Welcome to the next week of Writing Up Wednesday! I’ve been so excited to see more people participating in this, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂 Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:
Writing Up Wednesday #6: Give Me ALL THE SETTINGS!
The setting of your story may seem like a background element, but in all but a very, very few books the setting is one of the MAIN elements and usually effects your story to a large extent. Different genres call for different settings, some requiring more research than others. A fantasy novel is usually has very involved worldbuilding, but the only facts you have to check are the ones you make up! In a historical fiction, however, factual accuracy is EXTREMELY important and hunting your facts can take as long or longer than the actual writing!
My current novel is a high fantasy, so I’ve put A LOT of effort into my world. While it’s somewhat inspired by medieval British and European cultures, some of it is also very loosely inspired by Greek mythology. At least right now. I’ve started to struggle with that aspect of it so I’m considering writing it out! Which would be…different. On the other hand, a lot of it I just totally made up and it gets confusing! I have sections in Scrivener for the history, for the different levels of society, for the magic system…a horribly drawn map (haha). I also use a rather detailed set of worksheets that cover everything from outline to setting to characters.
I do need visual representation of things though, so I found a couple of castles (one in Scotland…be still my heart) that to me represent the main residences of the story. If you’re interested, check out my Pinterest board for the entire novel (including how I see my characters! *heart-eyes*). 😀 I have no artistic ability of my own, so drawing or sketching anything is out of the question. Every now and then I get a specific idea of something in my head though, and off I go to Pinterest or Google Images until I find it! And it’s only then that I can write a proper description. See, the ability to draw would be SO incredibly helpful. 😛
What’s your setting like? How much time do you spend making sure that you don’t change something halfway through (I read a very popular book awhile back, where the villain had red hair…until a random scene near the end of the book, where it was black…aaaaaand then back to red)? I know that’s what editing is for but I’m positively ANAL about keeping track of as much as I possibly can so that I don’t get confused.