[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] Shopping With Characters

Over my years of writing these essays about “The Story,” essays, and even Novel 01, I’ve realized that there is a difference between looking for writing inspiration and being “in it.” When interviewers ask writers about where they get their inspiration, they mean well, but they’re not asking the question well. It’s not like we sit alone in a dark room and these ideas appear… Maybe sometimes… It’s more likely we’ll go shopping with our characters.

Spoilers?: Minor [grocery shopping brainstorming]
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[Media Meandry] Typo Or Fix?

As a writing koan, which came first: the typo or the fix? Although we want to rely on spellcheckers, they might not catch when the mind goes in wild. During my writing meandry for S&M2, for my 2020 Album Review Game, I wrote: “While I give out forty 5-star ratings to albums….” Correction: “While I have given out forty albums 5-star ratings as of late 2020…” Would it have been a problem had I not caught it?

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[The Story] How Steeped, Deeply

A friend providing some culture consultation for elements of Novel 02, a ‘side chapter’ in “The Story,” told me that religion appears frequently in Russian media. How steeped in the past should we go when we develop our fiction? How deep should we go to compare our current reality with the fictional world’s non-reality? If the details are window-dressing, then the structural integrity of the window should be fine, otherwise, it’s worthwhile to dig in deep.

Spoilers?: Minor [religion, culture; purpose]
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[The Story] A Spoonie’s Greenhouse

About a year and a half ago now, I had imagined wanting to augment the written word portions of “The Story” with small, contained videogames. I had first considered the idea after seeing stories told in 48-hour game jam games, and thought, why not try? It’s been over a year since I last dug into that idea seriously, but it’s not a failure, because its seeds still were able to flower into reasonable storytelling ideas.

Spoilers?: Minor [developing one setting]
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[Media Meandry] Preparation Versus Scenarios

When it comes to storytelling, how much of a character should be prepared/meditated on versus learned about through seeing how they react to scenarios? Through my recent sessions in Pokémon LeafGreen, I’ve focused on progressing through the game, rather than assessing the movesets of each Pokémon to see what would work best for them or which I want to use against the Elite 4. Similarly, when I wrote Novel 01, I could have assessed and prepared more…

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[The Story] No More Farm

After writing “Farming New Thoughts,” while taking a break from reading I thought deeply about how Trishna’s family might live in “The Story,” and arrived somewhere unique. When we brainstorm fiction, we might focus on plot or dialogue, but what if we take a detour to explore the surroundings? With my eyes closed, I opened my eyes to those surroundings and I didn’t see the Lanchester Farm as I once had. Instead, it was suburbia.

Spoilers?Minor (considering background scenery)
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[2019 Novel] Year To Prepare?

You have ten months to prepare for NaNoWriMo. You have a year to prepare for your next New Year’s Resolution. You have a lifetime to prepare for your death. Why procrastinate on working toward your goals? I wrote my first novel A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” and I’m not going to wait a year to write the second novel.

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[2019 Novel] My Biggest Accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment in my avocational life is completing my first novel, A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” Professionally, I’ve got a degree, 11+ years of experience, but that’s all easy. All you have to do is study enough, be persuasive enough in interviews, and not offend people. I have very real insecurities over this novel because it’s more than that.

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[2019 Novel] Sex, Drugs, Violence

I should have a warning about the contents within A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” for its sexual content, drug/alcohol references, violence, and whatever else might offend people. Oh! Let’s start with offensive language. The only offensive language is the aforementioned cultural provocation. Otherwise, no fucks, no shits, no damns, and only one crap was given in my first novel.

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