As I have spent these last few months concentrating on college, one thing I haven’t stopped thinking about is my stories. I always have ideas written down, and some never get fleshed out into a real story. A few weeks ago I went over some old story ideas from about a year ago. Although I cannot recall the exact words from this single paragraph idea, I can at least give you the main details.
To start: it’s about a man who is a single father to a baby girl. He lost his wife while she was giving birth and this leaves the man devastated, of course. The story follows his journey looking after his daughter alone, grieving about his wife.
Now the idea came from a sad news story I watched on YouTube about a year ago. I’ll put the link below so you can see for yourself.
The story of Jared Buhanan-Decker really touched me. I cried after watching that news story, my heart aching for Jared. It made me realise that life is truly precious and that it really should be cherished like you cherish a diamond. Live every day like it’s your last. You never know when it will really end.
I had doubts with this story for many reasons. How was I going to make this into a story? There’s nothing to make it into something readable. I’m not exactly experienced with Contemporary novels. I’ve only ever read one in my life and I did actually enjoy it. Maybe one question I should ask is: How do I write a contemporary. Some that I’ve found are very descriptive, talking about emotions which is certainly not my style. But I’m going to try it. I’m determined to. It’s coming out of my comfort zone, but I can do it.
One of the most stupidest writing advise I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘Write what you know’. If I stuck to that piece of advice, I would be continually writing crappy fantasy stories. I wouldn’t even touch on the subject of Contemporary. I would never do it. However, break them writing rules. Writing rules are made to be broken. Don’t listen to them. Write what you want to write, don’t write what you know.
Going back to the story, I’m planning it right now and I plan NOT to rush it. I want to take it steady, make sure that I know exactly what to do with it. Plan the story well, outline it well and write it. I’m not rushing it purely because I have never written a Contemporary story. But writing this story will be an adventure and I plan to bring you, my reader, along with me.
I have nothing much with it yet, only that one of the subplots in the story is very musical based. The main character plays guitar a lot and sings heartfelt songs. I always create a private playlist on YouTube for my stories, including songs that I think relate to the story itself. One of the songs is Jared Buhanan-Decker’s wife singing a cover of a song called ‘Jessica’ on a guitar. After hearing her sing this song, her voice sounded like an angels and now she really is an angel. I’ll link the video below so you can see for yourself. Of course this song made its way into the story playlist. I think I might do a post with all the songs in this certain playlist.
The point of this post is: come out of your comfort zone. If your comfortable writing Horror and Fantasy stories but you really want to write a Contemporary or Lit Fic but have never written anything like that before, go for it! You only live once, do something with it. Write that adventure story. Write that Fantasy novel. Just do it. Make your dreams come true.
Yes I quoted Shia LaBeouf.