The good news: I just barely finished NaNoWriMo, but I slipped in with 50,111 words and have one of the roughest drafts I’ve ever written, but a new world has been born.
The bad news: It’s taken a week and five different attempts to write this post! Every time I sit down, I get interrupted. But, today is the day. Finally!
On November 1, I didn’t really know where the story was going, who the characters were, or if the venture truly would work out. While everything has turned out well enough in the end to allow the ideas to percolate in the back of my mind until it’s time to play with this story again, creating a new world isn’t the easiest task in the world. It seems like you never remember just how hard it is when you haven’t done it for a while. Even if you have a story idea, you then have to consider the culture of the people, the geography of the world they live in, how each society interacts, etc., and how each of these factors affect your characters and their world. And when a world is only a week old and all you know is that it’s sort of fantasy-ish with an unusually high dosage of steampunk, it makes it even harder to just dive in and begin writing.
That’s where social networking saved the day. I’m one of the many on Pinterest. While I do collect pictures of inspirational places to tickle my imagination occasionally (or find pictures that say, “Stop piddling and work on your novel”), I hadn’t really used any of those pictures for anything that I was currently working on.
So halfway through the month, I wondered why not use Pinterest to gather some inspirational pictures that relate to my world? So, I did. After making a new board especially for the novel, I searched for anything already on Pinterest and on the Internet that looked even remotely like what I thought belonged in the world that was slowly shaping itself. After a couple of days, I had a collection of twenty-some pictures and a better idea of what the world and the people in it looked like. It’s amazing how much having images helped. Too bad the idea came on November 18th instead of November 1st. However, maybe it’s been mentioned early enough to help you with your next story writing venture.
Here are a few of the pictures that have inspired my crazy NaNoWriMo novel: