One can't just pound out words for eight hours a day, five days a week. Well, maybe some people can, but I sure can't. So what else do I do to chum the creative waters?
For me, and I know this is going to be a real shocker-- it's worldbuilding work, especially maps.
Now, I'm sure a lot of writers just build the world for the stories, or craft a world around a story idea. Which is probably the smarter thing to do. I mean, if you're doing all that worldbuilding work, it should be for a purpose, right?
is probably the sort of thing that other sf/fantasy writers dread.
And I get that. But for me, it's a lot of fun. And dorky. I will
fully admit to compiling spreadsheets filled with just raw data of
animal domestication or tech development of number of planets for
hundreds of stars or regions or whatever else. That gets the processing
and analytical part of my brain in gear, and lets the writing brain
churn and simmer, and then, hey... a thousand words show up.
Plus, maps are fun. I can't draw very well, but I can do maps.
That's all for now. I'll be at OryCon this weekend, and if you're in the area, I hope to see you there.
An admin note: I'm in the process of consolidating and updating my website, so everything, including this blog will be in the same place. I'll post in both places for a while, but eventually the Blogger version will go away, and everything will be over there.