UpHill 4: Immersion

Dear World

Please Kill Me,

Welcome back you inspirationally insipid individuals. We’re mostly through the week now and I’ve got one one more chastising part left of the UpHill saga. So let’s all put on our pornstar masks and finish strong #moneyshot.

So it should go without saying (and I’ve angrily accepted), that there is no possible or effective way for me to touch on every single struggle of the author’s uphill battle, in a weeks worth of posts ( that and I’m also kind of missing my plethora of profanity).

I do like to think that I’ve touched on some useful information ( information that if you share, I will consume your first born -for their power). In the interest of your hope (which I may have thoroughly dismantled), I’ll skip to some of the final struggles. The first being Immersion.

Fact: there has never been a good piece of fiction written in which the author wasn’t fully immersed in the story. Given that, any fiction that we write stands outside of the realm we reside, a key necessity (to ensure that it stands the test of time), is for the author to experience the story.

Now, I’m not saying to walk around in full samuri garb,( assuming that- in your story it keeps the zombies chaste and the demon turds from being all butt-rapey.) No, not that at all. What I’m saying is that when you are writing, it is important to place yourself inside the world you’ve created. (If you write non fiction, you already live there .)

Like any good athlete- you should drink, eat, sleep, and breathe your story. You’ll find that in the interim of creating, any moment not given at least in some part to the story, will feel wasted.

What I’m recommending is more than the obvious – what are your characters thinking and doing? What’s the weather like? What are the ambient sounds and smells? What are they living, while you sit at (insert location) gently scratching your groin?

These don’t have to be active thoughts, but at least half of the time you spend away from the keyboard, should be spent pondering these details -if for no other reason than it helps to supplement your narrative and enables you to more precisely add description to the story.

Immerse yourself in the world. Write through the filter of a spectator, and your story will thank you (as will countless others, who -without that detail – will be scratching their balls and/or labia beside of you- only they won’t have a cohesive story to keep them company).

I’m aware that this is no easy task, because obviously life’s happening outside of your creativity. Simple solution- Fuck That! This is more important, you can work on your participation trophy after you type “The End”.

Immersion – the definitive line between a voice that spoke and a voice that mattered.

So what are you waiting for?

Dive in,

-Antwan Crump.

P.S. Be patient with yourself (experiment with this method using short stories and other smaller projects). *Remember, anything worth having takes time. *chugs vodka* And liquor…. *wipes mouth*  Lots of liquor.

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