I confess, sometimes when I hear the words world building, character profiling, story planning and research I get twitch eye.
I’ve had a new idea – inspiration has struck – and I just want to write.
Is there anything wrong with ‘just writing’? – I don’t think so. Sometimes the best characters and ideas are born from the raw momentum of just going with it.
But I usually find after a few pages, I lose steam… because the ideas, characters or scenes don’t have a context. This is where research and planning starts for me.
And one of the first documents I reach for is Patricia C. Wrede’s ‘Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions’. As Patricia herself says on her blog the questions aren’t a ‘prescription or a recipe’ for building worlds – it’s just a really useful document to get you started.
Ultimately I think every writer has their own processes, and I don’t believe there is a right or wrong way of creating – if it works for you – go with it!