steampunkscarecrow said: Good luck (as I spam your posts about this because I’m excited)! I’m glad I’m reusing a world and continuing to develop a basic concept ><
I never do much before writing the first draft, anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. I don’t plan much of the story ahead of time - go with the flow and all that - and I never do much worldbuilding without knowing what I’m writing. So it’s mostly just deciding on how much tech I want and magic, which isn’t particularly difficult.
Because it’s one of the few things that was very explicitly expanded on, I’m most looking forward to the Sorting Hat portion of Pottermore. I’m curious to know how well people self-house. Will everyone get a sudden wake up call and find out they belong in a house they didn’t original identify…
J.K. Rowling seems to feel that the test is going to be ‘hard to guess’, so that it will be harder to pick out which choice is a point towards which house. I’m sure some will be easier than others, but it’s apparently also randomized, so that should make it harder. Personally, I’m going to take the test with as little bias as possible. I feel like a Slytherin and I’m proud of that, but I won’t be disappointed or upset if I get sorted into Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, or Ravenclaw.
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Anders, Lou. “Interview with China Miéville.” The Believer. The Believer, Apr. 2005. Web. 28 June 2011. <http://www.believermag.com/issues/200504/?read=interview_mieville>. Miéville, China. Perdido Street Station. New York: Del Rey, 2001. Print. Miéville, China. Embassytown. New York: Ballantine, 2011. Print.
I don't feel like the main trait of Ravenclaw should be 'intelligence'.
When you think Ravenclaw, you think “intelligence” - it is basically their defining trait. Which makes them the most boring house in the world, because intelligence isn’t a personality trait, it is something you have. To say that Ravenclaw’s main trait is intelligence is basically the same as saying the main trait of a Slytherin’s is their pure blood, or that the main trait of a Hufflepuff’s is that they are all bland and pudgy. That makes no sense, and simply mustn’t be true. We know the top student is Hermione Granger, and in past years, was Percy Weasley (Gryffindor), Barty Crouch Jr. (presumably Slytherin), and Tom Riddle (Slytherin). And, by all rights, there must be people in Ravenclaw who aren’t naturally intelligent.
A love of knowledge, perhaps. Or an interest in mysteries, the unanswered. Resourceful, creative maybe. Even wisdom, another stock trait, makes more sense, though there aren’t many who - at 11 - could be called “wise”.
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With this story I geared my writing away from descriptions of appearance as and focused on description of intangible things for some reason. I may copy/paste into a new doc and try a draft where that is reversed just to see. Idk anymore -___-
Nothing wrong with that, man. I think the only appearance description in my latest (eighth, if you cared) draft is, “She was shorter than I was, but about a fair bit thicker.” Though this is at least partially because, in my latest draft, there is basically no light, and details like colour are rather subtle and unnoticed to most of the people in the world.
See, this is why I wanted to keep the simple draft of my novel. It’s by no means bad simple - it’s a complete story. I remember when you started this one, though! Amazing how far things can come, eh?
Indeed. My story is about fifty times more complex, yet my style - writing-wise - has grown more and more minimalistic. It’s basically gotten to the point where there are entire subplots that exist strictly in between the lines.