[The Story] Healing Left Side

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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[The Story] Loading Up Chair

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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[Media Meandry] Last Library of Tzolkinex

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.

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[The Story] How Steeped, Deeply

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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[Literature Builds] Editing Another’s Story

Since I finished editing the first four chapters to Endless Love, an ENDLESS WAR story, I’d like to share my thoughts on the editing process. Late into editing, I assessed the first paragraph the way any media meanderer might, where first impressions matter. The best analogy I could provide is that an introductory paragraph in fiction is the same as these 75-word essay introductions. If I’ve caught your interest, you might click the links below…

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[The Story] A Spoonie’s Greenhouse

About a year and a half ago now, I had imagined wanting to augment the written word portions of “The Story” with small, contained videogames. I had first considered the idea after seeing stories told in 48-hour game jam games, and thought, why not try? It’s been over a year since I last dug into that idea seriously, but it’s not a failure, because its seeds still were able to flower into reasonable storytelling ideas.

Spoilers?: Minor [developing one setting]
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[The Story] What’re Their Names?

For the two main characters of “The Story,” John and Trishna, I wondered what would they name their plants? What diminutives would they call these little entities that Trishna developed a fondness for early into childhood then shared with John? After these questions popped up, I started to name plants in Viridi as they might name them. When you want to get into a character’s head, a useful exercise is naming something from their perspective.

Spoilers?: Minor [weight of names]
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[Media Meandry] Made Life Easier?

Although I wrote about my thoughts on whether playing Pokémon LeafGreen made my life easier in my penultimate essay on this series, that essay was also concerned about the question of whether playing with a strategy guide would ruin surprises for me. No, since I appreciate narrative surprises more than gameplay surprises. Did playing this game make my life easier? Similarly, this question has perspective-dependent answers. I can answer no, and without narrative irony, yes.

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[Media Meandry] Mechanical, Narrative Surprises

As we approach the end of my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen, let’s consider that we begin with an innocent search for easier living. What we can objectively see is that these essays evolved into something I didn’t predict, as evidenced by their non-serial labeling. They went from searches for easier living into minor reclamations of what makes this hard life we live easier for me: writing fiction. So I did find that easier life… right?

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[The Story] Ideas Without Homes

Brainstorming new characters like Zhanna for Novel 02 in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” has inspired interesting brainstorming thoughts. My fiction writing strength is building the narrative for how “X” goes to “Y,” rather than brainstorming ideas for “X” or “Y.” Those variables could contain any ideas. I’m just building the homes for those ideas to live within. Am I doing the reverse now by brainstorming “X” or “Y” then fitting them into the narrative?

Spoilers?: Minor [character, setting brainstorming]
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