We just got done with the final interview. It's time to finally relax for just a bit before I bring this project out to the greater public. I'm excited, but I'm also exhausted. I'm glad this part is, more or less, done.
But you're not here to listen to vague hints about my project for the eightieth time. Presumably, you're here for something literary, something related to The Paladin or maybe just writing in general. Well, allow me to oblige.
On a recent episode of Writing Excuses, the crew was asked what level of cultural knowledge do you need to know to write a story. I feel like that's quite an interesting question. I didn't get to hear all of the crew's answers (I had to stop the podcast to do real life stuff, blegh...) but I think I can offer a few insights, at least as I see them.
I love world building. Cultural knowledge is paramount if you're planning a longer story. I'm sure short stories or flash fiction you can get away without knowing the religion of the main characters or the political hierarchy in the larger world. But if you plan on writing anything with heft, anything with a larger word count, you need to know these things.
Again, I've mentioned these in other entries, but this is not an invitation to do some exposition dumping. It's important to know what is going on in the background because those things influence your characters' decision. The more you write about, the more you need to know what's going on in the background.
Sorry to cut this one short, I'm looking over contracts right now and really lost track of time. I'll try to have something a little meatier tomorrow.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.