You know that moment in a book or movie, near the end, where everything has gone terribly wrong? All has been lost, the main character appears to have been brutally defeated, the mentor has probably kicked the bucket, and generally things couldn’t look bleaker?
Writing feels like that moment.
Or more accurately, one point in the writing process feels akin to that dark night. It’s that time after the intrepid writer has pushed through the first draft of the story – they’ve brainstormed the development process, sailed through the beginning, blazed through the middle – and then quite suddenly …everything falls apart.
And this despair can be summed up in one soul-crushing sentence: “What happens at the end?"
The writer realizes that they don’t know. A giddy optimism has propelled them thus far, a chipper little voice in the back of their head assuring "Don’t worry about the end yet! It’ll sort itself out!”
That little happy voice, it turns out, is a liar.
But your reign of terror is over, lying voice. There’s a way to fix it so you can never trick another writer again. Because knowing what happens at the end comes down to knowing something right in the beginning: knowing three integral facets of the main character. If you know this golden trio, you’ll have a much better chance of knowing exactly what happens at the end: because the end is all about these three.
So what are these three things?
GOAL: What the main characters wants, and will pursue throughout the story, overcoming all obstacles and enemies to obtain.
WANT: Their reasons for wanting it, which is usually to fill some emotional void they sense in their lives, something they believe will fix life and make it complete.
NEED: What they TRULY require to fill that emotional void, to be complete.
Yup, three of the things listed in that other post “10 Elements of a Main Character”. But now, we’re going to delve into more detail, the elements of a good Goal, a good Want, and a good Need.
So what goes into a story GOAL? Goals should be …
SINGULAR: The character must have one objective, and only one. A desire, and the overcoming of obstacles to achieve it, form the spine of the story. If there are two, the character is split between two storylines; they are trying to balance two stories at once, confusing them and confusing the reader.
TANGIBLE: The goal must be something REAL. Something we can see and feel.
SPECIFIC: In addition to being tangible, it must be highly specific. If the goal was to “escape” it would have to be “escape to a definite destination”. It can’t be at all vague or easily fulfilled by many objects: it must be finding a specific object, winning a specific prize, getting to a specific destination, etc.
Like in Tangled: The goal is “see the floating lights.”
NOT EMOTIONS/STATES OF MIND: The goal can’t be something like “happiness” or “belonging” or “love.” Those aren’t tangible, they’re not specific, and most of all the reader can’t envision it being achieved. The goal CAN be a physical representation of an emotional state; obtaining this specific and physical objective will mean achieving the emotional state.
IMAGINABLE: We should be able to easily envision the main character achieving the goal. When we see it, we know it’s happening, know that everything has been building to this moment.
Like in Monsters Inc, we know what getting Boo back home is going to look like (though in the beginning, we don’t know that it’s going to be heartbreaking.)
NOBLE: The goal should be something the reader can cheer on. The reader understands why the main character wants it. The reader can relate to the goal, and the emotional reason behind it.
Cheer like this.
STAKES: If they fail, something will be lost. If they choose not to pursue the goal, things will be very bad. There can’t be a sense that if they stop going after the goal at any point, life could just go back to how it was. When the catalyst came in and shattered their ordinary world and everyday routine, the story entered the realm of “nothing will ever be the same” and the only way to restore order to their universe is to achieve this thing. And that thing that will be lost must be something we can relate to, something significant: love, safety, family, life, future, freedom, loved ones.
What goes into the WANT? The want is…
CONNECTED TO GHOST: The ghost is a moment from their past that still haunts them, and is the source of their moral and psychological weaknesses. Their reasons for wanting the goal should be connected to this moment. They believe that if they achieve it, their world will be fixed, life will go back to how it was before this haunting moment occurred.
MISGUIDED: And they’re usually always wrong. Achieving the goal just as it is will never fix what’s broken in their lives.
SAVING GRACE: It’s often this Want behind their goal that acts as their saving grace in the eyes of the reader. Sometimes it’s hard to connect with a character – they’re difficult to understand, easy to find unappealing, even downright unpleasant – until we know why they are the way they are. (Think Marlin from Finding Nemo; he’s pretty unlikable and frustrating half the time, but we know why he’s behaving that way, so it’s easier to forgive him.)
What do all of these character NEEDS have in common?
HOW TO FIX LIFE: In their pursuit of the tangible goal, something else is revealed that will truly save their lives. This is some truth that will banish the power of the ghost, let the character see themselves clearly for the first time, and show them what needs to be done to live a better life in the future. This usually arrives right after that “Dark Night” moment, which is usually when the goal has been achieved or lost; the truth revealed in this moment will allow them to snatch victory from this darkest defeat, renew their courage, inspire them to soldier on and pursue the story goal once more.
NEW WORLDVIEW: This crucible of battle and revelation of truth changes them. They’re not the same person anymore. They’ve conquered the thing that haunts them, overcome weaknesses, have greater knowledge of themselves and life.
Okay! So how does this work? Let’s use Wreck-It Ralph, because I’m in the mood.
What is Ralph’s Goal?
A single medal will suffice. A tangible medal that we can easily envision. A specific medal, namely the one he got from Hero’s Duty. A medal that we can imagine him obtaining, bringing to the Nicelanders, and using to change his lot in life.
It’s easy to cheer on because it means Ralph doesn’t have to live in the garbage, alone anymore. We can relate to it, and cheer it on, because nobody wants to be alone (especially not while living in garbage).
And the stakes for this are obvious: ___.
Now how about what Ralph wants?
This medal is connected to Ralph’s ghost which is years and years of being the bad guy. The bad, unlikable, unloved, unworthy, friendless guy.
He thinks if he gets it, he’ll become the good guy at long last, and his loneliness and lack of self-worth will end.
How is this his saving grace? It immediately makes the audience empathize with Ralph. Everyone, at some point, has felt alone and unloved.
What about what he Needs?
Getting the medal doesn’t work out for Ralph. It doesn’t fix anything. What he NEEDS is this medal:
To become a hero, he needs to be the hero for Vanellope.
“As long as that little kid likes me … “
So these three are the destination. These are what everything is going towards. If you know these three elements, you’ll have a much better chance of an ending forming in your head. So take that annoying little liar voice.
You know what that voice looks like? Her. It looks like Umbridge.
Could I get a scenario and/or headcanons of the chocobros with a chubby s/o? Sorry if it's a weird request;; I need the self-esteem after being called fat a lot recently :,)
Noctis wouldn’t mind your size at all. If you take away the fact that he’s royalty, he’s acutely aware that he’s a total dork. So the fact that someone likes him for being himself amazes him. He knows you adore him completely, and he’s totally devoted to you. He always makes sure that you’re showered in love and attention and makes sure that people acknowledge you when you’re in social situations or meeting newcomers.
Prompto used to be bigger, so he knows the societal pressure that people put on you and he thinks it’s totally unfair. He loves every bit of you––your stomach, your thighs, your arms, and he tells you so every day. He loves taking photos of you and showing them to you so that you can see yourself through his eyes, and so you can see just how beautiful you truly are.
Gladio enjoys physical activity, but he never pushes you if you’re not into it. He doesn’t mind if you’re on the chubbier side, it’s just more of you to hold onto when you’re being intimate. He’s fiercely protective of you when it comes to your self-esteem issues and he’ll be the first to go after someone who says anything sideways in your direction. He just wants you to be comfortable in your own skin.
When Ignis goes blind, you get a little more self conscious because he’s touching you constantly. But he assures you that he absolutely loves your curves. He didn’t care either when he could see, which he reminds you of constantly, and enjoys indulging in rich foods with you whenever it suits your fancy. You enjoy food and Ignis enjoys cooking––really, it’s a match made in heaven.
To make things clear at first, everyone is free to post or reblog anything they want, but there are also some limits to everything you do. Especially when you are taking advantage of somebody’s image to glamorize things that shouldn’t be glamorized.
To all the
What you’re doing is not grunge.
First of all, Grunge is a musical genre, a rock music subgenre. It was a musical revolution that happened in the early 90s, led by pure and amazing artists.
Grunge was never about: Tattoos, peircings, polaroids, pastel, fishnet stockings, blood, nudity, self harm, wanting to die, hating your parents, toilets, flowers, abandoned houses, walls with depressing quotes written on them, cigarettes, aliens and all those strange things you like to post
Second of all,stop using Nirvana/Kurt Cobain as your aesthetic. Just stop it. Why are you glamorizing his depression and his drug use? What do you find amusing in the story of a man who suffered a lot and ended up dying of mental illness? Let him rest in peace! Kurt Cobain had some fucking dignity and he didn’t die to have his pictures posted in some blog just because it looks “cool” and “aesthetic” for some edgy teens, or find Nirvana t-shirts, or even worse, his suicide note, worn by some hipster douchebags. He was a great artist and a wonderful human being and that’s how we should remember him.
By using Nirvana/Kurt Cobain as your aesthetics, you are:
Making Nirvana seem extremely overrated
Making Nirvana seem as the only grunge band to ever exist but in reality there are tons of other bands who definately should be recognized like Alice In Chains, Soudgarden, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Melvins, Tad and a whole bunch of 90s grunge bands who were great.
Making people believe that teens like to “listen” to Nirvana just because it seems cool and not because they are actually a great band.
Making people believe that Nirvana songs, or grunge songs in general are only about depression and teen angst
Making Kurt Cobain seem as a bad influence since you are only representing him as a self -loathing junkie who loves to whine about his depressing life and just a talentless fashion icon
Using Kurt’s image to glamorize drugs and suicide which is disgusting and very disrespectful
So please, stop associating your world with ours. I don’t really care about what you post. If posting the picture of a toilet makes you feel happy and edgy enough, then post the picture of the fucking toilet. But don’t post it under the “grunge” tag, unless you consider the fact that your “grunge icon” Kurt used it, which actually makes sense. Just leave us the REAL grunge fans alone, don’t associate your shit with us, because it’s simply not grunge.
And for anyone who’s reading this, please remember Kurt Cobain for what he truly was. Sure, his addiction and mental illness are a part of him and his image that we can’t deny, but he was also a talented artist, a big music icon and a source of inspiration for several artists. His music may not mean anything for some people, but it saved the lives of other people and changed it for the best. I, as a Nirvana fan, can proudly say that discovering his music was the best thing that happened to me in many ways. And besides, he was a major supporter for women rights and his quotes are still relevant to this day.
Don’t remember him as the person that “grunge” blogs are presenting, because that person was never the real Kurt Cobain.
wheres jungkook manliness (concept like Dope) nowadays i just really want a jungkook manily concept ugghh (cry's in fangirl language) i feel like us jungkook biased fans and jimin would REALLLY (wiggles eyebrows) appreciate it♥i think we can all agree jimin dies for jungkook manliness or i am not a bts fanatic <3i need it NOW gimme it PLEASSSSSSSSSSSE bts compnay cordis people who control thier mv concept SOMEONE SOMTHING helpahhhurggh
Have we talked about this scene yet? Because I want to talk about this scene and why it’s important that this is the memory Steve is thinking about right before he has to face the Winter Soldier again.
We all know how out of place and unhappy Steve feels in modern society. The moviedoesn’t make any bones about it. Even though good ol’ Cap exudes positivity, we see how he uses his time. When he’s not at work for SHIELD, he’s grasping at straws, trying to catch up, trying to make sense of how he fits in a world that’s moved on without him. When Steve starts to feel out of place even when he’s playing soldier for SHIELD, Sam tells him that he could do something different, anything at all; but Steve looks blank. Sam asks him what makes him happy, and Steve doesn’t know.
The only thing that keeps him going is knowing that his sacrifice helped save the world. As he says to Peggy, he always wanted to do “what was right,” and at least he can take some comfort from the fact that he helped save countless lives from Hydra by losing everything that meant a damn to him.
That is, until he and Natasha find Zola in the underground bunker and they find out that Hydra is still alive and well – thriving, even – within the ranks of SHIELD.
This is the moment Steve learns he gave up his life for nothing.
So. The flashback scene.
I’ve heard some people say that they think the scene is extraneous. That it’s enough to know that Bucky and Steve were friends way back when, only Bucky doesn’t remember (and if you want more skinny!Steve and scenes of Bucky and Steve being chummy, go back and watch The First Avenger). On the surface, it may seem like this scene is rehashing old territory, but it’s actually telling us quite a bit more than that.
Bucky is walking Steve home after his mother’s funeral, and Steve is obviously vulnerable and shaken. His parents were the foundational figures of his life, and they’re both gone now. Before Bucky can even get the question out, Steve rejects the idea of moving in with Bucky. He insists he can get by on his own. Then he fumbles clumsily in his jacket looking for his key, but he can’t find it. Bucky casually picks up the spare and hands it to him.
It’s such a simple gesture, but the camera focuses in on that key like it’s the freaking Tesseract. Why? Why is this moment with Bucky so prominent in Steve’s thoughts? Why not something out of their days together with the Howling Commandos? Or why not something from when they were kids running around on the playground?
This moment is an echo of exactly what Steve’s feeling in the future: lost and alone. Everything that means home is shut behind the locked door of time (or a coffin lid).
But against all possibility, Bucky is alive. And, to Steve, Bucky doesn’t just have the key back home, he is the key back home.
“I can get by on my own.”
“But the thing is, you don’t have to.”
Suddenly that promise is everything. If Bucky is still alive, then Steve isn’t alone. He didn’t make a mistake putting the plane in the water. There’s a meaning for him to be in this time and place, and Bucky is that meaning. That’s why Steve has to believe Bucky will remember, why he desperately doesn’t want to fight him. Steve wants them both to be able to go home again.
One way or another throughout his life there’s a number of people whose lives he had made some impact to. There are people he saved and lives he changed.
He saved Kuga from a dark path and from a world ready to swallow him. His dazzling light was kept and he was pointed to a safe place - in the arms of the person he loved.
He met the love of his life through Yashiro. And way way back, Yashiro sacrificed himself and was left with no choice but to follow a dark path to save Kageyama from sorrow. He has done so much for Kageyama. I sometimes think that aside from his fear of rejection he never dared let his feelings be known to Kageyama because he wants to save Kageyama from himself - a self he believes to be twisted. He wanted Kageyama to live a happy and normal life with a person who is his light. And he remained to be the friend protecting Kageyama in the shadows.
In Yashiro’s own signature twisted way, he saved Nanahara years ago. And through that he gained a loyal subordinate. And even when he is heavily wounded he still left the hospital immediately to search for Nanahara and to stop his idiot subordinate from whatever plans he has that could endanger his life. They went into that car chase with chestnut dudes because he wants Nanahara alive.
I just have a feeling that in this man’s dark and notorious past, Yashiro in a way has saved him as well. In that past where he is drowning in despair, pain and anger with the deaths of people important to him, Yashiro entered in his life and stirred up things. Yashiro has a part on why this man has mellowed down through the years.
Yashiro saved Ryuuzaki’s ass from Hirata’s clutches. He at least escaped instant death from Hirata’s hands (and hopefully he doesn’t die). And by his request Yashiro will also save his woman.
He saved her from the years of guilt over what happened in the past making her realize that her brother doesn’t hate her and has not totally thrown away his family. Through that she and her brother reconciled and she was able to look forward to a life with happiness and hope. Yashiro even opened up to her about his past to make her feel that he can relate to what she is feeling.
They just had different ways of coping.
He gave him light and purpose. A meaning of existence for a man who has lost his will and was swallowed up by the guilt of the past. He made him reconcile with his family and with that he could have a place to go back to. He is keeping him from officially becoming a member and continuously giving him opportunities to get out of that world. He saved him from his greatest guilt and fear.
One of the very first posts I wrote for saezuru is this:
a child who needs a hug a person who needs love a human who needs understanding a soul who needs saving
I really want to see and witness that glorious moment when it is Yashiro’s turn to be saved.. from the prison of the past, from the cage of the present, and from the walls of a lonely future he has built around himself.
((A/N: So I had to edit some of the request a bit to make it work and not be a two-parter, I hope Anon doesn’t mind too much. But mutant reader is always a fun one, so I don’t mind. It’s also my first go as writing for Logan, so be gentle!
Can I get a Logan x (mutant)Reader, where the reader thinks that Logan hates her since he’s always so rude and gruff and yells at her during missions, so she keeps her distance from him, eventually deciding to leave the X-men. And then when Logan realizes that she left, and why she left, he goes to get her and bring her back home? Lots of angst, then ending in fluff? Fighting and love confessions? Could you make it work? Or is it too much?? Sorry to be a bother!
Pairing: Logan x mutant!Reader
Word Count: 2.7k
Warnings: Language, clearly. ))
“Really? You thought just shootin’ shit with electricity was the solution here?” Wolverine’s voice had risen to an unreasonable decibel level as he got closer, claws withdrawn but still clearly defensive.
Your eyes narrowed, fists clenched, “It was the only option! Iceman was out of the way and Shadowcat was already intangible, no one would get hurt!” Your own voice had risen to match his, stepping closer and closing the little gap that was left.
A/N: This was requested by an anon! I hope you all enjoy this! Feedback is welcomed and appreciated! I love you all so much! <3 <3
Chuck wasn’t one to visit his creations. He usually trusted the parents to do their jobs and raise them. Unfortunately, not every child had the best parents. It wasn’t that your parents were terrible, but that they were busy. Often too busy to hear your cries for attention. He was willing to make an exception for you.
Chuck padded up to your crib, putting a finger to his lips. Your cries for help subsided slowly. It was almost as if you knew who he was, but he knew better. There was undeniably something special about you and the way you reached out for him. He picked you up, cradling your small body in his warm arms.
He snapped his fingers, a small bottle of milk appearing on the changing table. He smiled at the way you eagerly accepted his offer of food. He looked in the direction of your parents, frowning as they started to argue. It was as if you were the least of their concern.
Bong Soon didn’t turn into a damsel in distress when she lost her powers and MH came to her rescue and I’m going to fight anyone who tries to say otherwise. The possibility of her losing her strength has been real since the very beginning and the fact that she lost it while protecting her best friend and when she finally accepted it is heartbreaking.
Just like Superman and other superheroes, BS has her own kryptonine; she isn’t all powerful or invincible and she can’t defeat all her enemies on her own, particularly a diabolical psychopath who is aware of her weakness. No man is an island - at some point in their lives everyone needs to be saved, but unfortunately, not everyone has someone who would. Bong Soon does have that someone, someone who is ready to risk it all for her just like she is for him and her best friend. Calling BS a damsel in distress just because she lost her strength and needs to be protected MEANS REDUCING HER WORTH AND POWER TO HER PHYSICAL STRENGTH, making her into a machine, taking away her humanity from her. I hate those people who do that and I have extremely low opinion of them.
She might have lost her physical strength but BS IS BY NO MEANS POWERLESS OR WEAK. Aware that she lost her super strength, she gets up on her feet, walks straight to that psychopath, TAKES THE LOADED GUN WHICH IS POINTED AT HER AND TRIES TO FIGHT HIM ANYWAY. That’s REAL POWER, THAT’S REAL COURAGE, THAT IS WHAT IS SO FUCKING BADASS ABOUT HER!
Would people be calling MH a damsel in distress if he needed saving and BS came to his rescue (which by the way, she did multiple times already!)? No, but they would call her badass then.
Who called Superman a damsel in distress when he was saved by Lois Lane, who called Healer a damsel in distress when YS saved him, who called City Hunter that when Nana saved him,… even the most powerful lose their powers at some point, but what truly makes them superheroes is that EVEN THEN THEY DON’T GIVE UP, LIKE STRONG WOMAN DO BONG SOON.