Monday, July 21, 2008

Literary Process - Brind Song

Another novel series I've begun developing based on some artwork I've been doing recently and the story I tried to co-author with my sister.
I've divided it up into Four Books so far.

Over the course of a few years I've been developing the world and culture of the planet...which needs a name still. The countries have names, but not the world.
I've got a good handle on the various cultures and creatures in the world including their government type, who their leaders are, the primary religion, the sort of religion that is, distinctive features, and various alliances.

This called for a huge long list of characters. Which I've got all in a document.
Some are more developed than others since they were a part of the "original" tale.

Book 1 I intend to be the story that my sister and I never finished. That's where it starts. It gives a narrow view of the world and situation from the eyes of a child.

Book 2 is set elsewhere and takes a more macro-view of the situation through the eyes of some adults. There is some overlap between Book 1 and Book 2.

Book 3 is another micro-view but from the eyes of an adult behind "enemy lines". There will be some overlap between book 2 and book 3.

Book 4 is the culmination of all three stories as they come together in a climax bringing resolution for all!

I've also written a Creation Myth for the world which stems from the major religion of the world. It's a good way to set the stage I think for all the books. :)

Awhile ago I wrote a bestiary describing all the fauna on the planet.

I've been continually writing out the abilities and culture of the brinds since it is growing more complex with every attempt at this story.

Literary Process - Eggworld

Last night I spent more time brainstorming on my "Egg World" story and have sketched out three basic "Acts" or chapters to draw.

Act 1: is the Creation story and events leading up to the "hatching".
The 7 Eldest divide into factions over the sayings of the youngest who is a prophet.

Act 2: is the beginning of civilization that happens immediately after the hatching.
The faction still exists so there is the first war.

Act 3: is the beginning of domestic trouble.
There are no more factions but their is one Eldest who feels left out of the group.
We have our first affair! :D

So far I've only conceptualized the 7 eldest characters. (They're not even developed yet.)
I still need to flesh out a few new characters to add.

And I need a new title. Eggworld is stupid. That's just a working title.
Let's brainstorm some new titles based on themes in the story so far.
Themes: Birth, Origins, Eldest, Wonder, Hatching
Title Ideas: Seven (it was the name of an old, old comic concept I had with the 7 archangels.)
The Eldest
Hatchlings
Seven Elders
Wonders Origin
Origin Wonders

I like Seven so far...it's kind of cryptic.
the Eldest is the name of a terrible book.
Wonders Origin is okay.
Hatchlings is lame, yet descriptive.