i am not creative about posts lol

anonymous asked:

So I am super in awe of your ability to write so much, let alone so well. Do you have any tips for getting into a writing habit? / How do you keep yourself accountable for updating and the like?

Hmmm

In the past I’ve generally said it’s not a good idea to learn how to write as much as I write, because being this prolific is usually a sign that something else isn’t going so great in your life BUT ACTUALLY I do have some tips lol.

Feel free to ignore them. These will not apply to everyone, and you are not doing anything wrong if you’re not already doing them or just plain don’t like them. <3 Being a great writer has never been predicated on writing every day, and that’s the plain and simple truth.

But here’s how I do it:

* I have a monthly wordcount. It used to be daily, but this didn’t work because I have chronic illnesses that sometimes make it impossible for me to write several days in a row. My monthly wordcount is 25,000 words per month. Last year, and for the years previous, it was 50,000 words a month. Yes, I did a NaNoWriMo every month for three years. Do I recommend this to others? No.

* I don’t add up my words per day, I add them up per chapter. That’s satisfying for me. But it also makes me feel accountable re: my writing in that, I can’t make 25,000 words if I work on like….fifteen different chapters and don’t finish any. So I have to finish chapters. That’s the rule.

* Plot out my stories or my big stories for the year. I like to know where my output is going. I know I want to be putting a certain amount of words into four different projects. There’s room for movement. But I stay accountable because I know what I’m meant to be working on.

* Er, guilt. Never underestimate the power of guilt when you think ‘shit I haven’t posted a chapter in a while :/ :/ :/‘ this is apparently something that makes me write things. It’s not healthy, lol. I mean it’s not terrible? I care about the people who read my stories and I want them to enjoy what I’m doing, and that’s like…pretty normal if you’re creatively minded and want to share that kind of stuff with people. But guilt can be pretty crushing, I don’t recommend it.

* I’m meant to take five days off for every 25k I write. I play hooky with this all the time, especially if I feel guilty about not posting enough (I am currently resisting taking a break right now lol). But anyway, scheduling breaks is important. I have other things I love! I want to do those things too.

As for tips re: how to get into a writing habit. My advice for that is actually different to what I do now. Writing is like…flexing a mental muscle. I might be at a level where I’m powerhousing in the gym every day, I’m not going to tell everyone else to do the writing equivalent of two hundred sit ups if they can only manage three.

So here’s some advice on how to get into a writing habit:

* 100 words a day, over 100 days. Or 50 words a day, over 50 days. This is great. This is great for writers who have forgotten to write, this is great for newbie writers, it’s great for people who want to write and don’t know how.

Here’s the thing, you write 50 words a day for 50 days, you have a nice little hashtag/goalpost if you want them. It’s doable for most people. Also if you’re having a good day, chances are you’ll write a lot more than 50 words. You can alter this if you’re disabled or have different needs. Maybe it’s just 50 words a day on weekdays, or 100 words a day on weekends. Or 50 words a day when you have spoons.

That’s about flexing your writing muscles when they are little and need some stretching. You learn how to do the push ups before you do even one, let alone a hundred, and exercises like this are great, even if you totally abandon them later on, because you can trust in your output.

* Like to get in the deep end? NaNoWriMo. Supportive communities, accountability in general, and a sense that you’re not alone and everyone is struggling like you are, lol. Except for that one person who is done in three days. Ignore them.

* Consider writing some stuff that you can finish. A lot of people want to write a novel, but it will be fun to write some poetry, short stories, drabbles, novellas etc. that you can finish faster, and get a sense of accomplishment for. Writing can be very lonely, and it can lack validation, so it helps to build in a sense of achievement and accomplishment. Some writers do it through wordcount, but honestly, finishing things is pretty amazing. Even if you don’t like it, if you finished it, that’s awesome.

* Look up some writing blogs and websites. Get overwhelmed. Feel like you’re doing everything wrong. Then take a deep breath and sigh out every shitty thing you read and remember the two or three things you were really excited about trying. Try them. Ignore everything else.

* Consider prompt communities. They can be amazeballs. 

* If you’re someone who likes accountability, and are in fandoms big enough for this, consider signing up to Big Bangs and Exchanges. These can be very stressful for people so obviously YMMV (I don’t do these myself), but what they provide is a sense of community (this is important) and they provide deadlines. Doesn’t mean everyone always sticks to them, but it can be quite motivational. Especially if there are Tumblrs / DW sites etc. associated with the Exchange where you can see others struggling as well.

* Take breaks. And don’t just take breaks when you’re burnt out (I learned this the hard way). Take them when you’re inspired. This last bit is something I have always struggled with. I have always grown up believing that if you feel motivated and inspired to write, then goddamn it, you should write!!! But over the years I’ve come to realise that sometimes you should let that energy stir excitedly inside of you and not write. And that will be when you rejuvenate yourself, and come up with new ideas.

* Try writing when you don’t particularly feel like it, but have the time. Sit there and say to yourself: ‘I’m going to try to do this, just one or two sentences, and if inspiration visits me, then cool, and if it doesn’t, then cool.’ This strengthens the writing muscle of cultivating inspiration by doing the work. No one generally likes strengthening this muscle, because it requires the most self-discipline. It’s the one that will pay off the most in the future. At least you’ll get a couple of sentences out of it. But if you really want to write more, sometimes you have to sort of…do that part of the exercise that is less fun but means you’ll have more capacity to create inspiration in yourself in the future. <3

* Ignore any writing advice that pulls you down or makes you feel like ‘I can’t do that, it’s too exhausting/draining/no one can do that.’ Including anything here. As with going to the gym, anything that taxes you too much straight away is not good for you or healthy. Start in a way that works for you, and be prepared to stretch yourself, but again, in a way that works for you. If you find yourself going gung ho into writing exercises and then losing all motivation for months afterwards, chances are, you went too hard, too fast. You did the equivalent of ‘going to the gym every night for a week after never having gone before, and then finding the experience so offputting you hate the gym.’

And if you go too gung ho into things and stop for months, give yourself permission to just start again, instead of telling yourself you’re a bad or lazy writer. I promise you, that you are neither of those things. (I don’t mean you specifically OP, I mean anyone reading this). Learning how to write is like…it’s hard to do, and we each have a unique formula for ourselves that takes time to work out. It’s only natural that we will find ways that don’t work for us more often than we find ways that do. Give yourself permission to give up on things, abandon exercises and stories, because as soon as you clear away that space, you’ll have more energy to try things in the future. <3

So, today I started a drawing I promised Melissa Errico. I sent her this progress photo and she liked it so much, that she posted it on social media lol. What really surprised me though, was that she told me to leave it like this. She said it has a vibe and that unfinished pieces of art have something fascinating. I thought about it and she’ right. I value her artistic input on my works very much. I never took any art classes, I am selftaught, so I gladly take new suggestions or creative ideas. I thought of using this trick of unfinished art for future drawings and see how it works.
I always make a light, rough sketch first and then make the lines I wanna use darker and more precise. The more I look at this pic, I find it really appealing to only highlight the important parts. I might work on improving that when I get back from NYC.

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I’m a creature of habitual lateness (”Late again, sir.”) and so here I am now.

Hi Kingsman fandom <3 I’m Tara (21) and I joined the fandom after watching K:TSS but really only started to engage in stuff a year ago. 

How excited am I that Kingsman has a sequel and it’s only a fucking month from now? VERY. I guess all of our fueled effort and thousands of fix-it fics and fan arts made that happen? But anyway, I digressed. 

You can normally find me sobbing in the corner or making posts about kingsman/hartwin/the cast or the occasional fic rec or really just flailing. I wanted to make my blog a semi-archive full of awesome works (so that I can regularly come back to) but it got slightly out of hand lol. 

I’m honestly honoured to be friends with a group full of creative, kind, open and loving people. You guys are truly the best folks I’ve ever talked with. 

Here are my fav peeps/blogs and if I forget to tag you it’s bc I just woke up and am a bit disoriented (the existence of typos will be your clue): @rouge-winter @lloydoholic @faedreamer @nahrky @spockri @daddygraves @sententiousandbellicose @elletromil @colinfirthfanart @kingsmanhartwin @aestheticbywesanderson @hisreindeerjumper @potentiality-26 @saucefactory @liprouvaire @ripleyholden @ripgalahad @mannersmakethmoi @pemberley-press @hellahartwin @unwinthehart @firthermore


here i am in my natural element (or just simply thinking about colin firth):

ibreathekaisoo  asked:

post ten facts about yourself and pass it on to ten faves 💕💕🙈😍

Thank u my precious bby 😍😍

Okay another ten facts 😂

1. I love creative drama 😍 and theatre ahh ❤❤
2. I hate shopping. Especially for clothes. What kind of woman i am? Lol
3. I love travelling and wanna visit India and Australia the most.
4. I love reading about zodiac signs and i can tell i’m definitely a sagittarius hahaha. My favorite zodiac signs are capricorn,gemini and leo ^^( and also my besties’ zodiac signs whoop)
5. I love reading. I spent my money on books and i visit libraries sometimes.
6. I love watching movies and documentaries. Especially about true crime..
7. I adore animals 😻 I love animals more than people ( sorry 😂 )
8. I wanna meet Kaisoo one day and i would be so happy if i could go an Exo concert
9. I think inner beauty is more important. And i cant understand why people adore outer beauty that much.
10. And i’m an English teacher 😁

One Year

Okay, so I don’t know how many of you know this or remember but on December 8 it will have been exactly one year since I posted my first Reader Insert fic on my old blog. I had all of 12 followers when I posted my Amnesia Series (LINK HERE) and I was terrified, scared to death becasue I have been told all my life that I’m not creative and that I’m only good at numbers and that type of stuff. I had started writing fanfic the summer before with an OFC, but reader inserts were so daunting and scary, I didn’t think I could do it, and I really had no idea about Tumblr.

Since then I have not been able to stop writing, and even when I don’t post for awhile, I’m still dabbling around. I written a lot of stuff I never thought I would be able to write (smut definitly comes to mind lol). I’ve also completed quite a few fics that I am truely proud of. It is really surreal that it has only been a year. I honestly don’t remember what I used to do with my spare time and I don’t remember what I did before I met so many amazing people with so many amazing stories (life or fic) of their own.

In the last year I have met so many fantastic people. So many awesome, amazing people that I am so proud to call my friends. I love all of you, even if we don’t talk every single day, even if we haven’t talked in a month, I still consider you a friend. I know I’m going to miss some people below, but know that I still love you, I still appreciate you, I’m just a scatter brained person who can’t think half of the time. But here we go, a special shout out to the following peeps…

@writingaworldofmyown- Sarah, dear, none of this would have been possible without you. Yeah, I was a nerd but I didn’t know what fanfiction was let alone what a fandom was. You are my best friend, I miss living with you so much and our fangirling moments. Literally you are one of the most important people who have come into my life and I am honored to have you as my friend.

@trash-trashaf- Steff, for those of you who don’t know is my real life little sister. She encourages me so much. She sits there paitiently when I’m going nuts with ideas. I love you girl.

@deanwinchester-af- Elsie, my boo, you were my first tumblr buddy. Your seven day challenge was the first challenge I did and gave me enough confidence to write and plan out series. You are literally one of the sweetest people I have ever met. You are so encouraging and kind and the master of fluff and every time I read your stuff I’m a giggling mess. 

@the-mrs-deanwinchester-Kathryn!! You inspired me to write a lot of my fics. I look up to you so much and you have always been there for me when I need you. I know we don’t always talk as much as we used to but your still my bae and ily girl.

@nichelle-my-belle- Nichelle, I know we don’t talk a lot but I feel kinda this comradery with you becasue we were guppies at the same time and we had a ‘few’ gif wars lol. I admire your writing so much, you’re angst and smut are the bomb.

@sherlock44 - Amanda, literally the sweetest sweetheart to ever exist. You are so kind and such a cheerleader. I seriously remember when you rebloged my first fic and I think you were the first person who ever asked me for a tag. I haven’t talked to you in awhile, so I hope school is going well. I know you are kicking ass and taking names.

@winchestersnco- Erin! You are amazing. You are such an amazing writer, such an amazing person. There are not enough words in the world to describe you. Thank you for being there, being supportive, letting me vent to you and being there at 3AM when I have a random thought or there is a mouse in my house.

@bloodysideofhell-I swear to Chuck you are my long lost sister. I enjoy your fics so much, I enjoy talking to you, your angst kills me slowly and I love it. Your random puns and gifs never fail to make me laugh.

@torn-and-frayed-Steph, my dear. I love how you are funny and sarcastic. I love your fics and your angst and just what an awesome person you are. 

@bandobsession98- Rach! ily girl. It sucks becasue of timezones, but I absolutly love to talk to you and I love how we have absolutley no shame at all when we do lol. I know you are a Sam!girl, but I will forgive you this once lol

@salvachester- Scar! You are so sassy and helpful and perfect. I love how you add to porn battles and honestly when I post something angsty or smutty I look foreward to your reaction. Every time I write angst I actually edit it thinking ‘is this worthy of Scar Tyra-ing it?’

@eyes-of-a-disney-princess-Alright, I got to keep this to a reasonable length so let’s just cut to the chase…You are awesome (I could go on for days). Like I wish one of us would have bucked up and started talking to the other months ago. I look foreward to our porn battles, I adore you and your writing. I love, love, love talking to you everyday. I legit miss you when I don’t hear from you and I always love how there is zero off limits when we are talking or tagging. 

And a special shoutout to some people that I talk to occasionally, that I consider friends, that I admire and love and look foreward to getting to know better in the future @callmesweetheartifyoumeanit, @oriona75, @leatherwhiskeycoffeeplaid, @deansdirtylittlesecretsblog@percywinchester27 , @deandoesthingstome, @writingbeautifulmen, @chaos-and-the-calm67, @thing-you-do-with-that-thing, @idreamofhazel, @mrswhozeewhatsis, @winchesterenthusiast, @fabulouslyboredeveryday, @vintagevalentinexx, @adriellej, @kas-not-cas, @kazchester-fanfiction, @ackleholic96 @i-have-loved-a-thousand-lives and I’m 100% sure there are a couple people I am forgetting at the moment. But thank you all!!!

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I said i was gonna wait to post my follow forever till towards the end of the playoffs and this is close enough so here we are. It’s been an amazing season and i’m glad to have gotten to know so many of you. 2100+ followers i don't deserve but it’s one of the few things that make me happy so thank you all! 

also special thanks to t-o-ews for helping with the graphic

now i’m probably gonna go on for too long about some people bc i cant shut up sometimes so the rest of this is gonna be in a read more

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“a mix about a woman who could leave the walls of fear behind, and step out into the sunlight. she’s out of darkness.” ( listen here )

01. lost along the way - john nordstorm 02. help, i’m alive - metric 03. human - christina perri 04. bones - ms mr 05. youth of america - birdbrain 06. unbreakable - firelight 07. not gonna die - skillet 08. everybody’s fool - evanescence 09. she has no time - keane 10. something to die for - the sounds

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I have this video bookmarked. It’s a kid who tries every day for a year to throw a spoon into a cup behind him. Sometimes he gets close, sometimes it bounces into another cup nearby, one time he drops the spoon before he even gets the chance to throw it - most of the time he misses. When I first started watching the video, I was like, lol, this is dumb, why am I watching this. Then I got way invested. 

Because I started recognizing myself in this dumb exercise - pursuing a career in a creative industry, you’re going to fail most of the time and a couple of times you might get close and still fail, and if you do succeed, it’s a combo of dumb luck and persistence that got you here. And good luck making that happen a second time.

Today I got rejected from a thing. I get rejected from things a lot, actually, but I don’t post about them very often. Because I don’t want to remember that feeling, it’s not a very good feeling and if I can forget how rejection feels even a little bit, it makes it a lot easier to try things.

I think it’s helpful to read about people’s disappointments and rejections sometimes. It’s easy to look around at the things people are posting on Facebook and Instagram and think wow, they have it figured out, everything’s going awesome for them. I get messages sometimes from friends who I haven’t talked to in a while, “It looks like you’re doing great out in LA!” And I always think to myself, “Does it??? I feel like I’m doggy paddling furiously and barely keeping my head above the water.” And then I realize that’s probably everyone. We don’t post about rejection because it’s a bummer and not particularly inspirational and we’d rather just skip to the part where we succeed and casually say “There was a lot of rejection along the way, but I’m here now!” And I am not there right now. 

Anyway. I really wanted this thing that I got rejected from today. But it didn’t work out, and that’s okay. Apparently they liked me and they were just going in a different direction and there will hopefully be opportunities for me there in the future. All nice things to hear, and to be honest, I saw this one coming. It was always going to be a long shot, I’m happy to have made it this far in their consideration process.

But rejection still stings no matter how much you see it coming. So I’m kinda bummed today. It cool. I’ll be back to chucking spoons into mugs tomorrow.

anonymous asked:

Someone asked you how you would introduce Caroline to the Originals. Obviously you were vague because no matter how you want to serve it there is no right or logic plot to get Caroline there. So stop blaming the writers. Even creativity has its limits when a character doesn't belong somewhere.

As I have said I wouldn’t introduce her either. She indeed doesn’t belong to TO. Not while TO is such a mess (Baby, characters that have no purpose, ships that make no sense etc etc)

But creativity has nothing to do with it. A writer should be able to expand his/her view. Especially on a sci-fi/supernatural show. But this whole show was based on a vampire pregnancy that is basically a plot hole; There were no explanations given. No creativity behind it. It was just a stupid idea that was forced on the show because no one had the power to stop some people that were in charge. Simple as that.

But if you want to introduce characters, to have characters jump shows, to unite stories and plots and even to rectify damaged plots and cover plot holes all you have to do is think hard and work even harder. You need to have the will to produce something that will respect your canon mythology and the genre you are aiming at. And most importantly your viewers.

Your issue here was that in my other post I didn’t give a clear plot of how the writers could introduce Caroline to TO? And this is important or proves something because somehow I am what? A writer? A writer for TO? I work for CW? I assure you none of the above is happening (if it was no baby monstrosity would have happened on my watch lol)

So you have the idea that creativity knows boundaries?

Ok here then.

Plot 1: We do not know anything specific about Caroline’s father. We did know that he had left Mystic Falls and somehow in his travels he had managed to learn how to resist compulsion without vervain. The only human and not a supernatural being that was able to that on the instance of compulsion and to keep his free will completely intact. He was against vampires, he had his methods, he was the one that figured out immediately how to break Klaus’s sire bond. He had his own theories and shady past. And that was not that explored in TVD. Or at all. What if all that was somewhat connected with NOLA? What if he wasn’t the only one that could do that and there was something deeper and secrets behind it? A society perhaps? So here you could have not only a connection that would bring Caroline to TO but also a possible interesting plot.

Plot 2: Greetings from the dead. If I am not mistaken from what I have seen in comments and gifs Bonnie can see the dead from the other side. What if the Originals that died and can communicate with her try to pass some messages through her. Constantly and violently to the point even of her madness. So she would have to go to NOLA and Caroline could go with her. Plus side…you get ALL THE ORIGINALS BACK!

Plot 3: Tyler goes to NOLA again. He never comes back. Caroline goes to find him.

Plot 4: Werewolf bite and because there is no time and they can’t reach Klaus Stefan gets Caroline to NOLA.

Plot 5: I have heard people talking about Augustine vampires and even though I have no idea what that is many people claim that it could be used to introduce Caroline to the Originals. So why not?

Plot 6: Caroline dies. And somehow her spirit gets trapped inside the borders of NOLA. Some witches can see her, Klaus could even barely sense her even though he would think nothing of it but even in this state she can’t get out of NOLA for some reason. Find a way for her to communicate with Klaus and then a weird ritual that could bring her back to life (Spike’s spirit in ATS was trapped inside W&H and Angel could not get rid of him no matter what). Then let the mystery begin.

Plot 7: A grand NOLA witchy plan happens and all vampires turn human. Caroline and the MF gang go to NOLA for answers.

Plot 8: Caroline vanishes. Weeks later she resurfaces in NOLA with no memory of what happened to her or how she ended there. Klaus finds her.

Plot 9: Klaus is shown painting Caroline. Her face is on display. There you have her introduced with a sense of mystery without even her physical appearance and then you buy your time until you find a way to bring her to the show (like the MF gang needing something from Klaus, information, help etc and Caroline going there to ask for it because she would be the only one that could convince him)

Plot 10: She takes the plane to Timbuktu but it crashes to NOLA.  LOL.

So now that I have given you direct plots that changes your argument somehow?

My point is that creativity is ENDLESS. Bad writing when you have a whole writing team supporting you and a canon and non canon vampire mythology from TVD and myths and legends backing you up is unforgivable. Not at the scale it happens to TVD/TO.

You cannot tell me that the writers cannot find a plausible way to move a character from one show to another IF the want to. They moved Klaus to NOLA with a sorry excuse of a letter that was honestly a sorry cope out.

As I have said. TO is not an environment for Caroline. Not when it is a hot mess. Not when people send me messages telling me that Klaus is a cry baby and that the actual baby is a prominent plot. Why would anyone want Caroline to go to Hayley’s show (because this IS Hayley’s show). If things were different I wouldn’t mind. If things were different I wouldn’t have banned the show in the first place (Klaroline aside).

But my point here is that there is literally nothing that a write can’t do when he/she has the will to do it and responsibility as his/her first rule. The possibilities are endless. And this is why I always get so mad when I get so major plot holes and OOC characters. Because after a point some things don’t accidentally happen. It is just due to poor writing. Writing that indeed as you say has its limitations.