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Come Along... Romance Beckons
It's Wednesday again and time for another Writer's Words of Wisdom post. Today, guest author Dani Collins is sharing her experience with world building.
Building a World Where Anything Can Happen
My first lightning bolt of an idea for The Healer was an
image of a warrior leaping off a cliff. I wasn’t sure who he was or why he was
jumping into the fray. Highlander romances were hot at the time, so I thought
this would be a historical romance.
Then my heroine started healing the warriors in the battle
and I knew I had something else on my hands.
Fast forward through a couple of kids’ birthdays, a move to
another town, various other distractions, and a sudden looming goal to Finish This Danged Book during an
For those who haven’t heard of National Novel Writing Month, or
NaNoWriMo, it’s a personal challenge to write fifty thousand words in the month
of November. You can register and find support groups through their website, or
do it with a couple of friends, or all by yourself. There are no prizes or fees.
You do it for bragging rights.
And to get a book finished.
By that October, I knew I was writing a fantasy, but how
does one create a fake world that rings true for the readers?
Enter 30 Days of World
Building by Stephanie Bryant. These 15 minute exercises walked me through
mood, history (recent and cataclysmic) economy, politics, language…. My notes were
quick and dirty, but they forced me to think about these various aspects until
the world began to take shape in my mind.
Have you ever seen the movie Wonderboys? In it, Katie
Holmes’s character points out that Michael Douglas’s character is struggling
with his second novel because his character isn’t making any decisions. Neither
is the writer, we learn. Well, these exercises help you make some decisions.
They also provide springboards for all types of conflict.
Suddenly I knew why Vaun, my hero, was leaping into battle to save Athadia. (He
thought she was Kerf, like him, because she appeared to have tattoos, which his
people favor while the Shote enemies regard them as heathen.)
Athadia isn’t Kerf, however. Nor is she Shote. She’s an
Alvian—a race nearly wiped out by fear and hatred from Shotes and Kerf alike.
Except, lo and behold, she senses Vaun is a half-breed Alvian. How did that happen?
I won’t kid you. There was a lot of rewriting after the
first draft was completed, but the story wouldn’t have been as rich or complex
without those exercises helping me create the world in the first place.
TALK TO ME... Ever thought about writing a fantasy, but dreaded the
world-building? What story worlds have seemed real to you despite how bizarre
they are? What makes a fake world believable for you?
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ABOUT ME... Dani Collins contracted The Healer to Champagne Books a
mere five weeks after making her first sale to Harlequin Mills & Boon. You can
reach her through her website at www.danicollins.com
and can buy The Healer
WoW is a Smart & Savvy Group of Authors who host this weekly feature each Wednesday. While we don't claim to be experts, the goal is to impart what we've learned about writing, editing, getting published, book promotion, and more along the way.