The trouble with world creation: making connections
Posted by LizzyBeth
I was talking with a good friend, who was legitimately concerned with my inability to complete any of the stories I am working on or have worked on or will work on. He suggested that I find the link or the common ground between the stories, connect them. I laughed; there is no connection…only me, the author.
I have had this conversation with myself and my follow writers hundreds of times. I have all these great ideas…so many stories and plots and places running around in my head and I don’t have the time to start and finish all of them. What about the ones I have already started, can I connect them to others I have yet to write?
Each story has its own world. Rarely do I have an idea that comes to me that can be put into a preexisting world; I normally have to come up with an entirely new world with all of its problems and complexities. Each story and, therefore, world has its own codes of behavior, laws, and regulations. You cannot have a world with aliens with technology with a world that lives like medieval times and uses magic. (Well, ok…you could, but that world would need to have its own rules that make such extremes plausible and possible). See the problem? There is a lot more to world creation and story building then just sitting down and writing and making the stories all fit together. Some times the stories are legitimately so completely unlike the others that they cannot nor ever will fit into the same world.
So…what is the solution my friend…stop reading this blog and just go and write something in one of those many stories you have started and finish one…JUST FINISH ONE STORY…
About LizzyBethThere is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.
Posted on November 4, 2011, in Fantasy, Humor, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder, World Creation, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged world creation, writer's block. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.