Writing a Story Versus Creating a World

I’ve been working hard on my current book, writing every day, and trying to make it my best book so far. But while writing these last two weeks, I’ve noticed how the story seems to sit in the back of my mind no matter what I’m doing or where I am. As I drive to my day job, work out at the gym, or even as I lay in bed falling asleep, pieces of my characters, settings, and events fill my mind. I’m working so much on making the world and characters of this story come to life more completely than others I’ve written.

When I started publishing books on Amazon, I wrote quickly, but in the last six months, with some changes in my day job, I’ve had to slow down. One thought that comes to mind a few times today is whether I’m just writing a story, or actually building a story. I’m working now to build this story. Now that I’m nearing the end of the outline, I’m having thoughts about small items I can add to earlier portions to bring the conflicts and settings even more to life.

My current story is going to be my best one yet because I’m doing more to build the setting and characters. And the best part is, I’m enjoying writing it right now. It keeps my stress levels at work manageable, and gives me an escape. The world I’m creating in this story feels more rich and complete to me because I’m not just focused on writing the story quickly. I want to write this one even better.

Check out some of my other books on Amazon.

My last book, Collected Lives, takes place near the end of the twenty-second century, with vacations and tourism to Earth by off-worlders controlled by major corporations. The largest corporation, Collected Lives, has several enemies. The story follows the events as four people from different portions of Collected Lives’ process are thrown into the middle of a larger problem.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with ancient technology where sacrifice of lifeforce brings magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical energy generated. The Forty mages controlling the empire use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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