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one of the best pieces of writing advice i’ve ever gotten:
if a scene isn’t working, change the weather.
it sounds stupid, but seriously, it works. thank u to my screenwriting professor for this wisdom
Can you elaborate?
idk i literally just mean change the weather. if the scene feels wrong to you, have you tried writing it so the scene has rain? is a terrible, crazy thunderstorm about to rain down on your characters? is the wind mussing their hair?
adding more extreme weather can make the stakes feel higher. weather affects us, and it’ll affect your characters, too. if your characters are tired, weighed down, sluggish, making it incredibly hot outside will only add to that and help push the emotion of the scene along. if something dramatic is happening, a good storm will always work. wind whipping a character’s hair around does wonders for tension.
What if they’re indoors? I’m curious, do you change the lighting?
i would say that there can still be “weather” indoors! is the room too hot or too cold? is there an air conditioner or fan that’s making a lot of noise and blowing stuff around, kinda like rain or wind would? you can simulate “weather” with what’s inside the room!
but basically, what “change the weather means” is mess with the setting & atmosphere of the scene. while my professor quite literally just said “change the weather” and nothing else, i would toy with the atmosphere that your characters are in to try and up the tension/stakes, because that’s the main thing you’re trying to accomplish here! moving a scene along.
say your characters are sitting in their living room having a late-night chat. it’s intimate, it’s cozy, but it’s…missing something. you don’t know what to write next! well, add a fireplace! now there’s light, heat, and movement in the room. people associate a fireplace with warmth and coziness that will only help your scene. that association will add layers that will help the scene find its footing. your characters can comment on the fireplace, or the heat, or even move to sit right in front of it. now it’s super bright, and super hot, but theyre bearing it together anyway & it’s bringing them closer.
i think it, in theory, would work similarly to changing the weather if the scene is outside!
that being said, you could also write the same indoor talking scene & have it be raining outside. it’s still raining, the characters can still hear the rain, the thunder is drawing them closer to each other, everything feels charged because of the storm…they’re still inside, and the weather is still outside, but it’s affecting them regardless.
thats the best i got, i think! my prof really gave us no more elaboration on his advice, but i hope this helps!
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Not a single soul:
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Before I forget about this account entirely 😅 I wanted to share this Death of the Endless art!
New pen and ink drawing of Death of the Endless.
So there’s this huge dudebro in my class, who, yesterday, sat next to me. And I’m sitting there sweating because like… I’m wearing my shirt with the lesbian flag on it, and he’s the most popular jock in school, and always has this look on his face that say ‘I can and will kill you’. He looks me up and down, stares at me for a minute and then goes, “So. Girls in skirts and long socks, am I right?”
To which I nodded solemnly, both out of agreement, surprise and also a healthy amount of awkward fear. He nodded and went, “You get it.”
I said, “Yep.” He fistbumped me, and on went our lives.
Oh! I forgot to mention! I saw him at lunch the same day, and he ran up to me, tapped me on the shoulder, pointed at this super sweet girl who comes to GSA and asked if she’s gay. I told him he should ask her because that’s not my place and he said he would.
I thought that would be the end of it.
Except ten minutes later he came back and told me he found out (she’s bi) and that both of us have a shot. I said “You more than me.” because he’s attractive and popular.
But this wholesome dumbass looked really confused and asked, “Because I’m tall?’
So this isn’t lesbian/jock solidarity but I thought you guys would want to know-
My math teacher was trying to fix the rolling whiteboard and he just offhand said “This would be easier with a wrench”
And deadass, dudebro said “Hang on” and then proceeded to pull a fucking wrench out of his backpack
Update- after school today he saw me in the library and he didn’t say anything? He just pointed at the book he was holding and I gave him a thumbs up because it’s a pretty good book, and he went “Yes!” Really quiet and pumped his fist and then left
Okay so today he asked me if I know how to help people having a panic attack and I was like yeah? And he smiled at me and then went “cool I think I’m having one”
And I was like what the fuck Colin we’re in the middle of Tech class sit down and we went out in the hall and sat there for a while and he told me about the test he’s stressed about so we kind of went over his study guide and when he was feeling better he kind of like… smacked his head against mine gently? And I helped him up even though he’s almost a foot taller than me and yeah
Today at lunch we walked to the football field and laid in the grass and I told him thank you for being my friend (because I don’t have that many) and fistbumped me and said, “You always looked so nice and chill, how could I not want to be your friend?”
And honestly y’all, I would’ve started crying if he hadn’t sneezed and accidentally smacked me