For the first time, pretty much ever, I decided to put a project on the back burner (said project is already around 40-45k words) and go forth with a new idea. That other manuscript was just not flowing right for me. The premise, so simple when I started, got lost in the muck of new ideas and a shift in what I really wanted to do with it. Then, the stagnation of the character annoyed me so I decided I was going to take my ball and play with someone else. Who might that someone else be, you wonder? Someone I never thought I’d create but somehow encompasses everything I’ve been wanting to write about.
I don’t know how it will be categorized, although I suppose some would consider it sci-fi but, honestly, it would be more appropriate to say it’s just a dystopic tale. No, not fantasy, not other-worldly either, just our world but in the future. This only came about for one reason: I whined to my husband one too many times about the other work and was told putting it on the back burner did not mean I wasn’t going to go back to it. And so, without much further ado, I sat at my keyboard and typed two pages of a new world. Sounds great, right? Then I hit page 5 where I promptly realized I wrote something different than I had planned for the world. Being the ever diligent, anal retentive, author I went back and “fixed” it – then I realized it probably worked better/made more sense the way I had actually written it. Now, I haven’t added any words to it because this seemingly benign issue is a cornerstone of the world I’m writing and so I’m stuck in limbo. Yeah.
One would think when creating a world things would be so easy – I mean, you’re making it up so what’s the problem? The problem is all these decisions I’m making about the world are integral to the bloody plot and so I feel like the ante has been upped. I did it to myself, that’s certain, but it hardly comforts me when I’m lying in bed and the issue continues to plague me.
For people who read books where the worlds are relatively new (outside the realm of what we’re used to seeing/experiencing on a daily basis) – what sells you on it? What annoys you about it?
Authors – how do you go about constructing your new world?