Friday, November 18, 2011

Just Because They Tell The Same Tale Doesn't Mean They Share Tunes Too

She loves her sunglasses after dark
And every single day her little life falls apart.

-"Gothic Girl" by The 69 Eyes

She only drinks coffee at midnight
When the moment is not right
And the timing is quite unusual.

-"Meet Virginia" by Train

While she looks so sad in photographs
I absolutely love her
When she smiles.

-"Story of A Girl" by Nine Days

We all have different words, but we're all singing the same song.

This is why I feel we become artists: because we feel, not that we see a different world, but that we see the same one in a different way. All too often, the difference between writing and writers block is how we look at things. A different perspective can make all the difference in the world.

I've been working on a story for a long time now called "Fortress Race," and this month I've made more progress on it than I have in years past, but even still, I'm finding myself getting stuck again. So I made a decision. The story is a first-person narrative, which means that one character is telling their point-of-view of the passing of the story. at this point it's not a good idea to try and change to a second- or third-person perspective. Right now, my goal is two-fold: to finish the story, and to break 50k words (the first is more important, but the second is relatively easier). I've decided to take a large portion of my story, which is largely monotonous, and write accounts from different perspectives. It's not original (see George R R Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series, as well as many others) but it will still bring new momentum into the story.

The difference between a good day and a bad day is also perspective. If I make one sale or gain one prospective client in a month for my Neverfall hats, that's a good month. However, keep in mind that I spend twenty-five hours or so on a hat and sell it for twenty to thirty dollars. For an operation of two or more people, that's not good, even if that same business is done in a week.

I'm not so egotistical to think that I see the world in a completely different light, but maybe I can use different words that anyone else might have, catch a few details (or maybe just one) that others might have missed... I've brightened people's days with a few well-placed lines of verse. That's enough of a reason for me. I don't expect to get rich off of writing; I never have. Touching someone is enough.

And I do it all for free
Your tears are all the pay I'll ever need.

-"When You're Evil" by Voltaire