As you guys know, I write quite a bit. So far, I've finished a couple of stories, but not many.
My first foray into writing was quite forever ago, a story called Raya!
, which was (if you can believe it) a magical girl story inspired by Indian mythology. It was basically a CW teen drama combined with a brutal magical girl series. I say "brutal" because it didn't really question the magical girl orthodoxy or anything, it just took things to logical extremes. Though, despite the constant destruction of the main characters rich neighborhood due to what is believed to be actual terrorism, nobody ever moves away.
However, I just stopped writing it after a while, and moved on. I did reuse one of my favorite concepts in it later, and I'll definitely talk about that eventually.
Fast-forward a lot, and my last attempt at really writing something was a story called Honor Board
, which was about (surprise surprise) rich high school students navigating their lives. That also kind of petered off, mainly because I could never figure out why
the main conflict, that the main character Pfeiffer has to navigate a friendship with her best friends -Arabella and Zainab- who were fighting with each other, existed.
Sometime after that, I actually buckled down to write something seriously and, by George, I actually managed to do it! That story is called Return from the EDGE
, and like the original title (Return to the world from the EDGE, which felt excessive) it was very inspired by light novels. The main characters all wielded giant machines powered my dimensional energy, and went out to fight mysterious creatures from a dimension layered on top of our own.
I worked very seriously on the setting. I actually wrote down notes, which I almost ever do very seriously, just to keep track of all the places and acronyms. The factions were much simpler to deal with, since at the end of the day it was still a story where individuals dealt with individuals, rather than being moved by their allegiances. Hilariously enough, I've basically forgotten most of said universe details, though I can at least draw out a sketch of the character arcs without checking.
I have a few interesting stories about this story, actually!
First of all, I once wrote the whole of Chapter 11 and then saved over it. I think the second attempt turned out better anyways.
The original draft of the story was 13 very long chapters long, written like an anime series, and that version of the story featured a whole different set of antagonists (though the main villain remained the same). I looked at that draft and realized it was really
off, so I cut those original 13 into about 20 or so and added 18 more.
I also went about six chapters into the original draft before I came up with an actual plot, and that plot was basically the perils of privatization, which then just became a subplot among other things.
Also, it's set in Norway and all the technology was named in Google Translate Macedonian, because... well, it was cool.
I originally meant to write a sequel to this story immediately after finishing writing it, featuring the protagonist Sigmund going to Morocco and training two new Moroccan kids in the fight against RRs, but it never really went anywhere...
Then I wrote Heist Phantoms
. Ah, Heist Phantoms...
Heist Phantoms is basically a comedy, wrapped in some drama, covered in more comedy. I mean, it has very serious elements. The protagonist is trying to wish her father out of prison, for one. Otherwise, it's pretty much just a funny story about a really weird place.
The original concept for this story, that I thought up quite a while ago, did actually involve a set of secretive interlinked phantom thieves. The protagonist was supposed
to be Nora (who ended up being the main deuteragonist instead, and her sister was actually a whole separate character who hung out with Alexandra (who ended up becoming her sister) and only showed up in the sequel.
This version ended up having the 'Heist Phantoms' moniker bestowed because of the protagonists actions, whilst their actual abilities came from magic Gaelic rocks. I don't think I ever experienced any serious hitches writing this story, and it took shorter than normal to write, probably because I was constantly switching perspectives.
I do kind of find myself falling into patterns, or forcing myself into them at least. For example, all of Return from the EDGE and Detective Brody are written from the main character's perspective (except Detective Brody's first sequel, which features an epilogue from somebody else's eyes). I think it's fun to write like that, actually, so I'll try and stick with it.
However, I do find when I write in multiple perspectives (see my upcoming post on death games) I write much faster and more obsessively than normal. I guess because it's easier to see all the different perspectives.
Anyways, I guess that's all for now. Next time: death games, how Heist Phantoms
cribbed off Raya!
, writing a fripSide-esque song, and other things.