Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Why I Love World-Building: inspiration & spark

This post is part of a series to augment the Author's Manifesto available for free download.

This and other inspirations of mine are gathered in the Spark Directory for you to explore.

Find more worldbuilding content in my Codex Directory.

I love the world-building process. I love inventing something complex and rife with human disparity. I believe people deserve a well-crafted story and a well-defined setting for that story to unfold. But I also want to contribute to the entertainment paradigm. I believe the world needs more good stories, and I want my stories to matter.

The world I've built allows me great freedom for storytelling. I explore different social structures and cultural models, experimenting with the human condition and examining how any society's practices influence its people. I question normativity, because every culture has its own normal. I experiment with different definitions of normal, and I probe how individuals resist the pressures of society.

Check out this Author's Manifesto for more of my inspirations!

I also want the magic of my world to help readers understand the unity of nature, by showing the world from a more spiritual perspective. My readers relate to characters who live in a different paradigm, and they can resonate with the real spiritual maxims within that framework. By presenting this framework in a fictional setting, I provide a comfortable and safe venue for my readers to explore these spiritual truths without triggering people's real-world reservations about new ideas.

I love what I do. I must love what I do, because it can be long, lonely work. In many ways, writing a novel means surrendering the outside world to develop an inner world. Perhaps not all storytellers have found sanctity in their work, but when I weave my Tales of the Known World saga, I can tell that this is my calling.

That's it for this post! Check out my latest inspirations for more.

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