[Media Meandry] Preparation Versus Scenarios

When it comes to storytelling, how much of a character should be prepared/meditated on versus learned about through seeing how they react to scenarios? Through my recent sessions in Pokémon LeafGreen, I’ve focused on progressing through the game, rather than assessing the movesets of each Pokémon to see what would work best for them or which I want to use against the Elite 4. Similarly, when I wrote Novel 01, I could have assessed and prepared more…

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[Media Meandry] Meditative, Competitive, Narrative

This entry in my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen will be less directly related to character building/discovery and more metaphorical, exploring what interests me about Pokémon and other media along with their relation to what I want to create. The way I see it, all media are tools to teach or entertain, but it’s a matter of finding that which teaches or entertains what is relevant to you. You can do that with defining and refining.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Interests directing novel’s path]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Generic Character List

While I haven’t done the degree of character design I had brainstormed out in “Incidents Build Characters,” during this play session of Pokémon LeafGreen, I realized that I was overthinking things. I can start simply then build out the characters that need building out. When I came across the need to name three new characters around a central theme, I decided to build out a Generic Character List for Novel 02 based on material from Novel 01.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Planning out new/old characters]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Incidents Build Characters

As I continue along toward completing my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen, I’ve wondered about the benefits of playing this game from not just a relaxation/escapist perspective, but from a narrative perspective. In “Inconsequentially Building Characters,” I have wondered whether having the names alone would be enough to help me brainstorm character ideas? I decided no, overall. Organic, non-contrived storytelling is usually better, in my opinion.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Are characters created? Discovered?]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Inconsequentially Building Characters

When I introduce new characters into my fiction, as I did with characters in my first novel, I started off with a batch of characters that the main character, Sammohini, would interact with throughout the novel. I’ve been using my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen to brainstorm character attributes. While I decided on one new character during this session, I don’t think anymore that tangental character naming is an effective tool of deciding on new characters.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [just naming names, processes]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Descending Retaining Paragraphs

There’s a part in my first novel where two characters are jumping down a retaining wall. One easily jumps down and continues on, while the other nearly stumbles down. I don’t typically write action scenes like this, because what really exciting ever really happens in life? How I alternated between both characters could have been more effective, but I find these sorts of linguistic, lyrical patterns in media fascinating. It’s almost storytelling in multiple layers.

Spoilers?: Minor (novel writing meandries)
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[The Story] Story Without Nuance

I think I’m bored by movies because most offer no psychological nuance. They offer depth of character in other regards, and they show many aspects of character, but they don’t reveal character. Maybe we should add an addendum to this mentality with “uncover, don’t show and don’t tell,” which sounds like pretentious pedantry, but it implies that we can show information or we can uncover it. When I write, I uncover my character’s psychological nuances.

Spoilers?: None (considering nuanced storytelling)
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[2019 Novel] A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?

I wrote a 60,000-word novel called A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” I want to make a physical release of this book and sell digital copies that might be better formatted for PDF readers. For now, you can read it for free using the following links:

  • PDF – 1.48MB
  • Google Drive – includes first draft, second draft, final drafts with commentaries, along with other related materials to help aspiring writers or those interested in behind-the-scenes things.


Rough draft of the cover

[Sammohini Arc] Boardroom Number Three

‘The holiday season was supposed to be easy… I’m not ready for this…’
The computer repair technician was breathing shallowly as she approached the executive wing of Eville Medical, her stylish winter jacket keeping her warm, but perhaps too warm because she felt her forehead sweating.
‘Their meeting is about to start… what if I can’t get the projector to talk to the computer in time? I only have a few minutes… this isn’t good…’

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[Sammohini Arc] $200 Per Month?

“tganks again for covering cash 4 lunch
ill get lunch @ urban junction
irs at 8th & polaris”

The furniture mover, on a rainy day off, took the bus into Eville to meet one of the people she briefly worked with on a larger move. Partially, the trip was to get out of the house, maybe meet up with some new people, but mainly it was to see if this hip establishment could rekindle her guitar playing interests.

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