I have stopped working on my current WiP because I’ve come to a crises of world-building. It’s urban fantasy and up until now I imagined that it would take place in NYC. Different from the real city, because of what I need from the world, but still the city. The city I would recognize.
(Yeah, the city. Like there aren’t any other cities in the world. Like this is the archetype and all other cities are just pale, pathetic copies.)
Now I am not so sure. I’ve reached a point where I am questioning some of the world choices I made. I’ve realized some things about the world, about how this world works. It changes things.
I had thought originally that it was the same world, complete with the same wars and conflicts. Just with more magic. Lots more magic. And science as something that developed slightly more slowly, looked down upon, but widely used. Especially by those with weak magic.
I have a better idea now about changes I need than before I started the story. But I am not certain how to incorporate the changes. I can do one of two things:
1) change the world. Change the city’s name. Change the whole city. This would turn the story into a more traditional fantasy.
2) keep the current world, but to incorporate the changes I need, add more wars in the history. Change up national boundaries maybe, change the war outcome too maybe. Add more conflict, more tension in the present.
They would both be a lot of work. I don’t know which to choose, which would be better.
So I haven’t written anything in more than a month now.
- YA 101: Urban Fantasy (jennykellerford.wordpress.com)