Stage One: Last Day

Today is the last day of stage one, and while I still have time to tweak what I’ve done, I made this month’s goals.  This is a small step in an initial project, so I don’t want to bring out the wine yet.  That said, I’m pleased for progress, and hope to keep pushing.

All that was needed to get the project started was:

  • Pick four of my concepts
  • Type what I though is the initial idea.
  • Convert each idea into a premise.
  • Begin preliminary research. Preliminary could be an article, films, a book (at least two sources).

What can I say, so far:

  • Concept one has a lot of ideas, and trying to consolidate it has been tricky. Also I’d like to keep it tight.
  • Concept two also has a lot of ideas and notes but I think I’m pushing towards a stronger story.  It has the strongest research done so far.
  • Concept three is simple, but I think will be a lot of fun to write and explore.
  • Concept four feels complicated, and needs more ironing out. This will come through as I progress.

That said, I tested out the concepts on my brother.  He’s busy, so I’m waiting on his response. I will also ask another friend for their reaction to the premises.  This will help me understand better where I’m going, as it may seem solid in my head, others may not feel the premises are so solid.

I wish I had asked sooner.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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The Weekend

Hey,

Today looks promising, and it is. I have to set some committed goals and deadlines for myself, otherwise I may never get anything done. Pretty much like this weekend, where I mostly gamed ALL DARN DAY except for when I was cooking (spaghetti), and I have to take some time to make it taste good, otherwise my family will hate on my cooking skills. Can’t have that.

What annoyed me, and I need to break away from, is too much gaming. So, I need to set aside one hour minimum to get writing done, then I can game.  Also I need to play a few different games. I’ve been maxing out my time on three games that I really need to step back from–if only for a week or two—to put energy towards learning new things.

Also I’d like to see my writing output on a consistent level. I did, before going to bed, jot down some of what I wanted to see from myself, and here it is:

  • I’d like to watch more movies and TV shows. Do something other than gaming.
  • I need to pick three of my writing projects and get them to completion. This means:
  1. Idea (defined)
  2. Premise (refined Idea)
  3. Research
  4. Outline
  5. Writing
  6. Cool off
  7. Revise
  • Gaming in moderation—it’s for fun, relaxing, and a bit of escapism.  Also I can post more gaming vids on a frequent basis.

Reading more. Sometimes it pays to read a novel or two.  Something for enjoyment,

My ultimate goal is to get myself into a healthy frequency of writing with a balance of materials such as entertainment, and keeping up with my blog.  If I can get at least two posts this week, then I’m doing well.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

 

Not Too Busy…Yet

Clearly I’ve spent time creating wonderful title. Life happened.  In the meantime I took pen to paper to jot down a lot of notes for the story which included character notes, and story lines. I’ll post a few samples below to give you an idea of where I am in my thought process.

  • Does the MC fear disconnecting from people (or the world), and how does he reconnect?
  • How does MC’s business succeed or fail as story progresses?
  • Who stands in opposition of his business?
  • Who wants to invest, control, or partner with him?

I didn’t realize this until I wrote the notes down that two of the antagonist can have stronger ties.

I think the business person I created could be responsible for some, or if not the reason the MC is extraordinary, and demands that this ability is his property or a property of his company.

Since you can’t own a person in this country he’s going to try some underhanded and immoral actions.

The antagonist will use one of the politicians I created to stir up some mess, and conflate issues, and sty to manipulate laws and people to his point of view.  At the very least I can see this playing out over several episodes, and cements a couple more characters for the story.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

Chaos Party

So now that I have my characters, I have been brainstorming episode ideas that I hope will help me expand  into more ideas. I said I wanted ten, but pushing for twenty. My notebook is filled with ideas.  For grins and giggles, I’m posting five of them below.

I want to name the characters, but the generic names kinda helped me not get too attached in an odd sort of way.

These are really raw ideas, and I need to ask more direct/specific questions of the ideas in order to find some tangible answers to the problems.

  • Second Son (MC) has meetings with future self. If this an elaborate deception, hallucination, or does future self have hidden agenda?
  • Mom is having relationship with ex-husband, and MC’s ex-friend.  She loves neither of them, and goes to great lengths to keep this info from both of her sons, and both of her partners from discovering they aren’t her one and only. She is also plagued with managing a staff that she’s distracted from keeping in line.
  • Mom is worried about MC’s stability as people make demands of his time and efforts, so she takes control of his appointments, and people are forced to deal with her.
  • Ex-GF shows up, and she won’t be denied the opportunity to see MC. Even thought she made a mess of their relationship, she feels attached to him, and hates that she can’t break things off completely.  MC has great disdain for her and Ex-Friend, and doesn’t want a thing to do with her, but is stuck in her orbit.
  • MC has a meeting with important political, religious, and social groups that are hell-bent on him catering to their desires, however, he has to figure out how to resolve all demands on his terms, or face being under people’s thumbs.

Family Affair

After yesterday’s post I let some ideas marinate some more and found myself asking why these characters do what they do. I took it a step further and decided I should do it in two or less sentences.

Dad: He resents the hell outta his family for cramping his free-spirited style and punished them with 100% no contact for years.  Now he wants a second chance.

Mom: Hates feeling vulnerable after hubby dumped her and the kids, and this has lead to eventual toughness, and her second chance with her son. She fears she’s falling back into old patterns, especially when her husband comes back into their lives.

First Son: Embraces his vices (drinking, gambling, affairs) as they serve his narcissism, and thus makes him feel better about himself.  It’s really about what people can do for him.

Second Son: Has had an emotional disconnect with the world, and has a new chance at life, but must find his voice/confidence, or he’ll drag himself and others down. Often spends time peacefully in his thoughts.

I have more ideas for characters, namely the grandparents. The main thing was to get the family in place.

Also this is a sort of fantastical story, however the characters needed to feel real to me, or else they’d simply be passive in the world. The true tension will come from people not events.

Tigress in a Business Suit

 

That’s how I describe my character from a simple idea in yesterday’s post.  She came from a joke I made about a mom who sabotages her son. It was a raw idea that marinated overnight.

I figured mom is angry at her husband- who abandoned her after she had their second child, and this son looks exactly like him.  She took out her frustrations on him– Inadvertently or not.

Later in life she thinks she loses him, and then feels guilty that she truly messed up his life, and hers. If she got a second chance, she would be a better person and a mother. She gets her chance, and she does as promised.

I like this character more and more. She fits nicely into a story I wrote down and created a mom, but had no clue who she was and what she wanted/needed.  She’s only one character, so I have a lot of work to do, For the record there are two siblings, and the dad in the story.  Perhaps they will become clearer to me.

That, and I need more off hand jokes to marinate on.  LOL

As always, 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.