Ten years ago, “The Story” was a nebulous creature, floating through the ether of my inner imagination. John “everSOL the Valiant” Ebersole and Trishna, then minus the N, had some representation, both in References and casually. These characters and their world were otherwise firmly in the back-burner on the edge of nowhere, waiting for their time to float to the surface, cooked, and ready to serve. We’re getting there, dear readers, “The Story” is cooking…
Spoiler Warning Scale: None (writing context)
The most important thing in any field is developing your toolkit.
I could write sentences and paragraphs back then, like most can with some compulsory education. It’s just there are some fundamental relational tools I lacked: discipline, structure, and the overall plot construction.
This story floated along as I developed those skills.
Through years of professional adversity, I figured out how to overcome obstacles that would otherwise cause me to give up. I gave up on References because the content had ballooned out of proportion. I hadn’t planned well enough.
I was writing based on whim and imagination.
There should be creativity within the writing process, just not within the narrative structure itself. Similar to buildings, there may not be creative interpretation in working to code, yet creativity can appear within the process or execution of tasks.
Without that structural discipline, how can anything creative be built?
References still may factor into “The Story.” When I dig it up from the archives, I plan to read through it and comment on it, having not read any of it in well over ten years. It’ll be nice to see what writing tools I possessed and which ones I’ve expanded upon. There were also my cognitive abilities to factor in.
Capturing information, emotion, and direction.
I could do some of that then and I can do more now, so it’s a daily and weekly test. Am I writing at a level where I could write hundreds of thousands of words? While keeping it coherent? My current daily pace is writing 500 publishable words, with full-time career obligations. That’s just shy of a third of the NaNoWriMo 1,667-word pace.
Then there’s relaying information, emotion, and direction.
As I recall, References had clear information without clear direction. It was sprawling. I must have written for days on end. Without planning, that can balloon into something beyond comprehension. It was too overwhelming then, and I realized I didn’t have the right writing tools.
Do I have them now? If not, then when?
I figure the more I write, the more I’ll realize my limitations. On a smaller scale like this update, writing won’t become unwieldy. The narratives won’t get too out of control, I can practice as much as I need to, so that once I’m ready, it’s completely go time. With all the tools in place, I can then build “The Story” as it should be built.
John and Trishna have waited over ten years.
They’ll wait another twenty if that’s what it takes.
Inspirations: Having attempted my dream before the age of 21, only to have failed, and lived to try again.