I was originally writing this in the comments of yesterday’s entry, but I decided to pull it out and bring it to the front page.
From my post yesterday:
And worldbuilding is HARD! I donâ€™t know how people do it. What I do know is that reading Hollyâ€™s Diplomacy of Wolves and PBWâ€™s Private Demon and Dark Lover by J.R. Ward has shown me how high the bar is set.
And from Jaci (who has more than a passing acquaintance with my neuroses and has to slap me around on a nearly daily basis):
Worldbuilding is damn hard, but doable. But the worst thing you can do is compare yourself to another author. Take your time and build your own world in your own way.
Not even on a good day would I even try to compare myself to Holly or PBW. :doh:
(See, I even used even twice in one sentence…and then again in this one, dammit.)
Anyway. Even taking Holly’s book out of the mix as it’s fantasy and mine’s a paranormal, it’s still about the worldbuilding. J.R. Ward and PBW both have these awesome worlds their vampires live in, with complex and fascinating rules and characteristics. (This is probably why I’ve always tried not to read in the subgenre I’m writing at the time, but these were books I couldn’t resist.)
What it’s done has made me wonder if I have a regular contemporary romance with a hero who just happens to be…what he is. Does that make sense?
I’m not in full “OMG, I SUCK” mode…yet. I’m just taking a look at whether I’ve created an interesting world for my book, or if I’ve simply given him figurative fangs. A hero with those plastic, Halloween vampire teeth, so to speak.