(Man, if those words don’t give you a god complex I don’t know what will!)
So, anyhow, I did some world-building this weekend. (See what this series of blog posts is doing to me?)
Not for my Camp NaNoWriMo project, mind you, (although I did work on its outline a little) but for an idea that’s been kind of kicking around on a back burner for a while now.
Settings are usually my weak point, but that’s what this one started as – just a setting. No people, no plot, just a place.
The place now has some people (well, two named people) and a history and a (main) religion. And the start of a story line. (There are people in the story line, too, but they don’t have names yet.)
Unfortunately, the story line probably isn’t enough for a novel so I’m still not sure what’s happening with the whole idea, but at least it’s a start.
And even more unfortunately I think there are two novels set there – one back when the place was new and one later, after things got codified a bit more. And, actually, it would lend itself well to a series of short stories.
(No, it doesn’t have a name. The working title is Sanctuary. (Or Haven or Refuge or Oasis. Apparently I can’t make up my mind.)
As much as I want to start working on this story (because it’s shiny and sparkly and oh, look, a squirrel!) I don’t think I’ll start writing it yet. It needs some pretty intense world building.
The city (or whatever it is) is a melting pot of different races and nationalities and cultures and religions and what-have-you, and I need to know about all of them.
Will the reader know about all of them? Probably not. At least, not all at once.
But I need to know.
And for once I would like to have everything settled and sorted before I start writing.
Just to see what it’s like.