World-Building Begins

It’s been less than a week since I’ve finished my last short story and I’m already back on my feet and ready to start another one. I enjoy using the characters of Will, Jessie, Katie and Frankie—quite a lot, actually. However, for the short story I’m getting ready to write, I’m going to turn these characters into grown adults—well, Will and Jessie are already ‘technically’ grown adults, but you know what I mean!

I’m turning our Cops and Robbers games into reality. It will be a short spy/suspense piece with a good twist at the end. I’m very excited to get going on it.

Basically, I’m turning Will into a real life Sheriff/ Law enforcer, Jessie into a real life Agent/Deputy, Katie into the real life villain called Scarlett Blood and Frankie into the real life thug, the mysterious Frank. All set in a dark city being taken over by evil.

However, my process is going to be a little different this time. It might be a short story but it will not be a short process. To help me work with my ‘world of reality’, I’ll be doing something I’ve rarely done before. It’s called World-Building. Thanks to the many  posts by my friend and writing buddy, Aubrey (writers, check out her blog NOW), I’ve been encouraged to try building the worlds my stories take place in, to help flush out the reality and later make writing easier.

World building for this short story (cleverly titled ‘Cops and Robbers’ *rolls eyes*) will include building the city which the story takes place, maybe building the exact location, and filling in some back story of the four characters and the operations they are a part of. I think it will be a lot of fun if some work. I’m hoping to have it all pay off when I get to the actual writing part.

How about you writers out there: do you normally do world building for your books or do you just dig right in at Chapter One? That is normally what I do, but I sense that it will take some careful building for this story if I don’t’ want it to turn out cheesy. Cheesy cop stories can be the worst. 😀



8 thoughts on “World-Building Begins

  1. I love that last picture. Epicness. I LOVE the black and white style spy stories. The kinds where the bad girls are dressed up fancy and the men are in trench coats and those super hats. *EPICNESS* I hope the book will work out cool… can’t wait to see what Scarlett girly turns out to be. XD

  2. I have always liked crime/spy movies and other things like that. 🙂 I cannot write at all. I think I am the only blogger that does not write their short story/novel.


  3. Well, I like to think a little bit about the world before I start writing, but mostly I just come up with it as I go along. The more you write, the easier it gets to come up with back-stories and worlds off the top of your head. I’ve never done a real-life like this before, though (I usually stick to fantasy/sci-fi), so building the world before may be helpful. I’d suggest looking at either your favorite crime shows, and paying attention to the details of the world, or looking up different pictures. For character backgrounds, think of what role the character is going to play in the story, and then how their background may have led them to be like they are/make their decisions.

    Best of luck! 🙂


  4. I’m working on world building, but I get too impatient to begin the book to finish the building first! :p

    To the KING be all the glory!

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