In between work, family and sports commitments, finding the energy and motivation to write has proved quite onerous. Several months ago, I was at the other end of the extreme, having all the time in the world to devote to writing while the kids were at school and/or daycare, my wife was working to support my unemployed butt, and I wasn’t playing Rugby Union. How the knife of life has gone from thick lathering to a much thinner spread.
In his awesome article, which I reblogged not too long ago, the very talented Paul Davis suggests not even writing your story. Get the creative juices flowing by deepening your world, be it through the world itself or the mythologies that its people believe in.
I used the advice on my ‘Big Project’, and started the building of a new mythology for the country that is the starting point of Book 1.
As with all stories involving deserts, there is an oasis of abundance. Several individuals break a widely- and long-held belief. These individuals come to be revered for their amazing and unique abilities. They bring new prosperity to their portion of their adopted homelands.
And then it all goes to the pack when these individuals meet in a time of need, caused by everything from love triangles to belief schisms.
Was happy enough with the movement of the history, until I realised I already had written a myth for the world some time ago.
Two brothers, polar opposites of the other, manage to create an amazing world together. One proposes balance, while the other is satisfied with a caste system that implicitly ‘ranks’ people. They inevitably battle, and one has to leave forever.
There were links between the two stories and how they led to the foundation of Book 1’s country.
Which myth should come first? The Brothers or The Enlighteners?
Should there be distinct Ages to the country, and possibly the other countries in the ‘Big Project’ world?