Essay:Elementalism

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Recap

All elements come from the undistinguished primordial Mist.
-Dust is the element of structure
-Void is the element of original thought
-Water is the element of flow
-Fire is the element of passion

Dust and Water are pairs as are Void and Fire Each element contains the seed of its pair.

The Four Perspectives

There are four main ways to look at the elements, especially in relation to storytelling
-Dust: Structural; worldbuilding and history, what you can see and touch
-Void: Thematic; what will stick with the audience
-Water: Procedural; The je ne sais quoi of a setting; movement and action and interaction
-Fire: Emotional; This is your connection to the audience and the connection between you and the story. It's why you're writing this story and not another.

What perspective you're strongest in depends on you.

Dust perspective

This is the element of structure and worldbuilding. Great fantastical epics like the works of Tolkein are steeped in this element. I personally approach this as the first step in writing a story and it consumes most of my efforts. Despite its name, this element is not necessarily going to make a story feel grounded.

Philosophically, this is the element of polytheism and legalism. The Dust perspective is one of looking into the past for answers. Its Nexus in the Primanna is Coracan; in the human body, it is usually the liver, stomach or intestines.

Physically, this is the element of matter. Not just ordinary matter, but spirit stuff too. Anything solid.

Thematically, it is the element of post-apocalypse, of decay.

Void perspective

This is the element of themes and ideas. What do you want your audience to come away with?

Philosophically, this is the element of nontheistic religion (Dayutra). The Void perspective is one of possibilities and potential. In the Primanna, its Nexus is the Night; in the body, its Nexus is the lungs.

Physically, this is the element of negative pressures, gravity and outer space.

Thematically, this is the element of emptiness and potential.

Water Perspective

This is the element of flow - the state you want to be in while writing. This is what makes your setting feel unique. Short story writers tend to favour this element.

Philosophically, this is the element of monotheism. The Water perspective looks forward to the future, hence the heavy Cruxi focus on prophets and prophecy. In the Primanna, its Nexus is Serulus; in the body, its Nexus is the Heart.

Physically, it is the element of motion and fluids. Anything flowing. So that means, blood, water, air, stories, memes, people.

Thematically, it is the element of renaissance.

Fire Perspective

This is the element of passion and empathy and how the audience connects most with characters. This is where 'write what you know' can be incredibly relevant. There's no-one you know more than yourself.

Philosophically, this is the element of dualism (Katri/Merenbadutta). The Fire perspective focuses on the present. In the Primanna, its Nexus is the Sun; in the body, its Nexus is the Brain.

Physically, it is the element of chemical reactions, stars and electromagnetism.

Thematically, it is the element of apocalyptic destruction.



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