Much of that time is devoted to world-building, although for the first few drafts of writing, I don’t realize that is what I am doing.
The layers of plot, politics, religion, and magic/science must be interwoven with bits of history, and the images and odors of the physical environment. Together, these layers help create the setting of any world.
I began one of my current projects with an idea for a character. I knew what the ultimate end of this story is because it is a prequel and is already canon in the Tower of Bones series.
This is the plot, the core conflict: Politics and religion shape three cultures. Two of the societies are strong enough to absorb the…
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