This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss the process of writing early drafts in regard to character and world building. Sometimes one can seem to block the other. But do they really go hand in hand? How much process is personal preference? Is Robert really just afraid of writer’s block?




Does world building or character development paralyze your first drafts? How should you address this in pre-writing? How do you identify whether or not something is integral to your story? When it is, how do you make sure you get it right? And how should you approach research?

What we talked about:

What is the anxiety around world building and character development in the first draft? Does it paralyze our efforts to just get the draft out? (0:35)

How should you approach writing the draft to address this problem? (4:18)

How do you evaluate whether or not something is key? (5:40)

When something is integral, how do you get it right? (9:27)

How do you approach factually based stories? (12:15)

When is factual not right for your story? (14:35)

What about research for stories based in fantasy? (16:05)

How do you research quickly and efficiently? (21:40)


Things we mentioned:

Sirens by Joseph Knox
Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Want more about these topics? Check out:

SWRT 18: Setting
SWRT 008: Making the Unfamiliar Familiar

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