pretty-stems

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm in love with your story telling and am trying to gather the courage to share my own works. >_< Would you mind sharing how you plan/outline your chapters? Is it more just a bullet point list or do you have short paragraphs describing the scene? Or are you one of those authors who just kind of writes without any plan at all? I'm trying to find something that works to help me get through my anxiety about writing and would love some advice!

Awww! It takes a great deal of bravery to share one’s works (or at least, for me, because I have tons of anxiety about my own writing as well,,,) and I applaud you (and if it’s YOI related let me know and I’ll check it out!)

For me it actually depends! Selkie AU started pretty roughly, stemming from discussions with @yuurisviktor about how we wanted the first couple of chapters to go. We had a rough outline, which didn’t get fleshed out until after chapter 5 or 6, but after that I would start by plotting in the document with the plot outline, and then moving that to the document with the chapter. Basically I would transfer a bullet list of plot points into that new document and write out anything from a small line to an entire paragraph about what I want the scenes to look like, divided by scene separators and delineated via brackets. Of course, around chapters 8-12 the bullet points themselves became paragraphs because of the level of detail I needed, but basically it goes from

  • Yuuri enters the top floor apartment of 221 Baker Street, dead tired but intent on working on his internship apps, and finds Viktor unpacking instead.
  • FLASHBACK: Yuuri meets Viktor for the first time while the detective is breaking into the hospital for an X ray to scan a locked box that he has as evidence.
  • Viktor finishes unpacking. He explains that he found Yuuri’s ad about a flatmate on the St Lidwina Housing Facebook Group that he ghosts, which he’d brought up when they met earlier in the month. 

to something like

“How was your day?” Yuuko asks him.

“Fine,” says Yuuri. “Yours?”

“I’ve got good news for you,” she replies. “Looks like someone finally responded to your ad at the SLU Housing group.”

“Oh?” Yuuri closes the closet door. “Who?”

Yuuko nods towards the stairs leading up. “He’s unpacking,” she replies.

[yuuri goes upstairs and finds viktor in his room]

~~

[flashback: yuuri meets viktor sliding in through a window at the medical school hospital. he asks him what he’s doing. viktor says he needs an x ray machine. he also mentions “hey don’t i recognise you from the party?” and yuuri lowkey freaks out and agrees to help viktor out of fear of being tattled on.]

(this is from the sherlock holmes au @skatinggays and I are working on)

So yeah, I work from a mix of bullet points and paragraphs, and I usually have a plan for things (the only spontaneous stuff I do is things that are tossed into my ask box lol). I find that tends to help me, but other writers are more impulsive and don’t like being restricted by a plot outline. Which is another reason why I keep the outline separate from the document in which the actual chapter is written, because sometimes things will change in between (for example, the omen thing was not in the original notes for BtDS and was added after a reviewer suggested that Viktor might be possessed) and I want to have that flexibility (which is a reason why I don’t prewrite future scenes for the most part). 

It helps me to have an outline, but it doesn’t help everyone. Some people prefer freewriting; others don’t. It’s really a matter of personal opinion, but my double-outline thing has served me well because I do a lot of complicated non-linear storytelling and I like to know what’s going on. 

Hope that helps? I wish you good luck on your writing! Writing anxiety is terrible; that’s why I have a bunch of betas lol.

note to self: don’t show your siblings (who were actual student athletes) the student athlete memes. they will not get it. and stare at you strangely.

no like I’m literally still heated ok and I’m on mobile or I’d put this under a read more

anakin skywalker okay. he was born a slave and that’s extremely important to keep in mind when talking about his attitude (and I’m not even touching on the whole dark side thing I’m talking about him being called whiny and pathetic and a weak character). so you have this kid who up until 9 years old was raised in captivity. he was treated like property, like his wants and needs didn’t matter. he wasn’t treated like a human (“I’m a person and my name is Anakin!”). he only had his mother there to give him any kind of affection, but as a slave herself, there’s only so much she can do. so picture this. you’ve been a slave your whole life and you think you’re earning freedom for you and your mom, the only person that’s ever given you any kind of love. instead, you’re told that’s not how things work even though slavery is illegal and to a nine year old, all you know is the jedi are supposed to protect. but they don’t. so you go alone, but you promise to come back and free her too. so yeah, you can come off whiny. who the hell wouldn’t?

now these people look down on you and think of you as inadequate because you can’t let your affection for her go in literally a matter of days. not only that, but the man that freed you dies and you’re left with his grieving friend that isn’t exactly fond of you. not only that, but every other jedi is brought in and raised from practically birth. you’re not, but you’re expected to immediately drop all of your former life and behavior and act just like them and when you don’t, you’re a failure.

it gets better as time goes on but still held to these impossible standards and no matter what you do it’s not enough to convince anyone (especially your teacher and the person you care most about other than your mom) that you’re not a complete fuck up. you never had any affection, but at least you had your mom. now instead you have a man who refuses to let his emotions show and especially not towards anyone else. but then you see a girl you haven’t in years and she treats you like a person, like you actually know something. and you fall in love with her and she falls in love with you. but this thing that keeps you grounded, keeps you sane after being without affection or validation for so long, it’s forbidden. it’s unacceptable, just like every other aspect of yourself.

then your mom gets tortured to death. she doesn’t just die, she’s tortured to death. one of the three people that ever gave a shit about you gets tortured to death after you failed to keep your promise to free her.

yeah, you’re pretty whiny . you spent the first part or your life a slave, only to be put into another kind of slavery where you can’t be human, you can’t have emotions everyone has (anger, love, fear), you can’t step out of line, you have to be perfect because everyone is looking at you as nothing more than a disaster waiting to happen. if you were in this situation, are you honestly telling me you wouldn’t complain? are you telling me you wouldn’t be angry? sad? afraid?

no. especially if you haven’t even seen the prequels to know what you’re talking about.