[The Story] Dining With Characters

In “Shopping With Characters,” I focused my fiction-writing meandries on how storytelling is more organic than mechanical. Inspiration can happen anywhere; you must first prime your mind to receive the inspiration. Since “The Story” is partially a commentary on contemporary life, it’s easy for me to, say, go to a restaurant and think about how characters might act or react. Let’s take an upcoming scene from the side story Novel 02 as an example of this.

Spoilers?: Major [Overview of Novel 02]
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[The Story] Loading Up Chair

At my final physical therapy session, I sat in the stationary bike to get my legs warmed up, and before I began biking, I asked if I could get the seat tilted to better support my back. The few seconds of me sitting there, getting loaded up, then readjusted, reminded me of “The Story.” That’s something I’ve tried reminding myself frequently about writing: look for inspiration everywhere, but take that inspiration, then make it original.

Spoilers?: Minor [load up inspiration]
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[Applied Self-Confidence] Getting Mentally Prepped

I woke up feeling like I had already wasted the day because my head hurt so much that I couldn’t focus on any of the beauty within life and everything. How can I get into a better headspace from that starting position? How can I possibly do anything other than spend all of my energy attempting to mend the back pain that has hurt me so much? Here’s how I got to writing this essay.

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[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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[Media Meandry] Escape Then Return

I hadn’t realized I was in a bad headspace until well after leaving my first time playing Half-Life. During those nearly two hours, I escaped into a world much worse than my own, forgetting about my own world’s overwhelming problems. After dying repeatedly in-game at one benign point, I quit without saving, went to sleep, slept for one hour, then awoke to the mental clarity to do what I needed to do without emotional baggage.

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