To Write a Story
My process for “The Subconscious Freda Effect” and other short stories.
I can still remember the summers we would spend camping out for months into the summer’s end. When we first met Freda…medium.com
Inspiration — what is on your mind? What do you dream of or think of when you are alone? What tickles your mind, what makes you smile, angers you, moves you? What is that topic? Think about it. Particularly when I wrote Subconscious Freda effect, I had been watching a series. The main character was a spiritual force on the show, a girl murdered that would some how make her way into her friends’ every day moments. She would affect their development, their relationships, their most truest moments of impact. I found this sort of influence to be quite magical. Something about it called my mind to think, dream, and re-experience such a metaphor. As I set off to write, I knew that I wanted an artist experience when painting this story and immediately, Lana Del Rey’s “Just Ride” came to me, a song about a character very similar to the one in the series. When something inspires you and comes to you from so many different places, realms. Take it in, use it all!
Lana Del Rey’s “Ride”
I was born to be the other woman.
Who belonged to no one, who belonged to everyone.
Who had nothing, who wanted everything, with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about it, and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.
Narrator — Everything you do when you write a story is about relationship. Your relationship with the subject. Society’s relationship with the subject. In Subconscious Freda, I used the particular voice of a nice genuine guy spending valuable time in the Redwoods all summer with his buddies. I believed that he was the best character to tell the story of Freda, the best person to expose the intricate and beautiful nature of Freda. As I wrote through his mind, his words, I felt her come through and it was such a beautiful experience! Art elated.
Story parts — the story parts are so much fun! They are the expression of the relationship of the narrator to my subject. I could have kept going and going and going because it was Freda, such an introspective, evocative character of adventure, secretly bringing the boys at summer camp into experiencing themselves in the strangest of ways. I would have kept going but to be honest, I haven’t developed my writer’s stamina yet. I once joined the swim team and was deemed as quite talented but it scared me. When it came to swimming more than 2 laps, I got so scared, I cried and almost quit but something, thank god, kept me. I found that I was even more talented than deemed when I swam the butterfly and when my coach told me right smack in the middle of my school day that I would be swimming a mile of butterfly straight that afternoon, to work out my Fly stamina, I metaphorically fainted in my mind! This, this is the writing stamina I’m talking about. I am about to swim more than two laps! Let’s see what happens.
Live your story — write from inspiration. Your story has to reach you on quite a level for you to be able to write it. If you aren’t itching to write a Freda adventure, you aren’t writing. When we write, travel, paint, create, express ourselves, THAT is art and that only comes from inner passion, emotion and what makes us human. Tap into yourself. Dream everyday. Don’t lose the dreams.
“Who are you?
Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them?
I have. I am fucking crazy.
But I am free.” -Lana Del Rey