Reflect on your inquiry question and how your understanding is changing, becoming more focused, or is perhaps being reaffirmed by your research. What do you know that you didn’t know when you started this inquiry?

My inquiry question is: what components make a fictional world vivid and realistic? When I first started ZIP, I was expecting to have two different sections in my work process, research and creation, so I began with a heavy emphasis on research. As I delved deep into my research, I realized that there is an overwhelming amount of variables and components that go into building a world. So I chose a few to work on. As I was researching those selected topics, I once again came to a realization. Each topic on its own was much too broad. I could have done a ZIP project on any of those smaller subtopics! I began to think. I had (and still have) a limited time span for ZIP. There was no way that I would be able to thoroughly go through each subject and still have time to create my own world. So, I decided on a different process. I was going to have to create and research at the same time. Creating and researching simultaneously would let me start creating my own ideas and apply the knowledge I gained from researching to this tangible idea I already had. So far, this strategy has been working well! It’s much easier now, since I am able to look for tips and advice and apply it to my creation. I feel as if this gives me insight into the mind of an author. Authors create while doing research. Whether it be looking at real world comparisons or just brainstorming, authors are constantly creating. I’ve learned that planning is good, but planning can often become an excuse to procrastinate on creating the actual content.