The weekend is a good time to get creative, and it’s also a good time to think about what you’re going to do for future projects. As I wrote yesterday, I’ve begun the process of getting my story for Camp NaNo going. I’ve a title, a Scrivener project in place, and I’ve got some characters set up. Yes, I have other things to do, but I also have two weeks to get my kernel of a story planted, watered, and sprouting.
I’ve done more with less, trust me.
As I pointed out to a few people I’m into the world building phase. The good news is that I have a lot of the world already built. The bad news is I have a lot of the world to build. Reason? I originally built much of the story within the framework of another world, and now I have to reverse engineer everything so it fits inside another world. Does that make sense? It does to me.
One of the things I use within my story are maps and floor plans. I’ve always used maps to figure out where things should be within the framework of a story. When I wrote Couples Dance I knew where the main house was located, and I used Google Maps to see how I’d get from one place in my world to another. With Her Demonic Majesty I had drawings of what Chicago might have looked like had city plans been allowed to progress, and in my world that’s exactly what happened.
And in The Foundation Chronicles, I’ve a pretty big school to design. Actually, it’s designed for the most part. There are things to put into place, but I have buildings up, and names assigned to buildings and places. Now all I have to do is write the story.
Though there’s something else here as well . . .
I may have mentioned that I have designed buildings that I use in my stories because I like to have a visual reference for what my characters are seeing. This was actually forced upon me, more or less, by someone I know, because when I’d start talking about these buildings that these characters were visiting, she was like, “I can’t really see it. Can you draw it out?” Most of the time I’d say, “No,” but I have a hard time saying no to this person . . .
What we have here is the hospital of the Main Hall for my school in The Foundation Chronicles. It’s a big part of an even bigger building, and as there are three main floors to this place, it’s taken some time getting things in place. My two main characters end up going here after they arrive at the school, and it’s here that they not only meet someone who’ll be a part of their lives for many years to come, but it’s where one character learns some rather unusual news–
Actually, they learn a few things in this area. There’s even a joke that comes out of the story where one of the beds is named for one of the main characters.
I have stairs and a lift to the floor above. I have bathrooms. I have a place for patients to sit and eat if they can. I have beds for quick examinations, and beds for overnight–and longer–stays. I have the doctor’s officer, storage, and . . . the waiting room where one of my characters gets the news, and they have a bit of a freak-out moment. Oh, get me a fainting couch!
Then again, if you look hard, you’ll see I already have one . . .