Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Pre-writing progress

No actual words, but I think I'm finally getting a grasp on the world building. That is, I've decided that it isn't an alternate Wales after all. It was just getting too complicated, and I think it's one of the reasons why the beginning had stalled after just a few hundred words.

I need a sense of the place before I can write a story, and I didn't have it with Revealing Secrets. The problem is, I don't want to use real, identifiable colleges, so I can't just set the story in a real town. However, I've decided to use the Ambridge solution.

For non-Brits, Ambridge, the setting for our longest running radio soap opera, is a fictional village somewhere in the rural West Midlands. It's surrounded by a few other fictional places like Penny Hassett and Borchester, but any characters who travel further afield start reaching real places, like Leamington Spa, Worcester, London etc.

So I just need to do the same to Wales and create myself a fictional enclave with a few fictional towns. The solution came to me while driving back from Llandudno and I know more or less where my new bit of Wales will fit so it all feels right. As soon as I get a spare moment, I need to sit down and scribble myself a map. Then I'll be all set to make some progress. I hope.
Tags: pre-writing, revealing secrets, writing progress

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