Dang it! I wanted to use that title for the final blog post. Wait, have I actually used this title before in another class? Hmm…
I guess this is going to be another progress update. I wish I could say that the Act 2 of the story was complete but it seems like I need a few more days. Though I’m not bummed at all because the delay was not caused by time restraints but rather by making change in narrative. As in, I decided to change a certain portion of the story because I managed to come up with a better, more exciting, alternative for it. Should I spoil it here? I probably had mentioned before that I do not follow a linear path when it comes to writing. I imagine “scenes” and write them down, only to fill the gaps later. At least, that’s the simplest way that I can describe my writing method at the moment. Sometimes, this fill-in-the-gap portion of the story is pretty straightforward but this time around I had to make changes for a better result, which ended up consuming more time obviously. You know what they say: “Quality over quantity.” Thus, sacrificing more time was no brainer.
Another thing that I should mention is the implementation of the themes into the story. I mentioned this before, in previous blog post, but I was not absolutely sure how to approach it. It was more of a “thinking-out-loud” kind of thing —not so different than what I’m doing now actually. However, I believe I’ve got the answer(s) for it now. The first theme in question was the disassociation one. I think I can manage to make it clear by focusing on the perspective of one individual character who is experiencing this “phenomenon”. I also need to revise, and add, certain things into Act 1 in order to show how this affects the character. For example, writing a ritual scene or some sort of custom that the group of characters follow or abide by. Over the course of the story, the individual character changes his perspective, stops to follow others, and begins to “see things” that they cannot. Of course, this is extremely vague description of it. I was not able to do much researching this past couple of weeks to offer a better explanation but I hope it was (somewhat) clear. The other theme in question was the patterns that determine fate or destiny. I believe that this is something that should be clear by the end of the story instead of now. As in, something that the reader can put together in his/her head in hindsight once the narration is complete. Examination of the patterns of events or character decisions within the story, so to speak.
There is still much to do (if it weren’t clear already) for my thesis but I’m in a pretty good mood because I’ve got a “map” to follow. I should to emphasize though, I need a better discipline in order to overcome time management issues. Sadly, being present on campus does not really help anymore. I figured that relocating was a prefect way to “recharge” my creative mind to do some good writing but it seems as if that certain method is running its course. I do not know whether it’s due to me assimilating to it or what, but I started to feel tired and reluctant to write when I make my way over to library, or another location on campus. I merely do some typing, read random articles on internet (basically killing time), grab something to eat, and then go home. It’s very productive, I know. At the moment, my plan for the next act of the story is going to be writing summaries of each chapter down and then “play connect-the-dot”. It’s a more simplified and faster approach to my usual way but it could actually help me with time management. Is it safe to say that it’d be an experimental one? Either way, I hope it works out.
Well, I guess that’s enough of a progress update. There is really not much to say for the time being. I should be back in research mode by next week. So, I’ll hopefully be able to write down some “interesting” things in my next blog post. For whatever reason, I still haven’t checked to see if the book I needed was available at the book store I work at. It might have been something to do with the Comic Con promotion going on in the store. My mind was always on those graphic novels which were being displayed by the storefront. Now that I’ve got the books I wanted to get (at a good discount), I can finally shift my attention to the task at hand and get the book I really need for my thesis. Still, I should probably make a note of it and put it in my wallet, just in case some other distraction gets in the way.