Sunday, January 9, 2011

World-building causes a migraine or two!

This week’s theme question is what scenes we like to write, dislike, and the hardest we've ever written and why?

The answer to that is world-building. It is by far the most difficult scenes for me to write and usually cause a headache when I’m done with them. But it’s not even the beginning stages that I find hard. The hardest scene I’ve ever written is in my upcoming release First and Last, the final Magical Sword book.

Without getting into stuff that will spoil it, I go into how the Otherworld and Underworld were created in this book to finish off Nexi’s journeys. Let me just tell you it was exhausting. That one chapter took me over three days to write while I weaved all the history into the story.

But the end result was one seriously fantastic back-story. I couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out, so the sweat over it was worth it. Like I said, they are tough for me and I usually do not enjoy any minute of it. Creating worlds, history from nothing more than your imagination is a very tough thing to do.

I suppose, only time will tell if my effort, curse words at the computer, hours spent thinking it over, were worth it. With the release coming soon...I can’t deny I’m excited to see what the reaction will be to this story.

Congrats to Kristabel Reed for being the winner of last week's giveaway! Keep your comments coming to be entered to win!


Sandra Sookoo said...

lol World building can be a little bratty and difficult at times. :-) Glad you worked through it.

RK Charron said...

Hi Stacey :)
Some of my favorite authors are wonderful world-builders. All that time & effort pays off in the story!
I recall one of them saying that the reader doesn't have to know all the whys & wherefores but the author should.
All the best,

Lorry said...

Just remember nothing worth doing should be too easy or you wouldn't appreciate it.

Stacey Kennedy said...

Thanks Sandi!

Rob, definitely adds great depth to a story...still hurts! LOL!

Very true Lorry :)

Annie Nicholas said...

OMG, I've tried to stay away from complete world building due to fear until recently. What a headache! I'm getting smacked by CPs for slang so now I need new swear words!! I can see where some writers might get lured by fanfict. So much better to write in some else's world. LOL

ashley said...

World-building is one of the toughest things to do. I often look to dreams for inspiration or good movies or books. In the book world, two of my favorite world-builders are Tolkien and Rowling. :)

Cathy M said...

I have so many favorite series that I love, and have really come to appreciate the art behind world building.