Thinking of a New Pop-Up
Character and World Building
While Writing into the Dark…
Seems like a fun idea to talk about for a bunch of videos in the Pop-Up series, including techniques on how to do both character and world building while writing into the dark. Especially complex world and character stuff.
I get a bunch of questions about this regularly, actually. Anyone even interested? It would open up in mid-May somewhere.
In the meantime, Kris and I have a bunch of homework to do between writing to get ready for the licensing expo here in June. Going to be great fun and I hope to learn a ton and maybe make a few deals along the way. No telling.
And I am going to record and put out in May the last of the Futures workshop series called Futures: Patience. It starts on Wednesday.
And one last note on this quick Friday night blog.
Go to my home page on Facebook and click on the post done by Joe Lansdale. He talks about not rewriting, writing into the dark, doing only one draft, and a ton of stuff I think might help you.
Especially since it is so rare a professional like Joe backs up what Kris and I have been saying for years. Most long-term pros are worried about saying anything because they might lose readers. A post worth reading.
Interested? God, yes. This is just what I need; trying to worldbuild in advance is killing my writing, but when I start off into the dark, I skim along the surface of the story. (I’m saving for your Depth workshops).
I forget how the pop-ups work, as far as cost and how long the videos stay up, and if you release them all at once or space them out. But if I have enough saved by mid-May, I’m in.
Are you sure a pop-up would be enough? Sounds like a whole workshop to me…
Mike, I thought the same thing. Sounds more like a workshop to me too.
If it’s available outside the Facebook ecosystem, could someone repost the Joe Lansdale link here?
The closest thing I could find on his homepage was his episode from The Prolific Writer podcast. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/everyday-theology-podcast/the-prolific-writer/e/54815344
Thank you in advance!
On my Facebook page, Danielle, not Joe’s. The link is on my page.
I think the issue is that you can’t see any of the posts if you don’t have a Facebook page. So the link you provided above is useless to those who don’t Facebook.
And Joe didn’t put it anywhere but on Facebook. I’ll write him and get permission to copy it to my blog.
Given that I just asked about this… yes, interested! 🙂
Yep, definitely interested. At my stage of the journey, world-building is just one too many balls in the air, especially in short fiction. This limits the genres I write in, mostly because I find the setting easier to describe.
I just came across an interview with an actor (Timothy Olyphant “Deadwood”, “Santa Clarita Diet” ) who mentions how he works, and it sounds like an actor’s version of writing into the dark. It was interesting to see that used in a different medium.