As of late, well, let’s call it a while, I haven’t really kept up with blogging all that much. I’ve posted a few Random Short Stories, and more of Black-Heart, but not many ideas or updates on life or writing, which I feel is what people would rather read than waiting for a new update on Black-Heart. I know I get frustrated when my favorite web-comics don’t update on time. Regardless, I haven’t been active on the blog and that can drive readers away too. And if content is bland and there are days when I’m pretty bland– I digress though.
The reason I’m writing today is just what the title says. I’ve got some ideas and inspiration that have been popping into my head and I want to expand upon them.
Lately, when I’ve had a good chunk of time, I’ve been binging on an anime called Fairy Tail. Great anime in my opinion (if you are an anime fan or know what anime is. If not that’s ok too, just skip ahead). I describe it as a combination of Naruto and One Piece, silly but with some serious parts. Lots of epic battles and a great overarching storyline. Sadly it ends at episode 175. I hear it cuts out mid-story-arc, but I’ve heard a rumor (not sure if it’s true) that it’s going to start up again in September sometime. I’m hopeful!
All the epicness going on in the story-arc I’m in right now has been getting my mind whirling with ideas and epicness for my own stories. I’ve been fixated on Jayko lately and a specific scene which has been developing in my head. I want it to be epic and to have a multitude of things going on at once as it’s a battle scene. I’ve already posted about three parts of the scene as Random Short Stories. But there’s still more to come. I just haven’t worked it out completely yet.
So, far I’ve brought back the Commandos from a previously trunked story, set up a massive fleet for Jayko to command, taken that fleet to the doorstep of the enemy, dropped mechs right into the middle of a battlefield and set up the main characters to head into heavy fighting. I’ve got ideas whirling around that I need to develop on where the Commandos and Jayko have to fight their way to a key control center. I want them to encounter heavy resistance and to be not be able to stop the Wormhole Gate they are assaulting from being activated.
Trying to add on to the epicness that I’m trying to go for, Jayko calls in Helios Station, an ancient space station of massive proportions that drops from FTL into the middle of the space battle and absorbs the brunt of the energy projected into space by the Wormhole Gate, stopping it from opening.
What’s been difficult for me with all of this, has been trying to convey everything that’s happening in the battle at once, to give the reader a rush as they progress through the battle following the Commandos. To convey the size of the Gate and Helios Station. The awe as it drops into battle, scattering dreadnaught size battleships as it moves into position over the planet.
So my question to all you other writers out there is this: How do you convey something that’s supposed to be fast paced, that’s supposed to have something big happen that makes your characters stop and stare, and think, “Holy-sh–t!”?
And if you’re not a writer but a reader: What do you think makes a scene in a book give you that same feeling described above?