September 7, 2012 by Tiffany A. Robbins
I have two novel ideas and two months to decide which one to put together in November. I’m excited about both of them, but I’ll have problems with both of them because they require magic world building which I have NEVER done and I don’t read much of that so have little experience with it. Vote below for your favorite! All input is welcome.
Idea 1: This is my people on a bus idea that I’ve talked about before. It’s the story of a shape-shifting being (the bus) who is dying, and his rider (the bus driver) takes this group of flawed but normal seeming humans on a grand adventure to attempt to save his bus.
Pros: I’ve already developed most of my story arc. My characters are firmly in hand. I’ve enjoyed writing my test scenes of character interaction. I also feel like this would be an extremely original idea once put down on paper.
Cons: The world building involved intimidates me. I would need to develop a whole system of gods/aliens/magic/whatever to make this story work. I would need to pull in some other authors for help which involves gas money that I may or may not have. When I write it, I’ll have difficulties being specific with these things.
Idea 2: This idea came to me in a very lucid dream involving the worst aspects of some of my family members. It begins with the death of the Earth’s guardian over all things unmagical. His stepson has been unknowingly undoing the barrier between our unmagical world and the world of magic. This allows the “prince of magic” to escape into our world and kill the guardian. Once this happens, more magic begins to slowly creep in through the cracks between worlds. The guardians daughters become aware that they have inherited some of his abilities and it is the story of the them trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
Pros: I find the piece to be very fun and personal. The settings and characters are familiar to me and already developed.
Cons: Once again, I may have some of the problems with world building the magic since it’s once again out of my genre. I may also run into family issues if someone doesn’t like the way they’re portrayed, but honestly, the ones who would be offended would never read my stuff anyway.