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Writing “Where Dreams are Realised”: Behind-the-Scenes Part 1 (Setting)

Where Dreams are Realised was a story that I came up with around June 2016. I started planning and writing in soon after coming up with the idea, then stopped around October 201 6. The reason why I first stopped writing it was because I was busy preparing for both an entrance exam at the beginning of November and NaNoWriMo 2016. I wanted to start on a completely new story for my first NaNoWriMo, and I was already beginning to get bored of the one that I was currently writing. After launching this blog in early March 2017, I tried to continue writing the story, but I realised that the story was ending up in a slightly controversial area that I wasn’t too keen to approach. I wasn’t sure of how to change the story so that I would avoid that danger zone, so I decided to stop writing altogether.

Source: http://www.thousandwonders.net/Universal+Studios+Singapore

In 2016, I visited Universal Studios Singapore for the first time and took a “real” rollercoaster for the first time. A few weeks after my first visit, I decided that I wanted to write a story that tackled corruption and neglect within a business and how it affects the community at large. Setting the story in an amusement park was really just an excuse for me to buy the season pass for USS and keep going… for research.

To be clear, Where Dreams are Realised is in no way based on USS (Please don’t sue me, Sentosa). While I did visit the park multiple times for inspiration, it was ultimately for me to be able to picture what a park should look like so that I could imagine what it would look like after years of no maintenance. Basically, I went there to see how not to describe my fictional location. I also took inspiration from an episode of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries where an old timey rollercoaster was featured.

In part 2, I’ll be talking about how I initially thought of the characters and how that changed very quickly. It’s scheduled to go up on 11th May 2017, but that may change because I change the upload order if I write something that I want uploaded as early as possible. If you would like to receive e-mail updates so you wont have to keep coming back to this site to find nothing, feel free to sign up for my mailing list!

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