Words: 6300 (somehow)
This week, I really tried to get going on my writing, which was helped by my post-TPA fugue. Like a lot of my writing in the past, this story has been heavily influenced by the media I’ve been consuming lately. In particular, this story seems to be influenced mostly by science fiction/superhero media (both films and television shows) and a couple of short stories I read for inspiration. I seem to be very interested in the idea of an origin story, tracking the beginning of something that will end up being far more than it initially seems.
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As far as learning about how I write, I’ve discovered several key things. First, I have confirmed that I (unfortunately) have my best ideas late at night, which has been a challenge with my current schedule. Second, I do think more effectively with music, but it can’t be music with lyrics I know, or I will end up simply directly transcribing what I hear. Regarding plotting, I’ve always struggled with long-form plotting because I tend to think of a series of discrete scenes I want to include without necessarily tying them together. Thus far, though, I’ve been able to keep some broad ideas for directions I want the story to go, and that has been working adequately. Thematically, I have been focusing on familial relationships, both biological and in terms of the people one chooses to surround themselves with, which I have examined in several different situations so far.
Dialogue has been an interesting balance to maintain. I generally can write a decent conversation, but I struggle to ensure that each character involved has their own unique voice, which often leads to my written dialog seeming flat. I’ve written out a few guiding ideas for each major character’s speech patterns, and that seems to be helping me keep them distinct. I'm excited to see how this keeps developing!