I’ve been doing a lot of world-building lately, but now my thoughts are finally turning back to The Ruler of Ruins and how I’m going to continue writing it.
Earlier this year I decided that I’d rather publish my Askamar stories as web-fiction rather than novels.
Well… I’ve changed my mind!
Perhaps the main problem with novels is that they require plots, which means that I have to impose an artificial-feeling ‘dramatic structure’ on the history of my world. I also have to choose which point-of-view to focus on , which means that a lot gets left out.
On the other hand, it’s more satisfying to produce a novel, and it brings more focus to my writing projects.
It’s all a matter of different ways of depicting my con-world. Writing brings my world to life, but never perfectly. I feel like the articles on my website depict Askamar / Udaris more fully and ‘realistically’ (at least, those that are up-to-date!), but they they lack detail, emotion and description.
Anyway, I’ve decided that I’d like the website to act as a reference for the con-world, while the stories themselves remain in the published novels. It feels neater that way.
I know this has been an especially rambling blog entry! The main point is that the library has been re-arranged again. Descriptions and links to the published Askamar novels have been restored, and the web-fiction is gone (well, it’s not as if anyone was reading it!)
One of the ‘stories‘ that I’d posted in the library can still be read on this blog, however. I’ve produced a lot of writing for The Ruler of Ruins that just won’t fit into a novel, so I might add more early drafts and cut scenes to the blog later.
I’m also probably going to resume work on The Ruler of Ruins over the weekend. I might still even achieve my goal, which was to get to the end of the book by the end of the year!