Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Workshop #2: World Building Journal

Morgan, here, with another workshop to get your creative juices flowing.  One of the things I love about writing, is world building.  Some authors use giant poster boards to collect images, scraps, and pictures for inspiration.  Since my day job requires tons of travel, I decided to combine my love of scrapbooking and collage to create a portable world building journal.

My latest WIP is a YA, Steampunk novel.  Here is a picture of the cover of "My Steampunk World" journal:

I found a plain journal at a local scrapbook supply store.  It is wire bound and included a mix of lined pages and pockets.  I took the binding apart and reordered the pages to disperse the pockets in sections for each character, then designed a cover representative of the world I'm building.  Sites like iStockphoto have pictures available that can be licensed (for a small or large fee) for both commercial and non-commercial use. 

After finding images to represent my characters, I created page spreads and sections to capture my thoughts, notes, and other research.  Here is an example of one of the character pages in my journal:
For one of the characters, I found a woman I liked, but she was wearing jeans and a t-shirt.  I used a bit of clothing from a paper doll book to put her in period appropriate clothing:

Other sections include sketches of my steam powered gadgets, maps, and notes from my historical research.

To help garner the look, feel, and textures of my world, I add scraps of ribbon, fabric, and craft paper. Tim Holtz has created a wonderful line of vintage and Steampunk themed papers and embellishments.  His products can be found at most major art, craft, and scrapbook supply stores.  (I also like 7 gypsies line of products.)

  • How do you do your world building?
  • Can you think of ways to 'recycle' your world building work for use in your marketing and promotions?
  • Wanna share your process? Send us a picture!

Note: This type of journal can be used for any genre.  Small business owners may use this project as a tool to gain a feel for their store image, products, website design, etc. 

In this week's Finer Points Friday post, I will discuss how I plan on using parts of this journal in my marketing plan for my WIP Steampunk series.

Feel free to be CREATIVE!

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