I’m in the midst of re-writing a scene depicting a horrific chasm in the ground filled with grey, undulating cavities and filled with what will end up being either monstrous worm things, monstrous spider things, or a whole mess of monstrous bugs of all varieties. In fact, having just written that sentence, it’s gotta be the latter. If you’re creating anything, don’t be afraid to go with the icky things if the content demands it. The line between truth and gratuity is fine indeed, but one that storytellers must tread. Well, at least this storyteller must tread it.
I’ll be leading a discussion in the Nebraska Writers Workshop on Speculative Fiction world building in a few weeks. Maps and timelines shall be made. I anticipate there to be a great fluidity in the creation. Made by committee yes, but still a fun exercise in revealing a hidden world that our world has yet to see. Either way, I’m sure I’ll get marker ink on my fingers from the dry erase board.