Golden Nuggets Thrill My Ears
“Treat world building as another character.” ~ Nicole Persun
I’ve found that whatever lecture, class or discussion I go to there’s always that tidbit of information that is meant for me to hear in that moment I need to hear it. I write them in the sidebar of my papers and put stars or circles around them. It’s such a great moment.
At one of our Fidalgo Island Writers Guild meetings Nicole Persun talked about the “7 Key Elements in World Building.” Writing fantasy is really complex and there are so many parts that need to be plausible in the world you create. As writers we spend a lot of time developing our characters, but when writing fantasy, the world is like a character.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to restructure my first novel. It’s a story about a Selkie who lives a long time ago in our world, and has elements of fantasy in it. One thing that needs my attention is the world my character lives and breathes in. I’ve developed a good portion of that in my story, but I need to take it to that next level. I know my characters, but I need to know this world like the back of my hand. It’s a good thing I love editing. 🙂
My new mantra
~Know Your Character, Know Your World~