Words mean nothing between Trishna (left) and John (right). As main characters of “The Story,” they’ve built rapport via thousands of digital words and hours of phone conversation before ever meeting. While other side characters may falter over minor miscommunication misunderstandings, typically, they understand each other almost subconsciously. That might be the cosmic romantic ideal, so I’m taking my time to explore their personalities and understand their faults fully, before I begin writing their story.
This scene in “The Story” concluded a recent float tank session like a vague memory from a life I never lived. Shortly after John (right) arrives at Trishna’s family farm, her father Divit (center) has “the chat” he has with anyone that is considering becoming close friends with any of his daughters or sons. Let’s explore how I’m building this scene, so once I write it formally, it will have the appropriate emotion and resonance.
After dislodging “The Story” from my memories last year, I’ve been busy! I’m spending most of my “down time” learning how to tell this story: analyzing good storytelling, critiquing bad storytelling, writing almost daily, and anything to improve my writing toolbox. After realizing that the main characters would have physical impairments, I realized I had to educate myself on how to “do it right,” so let’s consider: under-representation, invisibility, “hiding impairments,” and their world’s prosthetics.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (world-building, rant)
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While soaking in miniature houses at the fair, observing cool LEGO sets in stores, and attending concerts, I was brainstorming ideas for “The Story” as I always do. This week’s focus was worldbuilding the Lanchester farm. Trishna was born and raised there. Unfortunately, the implications of some mild bug has taken some of my focus away, so let’s explore how John (laying “in bed”) and Trishna help each other through their sicknesses, to get healthy.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some spoiler-marked scene brainstorming)
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Rather than focusing on character traits, this week’s brainstorming update to “The Story” will focus on a scene that’s cooking in my mind’s creative oven. Let’s see about collecting the ingredients for one of the first events following ‘the scene,’ or the catalytic events that throw everything into motion, where John (right) is invited over to Trishna’s family for dinner. The spoilers after the jump are primarily just world building stuff, so let’s dig in!
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (early narrative scene building)
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As much as I’d like seeing “The Story” become an idyllic fairytale hosting an idealized couple, I know there will be conflicts between Trishna (left, bottom) and John, if only because both are fiercely independent. Their conflicts, expressed more fluidly with G.I. Joe’s Scarlett and Dr. Mindbender below, might only be minor. They are such close friends, after all, and as a result have enormous respect for each other. Or maybe they’ll encounter larger conflicts?
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
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Here’s my plan: the Saturday fiction practices are mainly to refine my writing skills with random plots featuring characters I have no attachment. Something’s contrived or cliché? Better to have tried and failed in some random short story than in “The Story.” These Sunday updates will continue until the short stories [test] match what I’m aiming for with Trishna (left) and John’s story [production]. So let’s brush on some character development and floss away clichés.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
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Two early physical representations for the main characters of “The Story” were Star Wars characters. I scrapped those in favor of infinitely more customizable LEGO minifigs, shown below, for Trishna and John. Along with developing my writing and their backstory through weekly updates, I’ve been developing their physical representations through new props and modifications. After overdoing adjustments to John’s right arm, requiring some superglue repair, I wondered: Could their impairments be completely repaired through surgery?
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character/world building)
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Last week’s brainstorming update to The Story led to storms of idea static surging my brain. It’s tempting to write these narrative ideas about the Lanchester Farm, interactions, and potential spoilers. I know better. Working with an “over-prepare, then go with the flow” style of writing yields my best results, so let’s borrow a line from The Incal, and explore some of the ‘techno-techno scientific’ details of the world Trishna (left) and John live in.
Unlike previous brainstorming updates to The Story with collaged ideas about varied topics, this will focus on how exercise relates to the main characters John and Trishna. There will be deeper background into both characters below, however not extending much past the beginning of the intended narrative, so consider this week’s update a spoiler-free character developing exercise.