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Old November 17 2013, 05:00 AM   #47
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Re: Writing questions

JD wrote: View Post
Would you guys say it's pretty normal for something to totally transform between the original idea hitting you, and actually writing stuff?
Oh, hell, yeah. Less so with tie-in work, where the outline has to be approved in advance and you have to stick pretty close to it in manuscript (or at least give notice if it changes radically), but a lot of my original ideas have transformed enormously over time, and sometimes I've rewritten a story massively more than once.

How important would you say world building is for original speculative fiction? Over the last couple years I've built up a 26 page outline with history, character bios, and info for about half a dozen different races. I admit a lot of this probably won't end up in the story, but I've had a blast building this thing and that's really all I care about right now.
For me, worldbuilding is the best part. However, getting too caught up in the worldbuilding can end up being an excuse to avoid actually writing the damn thing.
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