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Discovery, part I

I have an idea for a new series.  

I've written two books of my current trilogy and will begin the final volume in another couple of months.  But before then I want to have this new project mapped out, so that I can hit the ground running when I'm ready to give it my full attention.  I might even write a few chapters of the first book before I go back to write volume three of Blood of the Southlands.  We'll see.  I'm a good distance away from that right now.

But today I get to start worldbuilding.  I've already done a bunch of this in my mind.  I know a good deal about what the world will look like physically, on a map; I've started to think about its politics and religions, it's economics and its history; its customs and, of course, its magic.  I've jotted down notes and started some research.  Before now, though, I've done these things on the side, in between more pressing projects and responsibilites.  Now I can concentrate on learning about this new place.

This will probably sound strange, but I feel the way I do before leaving on a trip to somewhere new.  Worldbuilding for me is a process of discovery as much as it is a process of creation.  Just as my characters often surprise me as I write, taking my narrative in directions I hadn't expected, my fledgling worlds often surprise me as I begin to delve into them.

It's been a while since I did this last, and I've missed it.  I created the Forelands universe nearly seven years ago, and though the Southlands are different from the Forelands, and so demanded that I do some worldbuilding before starting the trilogy, it was still the same universe, the same magic, the same basic rules. 

Today I sit before a blank page.  I can take this world anywhere I want.  

I love this part of my job.

Today's music:  Jerry Douglas (The Best Kept Secret)


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Nov. 28th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
You start with a map!

I knew there was a reason I liked you... :-)
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I start with a map. I LOVE playing with maps. George Martin once complimented my working map of the Forelands -- one of the proudest moments of my professional life.
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