V-Log: The State Of The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing As Of Oct. 21st, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some rambling about my big creative project of the moment.

V-Log: Struggling With The Characters In The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

One of the issues I’m facing is I have a really strong concept, but I’m having some serious issues nailing down some basic aspects of the characters in the story. Originally, I wanted the Hero to be something of a loser at the beginning of the story and he reluctantly, gradually grows into being the Hero.

But the more I think about it, the more maybe the Hero should start off being a lot less me and a lot more a mixture of Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau and Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough. I want my Hero to be center-Left, but I also, given the pretty spectacular things he’s going to endup doing before it’s all over with, be primed to be a political leader.

The problem, of course, is I don’t really know that much about any of this and so I want to hone closer to what I know than maybe I should. As such, I think maybe I might give my Hero a flaw at the beginning that hampers his success. I’m thinking along the lines of he’s a drunk or something. That would be the kind of flaw that might put him in the position to be a success if he just sobered up long enough to do so.

And, yet, I don’t know. I just don’t know. I like the idea of the Hero being the owner of a bar. But given where this story is set, if he owns a bar and is all that talented, there would have to be a reason why he was there. At the same time, maybe it’s not he who owns a bar…it’s his romantic love interest? Maybe? Maybe it’s the woman in the story who is connected to a bar and yet why would our Hero be at the bar in the first place if he’s so successful.

This is all a lot of fun in its own way, but it’s also a real struggle. All I know is I need to settle on some basic elements of my characters and keep moving so I can throw everything up in the air again when I start writing the second draft. I can’t keep writing and rewriting things as if I’m trying to avoid actually getting anything done.

Something’s gotta give.

V-Log: The Significance Of A Plot Point In The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Something interesting about the novel I’m writing.

The State Of The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing For October 16th, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts. This one is pretty interesting. Enjoy. I talk a lot about how cinematic the movie is and how I am growing more comfortable with the novel as a whole.

V-Log: Well, If Nothing Else, This #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing Is Going To Be Cinematic

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’ve done a huge amount of re-writing and the scifi novel I’m writing now has not only heart, but a cinematic flavor to it on a number of different levels. It is a really solid, really interesting concept and really now it’s just a matter of me putting the hard work into the project.

That’s it, that’s what I have to do. It simply takes physical time to write something as long as I want to write, which at this point is about 200,000 words. That’s the goal I’ve given myself. But a lot — and I mean A LOT — of work is yet to be done on this novel. It’s going to take me a long, long, long time — months — to get to a finished first draft. Then I have to sit down and do it all over again for a second draft. But I really like the concept. It keeps me entertained, if nothing else.

The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing Needs Heart

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I have a really strong concept and you could even say I have a decent structure slowly beginning to form, but one big issue is the story doesn’t have any heart. I have a rough assessment of the story goals of the Hero, but I don’t really have any personal goal for the Hero.

To put it another way, I have my Luke with the goal of destroying the Death Star, but I don’t haven’t found a personal reason for him to get involved in the first place. I just have the general goal of my Hero without any personal investment on his part. As such, I fear I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board just a little bit.

Not a lot, but a little bit.

I doubt I’m going to have to re-write all that much — I hope — but I definitely need a basic personal reason for my Hero to get involved and stay involved. The only thing I have to work with is my personal saga associated with the magazine I started in Seoul for expatriates about a decade ago. They say write what you know, and that’s what I know.

If I do that, then some basic, fundamental elements of the story have to be changed from the get-go. I’ve been thinking this novel would be constructed like The Girl Who Played With Fire, but I think I need to make it a lot more personal and idiosyncratic than that. The only way this story is going to have heart is if I base it however loosely on my own romantic history. Again, if you look at the really good stories in movies the last few years, both the second Guardian’s of the Galaxy and Mission: Impossible — Fallout have a lot of, well, heart.

So, I’m going to have to rework the context of some pretty basic elements of the story. That’s the only way I can both give some humanity to my Hero as well as give him a pretty major flaw — that the only way he’s motivated to greatness is through the machinations of a woman he has the hots for. So, something like that. The more I think about it, the more my new course of action makes a huge amount of sense.

One thing I really have to give a lot of thought to is how to establish from the very beginning that this is a scifi novel. If I don’t do that properly, when the scifi kicks in, the audience will be left scratching their heads as to what they feel is an abrupt left turn.

A Little Bit Of A Deep Dive Into Mission: Impossible — Fallout In The Context Of My #Scifi #Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The novel I’m writing is turning out to be significantly more action packed than I originally imagined. Going into this, I imagined this story would be a ruminative, introspective study of America in the Age of Trump. I thought it was going to be me my liberal, globalist cuck version of Atlas Shrugged.

Boy, was I wrong.

The more I actually write this story, the more it turns into a story that with a little tweaking here and there could be the basis of a tenpole summer popcorn movie like Mission: Impossible — Fallout. The comparison is not perfect, to say the least. That movie, as best I can recall, doesn’t even mention political parties even though it deals with some very political concepts in a general geopolitical manner. Meanwhile, my novel is pretty upclose and personal about modern politics for the specific point of moving the plot along.

I’m doing my best to mitigate this by having the female romantic lead center-Right in her politics, but simply by introducing politics into the story I’m going to piss people off from the entire spectrum of political views. But I know that going into this. But having said all that, I find myself thinking a lot about how I can learn from Mission: Impossible — Fallout when it comes to effectively conveying some pretty big concepts in an entertaining fashion.

The thing about Mission: Impossible — Fallout is it’s so action packed that you don’t really have time to contemplate its political views until it’s over and you’re having a sundae with your date at Dairy Queen. Then you might mention in passing the absolute lack of any mention of Left / Right or Democrat / Republican.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie and it has obviously left a lasting impression on me as I attempt to write my own piece of pop art. I guess the reason this is happening is time and again I find myself writing something pretty action packed without really meaning to, then I think about how Mission: Impossible — Fallout did it and how much of a struggle it will be for me to match that.

I do find it interesting the different internal logic of a movie versus a novel. In a movie simply don’t have time to get into details that in a novel you have plenty of time to talk about. I really, in a sense, would prefer to be a screenwriter at some point instead of a novelist, but this novel concept I’m working on is really, really strong and I want to write this story. I want, for my own sake, if not for the reader, find out what happens to these characters I’ve thought up.

But I’m just in the first draft and not very far long — as of right this second — as it stands. I almost want to watch Mission: Impossible — Fallout again just so I can study it’s storytelling method as I write my own tale. But I have a general idea in my head of what happened, so that should be enough.

Wish me luck.

V-Log: Contrasting & Comparing Of My #Scifi #Novel With Mission: Impossible — Fallout

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It’s interesting how much I find myself influenced by Mission: Impossible — Fallout as I write this novel. Going into this, I did not really expect that to be the case. But as I actually write the novel, I realize M:I — F really helps me understand the expectations of pop art. I find it interesting how they never mention any political parties during the course of the movie, even though they talk a lot about politics in a general manner.

My novel, in contrast, wallows in politics. The whole crux of the conceit of the story is, well, politics. I take a very dim view of modern politics and human nature in this story, but in the back of my mind I find myself thinking about how M:I — F deals with it in an entertaining manner.

Here are some other videos I’ve done recently about all of this. Enjoy.

V-Log: The Trump Era & The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The more I write this novel, the more I realize there’s a real good chance that in the second and third drafts of this novel I’m going to “lean into” the metaphorical and allegorical potential of this story. There is a very key plot point about this novel that could easily be interpreted as a very Trump era quality.

But, really, the issue is more about shutting up and actually getting some writing done. I can pontificate all I want to, but if I don’t shut up and write, it’s all rather moot.

V-Log: Mulling The State Of The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing As Of Oct. 14th, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Something interesting to watch. In these videos, I talk a lot about where my novel stands right now. It’s fairly interesting to listen to me talk about it, if you’re into such things.