From the Editor: Shiny!


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From the Editor:

Shiny!

By

Lazette Gifford

Joyously Prolific Blog

Copyright © 2014, Lazette Gifford, All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

From the Editor:

Shiny!

You know the feeling, right? You're inching your way forward on the last part of a story, but before you've put The End down on the page, there is a little voice in your head whispering about the great new story. . . .

Oh yes, it's always there, that urge to start something new. If you're wise, you'll hold off until you get at least the draft of your current work done, because this is a seductive whisper that can call you away from finishing something else that was once your best new shiny.

I'm in the midst of the new idea madness right now as I world build for a new science fiction story. Or maybe it will be a series of short stories. Or maybe a series of books or a series of series -- at this point everything is wide open and there's so much fantastic stuff that I'm adding in that I can hardly stand to wait to begin the actual writing.

But I will wait. And I'll enjoy this process, too.

In a story where the new world is going to be so vitally essential to the plot, it's important to lay down as many of the basics as I can before I start. Landmasses, weather patterns, plants, animal life . . . and then the adaptations that came along when the humans abruptly arrived. What is it like the first year, the tenth, a century . . . five centuries later, which is where my story focus is. What is the civilization like? What do they eat, what do they wear? Coinage? Time keeping? Government, religion, art, music. . . .

It's important not to go too crazy when I start digging deeper because I don't want to make anything so complex the readers can't immediately understand. There may be pages of complexity behind something, but I had better be able to explain it in one paragraph for most every day things.

It's all these things, big and small, that will draw you away from any other work and why you should clear your desk, so to speak, before you leap in.

But when you do leap, make sure you have fun. Look under every rock of your new world. You never know what you're going to find.