I’ve been working on a fantasy story for a while now. The problem is, that most of it is just an outline. The rest of it is an epic, fully developed narrative… all inside my head. I’ve been working on getting it typed out and have successfully completed a prologue and part of a first chapter. That being said, organizing my thoughts has been difficult. Especially where world building is concerned. To aid with this, I went to the bookstore to see if I could find something specific to the science fiction/fantasy genre. What I found was a book entitled Writing Fantasy & Science F
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I’m currently taking a break from writing. I’m amassing ideas for the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo in April. Until then, I’ve decided to provide you with some helpful websites regarding description.
With the new movie crazes about superheroes and all of our favorite comic book characters coming to life on the big screen, I’m surprised that I haven’t even broached the thought of writing a blog about comics and graphic novels! Comic books and their graphic novel counterparts have built their ranks with amazing writers such as Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, Jeph Loeb and so many more powerhouse writers.
Inspiration has struck.
Seriously, I feel like I’ve been hit by a car. It was that instantaneous.
The problem is, the more I talk about this plot, the more complicated it gets. You see, I’m working on a fantasy story set in a sort of alternative medieval-esque time period. It deals with mages that can control the elements and an impending war between them and non-mages. And I thought I had a good grasp on what I was writing about, until I talked to my friend Bethany.
I know that it’s the new year and that the large majority of people in the world are focused on new beginnings. Last year when I wrote a blog around this time I was being an advocate of the time honored tradition of New Year’s resolutions. This year I can’t help but to focus more on endings. If you have been steadily writing since the beginning of the year then chances are you’re coming close to the finished product of your novel. With that in mind let’s talk about endings.
As a writer, you should know that not everything always goes according to plan. For instance, your main character, whom you’ve written as an optimist with passion for singing opera, may inform you that they’re into heavy metal music. Plots and settings can morph over time as you write. The important thing is to listen.
A paracosm is an imaginary or constructed world. It's meaning, literally, is "beyond-world." Many people create these worlds as a hobby, a process often called worldbuilding. The most familiar use of a paracosm is for writers (particularly fantasy authors) who craft these worlds where their characters live and stories unfold. Paracosms can be simple sketches or fully-drawn worlds of astounding detail, with their own inventive histories, societies, and mythologies.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article complaining about one of the reasons why the writing of the Star Wars prequels felt so uninspired. Largely I think it has to do with the eradication of a sense of wonder and mystery. Everything seems logical, but in a cold, heartless way. We're presented with the backstory of this universe, but it isn't an exciting unveiling of this foreign galaxy--it's more of a bland history lesson.
Here lately I’ve noticed that we have become a whiny people. If there is ever an unconventional thought, we treat it as if it’s infringing on our rights as humans, Americans, men, women, mammals, ad nauseum. I feel as though the world has begun to pander to its populace and become worse for it. Nobody seems to push any ideas that are truly innovative or thought provoking anymore because we have become afraid of stepping on people’s toes.
Sometimes it’s better to quit.
Okay, I know that sounds terrible (that whole “quitters never win” saying comes to mind) but trust me, it can be a good idea. When I started NaNoWriMo last month, I was bound and determined to finish the book I started writing a few years ago. I’d written several thousand words of new material. I had a renewed interest in the book. The characters were speaking to me. Everything was going wonderfully.