I’d like to take you through my process of writing the short story I published this morning. This essay has more to do with the nuts-and-bolts of preparing yourself for writing fiction. As a cheat sheet, consult the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. That’s how I assess any writer’s block I might have, but it should be useful to read an outline of my specifics because that’s how I assess priorities that might block the writing.
In Novel 01, there is a character nicknamed “Burn” that I wanted to reuse, but as I started brainstorming the character over the course of the past few weeks – well, since I wrapped up playing Pokémon LeafGreen, I realized that he would be turning into a different character for Novel 02, which takes place somewhere in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” I haven’t updated the character sheets, but by this essay’s publication, I’ll have done so.
Spoilers?: Major [thinking about characters]
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I enjoy stories with direct, earnest narrative perhaps most? Whether it’s a review that outlines the reasons why one might want to play a videogame or outlining a process for improving their lives, or perhaps many of the stories in “The Story” like Novel 01 and Novel 02, I guess I like clear storytelling? While I do enjoy indirect stories, I might generally, without saying it, as a rule, say I enjoy earnest, honest, easily-comprehensibly of narratives.
Spoilers?: Minor [Novel 01, Chapter 01 analysis]
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As I grasp at the straws of what has gone so wrong with my health for so long, I’m trying with all my strength to do any changes I can. I noticed at some point over the past month that my chair was low, and I realized my laptop was low, so I bought 16 bricks, wrapped them in paper, and it’s been a few days. While I haven’t felt significantly better, I’ve felt some improvements.
I’ve been awake for nearly 24 hours now. What better time to formally announce a project that I’ve hinted at, directly referenced, and otherwise have been working on in the background? It’s colloquially called “Novel 02,” formally, “A Story About Self-Confidence: Something About Anxiety.” It will be the sequel to “Novel 01 / A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?,” which was the 60,000-word novel I wrote in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” I’ll start writing… someday.
Spoilers?: Minor [current status report]
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Since I finished editing the first four chapters to Endless Love, an ENDLESS WAR story, I’d like to share my thoughts on the editing process. Late into editing, I assessed the first paragraph the way any media meanderer might, where first impressions matter. The best analogy I could provide is that an introductory paragraph in fiction is the same as these 75-word essay introductions. If I’ve caught your interest, you might click the links below…
Although I wrote about my thoughts on whether playing Pokémon LeafGreen made my life easier in my penultimate essay on this series, that essay was also concerned about the question of whether playing with a strategy guide would ruin surprises for me. No, since I appreciate narrative surprises more than gameplay surprises. Did playing this game make my life easier? Similarly, this question has perspective-dependent answers. I can answer no, and without narrative irony, yes.
As we approach the end of my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen, let’s consider that we begin with an innocent search for easier living. What we can objectively see is that these essays evolved into something I didn’t predict, as evidenced by their non-serial labeling. They went from searches for easier living into minor reclamations of what makes this hard life we live easier for me: writing fiction. So I did find that easier life… right?
Brainstorming new characters like Zhanna for Novel 02 in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” has inspired interesting brainstorming thoughts. My fiction writing strength is building the narrative for how “X” goes to “Y,” rather than brainstorming ideas for “X” or “Y.” Those variables could contain any ideas. I’m just building the homes for those ideas to live within. Am I doing the reverse now by brainstorming “X” or “Y” then fitting them into the narrative?
Spoilers?: Minor [character, setting brainstorming]
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I nearly went up against the Elite Four in Pokémon LeafGreen tonight. Sometimes, in life, this is a good thing, going into battle when you’re first viable enough to not be defeated outright. It’s how I wrote Novel 01. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, I could have said no if, after my two-week gestation period, I didn’t think I could viably write a 60,000-word novel somewhere in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” Other times, patience can help.