July 5, 2011 by musehick
i have been thinking this week a lot about universe building – i have had some great moments where i have been reading a book that is by a particular author and i suddenly realise that what i am reading feeds into a greater mythos. ‘the dark tower’ by stephen king is an expert manifestation of this – king has brought so many different narratives under the umbrella of this larger arc. the thing which really made me think about it this week was reading ‘the incal’ by moebius and jodorowsky and moebius’s own ‘aedena’ and ‘airtight garage’ cycles.
i have also simultaneously been looking at character motivation and story arcs – quest versus bildungsroman, versus quasi-biblical analogues; conflict in stories (the subject of my wife’s writing course at the moment); and various other elements that will help me build something lasting in the realm of fiction.
speaking of universes – i kind of had a bit of a geekgasm today as four different star trek shows were just put on netflix. i think star trek along with probably ‘lord of the rings’ were the first things i watched that got me creating characters, planets, and whole star systems.