Blank Canvas Syndrome

The thing about world-building from scratch is that there’s just so much of it to do.

Every time I write a detail down, it just leads to a whole bunch of other questions about other things that I really ought to know or think about. It’s a windy path, and it can be fun, but it’s also a little easy to play the “what if” game – and as amusing as that is, I’d rather just start writing and worry about some of the details later.

Plus there’s that whole question of whether or not there’s really anything original anymore – or am I just rehashing what’s already out there.

I’d like to think I’ve got it in me to come up with *something* new, but who knows? I’m messing around with more science than fantasy at the moment, and physics just isn’t my thing.

I’m a tad edgy about it. That whole ‘blank canvas’ syndrome thing where it’s easier to just stare at the pristine whiteness of the paper instead of starting something and risk messing up.

Suppose that’s what it means to be an artist, though.

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2 Responses to Blank Canvas Syndrome

  1. Rhianna says:

    I think that's why as a reader/reviewer I'm often fairly forgiving with a certain amount of flawed world building. I have a friend that is a huge physics nerd and he won't watch True Blood or read any series where the vampires can fly because of some science hooplah. I'm like "dude it's supposed to be entertaining, suspend disbelief a little… NERD!" 😛

    Playing the "what-if" game can make a person insane. A little inconsitency or implausibility is okay with me as long as it's still fun to read.

  2. Renee says:

    I can imagine it's pretty hard to think of everything, being a mere mortal and all. 😉  I think you've done a really great job so far, though!

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