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52 Weeks of Absence

So it hasn't quite been 52 weeks, but we're closing in on it.

I've been busy. Crazily busy. Of course, that's no excuse for failing to write, but luckily, I have been writing! I just haven't been posting it here.

Last year, I wrote about how I'd lost confidence in my writing, and while I'm still getting some of that confidence back I've made some pretty fantastic progress. I've thrown myself into the world of audiofiction both as a writer and voice actor, and I'm pretty sure I've finally found my niche.

I've always struggled with descriptive writing, and my dialogue has been my strong point for as long as I can remember. Normally, that would simply mean that I'd need to suck it up and practice writing descriptively to get better, but I found that practicing had little to no effect on the quality of my output. Every time I tried to describe a scene, I'd find that even I didn't know what it looked like. The only sort of description I could provide would be the sounds that were going on in the scene, the way the air smelled or felt, etc.

Cut to me finding out about aphantasia. To be clear, I am by no means diagnosed with this, but I'm pretty sure I would be if I went in to be tested. Though I'm not entirely sure this is something you can even test for. It either is or it isn't.

Let me explain. When someone is going to bed, and they say that they're going to "count sheep" to help them fall asleep, they're actually visualizing sheep jumping over a fence one-by-one, until they fall asleep.

Most of you are saying, "Well, duh."

Until I found out about aphantasia, I had no idea that people actually saw pictures in their mind's eye. I thought that counting sheep was simply a turn of phrase, a weird colloquialism that made little to no sense. Here's where aphantasia comes in.

Using Latin, you can deconstruct the word aphantasia into two roots. "A" meaning "without" and "phantasia" meaning "fantasy." Essentially, a person who is anphantasic is unable to visualize anything in their mind.

So how does this relate back to writing? Or audiofiction?

I struggle with describing scenes and people because I literally can't see the worlds and characters I've created in my mind. You can only get so far describing everything in terms of feeling or smell, especially when 95% of your readers (totally made up percentage, but you get what I mean) prefer to be introduced to something new by way of visual terms.

So I pivoted.

I'd always wanted to get involved in voice acting in some way, and a year or so ago, I was cast in an audiodrama called "Ghost Light Theater: The Black Forest." I had a great time participating in it, and I found myself immediately wanting more. So much more in fact that a month or two ago I started working on converting the current WIP into an audiodrama script. I'm three episodes into Season 1 and plan to have a total of 3 seasons, each with 10-12 episodes. Preliminary casting is complete, and recording should begin sometime in mid-October. And after that, I have an entirely new idea that I'll be writing as well. I've also joined the Executive Team as Head of Operations with an audiofiction production company called Thrown Together Productions. We are a fledgling company, but we have a lot of promise and dedication. I'm excited to see where it all goes!

I've learned better than to make promises on here, but moving forward I plan to post general updates, musings, writing exercises on a weekly basis. If that doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. If it does, it does. I keep coming back to 52 Weeks of Wordage because it gave me such a great outlet back when I was going through something awful, and I don't expect it will ever go away entirely.

Here's to the future.

Peace.
Stef.

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