Him I'm Zin, and this is going to be my personal blog. I'm probably not going to post all that much, but we'll see! I figure I need a place that will not end up flooded with reblogs.
I'm liable to chatter about a lot of things, mostly game and character building from various rps I am in...
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zinkaryuu asked: Hi! Apologies is this is a bit weird to ask, but as you and Nick are working on your novel, i was curious as to how/when you started defining your themes through the process - did some of them just crop up along the way, were others planned, etc., and did you find any difficulty in making them clear within the work itself?
haha, no, i don’t think this is weird, in part because the process of identifying/developing themes has also been weird.
i think overall, they’ve been things that happened to us, rather than things we deliberately tried to insert. and i think this is an effect of writing being a translation process. you the writer create stories out of the things you experience and your understanding of them. your lens of understanding refracts and distorts those stories to resemble itself. so, no matter what you write, your own understanding of how things work is imprinted on those stories.
i remember editing my first draft of the book to send to nick, way back when it was 50k+ of NaNo ‘07, making commentary in the hedges, jokes at the characters’ expense, and then, “well this is like the seventh eating joke/metaphor; was i just really hungry when i wrote this?”
though actually, it was a consequence of hunger being one of those things i Think About. we recognized that through piecing together similarities from across the whole story, and finding that we didn’t have a running joke, we had an underlying idea.
after identifying the theme, we deliberately elaborated on it. it wasn’t too hard at that point. everything had already been built around it.
conversely, we arrived at the bit about narrative-power and so forth with more intention. the Big Bad (as it were) has always been representative of capitalist/imperialist universalism. globalism. that which thinks we should all be equal, in the same way, except enforcing hierarchy through its process. but this basic idea evolved into an overarching theme that altered the way all the characters think of themselves in terms of power/privilege and lack thereof. and we had to do that, because it was the crux of the Big Bad, and the Big Bad would be meaningless if the characters in the plot weren’t worried about what it represents.
i’m sure people have arrived at themes in different ways. but i have a good feeling that everyone works through the ideas that gnaw at them, whether they’re aware of being nibbled on or not. (munch crunch om nom see what i did there)
om nom nom.
That kind of makes me wonder what kind of themes are already seeping into my own work - or do when I just let things run. I think it’s pretty cool to see themes build themselves, even subconsciously.
I know you’ve spoken of overarching themes for your book, and that you’ve touched on several of them, but I was also wondering if you found that any characters stuck out as having their own specific themes or… hm. I’m not sure what word I’m looking for - impetus, drive, push, all of those kind of fall into the narrative more than anything, and I’m not trying to talk tropes. But. Yes. Oh, there we go. Themes that you find tend to surround one character more than the others? ( If a discussion of such wouldn’t be too spoilery? )
ps friends I ALWAYS WANT TO TALK ABOUT WRITING i have no shame. none. i want to talk about your stuff too. please. i hunger.
Same Zin, different blog, don’t know how to redirect my asks to be from this one!
I am absolutely intending to pester you further! It’s simply that I am still scurrying and kicking and stalling and wondering and figuring out that charging in headfirst means I have quite a bit of reworking and retooling to do once I’ve realized certain aspects about my own projects.
WHENEVER YOU SEE THIS POST ON YOUR DASH, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WRITE ONE SENTENCE FOR YOUR CURRENT PROJECT.
Just one sentence. Stop blogging for one minute and write a single sentence. It could be dialogue, it could be a nice description of scenery, it could be a metaphor, I don’t care. The point is, do it. Then, when you finish, you can get back to blogging.
If this gets viral, you might just have your novel finished by next Tuesday.
I owe a line when I get home. Damn it.
like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.