One of the less talked about worldbuilding problems is organizing that metric ton of information without causing your eyes to glaze over. I’ve found I do my best work when I allow the process to be as organic and unstructured as possible – lots of brainstorming and free-writing. This is great for creating, but not so wonderful for finding key details later when I’m steeped in the actual writing. There are lots of ways to sort this out, I’m sure. In fact, maybe you can get some good ideas from these guys at Writing Excuses. They have a great conversation about story bibles that I’ve found helpful. Continue reading
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You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.
Question: Do you use writing software? If so, which one and why?
When I began writing my first manuscript, I opened a Word document and started typing. Scenes grew into a couple of chapters, but I never made it very far. There were a lot of problems with my initial process (unfocused idea, overly simplistic plot, no clear direction), but a major stumbling block lay not in the writing itself but in the platform I was using. Continue reading