[2019 Novel] This Novel’s Purpose

I might read my 50-cent copy of Dune someday, but I’ll certainly rewatch Jodorowsky’s Dune first. Science fiction doesn’t do much for me. Analyzing scientific statistics against a starry backdrop doesn’t excite me. What human element does that story convey where I will have become a better person for experiencing it? I don’t have ten-thousand years to live. I’ve gotta make this whole life thing count. This novel’s purpose might contain elements of that drive.

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[2019 Novel] Who Is Sammohini?

The main character of this 2019 Novel, covering thirty days at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” will be Sammohini Lanchester who occasionally introduces herself as Sam. If she were a one-dimensional character, she’d be a stock character. If she were two-dimensional, she’d have three traits – two positives, one negative – to define her, based on people I might have met. Since she’s more three-dimensional, that means I’ve had to explore her imaginary psyche.

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[2019 Novel] Lackadaisical Location Scouting

“Can I help you?[1]” I had just taken a photo of the map of a medical facility when someone that’s worked in an office too long to know how it’s like to mind their own business walked over. “Uhh, yes, I’m looking for [coffee-shop]…[2]” I was pointed over to the elevators. I went downstairs and reviewed my notes. I’d been through the building professionally a few times so it was fun returning to location scout.

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[2019 Novel] Evillian Frame Story

The more I think over the thirty short stories I’ll write in thirty days, representing a thirty-day period in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” the more I think it’s simultaneously possible and impossible to accomplish. While I was in a float tank, thinking over my plans, my thoughts decluttered and revealed my plan. When I’ve done work like Sammohini, as a corporate computer repair technician goon, I juggled disparate work and small project duties.

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[2019 Novel] Fiction Or Nonfiction?

How much of this 2019 novel, which will be a 30-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” will be actually nonfiction? How much of it will be fiction? What is fiction’s purpose but to tell an exaggerated version of reality? Distorted sensations coagulating into ethereal realities, where fiction obscures greater truths. For something like this Sammohini Arc, it’s easy to lean into some true events, however, I shouldn’t lean too much.

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[2019 Novel] Characters/Setting, Summary, Purpose

As I am scoping out the work I’ll be doing for this 2019 Novel – a thirty-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” – some of the elements seemed clear. There are Sammohini and her coworkers, building out the set-pieces of Eville Medical, and throwing out pitches for story ideas. There was one missing element. It’s what resonates most with me, rather than cool character aesthetics, interesting set-pieces, or well-written prose: So what?

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[2019 Novel] Final Novelizing Preparations

Although this novel I’m writing will consist of thirty disparate short stories, spread out over a 30-day timeframe in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” I could see it happening. When I’ve done that sort of work, both inside and outside of healthcare, I would have a ticket queue of about ten to thirty tickets, and I’d get all sorts of strange technical work orders. It’s been fun brainstorming ideas and tripping down memory lane.

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[2019 Novel] Burn Bad Ideas

I often think about how, if I had been too concerned over trivialities or thought too much about how each word tied into another to form an overall cohesive whole, I’d still have only written about twenty essays or short stories over the past three years. You have to be a bit of an exhibitionist as a writer. You have to cook up multitudinous ideas, see what sticks, then move onto the next. No hesitation.

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[2019 Novel] Characters Driving Scenarioville-Bound

Is it better to build out your characters or your scenarios? The two are so intertwined that it’s difficult to strictly go one way or the other, because the most well-defined characters are influential on their stories, and the most plot-driven stories have their characters guiding the way. When I’m writing casual short stories, my approach is closer to a middle ground, where I’ll have characters planned out roughly, then let them chew the scenery.

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[Applied Self-Confidence] Writing Daily #2

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…

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