Writing Journal 10.28.2019: More dreams of writing (or planning of it) than actual writing this week. But that’s not horrific.

OK, another quick journal, moving along, yadda yadda.

 

Did a lot more planning this week than writing. Thinking about this Project F I’ve got in mind… it’s becoming more real to me. Thanks to Wonderdraft, I’ve started to build this new world that this story might take place in. It’s beginning to suggest things to me, like political alliances, nations, cultures, the movement of people over several centuries.

 

The more I consider it, the bigger it looms over my imagination. I wonder if it’s the same feeling that other authors have gotten when they’ve first read Tolkien, Martin, Sanderson, Le Guin, Alexander, or one of the other greats of fantasy and thought to themselves, could they ever try something like that? It’s getting to be that type of thinking for me.

 

And, it’s a bit intimidating. Have you ever seen the level of detail that goes into these types of books? Have you noticed that the culture that everyone just accepts in contemporary fiction, you have to totally rebuild or remix when you try and set a story in a whole new world? That’s the case both for science fiction and fantasy – it always blew my mind that Frank Herbert had to include an 18-page glossary of new or reused vocabulary for his book Dune. I always read that book when I was a kid and thought I could never be that creative. Now… I want to try to create that type of world.

 

I have some ideas for characters yet without names, nations with maps and yet without names, and other scenes begun to be written in my head but not yet on the page. It’s not quite a story yet, more like a weird stew of geography and character traits and themes. But it’s getting there. This is going to be a Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey of a story to create. And, I’m OK with that.

 

That’s about all I’ll say about that for now, except for you will see that Wonderdraft review at some point, but I’m not giving a solid date because I can’t seem to stick to those recently.

 

I’ve also been having difficulty keeping up posts on my writing pages on Facebook and Twitter. I’ll work at posting more, even if it’s just something stupid I say that’s writing based every once in a while.

 

Anyway, here’s the numbers. Holding steady, basically, although there was a little less writing and a lot more planning this week. See you around.

 

+3,389 words written.

Days writing:  2 of 7.

Days revising/planning: 6 of 7 for 600 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 7 of 7 days.

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