I’m writing a book. A fantasy book. Hooray!
please send help I am way in over my head
Hello lovely people of the interwebs, my name is Pam and I’d like to welcome you to my humble abode.
As the quote
cry for help above says, I am writing a book, a fantasy book. I’ve never written a book before and I’ve certainly never written a story more than 20,000 words before, but I thought I may as well dive into the deep end and try to write a book in my favourite genre. But wait, there’s more!
I’m not only tackling the fantasy genre head on, I am also delving into the hardest sub-genre in this realm, without an oxygen tank, and that is high fantasy.
Do you understand my panic now? I’m world building.
The building of a world or worlds.
The heaping mess, crying in the corner over there.
World building is hard, really hard. And I don’t quite know how to explain why.
Obviously, this topic is subjective; the process is different for everyone, so I’m going to list some of the things I’ve been pulling my hair out over, and some of the things that just keep making me come back for more.
When I first started thinking about my new world, and all the cool things I have control over, I was excited, very excited. But after I got over the initial honeymoon phase and started knuckling down on what’s what in my world, I realised my mistake.
There needs to be detail, a lot of detail.
And it’s this aspect which I find quite daunting. Not only do I have to think of how everything works (even if it won’t be in my book, I believe it’s important to know the world you are creating inside out), but how do I keep track of everything I’m creating? This is the messy part. Currently, I have a hardback A4 I am using as my world planner, and then I have different coloured sticky notes everywhere so everything has a certain place in that planner. Yet somehow, I’m still loosing track of past ideas and plans I wanted to do. I think my planner needs a planner.
Has this been done before?
Obviously it’s nearly impossible to know if I’m somehow copying someone else’s world. I certainly hope not, but it doesn’t stop it being a nagging nanny in my mind.
Does my world make sense?
Now, I’m not an economy student, I’ve never taken politics class and I certainly don’t feel confident on explaining how society works. So my fear is that all those things in my book, will fly over the readers head because I’ve made a bad job of it. I’m starting to think world building may require more research than creating at this stage.
Forth and Final;
Will I hate it?
After all the effort I have gone through, pouring over research books I can barely understand; sweating away at the keyboard for hours; drawing terrible maps of where everything is in my world, will I look at it all and think, “You know what? This is a real shit show.”
This is probably worst case scenario, but it’s still another nagging nanny in my mind.
And that pretty much sums up my journey so far! All a little depressing, isn’t it?
And the big question might have popped into your mind by now,
Why am I bothering?
because I love it 🙂
Thank you for taking just a few minutes out of your day to read about the life of a struggling writer. If you’d like to help in any way, just hit that like button and leave a comment, anything else I will just see as a pleasant surprise.