Hmm. I haven’t gotten to start on my schoolwork yet, today. I know I should prioritize work for my Database class, as we have a group work session coming up. What I have done is begin listing out worldbuilding attributes of the story that I want to write (and probably illustrate). I haven’t started with the story’s universe or irrelevant details, so much as the known attributes of the story which I’m already certain of.
(I’m trying to hold to my original vision because of realizing that the imagery I’ve been dealing with for a while, actually is fairly loaded with relevant symbolism.)
I started this work today because I tried to start writing from nothing, and realized that most of my writing recently has been either on the blog, or academic; not creative. I also remembered what happened when I tried to go about this the way I had been taught in my English classes: no planning, no research, train-of-thought. What that has gotten me in the past (when taking on a novel-length project) is a lot of wasted effort.
If I can get the facts and plot synopsis straight at the beginning, it will give me something concrete to build around. Sometimes, just to get the structure straight, actually thinking this stuff out in writing beforehand, does help (even if, yes, it is in outlines, or other documents which the general reader never sees). And I don’t mean rough drafts; I mean prep work for rough drafts.
This is needed, at least, when I’m doing something like this, and the story has an indefinite length. It may be short; it may become a series of short stories (which would be particularly sweet — and ideal — if I dealt with this series in graphic format); it may be novel length, with chapters. I’m hoping it doesn’t become a saga like Dune…though that is a possibility, particularly if more complications come up later; and I should try and be open to it. Even though I’m kind of not. 😉 I kind of don’t want that.
I’m fairly certain that this series will be aimed at an adult audience, at least. I’m thinking that…due to the (mature) subject matter, it isn’t meant for kids or teens — although it would have been a nice thing for me to find, before I was diagnosed (mental health issues are a major theme).
Something that I didn’t mention in my last two posts last night is that I had a dream near waking, which ties two broad branches of storylines which might otherwise be separate — and one plotline which I had left off of since late college — into one whole.
What is becoming apparent as I note down the essential elements of the story: This story isn’t set in this society, although it is generated from it. But just realizing that it is in no way this world, is really freeing.
There have also been things happening in current events which are kind of showing me that things are possible that I had closed my mind off to, as a teen. Kind of scary, but it does broaden my horizons.
I have also come to the point of not knowing just what the subject of my art should be. I read that illustration is not defined by a style, but rather illustration is defined by its role as support to a main body of information (text, in this case). If I work on this story, it will give me material to draw from in my art.
I should post this and get to work.