Up until I read that post, I figured out my world and the characters’ race as I wrote the story but her post got me thinking about all the aspects I hadn’t fully fleshed out. As an author, you should know everything about the world and the characters even if some information doesn’t appear in the book. I knew this but I guess I was being lazy. I’m inspired now.
I realized the town I created in one of my novels wasn’t very realistic for its location so I need to fix that. This is also helping me get organized. In the past, I had notes for different stories spread throughout several journals. For a scene from a story or specifics on one character, I’d have to consult two or three journals. With this, all my notes on the world will be in one place! It’s a spiral notebook which is important to me. You find inspiration for the worlds you create everywhere. A notebook I can fold back makes for easier on-the-go note taking. It took me awhile to choose the right journal. It has to speak to me. If it doesn’t, then I don’t feel inspired when I write in it. It’s the same thing with my pens. It is better for me to use laptops, pens and journals that I have an emotional connection with. I get better results that way.
I’m really looking forward to this new take on world building and how it will affect my stories. I’m now working through the history of my characters’ race and how their powers works as well as strengths and limits.