[Literature Build] Ironing Out Artificialities

My big goal is writing “The Story.” The flash-bang idea started in high school and just will not go away. I could do as many might: try, fail, and shelve the idea as a quaint notion. I can’t do that! I am only stopped by my writing ability, which I know cannot yet do justice to “The Story.” Here are 5 points I refined in my process while writing “Covered in Artificialities” that might help you!

Brainstorm far away
Only after thoroughly considering the writing topic can I bang out essays in minutes. Here, I took a noteworthy event from my day with a funny premise and ran with it. I wouldn’t have been able to come up with the artificial grass bit on my own. Experiencing life fills in those gaps that might have otherwise caused writer’s block or extended delays. Life, for me, is like an idea buffet: pick your main dish and sides for a good story meal.

Clear work area
My usual physical writing area is fairly comfortable for me. No major distractions. Just me and the computer, enabling my focus. My computer’s writing area is usually just the writing program – WordPress or WriterP, shown above – with little additional stuff in the way. When I get the time and the inspiration, I can write without the impedances of getting my area ready. That helped me bang out the short story in about 2 hours. Otherwise, it could have taken double that, and has.

Tools and resources
I have custom WordPress plug-ins that auto-build my templates. No more writing time wasted getting the template just right! For this short story, I had the idea but no photo, so I sifted through my 7,200+-photo archive to find anything that could work. Usually I like to have the picture before I write. When I know what I have, where all my writing tools are located, and what I might need [including water/coffee], then it frees up my mind to just write.

Random letter generator
Writing fiction is hard for me. I’m filled with doubt over the pacing, content, and overall structure as I write. When I’m not confident about an idea, I like to ask myself “is this a good way to go?,” then I flip a coin, spin a coin, or have a randomizer spit out a variable like “y[es]” or “n[o],” and I’ll usually go with it. I got affirmations at every junction for this short story. Maybe try that in writing and life?

Time is now
Writing 500 words daily means finding time every single day to write. I can’t stockpile words. The counter resets daily. I try to write in the morning before completing my other work and return home to conclude my writing. I had a sleepy morning, so I had to rush to crank out this short story. Though flawed, I’m still proud of it, because it is another step toward writing fiction naturally. If writing is also your big goal, you will find time! Now!!!

Sources: My personal experiences

Quotes: None

Inspirations: Wanting to specialize in fiction writing to write “The Story,” and help people along the way. I don’t see much of this sort of content online, or I’d read it, and do it myself.

Related: Another Literature Build.

Above: WriterP screenshot, halfway through writing. I wrote all of this on my smartphone, locations abroad.
Below: Email screenshot. I email my drafts to myself so they’re backed up and I’m less likely to lose them. I timestamp the subject line after every major change since I like to see how drafts progress sometimes.

My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.