Since I’ll be spending so much of November working on my NaNoWriMo project, I thought I’d show you a bit of my prewriting process. This is what I did during October. This post is about creating settings - the small ones.
There are a few places that I have to get the images of what’s there. In my last post, I talked about using Google Sketch. It’s good for the big settings, but almost impossible for the small ones that need a bit more creativity, less structure and more of a picture.
For example, I have a world that’s created only in dreams. Now, I’ve never actually been to that world, and I wasn’t quite sure what it looked like. So I began doodling. As I did, I began to get a clearer picture. Doors. Lots of doors. Each one leading into a different person’s dream.
So as I doodled, this is what I came up with. It’s just an outline, but it makes the picture clearer for me.
And of course, there’s a Rowell’s dream world. I knew what I wanted, but the where and the how? That was a little bit more difficult. So, again, I doodled until I could figure it out.
Now I know what’s going on and where my characters are.