World building. It’s a dirty word in some circles. Others use it as an excuse to never get around to writing their book.
I’ve never been much of a world builder. I don’t know if this makes me less or more of a geek. Mainly because I tend to get a lot of critique group comments that my world building is excellent.
That’s not to say I don’t world build. Remember the posts I did earlier this year for ideas? I have a lot of ideas, and I write almost all of them down (when I remember/can), but I guess in my mind I don’t consider that world building.
Yeah, it’s building out the world, but for me, it’s just jotting down cool ideas. The world building happens when I need to sit down and figure out what the world needs for the story I have. It’s reactionary rather than proactive, and I think therein lies the difference. I’m inventing details about my world because I need them for a plot, not building details purely to make the world a bigger place.
World building isn’t really much of a separate activity for me. I don’t sit down and just draft up details on my world for the sake of world building unless I’m solving a problem.
But that’s also not entirely true. I do journal. Much like this blog, I have a lot to say, and I can generally type pretty fast and dump down my ideas without too much effort. Tomorrow I’ll go into the method I use for this (hint, I’ve mentioned a lot of this in the past) and maybe share some of the ideas I’ve come up with from this method.