Sometimes I love homework.
|KZO by Cristiano Rinaldi.|
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not some closet deviant, to be looked at like an escaped mental patient with a history of violence. I mean, I love doing proper research for stuff (my new book in this case, but other stuff in general).
Being able to spend a bit of time on this today has reminded me how little time we usually get to do a proper job of things. I’ve been tapping away across the Internet (as well as my own collection of books, music, and video games) for about four hours now; I figured it was about time for a coffee, and it turns out that it’s closer to time for lunch.
Today’s research has been building out a world – finding the right elements of architecture, people, and fashion to give it a sense of immediacy.
Suffice to say, I’ve been having a blast. This book is more on the speculative side of specfic, so there’s more things I need to fabricate. This is by design; I wanted to get some skill with the previous book at making up fairly simple scenes, people, and so on. This one is quite a bit more complex, but a delight to make for all that. I’m using a more visual approach this time – more of my artefacts are supported by images than last time. It’s a trick I’m trying to see if it helps bring scenes to life – it’s time exhaustive on the setup, but if it provides a better outcome then it’s time well spent.
I just hope I’m not going to fall prey to the sin of, “Too clever by half.” More of this tomorrow I think; I’ve done parts of a world, but only one character only so far. I need more parts of a world and a bunch of supporting dudes before I start “the writing.”
Oh, the plot? I think I’ve already got the main tropes sorted, but I’ve already trashed some ideas over the past couple days as I’ve been munching through the world-building phase. Exposing bad ideas to a bit of sunlight is good for everyone.