I realized two things since my last update on The Story. I need to be writing as much as I possibly can and I don’t have a formal sell for “what it’s all about.” Maybe it’s a massive oversight that I only just started to dig into “the why” of why it’s an important story to tell. There are so many stories out there. So what? Why bother throwing effort into this idea, rather than say try to build my career or live comfortably?
It’s Compelling To Me
There’s my starting point.
Strong Presence In My Imagination
The line I wrote in my last update, “shall we have coffee?,” filled my imagination this week.
I’ve had glimpses into this meeting of Trishna’s Parents at a busy bus station. Trishna’s Mom (represented here by G.I. Joe‘s Scarlett) would be captivated by this person wearing a dark jacket, who I imagined wearing long dark hair (we’re seeing through your evil scheme, Dr. Mindbender!), and carrying a musical instrument. Maybe she’d seen him a few times before? That was about it.
Their interaction came alive as I wrote it.
The question Trishna’s Dad asks felt natural and I was fascinated with the psychology of the draft. He seems brave and suave on the surface, doesn’t he? However the “shall,” which would have rendered as shall with the two L letters appearing in italics, had a stilted cadence like he practiced this meticulously while reflecting in the mirror or watching romance movies. This was also after she invited an opening and stumbled.
Lingering Vestiges In My Imagination
This whole project started off in my last year of high school.
Instead of focusing completely on my studies in the library, I came up with the idea of this boy and this girl becoming friends then exhibiting a genuine and loving relationship. The concept was also so powerful that I had to execute it. I spent most of that summer writing the rough draft for The Story called References.
I wrote as much as I possibly could.
Then I got to a point where the story was too difficult for me to continue. It was too ambitious. I reached the limits of my skills as a writer and though I kept coming up with ideas, the execution didn’t work. I shelved the project and haven’t returned to it since. I entered my first year of college in an unrelated discipline and casually continued building ideas with drawings and some writing until I got distracted with life.
The Story went on the backburner.
Unlike many other ideas I’ve killed off, or situations I’ve walked away from, I continued to imagine event vignettes that might happen within The Story. Characters kept popping up, particularly interactions between John and Trishna, and side characters like Trishna’s Parents would mingle with career thoughts.
The Story just wouldn’t die off.
That’s what I intend to find out!