I always keep my distance. So that I don’t get closer than I need to. I always keep my distance. So that others can’t get too close to me. To keep one’s distance is to isolate oneself. To keep one’s distance means that one will be that much lonely. That’s what..survival is. That is my way of surviving. I have lived my life like a racehorse in the barriers. That’s how I survived until now. And that’s how I’m going to survive.
the fact alison, rachel and helena all got detailed flashback episodes into their history just proves to me more and more how much of an outlier cosima’s episode was. what did we learn about her life other than the fact that she grew up on a boat and her parents “gene” and “sally” weren’t around much in her youth, but they definitely love her.
i know people are saying “just enjoy the last season” but it’s honestly such a disservice to cosima’s character that we should find out about her past this way. this character, by the way, who upfront told leekie “show, don’t tell” – and yet we, as an audience, are very clearly told about her backstory, as opposed to shown.
we were shown young helena. we were shown young rachel. we were shown alison with aynsley and chad again and we got to see her reaction to discovering she was a clone we got to see helena’s reaction to that too poor thing and yet all we get for cosima is an extended scene to something we saw in season 1. a scene that fic writers probably already had done justice to many times over. we didn’t need to be shown that. we needed to be shown cosima’s past. she grew up on boats? show us her mom teaching her how to tie knots. show us cosima having to resort to books (because wifi is spotty on a houseboat, i’d imagine) when her mom’s not around much. show us her other mom (because i love the “jean” not “gene” headcanon) teaching her how to change the oil or however boats work when they dock. show us the proof of their love that cosima says she believes in, show us why she believed in it.
i mean, obviously this is all irrelevant now and there’s no point since the entire show is over this saturday D: but i will never get over how they tried to shoehorn cosima’s backstory in like that, when they gave actual backstories to alison, rachel and helena in the series.
If you’re like me, you’re struggling to get though nearly 2,000 words a day. You might even bounce back and forth between multiple projects in a desperate attempt to keep the creative juices flowing. You most likely suffer from the bad habit of editing while you write.
This year, I had the good fortune of attending a presentation by Julie Berry, and what she said had a profound impact on me. She said we need to give ourselves permission to write badly. Unless you’re editing your work, when you sit down to write a scene for the first time–you need to just write crap. You’ve never written it before, why should it be perfect? Don’t kid yourself–it’s never going to be perfect on the first try. World-renowned published authors can’t do it. No one can. The real writing comes in the EDITING process, when you mold that misshapen lump into something unique.
Her words were inspiring, but the full meaning of her advice didn’t resound with me until a few days ago, because I hadn’t realized what “write badly” meant. It’s painfully obvious in hindsight, but hopefully this will help someone.
Originally, I thought “write badly” just meant writing a skeletal screenplay version–he said, she said, he did this, then she did that, etc. Light on the details and simple, basic dialogue. It helped me put more words on paper, but not enough. Then one day, I found myself wanting to describe how quietly someone moved. I wanted to make the metaphor relate to the worldbuilding/personality of the character, but the only thing my brain could come up with was “quiet as a mouse.” SUPER cliche, right?
Except that’s exactlywhat writing badly means! Phrases like “the sunlight streaming through the tree branches peppered her olive skin” don’t come to you on the spot. You have to sit there and mull over a variety of words in your head, turning them inside out and sideways to get them just right. aka–the editing process.
So what do you do instead?
- Forget about the majority of writing skills you’ve been taught, just stick with writing coherent sentences and separate your dialogue. Those other skills are for editing! - USE AS MANY ADVERBS AS YOU WANT! I don’t care how many “quietly’s” or “slowly’s” you use, you can always embellish it later. You just need the basics. - Cliches are your friend. Seriously. Again, you can embellish it later, just get that scene from your head onto the paper! Cliches are quick and fast and that’s what you need. - Long, run-on sentences are fair game. You can fix that later. (see the pattern here?) If you end up with a six-line paragraph sentence? Great job, that’s six lines of your story that wouldn’t be there otherwise. - Be redundant. If you describe a character tightening their grip on their sword five times on one page–that’s fine! You can figure out later which one you want to keep. Your story will go through multiple drafts and you can discover which placement carries the most impact. - Use all the dialogue tags you want. They’re cheap and easy and let you know how your character is feeling or acting. You can–(say it with me)–fix it later and add subtle hints and gestures to better convey their emotions. - Tell don’t show. This is a rough draft, you’re just vomiting words onto the paper. ————–
tl;dr–In your first draft, do everything you’ve been told NOT to do.
Embrace your inner ten-year-old again! Write for the joy of writing! You never stopped and wondered if you were writing well, you just wrote! DO THAT AGAIN!
It’s just like making a sculpture. Your rough draft is merely slapping pieces of clay on top of each other to create a lumpy mess you can refine later. A person who has a horrendous, cliche-ridden, third-grade level, completed novel is far more successful than the person who has ten perfect revisions of only one chapter.
Give yourself permission to write badly. You can always fix it later.
Hi, i want to ask how to be good in French. I am learning Frensh for few years now and sometime words synomymes or sentence structure and bloody hell 'conjugaison' drive me insane. so can you give me a little help? And thank you.
My advice is to go and try to learn something else because French is the Devil’s second name x_x It’s okay when you’re a native but when you’re someone who tries to learn when older, let’s say you might be very easily discouraged.
Honestly, I have no idea what advice to give you, other than the fact that french sometimes is fancy on purpose to the point where it’s hard to understand, that objects have a gender, that when something is in plural we put “s” at the end of nouns and “ent” that we don’t even pronounce at the end of third plural person conjugated verbs - basically, good luck. :’D