So this weekend I managed to actually work a bit on the story I started for the Make Your Way anthology. I had a really hard time sitting down with it for some reason, but last night I finally started thinking through the characters a little bit. I guess the problem was that I knew I needed to do some worldbuilding in order to properly think through my characters. But once I started I ended up on a roll!
One oversight that I made with City of the Dead was that I failed to come up with naming conventions for the world. I’ve got rough naming conventions for pretty much all the other worlds I’ve come up with because I want to make sure characters from different settings don’t have too similar-sounding names. So last night I sat down and thought through that; from there I moved on to thinking about the individual characters a little more. Thinking through everything also made me realize that lands and titles in City of the Dead move through matrilinear lines. This is a little thing, but it is pretty obvious because City of the Dead is ruled primarily by the Queen (she has a King, but he is in charge of security and military matters while she is the one who does the actual ruling).
I came up with my character motivations as well. I think I’ve figured out how they think (and why things unfold the way they do). Last night I was thinking they were an aristocratic family, but after sleeping on it I’m thinking they are not. While I liked the idea of them being aristocrats (especially because it explains where the family’s father is), I’d then have to figure out either why they don’t have servants or why the servants saw and heard nothing. Plus having servants in the picture may pose a problem for keeping the character count down (which I want to do because this is going to be a short story). If they aren’t an aristocratic family, and so don’t have servants, all of these problems become nonexistent.
Most of the work I did was yesterday, but I did find names for the characters today. I’m planning on doing some more work on things tomorrow afternoon, too. After that I’ll probably have to turn my attention back to Sustainably North and getting a blog post ready for next week. Thinking of Sustainably North, today I talked about drinking straws, if you’re interested in reading it. 🙂
I hope everyone has a good and productive week. 🙂