The world of “The Story” will feature myriad characters experiencing myriad lives, as we saw through “Novel 01,” where I told the story of a 30-day period in the life of Sammohini. For “Novel 02,” I plan to similarly focus on Sammohini, but this time, live-brainstorm out the ideas regarding characters, plot, and settings in more depth, where each novel will build on the concepts from previous novels. This will be a life-long project, and, hopefully, successful.
As preparation for”The Story,” after writing, “Novel 01,” I will be writing “Novel 02.” As nice as it would be to write all in one go, without having the concerns of working and paying for things would be, the major benefit is timing. I can dedicate a little time each day, and a lot of time each week, to summarizing and advancing my writing ideas for “Novel 02.” This week, I decided to brainstorm some potential characters.
As practice to write “The Story,” I wrote “Novel 01,” and I will soon/eventually write “Novel 02.” There are many prerequisites, including, brainstorming. Each week that I’m live-writing these essays, I want to focus on a different aspect of the writing process. For this week, I wanted to outline two specific ideas that I might include in Part 1, where I’ll split the novel into four parts. My idea with collecting brainstorming ideas like this making writing easier.
In order to write “The Story,” I had to work and find ways to practice writing fiction. I wrote “Novel 01” in a 30-day period that nearly wiped me out, so, for “Novel 02,” I will be taking my time. Part of what I’m doing now is collecting useful information and focusing on that. If I can focus on empirical data, such as Sammohini’s birthday or maps of Eville Medical, then I can nebulously write near-improv fiction.
Before I begin writing “The Story,” I had to write “Novel 01,” and I will need to write the novella before writing “Novel 02.” To write “Novel 02,” I will need to get my life in order and also have my fiction-writing plans in order. I started a Gdoc years ago to get better at planning the fiction-writing process, then life happened to all of us, and now that I’m returning to work, I want to start building.
In order to write “The Story,” I must live a life where I can write about the experiences I’ve encountered to write more meaningful fiction. I believe that anyone can fundamentally write, but to write anything halfway decent, other than putting in writing work, you have to experience many things. In that way, Novel 01 was fine, and Novel 02 will be better. It will definitely take work to get there, including working toward my health recovery.
I’m sure there will be some stress writing “The Story.” When I think back to the stress of having written Novel 01 while working full-time, in a career such as Information Technology[IT] where high stress is a guarantee, that creates a fertile ground for how Novel 02 meanders through stress. The stress of IT is now insignificant for me compared to the stress of doing what I want yet being prevented by forces outside of my control.
Over the past few months, I’ve practiced live-writing and live-editing to the degree where I feel like I could be talking right now, except, I’m not. I don’t know how I’ll write “The Story,” but I know unlike the slam of time I spent with Novel 01, I’d rather take my time with Novel 02. I don’t know if I’ll write Novel 02 here, but I’ll certainly record bits of it – although to what capacity, I don’t know.
One major thing I’m learning as I traject myself toward writing “The Story” that I failed to learn until I wrote Novel 01 is pacing. Most people are lazy in life, and overcoming that bad practice does require discipline, self-respect, and a willingness to sacrifice many things. However, I won’t sacrifice much more than I have to write Novel 02. I’ve done enough writing work to where I’ll be good to write when I’m ready. Recreationally, however…
Would an employee of the month write “The Story” or Novel 01? In order to succeed within the capitalistic corporate hierarchy, you must sacrifice all of yourself to the company, and only then might you sometimes be eligible for any wide degree of recognition. In thinking about Novel 02 for this week’s essay, I had a funny question: When would Sammohini get employee of the month? She seems exactly like the kind of employee to self-sacrifice endlessly.