I had an interesting thought a few days ago. I was listening to a writing podcast (Writing Excuses) and they were talking about worldbuilders disease. Where an author spends so much time imagining and creating a world that they never get around to writing the actual story. A common problem for writers who want to write science fiction and/or fantasy. I quite like worldbuilding myself, and I suck at plots, so guess where my creative energy likes to go. However, my thought was this: I realized that it isn’t that big a problem anymore. Or, well, it doesn’t have to be. Back in the previous century (or millenium) submitting to a publisher was the only way to get published and they liked proper stories. It’s what sold. If you wanted worldbuilding stuff, you might try to get hired by a tabletop RPG company or something. However, with self-publishing and ebooks these days things have changed. I bet you could actually just build up a world and sell it. I mean, you probably couldn’t make a living off that, but I could craft a interesting and complex world, organize and format it really nice, and put it up as a amazon ebook to sell it. So worldbuilder’s disease is not as big a problem as it used to be. Of course you still need to learn how to present it in a nice way, to write concisely and clearly to be either an entertaining read or a easy read. Just doing a world instead of a story doesn’t let you side-step all the really important stuff. After I finish up the two short stories I’m working on I might actually give that a try.
Below the break, a short review of the short story One Drink by Max Florschutz.
Sadly, I didn’t manage to finish this one. Only got about 34% through it. Good news is that it wasn’t bad writing that drove me away. Bad news, it wasn’t good enough writing to keep me from getting bored. It just seemed very generic and bland. Which is odd. I’ve read other stories from this author that I’ve really enjoyed. My advice to the author would be the same as the notes I keep getting from my editor. Try to minimize the use of -ing words. Cutting out as many -ly words would probably help as well, but I noticed less of that. It just seemed very dull and in need of tighter editing/prose.