Hiya guys! Welcome to my new Creative Corner! *spins around, arms wide showing off the new pristine sparkling clean and very minimalist imaginary room* *lets out a deep sigh* Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s a little sparse, but hey, I’m sure I’ll be filling it up soon enough, right??
Well, okay, maybe… We’ll see! *grins*
And, yes, the name isn’t very imaginative, but I’m absolutely fine with that!
So, what’s the purpose of this new corner in this lovely little website? Well… At the moment, I’m planning to use it to write about ideas for stories, board/war games and the like. Maybe even the occasional snippet of story.
I do realise that if I do that, though, even writing about ideas and the like, I have absolutely no guarantee that there won’t be people coming round and *ahem* “getting their own inspiration” – but then that pretty much apply to every writer that put their draft story or work online for people to read. They just have to trust people not to do that, and same here.
Saying that though, I’m not totally gonna just put everything up. The stuff that I’m gonna be putting on here are stuff that I think are gonna be hard to put together, scraps of ideas that I don’t think I could ever expand on properly, or stuff that are just for my own personal challenges, stuff that I would never dream of actually benefitting from – whether financially or otherwise.
So… With that said, here’s something that I think I’m gonna be working on. I kind of think it’s gonna be just for my own personal statisfaction, and something for me to get my teeth back into the whole style of writing and everything else. Plus, it might help provide some clues as to how my mind work. Which is a scary proposition, but there you go! *hee*
I’d mentioned before (some time ago now) that I have a whole fantasy story Universe going on in my head and that I have something like 20, 30 stories all more or less set up in my head. It’s still all subject to modifications and everything, and all of them need to be written and everything else. But the problem with that fantasy story universe is that it’s just a liiiiiittle bit controversal. *sighs* And the fact that I’ve had it all worked out in my head and everything else makes it kind of tough to separate it from the stories that I have – it’s all interconnected, if you like.
So… That, plus my last depression attack, meant that I kind wanted to take a complete break from that fantasy story universe and more or less try to do something completely new. Something so totally unrelated to the story universe I have that I can just make a whole new start. But for a while, everything that I was thinking of, it all had their basis in the story universe – in fact, the way I’d designed the universe was so that I can pretty much throw everything into it! *sighs* *lol*
But this time round… I had a very bad sleep last night, I couldn’t actually get to sleep and just basically dozed off in the lounge while having the tv in the background – that happens, sometimes – and today I’ve been very lethargic and had little energy to do anything, even play games, that I decided I would try and take a couple of hours sleep in the middle of the day (hey, it’s Saturday, I’m on my own, and my ears hurts so I can’t put my aids in to go anywhere anyway…) and while I was drowsing, I was thinking about the game that I was playing – The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – and how most of the characters around were basically keeping secrets about themselves, including names and the like. That wasn’t the only game I had in mind… I had Suikoden V in my head, and Ni No Kuni and so on…
I also had in my head a bit of blog that I hadn’t even started writing about, which was all about how people have their own different ways of viewing the world, even though we’d all inhabit the world, and something agressive from one side’s point of view could be seen as different to the other side. Add to that, I had Doctor Who swimming around in my mind for some reason, and I just started… Well, I dunno if it’s dreaming, but that’s probably the best way to put it.
And my dream was basically this: It was about a guy, just your typical modern-fantasy-style guy, think of him as kind of like any of the characters from that game. The difference is, he had a darker secret than most, and there were these hunters – again, think of someone like Gideon from the Legend of Heroes game, although I didn’t dream of him, it was about 4 (mostly female) humans – one was fast like a wolf, one was able to become invisible, and I don’t think I dreamt of the abilities of the other two (but those two are enough for me to start with). And these humans were hunting this guy for their own personal reasons – they feel they’re in the right, he feels he’s in the right (that’s something else that I wanted to try and do… Make it so that you’re “following” him in the story, and he’s the alleged hero of the story, but make it so that you have an understanding and sympathy for the hunters as well – in other words, there’s no “goodies” and “baddies”, just two groups that has their own agendas).
And I was dreaming it in the style of one of those RPG-like boss battles – I was controlling the character’s party and they were fighting two of those hunters. I’d defeated those two hunters (after a difficult effort) and it switched over to a more normal dream. The other two came and started attacking and protecting their fallen friends, healing them where possible and getting them to safety. In the process of that, one of the character’s party was killed and the character stumbled, as if he’s lost a part of himself.
As it turns out, the character is someone who gets stronger with people giving him names – he never gives out his original name, and almost encourages people to give him a new name, every one he meets, if he gets a new name, he becomes stronger. But those hunters, now joined by someone else, a guy with limited time ability, are trying to remove those names from him and weaken him. The guy can use his limited time abilities to go back and try to change things. And the character knows, and realise that he almost fell into one of those time ability traps himself, divulging the reason why he’s trying to get names for himself.
As it turns out, the hunters are doing it because they think he’s a demon, and by removing all those names, they can weaken him enough to destroy him. But the character believes that by getting as many names as possible, he can keep the world from being destroyed as if he lose all his names, his true self will be freed. And because of that, he’s protecting the last few people that have given him names and who still has them.
And that’s basically the gist of the dream. With just that, I’m already expanding on it in my mind and everything, putting bits and pieces together, and working out what every part of the story should be and everything else.
And the good news is… It’s totally unrelated to my fantasy story Universe! *hee* With this, I think I can just build on this and expand it out and everything else, try to come up with something decent for this.
Why is it unrelated to my fantasy story Universe? Well… It just feels different, and in my own story universe, names don’t have any powers or anything like that. Yes, I know, just that one little difference makes it distinct. *smh* *lol* But still… It’d be good to actually start writing and everything again. I’m looking forward to sitting down and getting on with it. Hopefully, over the next few months, I can really expand on it and everything.
Am I planning on starting a new story Universe? Ehh… Not yet. Let’s see how I get on with this one first. It kind of feel like an one-off. Plus, like I said before… I kind of have to work on this to make it from a dream into an actual story.
Also… I also said that I kind of want to make a more slice-of-life story rather than an out-and-out modern fantasy style story like I’ve been doing and this feel like a modern fantasy style story. *sighs* I don’t think I can make this one that much of a slice-of-life, but… Oh well, we will see.
I do feel good about this one, though. I’m looking forward to getting on with this.
How do I write? Well… When I have a general gist – like what I’ve written up there, I put that down as quickly as possible – on computer, on paper, doesn’t matter. And then the next thing I do is get one of the many notebooks that I have (yes, I have this compulsion to go out and buy multiple wide notebooks – I dread to think how many notebooks I have which are waiting for me to start writing them in… *lol*) and a pen, and I just start writing things down. I find it much easier for me to do that – some people prefer an old-fashioned typewriter, some people write on computer, some people write on paper… Everyone’s different. What I tend to find that works best for me is to start writing it down on paper, because I’m constantly writing and crossing things out and making little jottings of notes and the like to be put in elsewhere, just kind of getting the story down and out and modifying as I go along. And then I put in a 1.5 draft (if you like) down on computer – which is basically amalgamating everything that I’ve written and putting it into order (and I’m still modifying and everything as I go along). And that’s pretty much the first full version. After that’s it’s a question of reading through the story I’ve written and making changes, be it little changes or great sweeping changes (to the extent of almost changing the story completely) and getting it to a level that I think I’d be happy with.
And once I get it to that stage… Well… We’ll leave it at that for now. I don’t wanna get myself too far ahead. There’s a lot to do before that!
Do I plan to get it published and out and about? Well, I dunno. Depends on how well I do with the writing for this… Would be nice, but let’s see. At the moment, the intention that I have is to just use this to get back to writing and everything, and this is something that I’d say is separate enough to just play around with, and if it turns out to be rubbish or someone comes along and… Yeah. At least I won’t lose much.
At least now I have a brand new base to start writing a new story. Hopefully, after that, I’ll be able to get writing lots, and not just stories, but board games and war games and the like (I still have to finish putting together the board game idea I’ve had for the past year or so…)
Oh, look… This sparse room’s getting filled up now! *hee* I’ll see you later, guys!