I woke up this morning with a headache. It was because of the way my pillow had arranged itself throughout the night, it lifted up my spine too much, causing severe pressure to my head. I’ve had experience with this before, but I woke up in the headspace where I ask: How could this be applied to “The Story?” Does John experience occasional, severe headaches? If so, does that outweigh Trishna’s severe, frequent spine pains?
“To all my overachievers out there: Who out there puts a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed? Why do you do this? Have you learned to not do it so much?” In my response, I talked about differentiating between “overachieving,” “laziness,” and “can’t.” Each day, I wake up and can decide if I want to work toward writing “The Story.” It doesn’t have to be big, but if I don’t, then that’s almost regression…
Spoilers?: Minor [today’s storytelling tasks]
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One aspect of the relationship dynamic I know for sure between John and Trishna, the main characters of “The Story,” is that they both have patience for the other. That may not sound like much, but I think it’s a fundamental component to relationships of any sort. You’re patient with me as I write meandries. I try to be as patient as I can with others. Within a relationship, especially, there are gives and takes.
Spoilers?: Minor [a conflict-free relationship?]
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Part of the challenge of writing fiction outside of one’s comfort zone is that there are areas that I can’t easily verify. One of the two main characters of “The Story,” Trishna, uses a wheelchair. I don’t yet have anyone I can ask to make sure my brainstorming ideas aren’t problematic, but for something like naming a wheelchair, it seems like some people don’t and some people do, so something like that shouldn’t be problematic.
Spoilers?: Minor [name of wheelchair]
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There’s a scene from Moyashimon that gave me some thought and consideration for “The Story.” I would say these moments happen somewhat frequently. Nonfiction will inform fiction; life informs media; but, visa versa. In this scene, a male character helps a female character with an errand and she invites him over for dinner. There is a sort of reverence from the male character in regards to being over at the female character’s apartment. I thought…
Spoilers?: Minor [considering scene locations]
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As I woke up today, I realized that I was enacting a scene from “The Story.” Over the past few weeks, especially, my health has been, frankly, failing. I’ve been less able to do much of anything. I can’t row, I can’t do much of anything without hurting or getting headaches, so when I woke up, my mind went to a scene that I’ll draft out below relating to John’s fragility in an early scene.
Spoilers?: Minor [fragility on display]
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I enjoy games like Pokémon LeafGreen and I enjoy some writing process spontaneity for some of the same reasons, including, when a new character appears that needs to steal the show. It’s fun learning how they’ll steal it. In this LeafGreen playthrough, I defeated Blaine and have caught a half-dozen new Pokémon. I’m been naming them based on characters from Novel 01 to help me brainstorm Novel 02 to help test out what characters I might need.
What I was missing with Novel 01 that I will apply with Novel 02, and will refine until I write “The Story,” is a generic character sheet for each of the noteworthy, main or side characters. I avoided doing this for the longest time because of my general trepidation toward role-playing games that spend hours debating whether a character can survive a dexterity roll, but if I adapt it for what I need, it’s not that bad.
Spoilers?: Minor [covering character bases]
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There are certain memories I tend to have of events I’ve never experienced that take place in “The Story.” I’ll imagine scenes from days early on into John and Trishna’s relationship. I might be reminded of these scenes by anything. If I see a digital dresser in a videogame, I might imagine how Trishna’s dad and John built that dresser. These scenes fill my thoughts like memories of going to the city or the beach…
The characters I like most represent one of two character archetypes: characters that either learn about some kind of personality trait about themselves, or, help serve as plot surrogates for some kind of greater theme. Not every character tends to be that lofty, but when I like the characters for more than just a witty line or aesthetic, it typically tends to be something deeper like that. How about John and Trishna in “The Story?”
Spoilers?: Minor (characters overcoming situations)
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