When I go about my day, things I see will remind me of “The Story.” This ranges from seeing a dog’s smiling face to seeing pictures of characters that I save into a folder for later reference. When I wrote my first novel, I wasn’t directly inspired by any fiction in that I transposed a pre-established character into my fiction, [and I cited any examples,] but still, it’s interesting to think of the subtler nuances.
Spoilers?: Minor [use references sparingly]
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As I idly walked around a neighborhood near where I live, a scene popped into my head, where John and Trishna were walking around their neighborhood on a similarly nice spring afternoon. After having this brief image, I remembered “The Story,” and my meanderings took on a different perspective. Before, I just wanted to explore. After, I used the remaining time as worldbuilding then topics of inquiry came to mind about building out their neighborhoods.
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When I was going to PT, I was letting the fiction worldbuilding for “The Story” do its thing. Whether that’s all me injecting my experiences into a world or me unearthing a fully-realized world is a debate whose answer, if there is one, will reside outside of this essay. However, going there did give me access to certain scenes where Trishna had been going to PT for years, and then after they meet, John joins.
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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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There’s a part in my first novel where two characters are jumping down a retaining wall. One easily jumps down and continues on, while the other nearly stumbles down. I don’t typically write action scenes like this, because what really exciting ever really happens in life? How I alternated between both characters could have been more effective, but I find these sorts of linguistic, lyrical patterns in media fascinating. It’s almost storytelling in multiple layers.
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Within twenty years, Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) completed 91 works and attempted to write 46 more in a fictional world he called La Comédie humaine. The idea of interlocking short stories and novels where one story’s main character appears as a bit character elsewhere fascinated me almost as much as Balzac’s writing schedule. The short story El Verdugo was my start. It’s fantastic, fast-paced, and more exciting than most action movies. Let’s explore slow burns to explosive conclusions.
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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You have ten months to prepare for NaNoWriMo. You have a year to prepare for your next New Year’s Resolution. You have a lifetime to prepare for your death. Why procrastinate on working toward your goals? I wrote my first novel A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” and I’m not going to wait a year to write the second novel.
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My biggest accomplishment in my avocational life is completing my first novel, A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” Professionally, I’ve got a degree, 11+ years of experience, but that’s all easy. All you have to do is study enough, be persuasive enough in interviews, and not offend people. I have very real insecurities over this novel because it’s more than that.
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I should have a warning about the contents within A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” for its sexual content, drug/alcohol references, violence, and whatever else might offend people. Oh! Let’s start with offensive language. The only offensive language is the aforementioned cultural provocation. Otherwise, no fucks, no shits, no damns, and only one crap was given in my first novel.
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Having attended three game jam weekends, I can say that despite disparate disciplines, NaNoWriMo is similar. Over nearly 48 hours, jammers will work in teams or individually to build small games, just as from November 1st to 30th, writers write 50,000-word novels. I saw sickness and fatigue at game jams from people not listening to the organizational staff. After my novel-writing month, I encountered health problems, too. It’s doable, but extend it out to two months…
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