calumniouskinfolk  asked:

Hiya, great blog, is it always best to have a story plotted out first? As in, would it make it more difficult to start a story with no idea where it's going and see what happens?

Thank you for the compliment! 

Whether or not to plot beforehand, and how in-depth a story is planned out first, is unique to the writer, and there’s no one way to do it. Some people plot everything down to the scenes and some people just start with the main idea and run with it. 

There are pros and cons to both.

Some people find planning out the entire story to be too constricting. Knowing the ending bores them, and may make them feel like the story is already told, and not worth looking into anymore. Sometimes, it’s hard to motivate yourself to write thousands of words about something you yourself already wrote out in an outline. There’s no more surprise or discovery in it.

On the other hand, plotting first can make for a less confusing rough draft. It can also keep you on track with the story, especially on those days when you’re not motivated to figure out what to write next. Plotting can also be much less static than many people seem to think.

Picking an idea and running with it, learning the characters as you go and then deciding what they would do and what should happen around them, is another perfectly good way to write. It allows freedom, excitement, and discovery. It sets your writing brain free and can result in amazing ideas.

However, this kind of writing results in messy drafts, info dumps that have to be trimmed out, and long ramblings that often don’t follow the plot or character arcs meant to be in the story. 

It can be confusing to read as well, as once you begin to edit you might not even remember where a thread was supposed to be going and if all of your threads end up a little under-developed, it might even be hard to decide which ones to keep, what they have in common in the first place, and what the actual story was supposed to be about. 

Once people understand the pros and cons of both polar-opposite methods, a lot of people cobble together their own way of plotting and end up with something in between. 

I can’t tell you exactly what will work for you, but I know what methods I use.

For the overall story, I am a huge fan of the seven-point method, which you can read about here. Setting just seven points ensures your story will have a natural arc while also giving you leeway everywhere else. 

For that ‘everywhere else’ I love using problem/solution. This method is understanding your character and their world well enough to understand the inherent problems that can build up around them. You then pick a problem to have the character deal with first and allow them to work through a solution. That solution then brings about another problem for which they then find another solution. 

This should go on and on throughout your story, in subplots and in the main plot. Remember though, there should of course be some downtime between problems in order to keep your tension ebbing and flowing. 

If you’re curious about learning different ways to outline, there’s tons of advice out there, too! If you do decide to put together your own way of plotting, my advice would be to read all that you can about outlining and plot structure. 

Your brain will hold onto what it likes and discard what it doesn’t. With a bit of trial and error and curiosity about the process, you’ll be able to find your own way through outlining!

I hope this was helpful! If you have any more questions let me know. 

Happy Writing!

anonymous asked:

kinda sorta urgent? my gender is super super confusing and i think it might even be changing but i don't know for sure the only thing i really think i know for sure is that i'm more comfortable saying i'm nonbinary than anything else, is that enough to id as nonbinary? i think it's really the best i can do to find an answer but i'm scared it's not enough and that its not valid if i can't completely understand my gender and don't feel completely certain as to what i am and i'm really lost rn

Ari says:
If you’d prefer, there are totally specifically for people who don’t really get their gender. But it’s also super duper valid to just id as nonbinary! I know lots of people who do that. Some people find specific labels validating, but others find them confusing or constricting, so you do you!

my man, my dude, my chum, my amigo, my pal, my friendo, my wife, look what i have constrocted for you



so i made this b c  i remember someone in the skype chat mentioned pirates n i was like “o shit”

and i mde this goat child for you this is why i should never ever get art block like god daaaamn whats goin on


I want to draw birb tone now it is time for the birb tone awakening

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As first seen on blog “YomanChic” here: Suede skirt and black tights

She is wearing tights similar here: Black Opaque Tights
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Site Write Day 29: Write an exercise in which you repeatedly use two different primary colors (red, blue, and yellow; I’ll also allow black and white). Describe these colors without naming them too often—and try to find effective synonyms for the colors without being too obvious about this disguise.

The walls of Silvermoon towered like curtains of fire around Aurelian, and he hated it. He had never liked the constricting walls of flame that circled around and hung from wind swept banners. Vermilion hues that matched the setting sun clashed with the gaudy nature he so swaggered with. 

He was adorned in true and proper colors. That golden presence matched only by the purity of his clothes fit snug and proper across his large body. Unlike the buildings around him it was as if to be bloodless, the alabaster fabrics radiating a holy intensity. The pale silks contrasted with the sun masonry, only accentuating his unique appearance that glittered as if thousands of jewels. 

As if an ethereal haunting ghost he moved through the winding streets of crimson, that ghostly allure of fabrics as if a shining star amidst a sea of blood. At least that is what Aurelian believed, so above the rubicund nature of the world around him. He was, he thought, a reminder of a better age and time. He had not clawed for scraps of power, stealing from porcelain figures that radiated purity within geometric shapes.

Nay, he was an Indaris. He was better then the knights dressed in ebony emblazoned with bloodshot wings. Power hungry mongrels, the lot of them. Let them dress in their sins so proudly worn as if a badge of greatness; that scarlet symbol so prevalent as to be almost laughable. Nay, his pallid adornment was far greater quality in both nature and character. 

“Vagabonds and brigands dressed so ruddily; much like the wild rose they are more thorn than beauty.” His pompous dismissal of them spoke much as to his own thoughts. Thus, satisfied with his own judgement of such florid characters, he continued his walk.

Something worth waiting for.

It has been a while since that night.

I have tired of writing about you

within the constrictions of period marks, 

that impose themselves 

like the points-of-view of my friends.

No matter how well my friends know me,

They just don’t know us.

Do you know that I wake up

every morning thinking of you?

I replay that night in my mind

at the most inappropriate of times.

I want to go back to that night

that silly night when I asked,

“Is there even something here to wait for?”

Then you kissed me. 

Then you fell off the couch.

You and I know no reason.

We are not bound by any etiquette.

I will send you little messages

whenever I please throughout my day.

And you will respond to my

clattering of inquiries

with eloquent paragraphs 

as beautiful as your mind. 

And I wake up every morning 

hoping for you.

Little Affectivity-Problem Things

* Copying other’s facial expressions
* Being told you’re rude for whatever reason
* Standing in front of the mirror, trying to look “normal”
* People believing you lie when you tell the truth
* People believing you tell the truth when you lie
* Laughing when others cry
* No one ever believes you that you like what they did for you- unless you hate it
* Looking bored all the time
* Getting punished for laughing at the wrong moment
* Others getting you wrong all the time
* Having to smile on photos… A nightmare
* “You don’t look surprised, how’d you know?” “I didn’t” “Yes you did, I see it”
* “You look bored, it was a bad idea from me to come here, right?”
* “You look sad, what happened?!”
* Generally all this “you look like”-stuff
* Getting red when you’re not embarrassed
* No one believing you that you’re not
* People saying you seem cold


Smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

The smooth greensnake is a nonvenomous North American colubrid. It is a slender, “small medium” snake that measures 36–51 cm as an adult. It gets its common name from its smooth dorsal scales, as opposed to the rough green snake, which has keeled dorsal scales. It is found in marshes, meadows, open woods, and along stream edges and is native to regions of Canada, Maine, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Texas, Michigan and northern Mexico. A non-aggressive snake, it seldom bites and usually flees when threatened. Smooth green snakes mostly eat insects and spiders, including spineless caterpillars, harvestmen, moths, ants, snails, worms, and slugs. While hunting, it uses both chemical and visual clues to find prey, and kills with a strike instead of constriction.

photo credits: HediBougghanmi2015, Don Becker, atrahamrepol