I think I did it again.
Moving on from the character biographies I was writing a few days ago (and bear in mind, these aren’t essays, merely 200-400 words per character), I decided to officially start on my world-building document. I have all of this information in my head for the trilogy I’m about to start writing, and as I got deeper into the character biographies, I realized I needed to write all of it down. If I didn’t, I was in danger of forgetting the little details I’d stumbled across.
You know the type, the tidbits of information your muses throw at you that just seem to fit.
So off I went, but before I got started, I thought I’d do a little google search on the how, when it came to constructing my worlds.
I won’t lie, it’s going to be convoluted.
…what I found, was that I was already doing everything the multiple blogs and writing pages told me to do, and I was doing it by instinct.
I already had a culture.
I already had a language (okay I didn’t make it up, it’s a legit dead language that I’m going to use).
I already have my villains and their reasons for what they’re going to do.
I have my real-life inspirations.
I have my twist on reality well thought out.
I have my reasons for why now and not in fifty years or some other seemingly random time period?
I have a couple of what ifs, a few plot twists, what things smell like, reasons why some of them can’t cook… and an opening for another trilogy, should I be lucky enough to be asked to do it (Hell, I’ll write it for myself).
I even have muse specific song lists that suit scenes that aren’t even written yet in my Spotify playlists.
The only thing I haven’t done is written it all down into anything that wasn’t the character bio. These things come to me while I’m out walking along the foreshore, having a conversation with someone, or yeah, in the wee hours of the morning while I’m trying to sleep.
There’s probably stuff I’ve missed, I’m not perfect. I’m not even writing this to brag that I’m some kind of amazing prophet when it comes to writing. My point, if I even have one, is that sometimes you’re doing it the ‘right’ way without even realizing there’s a technical way to do it. Technical might not be the right word there, but you get the idea… right? This isn’t a how-do, it’s more of a reflection on my part that I thought I’d share. A reflection of realization (again).
Sometimes your instincts are leading you in the right direction long before your mind is aware of it. If you’re lucky enough to have that happen, don’t waste time… go with it. Follow that path. Dive down the rabbit hole.
You never know where the road might lead.