[The Story] Freedom Writing Whatever

Whenever I find myself approaching any degree of writer’s block, I would say that fundamentally it’s because I haven’t had enough freedom to write about whatever I wanted. I always felt confined to particularities. After a night’s rest and reassessment with coffee, I can usually readjust my focus. By the time I write “The Story,” ideally, I would like to have all of these sorts of lessons learned learned, so I can write the novel/series.

Spoilers?: Minor [thinking about thinking]
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[The Story] Handsomest Boy Imaginable

In the first part of our two-parter, I explored why John would think Trishna was the prettiest girl imaginable in “The Story.” Now it’s John’s turn. He could be pretty, but let’s use the masculine equivalent for convenience. I’ve always like how hermoso and hermosa have one letter difference in Spanish might mean handsome and pretty respectively. There are many desirable traits that are neither gendered nor strictly romantic, but they are the main couple.

Spoilers?: Minor [exploring character motivations]
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[The Story] Prettiest Girl Imaginable

In this first of a two-parter looking at the main characters of “The Story,” let’s explore the question of what makes Trishna the prettiest girl imaginable to John. I don’t think it’s exactly because of physical appearance, because they talk over instant messaging for probably over five years before actually meeting in person. The attraction goes deeper than that, into how she inspires him to feel, both during his highest highs and his lowest lows.

Spoilers?: Minor [exploring character motivations]
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[Media Meandry] Generic Character List

While I haven’t done the degree of character design I had brainstormed out in “Incidents Build Characters,” during this play session of Pokémon LeafGreen, I realized that I was overthinking things. I can start simply then build out the characters that need building out. When I came across the need to name three new characters around a central theme, I decided to build out a Generic Character List for Novel 02 based on material from Novel 01.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Planning out new/old characters]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Incidents Build Characters

As I continue along toward completing my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen, I’ve wondered about the benefits of playing this game from not just a relaxation/escapist perspective, but from a narrative perspective. In “Inconsequentially Building Characters,” I have wondered whether having the names alone would be enough to help me brainstorm character ideas? I decided no, overall. Organic, non-contrived storytelling is usually better, in my opinion.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Are characters created? Discovered?]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Inconsequentially Building Characters

When I introduce new characters into my fiction, as I did with characters in my first novel, I started off with a batch of characters that the main character, Sammohini, would interact with throughout the novel. I’ve been using my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen to brainstorm character attributes. While I decided on one new character during this session, I don’t think anymore that tangental character naming is an effective tool of deciding on new characters.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [just naming names, processes]
Game Spoilers? None

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[The Story] Riding In Elevators

My physical therapists have an office on the second floor of an otherwise empty building. When you leave their office, if your back remains facing the door, you’ll see an elevator to your left. Ahead will be a view overlooking more than a parking lot. I’ve always taken the stairs to the right, but after leaving PT the other day, physically sore, I was reminded of how many scenes in “The Story” will involve elevators.

Spoilers?: Minor [worldbuilding as character-building]
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[The Story] Playing Videogames Together

John and Trishna in “The Story” bond online over their shared interests in videogames, so once they have the opportunity to meet in person, videogames will be a hobby they share. I’ve imagined they primarily play long-form RPGs or other less competitive games, but what kinds specifically, and why? Would they be realistically based on real-world games or would they be imaginarily based on anything? Would they create their own small, amateur games as well?

Spoilers?: Minor [background character development]
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[Sober Living] Relationships, Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, I asked about whether “The Story” was influenced by my own dreams and aspirations. The short answer was no. I envisioned this as a two-parter with this part digging into more of the toxicities that brought me to where I am now. I’m going to self-reflect on some heavy topics without interruption, so if you’re looking for your normal light- to medium-depth material, check back tomorrow. Continue if you want to join me.

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[The Story] Relationships, Part 1 of 2

How much of the relationship between John and Trishna, which is the backbone of “The Story,” is idealization? Do I want to be John and have someone like Trishna to have a relationship with? …Did I ever? The short answer is no. Maybe when the characters first popped into my head, in high school, they represented something like that… but now, I only want to live a lifestyle where I can write what I want.

Spoilers?: Major [psychological underpinnings, perhaps]
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