I’ve been thinking about how much I want to research and reference tropes, as listed on TV Tropes, before I begin writing this novel – a thirty-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” – until my thoughts surrounding putting these characters or story beats into convenient storytelling devices devolves into questions about whether such patterns actually happen in real life, then I just change the mental channel. It’s good to be aware…
Is it better to build out your characters or your scenarios? The two are so intertwined that it’s difficult to strictly go one way or the other, because the most well-defined characters are influential on their stories, and the most plot-driven stories have their characters guiding the way. When I’m writing casual short stories, my approach is closer to a middle ground, where I’ll have characters planned out roughly, then let them chew the scenery.
Before starting this essay, I researched the whole notion surrounding the Abraham Lincoln quote where, if given 8 hours to cut down a tree, he would spend the first 6 hours sharpening his axe, and nearly distracted myself into reading his biography. I can’t find the specific speech or letter for proper attribution, so I think it’s a fake quote, however, the intention is still worthwhile. Before starting any task, be informed and prepared. That’s obvious, right?
Doing anything requires self-confidence. If you go to the store to bread, you’ve gotta pick your parking stall or pick a seat on the bus, get the bread, take your spot in line, and use the time to purchase the bread, which could slow down the line for others if you take too long fumbling with your currency. Although innocent enough, we can extrapolate examples from there; writing takes extreme self-confidence – or, more likely, delusion.
As a journalistic spectator of three game jams, I’ve seen many well-intending attendees burn themselves out 48 hours to produce playable games; even with lectures by organizers. I’ve seen others manage their time well, eat decently and sleep well, all without any health risks. The more you practice a creative avocation, working toward turning it into a vocation, the more you have to be your own boss at some gig that won’t let you work overtime.
Writing isn’t this mysterious thing. We over-complicate the whole process maybe out of a sense of wanting the whole experience to be more magical than it really is. The writing process is merely getting from the beginning of the idea to the end of the idea. If you don’t have the idea fully formed, you can’t write to it. Let’s consider some generic scoping for planning any project, then explore how I’ll scope this “2019 novel.”
The difference between a 2-hour phone call and a 5-minute phone call is a well-written document. How do you arrive at that well-written document? While there are subjective factors that are specific to each industry, how about the more objective factors? Let’s say you’re decently practiced in your preferred writing language’s grammar. Maybe people have even told you that you can write clearly. What tools can help you write a novel or long-form document?
Though I’m tempted to hole up for a month to write a novel, I still have my daily duties and monthly minds. I’m batching together the important chores – pay the bills, check the bank statements and credit card balances, and verify all the important paperwork is updated – so my head will be free of obvious obligations before beginning my project. After the jump, I’ll outline my plans for taking care of these potential procrastination priorities.
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!
In my last summer without obligations, between high school and college, I spent most of that innocent time writing a foundational element to “The Story” References stars John (left) as “everSOL the Valiant,” crash-lander on a strange planet that is driven to find his dearest friend “Trisha” (right). I forgot about References to become a salaryman. After rescuing it from this almost-lost disk, what’s available is online, unmodified. Let’s talk about my successful failure: References.
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