I may be an off-the-cuff writer, but I don’t apply that to the world that the story is based in. I love the idea of making worlds. The world is the ulitmate setting for the story, and to me is crucial for developing stories and the directions they work towards. Every story has to have a reason for it. Just writing a story is, at least to me, incomplete if I don’t have a reason and direction that the story is moving towards.
The Glass Bottles series is working towards a definitive ending, and beginning. A world, like our own Real World, is like that. You’re in its story, and you have your own, and yours will end some day, but the world’s will go on. To me that sense of direction and background is what makes good stories flow. You’re in the world seeing it from the main character’s perspective, and that world is a story the character is part of.
So for me, I need a world so that the story can be built into it, draw from it, and in turn influence the world back.
Tomorrow I’ll show off some ideas for worlds that have stories that are being worked on for publishing next year. Until then, as Stan Lee would say, EXCELSIOR!