While I wait for beta readers to finish my Skrikare WIP, I have dusted off the cobwebs from an old idea and begun to weave new life into it. That's right - I got impatient and started another story, because I miss writing, and even world building helps to placate the urge to write.
And let's face it - world building is simply FUN.
I'm just doing a little at a time, one or two decisions or actions each day. So far I have the supernatural races, the questionable protagonist, the ultimate antagonist and the side antagonist, and a lost-in-life family of sidekicks for the protagonist. And the world! I drew a map of the world, because unlike my urban fantasy WIP, Skrikare: The Living Weapon, this one is high fantasy, complete with its own world. Most of the lands still need names, but I have the layout and the locations. Just looking at it sparks a sense of excitement in me. It always surprised me that the first WIP I managed to take as far as I have was urban fantasy, but now at least I get to play with my own made up world. (But I'm still itching to get back to 'perfecting' Skrikare!)
No actual writing has been done yet for this new WIP, unless you count the chapter or two I wrote for a class in college that I may or may not use the content of now that I've solidified the details of the world and plot more. Some of it may be used, but exactly how much, I have no idea. I don't even know whether or not I'm going to outline the plot. There's no hurry to get to the writing process though; I want to do as much world building as possible before I get started, and part of me is still reluctant to truly start another book until Skrikare is done with edits.
So, next step: naming the regions! And I don't know about you, but I love me some made up fantasy names.