Identity Politics & The Destruction Of Storytelling

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
Instagram: WriterShelt

I’m trying to write a pretty breezy, accessible “thriller” that deals with some pretty deep concepts as subtext. And, yet, I’m a little — ok, a lot — nervous that because the story deals with characters who are brown, members of the LGBQ+ community and women that, well, a lot of the intended audience won’t even read it.

The reason is — dun dun dun — identity politics.

For me, identity politics is corrosive because it gives a huge pass to fuckwits like Trump to promote identity politics among white straight people. What’s worse, taken to its extreme — which is almost always is — identity politics divides the center-Left to such an extent that shithead MAGA people can walk all over them.

Is there a solution?

Probably not. Things have simply gone too far. All I can do is just write the novel I want to write and see what happens. That doesn’t stop me from being annoyed, though.

The Themes & Subtext Of The Novel I’m Writing

By Shelton Bumgarner
Twitter: @bumgarls

Instagram: WriterShelt

Here is a list of some of the issues I hope to address in the novel I’m writing currently.

— Global Climate Change
— Systemic racism
— Systemic misogyny
— Extremism in the Age of Trump (Both the Left and the Right.)
— The Lead Up To The Release of The Muller Report

I hope, though, that the story itself will be so accessible and universal in a timeless manner that you can read it Memorial Day Weekend 2020 and it not even really register that all these deep things are being addressed in what is marketed as a “thriller.”

That’s the hope, at least.

V-Log: Novel Notes For June 17th, 2019: Development Of The #Novel’s ‘Bible’ Is Going Well So Far

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

Now Working On The Novel’s ‘Bible’

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’m now working on the document that will be what I use to actually write the first draft of the novel itself. I’m giving myself until July 4th to finish it. Or, put it another way, whatever I have at that point, I’m running with.

I’m trying to give myself a page a scene, or about 200 pages. And I’m trying to do in a way whereby I can essentially scan the text and get as much information as possible. This comes after I’ve finished a scene summary, which has helped a lot.

It took a long, long time — several months — to get to this point. But now things should move a lot quicker. I should be able to wrap the bible up by my deadline and work seriously towards wrapping up a first draft — that only I will read — within about three months.

After that, I will take about a month break, as is suggested.

Then I will turn around and do it all over again. Though, I suspect the things will go much, much faster. I’m shooting for a Summer 2020 publishing date, though I have a hunch for various reasons, it may be more like Summer 2021.

I just don’t know, though. I just don’t know.

I’m moving as fast as I can. Overall, it feels great. I’m really pleased with what I’ve managed to come up with so far. It’s a really interesting little political fairytale.

Wish me luck.

V-Log: Novel Notes For June 9th, 2019 — Hit A Scene Summary Milestone, Of Sorts. Maybe

Some thoughts.

V-Log: Novel Notes For June 8th, 2019 — Development Is Going Well (So Far)

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

Novel Notes For June 3rd, 2019 — Pushing Forward

Some thoughts.

Novel Notes For June 2nd, 2019 — Developing, As Of Right Now, Is Going Well

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarler

I’m now giving myself until July 1st, 2019 to wrap up development. But that’s really simply erroring on the side of caution. There’s a decent change I will be ready to write the official first draft of the novel a lot sooner than that unless disaster strikes.

Which, of course, it could very well do.

V-Log: The State of My Novel & A Rant About The Perils Of Modern Storytelling

Some thoughts.

V-Log: A Sop To The Potential ‘Hate-Readers’

Some thoughts.