So far today I’ve spent the majority of my writing time today doing world building, which is generally something a writer should do before starting the story. Sigh. This is what happens when you go with a whim. I’d been reading a lot of ‘weird west’ and steampunk short stories lately (I recommend Seanan McGuire and Elizabeth Bear), so I thought to myself, why not?
‘Why not’ apparently includes:
- I’ve never been a history buff. So now I’m consumed with questions about the era, even though they don’t need to be answered. Except that if I don’t know the answer, I will keep thinking about it. All day.
- I don’t like westerns (the added magic/steampunk elements make it interesting for me).
- I’m drowning in details, and constantly shifting when and where exactly the story takes place. This is important when describing equipment, landscape, etc.
- I don’t like pantsing. I’ve learned to avoid over planning my novels, but going in without any info is not my cup of tea.
And yet despite this, I’m not panicking, so there’s that.