Against Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is big business. Though thought of as pertaining to genre fiction, I reckon it has some manner of iteration in every single story we read – and I’m not alone. One aspect at work in worldbuilding is that of the cartography of imagined places.

Unanticipated Astonishment

Writers take on projects because they lead to unanticipated astonishment. At least that’s what I do. I never know what is going to surprise me but I choose my books, stories, and articles to write on the basis of intuition indicating unanticipated astonishment. Sometimes I’m wrong, the project amounting to drudgery, but I must say …