[The Story] Considering Chronic Pain

Many people deal with chronic pain. Do the main characters of “The Story,” John and Trishna, have any long-term medical malaises? As I considered this question, briefly thinking through disparate scenes that might appear across the short stories, novel, or series of novels encapsulated within the greater whole of the Eville landscape where my first and other novels will reside, my casual answer is no. They will have some flirtations with pain, like everyone does…

Spoilers?: Minor [considering character-building concepts]
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[The Story] Physical Therapy Places

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.

Spoilers?: Minor (characters and settings) WANNA CONSIDER HOW YOU CAN WORLDBUILD ANYWHERE? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Formal Wheelchair Dancing

“We could make a dancing game![1]” “Yeah, with a character in a wheelchair, too![2]” It wasn’t so much a look of incredulity as much as the confusion that washed over his face before we changed topics; we later returned to the idea. Like everything in life, without contextual applicability, there is dismissal at worst or curiosity at best. In “The Story,” John hadn’t thought much about dancing until Trishna brings up her interest in trying…

Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming character interests)
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[The Story] Vertical Slice, October 2018

I’ll casually estimate that I’ve published over 80,500 words related to “The Story” as of yet, even though all content related to it could easily surpass 150,000. Everything is nebulously floating around inside my head, loosely organized, so even writing specific ideas twice each week are just subjective rough drafts. My plan is to write everything in one go after I feel confident that I can. Until then, here’s a 6,000-word vertical slice walking through “The Story.”

Spoilers?: Major (an entire brain-dump)
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[The Story] Their First Kiss

“What’s he doing to that dog… no, just kiddin’![1]” What I enjoy most about interacting with people outside my comfort zone is how they take an idea, run with it, and when I catch up, it turns into something much better. In “The Story,” there are millions of ideas that need to align just right for it not to fail. One ruminating idea was: when will John [left] and Trishna [right] have their first kiss?

Spoilers?: Minor (brainstorming a scene)
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