Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
So I suddenly had visions of the Capitol Steps singing “A Whole Newt World.” If you’ve never heard the Capitol Steps…well, you’re just a poor deprived individual. Or else you’re from another country where the mad, bad, and socially unacceptable actions of our political system cause more embarassment than interest… Either way, you really should hear them at least once (I’ve heard them live 3-4 times). Don’t worry–they’re equal opportunity insulters.
Um, that was not at all what I was going to post about. But it’s after midnight and I didn’t get a nap today, so my brain is playing pinball.
No, what I was going to discuss was worldbuilding, a favorite pasttime of mine. Paperback Writer had a nice post, which is what got me thinking about it.
(Just an aside–Astrofantasy’s Worldbuilding tutorial is great, but it’s unfinished. Can only do the World Vision. Pout.)
Part of my new attempted schedule is working on my fantasy series daily. In order to do that I really need to get my notes in order–back-filling is a royal pain in the boohickey (or Bumpass. Which is a town here in Virginia. I’m sorry, I don’t think I could ever live in a town called Bumpass.). Since Holly Lisle hasn’t gotten her Worldbuilding Clinic up as an e-book yet (and when she does, I will buy it immediately), I’m having to organize all my thoughts myself. It’s so much easier when a really good author does the hard work of setting up an organization system for you.
I’m going to try to organize myself around Patricia Wrede’s Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions, which is probably the most complete set of questions I’ve ever seen (and I know Wrede is a good writer–I loved the Enchanted Forest series).
The main problem I’ve come up against with her list is that some of the sections overlap, and because the lists are so detailed, figuring out how to find the overlaps can be a bit confusing. Especially if you’re a writer in a hurry to find that one little detail so you don’t lose your wonderful new train of thought.
But if nothing else I do know how to organize, so we’ll see how this turns out.
Anyone have their two cents to add in? How do you keep your worlds organized?