axe falls

Be cruel to your characters.

Let bad things happen to good people. Let your characters try and fail. And try again. And fail again. Let them be betrayed in the worst possible way. Let them betray others because they have no choice. Force them into situations that make them uncomfortable. Force them to argue or fight or bargain their way out. Drive them to the brink of insanity. Push them over the edge. Take everything away from them. Let them realize what they’ve lost.

Be kind to your characters.

Let faith and perseverance win out. Let love be enough. Let the Sun dry up the rain. Give them friends who will never leave. Let someone save them before the axe falls. Acquit them of false accusations. Give them the strength to stand up again. And again. When they’ve lost hope, give them something to believe in. Remind them there’s good in the world. Remind them there’s good in them, too. Surprise them. Make them laugh until they cry. Teach them that they can’t be broken.

Most importantly: balance.

Even the darkest tragedy has its moments of light; if your reader has no hope that things will get better, if your character doesn’t learn or become stronger for their suffering, the story becomes meaningless pain. Likewise, not only is it unrealistic for a character to go through life never encountering conflict or sadness, it’s boring. Not every conflict has to be life-or-death in order to be meaningful. Give your characters and your plots high points and lows; just make it real for them.

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i was playing animal crossing with @horrifichymns and this happened

,,except it was an axe

So I see some of this “Famous Last Words” stuff going around Tumblr. How bout I give it a go?

Niiiiiiiiice! I get to die in a pretty badass way. Hey, Violet, I wonder what yours’ll be?

*tears up*

VIIIIIIIOOOOLEEEEEET

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO MEEEEEE

YOU ARSE

HOW DARE YOU DIE IN SUCH AN AMBIGUOUS WAY

WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS THIS SUPPOSED TO MEAN

THIS IS SO VAGUE

THAT COULD LITERALLY BE ANY SITUATION

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH

@omegaversethings

“Dashing through their ranks,
On a frantic, frenzied slay,
Slicing at their flanks,
PICK A GOD AND PRAY!

Swords and axes fall,
The enemy takes flight,
How good it is to for us to call
Critical quotes tonight!

Oh, For Ylisse! Let’s make a scene!
You’re already dead!
It’s squashing time! How well will you die?
Don’t look down on me!
Gregor smash! Have some death!
Time to tip the scales! 
Your end has come! I’ve had enough!
PICK A GOD AND PRAY!”

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Burn Notice has a made-for-tv movie about the backstory of Sam Axe, played by Bruce Campbell, star of the cult classic Evil Dead series.

About 50 minutes into this, he picks up a chainsaw, throws it down a cliffside, where it crashes through the window of a car filled with hostile soldiers. At which he says, “Very groovy!”

I’m somewhere between disbelieving laughter and disbelieving screaming, and I love it.

i want to make a club for dysphoric lesbians club motto is ‘i am uncomfortable with how my body is perceived by others and by myself thanks to society’s conditioning but im not going to let it stop me from having a gay old time’ dress code is leather jackets with patches and sunglasses and when medical science allows it members with a uterus/ovaries that they didnt ask for and dont want will give them to members who want them

whos in