[The Story] Their First Kiss

“What’s he doing to that dog… no, just kiddin’![1]” What I enjoy most about interacting with people outside my comfort zone is how they take an idea, run with it, and when I catch up, it turns into something much better. In “The Story,” there are millions of ideas that need to align just right for it not to fail. One ruminating idea was: when will John [left] and Trishna [right] have their first kiss?

Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming a scene)
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[The Story] Couples Holding Hands

Couples holding hands is one of the cutest things I’ll see walking around the city. (Along with babies and puppies.) The public intimacy. The mutual expression of a common goal. All of which should be freely available to all. Bystanders in “The Story,” similar to our reality, will be …mostly tolerant toward people that stray outside the ‘norm.’ John [left] and Trishna [right] may stand out. How well will they learn to adapt and overcome?

Spoilers?: Minor (arguments for autonomy)
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[The Story] Trading Away Ambitions?

Every morning, the same characters pop into my head. It’s not always John [left] or Trishna [right], but it’s always someone related to them in some way, whether it’s Pollyanna, Sammohini, Jane, or someone that in some way connects to either of them. I find it more funny than annoying or disturbing, because what other characters would I trade in their place? They’re the stars of “The Story!” Could I possibly trade “The Story” away?

Spoilers?: Minor (ubiquity of characters)
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[The Story] Whatever I Want

Can we really do whatever we want, or do we limit ourselves based on circumstances? Focusing within the realm of fiction, how much freedom do we truly have in telling stories? If I were to write the tale of John [left] and Trishna [right], comprising a majority segment of “The Story,” exactly as I wanted, would it sell? Would it matter? Is that why we tend to compromise, accept our fates, and don’t challenge ourselves?

Spoilers?: Minor (character brainstorming, perhaps)
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[The Story] Notes About Dogs

I can envision the final scene of the Pollyanna Arc of “The Story” so clearly in my mind. Everything from the white linoleum tiles to the characters. It’s just there are hurdles to address. Primarily, an ending requires a story to precede it, the skill of which I am not yet confident I can write. Secondarily, the world of John [left] and Trishna [right] are not “there” yet. Tertiarily… let’s back up a few steps.

Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming, worldbuilding, character-building)
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[The Story] Focusing on Goals

The most miserable people I’ll meet always have goals and no plans for achieving them. Large or small – whether it’s getting out of debt, buying a boat, getting a job, getting a better job, or finding happiness – people seem to be the most miserable when their goal is impossible rather than difficult obtainable. If my current big goal is writing “The Story,” centered on John [left] and Trishna [right], what goals are they focused on?

Spoilers?: Major…? (early plot structures)
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[The Story] Learning From Others

For as many complaints people unrequitedly say about their relationships, I only hear a few positive comments. I imagine that will also be true in “The Story,” where men will complain to John [right] and women will complain to Trishna [left] about their spouses. Maybe it’s easier to complain? Since the last essay focused on the negatives, below, let’s focus on the positives, because really the only difference is the intended outcome: progress or regress?

Spoilers?: Minor (just character brainstorming)
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[The Story] Couples on Buses

I’ve been writing and rewriting “The Story,” scene after stochastic scene, for as long as I can remember. An idea will pop up while I’m riding the bus, talking to someone, or reading a book. I’ll see a couple on the bus and think about John [left] and Trishna [right]. Better than stressing about work! In these situations, memories, or maybe more, I wonder: how much of “The Story” will be based on real people?

Spoilers?: Minor (fiction building musings)
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[The Story] Purpose of Birthdays

If there were one day of the year to practice healthy self-respect, it’d be your birthday. We continually sacrifice ourselves for others throughout the year. Why not reclaim our autonomy on our birthdays? Do what you enjoy doing most, do nothing, or do something ambitious! In “The Story,” Trishna [right] and her family have that attitude toward birthdays, so when John [left] has his first birthday as part of “the family,” it’s a culture shock.

Spoilers?: Minor (just character building)
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[The Story] Cluttered Living Space

I don’t completely endorse the idea that settings are like characters. While someone’s workspace or personal space can convey surface-level symbolic meaning over personality, what is tolerable or not, and more, I don’t think it’s a comprehensive glimpse into a person’s, or character’s, mind. Still, in “The Story,” there are some key settings that could provide interesting anecdotal information into the minds of Trishna [left] and John [right]. Let’s declutter the psychology from the physical.

Spoilers?: Minor (set-building… as character-building?)
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