By Dustin Tigner

Disclaimer: Welcome to my spoiler-free journal. This is where I record my thoughts and feelings as they pertain to what the hell I just wrote. I may explore writing craft, productivity techniques, bemoan running out of my favorite snack, or anything else. You've been warned!

I wasn’t going to post an update today.

But that’s totally lame.

I missed last Friday, and I don’t want to make it a habit. The point of this writing journal is to keep a record of what I’m doing, how I feel about it, and what new things I want to try. Skipping days makes for a crappy record.

The thing that really sucks about worldbuilding is how addictive it is. You have this massive canvas in need of filling with unique ideas. Before you know it, you’re skipping along, sprinkling tiny details in areas no one will ever see. You tell yourself, “This will be important one day.” But will it? Ehh, maybe.

What I need to do is dive into how the various heavens work. This is what I’m stuck on. There are many conflicting details from multiple books trying to fit in.

But, of course, that’s not what I did, not entirely.

I named Olindale zones and towns, and I found the places in the world where they exist. I dug into my character attribute spreadsheet and really made it shine. And started detailing “playable” races, identifying their pros and cons.

None of this was a waste of effort. These are things I need to know.

But they are distractions.

In between planning out these details, I would brace myself and attempt the hard stuff. There are two dozen index cards on my table full of questions: Why does X character want this? Why can’t they just do Y? If they did Z, what would happen? Will that provide a satisfying conclusion, or does it feel contrived?

The biggest challenge is how the answers to these questions will directly affect the Arachnomancer series. These answers are layers within the framework of the overall conflict Dhane and Sarah and all the other characters have been trapped within. What I decide now holds weight.

I’m going to continue worldbuilding tomorrow. May this mark on my record help me not get trapped here, producing 0 words day after day. I’ve done this before, trapped for six months, digging into details that never made it into a published book. That’s damn sad.

See you tomorrow. :)

(I think I will go back and add an entry for last Friday. I’ll do it tomorrow.)