Sights Unseen

I love exploring the world of this novel through my sketchbook. A couple reasons why. For one, it’s a great way to flesh out scenes, and specifically, details of the world that can zip through your head before you get to jot them down. Another benefit is getting to see things that will never make it into the book. Like this guy here.

Why would you create something that’s not going in the book? Seems like a waste of time. Quite the opposite for me. Even if much of what I create doesn’t make the cut, it helps give the world of the Conjurian an added sense of reality. It becomes a real living, breathing organic system. And that’s key for a fantasy book. I certainly don’t want the reader feeling as if the book is just a bunch of made up places and creatures strung together. Rather I want to give them the sensation that they have stepped through a window into a world that already was and continues to be. A rabbit’s hole made from bound pieces of paper.

Creating such an experience is the joy and torment of writing.

6 thoughts on “Sights Unseen

  1. fred charles

    We both have similar blogs. I’m using mine to chronicle my novel as well. I will add you to my blogroll.

  2. Fred Charles

    I have marginal drawing abilities, so I do very little sketching. I do, however, spend time making maps of my fantasy world. It’s a great way to just flesh things out.

  3. mesmacat

    The idea of creating things not specifically used in the novel is not a strange to me, or probably to many or most novelists.

    The rule of thumb seems to be that in order to create a rich and varied and convincing world, you need to create way more than you will ever see in the final product. Perhaps this is a product of evolution, where the best ideas out of many will wriggle and fight their way into the final text. But perhaps it is just because there is something more in a piece that only shows the snowy peak of the iceberg above the water line, but holds and has far more below the surface.

    I honest believe, after many years of writing novels, that good novels show the work not seen between the lines somehow within the lines.

    I think it may be a case of the confidence that comes from knowing there is more, but choosing what is key to expressing your vision, or perhaps it is just the feeling of a mass of imagination and love for the work, and the many hours the author has put into it, that subtlely, quite beyond reason, transmits through the finished piece, like a secret you want to know, but can never quite hold.

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