[The Story] Becoming a Writer

You can become a professional in any field… if you put in the work. There’s nothing glamorous here: you must develop the mental fortitude, discipline, necessary character traits, and endure through hardships to become qualified. Through college, you should be able to better yourself enough to get ‘the job’ on your own. No freebies! In “The Story,” John [left] and Trishna [right] have career aspirations. The “College Arc” explores their paths of developing career/life disciplines.

Spoilers?: Minor (studying character/life development)
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[The Story] Trading Away Ambitions?

Every morning, the same characters pop into my head. It’s not always John [left] or Trishna [right], but it’s always someone related to them in some way, whether it’s Pollyanna, Sammohini, Jane, or someone that in some way connects to either of them. I find it more funny than annoying or disturbing, because what other characters would I trade in their place? They’re the stars of “The Story!” Could I possibly trade “The Story” away?

Spoilers?: Minor (ubiquity of characters)
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[The Story] Helping versus Helped

How much give and take should be in any friendship or relationship? For acquaintances or friendships, it’s easy: with just a casual understanding of each other’s general life circumstances, we can broadly discuss difficult subjects in passing. Deeper relationships enrich us, yet, there’s almost too much focus on nuance. In “The Story,” specifically focusing on the relationship of Trishna [left] and John [right], how much of their focus is on the trees or the forest?

Spoilers?: Minor (broadly exploring relationships)
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[The Story] Marketing and Advertising

“You should go to some meetups to talk with writers.[1]” I later thought about how I could advertise “The Story.” I’ve found that when I’ve told people that I’m writing fiction, their interest is piqued, but without anything substantial written – besides the Sammohini Arc – the conversations drift off. Although every update like this helps get me closer to telling John [left] and Trishna’s [right] story, now, I have something tangible to show that I’m serious.

Spoilers?: None (advertising influencing content)
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[The Story] Whatever I Want

Can we really do whatever we want, or do we limit ourselves based on circumstances? Focusing within the realm of fiction, how much freedom do we truly have in telling stories? If I were to write the tale of John [left] and Trishna [right], comprising a majority segment of “The Story,” exactly as I wanted, would it sell? Would it matter? Is that why we tend to compromise, accept our fates, and don’t challenge ourselves?

Spoilers?: Minor (character brainstorming, perhaps)
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[The Story] ARC: Artistic Development Events

The Story” is a thorough commentary on reality. The series of fiction tales will explore the grime and glitter of our reality – what happens, what should happen, and what should not happen – from multiple perspectives, starting with Sammohini and Jane and concluding with our main characters John [left] and Trishna [right]. John and Trishna start college and join their college’s Accessibility Rights Club, participating most in the ARC’s Artistic Development Events. Here’s what they’ll find:

Spoilers?: Minor (College Arc musings)
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[The Story] Notes About Dogs

I can envision the final scene of the Pollyanna Arc of “The Story” so clearly in my mind. Everything from the white linoleum tiles to the characters. It’s just there are hurdles to address. Primarily, an ending requires a story to precede it, the skill of which I am not yet confident I can write. Secondarily, the world of John [left] and Trishna [right] are not “there” yet. Tertiarily… let’s back up a few steps.

Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming, worldbuilding, character-building)
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[The Story] Training Against Insecurities

“College is a time for challenging your opinions.[1]” What if those challenges include the training you’ve been inflicted either by others or by yourself over perceptions over your self-worth, values to others, or overall sense of self-confidence? In “The Story,” John [left] and Trishna [right] are two characters facing constant adversity, but they also have a strong friendship and bond that enables them to work together. How will their opinions change after they attend college?

Spoilers?: Minor (college’s fiction/nonfiction character-building)
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[The Story] Focusing on Goals

The most miserable people I’ll meet always have goals and no plans for achieving them. Large or small – whether it’s getting out of debt, buying a boat, getting a job, getting a better job, or finding happiness – people seem to be the most miserable when their goal is impossible rather than difficult obtainable. If my current big goal is writing “The Story,” centered on John [left] and Trishna [right], what goals are they focused on?

Spoilers?: Major…? (early plot structures)
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[The Story] Travel to “India”

How much do I want to accomplish with “The Story?” If it is a complete commentary on reality, the glitter and grime, then how much of that can be expressed from living in one spot? Within those comforts, you can develop your skills and perceptions, but to truly know the world, you must encounter it. Trishna’s family visit their relatives in “India” or “Ireland” annually. The year John arrives, their plans to flying to “India.”

Spoilers?: Minor (worldbuilding and self-improvement)
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