i think i'll just do quote sets for all the characters

anonymous asked:

There's apparently - major emphasis on apparently - an interview with Joaquin Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery confirming that the lion swap will be permanent. If that's truly the case then I don't think I'll ever be able to enjoy s2 ever again? I'll just be reminded of how utterly pointless all of this was and how they ruined their own writing just for a stupid tribute. I'll also lose all respect for the writers. :/

Okay listen…

I’ve been getting a huge number of scared asks like this and not answering them because I’ve already said my piece on the Lion Swap permanently.

I’m answering this because: the interview you’re talking about is not worded that way. It talks about how they wanted this setup to happen from early on, but wanted the characters to ‘evolve’ into their current positions. You could interpret that as “they’re going to stay like this forever” but, that is not explicit and personally that was not the takeaway I got from it.

And what I’m gonna say is:

I’d hope if you enjoy the story that you have some faith in the writers.

Whether they do it or not, they are going to make it work. They have a larger plot in mind here.

Personally, considering that compared to prior continuities, the powerful emphasis on a unique bond with each Lion, the whole concept of being “chosen” is unique to VLD. It doesn’t make sense to do that, if the end goal is switching forever.

Furthermore, as I have said before: there is something significant to how no one changed colors. There is something significant to that Keith is still the Red Paladin. There is something significant to how Keith took to Red with instantaneous grace and Black with significant struggle.

There is something significant to how the whole Lion-swapping process emphasized to us how much everyone involved loved the Lions they had.

There is a reason Black came to life for Keith with him sitting in the cockpit whispering “Please, no.”

There is a reason Lance never actually approached Red until Blue and Red ganged up to strong-arm him into it.

There is a reason Allura walked away from Blue fully expecting to have nothing to do with it.

We see this contrast with, once again, the way how first time, everybody bonded with their Lions perfectly and smoothly.

We also see how none of the paladins actually switch armor, even though Shiro returning to the team without the Black Armor and being able to put it back on regardless tells us that they had black armor. Keith didn’t have to stay wearing red, Allura didn’t have to produce an entirely new set of pink armor.

But Keith stays the Red Paladin. Lance is still the Blue Paladin. We watch Lance discuss with Keith that they’re all gonna go back to their ‘proper’ Lions and that the only thing he’s unsure about is if he actually wants to take Blue back from Allura to which, Keith replies…

“Stop worrying about who flies what and just focus on your missions. Things will work themselves out.”

Which I think is worth quoting in this situation.

And, scare chord here, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it is forever. If that’s the case, so what? I mean if it’s literally unbearable to you that the writers make a writing decision when they used the ostensible start of this situation to emphasize how much the Lions love and care about their paladins, and how much they want to support them, I’m not sure what to tell you.

It’s not really my job to repeatedly fountain soothing meta that the Thing You Don’t Like won’t come to pass. For my two cents I’m gonna say: trust Keith in this situation.

And that’s the last thing I’m gonna say on the Lion Swap barring new information or thoughts.

anonymous asked:

Hey, it's the overly thankful nerd from earlier! I've had two main problems: I'll explain the other one in another ask. Motivation. I frequently have amazing ideas and create wonderfully fleshed out characters but the more I think or write my story the more I get bored and uninterested and I make worse and worse pieces of work! I've tried the whole "if the writers getting bored the reader was bored 3 pages back" trick and threw in a lot of twists but it didn't make me any better. Any tips?

Hello OTNFE! 

Motivation is one of the most universal problems that writers face. Unlike a stuck scene or a research malfunction, it’s not something that you can fix for good and be done with. Motivation is going to be an on again, off again battle, but luckily, there are a number of ways to help combat it.

In your particular case, it sounds like it’s possible that you have possibly over-developed, or have fallen out of touch with your inspiration and are viewing your story more as work than as the special thing that stories are. 

Over-development occurs when you put too much time and work into planning before you really start writing, and as a result, when you go to write the story, nothing is a surprise anymore. Some level of planning is necessary, but part of what gives stories an ongoing curiosity for the writer is allowing it to grow organically. Sometimes, you should keep writing even after you reach the point where you had stopped planning and let the story and its characters surprise you.

Losing the spark of inspiration can happen through over-development, writer’s block, or just plain burning out for a while. Nothing beats the thrill of coming up with a perfect idea or beating a problem that was causing a block. If you can touch on that excitement, that sheer connection to the story, you can put the passion back into your work, and there are a number of ways that many writers use to get back into it.

1. Music: This is a pretty common one that helps put writers back on track. It’s actually a particularly big one for me as well. I keep playlists for each of my stories, as well as playlists for specific emotions to put me in the mood for a scene. 

2. Moodboards: Whoa, that sounds pretty weird. Personally, I haven’t really seen this one on other lists. But it’s another little something I do to get back in touch with my stories. I make aesthetic boards for both my characters and my general story settings and concepts. I find that figuring out what components and quotes and so on should go on to each moodboard puts me back in touch with the original vision I had for each character. 

3. Read Your Genre: A lot of inspiration can come from exposing yourself to the work of others. Many writers use previous works to get ideas. (Not endorsing stealing here, but inspiration is totally okay.) Find books that match your genre and take a reading break. Especially study the parts that make you most excited or effect you the most emotionally, and think about why they made you feel that way. Try to connect it to moments in your own story. 

4. Re-Read Your Own Story: Another thing that helps sometimes is to re-read your own story- the parts you do like. The parts you previously wrote with excitement and passion. Try to get back in touch with the heart you had then. What changed?

5. Have An Honest Talk With Your Characters: A lot of character development sheets consist of answering questions, listing traits, etc. That’s all fine and necessary details, but it can feel a little worksheet-y and can cause a disconnect sometimes. But there are other ways to really get in touch with your characters in the spirit of who they are. 

Try some creative writing exercises that are more than just a fill-out form. Find prompts that set gears going in your mind, whether it’s throwing your characters into an elevator for a couple hours to see what they do, or writing a death that has nothing to do with the plot, just to rally up some emotions. Or, if it helps, talk to them. Pretend you are actually having a conversation with this character. A self-insert in a very literal sense. Whatever helps you to connect with them.

6. Change Up Your Workspace: Whether this means cleaning or redecorating your current workspace, or changing it up to a different place altogether, a change of scenery can sometimes get your mind going again. Lots of people will recommend finding a place where WiFi and other things you might have at home that might distract you.

 7. Find a Beta Reader: Finding yourself a fan- or a critic- can be incredibly inspiring. Sometimes having an outside pair of eyes is all you need to see your story in a new light. Having a little feedback- especially positive feedback- can help you see the things in the story that you loved in the first place.

This list is starting to get a little lengthy, and others can feel free to add on their own methods!

And one more little tip just for you, OTNFE. Writing, storytelling, is an art as well as a job. If you think of it too much like a job, a task, the magic sort of goes out of it. Yes, there are tools and tricks to help it along, but stories are like stubborn animals. They almost have a will of their own- you can’t force them into doing things they don’t “want” to do. Try some things when you need to, but also give it a chance to grow organically if it needs space.

And once again, motivation is in ongoing battle! You’re not going to cure it never have to deal with it again. It’s gonna happen again, and sometimes it’s going to be easier to kick than others.

Any which way, best of luck! We all go through this. Often. Your fellow writers are always here with their own advice as well.

I’ll be working on your second ask next OTNFE. ;)


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anonymous asked:

Hey Cord, I'm a freelance writer transitioning from safe, sterile marketing copy into the more editorial, opinionated, long-form side of things. I know I'll channel a lot of my own perspective into the words I write, and I realize I'll probably incite anger or irritation somewhere along the way. I love your writing and share most of your viewpoints, so I'm wondering: how do you deal with it when you've seriously pissed people off? Is there a phrase or mindset that brings you back to center?

I can’t believe I’m about to quote fucking Ricky Gervais, but here is an important thing to remember if you’re going to start putting your opinions on the internet for money: “Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re in the right.”

One of the most frustrating things about writing for the internet is how often you’re exposed to the fact that the Default Demeanor Setting online seems to be seething outrage. Depending on the topics you choose to discuss, I imagine you’ll find pretty quickly that there are entire groups of people reading things in bad faith seemingly in order to get angry about what they just read and gin up fury in the comments section or on Twitter. You need to let that stuff slide off your back, which is very hard to do, especially when you’re just starting out and especially when the attacks become personal (I’ve had people question my authenticity because of the lightness of my skin and say that they bet I don’t have any black friends). “Wow, maybe I am an awful piece of shit,” you may start to think to yourself. In those times remember: Just because someone is mad at you doesn’t mean you’ve done something wrong.

Things get even more difficult when sometimes, amid all the anger, there will be someone who actually has a very good and rational dissenting opinion about what you’ve written. Figuring out how to distinguish between the lunatics who just want to scream at you and the people who want to talk to you and improve your worldview to make the world better can sometimes be hard when sifting through the comments on a piece, particularly because getting yelled at by a lot of strangers can make you hypersensitive and temporarily unable to think clearly. There’s no perfect way to go about this, but my friend and former colleague Ann Friedman devised a handy chart that may help. Another quick rule of thumb is this: Whenever someone who disagrees with me writes me an email or calls me on the phone, I always see that as an act done in better faith than a person delivering 10 points of contention at me via 140-character bits on Twitter, making sure to put a period in front of my name so that everyone can see that they disagree with me. (To be fair, there are a lot of people I respect and think are smart who use Twitter as a debate forum, but I just can’t fathom ever doing that and not feeling indulgent/embarrassed.)

Anyway, one way to avoid a lot of this headache is to keep in mind that you don’t have to have an opinion about things, even major news stories. I know it sounds crazy, but you really don’t. In a world in which rapid content production has become the name of the game, churning out opinions about everything in culture is now some people’s meal ticket, which has led to a lot of half-baked op-eds that look very silly in retrospect—I know this because I’ve written some myself, and they’re always regrettable. If you don’t really care about something, or if you don’t feel comfortable writing about it, don’t write about it, because if you do you’re going to feel foolish when the internet shows you just how many people care very deeply about this opinion you formulated 15 minutes before sitting down to write it out.

Good luck, friend. Freelancing is hard. I hope you do great.