perspective writers

I hope one day, you will find sunshine in the darkness of your void. By then, you will realize that the sun was always right behind your back. You just need to shift your focus.
—  Lukas W. // Perspectives

I just stumbled on an article complaining about how much the Mystic Messenger DLC “cost” for what you get and honestly I have to sit down and do some deep breathing. I seriously cannot beliiiiiiiiiieve how entitled people have become. It’s a 2-day DLC with five stories and eight endings. Its cost? $3. If you want to pay for it, because oh that’s right you can also get it for free if you’re patient and have a few weeks. 

I swear to god. People are terrible sometimes. Three friggin dollars, THREE. And you can even get it for free. Considering otome games normally cost $20-30, never go on sale, and never release DLC or patches?? We’re being fucking spoiled by how nice Cheritz is to us, without so much as demanding money in exchange. Which would be fair. Cause, you know, they have to pay money to artists, writers, voice actors and programmers to produce the game.

SaNa is a good ship

It’s time I make a proper post… It’s been too long and I really want to be a contributor to this fandom, I just can’t always make time for it.

I want to talk about Sanji and Nami and some pointers, if you will, about why shipping them makes sense. Now this does not mean that SaNami is a superior ship in anyway or that others aren’t free to ship whatever they want, because first and foremost shipping is supposed to be fun.

So, what I want to say are just why SaNami can make sense from a writing perspective, and also with some of my own added opinions on why it’s a good ship. This post will not cover all my reasons for shipping SaNa personally, but there will of course be bias, it’s not really anything any shipper can ever avoid. But I am trying to talk about things that still makes sense, so I still consider this an analysis. I hope you enjoy this.

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About The Stars

Whenever I look up at that
night time sky
and see those bright shining
I think
so many
in my head.

I imagine myself
having wings and
to reach for those
I believe it’s
God’s own personal
and magical
light show
to the world.
I have memories of
as kid being outside
looking up at all of the
tiny stars
or on camping trips
or surrounded with people at a
talking endlessly
and seeing the stars
surrounding the night sky.

I think to myself
that whenever I’m looking up
at those stars
I think the man
that’s supposed to
meet me someday
and fall hopelessly in love with
each other
is looking at them too
as if he knows
that he’s looking
back at me
while I look at him.

These are the
many views and
I have
about the stars.


As requested by @creatingnikki  this is my perspective on the stars.

To the Meta Writers...

… despite currently feeling like SPN doesn’t deserve all the effort you’ve put into meta-ing this series - because you know this series far better than certain show writers - and I trust you to love and care for our characters a million times more than I trust them; reading through all of your speculation, hopes and interpretations has really made this season enjoyable. 

Thank you. You put so much time, effort, and yeah - love into doing this, and I just wanted you to know, you are appreciated for it. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re a shipper to see anything but that ship, but meta writers give perspective to it, remind us of character arcs and development, and that ultimately, what we want is to see these characters we’ve come to love grow, and be happy. I’ve been (quietly) following a few meta writers this season, and hugs are due to you all, but especially to my go-to metas: @awed-frog​, @tinkdw​, @bluestar86​, @elizabethrobertajones and @mittensmorgul​. Thank you; I don’t have enough thank yous for all you’ve written.

And if it turns out that we were all wrong, that the show really is only about two brothers driving off into the sunset unfulfilled, and that gay love won’t pierce the veil, well, fuck it; that’s just boring, and unimaginative. We’d have obviously been baited if that’s how it ends, because there is no way all of the meta writers that have been seeing the same things have been imagining it. 

Thank you, meta writers; you are loved for what you do xx

this act
of writing
my heart’s
throw up
my soul’s
messy countertops
to the world
is somehow
and i find myself
breathing easier
with each word scribbled down.

No, you don’t get it. A woman, in my society, is raised hearing one thing all their lives - by her father, her mother, her brother, all adult extended family, random strangers she will never see again - that she should not step out of the house alone at night because some man will rape her. So unless she knows the man, she will presume that a man she doesn’t know will in all probability be capable of raping her. Of course the tragedy now is she’s getting raped by people she knows also, but who gives a fuck about that right?

So really now tell me, when I’ve been warned by all of society that I can be easily violated; that I should hide inside and that I should be weary of men, don’t you think it’s a little misleading to accuse me of misandry when actually it’s patriarchy that is anti-men?

—  the-cat / you as a man will tell your daughter, your girlfriend, your sister that every man is an asshole. But you wont tell your son, your brother or your friend that every woman is not obliged to satisfy your pleasures.
Problematic Fiction

Stories exist for entertainment, certainly, but they also exist as teaching tools. They have been used this way for thousands of years - from religious parables to ancient mythologies, the stories you hear at bedtime and the ones you read in English Lit classes. 

Stories deliver a moral message, and they are uniquely suited to it because they activate an empathetic response in our brains. For a little while, these fictional constructs become real people to us, and that allows us to live through them; and that activation of empathy is what makes it possible to internalize the messages and morals of the story in a way that simply being told how to think or behave would not. 

Fiction exists as a playground - a place to explore ideas and situations and work through them. They are, to an extent, therapeutic - both for the author and the reader. The author discovers something about him/herself in the process of writing; they identify their own values and insights and experiences in a way that was not clear before writing them down. The reader/viewer discovers connections to the wider world or their own experiences. 

These are essential functions of storytelling. This is why storytelling exists. 

There are moral messages in all stories. They’re called themes, and the exist in every story whether or not the author intends to put them there. Themes are the imposition of moral logic to events in a narrative. 

Themes emerge in the ways that characters are punished or rewarded for their choices. In the things characters struggle against and overcome or are defeated by. 

  • Does the hero kill the bad guy? (then sometimes killing is acceptable, if it’s to prevent greater harm)
  • Does the villain die by his own devices? (then evil will ultimately destroy itself)
  • Does the hero let the villain go, only for the villain to die in some ironic or accidental way? (then the world is just, and will balance its own cosmic scales)
  • Does the bad guy get away without consequences? (then the world is unjust) 
  • Does the bad guy see the error in his ways? (then evil can be redeemed)

You get the picture. 

But here’s the thing that’s important: All themes are valid. All of those things above are sometimes true. They are also, sometimes, false. That’s because life is a paradox; it’s full of things that are sometimes true, sometimes false, sometimes both at the same time. 

Fiction exists to tease out those inconsistencies. In any given story, one of those themes will be true. In another story, a different theme will be true. Both stories can (and do) describe the reality of the human experience. 

Complaining about problematic events or characters may be missing the point. Only themes can be problematic. Characters and plots are just tools for storytelling. The existence of a bad guy is not inherently problematic; what happens to that bad guy and the moral message those events portray may be.

Moreover: The themes of a particular story may or may not directly reflect the morality of the author. Sometimes, you write something with a particular theme simply because you want to see what the world might look like from that perspective. I think, as writers, we may often be drawn to doing precisely that because we have questions: Can evil be redeemed? Is murder ever justified? 

We’re asking questions, not making definitive statements. 

We’re authors, not oracles. We don’t have the answers to life’s greatest questions. We’re exploring possibilities, trying to figure out how this whole world works. 

So don’t malign people for this. Don’t say “Don’t explore these themes” or, god forbid, actively threaten people for exploring themes, even if they’re not themes that you agree with.

Discussing problematic themes is a worthwhile endeavor. Exploring why things are problematic, and how they are portrayed, and the way those things can relate back to the real world and our human experience - all of that is valuable. Discourse and analysis is good! Discussing these themes is how we grow and learn about ourselves and the world we occupy. 

Maligning authors - or insisting that certain topics be verboten - only leads to shallow thinking; it punishes soul-searching and critical thought; it gags authors and prevents them from revealing those facets of truth that stories might contain. 

After all: If there were no problematic fiction for us to analyze, how would we ever learn so much about our values, our culture, our place in the world? 

signified  asked:

What do you do when you feel like nobody cares about your writing? I'm asking from an unpublished, inexperienced writer's perspective. You've changed and inspired many people's lives with your work, so I don't imagine this is your situation. But when you're starting out and nobody knows you, the though of reaching at least one reader and make a positive contribution in their lives is sometimes enough of a motivation through the long, lonely process of writing. So how do you find motivation?

When I was first starting out as a writer it was only the love of writing that kept me going. Writing is lonely but writing also kept me company. The characters I created kept me company. Wanting to tell new stories or offer my perspective on this world we live in motivated me. Wanting to be seen and heard motivated me. But mostly, it was just the love of writing.

I fall in love everyday. I fall in love a little with each person that I stumble upon that day. I fall in love a little with whoever shares a part of themselves; a dark past; a loving memory. I fall in love a little with whoever makes me laugh; who makes me question the things I was so sure about; who makes me question life; who gives me a new perspective on the things I’m so adamant about. I fall in love a little with each and everyone I come across on this journey called life for they show me something new each time and give me another reason to go on with my life. They make me fall in love, all over again, each time; fall in love with life.
—  denmysterywoman // midnight thoughts

have you ever felt the city offer you 

its own wondering thoughts while the towers of pointed, 

rusted hands longed to touch the

blues pinks oranges

of the pastel skies

resting above their curious heads?

Fandom Fridays: American Dad

If you’ve ever wondered how fiction writers make conversations in their stories sound natural, watch an episode of American Dad. This cartoon has some of the best realistic dialogue, even though the plots are often bizarre. Seth Macfarlene is a master of character development and displays what makes a T.V. show relatable.    

Originally posted by mysharona1987

American Dad doesn’t make a character say something ridiculous just to get a laugh. The characters’ personalities are consistent, so what makes them funny is seeing their flaws come through in everyday conversation. All the characters have quirks but they still speak to each other about personal issues, judge each other, and get caught up in the mundane struggles of life like anyone else. Another thing  that makes the show funny is when characters debate about the semantics of language. We can all relate to petty arguments and misunderstandings because of ambiguity in language.  

Originally posted by drugsandtvshowsallday

American Dad knows when to utilize one-liners to naturally give information about who a character is. Also, the show’s  dialogue doesn’t just advance the plot but establishes the intricacies of the characters’ relationships. Seth Macfarlene understands getting an audience invested in a show is more than just writing wacky stories.   

Originally posted by vivalasgomez

The show takes small life issues and shows the complexities of them through the characters’ dialogue. Likewise, through the show’s diverse characters we see simple issues from multiple perspectives. Every writer will have their own biases come through in their stories, but Seth Macfarlene is open to sharing opposing opinions too. Good dialogue in a show or a novel allows room for an audience to debate.     

Originally posted by kristenschaals

American Dad also creates believable characters through their mannerisms. What makes characters fleshed out is the little nuances reflecting their personality. American Dad sometimes exaggerates a character’s body language. However, the exaggeration makes the characters relatable because it makes them diverse like humans are, instead of being robotic.   

Originally posted by mrmcdoogie

Finally, American Dad is an excellent example of natural conversation through its honest dialogue. The show doesn’t try to sugar coat life struggles but reveals the flaws of being human. American Dad displays what makes dialogue believable and interesting to listen to. 

Originally posted by kristenschaals

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I like to imagine there are two kinds of people in the world. The people who look up at the stars and think they’re beautiful, and the people who look up and the stars and can’t wait to get there
—  You decide which is better

anonymous asked:

What do you think about the Mute Jason AU? Batman sliced Jason's vocal cords too when his cut his throat.

i think u guys like angst and suffering too much

homework assignment #4

a poem always flows effortlessly.
between the first word and the last period, a tear occurs.
caps and gowns are ripped off.
dance shoes are broken.
every mask, every cover is shaken to the ground.
for the words chosen, with sly whispers and secret missions give an entire new    path.
give a sigh of hope.
hope for something greater.
in-between each letter is a grand expectance.
joining together with a grand sense of freedom.
killing the build up of dark layers in my soul.
lines of poetry push something in me.
my words evoke blood to run without causing bleeding.
no metal or harsh weaponry needed.
only the act of opening my door to the dreaded honesty.
putting forth my trash bag full of recycled letters.
quietly awaiting the red ink pen to be pulled out and to begin staining my hearts blood.
resting in the idea that poetry doesn’t need the red ink but rather, the mental questions.
silently allowing their curiosity of me to be planted, watered, and grown.
their curiosity is one thing.
utterly one thing.
variety of thoughts, another.
welcoming their fingerprints on my poems.
the xerosis of my soul.
your fingerprints on my poems, my dry soul.
zerobility my fear, my enemy, but never my master.