My outlining has really taken off in earnest this week. I definitely have some big revisions in mind for The Warden of Everfeld: Memento, and dropping the synopsis on this site a couple days ago was invigorating. However, I’ve decided to let the alpha manuscript of WoEM (mostly) sit tight through National Novel Writing Month so I can focus on other aspects of my grand writing scheme.
Despite this focus, I have not been plugging away at an outline for The Warden of Everfeld: Legacy, my project for NaNo this year. I have the prologue and first three or four POV sections outlined out, but after that? I’m not too concerned. So I’ll call myself a semi-pantser this year. I have some idea of where I’m going, but only for the book’s opening.
The Joys of World-Building
Although I want to write 50,000 words for NaNo this year, I honestly don’t feel the same urgency I did this time last year. WoEL is definitely #2 on my to-be-published list, but thinking about what lies ahead for my wider world-building project has given me the creative freedom (and the time) to get back to basics with these stories. So here are my four reasons I am basking in world-building glory right now:
- With a history spanning a millennium and far-reaching changes occurring across Úr’Dan, the subcontinent that is home to the Feldings and various other peoples, I haven’t been able to resist the urge to plot their histories.
- Having created this world and with at least a vague idea of what it looks like, world-building feels like I’m an explorer discovering uncharted lands and the people who inhabit them.
- Through writing WoEM, I’ve learned how to allow the environment I’ve created dictate the cultural norms of the people who live there, rather than trying to shoe-horn certain traditions into a culture simply because I like them.
- World-building keeps the creative juices flowing and inspires more stories! While I have solid ideas for my first three books, shaping Úr’Dan is a great way for me to cut my teeth on the other stories I haven’t yet told.
I had a real live conversation last night with Present Wife about socioeconomic mechanisms for designing a fictional trade city. Who does that besides someone obsessed with world-building?! I’m neither an economist nor a sociologist, but these are the things that occupy my mind when I’m not singularly focused on a particular novel.
For those of you with me last year for NaNoWriMo, I used themes from my novel as subjects for my Haiku Sunday series throughout November. I’m doing the same thing this year, so be on the lookout for story-themed haiku each Sunday.
Now with my synopsis posted on the site, I think it’s time I start providing you all with more details about this world I’ve been building for six years. I’ll have at least one such post for November in a format yet to be determined.
I also want to start refurbishing older posts, especially from 2014, since most of those have at most 10-15 views total! So I think I’ll rework and update a couple of them to post in November as well.
Basically, I’ll keep up with my regular posting schedule throughout NaNo, but I’ll be making it easier on myself so I can stay focused 🙂
Are you ready for NaNo?!