I explained to a friend today that as much as I enjoy the pure creative aspect of inventing a fictional world, I am still very much interested in the technical aspect of storytelling – and not even the basics, like plot and narrative etc.
Something inside me is extremely interested in how people plan, organise and note their plots, also about their environment – where they sit, how long for, where they go for inspiration etc.
I believe I do this, because I’m trapped between two worlds. I’ll explain:
I have always been visually creative, but after doing everything I can with pixel pushing since I first got a computer in the 1820’s – I have shifted my creativity to words and sentences instead of colours and whitespace. However my graphical background has been aided by excellent software that allows me to build things up in layers, control every element and instantly tweak various versions – without ruining the original – until the perfect balance has been found.
Now bear in mind that complex psd’s can involve hundreds of layers scattered about many many folders, I fail to see why such a visual tool can’t exist for the complex world of Writing too.
When I have a storyline idea, I have to write, but I don’t want to…. I want to draw out a block of colour that represents a location, sprinkle in some shapes that act as positions for characters and perhaps tween some elements that represent a change in mood or perspective. I want to have control of multiple layers that I can turn on and off and re-assess the effects of such a change on the plot.
The thing is, now I’ve written, I want other people to try it. I believe other people want to do it, and I believe there is an easier way to do it than opening up a blank doc and typing, or putting a biro to a blank sheet of paper.
I also feel that people are so focused on rich media expressionism (video, audio, photo etc) that no-one appears to care about the incredible benefits of using digital technology to speed up and / or improve the simple writing process.
I fully understand that in order to write, one must physically write – I’m not disputing that – but I can see a way that an entire 500 word novel can be zoomed out of, moods be associated with colours, character paths be mapped and morphed by the use of shapes and many other things which allow the shifting of a storyline.
I think I’m going to make it my life mission (until I get bored of it – my life, not the mission) to come up with something that allows people to storytell visually as part of the process to clarify the textual part.
time to go get horizontal – ta-raa
(don’t re-read, don’t spellcheck, just hit ‘publish’)