a passion in the desert

Write What You Know (Not Necessarily What You’ve Experienced)

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I’ve recently written a post about the true meaning behind the quote “good writers borrow; great writers steal.” 

Well, another piece of writing advice has come under scrutiny lately, so I’m here to explain the meaning behind “write what you know.” 

“Write what you know” really means “write what you understand.”

Many people interpret “write what you know” to mean “write about what you have experienced for yourself,” but that’s obviously silly advice. If everyone followed it, libraries would be much, much smaller. Writing is about using your imagination to explore worlds of possibilities. Bits and pieces of your personal history will of course come into play, but they should always be presented in new and interesting ways. Otherwise, writers would be too bored to actually finish their stories.

When people you think you should probably trust tell you to “write what you know,” they aren’t telling you to fictionalise your own memoir. They’re telling you to write about the things that you understand

A novel may be a great series of lies, but there must be truth at the centre of it all and that truth is a direct result of, and in correlation to, the author’s understanding of their subject matter. 

For an author, this means a couple of things:

You should always be able to empathise with your characters. You should be able to tap into your emotions, your passions, your relationships to inform their emotions, their passions, their relationships. 

If you’re writing a scene about two people walking along the Seine at midnight unable to admit their true feelings for each other, you don’t need to have traveled to Paris or walked along the Seine or talked about the moon on the water when really all you wanted to say was that the same moonlight was making the other person look very pretty that night. 

What you need is to know what it is to take a walk in a place that is romantic no matter if romance is taking place there, to have wanted to say something but been too afraid to say it, to be filled with hope and fear and misery and joy all at the same time. 

You should always be able to feel the heart of the scene, instead of simply imagining it. 

If you can’t put yourself directly into your character’s shoes, they’ll wind up saying or doing something that won’t quite ring true.  

You should always be both interested in and knowledgable about the topics and settings that find their way into your stories. 

You don’t have to be an archaeologist to write an Indiana Jones novel, but a healthy fascination with people like T.E. Lawrence, Roy Chapman Andrews, and Gertrude Bell should probably come into play.

You should always not only be knowledgable about the topic you’re writing about, but care for it. You should be able to understand why Indy says it belongs in a museum!!” You should understand why your characters feel passionate about whatever they’re engaging in, because you share some of that passion. (Even if you wouldn’t dream of digging around in a desert yourself.)

It’s okay if you don’t know very much about a topic when you first get an idea for a book, but after doing some research about it, you should connect to the material in some way. 

As long as you’re interested in a topic or place, you’re not breaking the “write what you know” rule by taking the time to understand something you hadn’t when you first imagined your story. 

What’s more: write the kind of story you enjoy reading.

That sounds a little obvious, but people try to write stories they wouldn’t actually enjoy reading themselves all of the time. 

If you love reading YA fantasy novels, but feel compelled to write the next Great Literary American Novel, you’re not writing the sort of story you’re familiar with–that you’re passionate about–and that will show on every single page. Those are two very different sort of books. If you love reading YA, exclusively read YA, but try to write the GLAN, you’re not writing what you know. You’re probably not even writing something you truly care about.

And if you find the story you’re writing dull and uninteresting, any reader will probably feel the same way. 

If someone has read your work and says something along the lines of “you should stick to writing what you know…” 

What they’re really saying is that something isn’t resonating as true. That somehow, it doesn’t feel quite real. That they don’t think the characters’ emotional reactions are what they’d be in real life. Or that Indiana Jones is supposed to be a renowned archaeologist, but he doesn’t seem to know much about archaeology??? 

When they say this, they’re not telling you to go get a degree in archaeology or that in order to write that romantic scene, you must fall in love with someone, walk along the Seine with them, and then write what about what you felt in that moment. 

They’re letting you know that there is a disconnect somewhere between you and the writing. That they can tell you haven’t put enough of yourself in this story. That the circles don’t overlap as much as they should in the venn diagram between the knowledge, emotions, and interests the story requires and the knowledge you possess, the emotions you’ve felt, and the interests you invest in. 

When somebody says “write what you know,” ask yourself:

  • if you’ve really done enough research on this topic–if you actually want to write about this topic enough to do the required research 
  • if there’s another emotional well you can draw from to understand how a character might be feeling, how they might react to a circumstance
  • if this book is one that you yourself would pick up from a library shelf. 

And make sure there’s a core of truth within those all those lies. 

i’m sorry but elena’s face in 2x08/2x11 when stefan showed up> elena’s face seeing damon in that promo

she launches herself into his arms, exhaling with relief and they cling to each other like their life depends on it. 

even after a passionate kiss, she is drinking in his face like an oasis in the desert. she is gazing at him like she cannot believe he is real. this is awe, people. 

her entire face and body relax when she sees stefan at the bottom of the stairs. not when she sees damon. 

and again, she launches herself at him. she clings to him, buries her face in his neck. 

we have never seen a de hug with this amount of intimacy. nina is trying to sell it, but it’s not working. sorry but de hasn’t had chemistry since 3x19 (gifs not mine)

do you think Hux would be conflicted if Kylo’s eyes changed from brown to yellow?

because the change would mean that Kylo has become stronger with the dark side, that he’s achieving his destiny of becoming just as strong as Vader, of being more powerful than any pitiful Jedi has ever been

Kylo would revel in his dark prowess and Hux would be so proud of his knight for being unmatched in power, because he loves Kylo and he knows how strong he’s become

but when Hux thinks of Kylo as his lover and not just his knight, he can’t help but be afraid

because the change also means that Kylo’s soft brown eyes have ceased to exist, which means Hux no longer finds warmth or comfort in Kylo’s eyes after a nightmare or after a difficult day where he feels like he should give up, no more staring deep into Kylo’s eyes to see the little lost boy behind them who’s begging not to be hurt anymore and just to be loved because, now, there’s only a tormented and broken soul who used to be human, now a monster, now unrecognisable to Hux’s eyes

because not only do the yellow eyes take Kylo’s soft brown eyes away, they also destroy everything that once made Kylo Ren the one Hux wanted to cling on to like an oasis in a desert–his softness, the deep-rooted passion he felt for Hux, his deadpan wit, his ability to make Hux feel like the king of everything

gone, replaced with a single feeling

lust for power, like Vader when he turned

Romanticised

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Title : Romanticised

Author : Myself 

Pairing : Im Jaebum x You (reader)

Summary : He had planned everything for both of them, including a newly born romantic side.


“All set?”

“Yeah, I have the wine bottle.”

It was hard to see where you were both going, but the firm grip on your hand was like a guide in a secret forest, full of fantasy.

The summer had granted both of you a cool evening, with a soft breeze and no sweat. You were grateful to be able to go out without melting like snow and your boyfriend was slowly walking toward the secret place he had told you about. This date was a total surprise and you could almost see the happiness paint itself on your significant other’s face, signalling he was enjoying your little adventure.

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HUNK APPRECIATION POST

BECAUSE THERES NOT ENOUGH HUNK LOVE IN THIS FANDOM

  • HE’S SO DAMN SMART LIKE EVERYONE REFERS TO PIDGE AS THE SMART ONE BUT I DONT SEE PIDGE BUILDING A GEIGER COUNTER FOR AN ELEMENT THAT DOESNT EXIST ON EARTH
  • LIKE HE KNEW IMMEDIATELY THAT THOSE LINES (i forget what they’re called) WERE AN ELEMENT AND HES LIKE HANG ON LET ME JUST BUILD A GEIGER COUNTER FOR SOMETHING NOT FROM EARTH WITH SOME THINGS FROM OUR BACKPACKS AND THIS RUNDOWN SHACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT LIKE ITS NO BIG DEAL
  • HE’S SO PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT HE BELIEVES IN LIKE WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO SAVE THE BALMERIANS AND HE WAS IN SUCH A RUSH TO GET THERE BECAUSE HE WANTED TO HELP SO BAD
  • HS INSTINCTS ARE SO AMAZING LIKE HE KNEW THAT NYMA AND ROLO WERE UP TO NO GOOD. HE JUST KNOWS
  • HES SO STRONG? LIKE ITS CANON THAT HE IS STRONGER THAN SHIRO. HE HAS PROBABLY CLOSE TO OLYMPIC LEVEL STRENGTH
  • HES SO CARING AND ALL AROUND GOOD HUMAN BEING AND SO PATIENT WITH EVERYONE
  • HE HAS HAD MORE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT THAN ANYONE ELSE ON SCREEN. 
  • HE WANTS TO HELP EVERYONE HE IS JUST SO GOOD
  • I LOVE HUNK SO MUCH

FEEL FREE TO ADD MORE BECAUSE  WANT TO SPREAD THE HUNK LOVE

mademoiselle-black  asked:

(2/2) She has her face buried in the crook of his neck and she tells him 'I thought you died. I thought I lost my chance to tell you I love you'. He's floored cause that's the first time she says it and his heart fills with a joy he can't describe and he says it back: 'I love you too'. He grabs her face and just kisses her with this passion and hunger of a man who just found water in the desert. And everybody's watching but not even Rocket can come up with something to say. THE FEELS OMG. 😢😢😢

THE FEELS ARE TOO REAL KRAGLIN BABY BOI!!!! 😭😭😭😍😍😍😍😭😭👌👌👌

RoyalStreetMagic AU done with @hamibelle

Jasmine-is a desert goddess of fire and passion. She has a phoenix for a familiar and takes in lost travelers who need protection. She finds Mozenrath and he becomes her friend, confidant and lover.

Mozenrath- a young sorcerer who ran away from his abusive master Destaine and became lost in the desert. He is grateful tot he goddess who rescued him and has begun learning magic under her kind education.

Aladdin- the prince of Agrabah who misses his childhood best friend and wants to search for him but is trapped by the world he was born into. He eventually finds Jasmine’s oasis during a sandstorm and is reunited with Mozenrath, the three of them becoming lovers.

Colour correspondences

This is my personal list of colour correspondences, drawn from things I have read and my own feelings about the colours:

Aqua—the sea;

Black—beginnings, endings; death; night; warding; absorption; patience; sleep; protection;

Blue—water; tranquility; summer; ice;

Brown—wild animals; forests; earth; warmth; comfort; autumn; barrenness;

Cream—comfort; domestic animals;

Gold—royalty; wealth; the sun and associated deities;

Green—peace; healing; earth; gardens, plants; the fae; spring, summer; welcome;

Grey—mist, the Otherworld; limbo, liminality; sadness; quietness; rain; winter; being hidden, passing unseen;

Lavender—the fae; peacefulness;

Orange—autumn; harvest; warmth; joy;

Pink—friendship; love; sweetness; emotional healing; welcome;

Purple—royalty; depth; richness; meditative states;

Red—passion, power; fierceness; strength; autumn; heat; the desert

Silver—the moon and associated deities; money, riches; mirrors, reflections; stars; ice;

White—beginnings; clarity; ice; snow; brightness; extreme heat, purging; integrity; protection;

Yellow—joy; the sun and associated deities; brightness, sunny moods; summer; warmth;

a life spent trying to do well

After Shikadai’s birth, Temari looks down at her tiny baby and remembers another small child, unloved and uncared for, and wonders if she can ever forgive herself for her brother’s childhood.

my first naruto fic in literally 7 years this is wild. Naturally it’s shikatema + sand sibs because FEELINGS

title from lullaby by sia


           It was spring in Konoha, and the rains were just coming to their end, heralding the arrival of bright blooms of flowers. It would be a relief for the small garden of the Nara residence where Shikamaru and Temari now lived; as a gift upon her marriage, her brother Gaara had given her several of his most beautiful specimens of cacti, which they had planted together behind the home. Cacti drown easily, and the spring showers had not been kind to them. Now that the skies had cleared, Shikamaru routinely found himself glancing out the back of the house, wondering if the delicate blossoms would ever return to the spiny plants.

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anonymous asked:

Ok, so sorry to bother you but I've been a Grisha fan for threes years and picked up the last book of Ruining and Rising a little late. My favorite characters are Alina, Nikolai and the Darkling. Please Nikolina is way better than Mal. I'm getting a feeling as if Mal is characterless, and cold. Like I would love for Nikolina to happen but she's propably gonna end up with Mal anyways and my Nikolai is gonna be alone... -Lonely anon that needs someone to rant to

You’re not bothering me anon! But as a head’s up I should probably let you know that I might not be the best person to come to if you’re looking for someone to talk negatively about Mal. I love Nikolai a lot, but Mal is also one of my favourite characters in the series

I definitely have to disagree with the idea that Mal is either characterless or cold. He has moments of speaking coldly to Alina, for sure, but his personality is pretty passionate overall. He’s someone who deserted (an executionable offence) for the sake of Alina, despite the fact that they parted previously on bad terms (which was the fault of both of them). That’s a pretty passionate thing to do.

His character arc in Seige and Storm is pretty much the opposite of lacking character. He definitely behaves like a total jackass, and I don’t think there’s any excusing that at all. But there is a very good explanation. Mal isn’t Grisha. He’s used to being the golden boy in the relationship with Alina, the one who gets the attention while she’s the mousey girl who gets overlooked. The entire second book for Mal reflects his struggle to deal with the abrupt one-eighty in this relationship.

It’s not an attractive arc for him in much of the book. Jealousy, and people’s reaction to losing someone they love (and he is losing the Alina he has known for most of his life in book 2) seldom is. But it’s also a pretty natural way to react to the situation they’re in? It’s not admirable, but I’d argue that’s what gives Mal character. It’d be a pretty passive and boring guy who just rolled over and did nothing in the face of such a massive change in the girl he loves. Mal acts out because he’s completely powerless in this situation, and he behaves like an ass because he loves her, because he’s losing her, because he can’t do anything about it. If he were a prince, or a powerful Grisha, he could. But she’s slipping through his fingers, and the life they both thought they were going to have together, their dream, is rapidly becoming impossible.

This is an arc that lasts only for the second book. Come Ruin and Rising, Mal has nearly lost Alina again. He has also seen the devastation that the Darkling has wrought, and he knows without doubt that Alina is necessary in piecing Ravka back together, that Nikolai is. He also knows that he, personally, is not (that’s what he believes, at the very least). Instead of continuing to be a giant manbaby about the situation, he comes to terms with the situation.

He lets Alina go (which is in stark contrast to the Darkling here, lbr). Instead of trying to cling to her and getting angry that he can’t, he accepts that the life he wants with Alina isn’t a possibility, and instead throws himself into being whatever it is that she needs. (I’d also argue that this isn’t necessarily the only correct response here. It’s a mature response, but it’s also kind of fucked up to let someone else’s identity become your main reason for existence). He loves her so much that he won’t stand in the way of what she has to do, what she has to become, but instead will support her in the best way that he can.

That’s character. That’s growth. That’s definitely not cold.

LIKE I’M NOT HERE TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T SHIP. I’m easily pleased, I’m happy to ship Alina with pretty much everyone in the series, including characters that don’t have surname and show up on maybe ten pages total. But I totally get that people have their OTPs and want to see them realised in canon, and it sucks when that doesn’t happen.

You don’t have to like Mal. But like, if you are going to dislike him, do it for reasons that are present in the text. There’s a lot about Mal that doesn’t appeal to people, just like there’s a lot about Nikolai or the Darkling or anyone else in the series that won’t appeal to other people. I hope you can still find things to like about Ruin and Rising, even if it’s not going entirely the way you hoped!

                                                  [Fake movie poster] 


『황금 사막, The Golden Desert

Genre: action, drama, thriller

Rating: 18+

Synopsis: Freelance intelligence operative, Agent Ravi’s life consists of getting money for getting into danger, and getting into danger for money, but when one day he is hired to search for a missing shipment of gold by a mysterious person, Ravi becomes target to many who seek the goods. An organization puts a Wraith to become Ravi’s shadow, but soon Ravi learns the presence behind him is his only way to survive– the whisper of an oasis in the golden desert of dangers and death.

Review: City of Thieves by David Benioff

My Rating: 5/5 

“As siege-hardened as I was before my arrest, the truth was that I had no more courage in January than I had in June – contrary to popular belief, the experience of terror does not make you braver. Perhaps, though, it is easier to hide your fear when you’re afraid all the time.”

Unlike anything else I’ve read―within the prologue of this book I just knew that it was going to be a masterpiece. Never mind the fact that this guy is one of the co-writers for the HBO series Game of Thrones (yes, you did just read that) but I went into the book without knowledge of this little tidbit and it definitely explains A LOT.

I started off reading the first page when I slowly grew confused. Why does this book, which is supposedly about Russia in the twenty-first century, sound as though it takes place in modern day Los Angeles? And then it hit me not four pages later. David Benioff introduced us to his story by showing how it came to be, how he interviewed his grandparents and was told “David, you’re a writer. Make it up (the rest of their story).” And so Benioff goes on to writing in third person―an intriguing perspective that I usually don’t read―and boy, does he deliver. City of Thieves is a wintry tale of savage beauty. I cried, I laughed, I tore my hair out in distress and nearly threw the book across the room on multiple occasions. It was, simply put, fucking awesome.

Kolya and Lev have two choices. They can die as prisoners for breaking curfew, stealing from a German corpse, and becoming a deserter, or…they can venture out into the wild snow and war torn terrain in pursuit of a dozen eggs for a powerful soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. Brash and defiant as they seem, they’re not going to go down that easily.

Lev, a young boy without a family, is our narrator. He’s afraid of many things, but death is at the top of that list. His character development from the first to final pages of this novel astonished me to the point of tears. But nothing had me crying more than his partner in crime.

Kolya is the ever-jovial companion of Lev that just doesn’t know when to shut up. He’s flirtatious and ambitious, constantly making people melt before him with just a few teasing words. However, his endearing speech often fails him when it comes to negotiating with soldiers or generally anyone who isn’t a female or Lev. Kolya is slightly older of the two, and therefore he fits the brother bear role quite smoothly, but he’s also terrified of many things, and his fear is delicately hidden beneath his sarcastic guise. He has a deep passion for literature, which was ultimately what made him a “deserter” although he likes to wave that off, and since Lev’s father was a famous poet, one of the many who were the first to be picked off by the Germans, the two boys share a common ground when it comes to the great writings of Russia.

Ultimately, this is a story about growing up.

One of the bet things about this novel is the sadistic humor. The whole point of the story is to find a chicken that will provide a dozen eggs by the upcoming Thursday. It’s plenty obvious that that task would prove to be more challenging in 20th century Russia than perhaps tracking down the Yeti. So of course things like this scene would occur….

“Darling’s not for the pot,” said Kolya. “We need her for the eggs.”

“The eggs?” Timofei looked at us, at Darling, back to us. He seemed to think we were joking.

“Everyone’s quitting on Darling,” Kolya continued, “but I think she’s got it in her. Do you know anything about chickens? You think she can lay a dozen by Thursday?”

“What the hell are you talking about?”

The surgeon seemed more and more irritated. Konya glared back at him, insulted by the man’s tone.

“Don’t you speak Russian? We’re waiting for the eggs!”

For a moment I thought the conversation would turn violent, which would have been a bad thing for the Red Army; we needed our surgeons and Kolya would have splattered the man with a single punch. But Timofei finally laughed, shaking his head, waiting for us to laugh with him.

“Laugh all you want,” I told him. “You’re not touching the chicken.”

“It’s not a chicken, you idiot. It’s a rooster.”

DAMN, they were so close!!

This book, for all it’s light hearted banter and humorous phrases, demands attention. For every sentence you read, there will be a thousand images rushing through your mind offering beautiful and horrific scenes that will appear almost like a memory, as though it’s a recollection of the past rather than the awful present. The ending of this book was as gripping as the prologue, if not more because, by then, I had fallen in love with the characters. Of course there were many deaths, but one death in particular truly made my heart ache. City of Thieves is ferocious and chilling, but the friendships that grow from such a black time are the ones to be most cherished and remembered. This book was amazing.

Disclaimer: You’ll need some tissues and something to scream into by the end. 

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