When I go to write something, unless it’s technical documentation, I’ll start with a loose plan on what I want to write and improvise the rest. That’s how I drive as well. Detours are cool unless I’m in a hurry, so along with reading more, I’m more actively worldbuilding as I consume content. It’s all about adding to the mind palace collage, after all.
Since I started regularly meditating in float tanks, I’ve been letting my mind wander as I explore the city, on my lunch breaks or running errands. I’ll observe apartments and houses and wonder how John and Trishna live their lives.
With only the broadest points for their world and the plot, they’ll probably move a few times to mainly within cheaper large apartment complexes with maybe the occasional quiet and quaint apartment home? Retirement communities also have an inviting atmosphere. Trishna would decorate the patio with plants, cooking herbs, and cute garden ornaments. John would contribute as well. The inside of their apartment would consist of lightweight furniture and limited decorations. Maybe a well read book collection? Although books are very heavy to move, so maybe primarily their computers, with a light collection of books?
There’s still so much weight to imagine in the world they live in.
Maybe that’s why my first attempt at writing this story failed, along with not having enough practice as a writer? Well, let’s not call it a failure. I called that earnest attempt “References” while I wrote it between high school and college. As I build The Story section on this site, my plan is first to upload everything unedited, then analyze everything in a series of posts. I might read over 200 or 300 words at a time, write about my thought process, and reminisce. I haven’t read any of it since I wrote it.
Being mindful of wheelchair access for Trishna during this worldbuilding process has really changed my perspective. I’ll often see entrances to buildings with a few small stairs. My old apartment complex’s management building as I recall had some stairs to get to the office on the second story on the left. Even the residential buildings in the background of this photo, with rough representations of John and Trishna in LEGO form, would be difficult to access by wheelchair.
Trishna is an action girl, mostly by nature with a hint of circumstance, so it probably wouldn’t be much of a problem for her. She might take three or four step stairs in her wheelchair, either with or without John’s help, especially if there weren’t any better options. This idea of wheelchair access is thought provoking. When I imagine how they’d overcome these obstacles, not all of it is just purely for the sake of writing a story.
As an exercise, think about how you’d get around in a wheelchair as you run errands. How easily would you be able to access places? Especially in older buildings? Even with the Americans with Disabilities Act or your equivalent.