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chronicles of bakugou-sensei pt.2

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Portrait of singer Nina Simone. Stamped on back: “Publications of this photograph must include by-line Gerald Simmons/Ulozi Photographics.” Handwritten on back: “Nina Simone, 7-69.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
  • Riley: This is Maya, my best friend and life partner, and the one I trust with everything and whom I adore above all others, my dearest most precious person, who can do no wrong in my eyes because she’s so brave and dedicated and smart, and we have so much in common. I just adore this girl, look at her, isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she swell? Yeah my girl Maya, she’s the best, I love her.
  • Maya: I guess Riley likes me, yeah? But I don’t want to assume or anything, you know.

Johnny “Toaster-Ass” Joestar

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I was planning this book series ( my first one) and then I got a bit discouraged because it's just Game of Thrones with different characters. There are different houses fighting for power in a medieval world, a foreign girl freeing slaves, an all-powerful villain killing everyone, etc. Any suggestions on how to make it... not so similar? Because I already really enjoy the characters and some aspects of the plot.

This is a regular topic of discussion for us here, so luckily we do have several posts that should help reassure you that you’re doing nothing wrong in exploring ideas that are similar to existing ideas. I’m sure you haven’t read all of these, so browse through them for some extra pep talks. 

Will using an overused plot deter readers?

My story’s too similar to something else

My story’s too similar to something else, take 2

Am I plagiarizing?

And for just one more spark of motivation, I cannot reblog this one enough: “Your idea isn’t lame. Own it. Make it yours.” 

Subtract the perceived similarities by adding differences.

This is my additional tip for this time around. If your story has several elements in common with something else, especially something that inspired you, start by listing the differences. If you need to, take it one step further and compare the similarities and differences side-by-side. Your intention should be to make a “differences list” that is longer than your “similarities list.” If you run out of differences in your existing plan, it means you need to create more. 

I think where we struggle is that we approach this problem by thinking that we have to make our story different, which means transforming or changing ideas that we love. And when a writer is excited about something, they shouldn’t change it for the sake of changing it. 

Don’t transform a story that’s similar to another one. Just add to it. Give your story plot elements, characters, magical concepts, species, weapons, technological advances, or anything that the inspiration doesn’t have. This way you aren’t changing what you already love. You’re creating more complexities that will eventually drive your story to become unique. 

Sometimes it’s all about how you approach the problem that leads to the best solution. I don’t know much about Game of Thrones, but if you add in enough differences, you should start to see it evolve into your own story. 

Regardless though, write what you love. 

-Rebekah

anyway, maryse has been everything but supportive of alec and his sexuality and his relationship with magnus and still, when she has been hurt, it’s alec’s instinct to comfort her. the boy really is loyal to the fault and he has such… deep and complicated relationship with his mother. it’s fascinating. 

he’s literally her soldier, a child always trained to be the leader and to follow rules and he has loyalty towards her instilled into the every bone in his body and she has used that over and over to her advantage and she has been emotionally abusive towards him - whether she realizes it or not - and alec still manages to stand up for himself, but mainly for others, against her even if it’s against his every instinct, but at the same time, it’s clear that he has a soft spot when it comes to her and he would protect her no matter the cost. it’s all incredibly fascinating.