procrastination makes me do weird things

Until Death Do Us Part

The Worst Writing Advice EVER - that helped me finish my novel

I post so many writing tips (even though I’m not posting much currently - sorry about that) and many of them actually helped improving my writing - but no matter how often I read how you should just ‘get up and write’ and ‘just WRITE EVERYDAY’, it wasn’t that simple. 

So here are a few truths I’ve learned during the process of writing my first novel (and actually finishing it! HELL YES) - possibly the worst writing advice ever that somehow helped me (so maybe it’ll help you, too):

1. Forget your book - give up on it 

This sounds crazy, I know. But it was the best thing I did. If you and I are in any way similar, than you probably get crazily excited about an idea and start writing like a maniac. You manage to write a few chapters. If you’re really crazy, you even get half of the book done! But then that dreadful feeling starts: what the hell now? You’re officially stuck. You try to keep going but it’s SO difficult to even get 100 words out.

So, yes, I gave up and basically forgot about my book. To be honest, I started writing another one. After a few months I went back to the first one and read through everything I’d written and BAM! Suddenly, the scenes that I’d had such a hard time writing before were flowing out of me so easily, I couldn’t believe it. So this is a legit advice: Forget it. Move on. Write something else. And then go back to it - I noticed how easy it was after I’ve spent some time apart, because I couldn’t remember most of the stuff I’d written so it actually felt like someone else had written a book and left it there for me to finish.

2. If you don’t want to write, don’t write. 

This is probably the one thing that I’ve never read in any of those writing tips I’ve posted. Everyone says to write even if you don’t feel like it and so on. Well, I tried. It didn’t work. So what did I do? I did make myself start: I wrote a few sentences and MOST of the time that was all it took: suddenly, I was actually writing two pages. But sometimes I just couldn’t go on - and I didn’t. Whenever I started to feel like I just didn’t KNOW how to continue - I didn’t. I stopped. 

I don’t know if it’s some psychological thing, but this seems to have decreased the level of pressure I put on myself or, I don’t know, made the whole process a bit more fun? I just know that actually allowing myself to NOT force anything helped me  - I wrote everyday and finally finished my first draft.

3. Procrastinate as hell

Yep - and while you’re at it, try being your own biggest fan. This sounds stupid but if we don’t fangirl over our own work who’s going to, right? So, whenever I felt like I couldn’t write, I started to procrastinate in an ‘inspirational’ kind of way: I created covers for my novel; I created playlists for each character or chapter (tumblr-fanmixes-style, you know); I created moodboards for characters on Pinterest. You get the idea. I procrastinated like a pro, but it did help me because it made me feel so very excited for my book.

4. Let your character’s lead the way

This may sound very weird. But I swear that the end of my novel kind of wrote itself. I had planned something entirely different and somehow that didn’t happen. Instead, I felt this wrongness whenever I wanted to write what I had originally planned - it just didn’t feel right, so I kept deleting everything. Once I started writing whatever came to mind - and by doing that, abandoning that original idea - things started making much more sense. It was as if my characters refused to go with my plan - and created their own ending. Weird? Maybe. But what do I care! It’s done!

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Do you have unconventional writing advice? I’d love to hear about it!

Five Things.

I was tagged by @welcome-to-my-mind-shed, thanks lovely!

Five things you’ll find in my bag:

  1. my phone
  2. lipbalm
  3. packet of tissues
  4. usually a hairbrush
  5. a load of crap i probably haven’t gotten rid of yet

Five things you’ll find in my bedroom:

  1. my bed
  2. spiders probably
  3. a weirdly large collection of penguins
  4. a junk drawer that i really need to sort out
  5. a merlin poster on the wall that i can’t bring myself to part with

Five things I’ve always wanted to do:

  1. visit anne frank’s house
  2. do jury service (i have weird interests haha)
  3. meet an elephant up close
  4. be a normal human being
  5. ..i don’t know??

Five things that make me happy:

  1. the sky
  2. tv shows
  3. thunderstorms
  4. taking a good selfie
  5. baby animals

Five things I’m currently into:

  1. reading buzzfeed articles
  2. procrastinating everything 
  3. miranda. currently rewatching it
  4. reigniting my weird obsession with star trek
  5. sloths. they’re so cute!

Five things on my to-do list:

  1. i go on holiday to spain a week tomorrow and i need to start deciding what clothes and stuff i need to take
  2. CHARGE MY KINDLE WHY DO I KEEP FORGETTING
  3. cry because tomorrow it’ll be mid-twenties and i hate birthdays
  4. so many things to rewatch or start watching
  5. something i’ve probably forgotten

i tag @belatrixstrangr, @willjtudor@merlination and @acoulby if ya wanna do it!

One of the best things about Rick and Morty is I think Rick really was originally supposed to be 100% evil asshole, but they just couldn’t help but give more depth to his character. It makes him feel very real, very human. 

Like an actual person with real social incapability, like a real substance abuser. He has verbal communication issues - the stuttering and frequent space-filler words as a verbal crutch (constantly saying “Morty”). He has symptoms of an actual person with Antisocial Personality Disorder - unable to maintain personal/emotional relationships, no regard for the consequences of his behavior. But his relationships do mean a lot to him, so when he fucks them up by doing or saying things he can’t control, he beats himself up over it. He turns to alcohol and drugs for likely a lot of reasons: escapism, anxiety relief, self destructiveness.  

All these little things weren’t necessarily intentional at first with his character. But they added up and gave this disgusting weird ass cartoon character a lot of dimension. These elements were thrown at the audience in subtle and sudden ways, and I think the chaos of that is what makes it feel so organic.

starter call || @liachtaschta

“Being free from college is such a weird feeling. I have nothing to procrastinate on anymore. I’m just playing video games for the sake of it – or travelling to Liechtenstein for the sake of it, apparently.” He takes a sip of his coffee and looks around Ludmila’s home. “I should come here more often. It’s nice– I can feel the busy life just floating away from me. Important matters though, Ludmila. How do I find meaning in my life while I still don’t have to worry about college?”

sansy-fancy-deactivated20160604  asked:

Once you get this, you have to say five things you like about yourself, publicly, then send this to 10 of your favorite followers (non-negotiable) (positivity is cool💖🌸) <3 ((and I just noticed YOU following me oh my GOD!! *screaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAM!!*))

(( WERGWERGWR THANK YOU FRIEND FOR FOLLOWING AS WELL :D :D :D 

I also saw @schwarzennwolf tagged me on this very thing as well, so, but five is hard enough for me, so I’m just going to do this once!

1. I try hard to be nice to people

2. I’ve made it a long way despite some stupidly bad luck in certain things

3. I’m really good at doing full-scale clay sculptures of people 

4. I think I have a grand taste in music (who doesn’t? BUT I DON’T CARE I STILL LOVE MYSELF FOR LOVING WHAT I LOVE IT DOESN’T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE)

5. I like that this blog has seemed to make a few people happy, even if I don’t do everything right all the time, haha. I’m proud of it, in a way, although that feels weird to say. 

AND WHOO BOY THAT TOOK A RIDICULOUSLY LONG TIME BUT IT WAS A GOOD PROCRASTINATION THING

And I refuse to pick favorites, so I’ll randomly select from the pool of people who’ve messaged me recently/been active on all the different mediums (but, since I was asked this twice, I’ll list twice as many people!… and maybe a couple extra just because I want to hear all the lovely things you can say about yourselves =3=): 

@katsuchu12 @yandere-prime @insomniatickraken @greeneyedfaunus @flamingspiders @draconic-hydra @bxneymusician @sprinklesobourbon @thesocialpariah @bay-of-babes @d4mnk1dd @ineedtogetmyheadoutofthesand @chaiteawolf  @askthegoatbro @brokenasriel @sansskeleton25 @that-one-otaku-carru @seraphiixiao @omega-want-undertale @omegasam7890 @chaparro2 @pokegirlema @sandra-s14 @candydropdream @ember-lighta @whitefireassassin @bunny-yikes @dragongirlcosplayer 

welcome to my very first follow forever, ft a shoddy graphic & my love for you all!!! i was supposed to do one of these ages ago after reaching a Very Important Follower Milestone but then a) completely forgot about it and b) baffling surpassed the milestone in question (who said procrastination doesn’t pay off?). i don’t follow very many people, but those i do are the ones who make this place worth sticking around, so thank you for the support & for making this small slice of internet a weird sort of home. and bc i can, a quick s/o to my girlfriend who kept pressuring me to do one of these things, mostly bc she wanted to be on it. without further ado:

agentqarter / antonsokolov / archaeologicals / asteriads / asteropes / athanea / atomicblonde / buckying / bunnycorcorans / catmonocles / charlesmmacaulay / contramonte / creuxing / cruelmagic / deeplystained / delladilly / dirtbaghades / elucipher / enyod / ethnchandler / facinaoris / feminissm / francisabernthy / ghotipunk / gristol / guidanceoffice / hcspera / holiests / humandocument / hymnandher / icarusflying / itchymercutio / ivarstead / janesyre / kovuhs / leepac3 / lisemeitner / luscifers / luxastria / maynads / mhythology / mythaelogynereiids / notbecauseofvictories / oephelia / olxmpian / orwecouldnot / patrocluz / popolvuhz / popotum / prewars / punkdraco / regulusblacking / rhaegartargaryen / richarddpapen / rsiken / sailsflyseaward / saturnyn / sbstnstan / sea-change / sesemetree / shrinemaidens / snorlucks / solesoffire / starseas / tenderpotter / tevintrs / timaeustestified / tommyshelby / unfriendlyblackandhot / unimpressed2chainz / walturdwhite / yeezymandias / zevrannarainai & all my pals at mythpoetrynet & nosebleedclub 

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Guys look! I’m making videos again! This one is called “Why doing things is so hard” and kind of explains why I haven’t made videos in so long…

Message me to join the conversation about procrastination and motivation! Let me know what gets you motivated and keeps you motivated, and I’ll post the good points and take notes so I too stay motivated!

(And sorry for the weird quality, I had to take the video on my phone because my camera kinda doesn’t hold a charge anymore…oops)

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