one year ago this week, on a whim, for no reason?, i looked at rick and negan on ao3. i remember going to the movies and looking out into the parking lot and thinking about it. how it was weird and how i didnt like the fic i read. but for some reason i went back, thats when i found a few i did like.
i cant believe a year ago i was standing there, completely unaware that a year later i would have written 300k words of fic for that pairing. most of those words being cathartic, and the response being life saving. unaware of the stories id read that would make me giddy and make me cry.
The single best piece of writing advice I ever got was from a professor teaching a playwriting class, who told us that in every scene, especially scenes that were just dialogue, every character should want something. Making every character in a scene have a goal is an easy way to avoid dialogue that’s just exposition, and to make sure your dialogue drives the plot forward and/or reveals characterization.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or super weighty–as long as the characters have a goal, there will be tension in the scene even if the goals are small. Character X wants to borrow a pen, and character Y wants to make a good impression on character X. X wants to insult Y until they go away, and Y wants to annoy X by pretending not to notice the insults. X wants Y to give them the last slice of pizza, and Y is super full but still doesn’t want X to have it. No matter what your character’s goal is, it will reveal something about who that character is to the reader, and the conflict between your characters’ goals will give the scene momentum.
Sansa Stark + Taking Control of People and Situations
It was clever. The tourney, the prizes, the winged knights, it had all been her own notion. Lord Robert’s mother had filled him full of fears, but he always took courage from the tales she read him of Ser Artys Arryn, the Winged Knight of legend. And no sooner did she tell Petyr her idea than he went out and made it happen.
It speaks to me so much that bangtan and bighit reaches out first to UNICEF, that they’re being proactive and this is something they themselves care about and want to act on, I’m so proud and look up to them so much