I’ve been working on revisions for my adult novel (though I still haven’t figured out which way I want to go with publication attempts), but progress has been slowed because I keep changing things. Originally, there were some minor plot inconsistencies that I needed to iron out. No big deal. Then started to really think about it, and now about half the story is changing. I think it’ll be for the better (I hope so, anyway),
but it does take time and effort to do.
Thankfully, it’s something I love doing.
The world of Grevared is slowly coalescing in my head.
At this point, I’m trying to break away from the images that have been with me since childhood, those placed in my mind by reading my favorite authors. I’ve come to realize over the last few weeks, as I plod through the job of editing my first draft, that these images, those imbedded by Tolkien, Raymond E. Feist, and Terry Brooks, are directing my thoughts when it comes to my own world.
When I try to picture Grevared, I see Midkemia, Middle Earth, and the Four Lands, yet Grevared isn’t like these. It’s its own place with coal-powered generators, rail lines, and corpses animated by a combination of technology and magic. It’s been difficult to get Grevared to resolve itself in my mind, and, therefore, on the page, but I think I’m finally making progress. I’m starting to see it for itself instead of in reference to the other worlds that have been homes to me. I think of this as a victory of sorts and hope I can move forward and bring the world to life for others.
I’ve been doing some major revisions on my world, but I’ve been seriously stuck on where the story needed to go. There was one aspect of it that just didn’t make sense and needed to be redone, but nothing I did made it any better. I finally got passed that tonight, so I’m hoping I can move forward on that one.
There are several others that I’m still stumped on, but I’m hoping these will clear themselves up soon.
I’ve been working on the rewrite of the adult novel I’m working on and trying to decide what elements of the world I’d like to keep as they are and which ones I want to change.
The world of Grevared is primarily a fantasy world with the typical elves, dwarves, etc. But there’s also an element of technology in the world. Inquisitor Gertrude Wall creates animated corpses and vapor cognitions using a mixture of technology and magic. So, do I want to keep the world primarily magical, or do I want to give them technological luxuries like trains?
I’m also realizing that, in the process of writing the first draft, there’re a lot of little details that I’ve left out. For example, I’m pretty sure the woods of E’ma Thalas would contain animal life, so I’m in the process of determining what types of animals I want to include and whether they will all be from the ‘real’ world, or if they should be more fantastical.
It’s fun to try to figure all this out as I try to solidify the world of Grevared in my head and in my writing.