I did so much prep-work on my setting that it’s not a problem anymore — though there’s always room to do more! I collect folders full of scenery photos, cultural attire, etc, for my various locations so I can more easily put into words what I see in my head. I’d recommend that for anyone with setting issues.
Writing doesn’t always come easy. In fact, it’s a rather lengthy process that is hardly easy at all. Everyone has something they’re good at and something they find very challenging to do. This week’s question was asked by Amy Morris-Jones.
I think creating a coherent and controlled plot is my biggest problem. My characters are basically people, so I’m rarely concerned about them, and I’ve been working on my setting for more than a decade so could probably detail it down to individual blades of grass if pressed. But actually figuring out how to push all the characters into one place, keep them there, and make them do something dramatic and purposeful, can take me a long time to get right. My first book spent a decade being rewritten until I…
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