In Which endever* shares specific ideas about developing your world and characters.
GeGi wrote beautifully last week about the importance of developing a clear vision of the world you’re building in your fiction, even if all the details don’t directly end up in your finished piece. Today I’d like to share some of my techniques for worldbuilding as well as characterbuilding – that is, all the ways I novel when I’m not actually writing. The idea is to develop a clear vision of your characters, including their backstory, and of the universe they occupy and its history. The better you know your characters and the situation you’ve placed them in, the easier it’s going to be to let them make decisions that make sense (rather than jerking them around in service of your plot).
In Which GeGi Becomes Philosophical about being a Writer.
endever* and I (GeGi) have rather different approaches to writing (partly because we have very different backgrounds for how we became writers). It’s one of the contributing factors for the awesomeness of our writerly discussions. Things are generally much more interesting when different points of view can come together to tackle a problem, after all. Talking about your writing with someone who will ask questions you never thought of is extremely helpful. The reverse of that — being asked questions you hadn’t thought of about someone else’s writing — is incredibly useful for exploring knowledge you have but hadn’t bothered to put into words. Incidentally, it also happens to be a excellent example of the whole “teaching is the best way to learn” advice… But getting into the importance of writerly friends is a topic for a future post!
In Which endever* discusses the connections between unschooling and being a writer.
Hi there, endever* here! I’d like to talk a little today about writing as a form of self-directed learning.
Never heard of the concept? It’s most frequently discussed in reference to “school-age” youth, generally as a subtype of homeschooling or as a value held by an alternative school. In the context of young people’s lives I consider unschooling necessary to anti-ageist revolution, something dear to my heart. Extrapolated to usage across the lifespan, it has a lot to do with a deliberate, holistic commitment to lifelong learning.