“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin
I’ve been away, but I’ve been busy. The last however many weeks have been productive. I’ve immersed myself in notes, planning, scribbling in notebooks, plotting in Snowflake, and brainstorming with my writing partner AKA The Husband. We’ve been mapping out our first novel (let’s just call it “A Life of Rain” because I’ve spent a lot of time in the past dealing with tears and writer’s block), and while I won’t share of the story, I can tell you that it is filled with mystery, darkness, horror, religion, romance, and more.
So what have we been doing, exactly?
Honestly, this all stemmed from the map to the left. I was doodling one day, and I found that I created a really cook map of what seemed to be a really cool world. But I had no idea why, or what it was, or what to do with it. We joked about it and began creating little stories about this map. Our daughter even joined in for a while.
Then, late that night, I began writing in names of territories and making mountains and boundaries and seas. The next day, I sat down with my husband and together we created an entire world, that we’ll call Hole.
Hole and our world co-exists and there is definitely a lot of overlap. There are secrets and the whole story will play with religion and history and the not-so-distinct battle between good and evil. In creating this world, we found that we needed to create a language as well. And we did; from the ground up. There are phonemes, and rhythm, and patterns and more. And as we began talking about Hole almost daily, we also created species and families, and occupations, and histories that all contribute to the development of this language and this world.
The Hubs is the logical one. He is the one that likes to plan and to ensure that the story makes sense. I am the visual one. The one that must see the world before I can dissect it and recreate it through words. I draw what I need, find images, and look for visuals. He works on keeping my ideas in check. He enjoys the narrative and helps to plot the story and the events. I enjoy the descriptive dialogue and the development of characters. We balance each other. It has been a lifesaver for my over-editing mind. And it has been a creative outlet for his sometimes-too-analytical brain.
But more importantly, as I look back on our work over the last few months, I know that we have created something worth reading. We are working on a story that combines my love of RPGs, romance, erotica, and dark fiction with his love of myth, lore, and mystery. We are taping into our conspiracy-theory-laced minds and developing something different and intriguing!
I haven’t been this excited about writing in a while!