That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.
Elizabeth Wurtzel (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
And this is just another reason to applaud the courage of those who continue to fight anyway.
Character, I think, is the single most important thing in fiction. You might read a book once for its interesting plot—but not twice.
In case you wanna follow my example
why would you do that it is crap, and in case I forget how I did it (because I will) here’s the steps to the pic from this morning.
That is fantastic. Definitely trying that.
Do people ever have specific shipping moods like sometimes you wanna read fanfiction of your otp being domestic dorks who cuddle a lot and have little fights BUT THEN SOMETIMES YOU HAVE MOODS WHERE YOU WANNA CRY OVER ANGSTY FICS AND FANARTS WHERE THERE IS DEATH AND TEARS AND TRAGEDY OR IS THAT JUST ME
100% not just you. (The filter/search features on fanfic archives make me so happy.)
I actually let out a pleased little squeak when I saw this because ohhh man, that is beautiful.
This makes me unreasonably happy.
… guess who’s behind on hello’s again? *FAIL* I swear, I’ll get to you guys, I will.
When I say ‘take your time’, what I mean is:
- Take. Your. Time.
- If you have muse for another thread? You can reply to that
- If you have muse for another character? Guess what; you can reply to that too.
- If you’re getting feels for another ship?
OMFG. YOU H0R.No, seriously. You can reply, lmfao.
- If you’re overwhelmed with other threads? It’s okay; seriously. I don’t hate you, I don’t think any less of you. You get to ours when you can.
- If you want to drop a thread because you’ve lost inspiration with it; same as above. I don’t hate you. I’d rather you told me than fretted and thought omfg she’s gonna hate me when actually, the opposite is true
Muses can be fickle, fickle things and I shouldn’t have to say this but when dipshits come out with stuff like ‘take your time doesn’t mean you can reply to something else’ — actually, it does with me.
Anybody who plots with me, RPs with me, even talks to me; I love. Dearly. And when they reply I squeal like a mad thing because omg the flawless (seriously).
RPing is meant to be fun, lovelies. Don’t suck the fun out of it by being passive aggressive and a bit of a twat by saying shit things like that.
Take your time means take your time - It’s YOUR character, your blog. You reply to who you want, okay? <3
tumblr so good today wtf
hey I want to let you know that I’m thinking about you right now. have you eaten today? drank enough water? gotten enough sleep? take care of yourself because you’re important and the world is a better place with you in it.
I love you.
A really big part of me wants to make To Be Human a NaNiWriMo project. I’ve never done it, and I’m in a writing slump, but Doink! has proven time and again that when I’m actually given a timeline/deadline I tend to pull through.
I really want this fic done, and even if it’s not done (Angel’s Wings was 50K+ and most definitely not done) having 50K words would be more than a great start. Doing fanfiction is allowed, and as long as I get a minimum of 50K, I count as a “winner” so…
I guess at this point what’s holding me back is the ever-present, nearly crippling fear of failure.
But, maybe that’s a good reason to do it? November has 30 days. NaNiWriMo has 50,000 words. That’s an average of 1667 words a day. That’s… pretty doable. And there will be “buffer” days, and I can totally outline (rather, finish outlining) this month….
It’s doable. Now, I have to see if I can make myself do it.
Increasingly considering this still. If - IF - I get enough outlining done ahead of time (totally in the rules as okay, I checked) then I will.
So there’s this thing, National Novel Writing Month, where a person writes a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. These people are referred to as crazy. I am one of them.
And there’s this guy, Chris Baty. Baty helped make NaNoWriMo a thing. He even wrote a book about it. A book about writing a book. It’s meta. In this book he gave advice on just how to write a book in 30 days. Lots and lots of advice. Because writing is hard.
Really, REALLY hard.
But this guy, Baty? He’s pretty smart about it. One of the things he talks about is to know your weakness as a writer. I have a bunch, but the main one is getting distracted by internetz.
See, the thing is, I try. I really do. I try to research all the things and stuff I need to research before I write, but sometimes I’ll be going on my merry way and BOOM I forgot what I named that hospital. Or BOOM I don’t know what the parts to a horse’s saddle is. So I go to Google and Google tells me. But it never stops there. I always go, “While I’m here, I might as well check [insert your time-wasting social media site of choice].” And then, BOOM - an hour has passed and I haven’t touched what I was writing.
This is no good. I need to focus and not break my momentum while I’m writing. Stopping to open a browser and searching on Google breaks my momentum. So what do I do? Research even more? As much as I’d like to think I can predict everything that happens in my plot, some things I just can’t foresee. And that’s a good thing! No, it’s great! That’s one of the best things about writing, when I’m surprised when X, Y, or Z happens.
Instead of extensive, mind-numbing research, I do this. Whenever I find myself stalling to think of a name or an adjective or literally anything else, I write elephant instead. Elephant. And then go on my merry way.
It felt really stupid when I started. The worse is when I read what I’ve written and forgot that I slapped on an elephant in the middle of an intense scene.
But it works!
I promise, I wouldn’t do it if it didn’t.
And when I edit, all I do is find each “elephant” with the search option of whatever word-processor I’m using and insert it’s rightful word - the well-researched-after-I’ve-written-the-book word. I’ve told a few people about my Elephant Technique, and I knew a few people who use different words: cantaloupe, poodle, febreze. It all works.
BOOM, distraction gone. Please enjoy BMO dancing as you go forth and write all the things.
This sounds like good general-writing advice, actually…. definitely worth a try.
Lazard softened, squeezing his brother’s hand. “I will do everything I possibly can to make sure you don’t wake up alone, even if I have to wake you up to do it. Okay?”
He didn’t want to wake him up, of course, but he could respect his brother’s concerns. And he knew about not wanting to be alone, far more than he liked to admit. If he could reassure Rufus, then that was exactly what he needed to do. What good was it to be the big brother, if he couldn’t be a positive, reassuring figure for him?
Rufus wanted to trust Lazard, but he shrunk into himself and doubted him. Everyone told him that. No one was there when he woke. He looked for a long moment at Lazard’s hand.
"You promise?" he asked meekly, holding the hand tightly. If he let go, would Lazard vanish? Would he be alone again? He shook his head. "I’ll be President one day. And when I do, I will make it so you never have to leave."
"I promise to do my best - that’s the only promise anyone can be sure to keep," Lazard sighed, squeezing his hand. "I promise to try my hardest. I wish I could promise you more, but I hate to lie, and I don’t want to lie to you.”
No good came of lying, even without the person in question being such a sensitive, gentle boy as his brother seemed to be. Rufus was so hurt, so very badly hurt by the people he should have been able to trust, and he didn’t want to add himself to their number. Even if he couldn’t tell Rufus what he wanted to hear, he could at least tell him the truth. “I think, if you keep such a caring, gentle heart, you’ll be well on your way to being a very good leader.”