This week allowed three concerts and a float tank session. I partially enjoy concerts for their potential breadth of collecting ideas and “floating” for the potential depth of digesting ideas. Those factors allowed this week’s brainstorming update to The Story to excel in some key areas of the backstory, particularly hobbies, farming, and practicality. I don’t consider anything below to be spoilers and quickly wrote 400 words on what I might consider narrative spoilers here.
Sabaton Brainstorming: Hobbies
John (above, left) and Trishna have different hobbies along with their shared interests in videogames and writing. John enjoys reading about psychology, sociology, and history, which was heavily informed by Sabaton’s lyrical content about historical events. Trishna enjoys reading about flora, fauna, and politics. There’ll be crossover interests, especially in political dramas like House of Cards, and they’ll probably also meet many others interested in assorted hobbies like photography, so it’ll be interesting research material.
Floating Brainstorming: Farms
Thinking about Trishna’s upbringing, she might be the youngest of four or five siblings, which developed into the family living on a farm with livestock. This informed Trishna’s hobbies as mostly practical endeavors along with her necessary resilience being part of a family farm crew. She contributes by helping with the garden, livestock, cooking, and administrative duties. Trishna’s parents probably moved onto the farm to live off the grid for political reasons. They live modestly.
Testament Brainstorming: Horses
Characters in wheelchairs often seem to be defined and confined by their impairment in popular media. It’s not a one-size-fits-all cliché! Plenty of people may prefer using a wheelchair for long distance mobility yet can also walk. Trishna will be one of those characters. She was born with an unusual foot and could walk until a spinal or leg injury. Perhaps she fell off or was kicked by a horse? That’s a brewing idea, anyways.
General Brainstorming: Concerts
Trishna and John might occasionally go to concerts. Trishna’s musical taste started with her dad’s sitar performances and includes some bands John recommended. His tastes are mainly punk and metal with lyrics about self-confidence and history. The problem isn’t so much coming up with interesting ideas. There was an incident necessitating the bar bouncer to jump into the crowd during the last Testament song. Subplots like those just might not fit into The Story’s plot.
Everclear Brainstorming: Attitude
The singer quickly lost his cool with an audience member, putting himself at an emotional disadvantage. John and Trishna have both encountered many stressful situations growing up. They’ve practiced effectively deflecting emotional abuse like this to varying degrees of success. Trishna lets things like this linger too long, whereas John is more easily able to disengage from situations. She might be just too trusting in others whereas he might not be trusting enough to care?
Future Brainstorming: Format
Writing about the farming brainstorming was the most beneficial to building some of these ideas. It might just be easier to write in piecemeal throughout the week rather than all in one day.