lmao correct I was?? and not to say i wasn’t annoying sometimes but i was respectful to people who were attending school even if I was on a field trip, and i didn’t push people around, yell, screech, etc
Hi! I was wondering if you had any writing tips in general? I'm a huge fan of your writing, it's incredible. I love writing stories, but sometimes I find myself having writers block that eventually results with me believing my writing is trash and I stop 😅 I hope you have a great weekend, and thank you for instilling new found hope in Stydia! We made it!
Here’s my, like, writing holy grail rules:
Read your dialogue out loud. Like, you need to use lots of contractions, have your characters stumble over their words. The hallmark of bad dialogue is dialogue that sounds like it was written.
Read books. Poetry, especially– I would recommend Bluets by Maggie Nelson and The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace. Learn how to incorporate different genres into your writing. Learn what you think is pretty, what you don’t like, what makes your heart stop, what makes you roll your eyes. Collect pieces of other people’s writing and fold it into yours. Not their direct lines, but their style.
(This also applies to fanfiction and other types of amateur writing. One summer I spent six weeks at a writing camp with other people my age, and my writing changed for good. It was truly never the same again because of this one girl named Claire who wrote so beautifully, it changed me forever.)
Write a story you want to read. I write stuff that I would love to read or watch because I know nobody’s gonna do it for me. And because of that, I’m always excited to write and I’m never out of ideas.
Make a plan. The enemy of productivity is chaos. Plan out what’s going to happen in your fic. Know where it starts, where it ends, and what scenes you want to make sure you include. Know how you want your characters to grow.
Be nice to yourself. Later on, you’re gonna have to edit and tear your stuff apart, but when you’re writing, go back and reread some stuff you’ve done and compliment yourself. Be like “hey that’s a funny line” or “NOICE what a hella pretty sentence!” Encourage yourself.
Walk around with your fic for a little. Don’t write it down right away, and especially don’t write it right away. Daydream it. Think about it when you’re falling asleep at night. Think about it when you’re listening to music. Think about it when you’re taking a shower. Write your first draft in your head, and I promise, draft 2 that’s actually on paper will be better for it.
Get yourself a cheerleader. Have a friend who has a stake in the story, who you can talk to when you’re stuck, who will get all excited about it with you. It’s always good to have someone to talk to when you need to iron out kinks, and sometimes they even give you incredible ideas that you never would have had without them. Plus, insta-beta reader. Boom.
Side note: Have a beta reader. And I know you don’t want to, but reread. Edit. Pay careful attention to sentences that seem clunky, that don’t flow well, that don’t fit your style. People notice when stuff is chunky, so don’t let yourself off the hook. (I often let myself off the hook and my beta readers have to clean it up.)
Have a So What? So you’re writing a thing. Why? What’s the point? Why is the reader slugging through all this text to reach a conclusion? What’s the “so what” of your piece? Which leads me to…
Learn through your writing. I use writing as a tool to work through my issues, to figure out what i believe about something, to make myself feel like I’m going through something even when I’m sitting in a chair at my desk in my sweatpants. I truly, genuinely do not believe that you simply have to write what you know. In fact, I think that’s stupid. If I had done that, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t understand myself the way I do. So don’t write what you know– use the tools offered to you through your experiences, through books you’ve read, through movies you’ve watched, to write what you’re curious about. if you’re scared of something or yearning for something, there’s a reason. Find out what that is.
On my way home from work today while I was riding the bus, this old man got on and started talking loudly about his concerns about Korea. People around him started telling him to be quiet and he can’t be loud like that on a bus and he eventually was forced to get off the bus and got the police called on him. It made me think back to around a month ago when I was alone on a crowded bus and this man violently grabbed me in order to get my attention and then started screaming curses (things like nasty bitch/fucking bitch etc.) at me when I told him to stop and the whole time every single person on the bus stayed dead silent and didn’t utter a peep or try to stop him and I was left to fend for myself. It was a really scary moment and I’m still upset over how even though there were tons of people on the bus everyone chose to ignore the situation. I was talking to 사탕 about it and he confirmed that it would have been a huge issue if he had been doing it to a Korean girl but nothing was done for me. And today all the man on the bus did was speak loudly and he got both kicked off the bus and the police called on him. Granted his actions were uncalled for an out of line but it wasn’t directed towards anyone nor was he phyically hurting anyone. My situation on the bus really unsettled me and I feel like these kinds of stories are things people need to read/think about before coming over here thinking korea is a magic fairy land because they liked the way oppa’s thighs looked in a music video.
There’s a thing I’ve been meaning to do, but I’ve been putting it off cause it’s a bit of a chore. I noticed that Bum addresses Sangwoo in the casual register in his head, but uses the polite register to speak to him out loud.
Occasionally (like during sex or being hanged) he’ll slip and use the casual register out loud. I think that when he does it, Sangwoo tends to have a VERY positive response. I’m not sure what that means psychologically, except that that’s the way his mom would have talked to him.
I want to go through the earlier chapters in Korean, and see if I can make a post out of this. But it’ll take a while.
Are there other insects like North American cicadas? Specifically I'm asking about the long-term, multi-year lifecycles where every so often there are years where everything is suddenly covered in their exoskeletons? I'm realizing I like the idea of having years like that in my story, because it could lead to interesting omens, or a way of tracking time... And I know that cicadas do that in the southern U.S., but I can't think of any other examples at the moment...
Oh. My. GOD. CICADAS ARE AWFUL. LOUD DEMON BUGS CRAWLING FROM THE ABYSS THAT IS 3-5 INCHES UNDER THE EARTH. THEY’RE SO LOUD LIKE I FOUND ONE ONCE AND POKED IT AND IT JUST RATTLES LIKE A REALLY LOUD RATTLESNAKE AND I CRIED BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS DEAD. Ahem, excuse me, but I happen to be living in one of those Hell-States and I very much do not like cicadas because of that aforementioned incident when I was eight.
The only thing I can think of relatively close to the cicada stampedes are locust swarms. These little assholes are super destructive and when they die, they ALL die, and so they leave enormous heaps upon heaps of their bodies on the ground, not just an exoskeleton. They have a life cycle of I think 7 years? And of course their swarms block out the ever loving sun(god forbid I ever witness this, Im panicking just thinking about it) and are awful. Also demon bugs. And they’re hUGE.
so i recently started listening to the adventure zone because a lot of people on my dash seemed to like it ( u were one of them ) and honestly it's so good??? like, more people need to listen to it because it's great
ITS SO GOOD i’m listening to the eleventh hour arc right now and i gasp out loud like every episode griffin is crazy good at story telling
like…listen…everything is messy as hell and Lukas is in a really bad place and it’s all stressful as anything but…that scene with Philip and Lukas and Anne…where Lukas admits out loud to someone other than Philip, that he likes Philip and it’s hard for him…and Anne reassured him it was ok and kissed his cheek…I’d like to thank each and every deity for that scene because it cleansed my skin and watered my crops and added years to my life