how do people come up with this stuff

baxernasty  asked:

Your art about Kellog is so cool! I got past the part where we face that guy just yesterday, I liked the conversation and the build up to it. Honestly, Kellog is one of my favorite villains of that game, devious and yet sympathetic. I really like your stuff about him possessing Valentine, I wish we'd seen more of that in game. Tell us, what do you think of Kellog?

aah thanks! im not sure how i feel about kellogg actually. i feel like i dont have a positive or negative feeling towards him. hes ok in my book. kelloggs a loyal and powerful guy, but gives his loyalties to the wrong people i feel, haha. guess that comes with being a mercenary i guess. idk, he makes a pretty good villain.

Drabble List

So I just finished posting the last of the previous volley of drabbles so I decided to come up with a new prompt list. It’s mostly a hodge-podge of stuff from my own brain or inspired by songs or different shows and stuff but there are some from other prompt lists so, if anyone wants me to give credit, drop me a message and I’ll be sure to do so.

  1. “If you had asked me to stay, I would’ve.”
  2. “You’re too good for this world.”
  3. “Could you be happy, here, with me?”
  4. “How long do we have?”
  5. “Do you think we’re bad people?”
  6. “How did we become this?”
  7. “I can hardly stand myself.”
  8. “Go to hell.”
  9. “I know it doesn’t seem like it, but I’m going to take care of you.”
  10. “There was a time before all of this.”
  11. “No one will ever believe us.”
  12. “Don’t come near me or I swear I’ll kill you.”
  13. “My hobby is making fun of you when you talk.”
  14. “I used to do a lot of things.”
  15. “It doesn’t matter. You’ve moved on and I have to be okay with that.”
  16. “Do you wish things had happened differently?”
  17. “Don’t you dare look him in the eye.”
  18. “I’ll be here as long as it takes.”
  19. “We were never meant to fight on our own.”
  20. “Something’s clearly wrong.”
  21. “There’s nothing I can do anymore.”
  22. “This is going to hurt.”
  23. “I don’t need to be the hero tonight.”
  24. “Am I ever going to see you again?”
  25. “We always have a choice.”
  26. “You’re holding back.”
  27. “I don’t want to feel like this tomorrow.”
  28. “Is that a threat?”
  29. “If you don’t like this world then change it.”
  30. “Are you kidding me? We’re not fine!”
  31. “You may be an idiot, but you’re my idiot.”
  32. “Keep your eyes on me.”
  33. “You can lie to yourself but don’t lie to me.”
  34. “I wish I couldn’t feel a damn thing.”
  35. “If you make one more stupid pun, I will literally stab you.”
  36. “I wasn’t going to mention it.”
  37. “I tried my best to not feel anything for you. Guess what? I failed.”
  38. “I’m here for you.”
  39. “What are you so happy about?”
  40. “That’s not what I meant and you know it!”
  41. “You’re putting words in my mouth!”
  42. “We have to stick together.”
  43. “We’ll get through this. I promise.”
  44. “Don’t leave me behind.”
  45. “What are you looking at?”
  46. “How did you find me?”
  47. “Who did this to you?”
  48. “I don’t want to be alone right now.”
  49. “I have to tell you something.”
  50. “I need more time.”
  51. “You deserve better than me.”
  52. “This isn’t fair!”
  53. “If you kill them, you’d better kill me too, because otherwise I’m going to kill you.”
  54. “Please don’t shut me out.”
  55. “You are my best friend in the whole world, okay?”
  56. “Don’t you dare die on me!”
  57. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
  58. “You’re out of your damn mind.”
  59. “No one can hurt me like you can.”
  60. “You are my sunshine.”
  61. “This is all my fault.”
  62. “Please, don’t cry.”
  63. “Maybe I can’t fix you but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try.”
  64. “You should see this.”
  65. “You make me feel invincible.”
  66. “I’ll keep you safe.”
  67. “Don’t look at me like that.”
  68. “Let’s do something crazy.”
  69. “We are not going to steal someone’s dog.”
  70. “Do you trust me?”
  71. “You don’t get to pick and choose. You’re stuck with me.”
  72. “You know I’m gonna win, right?”
  73. “Don’t underestimate what a person can do to protect those they care about.”
  74. “I didn’t mean what I said.”
  75. “Do you ever follow directions?”

anonymous asked:

Bucky, I'm guessing you fly a lot to missions and stuff and I have a 23 hour flight to New Zealand coming up. Any advice on how to not die of boredom?

1. sleep. 

2. sleep

3. read a book

4. read the briefing you were supplied with before takeoff, or you might ACCIDENTALLY CAPTURE THE WRONG BASE CLINT

5. bother the people sitting near you by singing dirty lyrics to songs they know and love, thereby ruining them forever

6. sleep

7. no matter how bored you get, DO NOT JUMP OUT OF THE PLANE


‘Well, I’ve lost most of my possessions… people take them and hide them, you know. But as it’s the last night, I really do need them back, so I’ve been putting up signs.’
‘How come people hide your stuff?’ Harry asked her, frowning. ‘Oh… well…’ she shrugged. ‘I think they think I’m a bit odd, you know. Some people call me Loony Lovegood, actually.’

Craft vs. Art

I was thinking about @jenroses’s answer about the arbitrary nature of what constitutes the line between fanfiction and original fiction, and I started thinking about how it relates to the supposed differences between craft and art, and also why doing something that’s considered more of a “craft” can sometimes be more creatively freeing than working on “art.”

Given that I do needle arts, this craft vs. art thing is an issue that comes up a lot. Crafts seem to be things that people classify as something to keep your hands busy. The implication is something small in meaning. “Not something that would go in a museum.” Pleasure, not “real work.” Cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, crochet, quilting, weaving (basket and cloth), beading, but also woodworking and blacksmithing and pottery. These are all things that are seen to require skill to do well, but the end results are only rarely held up as examples of “art,” and are thus not often seen as truly creative endeavors by people outside that crafting community.

If the work isn’t seen as 100% the maker’s original idea, no working from instructions or patterns at any point, is it really art? they ask.

Does it matter? I counter.

When I started writing fic this past June, I hadn’t written fiction of any kind in 16 years. Nor had I drawn or painted. My artistic creativity, as I had been told to define it, had seemed burned out, gone, dead. All I’d been doing in those years (“all”) was extremely complex cross-stitch, temari (a Japanese form of geometric embroidery), and knitting. It was the temari that really grabbed me, so I worked hard enough at it that I started to get some recognition for making original pieces, which, in the temari world, means combining techniques that are centuries old in possibly novel ways, or at least novel colors. And at this point, people started asking me what it was that kept me coming back to temari. Why did I keep doing it, sometimes variations of the same design again and again? The answer I came up with was this:

I like the way temari sets up rigid constraints that you must work within (the geometric divisions, the stitching techniques), but then challenges you to be as creative as possible within those constraints. Sure, I did that particular pattern five times in a row, but each time I varied the colorway, or I explored how changing just one element would affect the overall final look. And that spurred me to greater and greater creativity.

Fanfiction is very much the same for me. Exploring how to be as creative as possible in a few areas while operating within a set of constraints is oddly freeing. I can experiment with changing just one aspect of canon and explore how that would change the overall dynamic of the established world, or I can push everything into an AU setting and work to keep the character dynamics recognizable even with everything else changed. And if creativity within constraint is what’s inspiring me to actually write/draw/stitch, I’m not going to look down on that.

Nor should anyone.

Blur that line in your mind. It’s all art. It’s the value judgements that are fake.

shieldposts  asked:

Humans as the greatest story tellers. Books are our main export. Our young making stories on the spot is fascinating. Human travelers paying for their passage on ships by telling their own fanfiction. Humans can share her a free drink in a car for a story.

Yes! And because of this we are exceptional liars. Like, im a novelist, everything i do revolves around storytelling. The thing is, no one saw it coming. We should have though. I was a but of a pathological liar as a kid. I was always making stuff up to see how much i could get people to believe.

Because of this i think humans would be both loved and feared. We’d be called the Deceivers and no one would know which of our crazy stories are true. That’s why aliens stopped invading. We told them all these stories about cryptids, the loch ness monster, ghost stories, and mixed them with reality. No one wants to know which is real

Best MIN YOONGI quotes of all time:
  • "I want to be a rock in next life"
  • "I am extremely unmotivated right now'
  • "Why I do not manage my body? Because I do not like exercising"
  • "I don't like to move or go out. I don't even like meeting new people"
  • "I've slept for about 20hours straight."
  • "My speciality is rolling around in bed on our days off. I'm really good at it"
  • "I'm good at doing..ugly stuff"
  • "That seagull over there has a gf but how come I can't get one?"
  • "We all look ugly in the morning"
  • "Suga, genius. These 2 words are enough"
  • "I'm such a man, I know how to put on a tie"
  • "I'm reech. I have chain."
  • "I always wanted to nap in a different country"
  • *V talking about the time he cut his own hair*
  • S: "This is 32nd time we heard this story"
  • JK: Rapmon hyung doesn't dry off his back after showering.
  • S: He says "It will dry off anyways so why dry it off". Then why live if you'll die anyways?
  • "I think I can live in America. using hand gestures"
  • "I drank a lot of Gatorade yesterday so my hair turned green"
  • "we all had six packs, but because it’s summer, all the chocolate has melted off"
  • *Jin singing the gwiyomi song*
  • J: </b> gwiyomi! Gwiyo-<p/><b>S:</b> shut up.<p/><b></b> "Hoseok, grill louder to assert dominance"<p/><b></b> "My hairstyle is like a wealthy housewife"<p/><b></b> *to jungkookie wearing swimming mask*<p/><b></b> "You look really ugly. You look like squidward."<p/><b>JM:</b> hyung i heard you were looking for me..I'm here!!<p/><b>S:</b> okay good, now go away.<p/><b></b> "Jimin's special ability is being really boring"<p/><b></b> "I always suffer because of jimin everyday"<p/><b></b> Same suga, same.<p/></p>
No, I won't date you.

I work in a movie theater and one day a few weeks ago I go into a theater. We do it a few times during the movie depending on the amount of people in the theater. All we do is check stuff like sound, framing, temperature etc. This particular movie had exactly one person in there. I walk across to where we are supposed to be. The boy who is in the theater calls out and asks me if I can go up to his seat. I tell him I can’t. So he comes down and starts asking me stuff like how old I am. I tell him 15 (actually 18). He asks if I have a boyfriend and I tell him I do(n’t). He asks how long we’ve been together and I say two years. He ends up cornering me and I am wondering if I am going to have to physically hurt him. I get away and I tell my fellow usher that I will not be going back into the theater nor will I be cleaning it. This guy waits for me in the lobby to walk past and he will not leave me alone. Finally Zach, my coworker comes up behind me and introduces himself to the guy as my boyfriend. THAT gets the guy to leave me alone but he called my work to find out what day I worked next????
My job mostly employs like high school age kids and people under 30. Our oldest no management person is only 32. We attract a lot of creepy guys who will harass the young girls and it’s awful. I love my coworkers because we are allowed to talk back to guest (to an extent) and they will stand up for you if you need it.

  • Bucky: I come in here, and the first thing I'm doing is I'm catching the sightlines and looking for an exit.
  • Tony: I see the exit sign, too. I'm not worried. I mean, you were shot. People do all kinds of weird and amazing stuff when they are scared.
  • Bucky: I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab or the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?
Headcannons of the children's future jobs

Enoch: Medical examiner working in a hospital morgue, he brings in hearts from home and put them in the dead people he’s working on and asks how they died; he’s the best in business!

Hugh: Bee keeper, he heard about the Save the Bees and now he picks up every single bee he sees. He doesn’t really have the stuff real bee keepers have but the concept still works, and plus he’s been yelling at everyone about how bees are important to the earth.

Emma: A welder, once her supervisor walked in and saw what she was doing and he freaked out. Bronwyn had to knock him out and Miss Peregrine has to erase his memory. Now sometimes she just does pottery instead.

Fiona: Owns her own botanical garden that people from miles away come to see. Emma came once and almost burned down the whole thing. Emma’s not invited anymore.

Horace: Owns his own boutique, it’s probably the fanciest in town. Enoch still makes fun of him for calling it a boutique bc he’s says it girly. Horace got back at him by sabotaging his overalls that needed fixing. Let’s just say Enoch got a warning for public indecency and wasn’t happy.

Millard: He’s a writer. He’s written everything from teacher text books to deeply written poetry. His biggest one yet was a short story he wrote about being invisible. All the normals who read and reviewed it just thought it was a big metaphor for being lonely or ignored. Which isn’t that far off I guess.

Jacob: Still isn’t too sure what he wants to do. He declined taking over the business of Smart Aid and was thinking of making a rival store but he couldn’t think of a good name. Right now he’s just sits home with Millard and “helps” him with his books. Millard has over 100 newspapers all circled with job offers and he puts them all over Jacobs room in hopes he finally gets a job and leaves him the hell alone.

Bronwyn: became a firefighter, she says that she finally became the hero she always wanted to be. She’s stronger than all the men on the crew (obviously) but everyone loves her. Once she’s gotten 12 calls in one week, all caused by Emma of course.

Olive: Though she’s isn’t old enough to have a job yet, she dreams about flying a spaceship. Miss Peregrine asked why she would want to do that since she’s already been so high in the sky. And she just responded with, no one would ever let me go that high with just my rope on my waist.

Claire: she claims she doesn’t need a job, that she will just live with Miss Peregrine all her life. Though that maybe true, Claire’s second mouth has a special talent. It has the best sense of taste in the world. Miss Peregrine has been testing it by putting in different spices and asking Claire what she’s tastes. So far she has gotten nothing wrong. Miss Peregrine thinks she might be the next food critic on that “Food show” Miss Peregrine has gotten good after watching Rachel Ray for 6 straight hours.

How We Did It - Immigration Stories

Illustrator Chelsea Beck worked with art director Ariel Zambelich, both on NPR’s visuals team, to conceptualize personal stories by their colleagues for Hispanic Heritage Month. The stories were compiled in this piece for Code Switch. We asked Chelsea how she and Ariel approached the look and tone of the illustrations.

How did you come up with the concept of these portraits?

My ideation process for stuff like this is a total mystery. I knew Ariel wanted the pieces to be stylistically similar to this illustration I did, but there weren’t many specifics beyond that. They didn’t even have to be portraits! Usually when I start any illustration, I do a read-through of the story and something will pop out. Luckily, each of these people had a super interesting story chock-full of visuals for me to draw from.

I’ve actually been playing a lot with using bodies/animals/shapes as frames for other illustrations. It’s not a new concept but it’s something I find really satisfying when done correctly. These stories laid the groundwork for who the authors are today- I thought it was fitting.

How much of a collaboration was there between you and the people in the portraits?

Surprisingly little! Their stories about family members or themselves were so powerful and well-done that I didn’t have many questions. Plus we’re in pre-election season so I didn’t want to go running around the office bugging everyone. All of the authors were nice enough to send me a few pictures of themselves that I could draw off of and I was good to go!

What was the biggest challenge?

The act of drawing the scenes in the portraits, and depicting such big events in these teeny tiny little icons. There was some back and forth with Ariel because maybe something would be totally illegible or a color wasn’t working or there was a perspective issue. She was super patient with me, though. From what I hear they were received well by my colleagues who shared the stories and their families which is what’s most important to me.


I really think the TCC needs a reform

Tbh, people who are in the TCC who want to share information and actually talk about Sociology and Psychology and are genuinely interested in crime legit need to either take over the TCC tag again or make a new one, because I’m gettin’ kinda sick of seeing:

a) People misunderstanding the purpose of the TCC and what it’s actually all about and thinking everyone has a serial killer fetish


c) Edgy 14-year-olds who want to be dark and the next best creepypasta so they write about how they want to fuck Eric Harris

Like, I want actual debates on crime and shit but lmao no it’s mostly just the above stuff. Someone needs to come up with a new tag for people to catch on to. It would be good.

I was online today and saw my coworker commented on this post (not shown) and I was appalled by the post maker. She made a status wondering why my store was closed at nine. It has quite a few commenters agreeing with the status maker how this was weird. Then I came across this comment. This is beyond entitlement. We’ve closed at 8 for three years now. It’s not our fault. We open at 8, close at 8. Maybe come in the 12 hours the store is actually open. I love how they not only assume we are lazy and don’t want to finish our shifts but that we close early and should get fined (which we aren’t closing early). If half the people that came up after closing looked at the hours on our window this stuff wouldn’t happen. Like this is the kind of person who will do something wrong in the store and then call corporate on you. I completely didn’t need this before my shift. :/

Tweek: Finally, someone starts asking the big questions.
Craig: Oh god, what have you all done?

Tweek: Okay, everyone always says it’s crazy, but I swear there’s weird shit going on around this town- no, not just South Park but the world. Ghosts and Aliens are my specialty, but I’ve researched everything from bigfoot, to Nessie, to Mothman, the list goes on. Sure a lot of it is caused by mass hysteria, but even then, it’s interesting how humanity has come so far yet still has so much interest in this stuff.
Craig: Which ones do you believe are real, and not just people losing their shit?
Tweek: Really quite few cryptids have enough substantial evidence to convince me of their existence. The chupacabra, for one, I really believe in. There’s just been so much evidence, unlike cryptids like Nessie, who was just a six-inch toy someone took a picture of. I mean, there are a lot of sightings, but I chalk that up to hysteria, too.
Craig: Tell everyone your personal favorite.
Tweek: Aliens!
Craig: Damn right.
Tweek: I’ve got a room on my side of the duplex dedicated to them.  
Craig: Do you really?
Tweek: Of course I do! One night, when I just moved in, I was watching the mountains out my window and I saw a UFO.
Craig: Shit no way. 
Tweek: I did! Everyone says I’m crazy, but I know what I saw. I keep a telescope out that window, in case it comes back. 
Craig: Fuck, if you see it again come screaming into my kitchen. I wanna look. 
Tweek: You… you believe me? 
Craig: Of course, I wouldn’t have broken my leg over a ghost if I didn’t think it was there.

Tweek: Pfft, god. That was quite a misadventure. 

Dan & Phil Appreciation

Can we take a minute to appreciate

How they never use Click-bate
They don’t treat us like 12-year-old girls
They don’t like societys stereotypes
They work so hard and have little free time
They’ve been friends for over 7 years and care about each other
They respect our opinions
They openly support LGBTQ+ rights
They support gender equality
They interact with the fans a lot
They’re themselves
They don’t pretend to be people they’re not Even though they don’t upload 24/7 they’re still working in stuff for us
They came out with a book
They’re coming out with another book (pictures)
They’re on tour
Theyre STILL making videos
They do livestreams weekly to keep us updated
They made an APP
They did a radio show in the middle of all this
They also did an audio book

I feel like people don’t always give Dan and Phil enough appreciation or realize how busy they actually are.

(also can we appreciate how Dan said he would never put his Diss track on iTunes because HE DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE OUR MONEY)

anonymous asked:

I'm working on a fic in which Marinette learns how to design clothes around age 8-10. I've been doing research on how most people learn how to sketch designs and stuff and there's just a ton of different ways (tracing photos, starting with drawing basics like shapes, buying books with templates, etc.) and I'm not sure which would be most accurate. In my fic, Marinette will be taught by someone who has experience in designing, so how do you think they'd teach her?

That’s actually up to you to plot. Though Paris, or France, might ring the fashion bell in your mind, people are actually fairly normal when it comes to fashion.

So it really is up to the person’s motivation and talent whether or not they want to design clothes. It’s a hobby.

Now, if you’re talking about whether or not it’s easy to design clothes as a particular in Paris, there are indeed a lot of fabric shops in Paris, but more than ever in weekly markets (Internet might tell you about the Marché Saint Pierre in rue Charles Nodier but it, in fact, is pretty hard to find clothing fabric. It’s more furniture centre. I’d advise you the Marché Choisy le Roi, though it’s a bit far, or the Dreyfus shops) but it remains very very expensive in Paris, hence why the more geographically far Marché Choisy le Roi has more interesting prices. Sadly a lot of people are stopped by that.

After all, Paris is the capital of fashion, of course shops would make the most out of it.

Now if you’re thinking of Marinette learning on her own, the methods you listed are all good. Except tracing.

Think of fashion as not drawing perfect clothes like regular artists, but associating clothes and colours. You don’t need to draw perfect folds to make perfect outfits. But you do need anatomy to figure out whether your clothes can be worn or not. You need to be curious about the trends, about collections, about fabric.

But drawing is just a way to convey your ideas.

Now, if someone would teach Marinette… If you’re talking about an actual teacher that would be paid for it, that’s unlikely. Way too expensive for bakers, and very very hard to find anyway.

Now if you’re talking about someone who wants to teach little Marinette for fun, a cosplayer, or a seamstress, etc… that’s up to your plot, just the same way it would be legit to turn to online tutorials.

Now, if you’re wondering how that person would teach Marinette, they could start by teaching her how to sew manually, buttons or stitches, etc… Being between 8 and 10 years old is a bit too early to make full-blown clothes, to design any actual clothes.

No, Marinette would start with clothes personalisation. Adding buttons here and there, cutting here, sewing there, etc… But nothing very elaborated like embroidery.

Think of those girl toys for clothes personalisation. They’re amazing to use.

Then that person could teach her how to harmonise colours, maybe take her to the address aforementioned to show her the world of fabrics and all the possibilities she can play with. Fashion is concrete.

They could help her design her clothes ideas, nothing very elaborated still. And maybe at 12 or 13, even later, they could offer her a first sewing machine which they would then teach them to use, as well as teaching her about patterns which are pieces of fabric you sew together to make your clothes. Like… Sleeves on their own are a pattern you then sew on the clothe.

Whenever you see sewing on your clothes, patterns have been sewed together.

They’re not very easy to make though, so once again, it’s not easy for a 12 years old. Unless she’s determined to try again and again despite it being hard.

Nothing’s impossible!

It is important to note that not all sewing machines have the same abilities and require accessories you add to them little by little. There are beginner sewing machines, and more professional ones. So it’s pointless to go for very elaborated outfits with a beginner sewing machine.

For example, not all sewing machines can sew buttons. You need a special tool to add to the machine.

About the design drawings, you might want to know too that they’re usually not very detailed, and very scarcely coloured. You have a brief sketch with the overall look of the outfit, and then you staple to the drawing samples of the fabric you want for the outfit, and only when you really need detail do you draw in corners of the sketch little zooms of the details. Like lace, or pockets, etc…

Sometimes, if you’re all good with the fabric samples you stapled, colours aren’t even needed.

Now even more important:

Do not mistake fashion sketches and technical drawings

Fashion sketches are all about inspiration, that’s why they’re rough, quick. But sometimes you can find very very detailed fashion drawings. That’s all up to the fashion designer so long that there’s an end result, so long as it’s easier for you to make the clothe.

The reason why they’re not detailed is because the fashion designer gives their sketch to a designer whose job is to turn them into technical drawings with patterns to cut for the seamstresses. It’s not that fashion designers don’t know how to do that. No, you have to be a designer first before being a fashion designer, but once you get to work, you can’t do everything. You’re paid for ideas, not for sewing or detailing for people who know their job as much as you do.

This is a fashion sketch à la française

This is a technical drawing (dessin à plat or dessin technique in French, and what you called templates)

These are a 2 in 1 fashion/technical drawing

This is what you learn in fashion schools, but you need to know that all of this… Well these are just tools to help you, but fashion can be very very instinctive. Think of cosplay.

People don’t take classes to learn how to make their own cosplays.

If you work well with a method, the rest is details.

Hope I helped! And good luck for your fic :)

Announcement - Mini Hiatus

I’ll just make it now fuck it. 

So I’m super behind on tags. I miss reading fics to really read them for fun and not because I feel like I have to or people are gonna be mad at me. I miss writing for fun and not because I feel like I need to crank something out. So…as of now I guess you could say I’m taking a mini hiatus. I’ll still be writing. I’m still gonna do the challenges I signed up for. It’s just that the updates are gonna be probably much less frequent than what you’re used to from me. 

I’m also starting a new job on Monday come hell or high water. So I don’t know how much time I’m really gonna have to write at that point with training and all the stuff that comes with that. 

Tagging some people I guess to spread the word or whatever. I dunno. 

@nichelle-my-belle @oriona75 @katnharper @bringmesomepie56 @chaos-and-the-calm67 @chelsea072498 @impala-dreamer @deansdirtylittlesecretsblog @sis-tafics @leatherwhiskeycoffeeplaid @thing-you-do-with-that-thing

How the hell do people write fanficton.

I want to write so bad but I’m terrified that I’ll write out of character? I’m sitting here thinking up plots and AUs and ficlets and stuff that I’m so excited about, and I just can’t put words on paper (or a word document, heh).

What would ______ character do in this situation? I don’t know, I’m not them.

estelle-princess-of-gondor asked:

I’m writing a story, and one of my characters is a genius when it comes to battle strategies and such. The problem is that I am not at all a genius. I read books that have have a scene in which a complicated plan is played out and it totally floors the audience (for example, Woody’s plan at the end of the first Toy Story movie). How do authors come up with things like this?

This is a really great question, and I FEEL it, because I’ve often found myself in plotting pickles when it comes to coming up with things like fight and battle strategies. So, how do writers come up with this stuff?

1) Some people are just naturally good at it. These people may not all be geniuses, per se, but their brains are wired in such a way that strategy is something they can do very well.

2) Some people have built up the knowledge. These people spend a lot of time reading about battles and fights, watching documentaries and movies about them, and visiting battlefields and battlefield museums. They have absorbed so much information about real battles, it’s very easy to apply that logic to a fictional situation.

3) Some people are lucky enough to know people like 1 and 2, and so their help is enlisted in coming up with the necessary strategy. If you look in the acknowledgements of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, for example, you’ll see many thanks to people who helped her with some of the strategic things that were vital to the plot.

4) Some people do a metric eff ton of research. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of information out there about military strategy, fight strategy, and just about every other strategy you could want to know about. See, the thing is, none of it is random. There are specific techniques and theories that come into play in every kind of strategy, whether that’s fight moves or theories about how to turn battle odds in your favor. If you look hard enough, you’ll probably find strategy information that you can apply to your story.

5) Some people use a combination of the above.

6) And, finally, some people just brute force it. In other words, they figure out what pieces they’ll need and turn them over and over again until they find a way to get them to work together. This sometimes requires drawing crappy maps or things that look like a football play, or acting things out with the helpof others. This latter method is one I’ve done a few times myself. “Okay, Dog, you’re Character A. Pillow, you’re character B, and flat Diet Pepsi, you’ll be the bomb that needs to be diffused…” ;) 

So, the key to all of it, I think, is to just be patient. Use the resources that are available to you, and if you need to, go out and find more. Don’t be afraid to talk to people. Look for blogs and other writers who might be willing to ask a few questions. The folks at @howtofightwrite are an excellent resource, and you can learn a lot just by sitting down and sifting through their archive. If you can think of any movies that might have similar fights, heists, battles, etc., sit down and watch a few. Pay attention to the strategies used and take notes. Or, do a little digging around and find real life examples. Just reading or watching documentaries online about them can give you a lot of helpful information. :)

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My Secret pride.

I have a secret to tell: My greatest joy from running this blog is when people following this blog take heart in what I say. Because if it were only about the imagery of knights and armor, etc, I wouldn’t be here anymore. Or I’d have only a passing interest.

But in a world where all things are grim, and much of the stuff here on this site seems built to break people down, I wanted to make something to build people up by giving them the best example I could provide. After nearly two years, I think I’ve done that, and I’ll continue to do that for years to come.

Thank you guys. I love you, and I hope you know how proud I am of all those of you struggling to walk the righteous path with me. I know you all have the fire of the light in you. Keep it burning bright and true.