the-handmaids-tale

anonymous asked:

Hey Nicky! Important question: how long did you spend developing Burning Bridges before you started posting? I'm a writer and I really want to post this fic I'm working on, but I know it's gonna have many chapters and I don't want to post it too soon. Any advice?

No two artists work the same way so the answer depends on who you are and what kind of story it is. What I can say with certainty is: if you wait a year, maybe even two, your story is going to be different from what it is today, for better or worse. 

If you want to know how long it took to plan Burning Bridges you should know I was writing it way before I drew it. Moira was originally named after a character in The Handmaids Tale (Moira Del Rosso = Moira Offred/Of-Red), and the plot followed her and a Meowth named Macavity as she navigated the criminal underbelly of the Pokemon world with Gary Oak’s pokedex. It might sound awesome, but I struggled a lot with that premise - mostly because Moira always felt like a cardboard cutout at the time. 

A year later, I was asked to explain to my younger cousins why one of our aunts was missing a dad - it got me thinking about re-writing Moira. I made the story simpler, and made her quest the story of girl looking for her father, at least so she could find herself. I wanted to capture that longing, that feeling of familial uncertainty, in a way that felt visceral and real. By writing what I knew, Moira sort of became a more complex character, and her story all the better for it.

Honestly, if you wait a year and don’t stop thinking over it, I guarantee you your story will be different than it is now. This is usually a good thing… but not always. 

You also have to factor in that if you spend too much time rethinking about a story, you may never have time to write it. Remember you only have one life. Stories take longer for you to make than they take a reader to consume - and if you just want them to read it, and move on to bigger stories, I think it might be best not to second-guess yourself and keep going. 

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Colour Series [6/?] Pink

Now I’m awake to the world. I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen. When they slaughtered congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the constitution, we didn’t wake up then, either. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub, you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.

Orange is the New Black is the most successful show in Netflix’s history and The Handmaid’s Tale is the most successful in Hulu’s. And now Wonder Woman is being hailed as the movie that has “saved” the DC franchise. It’s almost like people are actually interested in seeing more of women’s stories on screen instead of the same tired shows centered around flawed male heroes that the mainstream machine has churned out a million times before.

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“I like the notion that June has this power over Nick that causes him to make decisions that aren’t necessarily ideal for his self-preservation. The power of love is a strong thing.” - Max Minghella