out and about in new york

I Believe In You, Bro

If there’s one thing Nursey doesn’t think he’ll ever get used to about living at Samwell, it’s having to drive places.  In New York, what isn’t in walking distance is in biking distance, what isn’t in biking distance is accessible by the subway, and everything outside of the subway isn’t really worth visiting. Samwell, however, is sort of in the middle of nowhere.  Dex and Bitty acted like it was some kind of urban center, just an hour out from Boston, but to Nursey, it was suburbia at best, and that required a car.

Nursey was thinking about all this because he was currently gripping the wheel of his seven year old Hyundai Sonata, weaving his way through the roads that surrounded Samwell’s campus, searching for a lost frog. He really hated driving, but Whiskey had called him at midnight and told him about how one of the newest team members had apparently left the Haus halfway through the annual start of the season kegster and no-one had seen him since.  Nursey had called the guy four times, and it kept going straight to voicemail, so either his phone was dead, or he didn’t want to talk.  Unfortunately for him, Nursey wasn’t the kind of captain who let his players stew in their emotions.  He knew better than that.

It was close to 1 AM when Nursey finally pulled onto the gravel road leading to the lakefront.  The water was still, a cool black mirror that reflected the stars, the firebugs, and the boy sitting at the edge of the lake’s pier. He didn’t move at all when he heard the car pull up, just kept staring out into the distance, across the lake.  His feet didn’t quite touch the surface of the water. He had put his shoes and socks back at the place where the pier met the road, where Nursey stood, pulling off his sandals and walking softly to the edge. The new guy took a deep breath when Nursey sat down.  He could hear it rattle.

“How’d you find me?”

Nursey looked up at the moon.  It hung heavy over the lake, a warm yellow color that gave the night a comforting sort of glow.  He looked at the boy next to him, probably barely 18 and out of the house for the first time, scared stiff and not sure what to do outside of act tough and, apparently, run away if things got overwhelming.

“I went to your dorm first.  Your roommate let me in, told me he didn’t know where you were.  I saw a picture, though.  Of you out on a lake, holding a fish.  I figured this was as good a bet as any.”

The frog exhaled and looked down at the lake.  His hands were still shaking, and Nursey could tell that his eyes were getting wet. A breeze was coming off the lake, and it ruffled its way through their hair.  Nursey didn’t say anything.  It wasn’t him who needed to talk right now.  

“Back on my old team, everyone called me Jones.”

Nursey just looked at him.  

“Some of the guys-Will and Chris?-were talking about nicknames, and one of them, the one with the Sharks hoodie, asked me what mine was. It was Jones, but like, I really fucking hate that name.”

His hand was still shaking, Nursey pulled his legs up from where they were dangling off the pier and turned to face the frog completely. His eyes were more than just wet now, he was crying, no holds barred, and Nursey was torn between not wanting to see his teammate hurting, and knowing that crying was good sometimes, that this guy needed to let whatever it was that made him run so far away off his chest.

“I just-fuck, listen, I know it sounds stupid, but I’m a shitty hockey player, and that’s why my nickname was Jones, because that’s average, and that’s all I am at best, and being at that party with Jack fucking Zimmerman and Justin Oluransi, who’s like, the best defensive player that the Sharks ever had, and even you, you’re the captain, you’re one of the best players in college hockey PERIOD and I’m just some random guy from Minnesota who doesn’t even deserve to be here, on this team, with so many people who’re practically icons-”

Not-Jones broke off them, voice cracking in frustration. He stared angrily at the lake, tears streaming down his face, trying to keep from sobbing.  

“Your name is Karam, right? Karam Hashmat, Number 37, from West Hill, Minnesota?”

Karam looked up at Nursey defensively, face flushed. Nursey could see the dark circles under his eyes, and he felt the familiar pang of worry for this kid.  The hardest part of being a captain, for Nursey, was realizing he couldn’t fix everyone’s problems, but he’d be damned if he wasn’t going to try.

“Okay, Karam, first things first? No-one is going to call you a name you hate.  We’re a team, and we can’t be that if we’re also being dicks to each other.Second, I’ve been playing hockey since I was a kid. I’ve played with Jack and Justin and Eric Bittle and fuck, Chris Chow, the guy in the Sharks hoodie? Give him two years and he’ll be dominating the NHL, he’s the best goalie that this sport’s ever seen, and I’d bet my life on that.”

“Is this supposed to be helpful?”

Nursey gave Karam a small nudge with his shoulder, smiled at him gently.

“Yeah, bro. Give me a sec, I’m getting there.  My point is, I’ve seen some great players in my day. I can tell who’s great, and who’s bad, and who’s average. Coach showed me your tapes, Karam.  We need a center who’s great, because Whiskey is a badass but he won’t be here forever, and I think you can be that guy.  Fuck what anyone else says, I can tell who can do this.  Everything, your stats, your tapes, your drive in practice, none of that is average, and it sure as fuck isn’t bad.”

He looked at Karam earnestly.

“Dude, I believe in you.”

Karam glanced up at Nursey, tears still coming, but slower now, with less urgency.

“Do you mean that, Captain?”

Nursey grinned, and stood up.  He put out his hand for Karam.

“100% my man.  Now lets get back to the Haus, you can crash on the couch and make Bittle cry before he goes home to Providence.”

Karam laughed, and grabbed Nursey’s hand to help pull himself up. Nursey slung his arm around Karam’s shoulder as they walked back to their cars, the moon still softly glowing in the night sky behind them. 

Stressed Out

Summary: Your best friend, Zayn, is in town for a visit and you two hang out but with your relationship with Harry recently going public and Zayn’s already very public presence fans get a little crazy and you get a little dizzy.

Warnings: 

Requested: Yes! I hope you like it! 

Where does Zayn live? LA? New York? England? I don’t know, in this he lives in New York. Also mentioned some Zigi because why wouldn’t bff’s talk about their relationships?


“Are you sure you don’t want to come?” You ask pressing kisses to Harry’s jaw as he types something on his phone, “Zayn would love to see you.” 

Harry turns and presses a kiss to your lips before smiling, “I’m sure. Go enjoy time with your best friend, he’s not in Los Angeles for long.” You stare at him a moment before pressing another kiss to his lips, “Okay. I’ll miss you.“ 

“I’ll miss you more.” Harry smiles sweetly making you laugh. “Now go! I know you’re dying to see Zayn.” You watch as Harry turns back to his phone and pull yours out, quickly dialing Zayn’s number as you leave the house

“’Ello?” You smile at Zayn’s voice, it had been months since you’d both been in the same place at the same time, you missed your best friend. 

“Harry didn’t want to come, I’m sorry. Maybe next time.” You frown when you hear Zayn sigh, Harry rarely was in town when Zayn was and when he was he usually found a reason to avoid hanging out. You knew he wasn’t mad about Zayn leaving, that was years ago and they had all done solo stuff now. So you didn’t understand why he insisted on staying home. 

“It’s fine, he’s busy with the new album and everything, I get it.” You smile at Zayn’s forgiveness, deciding next time Harry was being forced out whether he liked it or not.

“You’ll still see me!” You exclaim, smiling when he laughs, “I’m on my way now actually. I’ll see you soon.” 

“Yeah, I’ll see you soon.” 


“How are things with Harry?” Zayn places his glass of wine back on the table and you chuckle.

“Things are good.” You shrug, messing with your salad with your fork, “I am really sorry he didn’t come.” 

Zayn shakes his head as he does the same with his salad, “I know how promoting an album can be, and scheduling a tour sucks.” 

“Still, he shouldn’t stay cooped up indoors and he never comes when you invite him. I don’t want you to think he’s still mad or hurt, he’s not. He just-”

Zayn cuts you off by placing a hand on top of yours, “Y/N, seriously I get it. Besides the two of you just went public, right?” You nod and Zayn continues, “He probably didn’t want paparazzi and fans hoarding you because he’s with you.” 

“I guess, but you have a pretty steady fan-base too, I mean-” You sigh, cutting yourself off, “I just wish you two could hang out more, because I love you both.” Zayn smiles as the waiter places your entrees in front of the two of you. 

“Don’t worry too much, I’m sure next time we’re all free we’ll get together.” Zayn gives you a reassuring smile and you nod, deciding to drop the subject. 

“How’s New York?” You ask, beginning to cut into your chicken as Zayn takes another sip of wine, “And Gigi, how is she?” 

“New York is amazing, it’s so fast paced and beautiful. It really is the city that never sleeps.” Zayn smiles brightly, “And Gigi is amazing, she’s doing some work in New York, or else she would have come. She says hi, by the way. Also, she wants you to stay with us the next time you and Harry visit.” Zayn laughs quietly, smiling down at his food. 

“That sounds great!” You exclaim, smiling happily at Zayn, “We can do a couples game night, double dates, oh and broadway!“ Zayn laughs as you get more and more excited about a trip not planned yet. 

You roll your eyes at his laugh, “How is your music going?” You take a bite of food and Zayn shrugs, “Any plans for a new album soon?”

“I’ve worked on some stuff, it’s coming together. I’m really enjoying this freedom. It’s nice not having a strict schedule to follow.” Zayn smiles shyly and you grin, reaching across the table to pat his arm.

“I’m so happy for you. It’s great seeing you so, good with everything. I was worried those last few months in One Direction.” You smile sadly, thinking back to the stress and anxiety Zayn suffered during his last few months on tour. “This you, it’s good. I like it.”

“I like this you, too.” Zayn smiles at your confused look, “I mean, all those years of you and Harry dancing around your feelings was hard on you two. It’s good that you guys are finally happy, if anybody deserves it, it’s you.” 

You’re about to respond when you notice a few people across the street trying to take discreet pictures with their phones, “You have a few admirers.” You nod subtly and Zayn turns before smiling apologetically at you. “Guess outdoor seating wasn’t the best idea.” He frowns, looking down your half eaten meals. 

“How about we pack it up and bring it to my house? Harry would love this food.” You smile reassuringly and Zayn lets out a sigh of relief. 

As Zayn calls over the waiter you smile at the girls across the street. When you notice the group getting a little bigger, you frown, what if they ask for pictures? what if we’re mobbed? You turn back to pack up the food as Zayn settles the bill, “Alright, you ready?” 

“Are we going out the front?” You ask quietly, picking up your bag and phone. 

“There’s no back exit, I asked.” Zayn frowns looking over at the girls and few hidden paparazzi, “I’m sorry. I know you hate crowds.” You shake your head and give him what you hope is a reassuring smile, “Don’t worry. I think I can handle them.” 

 Zayn nods and the two of you make your way out of the restaurant, “Zayn!” He turns and smiles at the girls, “Can we get a picture? Please?”

He turns to you and you laugh, nodding slightly, “Sure! Y/N, do you mind?” You take the phone from the girl’s outstretched hand, “Okay, 1. 2. 3!” You take a few pictures for the girl before handing it back to her. 

Another hands you her phone and it goes on like this for a few minutes before you notice more people surrounding you, and getting closer to Zayn. They’re taking selfies now, and the more people that get closer to him to further you’re pushed. You take a few deep breaths, trying to calm yourself down enough to get out of the crowd that has gathered, but you continue to get pushed around. 

“Oh god.” You whisper, closing your eyes and trying to imagine yourself somewhere far away from the crowd. Someone shoves into you, trying to get closer to Zayn and you begin to feel dizzy. You know the crowd will continue to get bigger, you’re on a main street in Los Angeles, so you try to force your way towards the back. 

“Please,” You mutter, trying to squeeze through a few girls, “I’m trying to get out.” One of them notices the look on your face and places a hand on your arm, “Are you okay? Do you need water?” You shake your head, trying to get her to remove her arm. When she doesn’t some of the girls around her begin to ask you the same thing, all closing in on your. “I can’t. I can’t breathe.” You place a hand on your chest, trying to force your lungs to work. 

“Hey, are you-” before the girl can finish her question, your eyes are rolling back and your body is falling into her arms. “Oh my god!” She exclaims, “Someone call 911!” 

“That’s Y/N! She was having lunch with Zayn!” Another fan says quietly before speaking louder, “Someone tell Zayn!” 

Zayn hears the yells and looks up from the phone he’d been signing, “What’s going on? Is everyone okay?” He asks, standing up on the tips of his toes to see over the girls. 

“Y/N fainted!” A girl calls out from the back of the crowd, and Zayn begins shoving through the girls, “Everyone step back!” He calls, hoping the fans will listen. 

He manages to get the crowd dispersed and to your unconscious body pretty quickly, a girl has your head in her lap and looks frightened, “She just- she said she couldn’t breathe and then she fainted.”

Zayn nods, kneeling down and feeling for your pulse, “Did you call 911?” The girls nods, “They said they were on their way.” Zayn closes his eyes and lets out a relieved breath when he hears the sirens in the distance.


The first thing you notice when you come to is a weight on your hand. When you turn your head you see Harry’s hand holding yours, his eyes closed as he rests it on his other hand. “Harry?” You squeeze his fingers, “Harry, wake up.” You whisper, watching as he comes to. 

“Y/N.” He smiles softly at you, “You had me so worried.”

You frown, “What happened? Where’s Zayn?” 

Harry looks down at your intertwined fingers and takes a deep breath, “You guys were mobbed, and you got so panicked you fainted. I’m so sorry, Y/N. I should have gone with you.” 

“You couldn’t have stopped it.” You shake your head and place your free hand on his cheek, “I’m okay, it’s happened before. Nothing too serious.” Harry places his hand over yours and turns his head to press a kiss to your hand, “I’m still sorry.” 

“Please, don’t be.” You smile at him, before looking around the room once more. “Where is Zayn?” 

“In the waiting room. He felt really bad about what happened, and wasn’t sure if you wanted to see him.” Harry shrugs, looking down at his shoes. “Tell him to come in. I want to see him.” You smile, pulling your hand from his face as Harry pulls his phone out to text Zayn. 

It’s only a minute or two before Zayn is coning through your door. You smile waving him over, “How are you? Are you okay? I’m so-” 

“Zayn, I’m fine.” You shrug, laughing when Harry takes your hand in his again. “Don’t feel too bad. I get to go home and have Harry wait on me for the next few days.” Harry laughs and presses a kiss to your knuckles while Zayn chuckles quietly. 

“We were both really worried,” Zayn frowns sitting in the chair next to Harry. “I knew you were claustrophobic, but not this badly.” 

“I’m not usually mobbed, so it was a new experience.” You shrug, “We know now. I’ll go out the back ways when we go places.” 

“Or bring security.” Harry shakes his head when you glare at him. “I’m just saying, it would’ve helped today.” 

“I’m not the president. I don’t need men in black following me everywhere.” You cross your arms stubbornly.

“I don’t want this to happen to you again.” Harry looks at you, arms crossed just as stubbornly as yours. 

“So I’ll be more careful.” You shrug, not looking at Harry as he shakes his head. “Besides, you can’t tell me what to do. If I don’t-“ 

“I think he’s just worried.” Zayn cuts you off with a look that makes you soften, “You were unconscious and he wasn’t there to help. It’s understandable he wants something there when he can’t be.“ 

You sigh, reaching for Harry’s hand once again, “I don’t want you to constantly worry. If I’m out with you or Zayn, or one of my many famous friends,” Harry laughs softly and you smile, “I promise to bring security. But if it’s just me, I’m going alone. Deal?“ 

“Deal, I guess.” Zayn smiles as you and Harry grin at each other like newlyweds. They’re good together, he thinks as he quietly leaves to let you and Harry talk, Really good.


Hello! Look! Two fics out, when promised instead of waiting forever! I’m improving! I do hope the anon who requested this enjoys it.

Also, I’m working on part three of my single dad Harry series, and am very excited for you guys to read. (and if you haven’t go read it here) (self promo? yes.) 

As always, thank you for reading and have a good day!

luckypatrolenemy  asked:

Hello, hi. I once read this lovely fiction where steve never got the serum and bucky freed himself form Azzano and went down with valkyrie. 70 years later bucky reuinte with old steve who have been one of the founding member of SHEILD. Could you help me finding it? Thank you.

though you’re many years away by eyres

When Bucky wakes up 68 years after crashing a plane into the Atlantic, his first question is about Steve Rogers.

He finds him in a nursing home outside New York City. But the story doesn’t end there.

In which, Erskine never made it out of Europe, Steve never got the serum, and Bucky is the one who wakes up in the future.

Meet Jelanii Kabita, a transgender man who dances to be free

  • Jelanii Kabita has dedicated his life to two simple principles: authenticity and dance. As his body syncs to the music, the boombox tattoo scrawled across his stomach dances along with each downbeat. It’s immediately clear that he was made to move.
  • “I dance to be free,” Kabita told Mic in an in-studio interview. “I dance to eat. I dance to live. I guess I perform dance to show other people that there’s other ways to express what’s going on inside of you.”
  • Kabita set himself on a path to freedom early on, after experiencing a rocky childhood in Kingston, New York. The 23-year-old first came out as bisexual to his mother in middle school. From that moment on, he endured severe abuse and was ultimately forced out of his home and into foster care. After finding his way to New York City, he found a sense of identity and belonging within the dance community.
  • Now, Kabita is the leader and founder of the Raiders of Concrete, a street dance crew composed of dancers from several different countries and backgrounds. Mic sat down with Kabita, who shared that he came out as transgender two years ago, and learned more about the story that brought him to where he is today. Read our interview with Jelanii. 

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There Are Now 2 LGBT Characters On Disney

In case you missed it, last friday, June 23rd, was a huge night for LGBT representation. Two shows currently airing on Disney Channel, one in the UK and one in the US, featured scenes with characters revealed as LGBT. Josh played by Joshua Sinclair-Evans on The Lodge and Cyrus Goodman played by Joshua Rush on Andi Mack.  Spoilers for the shows and my thoughts below.

On The Lodge Josh is talking to a friend and when the conversation turns to girls, well one girl in particular, Josh casually states that she’s not his type and then clarifies later that he’s not interested in any girls because “girls aren’t really my type.”  It was refreshing to see him come out in such a casual way.  I must admit I’ve never seen The Lodge before so I don’t know too much about his character or the show but I’m certainly going to be checking it out.

On Andi Mack we’ve seen Cyrus interacting with his friend Jonah for a whole season and it seemed obvious that he’s had a crush on him. We also knew from an article in the New York Times that there would be a story line involving a boy coming to terms with his sexuality. Unlike The Lodge, Cyrus hasn’t said out loud who he is interested in yet but with a very simple action our suspicions were confirmed.  In the finale, while Jonah was talking with Amber about Andi she said “if she turns to look back at you it means that she likes you and not just as a friend.” Jonah leaves before he sees that Andi looks back and then a few seconds later so does Cyrus. Cyrus likes Jonah!  (There’s even a video of the cast watching this scene together and cheering ecstatically when Cyrus looks back.)  This was a very intentional moment and I appreciate how they executed this scene.  Andi looks back and that clearly implies that she likes Jonah it makes sense she’s the lead of the show, she’s said many times that she likes him, the viewer easily accepts that she looked back because she likes him.  Then we see Cyrus do the exact same thing are we supposed to come to a different conclusion because he’s a boy and looked back.  Absolutely not. The show has already been renewed so this story line will continue and develop next season.

I’m really happy to see Disney taking these steps to bring representation to their network. Everyone who watches Disney needs role models and characters they can relate to and that’s been lacking for a long time!  If you aren’t watching already I’d recommend you check them out and spread the word so these shows can stay on the air!

As promised, a map of (general) Netflix MCU locations/territories in New York! This is more to give you a general sense of where people are located, how much turf they’re covering (not much, Matthew), and how much distance they have to travel to get to one another. It’s not precise because with few exceptions, we don’t know exact addresses, but I did my best.

Also please note that sometimes a show will say they’re in one place but they’re actually filming somewhere else (for example, much of Daredevil was filmed in Brooklyn and the building they use for Jessica’s “Hell’s Kitchen” apartment is nowhere near there). Where I recognized the location or neighborhood and it wasn’t textually contradicted, I placed the character there, but later shows may identify Trish or Danny or whoever as being based elsewhere. We’ll see!

Further details, explanations, and speculation behind the cut!

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anonymous asked:

Can you make a list of your bug head fic recs please?

Yes! There are so many amazing Bughead fics out there, you are in for a treat! 

Wicked Games by aliquitecontrary (ItsAryanna)- Betty is a famous supermodel with a creepy stalker, so she gets Jughead Jones a hot bodyguard assigned to her. I am obsessed! Anything written by @camelotskingz is amazing! I am obsessed with her stories.

To B.C. I Still Love You by aliquitecontrary (ItsAryanna)- Get out the tissues, this story is beautiful and heartbreaking. Jughead is a best selling author, his novel is about his relationship and break up with Betty Cooper. The angst is so real!

The Girl With The Journal by juggieiheadcoopers- The best Soulmate AU that I have ever read! Jughead writes journal entires everyday since he was sixteen years old about a blonde haired girl that he never met before. Betty finds his journal when he leaves it behind in a coffee shop and reads it. It is sooooo good!

The Serpent and Swan by jugandbettsdetectiveagency- The fandom was blessed with the beautiful pictures of Lili in a pink dress which inspired many new Royal AU’s. I am a sucker for Royal Bughead. This is one of the many awesome Royal fics.

Tacos and Tequila by jugandbettsdetevtiveagency- I love this story so much! It just finished :(, but it is an absolute masterpiece! Betty and Archie have plans for her to visit him at college for the weekend, but when she gets to his place in a snow storm she is greeted by Archie’s roommate Jughead. She finds out that Archie forgot about their plans and is away for the weekend. Bughead trapped together in a snow storm, it’s as amazing as it sounds!

Coop de Grace by justcorbeau- If you love a slow burn this is the perfect story for you! AU set in New York. I am only halfway through, but I am hooked.

Needing/Getting by slantedsunsight- This story is Ski trip Bughead. It is adorable, but hasn’t been updated in a bit. I recommend still reading the first two chapters.

Do You Believe in Fate? by jennimisk- Study Abroad in Italy AU. Such a beautiful story. I look forward to updates every week!

The Winged Beast by onceuponamirror- For those who love Serpent Jughead, this is the story for you. My girl Sabrina is featured as well. One of the first Bughead fics that I fell in love with.

Make It Work by Raptorlily- You can never go wrong with a classic fake dating slow burn to lovers. I am loving this story where Betty and Jughead pretend to be dating for Veronica and Archie’s wedding. Ongoing and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!

And Other Collisions by Raptorlily-  This story is an AU about what if Jughead had been at Cheryl’s party in 1x01. I adore this story. It has not been updated in a while, but fingers crossed that it is updated soon!

I Need My Girl by LILAYYYY-  This story is so unique! Jughead and Betty are roommates who both are in love with each other, but will not admit it to each other. This story features lots of angst and a bisexual Betty. Definitely one of my favorites!

I’ll Wait For You by AGirlNamedWhiskey- This is an AU where Betty is an army kid who moves around. She moves to Riverdale where she gets involved with Riverdale’s car racing scene. Jughead Jones is one of the best drivers in town. Ugh there are no words for how much I love this story!

Crowns by annoe- Another Royal Bughead AU. The story just began and I am along for the ride. 

The Reunion by dreamersshouldknowbetter- Bughead High School Reunion. Very sweet story, I adored it!

The Stacks by Malmo722- An amazing Bughead AU. I can’t explain how much I adore this story!

Blogs to follow for amazing stories-

Anything by @bughead4days​, Anything on her master list is incredible. She has a multi chapter story right now called Snake Skin it is absolutely amazing!

Anything by @betsforsythetrash! Her master list is amazing as well. Self Conclusion is one of my favorite Bughead fan fics of all time. King Crown’s Bar is a smutty story that is in progress right now that I can’t get enough of.

 @bughead-fic-request- I read everything they write as well! Girls on Film is marvelous!

More awesome blogs that post amazing stories-

@jugandbettsdetectiveagency @lusterrdust @wheninriverdale @wordsonpages1 @peacelovebughead @gellbellshead @juggieheadcoopers @bugheadandjughead @itstenafterfour

I all ready know that I am missing a few stories and blogs, so I am so sorry if I forgot you! There are soooo many well written Bughead stories the Bughead fandom is definitely blessed with talented writers. This makes the summer hiatus a lot less painful for sure!

I hope this answers your question xx

anonymous asked:

I often have ideas for a scene or a character but there is no plot. How can I expand these ideas into stories? I just don't know what to do with my ideas to get a story out of them. Most plotting tips require that I know at least the beginning and the end of my story. But I don't even have that.

Hi Anonymous,

I’ve heard of other writers having this same problem, so you are not alone! Here are some ideas that come to mind when I think about this.

Coming up with a Plot (from scratch)

First off, you have ideas for characters or scenes, and that’s a starting point, and you probably (I’m assuming, because it wasn’t that long ago) saw my post, What to Outline When Starting a Story, which can give some guidance on what to consider. However, if you have no idea where to even come up with a concept for your plot that post can only be so much help.

Conflict out of Story Elements

Since you have some ideas about character and scene, I’d try building off that. In some cases, you might need to flesh those out a bit more to continue (I don’t know, since I don’t know how much you have those figured out).New York Times best-selling author David Farland points out in his book Million Dollar Outlines that characters grow out of their setting. We are all influenced by our setting–where we live, where we spend our time, what century we’re part of, etc.

Setting –> Character

Farland goes on to say that out of character (and setting) comes conflict:

Setting + Character –> Conflict

Plot obviously comes from some sort of conflict, the character reacting to and trying to solve that conflict or conflicts. But let’s finish out the diagram/equation.

Setting –> Character –> Conflict –> Theme

How conflicts are dealt with in the story create the theme.

It should be noted though that this diagram may not be helpful to everyone, and it’s also possible to work backwards from it. For example, I personally don’t like the idea of starting with the setting–although, realistically, pretty much all stories start there, if only to the most basic degrees (time period, real world vs. fantasy world, Earth vs. space, etc.). I often like to start with character. But as you work on your character, at some point, you are going to be looking back at what kind of life he grew out of and where he came from, and where he is now. Other people may like to start with conflict, and work back into character and setting. So, it doesn’t have to be linear.

But let’s look at the conflict part. You need some form of conflict to have plot. As I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post Are Your Conflicts Significant? the conflict should either be broad (far-reaching) or personal to the character. If it’s not either, it’s probably not that significant. However, it should be noted that you can make almost any conflict broad, or personal.

But how do you even get to that point? If you like Farland’s diagram, what I would suggest would be looking at those characters and setting. Brainstorm conflicts by asking yourself questions.

  • What conflict can come out of this setting?

For example, in some stories, major conflicts come straight out of the setting. Most if not all dystopians, like The Hunger Games fall into this category. You can even look at movies like Interstellar, which deals largely with space travel. The major conflict came out of a setting (Earth will soon be inhabitable). In a fantasy story, conflicts can come out of the world and worldbuilding (setting), whether it’s the magic system or the world itself. In Lord of the Rings, the major conflicts often come from the setting (Frodo has to make it to Mount Doom) and magic (the One Ring is a magical object that must be destroyed). In historical fiction, it can come out of setting–what are some of the conflicts the world was dealing with during WWII?

But what about something more small-scale than Panem, outer space, and Middle-earth? Setting can play a role there too. What kind of conflicts can come out of attending high school in 2017? What conflicts might be present there? What conflicts might come out of trying to start a career as a woman centuries ago? The story doesn’t have to be epic for this sort of brainstorming to work.

Les Miserableis a good example of how setting can play into conflicts, whether it’s being a struggling young mother, a convict, or participating in politics.

  • What conflict can come out of this character?

Once you have your character, you can try brainstorming conflicts for her. Now, there are sort of two ways to approach this.

One, you look at your character–her personality, strengths, weaknesses–and ask yourself, what would this character want? Figuring out what your character wants is often vital to a good story. In some stories, it can be more simple, basic, or straightforward. Maybe your character just wants money. In other cases, it might be bigger. Maybe your character wants to defeat an evil ruler. It can be somewhat philosophical. Maybe your character dreams of ridding the universe of a false god, like in His Dark Materials.

When you know what your character wants, you can start brainstorming conflicts by considering what could stop her from getting what she wants. In Lord of the Rings, Frodo volunteers to destroy the Ring, but there are literal obstacles in his way. Space, for one thing. He has to travel for miles and miles and miles. Then there are other people and creatures: orcs, Shelob, Sauron, even his own companions–these people are in conflict with him. He has to deal with getting hurt, wounded, and fatigued. All these things are keeping Frodo from his goal. And of course, his ultimate want is to return to the Shire, but he has to destroy the Ring first.

If your character wants to be in a relationship with someone, there are obstacles too. Maybe the love interest doesn’t know he exists. Maybe there is a family feud, like in Romeo and Juliet. Maybe there is a love triangle. Whatever your character wants, you start brainstorming what could keep him from getting it.

A second approach to brainstorming conflicts with character is to look at your character and consider what kind of situations would be difficult for them, what would make them grow. In some cases, they might be the reluctant hero. Love him or hate him, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, Edward Cullen is a good example of this sort of thing. He’s a “vegetarian” vampire living his life, and then out of nowhere, a girl shows up that is basically his personal brand of cocaine. How is he supposed to deal with this? Worse. He has feelings for her. Immediately, Edward is in conflict.

Now, you can combine both methods. And in reality, both those examples have both. Sure, Frodo volunteered to take the Ring, but he was basically the only person who could. But look at him. He’s just a humble hobbit. He doesn’t do magic, he doesn’t know warfare, and he knows very little about the world. But he’s thrown into a situation where those characteristics will be tested. Similarly, Edward is thrown into a situation, but he ends up having wants too. He wants to be in a relationship with Bella. But the fact he is a vampire and she has potent blood is a conflict that impedes that.

So you can brainstorm conflicts from setting and character.

Plot out of Conflict Types

Let’s look at this another way.

There are five types of conflict.

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Bucky Barnes X Reader

A/N: !?!?!?! YOUR RESPONSES TO PT1 ?!?!?

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Prompt: Struggling with the pressures of running a bakery in New York City, [Y/N] [Y/L/N] is your average, flour-covered baker. Bucky Barnes is your no nonsense, sugar-hating guy. What happens when the two get closer than Fate intends for them to?

Warnings: ppl almost getting run over, swearing

A huge shoutout to @redgillan for being an actual angel and beta-ing this for me.

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Sugar Masterlist

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It’s been raining for days, endless puddles seeming to decorate the street. It’s almost something straight out of those weird old romcoms where the girl is sitting by a window, wallowing in self-pity about how her prince never arrived to save her sorry ass but then, out of the blue, she sees him, a smile lighting up her lips and the clouds clear and the sun shines and there are rainbows and unicorns everywhere.

Except, your prince never arrives and you’re left with cloudy, unicorn-less terrain and the image of piercing blue eyes tugging at your heartstrings.

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