The importance of a believable background
Having been distracted by a series of twelve adventures about a small honey bear cub Ursus and his friends Ig the earwig and Prickle the hedgehog for the best part of two weeks for small children to enjoy, I’m now able to return to my major priority for the rest of 2010, my next novel.
Without giving anything away, the story is based on ‘Time’ and whether it can or cannot be controlled. We’re not talking about adjusting your watch or adding an hour to create summertime here –we’re talking about cosmic time.
My main character has a driving agenda to find a ‘key’ deposited somewhere across the planet millennia ago; something of which he is blissfully unaware at the beginning of his journey of discovery.
Where it is located, what it is for – even if it exists he doesn’t know as he is lead from one vague clue to another by ancient writings, myths and legends; watched over by a being who is content to watch from the shadows, neither hindering nor helping his search for the key to time itself because of a protocol put in place by her ancestors twenty-five thousand years earlier.
In creating a story like this, the background, both physical and academic, has to have some degree of believability about it. So as he journeys across the world, you as the reader have to feel that wherever he may be, he inhabits a real place on the planet.
What I’m trying to create by briefly describing each location, is to paint a picture in your mind of his surroundings as they would appear to you if you go there.
At the moment how would I describe this new tale? An archaeological detective story perhaps, with overtones of myth and ancient lore? Maybe even a blend of archaeology with a touch of science fiction thrown in for good measure.
Either way as I begin my hero’s journey through the quagmire of both information and disinformation that he has to wade through, not to mention being distracted from his path by a few detractors along the way; by the time I have finally outlined the guts of the story, at least the physical background will be believable. The rest I’ll leave up to you the reader…
Jack Eason – author of Onet's Tale