In Novel 01, there is a character nicknamed “Burn” that I wanted to reuse, but as I started brainstorming the character over the course of the past few weeks – well, since I wrapped up playing Pokémon LeafGreen, I realized that he would be turning into a different character for Novel 02, which takes place somewhere in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” I haven’t updated the character sheets, but by this essay’s publication, I’ll have done so.
Spoilers?: Major [thinking about characters]
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I enjoy stories with direct, earnest narrative perhaps most? Whether it’s a review that outlines the reasons why one might want to play a videogame or outlining a process for improving their lives, or perhaps many of the stories in “The Story” like Novel 01 and Novel 02, I guess I like clear storytelling? While I do enjoy indirect stories, I might generally, without saying it, as a rule, say I enjoy earnest, honest, easily-comprehensibly of narratives.
Spoilers?: Minor [Novel 01, Chapter 01 analysis]
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I’ve been awake for nearly 24 hours now. What better time to formally announce a project that I’ve hinted at, directly referenced, and otherwise have been working on in the background? It’s colloquially called “Novel 02,” formally, “A Story About Self-Confidence: Something About Anxiety.” It will be the sequel to “Novel 01 / A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?,” which was the 60,000-word novel I wrote in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” I’ll start writing… someday.
Spoilers?: Minor [current status report]
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Although I wrote about my thoughts on whether playing Pokémon LeafGreen made my life easier in my penultimate essay on this series, that essay was also concerned about the question of whether playing with a strategy guide would ruin surprises for me. No, since I appreciate narrative surprises more than gameplay surprises. Did playing this game make my life easier? Similarly, this question has perspective-dependent answers. I can answer no, and without narrative irony, yes.
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As we approach the end of my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen, let’s consider that we begin with an innocent search for easier living. What we can objectively see is that these essays evolved into something I didn’t predict, as evidenced by their non-serial labeling. They went from searches for easier living into minor reclamations of what makes this hard life we live easier for me: writing fiction. So I did find that easier life… right?
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Brainstorming new characters like Zhanna for Novel 02 in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” has inspired interesting brainstorming thoughts. My fiction writing strength is building the narrative for how “X” goes to “Y,” rather than brainstorming ideas for “X” or “Y.” Those variables could contain any ideas. I’m just building the homes for those ideas to live within. Am I doing the reverse now by brainstorming “X” or “Y” then fitting them into the narrative?
Spoilers?: Minor [character, setting brainstorming]
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I nearly went up against the Elite Four in Pokémon LeafGreen tonight. Sometimes, in life, this is a good thing, going into battle when you’re first viable enough to not be defeated outright. It’s how I wrote Novel 01. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, I could have said no if, after my two-week gestation period, I didn’t think I could viably write a 60,000-word novel somewhere in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” Other times, patience can help.
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There comes a time when you must be decisive. Whether in life, Pokémon LeafGreen, or writing novels, decisiveness comes from trimming the fat that stands between you and your priorities. In this session, I trimmed my team down, benching as many as I could, and I’m down to 13 viable candidates to battle the Elite Four. In life, similarly, you should focus your energy on your main objectives. What about building side characters in your fiction?
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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.
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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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