Because I really am trying to blog this summer and be more chill about it, here is a chill post about writing, something I haven’t discussed for ages.
Did you know we originally intended this blog to be about sharing writing, even though it quickly morphed to YA books? Well, you do now. I love writing, although I can’t say I do as much as Shanti. Through this year I’ve written a few articles for the tramping club magazine, blog posts, a few really bad poems and very little else. But a combination of my botany class at university+ a Jane Goodall book (Seeds of Hope, by the way) + living in an agricultural area for a few weeks gave rise to a short story I’m working on about university, climate change, plant pathology and the dangers of big agricultural businesses. I’m not to far in yet but here’s some of what I’ve been thinking about it.
- This is so unoriginal. Am I incapable of throwing anything that isn’t a cliche together?
- What shall I name my characters? I want them to have interesting names but I’m not in the mood for research plus the internet is bad.
- I want to see what happens without writing it!
- Dang, this has novel potential. What do I do about that? I don’t have the time for a novel!
- This is basically just my life and all based on a mashup of things that I either learned about or experienced. Is life art or should I try to change some details?
- This is so sciencey and I don’t know what I’m doing and I think all this science is fake. I don’t know enough about biochemistry and viruses to write this so I’ll just make stuff up. But I bet it’s totally wrong and what if I publish it and then get lots of hate? I’m a science student for goodness’ sake.
- I haven’t named the city but this is definitely happening in my university town.
- Having university student characters is so fun! I want to read about people just like me, not 15 year old princesses (such as the character of Empress of a Thousand Skies. Not too convinced by that book btw.)
- I! Love! Botany!
- Big agricultural businesses suuuucckkk and I want all the people who read this (if anyone ever does) to realise that. But I’m an ecology student and maybe I should be writing more about ecosystem damage and climate change! Ahhh!
- this is set about 10 years in the future. Should I put in some cool tech? It seems obligatory for every futuristic story.
- Why don’t I just set this now and make my life way easier?
- Is this amount of cliche and book plagiarism even legal? Maybe everybody writes really cliche things? Is everything I’ve ever written a trope? Is it possible to write something that hasn’t been written before? Has this been written before?
- I’m really rusty but this is fun!