Right now, I’m going through a bit of a rough writing spot. I fulfill a requirement for my Kickstarter, I need to write a number of segments of mechanical (think social studies) styled articles. Which, let me tell you, is a different type of writing.
As a reward in my crowdfunding campaign, backers are slated to receive the ‘Backer Booklet’, a small book that rounds out the world of Renaissance Calling. The topics chosen for the book were selected by four polls run during the campaign, and they all turned out to be pretty similar in their scope:
- From State to Kingdom: History of Minnesota
- Life in Walker County: How the Protagonist grew up
- The Kingdom of North Mississippi: The setting of the story
- Countries of Atlantic America: A survey of foreign powers
Some of them could easily be Wikipedia articles, and the rest could be found in some scholastic journal. All world building.
It may sound easy, since you’re not writing with dramatic prose or worrying about ‘show don’t tell’, but I’m not coming up with sixty pages of mundane facts. ‘Life in Walker County’ is not a counting of population and agricultural production. It is a look into the life of the main character, explaining the world she grew up in. It needs to be interesting and informative.
One easy assist it to add in graphics. I’ve got maps and flags planned, and I’m leaning towards commissioning a few pieces of artwork to round it all out. That definitely goes a long way to keeping it interesting. But it can’t save a book where the writing is too mechanical.
At the moment, what I’m working on is getting the information down, so I have a good starting place. It will be dry, sure, but I can worry about crafting the words later, once I know what the data is.
I can tell you this, though. I’m looking forward to getting back to some good, old fashioned fiction writing.