Friday, March 24, 2006

World Building

Alasdair and I world build nearly every day. He writes his world into a lined A4 hardovered exercise book. I use a huge visual diary. We follow, to our best ability, the wonderful questions posted here

The word consistency is the key. Build your world consistently - each day add something, think of something, note it down. This is not a task to tackle in an ad hoc fashion, for me, at least. I'm finding that because I'm doing a little each day, I'm seeing the world more and more clearly.

The Girl-child has agreed to draw my characters.
The Accountant has kind of agreed to draw my map.

We'll see where all this gets us.

In the meantime it is definitely a pool day.


Jo Smith said...

Hi Catherine

Great world building link - thanks.
I started to do my ten top books list but got totally overwhelmed by the task and it ended up being far more than ten!
I'm almost over the disappointment of the Gippstafe on-line poetry class not going ahead. :-(

Best Wishes, Jo smith

Cattyrox said...

Hi Jo,
Sorry about the poetry class. It was disappointing. Go on - tell me your ten - or twenty - top books.

Jo Smith said...

You asked for it Catherine!

These are roughly in chronological order of reading. Some are probably a bit odd and I was tempted to leave them off the list to make it look ‘more literary’.

It was interesting deciding what I really had been influenced by versus what I would like to be seen to have been influenced by – the public face as opposed to the secret face I suppose.

I could have made a top 100, as it was I took out Michael Moorcock and Patrick White.

Sorry in advance for any spelling mistakes.


Kings of Space – W E Johns (odd I know, but I used to love all of the Johns’ space related books – never Biggles though)

Narnia books, especially The Last Battle – C S Lewis

The Phoenix and the Carpet – E Nesbit

Little Women – L M Alcott

The Little Prince – Antoine de St Exupery

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge

Children of Green Knowe – Lucy M Boston

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Bratsk Station – Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien

Sons and Lovers – D H Lawrence

Claudine books (any) – Collette

Jack of Shadows – Roger Zelazny

Restoree – Anne McCaffrey

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Collected Poems – Derek Walcott

Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett (love the way he uses the story/narrative concept)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Attwood

Cattyrox said...

Hey Jo, you know what could be sort of interesting (as a woman?) is a list of the books that influenced your sense of style/fashion/dress -
that biography of Ottoline Morrell
Women in Love, D H - the descriptions of the coloured stockings,
Claudine, definitely Claudine - I even owned a couple of dresses once that I secretly thought of as being v. Claudine.
Anais Nin's costumes. Her descriptions of June Miller's clothes - well, just Nin's sheer awareness of clothes was amazing. I can remember deliberately setting out in my journal, a la Nin, to describe a pair of laceup grecian sandals I had bought...

Jo Smith said...

Well... clothes is a tricky one (and what sense of style?). But as the question has rolled around in my head memories have lifted to the surface. As a kid I wanted to be like Heidi so I'd tie my plaits together for 'the look' and wear embroidered shirts. That changed to the Galadriel look in the early 70s at uni when I also had a touch of the Gatsbys(sequentially not simultaneously.
I've always had a hankering after the Edwardian Little Women type thing as well... velvet, heavy embroidery...
Jo :-)

helcatty said...

yes well i have watched you many a time building your worlds but my way is much simpler- no writing exists- i am not allowed to write even ideas down because it all must be done in my head or in drawing on the paper

Gregory Brett Hardy said...

You know, most of the better worldbuilding I've done has been in my head and mulled over for weeks before I wrote anything down...