Origins of Blue Lines manuscript…Part 1
Let’s say that somewhere around 1996 I wanted to write a manuscript, book, whatever. It was more of a focus on what was one of my loves at the time, Hip-Hop, therefore the plan was to tell the story of an aspiring MC and the girl that he meets along his way as a struggling artist. Other than the concept, there was no plan for the story, no outline, development, or clear cut path for this to go. It simply consisted of its Hip-Hop background, and somehow creating a story that at the end of the day was a parallel using live characters to illustrate that “love.” I guess for those who listen, Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” would be the best musical description of what my initial aim was.
So it begins…
With that said, the initial 5 page story followed the story of an unnamed male protagonist, and pieces of him meeting a female antagonist simply names “L.” Now, if you will indulge me, again we are looking at 1996-ish, Lauryn Hill was being promoted at the “IT” woman in Hip-Hop. Rather than initially using her name, I simply shortened it to “L” until I could actually name the character. Character names were pretty bad, her friend was listed as (homegirl) , and his friend was “Mello Smoothe” a self moniker that a friend gave himself around the time that Maxwell came on the music scene. This initial version grew from one page, to two pages of scatter story development, and stalled out at 5 pages that gave a clear development of the opening, middle and an outline of an ending, the only problem is that it stalled out there. And the dream to write a manuscript was stalled by an aspiring writer who had no inspiration.