Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New "version" of the story

I've started to write a few pages, like I've mentionne in my previous post...  The researches were not very advanced and I knew that it could become a problem and that there was a risk to start over again. But I had stories to tell, I wrote what I had in my heart and I've enjoyed doing so.

Eventually, I had to face reality and do my "home work", meaning some researches. I've surf on the web to peek where robotic technologies are now. With the Robotics Portal on Wikipedia, I was able to read some interesting articles, like "Robotic" or ASIMO (please note that I've did my research on the french version of Wikipedia, so articles may be different in the English version). Already with that start, I've decided to push the dates... well, in fact, to pull them... I mean that, without mentioning a precise year in the book, knowing that it "in a near future", let say that to match with what exist as today, maybe it's on a "nearer future" that I've first planed. Which doesn't change much the plot in general...

I also touch the subject of cybernetic organism (cyborg). My boyfriend found some articles that were quite useful, starting with this one, "Morning Discussion", very brief and general, that leads to this article: "What's a cyborg?" This article also talks about how the idea of cyborgs have started fifty years ago? And how that idea has evolved in time? And different versions of the cyborg on known science-fictions? There's also this article "Cyborg Realism: IEDs, Prosthetic Limbs and Military R&D" that comes with videos that I've also enjoyed a lot, on the military development of cyborg, today. Those are mostly prototype projects for heavily wounded war veterans, but soon available to the public.

Those articles put many of my ideas on the floor about one of the three main characters of the story. I have already written about this character and I feared that sooner or later, I would have to rewrite the whole part. I let myself go on writing anyway, but more I was writing and less the story of that character was holding together... I think I needed an imaginary drudge to relief myself, but with one step backward to quickly check the overall, there was too much of free-cruelty, not explained and unexplainable around that character; it wasn't making much sense...

So, I have to revise the reason of the cybernetic, revise the past of the character, which, necessary, modifies the time line, which modifies certain decisions from that character through the story... which, at the end, changes about everything on the tangent of that character!

Then, when I was looking at the direction the "romantic" side of the story was taking, it wasn't holding all together either! I could compare it to a romantic-comedy from Hollywood, where, at the end of the movie, you just don't understand why the girl changed her mind and start getting interested into the guy... and you seriously wonder how long that relation, in real life, would hold (6 months? 2 months?). Briefly, I was feeling far from my objective to reflect likely human emotions, on which we could all identify truly, despite of the "science-fantasy" barrier...

In order for the love story to work out, the two protagonists have to meet differently, on a different circumstances... and I have to modify slightly those characters, to make them compatible one for the other.

So, with all those changes on the horizon... well... This is a new version of the story! I don't have to start all over from the beginning, but I have enough grand  modifications to say that about the half of it has to be redone from scratch...


I have some friends who have the impression that it's "really bad" or "depressing" when I get to this kind of situation, but I don't think so! It's motivating! The story evolves and I seriously prefer redo some parts, or even to do all over again, instead of sticking to the plan (that doesn't work) and write a story that doesn't make much sense! ;o)

1 comment:

  1. Movies can be realistic about romance - that romantic happy ending at the end can have completely been forgotten about when the sequel appears a year later, with our main character unattached and fancy free again...

    Writing one's story should be fun, but yes, there will be times when you have to go back and change things. That you have moved the story onwards beyond that point ought to mean that the changes do strengthen and deepen the whole structure, and give a better result than if things had been written the new way from the start...

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