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Writing about Writing - Day 12

12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?

Hmmm. I’ve loved all the universes I’ve worked with because I love places, love going to new ones, discovering things about old ones. Maybe because I seem to have a wayfaring gene. But where did I do the best job in building my own world???

Setting has always been important to me, the creation of it more so. Each of my creations have a soft-spot in my heart.

With the planet of Trillix, in The Traveler’s Daughter, I was less adventurous with what I invented. I had a lot of fun with my map of the storyworld, but I just scratched the surface of what "place" entails. I also chose the route of being influenced by actual cultures and worlds. But because it was my first novel, I am still fond of that place and it seems very real to me.

With Shamindor, of To Be Undone, I let the world inform the story and really created some unusual things and concepts. Here and here are two different views of it. However, I haven't spent enough time there, and the things that make the storyworld different also make it challenging to write. Very challenging. I do look forward to going back to it, though, and getting to know it better.

Witherwilds is the world that I have tried to make 100% my own, even down to creating languages and writing systems (though I am still working on Soqoli) for the two principle cultures. Funnily enough, I didn’t start with a map as I did in my other worlds. I have the rough geography in mind because climate informs culture, but I feel that the places are more well-rounded because I’ve had to think them through from the ground up without modeling them on those existing in our world. I still have lots of things to figure out and that excites me. I love the discovery and planning processes, and because I'm doing them so intensely on this project, I believe I'm probably doing the best job with it.

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rabiagale
Jun. 12th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I just got done beating my head against Quartz's ludicrously complicated lunar system for the umpteenth time. Grrrr. And it's not really important to the story either.

Worldbuilding is fun! Really. Truly.

Er.... *not convincing self*

;)

mnfaure
Jun. 12th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's always fun. Except when it's not. :P
mindseas
Jun. 12th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
The Trillix map is beautiful. But Shamindor is still my favorite place of yours.
mnfaure
Jun. 12th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm extremely fond of it, too. I think I'll finally go back and get a first draft of it finished! It's only missing a small chunk from the end.
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