Thought Processes…

Thought Processes by: Roman Newell

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thought process quotation

This breviloquence captures some of my feelings toward the novel recently. I struggle between knowing what I could produce with less effort and what I could potentially produce with more effort. The truth is a lesser effort can often win more notoriety than a greater effort. The truth is there are lesser works, which sometimes garner more praise, accolade, and financial reward than greater works. In the end it comes down to what the writer can withstand in regard to himself. 

My efforts in constructing this novel have been met with a difficulty that really comes down to a micro versus macro issue. In truth it amounts to the basic question all writers have to ask of themselves:

What do I want to say? by: Roman Newell

I think that can be parsed out by asking a question and then answering that essential question. If so much dystopic writing focuses on the world as a present dystopia my question to explore is:

How does the world become dystopia? by: Roman Newell

The answer to that question presents the topic I wish to explore in this novel. In order to answer that one has to first examine what dystopia means for us in today’s world.

What are the elements? by: Roman Newell

Or is the novel to be a casual swipe at the random jest of our nation by pilfering various absurdities enough to make the reader wonder at the underlying roots? Or do I wish to explore the roots and machines at work in this diagram? 

Amongst all of this I am fighting to answer this question:

So we have this central theme of ‘unused reachability’ and the migration assistants, pawns of the Prism, a centralized filing facility. Some of these elements are difficult to explore or understand (in terms of existence) without describing some type of hegemony, government or otherwise, with some kind of artifice. 

Something is lost when a social satire becomes individual driven. I don’t know what exactly is lost, but something’s lost. When, instead, the writing focuses on the machines and institutions there is more room to maneuver to a variety of characters. 

What satire really seeks to accomplish is to comment society by exploring the boundary between reality and what seems to be outright absurdity. Sometimes they are one in the same. It is the examination of that boundary that makes satire a useful tool. 

These are a snapshot of the questions and processes at work as I’m beginning the effort of retooling this novel. In time it will be completed commensurate with my own standards for a finalized product.


Roman Newell

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