a way to either put his newfound powers to good use or dampen them so as he can live out his life in peace. But these powers are deeply sought after and incredibly rare, and their darkness seeks to consume..” So yeah, I’m reading that back and to me it sounds excellent but it’s hardly unique and I’m not entirely sure how to do it justice, but I know I’d love an excuse to explore their world. Any thoughts on this one?

Wherever I decide to go with this, whether I go back to NaNo10, Twin Power, or somewhere completely different, I need to sit down and do some serious world-building and plotting because as much as I enjoyed pantsing my fairy tale, I need a solid world with place names and cultures to explore when I come to actually write it. I have absolutely no clue where to begin though! And while I’m at it – any tips on naming? People I’m not so bad with, but places and items and creatures leave me stumped which really breaks the writing flow at times. Need to compile a bunch of names for everything before I get writing but where to start..

How do you go about world-building? Do you have a structure to follow or do you just map it out and let it flow that way? Or maybe you have other methods? Please leave your responses in the comments, I’ll much appreciate it!