No, this isn’t a tutorial. In this instance I am the dummy being referenced in the title of this post. I have spent the better part of the morning researching and developing the world I intend to use as the backdrop for a sci-fi/fantasy novel trilogy I’ve been dancing with. I can’t get this place or these people out of my head! The story is rich and full of twists, turns and feeling. The characters are as real to me as any person I talk to (I realize, that make me sound like a nutcase and I don’t care. I am. Probably.)
But the concept of what goes into good or strong world building is mind-boggling. The actual act of world building may take me the rest of this month if I can remain focused (highly unlikely) and can carve out an hour or two to write each day. It took me hours of research just to get the elements of what’s needed outline. Filling in the blanks is a whole other story…
The feeling I am getting is something that feels like frustration, excitement, worry and joy wrapped up into a nervous stomach. I wish this could move faster, but the act of putting this world and these characters on paper (I’m old school. I have to outline on paper then move to the computer) is beyond calming. Now all I need is chicken fingers and fries. And maybe a walk around the block to clear my mind of the extra stuff (like the idea I got for a short story while in the shower or the mental list of things I need to pack for my next trip home to visit my family). Gah! I hate rambling posts, so I’m going to stop.
Okay, maybe not (LOL). I am going to ask of the other writers out there – What resources have you tapped for your world building exercises? Links, outlines, books – I’ll take any help you can offer!