Strictly connected to the two previous posts about research and my project, I’ll write this one.
When I scanned through the notes looking for prompts for the general plot I realized that there are many questions about Sonrisa, that’s my fantasy world’s name, I haven’t found an answer for yet!
At the beginning I was very disappointed and a bit tired as well because I’ve been working on it for 8 years now.
But after calming down I thought that answering to simple questions, like those I’ll share with you in a minute, will let me put the word “end” on the world building. Or I hope so…I love Sonrisa, but it still is a huge and slow and long task!
By doing so I should be able to write more consistent stories, free from that I_think_this_is_very_convenient deus ex machina so annoying in certain books, like the writer just had to invent a way out from a tricky situation.
The other solution is trying to convince myself perfection doesn’t exist so I’ll never have something without flows…but I won’t be fair to myself, so I refuse it!
Hence, as far as I discovered brushing my notes, what I hope the last bits left to check are:
Magic– how does it work in details? And a guide line spell list (actually one for each element, one for fantasy and three for black magic to be precise) would complete the picture.
Drugs– I need at least one drug to mirror our world. Fran is going to destroy or attempt to destroy the factory.
How to use currency– I decided the coins already, I gave them name, value and shape, but I need practice.
Elementals– I have elementals of fire. But I guess that I’d need elementals reflecting the other 4 elements I’ve been using for Sonrisa. I need to think about which tribe or country I should place them in order to suit my need best.
Hierarchy of magical creatures– as I have fairies, elements and elementals other than witch and wizards and, other than magical creature, I have to decide the power they have in comparison to each other. Once finalized I won’t change it and then the story will have to bend to the rules!
Religion– I’m atheist and to me it would be a better world without religions. However, if I want to be fair and replicate our society I need at least one. I need to work a lot on this because I didn’t have anything planned at all!
Distances– I need a bit of help here from a friend of mine as my relationship with numbers is one of mutual hate. But as Fran in particular has to travel and as I have to jot down a journal I have to be realistic! Loads of work needs to be done here!!!
Then you never know, maybe I’ll notice some other weak point or the research will remind me something I didn’t think about and I’ll comply, as always!
What about you?
Are you perfectionist or rather, obsessed like I am?
Let me know in the comments below.