Tips on Writing
Neil Gaiman
  1. Write
  2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
  3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
  4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
  5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
  6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
  7. Laugh at your own jokes.
  8. The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

Kurt Vonnegut

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Henry Miller
  1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
  2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to ‘Black Spring.’
  3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
  4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
  5. When you can’tcreateyou canwork.
  6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
  7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
  8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
  9. Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day.Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
  10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book youarewriting.
  11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.

Jack Kerouac

  1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
  3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
  4. Be in love with yr life
  5. Something that you feel will find its own form
  6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  19. Accept loss forever
  20. Believe in the holy contour of life
  21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  22. Dont think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
  28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  29. You’re a Genius all the time
  30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

John Steinbeck

  1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
  2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
  3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
  4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
  5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
  6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.
Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead. Gunned down yesterday, March 2, at midnight, in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca, in Honduras. Cáceres was a vocal and brave indigenous leader, an opponent of the 2009 Honduran coup that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, made possible. In The Nation, Dana Frank and I covered that coup as it unfolded. Later, as Clinton’s emails were released, others, such as Robert Naiman, Mark Weisbrot, and Alex Main, revealed the central role she played in undercutting Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, and undercutting the opposition movement demanding his restoration. In so doing, Clinton allied with the worst sectors of Honduran society.
Despite their aggressive disposition, the Mongols were outnumbered by the Naiman coalition. Thus upon arriving in Naiman territory, Temüjin ordered every man to light a campfire at night to conceal their numbers. The ruse worked and delayed the Naiman from attacking. The resultant confusion regarding the Mongols’ true strength caused dissension among the leaders.

- From The Mongol Art of War, by Timothy May.

More on the Mongol Empire.

Tayang Khan, the ruler of the Naiman, said:
I am told that yonder east are a few Mongols. These people with their quivers frightened the old Ong-qan of former days, caused him to abandon his companions and made him perish. Do they now want to be rulers themselves? Even if there are two shining lights, the sun and the moon, in the sky above – both the sun and the moon are indeed there – yet how can there be two rulers on earth? Let us go and bring here those few Mongols!

- From The Mongol Art of War, by Timothy May.

More on the Mongol Empire.

wanko-senpai  asked:

1, 3, 5, 8 (´・ω・`)

(1 already answered)

3:Show a thing you last drew, no matter how small or a “doodle” it is.

Well, tbh the last thing was that iwa-chan/kindaichi thing i posted but this was right before! Where I failed tried to draw oikawa with this hair??(from the drawing i reblogged before)

5:Who/what inspires you?

The people that have inspired me the most art-wise in my life are probably naimane, mookie000 and zeeenya ;w; And what inspires me are just like…manga and nature lmao

8:Redraw one favorite piece of art by other (internet/tumblr) artist.

My current fave is smiling iwa-chan!!

God. I really feel like talking today

I got my first drawing tablet on my 14th birthday (now I’m soon to be 19), so I’ve had it for about 5 years. At first I really struggled with it and didn’t really enjoy using it too much… But I still got an dA account with my username being “thahbunny” (bc I rly liked drawing bunnies)(hahhahah)(I’ll show you pictures another time).

One of my biggest inspirations on dA as a 14 year old was probably @naimane. I rly liked their characters, scenery and the whole feel of their art!! My style became heavily inspired by them and at the time I really thought they were the coolest person on the planet! Another thing is that they’re also from Sweden, and for some reason I found confidence in that?? Like “if they are from Sweden and are able to draw rly great, I can too” type of thing!

I remember one day while I was looking at Naimane’s page and read through their journals(?) that the newest chapter of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! had been been released. Naimane was really excited because the chapter featured Rokudou Mukuro, and if I remember correctly Naimane liked him very much?? I had seen stuff about the series before, but hadn’t read it. I decided to give it a shot though!

I read it and really liked it!! As the story progressed I came to really like the character Flan.

Around the same time I began reading KHR! I had grown tired of drawing bunnies (lmao) so I decided to delete my account and start a new, fresh one. 

I didn’t know what username to chose this time, but I had seen some people on dA choosing really short and easy to remember names, so I wanted a name like that. Some people also used names of characters from series, or made other versions of the character’s name they liked! Because I really like Flan from KHR!, and his name was short and easy to remember, I wanted to use his name. Of course it was already taken! So I thought of a different version, changing only the vowel, and decided on the username “Flun”