“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my underground lair. I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry. And when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!” Dr. Evil
Today let’s discuss world domination. No, not the Dr. Evil kind, but the writer kind. It could be argued that one reason writers write is to control a world. Not “the” world particularly, although authors who write in more realistic genres could be doing that very thing.
I’m talking about that joy of creating a world- and being the deity of all you view.
Complete and utter world domination.
Writers, along with not being normal, (see previous blogs) are demi-god wanna-be’s. We want to have control over a domain; mark it and make it ours. Some authors have faced pissed off readers with the response of, “it’s my world. I can kill them if I want.” (Not a real quote- just used for example).
That is part of the joy, the “well in MY world apples DO come out of small purple bushes, so there!” comments an author can make to those who claim they have written a falsehood.
However, you must define what your world is. Is it ours? Past? Future? Another place completely? What kind of rules govern it? How is the place your story takes place different from the other places in that world that you don’t even see? Who are the people? What are the physics? The opportunities are endless, as long as you are consistent and stick to your own rule book. Physics for example- hard facts- right? Except that new findings happen fairly often. As science grows, so does our knowledge of our ignorance. What was thought to be impossible half a century ago is common knowledge today. Therefore, once you have established your own parameters- and are prepared to defend them to the death if need be- you can advance on today’s known truths- even physics ;).
So we can create whatever worlds we want. People them with whoever we want (just don’t let real folks be identifiable- ok?). How does a writer get their own world, or worlds, to dominate? They must be diligent in their time.
Just as the world that we live in wasn’t created in a day, neither can your own personal empire.
It boils down to writing goals and pure stubbornness not to quit. I have been trying to maintain a goal of 1,000 words a day. Today I realized that if I met that goal for 300 days (65 days being the “sick, injured, just not working days”) I could write THREE books a year.
THREE WORLDS to dominate and control.
And that is with a full time day job. Just think if I were able to leave it and write full time?
*cue Dr. Evil laugh here*
It’s more than just writing; it’s creating YOUR worlds, polishing YOUR worlds, presenting YOUR worlds to the publishing world.
The question for today is, are you doing enough to ensure your own world domination?