[The Story] Riding In Elevators

My physical therapists have an office on the second floor of an otherwise empty building. When you leave their office, if your back remains facing the door, you’ll see an elevator to your left. Ahead will be a view overlooking more than a parking lot. I’ve always taken the stairs to the right, but after leaving PT the other day, physically sore, I was reminded of how many scenes in “The Story” will involve elevators.

Spoilers?: Minor [worldbuilding as character-building]
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[The Story] Playing Videogames Together

John and Trishna in “The Story” bond online over their shared interests in videogames, so once they have the opportunity to meet in person, videogames will be a hobby they share. I’ve imagined they primarily play long-form RPGs or other less competitive games, but what kinds specifically, and why? Would they be realistically based on real-world games or would they be imaginarily based on anything? Would they create their own small, amateur games as well?

Spoilers?: Minor [background character development]
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[Sober Living] Relationships, Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, I asked about whether “The Story” was influenced by my own dreams and aspirations. The short answer was no. I envisioned this as a two-parter with this part digging into more of the toxicities that brought me to where I am now. I’m going to self-reflect on some heavy topics without interruption, so if you’re looking for your normal light- to medium-depth material, check back tomorrow. Continue if you want to join me.

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[The Story] Relationships, Part 1 of 2

How much of the relationship between John and Trishna, which is the backbone of “The Story,” is idealization? Do I want to be John and have someone like Trishna to have a relationship with? …Did I ever? The short answer is no. Maybe when the characters first popped into my head, in high school, they represented something like that… but now, I only want to live a lifestyle where I can write what I want.

Spoilers?: Major [psychological underpinnings, perhaps]
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[The Story] Fiction Inspiring Fiction

When I go about my day, things I see will remind me of “The Story.” This ranges from seeing a dog’s smiling face to seeing pictures of characters that I save into a folder for later reference. When I wrote my first novel, I wasn’t directly inspired by any fiction in that I transposed a pre-established character into my fiction, [and I cited any examples,] but still, it’s interesting to think of the subtler nuances.

Spoilers?Minor [use references sparingly]
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[The Story] Considering Chronic Pain

Many people deal with chronic pain. Do the main characters of “The Story,” John and Trishna, have any long-term medical malaises? As I considered this question, briefly thinking through disparate scenes that might appear across the short stories, novel, or series of novels encapsulated within the greater whole of the Eville landscape where my first and other novels will reside, my casual answer is no. They will have some flirtations with pain, like everyone does…

Spoilers?: Minor [considering character-building concepts]
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[The Story] Strolls Around Neighborhoods

As I idly walked around a neighborhood near where I live, a scene popped into my head, where John and Trishna were walking around their neighborhood on a similarly nice spring afternoon. After having this brief image, I remembered “The Story,” and my meanderings took on a different perspective. Before, I just wanted to explore. After, I used the remaining time as worldbuilding then topics of inquiry came to mind about building out their neighborhoods.

Spoilers?: Minor [scene-building and worldbuilding]
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[The Story] Excitement Of Conversation

The feeling of excitement over conversing happens quicker to Trishna than John in “The Story.” It’s not that John is callous or skeptical. Maybe somewhat. It just happens differently for both of the central characters when they begin talking on an anachronistic past-present-future mix of instant messaging technologies called Messe. Trishna reads his opinions, posted from a distance, likes them, and is the first to initiate conversation from a fan’s perspective, but John soon reciprocates.

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[The Story] Drive Toward Fiction

Writing has, for years now, been my general health gauge. If I’m not feeling well, I don’t feel like writing. I used to have this adage regardless of what I wrote, so long as I was actually writing anything productive. I’m going to be changing this adage. If I don’t feel like thinking or writing about “The Story,” then my health is not in good shape. I haven’t felt like thinking of “The Story” lately.

Spoilers?: Minor [helping, hurting goals?]
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[The Story] Study Crafts Externally

There’s a scene in Eizouken! where a character studies how other characters move then draws those motions. She’s become disinterested in doing the movements herself and more interested in drawing the motions to follow her creativity. When I realized my ambitions to write “The Story,” that, perhaps, similarly meant externalizing life. Rather than going through the motions, I’m studying the motions as I do them and others, so I can write them fictionally or nonfictionally.

Spoilers?: Minor (meditating on media) WANNA CONSIDER WHETHER YOUR ACTIONS ARE ACTING TOWARD ANYTHING GREATER THAN JUST GIVING YOU SOME LEISURE TIME EACH WEEK? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!