So this is the post that I’d intended to write yesterday about the progress on my novel based on my time in the Writing Center. This will be a shorter post, but hopefully informative. Basically, we dived a little more into the character of Skye and I discovered that I don’t really write “deep” character sketches. I write them on a surface level, so over the weekend, I plan to revise the character sketch and add in more details if possible about Skye and her personality. I also hadn’t settled on physical characteristics for Skye yet, but I think that I have now, so I’ll add those in as well.
My consultant wanted to know more about the world and how the “rules” of the world operated. I told her about some things, but she suggested that I, like Tolkien, commit them to paper instead of trying to hold them all in my mind’s eye. I told her that I’d tried to do that earlier in my career. There’s a term that series TV uses for it: “The Bible” for that series. Most Television shows (& some movies and graphic novels–probably even some novels) have “Bible.” I know that Babylon 5 had one as I heard about it through a history site of the show. Apparently, the B5 used to sell copies of the show’s “Bible” during its run, but now that the show (& I’d assume the fan site) is no longer active, it is unavailable. I even went to eBay to see if someone might be selling a copy that I could purchase just to see how it was put together (no luck though–at least as of a year or two ago when I last looked).
My consultant decided that I should go ahead and try to create at least a nascent “Bible” of the world, the politics, the history, etc., just to get all of my ideas out of my head and on to paper. Even if I never use them in the story, at least I would have them down and “codified” on paper in a tangible way so that I could refer back to them as necessary and so the consultant might be able to read them and understand both the backstory and the motivations behind the various people, institutions, and world that I had created. So that’s my homework for this week: to create a nascent “Bible” that begins to explain/explore some of the concepts that I’ve created for my world.
Finally, we talked a little bit about how the story (plot) is developing. It is Science Fiction, but as the protagonist is young, we talked about how it could be a Young Adult story (or perhaps marketed as Young Adult). We talked about some of the possible advantages and pitfalls of the YA market at the moment, and discussed some of its conventions. We decided to wait and see how the story evolved organically before deciding where and how the story could be marketed, but even at this early stage we are looking at the audience for this story and trying to decide which audience is most appropriate for it.
Anyway, that’s it for this week. So sorry for yesterday’s diversion, but when life throws a curveball, I fell compelled to play the umpire and call it as I see it. Not sorry for the baseball reference, however, as the World Series has just wrapped up–wish I could have seen more it, but maybe next year.