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Researching is important!

Hi there! Happy new year!

I’m having myself two weeks of vacation for the moment and thought that I would have waaaayyyyy too much time, and so able to write a lot. Well, that hasn’t been the case. One of the reasons is that I’m studying for my exams. I started an evening course in IT this year. I never finished college since I was way to lazy to study, I’m paying for that now. And I understand that it was a mistake to act the way I acted in the past, so I’m trying to sort of redeem myself through this evening course. It’s hard to study, work, sport and write at the same time. But I manage, one way or the other. I’m quitting table tennis next year though, the evening course has priority on everything else so for times sake I have no choice.

One of the things I did do was reviewing everything I had for the moment, and starting to review that (Which was about 11 pages). Of course, as is natural for me, I started doubting the quality and level of writing. So I started to look up writer stuff. And in doing that I discovered the necessity of research. While originally just trying to wing it, that brought a lot of changes with it, and in turn absorbed a lot of time too. Basically I’ve changed, EVERYTHING. And started researching the norse mythos as a basis on which to build my world. I’ve also deleted my prologue, by reading a certain article on Wordplay. This is the link: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2007/12/skip-prologue.html

What is described in there, is a loose description of what my prologue was meant to do. It was no fun to notice that, it was a feeling that really frustrated me. But still, I can see the logic now and a prologue was no necessity from the start. In fact it was a ploy to force feed my readers information. Which honestly doesn’t sound like a very good idea. So, that’s gone.

Instead of going for the first chapter, I’ll be building up my world first. Drawing some maps, writing the history and conflicts already existing when the story begins. In my daily life I work with maps all the time, since I’m a GIS (geographic information systems) user. It’s something I like to do very much, and so I have a basic understanding of geography and the foundation which our world rests on. You need an actual world as a basis for the characters and the story and since I refuse to use the modern world I just have to create my own. Sure there’ll be some likeness with our world as it is, but which fantasy world doesn’t have those. Drawing has never been one of my good points sadly, but I get the feeling that if I ask someone else to do it, I won’t get the result I want. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, and I’m not like to burden other people with that. So I’ll just try and do it myself. Maybe I’ll even post pictures (if it actually looks like a map :P).

As a finishing note, I’ve been having this strange feeling of late when I’m thinking about my writing in general. A sort of nervous feeling. This is something that doesn’t happen a lot. I tend to be a very uninterested person about almost everything. But when I get that feeling, it means I care. Which is a good sign to say the least. And now for some extra time, now that would be awesome 😀

That’s it for this week. If anyone knows some good books of norse,celtic, greek or roman mythology. Or has something to say in general, feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Cya!

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January 2, 2013 · 10:20 pm