anonymous asked:

Any tips on writing a childhood friendship that as the characters age turns into something more?

Creating Romantic Feelings Between Characters might help! I’m pretty sure that the link mentions how the criteria should exist in some basic form for friendship, but romance is seen as a step toward a different kind of intimacy. So what I’d do is introduce a level of attraction that subtlety creeps up on the characters, since they’re already close. 

Budding romantic relationships with friends can be shown through the small things that a character notices. It’s not rare for people to develop feelings for friends, but it’s often hard to pin down early on and it can get confusing. A character may just find that they really like spending time with someone more, or they can realize they feel a little anxious about something that used to not make them anxious. An example of this is accidental touches. You can bump into a friend and get over it pretty quickly, but if you have budding feelings for someone then you might be a little more stunned by it.

Different people also notice feelings at different stages. One character may realize right away and hide it because they don’t want to lose a friend, while another might be more oblivious and not realize what the physical signs are pointing to. How it unfolds really depends on the characters involved and how the plot and setting interact with them. 

It helps if you can put them in situations where the attraction can really be shown or increased, or parallel a past situation with the new attraction so the reader can see the change. It’s even okay for a character to internally comment on the attraction, or talk about it with someone else, as long as you keep the thought from taking over into too much “telling”.

Also, people grow up, and part of growing up is changing. Their friendship may have been built on one thing, but they aren’t the same people they were as children and that alone can sometimes lead to attraction. You can include the past friendship as a good foundation, but the romance shouldn’t be built on the exact same elements as the plain friendship because there should be a reason the romance is only coming out now. 

Different Ways Characters Can Show Love is another post I can offer to you for looking into the details of how each character may behave beyond the friend boundary. Their history, upbringing, personality, all of that mixes together to affect how people interact and form relationships. Like I said before, there is definitely a level of love between friends, so there needs to be some form of attraction that pushes them beyond that boundary. 

Good luck with your story!


“I have Multiple sclerosis. I was diagnosed ten years ago. I can walk, but my balance is wonky and my legs get weird. I’ve been doing a lot better lately. But today I said, ‘Do I take the bus and then walk four blocks, or do I just put on my hat and take the scooter?’ The temperature dictates.

MS affects the central nervous system. You get random lesions in random places in your brain or your brain stem or your spinal cord. And wherever that lesion is, it affects whatever your brain or your spinal cord or your brain stem does for that time period. 

Once I lost vision in one eye, but it came back. Like, overnight. Another time, I had to use a wheelchair for a while because my left side wouldn’t work. Every time you recover, you’re like, ‘Yay!’ But six months later, you get a new lesion and you’ve got to start all over again.

Before, I didn’t notice if there were handrails. Or if all the curbs were okay or if the sidewalks were even. So now I’m obviously aware because I need to be. But then I’m also aware for other people. I didn’t think about those things before. It’s made me more aware of other people who also have difficulties.

It’s not that I wasn’t caring, but you’re busy. You don’t pay attention. You don’t notice as much. But once you have a disability, I think you become more in tune to what other people are suffering.”


Hm. Let’s talk about Villains and Reality vs Fiction.

Art often reflects a version of reality,

but like a fun house mirror

we understand the truth.

Children understand early on that they will never be a mermaid or a princess. That’s why when you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, they’ll say “DOCTOR!” or “SINGER” or FIREFIGHTER!” If they ever do say “I want to be Darth Vader!” We can all safety assume this child isn’t actually planning on growing up to slice off his son’s hand and rule a galaxy.
The kid knows they can’t actually be Darth Vader, but they admire Vader’s cool looks, his authority, the awesome one-liners. A child knows. Children are not stupid.
Now, as adults (I hope) we also see the difference between reality and fiction… you know, like we see the difference in good and bad? We can imagine crazy things and insane dramas and read and write about whatever we’d like, but once the book is closed and the movie is turned off people know what they know and do what they do and LIVE their lives with that underlying common law of what is Good. Once in a while, you will have that disturbed mind that will take something like The Joker and misuse him as an excuse to do heinous things, but people are generally good.

So we are allowed to enjoy a story like Jane Eyre, like Suicide Squad, like Star Wars. We are allowed to enjoy the ups, downs, horrors and triumphs of characters like Kylo Ren. We can think Kilgrave from Jessica Jones is charismatic and fun to watch. We can completely adore Loki from Thor.



Because the line between fiction and reality is a lot thicker than some people on tumblr are making it out to be.

Immortals, Long Cons, and the Building Fury of the Art History Department

I’ve mentioned my favorite art history professor to @systlin a few times, but there’s one story of him that stays with me. So for you, Plant Aunt, I’ve crafted a tale of one immortal spitefully making sure another immortal finally gets his:

The running joke among David’s students is that our beloved professor is clearly an immortal. How else could we explain his small office crammed with illuminated manuscripts, Scythian and Mongolian bows, 3rd cent. Roman gladii, near-Eastern rugs and ancient swords? The way he sighed wistfully in class and told us how beautiful the Parthenon was when it was new and, “not just a damn tourist attraction”? It wasn’t uncommon for us to see him hefting a sword over his shoulder, leather trench coat flapping in the wind, flipping off the head of security who really should have stopped trying by now.

It was also a running joke that our favorite immortal just did not get technology. I worked at our Help Desk for all four years of college, and David would always request one of his students to come and fix his computer. 

“This computer isn’t fast enough,” he told me once, polishing an enameled chalice. Google maps was still loading on the page, trying to parse the coordinates he entered. It was likely looking ten centuries too late. “It needs more of that RAM. Really. I could be soaring over ancient Rome like a bird!”

After repeat requests, he got a brand-new Macbook Pro, which he promptly abandoned for his antique slide projector. 

“I just don’t get the new technology,” he shrugged. “You can’t get the feel of things.” 

That was the only sentiment he shared with his nemesis. 

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Monsters also show us that it’s possible to breathe and exist in a realm of imperfection, because yes, perfection is impossible and truly unnatural… imperfection, I think, is a perfectly attainable goal, especially for me. There is beauty and humility in imperfection.
—  Guillermo Del Toro during his speech at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Come on buddy. This is not new you know? What do you think X-Men is? Who do you think Captain America is? Your uniform is made out of a flag. Apolitical? It’s funny. It’s actually funny and you have to laugh to keep from crying. I mean Black Panther. Black. Panther. That’s his name! It’s gonna be political! I don’t know how you make it not political. So for me it was tradition, there was no where else to go but politics. That is a central through line in almost any great comic book, in any comic book I love anyway. I bet you there is not a single great comic book arc, and maybe not a single great story every told without any sort of political implications
—  Ta-Nehisi Coates on people complaining about “putting politics in my comic books?”
Dungeon Design: Guiding Player Movement Part II

This time I’m going to go over some factors that guide movement that are less about visual composition and more about content. I am using the same map from Part 1, a map of an icy cavern frost giants are using as a lair. An entrance to a hero’s lost tomb is located within.

Mechanical Design

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For #FairytaleFriday, dive into the magical world of Diana and Derci, in the delightful story The Thief & The Naiad. Get your copy with exquisite color illustrations, original score and narration, only on Beyond Books