Two days ago, I got back into something called vocaloid. My favorite anime YouTuber mentioned a specific song, and I thought I would go check it out. I listened to it once, twice, three times and BOOM! I was hooked. Even learned it on guitar. My stepdad and I jammed to it on our guitars for 7 hours straight. No joke. 8pm to 3am. (The song will be at the end of this post.)
I listen to it on loop during school, and even try to force it on my friends. I’M NOT MESSING WITH YOU GUYS! I actually, seriously wake up every morning humming the song. Humming it! Why? Well, that’s simple.This isn’t a normal song. This is a vocaloid, and a good one. It’s a song with a story embedded in a bunch of random phrases.
Don’t worry, guys, I’m getting to the point.
See, the writer of this song is a man named Neru. He’s made a ton of different vocaloid songs, but Lost One’s Weeping is his most popular one among fans. He took a bunch of random words and strung them together in the most odd way. This song is so abstract that it took me five listens to even start to understand the deep meaning. I’m not going to explain it to you guys, because that would take away all the fun.
Lost One’s Dreaming is a lot like a book, in my opinion. This song is what inspired me to write in a new, fresh style today. It’s what inspired me to write this blog post that you are reading right now.
If you search YouTube comments on this song, there’s a lot of debate about Neru, the guy who wrote it. This piece is so deep that many people worry about Neru and the things that go on in his head. You see, he may write songs, but he has a lot in common with someone who writes fiction. He’s telling a beautiful story in a very small amount of words. The story itself is actually pretty frightening.
less is more
I’m always trying to think of ways to expand my word count. But after listening to this song over and over, I realized that word count doesn’t matter. NOT AT ALL. In fact, I came to a realization that some of my favorite books are fairly short. They are straight to the point. Trust me, I’ve read books where the main character (or narrator) talks way too much, and it gets boring.
I’m going to do an experiment.
You see, I’ve been really worried about my word count. This caused me to add a lot of unnecessary chapters to my story. Why should I do this when I could express the same emotions with a smaller amount of words?
For my current novel, I’m going to see how short I can make my novel, still having all of the same emotions.
emotions does not equal descriptions
Neru doesn’t straight out tell you what the main character in his song is going through. You have to decipher it through the lyrics. You have to dig deep. Same goes for writing fiction. If you tell the reader everything they need to know, even going into analyzing the text for them, what good is that?
Trust me, I’ve had those moment where I came up with something brilliant, and I wanted to explain it to the reader. I wanted them to catch it. But the beautiful thing is that it’s better if a majority of readers don’t catch those descriptions with hidden meanings. Because someday, someone will read your story and notice it without you pointing it out. And that one description could open up a whole new perspective of thinking, something that would never happen if you walked them through the thought process.
don’t underestimate your readers
Doesn’t matter what age group you’re writing for. Do you know why I like the show Avatar the Last Airbender, even though it’s made for little kids? It’s because I appreciate the fact that they added so many intense themes. Many kids skip over these things, not realizing the deeper meanings behind the events that take place in the story. But what about that occasional kid who catches it? Now the story is a million times brighter.
“I hope I did well.” The tattered textbook slurred in his backpack as he left the room. vs The tattered textbook slurred in his backpack as he left the room. He had been studying for this test for three whole days, hardly getting any sleep. He brought the book everywhere, which lead to some wear-and-tear of the book.
Don’t underestimate your readers. They’re not stupid. They can figure these things out. Even if they don’t stop and analyze, the information will still be stored in their subconscious mind. That’s just how us humans work. They may not understand how they predicted an event, or why they had a feeling something bad was going to happen. In reality, you were dropping hints so small that they skimmed over it. Maybe if they reread, they would notice them and smile. It’s a beautiful thing.
just shut up already!
Sorry, I’m talking a lot. Just have a lot to say today. But anyway, you guys want to hear the song, don’t you? It’s okay if you don’t like it, but I’m interested to see if you can decipher the meanings that Neru left behind in this masterpiece.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT NERU’S WAY OF PORTRAYING THE CHARACTER’S STORY?
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