As a writing koan, which came first: the typo or the fix? Although we want to rely on spellcheckers, they might not catch when the mind goes in wild. During my writing meandry for S&M2, for my 2020 Album Review Game, I wrote: “While I give out forty 5-star ratings to albums….” Correction: “While I have given out forty albums 5-star ratings as of late 2020…” Would it have been a problem had I not caught it?
I was talking to a friend that was feeling burdened by his creative hobbies. As I’m recovering from this spine surgery and making sense of my physicality, where I may never be able to push my body to its “limits,” I have to learn to balance my health with my aspirations. Last night, that meant going to bed early, when I stopped feeling productive or interested in doing much. I’m learning to reduce superfluous obligations.
If “The Story” is anachronistically a mixture of sensibilities from the 80s to 20s, then it would make sense that John and Trishna would, especially during their college years, want to go to Halloween parties. They might dress up only somewhat. They might prefer, even, to stay in on the otherwise festive occasions. I tended to stay in during my college years for Halloweens, but maybe they’ll be more interested in going out? Maybe not?
Spoilers?: Minor [fiction/nonfiction storytelling practices]
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I’d like to take you through my process of writing the short story I published this morning. This essay has more to do with the nuts-and-bolts of preparing yourself for writing fiction. As a cheat sheet, consult the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. That’s how I assess any writer’s block I might have, but it should be useful to read an outline of my specifics because that’s how I assess priorities that might block the writing.
I was part of a discussion about lore-building. Someone asked about whether there was any codified lore for a particular character. There was not. Through my time analyzing writers and their fiction-writing strategies, I haven’t found any particular common lore-building codifications. Although I didn’t reference “The Story” directly, I barged in by saying that for my works, I think writing anything related to wrote lore is what you should write last, to bring everything together.
For this ENDLESS WAR contest comic I accidentally bit off more than I could chew, I’m reaching its minimum viable product stage. I have one more panel remaining, then I’ll go back through, do major remaining detailing, and call it good enough. For something like the picture below, I could add more details, but I spent two hours and 40 minutes coloring and texturing this picture from its first draft, which was maybe a twenty-minute drawing?
As much as I hate grabbing inspiration from real life when brainstorming ideas for either “The Story” or anything else in life, it’s just so tempting because I can vicariously experience what another character is going through. My right side has been hurting for over a month now. I’ve seen a doctor twice about it. He wasn’t concerned, and I doubt he will be too concerned, but how about John’s left side after “The Scene?”
Spoilers?: Minor [exploring character development]
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At my final physical therapy session, I sat in the stationary bike to get my legs warmed up, and before I began biking, I asked if I could get the seat tilted to better support my back. The few seconds of me sitting there, getting loaded up, then readjusted, reminded me of “The Story.” That’s something I’ve tried reminding myself frequently about writing: look for inspiration everywhere, but take that inspiration, then make it original.
Spoilers?: Minor [load up inspiration]
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After iterating on some floating islands my buddy paintbrush drew, by turning a random shape into my avatar where these island inhabitants would worship it like an obelisk, paintbrush invited me to join his Minecraft server. I declined and not because I hate Minecraft or paintbrush. When it comes to storytelling, while I can appreciate exterior worlds, they don’t do much for me to strike my imagination. I would say I tell stories from within.
A friend providing some culture consultation for elements of Novel 02, a ‘side chapter’ in “The Story,” told me that religion appears frequently in Russian media. How steeped in the past should we go when we develop our fiction? How deep should we go to compare our current reality with the fictional world’s non-reality? If the details are window-dressing, then the structural integrity of the window should be fine, otherwise, it’s worthwhile to dig in deep.
Spoilers?: Minor [religion, culture; purpose]
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