All posts tagged: worldbuilding

Write On, Wednesday: World Building for Women’s Fiction

By Leslie Lindsay I have been working on the second draft of my first novel for awhile now.  It’s one of those two- steps-forward-one-step-back type of thing.  If you’re a writer, then you probably know exactly what I mean.  An important piece to the second draft  is adding my “magic” (as my writing partner likes to refer to it).  Call it your “voice” or character development or perhaps worldbuilding, or whatever you need to, but just make sure you get it in there.  Wait a minute, back the novel train up!  “Worldbuilding,” you exclaim “is for fantasy and sci-fi, not for women’s fiction.”  Oh, but I beg to differ.  Every book–whether it’s historical fiction, a spy novel, or women’s fiction–deserves to have special attention paid to it’s ‘world.’  Worldbuilding is simply constructing an imaginary world often in conjuction with a fictional context.  Here’s how worldbuilding can enhance your work:  It defines a sense of place Worldbuilding is the landscape of imagination It adds depth and meaning, perhaps symbolism and way to infuse theme Can be a great way to brainstorm within your …

Write On, Wednesday: Creating a World So Believable Your Critique Partners Think You’re Having an Affair

By Leslie Lindsay Last evening, I took my writing to the library critique group.  I have been going and sharing my work with this bunch of writers for about two years now.  I know most of the folks pretty well, even though it’s not an inclusive group–it’s constantly changing, as all good groups do. These writers are very familiar with the current story–well, novel–I am working on.  It’s title, “Slippery Slope.”  It wasn’t really intended to turn into a novel.  Heck, I never saw myself as a novelist…it sounds so fancy and grown-up.  But I knew I wanted to write.  There is a point of all of this:  I got some good feedback.  I got some ideas for revision.  I got some new thoughts, too.  Thank you, fellow writers.  But here is one thing I wasn’t expecting to hear:  “Oh my!  It sounds like you are really having an affair!”  Helllooo!!  My character is.  Emphasis on character. It’s an emotional affair at this point, but I think that still counts, huh?  (and no, I am not having …