I’ve had less and less energy to do anything major within Minecraft for building setpieces for “The Story,” but I still gave it a good try. After writing Novel 01, I realized I needed to have the details in order. In this session to help with Novel 02, I mainly finished off some details that had been lingering in my mind, then attempted some practice to help me build bigger setpieces faster. I’m reaching a dead-end, honestly…
During my 10th livestream session of building setpieces in Minecraft to help me tell “The Story,” based on my experiences writing Novel 01, I realized that talking the whole time is quite exhausting. Writing is easier. I’m not deterred, but I’ll need to adapt how I livestream these builds for Novel 02 and beyond. I imagine there will be sessions where I may turn the mic off, silence the audio, and may even record but not stream.
Spoilers?: Minor [building means rebuilding]
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While I was in the MRI lobby, waiting for the scans to see what’s been going so wrong with my lower back, my mind went to “The Story.” I prefer thinking about my ambitious long-form narrative project to pessimism or other wastes of time because it’s often more productive. I first thought about something specific to my Minecraft building series for Novel 02, then perhaps a scene or concept I could later use for “The Story.”
My 9th session of building setpieces in Minecraft for “The Story” solidified my hunch that this can be a good tool; if used correctly. Every Minecraft livestreamers I’ve watched so far could best be summarized as silly people shouting obscene jibberish for the entertainment of their chatroom. I don’t want any of that. So once I hooked up the mic and started talking about Novel 01 and Novel 02, the process felt natural, and ideas are flowing.
Spoilers?: Minor [structure builds structure]
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After this eighth building session, wherein I relayed during a livestream what I had built in Minecraft to replicate buildings and other possibly imaginary, possibly real structures in that mysterious other-dimensionality space where fiction resides, for setpieces within “The Story,” taking the lessons I learned while writing Novel 01 to build Novel 02 in a manner where I could then write 03 and on easily, I thought deeply. I learned what I must do. It involves Zealie here.
This seventh session building setpieces that will appear in “The Story,” as lessons from writing Novel 01 to help me write Novel 02, helped me realize that Minecraft, used responsibly, can help me tell stories. I doubt I’ll be using Minecraft as a video storytelling medium. I far prefer writing to anything involving video production or editing, as I had to deal with, in uploading this video, but there are elements that can help me write better.
As much as I want to have fun with these Minecraft builds for various elements in “The Story,” based on what I learned from writing Novel 01 to write Novel 02 and beyond, they do require some degree of work and concentration. On this sixth session, I cleaned up the exterior then built the apartment building’s front office. I’m currently at a loss for what to build next, so how about I summarize what I did build?
Spoilers?: Minor [one-stop-shop apartment complex]
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Throughout my longest Minecraft build yet for infrastructure within “The Story,” specifically learning from my writing process in Novel 01 to write Novel 02, I’ve become closer than ever to realizing the ten-story apartment building that Sammohini lives in. There are design and logistical challenges with such a build, but I’m glad I didn’t have to compromise by implying there was a ten-story building. This should mean that Eville Medical is much more possible now than ever.
Spoilers?: Minor [sense of scale]
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There’s something entirely engrossing about playing Minecraft that I’m glad I waited until I could dedicate that element to “The Story” and stream the results online. Without the framework like Novel 01 or Novel 02, I would have built without purpose, and without the online interactivity element, it might have been lonely. I use Minecraft as a reward. After having done sufficient amounts of important tasks, then I give myself the time to build out something wonderful.
Spoilers?: Minor [considering Sammohini’s world]
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There’s much less formality for me now to livestream and record builds of Sammohini’s apartment, which will be one of many locations in “The Story.” When I wrote Novel 01, I realized I didn’t have many good visual references or relationship proximities for how setpieces, like Sammohini’s apartment, relate to Eville Medical. Before I begin writing Novel 02, I want to build out everything here in Minecraft and in the novel’s Gdrive, so I can write efficiently.
Spoilers?: Minor [non-Minecraft stuff, mostly]
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