Sunday 14th June 2020
I rarely drink alcohol these days.
I’ve got nothing against it per say but pre-lockdown I was often driving and so I just got accustom to not drinking. And I had no intention of drinking my way through lockdown (although it does sometimes seem like a good idea) and so saw no need to change my habits.
But I do occasionally like a drink. Usually after a long and stressful day to just take the edge off, or as something refreshing on a hot day.
The problem with this is that, I now only need to smell a cork to feel a bit drunk and have a hangover the next day. I’m unashamedly a lightweight.
So after a tipple last night, I’ve woken today to feel… well not hungover, but something half way towards that. I’m in a mood to just chill out and not do much.
So I’ve been doing that by watching Youtube video essays on various movies and books.
In trying to complete this synopsis I’m trying to establish theme. That’s something new in my outlining process but I feel it results in tighter novels.
I know elements of the story. The bits I don’t know need to be dictated by theme. But in order to establish that I need to understand the pieces. Chicken and egg.
I know the anatgonists, and I believe by definition they should embody the theme of the project, but so far trying to find some commonality between them is proving difficult.
So I started with video essays on movies where the character arcs are similar, and I’ve now gone down a Youtube rabbit hole of video essays on story structure on various books and films.
I’m currently half way through one on power escalation which I don’t think applies here. However, I’m using these as both a way to ease into the day with not-a-hangover and to spark ideas.
I’m making some notes as I go. I’m not going to pretend this is easy. I’m very much trying to open a tin of tuna with a spoon in terms of difficulty. But in trying to expand and improve upon my writing process I’m very much still trying to find what works for me.
Hopefully, once I find that commonality everything will start to unlock and I’ll be able to take the rough outline and turn it into something more spectacular.
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