I thought of this idea while working my previous job at the warehouse. I face opposing forces inside me regarding writing fiction. I have ideas which I think could make good stories, but I struggle to bring them out. I am then tempted to set my writing aside. Besides, I am busy with school and pursuing another career so that I can make a better life. Nonetheless, a part of me wants to return to writing, and so here I am trying again because this is an urge that I cannot ignore indefinitely. I will remain in school and continue pursuing an IT career, but hopefully writing can continue on the side.
While working at the warehouse I thought about how it would be fun to create a fantasy world. I knew it would be a serious (and intimidating) challenge, but I decided to run with the idea anyway with no expectations placed on myself. Just enjoy creating.
I decided to start with a mythology and let it develop. I began with one root concept. I let that idea play in my head as I lifted boxes, cut them open, and stocked the merchandise in the slots. I then added another root concept and let the ideas interact. They generated more ideas which interacted and created still more. For a long time, they existed only in my handwritten notebook and then organized in computer files. Now I am revising and expanding them and posting them for others to see.
How well will this project turn out? Only time will tell, but as I work on this I remind myself of two important points. As Karen & Steve Dimmick say in 47 Mind Hacks for Writers, “The reason you struggle with insecurity is because you compare your ‘behind the scenes’ with everyone else’s ‘highlight reel.'” No one began as a good writer. They had to work to develop their skill. “No one starts out being awesome and unless you start, you have nowhere to improve from.”
I am stepping out on a limb in posting this because I do not know how everything will develop or how people will respond to it. I have decided, however, that the time has come to post it and see what people think. Feel free to comment and make suggestions. I am open to learn from more experienced writers. I am a novice in writing fiction. I will make mistakes, but I suppose that is normal, especially at this stage.
So, what is the first concept on which this world is based? Keep reading this blog to find out 🙂