I ran across a very interesting item by Sarah Laskow on Atlas Obscura about writers’ approaches to world-building.
Favorite quotes from some of the authors discussed…
“I begin every story I write by drawing a map because it is only when my characters start moving from place to place that a plot unfolds.”
–Abi Elphinstone [Dreamsnatcher]
“Writing is a matter of sullen toil. Drawing is pure joy. Drawing a map to go with a story is messing around, with the added fun of coloring in.”
— Phillip Pullman [His Dark Materials]
This is a strategy I will add to my prewriting course…and will experiment with as I draft The Next Page, my current school-based middle grade novel.
Other project work…
Writing prompts for other ‘creative reinventors’.