I’m testing an idea of peppering rewardingly time-consuming content like reviews between content I can write quickly, like updates to The Story, with the goal of getting those creative gears moving more efficiently. These updates to The Story will be spoiler-free because after all I haven’t decided the formal name let alone began writing it yet, When I do, I’ll use a tag, and until then here’s my recent brainstorming and musings after the jump.
I’ve retreated back to the comfort of infrequently producing ambitious content. While possibly better than producing inconsequential content frequently, I should work on a balance, so here’s an update to The Story. These two LEGO minifigs roughly represent the main characters: John holding a bus rail with his good hand, Trishna in her yellow wheelchair. Most of my recent brainstorming revolves around this transit theme.
When I go to write something, unless it’s technical documentation, I’ll start with a loose plan on what I want to write and improvise the rest. That’s how I drive as well. Detours are cool unless I’m in a hurry, so along with reading more, I’m more actively worldbuilding as I consume content. It’s all about adding to the mind palace collage, after all.
I realized two things since my last update on The Story. I need to be writing as much as I possibly can and I don’t have a formal sell for “what it’s all about.” Maybe it’s a massive oversight that I only just started to dig into “the why” of why it’s an important story to tell. There are so many stories out there. So what? Why bother throwing effort into this idea, rather than say try to build my career or live comfortably?
Maybe I won’t write weekly about The Story. (My ambitious project that I’ve been planning since high school.) Occasional updates will keep me focused on engaging in material that will inform or help me practice writing material that may eventually contribute to The Story. I’ll outline the summary of the progress I’ve made since my last update after the quick photograph of the two Star Wars characters I’ll modify to reflect the characters John and Trish[n]a:
Writing last week about (working title) The Story helped me focus on brainstorming new ideas. Maybe I’ll turn this into a weekly feature? There is the problem that once you write an idea, it may be pinned down to that iteration rather than given a chance to fully develop, so there is the balance between spending years coming up with fully developed ideas like I have been doing and just saying “here are some rough drafts, and they’ll probably change once I’m ready.”
After re-kindling my efforts toward writing The Story, I’ve been using idle time to brainstorm ideas about character and plot. I came up with their names in high school: John and Trisha. John is intentionally like John Doe. Trisha’s name isn’t set yet because her character has been becoming much more complex over the years, including what I’ll cover below.
How can I remain content and motivated in the rat race? How can I keep this excited state of contentment that tends to happen for me between accepting a new job and some months after starting the new job? I just quit my job and got another. So many people I’ve met are miserable, or subconsciously miserable, and I don’t want to keep in that content-misery cycle. How can I surpass that? Those were some of my questions going into the sensory deprivation chamber.