Writing is easier for me than breathing, sometimes. Not just when dealing with stress, but in general, I can write for hours at a time without thinking, only stopping when I’m distracted by biological functions. Editing, however, is where the writing can really shine. Sometimes, it’s not needed, but most people enjoy “polished stone” writing. Collecting stuff is, similarly, as easy as writing, but organizing, decluttering, and curation? That’s the same as a well-polished essay.
I realized a problem with my writing: I’ve reached a soft limit of how I can communicate. There’s a lot to unpack, so let’s analogize with my cheap “pawn shop special” bass: it fulfills all my limited needs when it comes to learning the basics. I can pluck strings and learn chord progression. I don’t mind tuning it whenever I’m serious about playing it. Now if I wanted to play with others or even professionally…
Oops! Forgot about publishing this. Well, plenty has changed over the past 13 weeks and 92 publications. I originally made these “Betzom check-ins” primarily to comment on how I’ve evolved as a writer, with a slight convenience being something easy to write about. These past 92 days have seen my biggest launching in success yet, and I’m only poised to go succeed more from here… so much so that I didn’t even need the crutch of this essay.
When Trishna and John meet for the first time, after years spent chatting online and over the phone, how do they recognize each other? It might be easier for Trishna because of certain events during the conclusion of Adolescence Arc “The Story,” but how about for John? Who is this girl that appeared through unforeseen circumstances? Is she really the person he’d been chatting with all these years? And, how can Trishna be so sure?
Spoilers?: Minor (idle character/plot brainstorming)
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World-building is merely window-dressing for storytelling. While it certainly is important to loosely understand genealogical, socio-political, and geographical backgrounds within our stories, we are telling stories via subjectively relaying communication rather than objectively deducing science, so the focus should be on the point of these stories. My ambitious project, “The Story,” is about a few topics including overcoming adversities. Considering this more specific topic, would one of Trishna’s great-great-great-grandparents be thematically relevant to the narrative?
Spoilers?: Minor (just an essay…?)
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I don’t yet know how much variation there is from our world and “The Story.” The easiest variations on fiction are real life and completely divergent paths. If I just wrote about India, then I’d just have to fly there, explore the area, and report my findings in a convenient way, just like writing about some imaginary location. Writing about a pseudo-India, Sindia, would require more research and nuance for John and Trishna to explore.
Spoilers?: Minor (artifacts within worldbuilding)
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“In my first draft back in August, it seemed like she was sober, but when I went back to edit it this morning, I realized she was lying.” Writing/editing the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” has been going well in part for nuances like this. People lie, you’ve probably lied whether through convenience or contrivance, and characters do, too. Narratively, it’s complicated, and I want John and Trishna to be truthful, so will they lie?
Spoilers?: Minor (exploring character motivations)
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“For regular writers and published writers, it’s all about getting yourself into the habit of writing.” Last week’s 6,000-word summary of “The Story” is the first in a quarterly exercise to provide readers with an overview of what to expect from my writing projects. This has been my plan: publish two short stories per week, developing the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” while brainstorming the world, characters, and metaplot, but now, I have actionable goals.
Spoilers?: Minor (planning future fiction)
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Every short story or essay I publish here gets added to the “Betzom,” or, a comprehensive calendar that helps me summarize the past – 13 weeks, 92 publications, and over 46,000 words – into a singular idea that I can digest before moving on. We shouldn’t hold onto our past mistakes or achievements. Everything is a stepping stone toward something better. Rather than consider specific passages, let’s broadly consider how three months of effort can lead to improvement on change.
Storytelling is like cooking. Whether you just want a light snack, tiding you over until dinner, or need a meal preparing you for some arduous task, there are many meals for any situation and flavor. This flexibility has one constant: the importance of good ingredients. Fancy flatware doesn’t matter if the chicken teriyaki or unagi aren’t good. In my long-form writing effort, “The Story,” John [left] and Trishna [right] are the primary storytelling character… “ingredients.”
Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming spicy characterizations)
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