Oscar in his natural habitat
So, here I am, working on the fairytale series. About 5,000 words in, I realize that I haven’t completed all the world building. Mind you, I thought I had. But I’m running into things that I’m not quite sure about. Is it in a pseudo-Middle Ages, Grimm brothers Germany? Or is it more like Charles Perrault’s France?
See? This is something I should know. Beyond this, as I was writing, I also realized that there are other forces in this particular fantasy world that I hadn’t accounted for either.
Decision? Let it compost a bit more.
So I’m switching gears and diving back into the Coffee and Ghosts spin-off series.
I looked structure of that this week, I reread the manuscript, and used dictation this time around to take notes.
So instead of a half a page of strange cryptic notations that I don’t understand later on, I ended up with about 2000 words of excellent story notes.
Whenever I do a read-through, I always tell myself oh I’ll remember this. Thing is? I never do. With this new way, I have lots of notes to begin with. Granted, I do have to deal with things like:
Necromancer sunsets fuel the story.
But I keep the audio files until I have a chance to review the transcription. That way, if I can’t figure something out, I can listen to it.
I made a list of things that needed expansion and additional research. I swear, three books and two documentaries landed in my lap. Just like that.
I think this is the universe’s way of telling me I’m on the right track.