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?
I was part of a discussion about lore-building. Someone asked about whether there was any codified lore for a particular character. There was not. Through my time analyzing writers and their fiction-writing strategies, I haven’t found any particular common lore-building codifications. Although I didn’t reference “The Story” directly, I barged in by saying that for my works, I think writing anything related to wrote lore is what you should write last, to bring everything together.
For this ENDLESS WAR contest comic I accidentally bit off more than I could chew, I’m reaching its minimum viable product stage. I have one more panel remaining, then I’ll go back through, do major remaining detailing, and call it good enough. For something like the picture below, I could add more details, but I spent two hours and 40 minutes coloring and texturing this picture from its first draft, which was maybe a twenty-minute drawing?
As much as I hate grabbing inspiration from real life when brainstorming ideas for either “The Story” or anything else in life, it’s just so tempting because I can vicariously experience what another character is going through. My right side has been hurting for over a month now. I’ve seen a doctor twice about it. He wasn’t concerned, and I doubt he will be too concerned, but how about John’s left side after “The Scene?”
Spoilers?: Minor [exploring character development]
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For the two main characters of “The Story,” John and Trishna, I wondered what would they name their plants? What diminutives would they call these little entities that Trishna developed a fondness for early into childhood then shared with John? After these questions popped up, I started to name plants in Viridi as they might name them. When you want to get into a character’s head, a useful exercise is naming something from their perspective.
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.
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…
I used to write more frequently about assessing the evolution of my writing processes. Whether that was the actual writing process itself or the production involved with the conception to publication of these essays. I haven’t done so lately, admittedly, because I haven’t given myself time to look back at where I’ve been. The tool I wish I would have added sooner was my writing calendar, “Betcal.” Here’s why and how I wrote this essay.
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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We tend to focus on reading the classics, good books, or well-published essays or news columns to study how competent writers write. We should also read poorly-written books, essays, and more in studying how not to write. I’m reading through a book about publishing that, while I won’t include the name here, is inspiring because of its superfluous word choice, grammatical errors, and entry-level conveyance of information. It might be teaching me good writing habits.