Yesterday’s post turned out to be about something slightly different to what I’d intended.
Sure, the short story I’m working on is running the risk of growing into a full length novel, but that’s not the point. What I meant to write about was how the story grows from scratch to scratch (I call the different iterations of my outlines scratches). With each scratch, new elements get added, new ideas show up, and new characters enter the story.
Entirely new scenes show up and want to be added.
It’s really interesting. I think that this, for me, is how a vague idea changes from a series of events, to a story. It begins with the idea, which in this case is the event and the character. By going over the events time and again, in more and more detail, I get a better feel for what’s going on and I get to know the character a little better.
In this case, I still don’t know Emma nearly well enough to write about her, but I think that’ll come in the next scratch. That’s when I’ll start getting into conversations. What are my characters talking about? What are their views and opinions? What do they want?
I also have a theme of sorts, I think. It’s love, I think.
It’s vaguely based on the idea that love is not enough (see this blog post by Mark Manson – it’s well worth it). Love is cool and awesome, but there’s more to life than love. It takes more than love to build a life long relationship. It helps, but it’s not the cure-all for the unhappiness of life.
I want to try and explore this a little, to see if it works for my story and my character. Love is cool, and she’d like it if she loved her husband, but it’s more important to her that he’s a good reliable friend who’s able to take care of her and their children. If he is, then the love will grow over time.
Can I pull this off? I don’t know, but, like with so many other things, I’m not going to let that keep me from trying.