Some Thoughts On Writing On Vocal
Can I Write A Totally Positive Fiction?
I wanted to write a fiction story but I want it to be full of positivity. I did not want any adversity, failure or bad vibes, I wanted it all sunshine and light.
Almost all stories have bad parts even if the final outcome is good. So rather than write a story I thought I would write about writing a story.
Now I am the worst writer, I do not plan anything really although the “Sandman and Sea Girl” series has forced me into some planning, which I think worked. A lot of people in the Vocal Facebook Groups have continually told me that my writing is very poor without actually offering any constructive criticism, so I just pass them by. They will not read this just because I have written it.
So what do I think?
Are Stories Like Life?
In life things sometimes go well, sometimes we smile, and sometimes things don’t go well, and sometimes things go very badly. When we write a story, introducing a bad situation gives the writer a lot of openings to feed into their story. A bad situation causes lots of situations for the inhabitants of the story to react to and either fail to overcome and actually succeed in overcoming.
If something unexpectedly good happens at the start of a story it becomes almost boring for those being told the story. Humans sometimes have a desire for bad things to happen to others, just not them.
In comedy someone slipping on a rogue banana skin can be seen as funny or tragic, but not pleasant and someone gets hurt or is at least inconvenienced.
Looking at these situations a muder mystery or a robbery is an easy write. I am trying to think of a book that has zero negativity and at the moment my mind is coming up with a blank.
Telling Tales Or Writing Songs and Poetry?
Songs can be totally positive and also absolutely brilliant and uplifting. The thing is a song does not need a back story so can be positive from start to end. A short story can maybe fulfil that criteria, but again we probably always crave a little jeopardy or else the story becomes stale and boring. Music doesn’t need that and is often either just about the bad or just about the good.
I do find it easier to write fiction that has something bad happening, but my poetry can be either very dark or very positive. When it is dark, it is the subject material I choose rather than being depressing, and when it is positive it is usually fairly easy to just list lots of positive ideas, so poetry and songwriting can both be easy rides for me.
Concluding These Thoughts
I have sort of backed myself into a literary cul-de-sac in that if I do want to write fiction there has to be some negative aspects there even if the final outcome is to be upbeat and positive. Think of the film “It’s A Wonderful Life”, that is full of terrible events but the eventual result is extremely heartwarming but I do find all the bad things still difficult to take.
That is maybe why I want to put together a totally positive heartwarming story, to make others feel good and put a smile on their faces. There are people who want to pull others down but that is not my modus operandi. I want you to be happy.
Yes, I write dark stuff, but I do want you to come out of it feeling OK, and I always want to provide something that will make you feel good.
I will eventually come up with a totally positive, uplifting piece of fiction. It may be a pipedream but it is something to work towards.
Addendum - A Postive Fiction
This is the story I came up with which hopefully people will see as a totally positive story, although like life, we sometimes forget when everything runs smoothly.
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