Weird Ideas, Gaming, Goofing, and Writing

If I learned anything in my life, my goofiest ideas are often the most interesting angle I can have on a story, and should write them down even if thy don’t make 100% sense. I have lists of nonsense words I keep just so I can review and use them later, BTW.  🙂

Yesterday was a slow day where I recovered from the after effects of a migraine, and tried to take things slow. I had a few ideas for some things for the novel and they still don’t make 100% sense, however, maybe they shouldn’t, at the moment.

If given enough time to think on them, I’m sure they will add a nice layer to the story.  I still feel I have a LONG way to go with this novel. It never feels right or complete.  I need a writing life coach.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Southeast Location

I took a few days away from working on my series that was inspired from my jokes, and after yesterday’s blog post on story styles, I felt inspired to revisit the concept with more thoughts.  Let me also add that I will have to do some research, so we’ve gone into a new stage.

As per past posts the story revolves around a man who has global influence, and is trying to work with his dysfunctional family.  My initial thoughts is he was trying to find his voice. That still holds true, but I think he has a new role he’s trying to please a lot of people while remaining true to himself.

I think the MC/hero/protagonist starts and LLC, and it grows like wildfire. His mom is in charge of the business as she manages him, the finances, and the demands.  She has become the an influential person who is the closest to her son.

Location was another aspect I worked on.  The story takes place in Charleston, SC (or outside the city). This is personal, as I am from the south, and I know this region well.  The main setting is the business which is set in a restored southern mansion.

Needless to say I need to brush up on businesses, and southern mansions, because I’d like for this to be a strong aspect of the series.   This also made me think of ideas for the series.

Below are some notes I made as thought this out:

  • Getting sued.  I know it’s an LLC, BUT I imagine people want access to the MC unfiltered.
  • The MC has a unintentional monopoly no on can match, and this sets some people’s shorts on fire.
  • People want favors at the MC’s expense.
  • People want Mom’s favor and try to bribe or blackmail her,
  • MC has to learn when to say “no,” and not being a people pleaser when the business has policies he and his mom are ironing out.
  • Mom and MC are having issues over policies.  Some she insists upon, others he insists upon.

Tomorrow I may post something I found to be a problem: I want to create some other relatives that have positive influence on the MC.  I’m thinking an aunt (Mom’s sis) and a Uncle (Dad’s brother) who may or may not work for him.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Story Swagger

Yesterday, I tried writing a post about how mood and emotion affect the narratives, characters, and overall aesthetic of the text. It was too long, and didn’t say what I meant. So, I gave it a lot overnight thought.

To give an example of what I mean, a show like Pushing Daises has a fairy tale (or storybook) like quality that is repeated in the visuals, characters, and narrative elements.

Or a film like Bram Stoker’s Dracula was described as an “erotic dream” which did have an impact on the style. It also included a lot of fairy tale elements but that’s another topic.

Last night and this morning, I thought of things like noir, and horror, which definitely make viewers or readers feel a distinct emotions.  Noir was dark, depressing, and had a particular style to the lighting. the characters are a distinct and you had types (hard luck heroes, femme and homme fatales, etc.).

Horror has a basis with fear being the main theme, so elements focus towards that emotion.  The aforementioned Dracula film was steeped in horror, which twisted the erotic aspects into the fantastical, grotesque and frightening.

As a writer, I wondered, and still wonder if style (which incorporates mood and emotion) could and should be at the forefront of my mind as I work on a project.  Also what style am I trying to convey with each project.

It sounds overwhelming, but I think what makes some story distinct and memorable is that they had their own swagger, and internal logic.

The Final Four

In another chapter of my character building, we come to the final four.

Not really the final characters for my story, but I wanted to create more characters while paying a pun-ish reference to BSG. Yes, I realize it was a “final five,” but if you add the MC you have five.

The MC (main character) is the second son for those who have been following my progress through creating the story.  I also want to keep the character descriptions down to two sentences or less.

Ex-Girlfriend: She is ironically free-spirited, and unintentionally cruel, but always in the second son’s orbit. She discovers she wants to around him more for what he can do, less than she wants to be with him.

Ex-Friend: Typically goes after what he desires no matter the obstacle. Lost the MC as a friend when he started sleeping with the MC’s now ex-gf.

Friend 1: Hard worker, and very passionate about career and goals. She is good friends with the MC, and values loyalty and trues among peers.

Friend 2:  Is burnt out from life and people, thus becoming more and more cynical. Keeps making mistakes that have a ripple effect, and needs help he’s not open to.

 

Sons of the Tigress

Yesterday I was so energized by working on the Mom character for the story, I put more thought into her sons.  So far, I have two children and an ex-husband to develop.  As per yesterday’s post, Mom is a tigress in a business suit. She thought she lost her second son, whom she mistreated, and if she had a second chance, she’d be a better mom to him.

So first son: He’s a rockstar on a beer budget.  My thought of the character was, really, that’s his best. That’s who he is though.  He is charismatic, and narcissistic.  Now that his brother’s returned, he’s more than a little bit peeved that the attention is not solely on him.

The second son is a man of many hats and consummate actor. He has to be. He’s gone from being a nobody to the most influential man in the world. This has placed him in an awkward position as he is used to being questioned/doubted, as well as dysfunctional.

He struggles heavily with people who are more than happy to drop their problems at his feet to solve to their satisfaction.

BONUS CHARACTER: Dad.  Can’t leave him out.  He abandoned his wife and kids after Mom gave birth to the second son.  He’s an enigmatic fine wine. He’s rich in flavor and strength, but he’s always out of reach for those who truly need them.

Dad’s a natural charmer, and can be attentive, considerate, and generous, when it suits him to be. When he cuts you off though, you feel it, and it is a cruel cut.

Now this gotta marinate on my brain some.  LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

Tuesday and Mom Thinks It’s Wednesday

It’s funny cause my Mom was telling me she was sure it’s Wednesday. I’m like, way to undermine my confidence –in jest, of course. Sometimes days seem to run together and blend, which can be frustrating, BUT is a small thing to overcome.

That said, it’s part of my day now, and I’ve gotten in the habit of noticing things and writing them down.  Why write them down? It’s part of writing, and often leads to other ideas.  For example; what would happen if we were thrown off not for a moment, but for years, and we have to put our life back together?

Or, what if a parent was undermining their child?  A bit dark, but I’m intrigued enough to want to explore the concept more (which started off as confusion and a joke)

It’s the stuff of creativity, which is the house I dwell in, so nothing’s too small to overlook, in regards to ideas and putting them down on paper.  Ideas are fine, but to take this further would require more thought and details to turn this from simple ideas to a premise that makes me, the writer, want to work more on it, BUT I know now there’s a start.

Happy creative endeavors.

An Experiment

Hello all. I need to get cracking on my writing, whether I feel in the mood or not. As always it’s good to get in the writing mind with a blog post, then I really need to try this experiment to see if it spurs my creativity.

What I’m going to do is pretend my novel is either low budget film, or a video game that needs fleshing out. That means I need to make sure the characters are in place, there’s a narrative, and that I have a solid conclusion.

The goal is to see the story become a better, or more structured once I am able to kill the anxiety over completing it.   Let me try this to get myself process material.

Happy creative endeavors.