Writing has, for years now, been my general health gauge. If I’m not feeling well, I don’t feel like writing. I used to have this adage regardless of what I wrote, so long as I was actually writing anything productive. I’m going to be changing this adage. If I don’t feel like thinking or writing about “The Story,” then my health is not in good shape. I haven’t felt like thinking of “The Story” lately.
There’s a scene in Eizouken! where a character studies how other characters move then draws those motions. She’s become disinterested in doing the movements herself and more interested in drawing the motions to follow her creativity. When I realized my ambitions to write “The Story,” that, perhaps, similarly meant externalizing life. Rather than going through the motions, I’m studying the motions as I do them and others, so I can write them fictionally or nonfictionally.
Continuing thoughts from “Daily Dog Diaries?” summarized as how I subscribe to dog social media sites to remind me of my childhood dog Patrick and for brainstorming ideas for “The Story,” a scene popped into my mind where Trishna’s mom says – of Trishna’s sister Sammohini, her friend Jane, and Trishna’s service dog Pollyanna – “the girls are out for a run.” From that one imagined quote, I built a backstory with, maybe, their family’s weekly routine.
Spoilers?: Minor [brainstorming thought-provoking scenes]
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I’ve debated through a few recent essays building up “The Story” whether these characters, their world, and everything related was created by my imagination and represents nothing more than that or whether I found them living independently of me. I’ll just say that they exist as part of some sort of fictional world just so I can put that notion to rest. I’ll explain my reasonings along with some counterarguments and counterexamples after the jump…
On social media, one of the things I need to do more often is subscribe to accounts that show photos of dogs, because I already get a fair amount of news from the people I respect – how about their dogs? Not because I’m overly obsessed with dogs, but because photos of other dogs can remind me both of my own childhood dog and inspire story ideas in “The Story,” and the photos are just cute.
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While brainstorming ideas building up “The Story” by writing the essay “Background Cold War,” I collected media references until I realized something I wrote about there, but also something else: Does the media we consume change the fiction we write? If I watched all of Star Trek, would “The Story” change? If “The Story” is its own entity, where I’m just channeling it, it would not. If “The Story” were entirely my own creation, then…
Spoilers?: Minor [writing workshopping, mainly]
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In “The Story,” there was always a looming threat of war in the background whenever I’d think about the central characters – John and Trishna – or side characters like Sammohini, main character of my first novel. There have always been national wars for as long as I’ve been alive, from afar, but now it seems like with COVID-19, the war is here. This may make me seem entitled but I’d never experienced looming threats of conflict.
Spoilers?: Minor [meandering through scenarios]
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