Tales of heroes and heroines have since the dawn of our civilization inspired us. Throughout the evolution of humanity, the joy of telling stories has never waned. In antiquity, it was mythology and its epic tales of superhuman beings. Today, one can find all kinds of stories. You only need to walk into a bookstores, yes many still do, and find the fiction section. There you'll discover an amazing source of entertainment. That's what I think fiction is above all, a diversion from the stressful lives we all lead.
This poem (which can see when you click on 'Read More') has inspired me since I saw the film 'G.I. Jane' for the first time. Yeah, I know, it's not the type of film one would expect a valuable lesson from. Behind it's macabre story, hides a lesson we should take to heart.
Especially during the editing process *fear* is a menacing phantom clouding my judgement. Fear of rejection; fear of not meeting deadlines; fear that people won't like my novel; fear that I will disappoint everyone, including myself. Fear is pathetic, really. However, it's necessary to keep us fighting.
I asked Ksenia about how to crowdsource an editor. Her answer disarmed my armour of fear. In her serious, but cynical voice, she told me the truth which I needed to remember.
My inspiration often comes from visual storytelling. When I get an idea for a story, it appears in my mind as an image or a scene. It always begins with an image. Then it continues to evolve into a series of images.
Music also plays a prominent role. I mostly listen to film soundtracks when I'm writing. This is a genre very much driven by raw emotions. It gives me the perfect sonic background to inspire those deep feelings to come out of me onto the page. It's all a bit sentimental I confess. Depending on the scene I need to write, I always have a fitting soundtrack to listen to. Music can both inspire something new, while also empower an idea already in my head.
Whenever you see 'Storytime' in the title, what follows is what I like to call writing experiments or scenes. They're not part of any larger work, nor are they meant as short stories.
'We can see it, right in front of us. An alien ship, unknown to us. It's shape very different from everything we've ever seen. Gently moving through the blackness, toward us. White dots in the background, far worlds beyond count. One of them is their home. They travelled far, though what their motive might be is a mystery. No signs of aggression emanate from the smooth and shiny surface of the foreign vessel.' The man spoke with a calm voice. He sat at a large wooden table. He wasn't alone, though. They whispered amongst themselves. 'Why are you speaking in present tense now?' Someone asked. Perplexed by the question, he swallowed. He hadn't notice it. 'Oh I'm sorry. It's just that it left an enduring mark on me.' 'Yes. that's understandable. Well, please continue, in whichever tense you prefer.'
I love telling stories. I love creating worlds so I can populate them with my vision. In my case, my genre of choice is science-fiction. I can create futuristic scenarios that capture my readers’ imagination, and allow me to present my ideas in an exhilarating fashion. It's quite impossible not to inspire awe with tales set in the far future. Much of it is novel. Much of it is speculation. Still, there’s hope in the future. That’s why I love science-fiction. It's the perfect convergence of escapism and philosophy.
Strictly speaking stories don't have to be set in the far future to be called science-fiction. In my opinion, a story enters this genre when it explores how an inexplicable phenomenon affects human life. By this I'm not alluding to supernatural happenings, like the apparition of ghost-like figures. Though, these mysteries may be described as supernatural. Like in the recent film Interstellar, the ghost analogy was used throughout the plot.
Stories have three acts. Some of you might disagree with me. Good! I don’t want you to agree with me all the time. I want you to enjoy my opinions, and interpret them in whichever way you see fit.
There’s always a beginning, a middle, and an end. In some stories this distinction can be observed more prominently than in others, but every story consists of three parts. Unless you write like William Shakespeare. Even this is just an interpretation of the three-act structure, where the middle part is stretched over acts 2-4. This is a topic for another post, though.
A beginning has the obvious function of introducing your readers to your characters who they will accompany on their adventures, in the world you created for them. Whether you choose to bring in the reader at a very early point in a character’s life, or come into the story much later, it’s no doubt an important part of any story. It’s already here your reader will find important clues as to how the characters might develop and grow over the course of your novel.
Every writer dreams of being published. The first step to get there is of course to write something.
When I began work on this novel, which still isn't done, I didn't expect it would take me so long. What I thought would be an undertaking of just a few months, has become over one year of writing, thinking, and procrastination. Yes, I really was as naive as to believe it would only take a few months. Over ten years ago, before going to university, I already finished one novel. It took me roughly two years then. That's the truth I have to face. My time management sucked then and it sucks now, for lack of a better term.
Sometimes it's best to cast eloquence into oblivion and accept the issue for what it is. I thought I invested time in a productive manner, deluding myself into thinking that everything I did, which didn't include writing, was for research purposes.