Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow

13 Feb

There are days when that more often than not describes me – especially with what I’m working on right now.  I’m living in the world of a YA Fantasy – and I like it there! My characters struggle with everything that challenges us here, but have their own set of problems created by the world they live in as well.

Worldbuilding is my newest toy. Every time I think it’s complete, something new comes into scope. A friend said to just let the world be more of a reflection of our own world. After a lengthy discussion explaining how different their world is, so it couldn’t just be HERE & NOW with different people and place names, I received a blank stare. And promptly gave up trying to explain.

Right now I’m working on a Tri-Lunar calendar (I’ll admit, it’s killing me and if you’re an astronomer or astrologer, and wouldn’t mind humoring me, drop me a line, please!)

Today’s research (pretend I update this every morning) is to design the city 1/3 of the story takes place in – there’s too much movement within the walls to not have a clear, consistent picture of where things are happening – how fun is that?

I’m finding my new world is, sometimes frighteningly, clear in my mind. I dream about it in such vivid displays of shapes and colors that, when I awake, it is for those first moments of the day more real than the room my bed sits in. There is so much beauty available in your own mind. Letting it challenge the pain that resides there as well to create a world you want to write about

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One Response to “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow”

  1. LaurenMurphy March 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm #

    I can totally relate, which is why I write. I often find my mind wondering off to some other world, or time, or scenario. I love to imagine what my characters would be doing in certain situations…even in the middle of work when I should be sending numerous emails. *sigh* I’m such a lost cause!

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