Thursday, February 17, 2011

Do You Ever Wonder?

Do you ever wonder how some authors come up with completely different worlds? My writing is always grounded in reality. There are of course a few liberties taken, but my characters are stuck in a real world very similar to the one you and I inhabit. The writers who create whole other worlds amaze me. Like C.S. Lewis and Narnia or J.K. Rowling and Hogwarts.

I always wonder if there is this massive planning that goes into, which I'm sure there is quite a bit, but do they sit and focus on the world their characters will live in? Is it all intricately drawn up in their minds and pounded out in notes and pictures? Or is it all some kind of happenstance that things seem to flow together. Like with the Harry Potter series; did Rowling have all the details of the magical world planned out or did a lot of it just fall into place with each progression of the series?

It fascinates me. I've been thinking about this a lot. Perhaps because of the new project I find myself attracted to. It is rooted in the real world, but has lots of magical elements to it. I just wish I could crawl around the mind of some authors and really experience their brainstorming/writing process.

20 Pages of Progress

Today, I went to my favorite bookstore in the world and sat there all day just writing. I wrote 20 pages. I am so excited! It's been forever since I actually sat down and felt productive! I'm a little sad because I heard talk that my favorite bookstore might be closing down and everyone seems to have a funny feeling that of the other stores being considered, the one closest to home for me is the one that will get closed.

I guess if it happens I have to take time to find a new favorite bookstore ... or at least a new favorite place to write.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Long Unexpected Vacation

I had to take an unplanned vacation from the blog and from writing. You wouldn't believe the trouble I had trying to order the power cord for this laptop. So, I think the count was 17 days without a computer. It was killer. The moment I could no longer write on my computer, I had a million and one different thoughts. The moment I get the cord back, one that fits and works, I am so excited to have the computer back that I can't stop browsing the net. I promise myself to get back to writing today.