1. Favorite place to write.
2. Favorite part of writing.
3. Least favorite part of writing.
4. Do you have writing habits or rituals?
5. Books or authors that influenced your style the most.
6. Favorite character you ever created.
7. Favorite author.
8. Favorite trope to write.
9. Least favorite trope to write.
10. Pick a writer to co-write a book with and tell us what you’d write about.
11. Describe your writing process from scratch to finish.
12. How do you deal with self-doubts?
13. How do you deal with writers block?
14. What’s the most research you ever put into a book?
15. Where does your inspiration come from?
16. Where do you take your motivation from?
17. On avarage, how much writing do you get done in a day?
18. What’s your revision or rewriting process like?
19. First line of a WIP you’re working on.
20. Post a snippet of a WIP you’re working on.
21. Post the last sentence you wrote in one of your WIP’s.
22. How many drafts do you need until you’re satisfied and a project is ultimately done for you?
23. Single or multi POV, and why?
24. Poetry or prose, and why?
25. Linear or non-linear, and why?
26. Standalone or series, and why?
27. Do you share rough drafts or do you wait until it’s all polished? 28. And who do you share them with?
29. Who do you write for?
30. Favorite line you’ve ever written.
31. Hardest character to write.
32. Easiest character to write.
33. Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
34. Handwritten notes or typed notes?
35. Tell some backstory details about one of your characters in your story ________.
36. A spoiler for story _________.
37. Most inspirational quote you’ve ever read or heard that’s still important to you.
38. Have you shared your outline of your story ________ with someone? If so, what did they think of it?
39. Do you base your characters of real people or not? If so, tell us about one.
40. Original Fiction or Fanfiction, and why?
41. How many stories do you work on at one time?
42. How do you figure out your characters looks, personality, etc.
43. Are you an avid reader?
44. Best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten.
45. Worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten.
46. What would your story _______ look like as a tv show or movie?
47. Do you start with characters or plot when working on a new story?
48. Favorite genre to write in.
49. What do you find the hardest to write in a story, the beginning, the middle or the end?
50. Weirdest story idea you’ve ever had.
51. Describe the aesthetic of your story _______ in 5 sentences or words.
52. How did writing change you?
53. What does writing mean to you?
54. Any writing advice you want to share?
Here’s the full transcript of Mark talking Darkiplier in the livestream
(Time approx. 3 hours, 52 minutes to 4 hours, 4 minutes into the stream. And, yes, this took forever). Thought you’d like this, maybe.
I’ve bolded stuff I find especially interesting.
Mark: Long ago, a long time ago, I liked to do these scary
edits because I just felt like doing scary edits and this is how Darkiplier got
born. And then what happened was over time Darkiplier became less and less
about the scary figure and more about this romantic figure, and it always
rubbed me the wrong way. And I kind of shied away from Darkiplier for a while.
And I really really really- if I was going to bring Darkiplier, and when we
thought about this, we thought, okay there should be a Darkiplier route. And that
was there from the beginning, and so when I wanted to do it I wanted to do it
my way, and I wanted to do it right, and I wanted to have this unending level
of creepiness. And at the same time, I didn’t want to step on the toes of Antisepticeye
because I know there’s a big fan base of that, and I didn’t want to get in the
way of that at all and I really don’t care that there’s more than one dark
personalities of people. But when I saw the opportunity to have this character
here, I spent like 8 hours editing this, like just meticulously every single
RBG. This is a layer, we green screened this one, I color corrected it, I
separated the RBG layers I added the shakes and glitchiness every frame. I worked
on the voice, too. The voice took me the longest to figure out. Like the
shakes! And my computer was dying this whole time cause I put my effects on
Tyler: The amount of time you had to spend rendering this.
Mark: And so, the audio’s actually three separate layers. It
would have been two, but Kathryn helped me out on that one to make it more
clear. It’s a normal pitched layer that’s edited, echoed, reverbed, mastered,
and convoluted which means it’s just thrown off to the left and right, and then
it’s a deep layer of that. But then to make it really come together- it didn’t
live without this center channel that wasn’t convoluted but was centered. But
getting that voice right was so pinnacle, so paramount to what I wanted to come
out of this. And we did like thirty minutes of shooting various versions of me
talking to the camera and I wanted to pick the exact dialogue that really kind
of gave away my idea of what Dark is in not a terribly obvious way.
Tyler: The other thing, this was supposed to all be one
Mark: But YouTube annotations, this new version doesn’t
allow you to link the same video multiple times, so these are literally the old
videos that I first did when Darkiplier first came about, like, these are the
ones, especially this one here, and then this is my cheap knockoff Darkiplier.
Amy: Canon Darkiplier.
Mark: Canon Darkiplier. And I’m going
to readily admit something. I joked about Darkiplier because it didn’t seem
like something people wanted to take seriously, and I’m okay with that on
certain aspects but it had diverged into multiple different facets and multiple
different personalities, and everyone had their own version of Darkiplier, and I
thought it was hilarious that, “Hey, here’s my version of Darkiplier, and he’s
an idiot.” Like, he’s just this weird emo kid. And then I stepped back from
that, like, I stepped back. And you can even- in that time, when I was doing
those videos, in this era, I was not very happy. I was kind of… I was
pessimistic about a lot of things. And I felt like that bled through in a lot
of things I did. And that’s why even October of last year I literally made Darkiplier
an emo character. And then when we were getting to this, I thought about it
like very carefully and I thought back to why I did it originally, and I did it
originally because, well, Darkiplier wasn’t even a thing. Darkiplier was not a
thing when I was making those videos. I just wanted to make some creepy stuff.
And then I thought about that, and I was like if I want to make a statement
about who this is, I need to own that and I need to put something out there
that is not ambiguous, because I realize that’s where I went wrong. I didn’t
have a solid character so obviously, people would come up with their own
versions, they would fill in the gaps where they saw fit. So, when I made this I
had to embrace it fully and fine-tune it down to exactly where I wanted. When you
choose the “fake” choice carrying through to this one, I really wanted that to
come through, except at the end to this video, where it gets silly, but that’s
because the real me comes in and the real me’s an idiot. And I’ve actually
watched this over and over again because I’m listening to the takes I put in
here and I’m listening to my inflection and my tone, my demeanor and I’m
imagining like how to refine it better next time when I bring him back, like
how to do it better.
Tyler: I remember now, I set up
Mark: Yeah, you did. You set up
the table we had to change it out for clear glasses because the green screen
was reflecting through. But yeah, even this, like the intersplices of anger, and
this is me getting real deep in the meta of Darkiplier, like if that’s even a
thing that can be- let me just pause it here. I don’t read too much into this
but if there’s something that I want to take seriously, I want to actually do right.
So, in my mind, Darkiplier is an entirely different person from me. But, much
like Warfstache, doesn’t obey the laws of physics. He exists in another world
entirely and bleeds through into this one. This is sounding really nerdy of me.
Tyler: I remember the Warfstache
Mark: So Completely unironically,
Darkiplier is a completely separate entity from who I am. But, he admires what
I’ve accomplished, and he’s very much… people picked up on this, and people
thought it was really creepy, because it’s what I wanted. He’s a social
manipulator. He is literally, 100% manipulative. He leads you into this false
sense of security, and he wants you to trust him because he wants to take
advantage of you. That is literally what I wanted for Darkiplier. And how
creepy and scary that actually is from the surface. Especially in this first
bit, where he says, “If dinner is what you want, then I can provide.” And I wanted
this to come across in a seductive way while also masking, like, this burning
rage inside that breaks through the suave nature of it. That was my clue to
reveal he’s not your friend. He’s not here to help you. He’s here to use you. And
that also came across when I was thinking about, like, the effects. Like, his
image shatters, he separates because he’s not entirely kept together, you know
what I mean? So, I wanted like the drastic impacts of the rage pulling back
suddenly to the calm nature and the demeanor and this last one, I was thinking
was especially telling. It’s not me trying to break through, it’s his shell
Kathryn: I love that.
Mark: Yeah? It’s my favorite of
all of them.
Kathryn: That’s one’s my favorite.
I have legitimately just gone and watched that bit.
Kathryn: It’s really good.
Mark: Oh, thank you.
Kathryn: I really like that.
Mark: Yeah. And number 1 the
visuals work hard on this one, but nailing the audio- that high-pitched ringing
that a lot of people were like wow that really hurts my ears, that was by
design. That was supposed to hurt because listening to him- a lot if
inspiration for him comes from G-man from Half-life 2 and 1, like this weird interdimensional
person that seems human but is obviously not and doesn’t obey the laws of
physics, and is just like this shell of a person that’s in a suit. Not a suit,
literally a human suit, and is trying to figure out how to puppet it right that
you believe him, but he’s really good at it. And that’s where the scariness of Darkiplier,
I think, really comes from, is because he seems like someone you can trust, and
he will manipulate you, and take advantage of you, and literally use you, and
to me that’s terrifying. Like that’s the antithesis of what I want to be and so
if I’m going to make an opposite version of me, he’s gonna be the fucking worst.
Like worse than any romantic story can ever bring about. He’s fucking awful.
Amy: It was convenient, though, I like
the way it goes from Relax to this, like the video “Relax,” because then people
were not expecting this. But it’s so nice to have it on Valentine’s Day. It
works so well.
Mark: And then came the bullshit
transition that we had to do. So, this is comical in a way.
Amy: It doesn’t drag it though.
Mark: Yeah it doesn’t drag. You
get the scary. Tyler’s here-
Tyler: In Mark’s suit, which I
have fit in, but not the pants.
Mark: He didn’t fit, we forgot to
get a tie, like, we printed out a mask, and I looked at this and was like I could
try to make this creepy, and then I went, I objectively can’t. Let me throw in
some punch sound effects.
Tyler: I have to make sure, cause-
Mark: He couldn’t see shoot.
Tyler: No, I couldn’t, and I had
to keep moving the mask cause there was one time we did this that the mask
ended up completely on the side of my head and I was just like, hey Mark, you can’t
touch my face.
Amy: The convenient thing about this,
though, with all the glitches is that you can hide stuff with it.
Tyler: Yeah, and there’s a reason I
never let go of Mark I have no clue where anything is.
Mark: Yeah, oh man. Oh, this, oh
my god. Oh, and secret Easter egg- you know who Dark is because he doesn’t have
a shadow. Totally intentional and by design.
Never afraid to speak and/or draw her mind, Los Angeles based artist and illustrator, Hellen Jo and her characters can be described as rough, vulgar, tough, jaded, powerful, bratty and bad-ass - AKA her own brand of femininity. Known for her comic Jin & Jam, and her work as an illustrator and storyboard artist for shows such as Steven Universe and Regular Show, Hellen’s rebellious, and sometimes grotesque artwork and illustrations are redefining Asian American women and women of color in comics. In fact, that’s why Hellen Jo was a must-interviewee for our latest Sketchy Behavior where we talk to her about her love of comics and zines, her antiheroines, and redefining what Asian American women identity is or can be; and what her ultimate dream project realized would be.
Extracted Rob’s quotes from article Robert Pattinson: ‘Without therapy I don’t know how you’re supposed to do life’ by Elisabeth Day published Nov.3 2017
About not going out much
He’s 31 now
and freely admits he still doesn’t get out that much. ‘I don’t know
anything about anything,’ he says, only half-joking. ‘I live in a bubble
inside my ivory tower.’
About difficulty in trying to shoot Good Time undercover
‘You walk down the street and there’s like, one person, and you can
see that even if they don’t really recognise you, there’s a kind of
flicker of something.’ After that, someone might send a tweet, and then a
photographer arrives having been tipped off, and then ‘within hours the
entire situation changes. People in the street start looking, then
everyone starts taking photos and the entire energy is…’
He breaks off, and when he speaks again it is with a sort of helpless matter-of-factness: ‘You just can’t shoot.’
He even exchanged fake prison correspondence with Benny Safdie and
improvised a physical altercation at a car wash. His performance was
influenced by the 1970s classic Mean Streets. ‘Definitely,’ Pattinson
agrees. ‘He lives in his own reality. I think that’s what very
successful con men do. It’s like, even when they’re lying, they’re not
About not doing superhero movies or other franchises
Unlike many of his contemporaries, he has
successfully resisted the lure of lucrative superhero movies or
comic-book franchises. ‘It’s because I can’t get a six-pack, I’ve tried for years,’ he
deadpans. ‘No, I think it’s scary to be sort of synonymous with one
part… I’ve never even auditioned for them.’
About his own look and style and image
meet in a London hotel, Pattinson is in the middle of filming High
Life, the English-language debut of French director Claire Denis, who he
has wanted to work with for years, and is finding it a struggle to
shift his mindset from filming one movie to promoting another.
He repeatedly apologises for being ‘totally spaced out… I’m kind of,
like, all over the place’. Normally, when a film star says something
like this it stems from an automatic politeness reflex or an attempt at
offbeat charm. But Pattinson really is exceptionally spaced out. In
person, he is about as far-removed from the self-possessed immortal
high-school heart-throb of Edward Cullen as it’s possible to be.
‘Sorry,’ he says at one point. ‘This is terrible. I’m trying.’ I’m
surprised how unsure of himself he seems. Even his clothes are
uncertain. When he went to the Coachella music festival recently, ‘I
felt like I looked like a bit of a narc [an undercover drugs cop]. I
looked way too overdressed.’
Today, he is wearing a boxy leather jacket, turned-up trousers and
trainers, all of which are in shades of black or navy blue. ‘I had to do
a photo shoot so I look very, very styled today,’ he says.
About falling into acting
19, barely out of school, he got the part of Hogwarts prefect Cedric Diggory in
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. ‘I sort of fell into it and went
on from there,’ he says. Does he think he’s a good actor? ‘I don’t
know. I know I try hard.’
Still, when Twilight came along, his life would never be the same
again. At first, his family were ‘worried’ how he would cope with the
attention. ‘But then I just didn’t really change. And it was fun. For
me. I had good agents and stuff and I’ve had really good friends since
the beginning. So I think when it gets dangerous for people is when you
have no friends and you think, “Oh, if I get strangers to love me then
it will fill that hole.” And then when it doesn’t fill the hole then you
go 10 times crazier.’
About fame and mental health
think fame comes with certain mental-health issues? ‘Yes,’ he says, not
missing a beat. ‘Definitely. Pretty much every person I know who’s got
famous is completely nuts. It’s just isolation and also the
repetitiveness of your interactions with people… It’s just weird.’ At
the height of his fame and while living in Los Angeles (where he still
has a home), Pattinson came up with a complicated system to throw the
paparazzi off his scent.
Wherever he went, be it a bar or a restaurant, he would take a change
of clothes. He would then order several Ubers, swap outfits with one of
his friends in the toilets, and send them out into the waiting taxis as
decoys. During one period, he had five hire cars parked around the
Each one had a change of clothes in the boot. If Pattinson was being
followed, he’d drive to one of the rental cars, switch vehicles, change
outfits and then leave. Is it important to him to be able to disappear?
He nods. ‘I try to not be seen whatsoever between movies. So hopefully
the only thing that exists of you in the public realm is what you agree
to put out there… It’s always just a control thing.
control of your life has been taken away from you, that’s when you go a
little crazy.’ And has he ever gone ‘a little crazy’? ‘I mean, kind of,’
‘I can’t really tell how crazy I was before. It’s definitely
difficult to really know. But yeah. I think being able to disassociate
and compartmentalise kind of helps you quite a lot. If you let
everything hit you all the time it would probably be quite difficult to
About crazy fan mails he received
Celebrity has often been surreal. Pattinson says that when he was in
Twilight, his agent used to receive sackfuls of fan mail. ‘I remember
once my old assistant found this letter from this woman that was just
the worst sob story ever. And it was like, “You have to read this, this
woman has had the worst life ever.”
And I was reading it like, “F—k. I should call her. I should
definitely call her.” And then he was going through the rest of this box
and he was like, “Wait a second,” and we noticed the exact same
handwriting on a totally different sob story… It was funny.’
About his anxiety and therapy sessions
‘I get a lot of anxiety with everything.’ How does it manifest
itself? ‘Just kind of paralysis, indecision. You don’t really end up
doing a lot.’ He describes acting as a means of escaping the intense
thoughts in his own head. ‘One really nice thing about acting is that
it’s like a weird therapy exercise. If you’re insecure or shy or
something, then you can kind of experiment with expanding your horizons
within the framework of a fiction.
‘I get so much anxiety in performance and everyone’s reaction is to
say, “Just be yourself!” And myself, in general, is the last person I
want to be.’ A few years ago, Pattinson started going to therapy. When
he told his parents back in England they were ‘literally horrified. And I
was like, “Why is that a bad thing?” There’s just this weird stigma.
It’s so strange… But I think it’s a sort of throwback attitude.
‘I don’t go that often. I just really like her [his therapist]…
You’re just trying to figure out how you feel about something. I’ve got a
lot out of it… I mean [without therapy], I don’t know how you’re
supposed to do…’ He sinks into a lengthy pause. Life, I suggest? ‘Life,’
he agrees and he looks down at the floor and then back up at me and
Robert Pattinson is not what I
expected. From the outside, his existence looks charmed. Yet behind
those perfect looks, his head is a bubbling cauldron of anxiety,
self-doubt and unanswered questions about life. It makes him interesting
to talk to. It’s possible it even makes him a great actor. But above
all, it makes him less teen vampire, and ineffably, undeniably more
Note # I
am extracting Rob’s quotes from this print interview because the
interviewer does not seem to know much about Rob’s filmography (besides
Twilight) and used a lot of her narratives and background from tabloid
sources e.g. suggesting Rob’s smoke “substances”, cheating and fake engagements.