Inspired by #TVSNWA.
Short Summary: I'm going to create a little series called #gamutress which will follow each step I go through as I fucking absolutely struggle to write a 3rd person short story.
After scanning through some of the #tvsnwa posts I realized I should practice writing in third person more. Because, well fuck, I have so many half-assed attempts buried in my personal drive. Even when I've tried to plough on they always die in the dirt before the first leaf can feel the light of inspiration and well a beer and a game of Overwatch seems like a better use of my time. The stories die mostly because of the way my brain works - while great in a career aspect - I've never been able to adapt it to an artistic setting. My profession is new product marketing - thus everything is done in reverse from a specific goal, analyzed, implemented, tracked and adapted. Writing always felt more fluid to me which is also why I think I shied away from 3rd person. The #tvsnwa stories served as a good nudge to get after that again. Disclaimer I'm not part of the collaboration it just worked as a inspiration for me. I'll be showing each and every step of how I mentally approach the story over the next couple of weeks and ya know actually try and write the fucking thing. If it flops, I might see an area I need to improve, if it works out I should have a bit of a roadmap to try and do another short story.
Step 1: Coming up with a power and an Icon
Recently I posted about my mother so that worked into this properly as an archetype. This part is entirely done by reversing how I build marketing profiles. So instead of starting with a problem to solve, I'm starting with a basic who and fleshing out their natural struggle that can be relatable to most people. The power is more a thing I see like a talent - which quite few people have but with refinement becomes incredibly powerful.
Step 2: Figuring out the ending
At this point I have to map out all the things that relate to the struggle - that's attached as an image to this post. I immediately create as much contrast as possible using the super groups: Time - Society - Technology and Personal Fears. After some fleshing out that encompasses multiple aspects of the major struggle I simply write contrasts to the main character. The person born from that is Cassy, the second character of the story. Since Cassy lives entirely in my mind I struggle enormously fleshing out her story. She's mostly inspired by this post.
What is Gamut: Gamut is the power to hear on the deepest level and to be heard thus providing a direct path to moving the boulder of society inch by inch. Many people possess Gamut without knowing it but those trained to strengthen it are able to change the world past their local tribe, local community, local geographic location - they can change the world.
Who: Her name is Marjorie but is better known for her identity Gamutress, she's a 70 year old women who is at a cross roads of having to find a new apprentice dealing with a rapidly changing world and the nearing of death. Marjorie grew up Irish Catholic and immediately rejected the construct of servitude because of her gender and heritage. Through a series of events she was taken under the tutelage of Ms. Altera who taught how to her hone and grow the power of Gamut residing in her.
Struggle: Marjorie has already gone through her adventures and at this point in her life is desperately looking for another who possesses Gamut qualities. Fear is the major antagonist as she struggles with the internal debate if she's waited too long to find an apprentice or if the noise of technological advances are clouding her Gamut.
Solution: Marjorie ends up overcoming judgement to meet the newest rendition of Gamutress which she failed to identify early on due to technological and societal changes. Initially she struggles with snap judgement but soon realizes that Cassy - a 14 year old instagram style influencer - is the newest rendition of Gamutress.
Contrasts: Cassy is 14 years old, she is a first generation American from Russian parents. Her phone is an extension of her, she struggles to hold eye contact, holds little knowledge of the past being so encompassed with the rapidly changing digital environment. She's acutely aware of the pain of people online but very little understanding of the pain of people outside of her tribe. She struggles with the lose of her identity from the allure of anonymity, a need to appease followers and her relativity to the world outside of her phone.
Next Steps: Start mapping out the story like a marketing campaign mixing in parts of Dan Harmon's Story Circle style focusing on Cassy:
1. Cassy is in a zone of Comfort.
2. But Cassy want's something
3. Cassy entered an unfamiliar situation.
4. Adapts to situation by meeting Marjorie
5. Cassy pays a heavy price for this and becomes a Gamutress
6. Cassy returns to their familiar situation having changed.