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The Seventh Wheel: A Case for Black Lion Lance

Alternatively titled: Lance Deserves The World Because He is My Son and I Love Him

Okay, so Shiro’s gone and someone’s gotta fill his big ass shoes. In the toss-up between him, Allura, and Keith, I’m going to be arguing in this post that Lance could be the guy to do it. And, fair warning, this is going to be ridiculously (like, ridiculously) long lmao so here’s the TL;DR right now: I think that a) Lance already shows the character traits of a good leader, and b) there’s a good chance of him becoming one, given his impending character arc. 

It also has a chance of not happening, of course, but who cares?? I already started writing this thing, so:

Alright, let’s begin at the beginning, because that’s always a good place to start.

Lance is first introduced to the audience as the classic loud, arrogant, goofy flirt. The perfect comic relief character. He rescues a guy because his “rival” was gonna do it first and he can’t have that, the first thing he does in the giant robot cat is fart, and he hits on a girl who just fell out of a pod in a magic castle. He’s there to make you laugh.

I can’t imagine anyone looking at a character like that and “You know what? This guy could be a leader.” Allura says it herself in episode 1. The black lion is supposed to be the decisive head of Voltron, a person who’s a natural born leader, who’s in control, and,

Basically, calm, collected, and respected. “A natural born leader.” So, definitely not Lance. Case closed.

But, not really. Because Lance actually is calm and collected. He’s just not respected. He has all the leadership traits– the problem is that he’s not treated as someone who could be a leader.

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Internal Conflict:  Five Conflicting Traits of a Likable Hero.

1.  Flaws and Virtues 

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but characters without flaws are boring.  This does not, as many unfortunate souls take it to mean, imply that good, kind, or benevolent characters are boring:  it just means that without any weaknesses for you to poke at, they tend to be bland-faced wish fulfillment on the part of the author, with a tendency to just sit there without contributing much to the plot.

For any character to be successful, they need to have a proportionate amount of flaws and virtues.

Let’s take a look at Stranger Things, for example, which is practically a smorgasbord of flawed, lovable sweethearts.

We have Joyce Byers, who is strung out and unstable, yet tirelessly works to save her son, even when all conventional logic says he’s dead;  We have Officer Hopper, who is drunken and occasionally callous, yet ultimately is responsible for saving the boy’s life;  We have Jonathan, who is introspective and loving, but occasionally a bit of a creeper, and Nancy, who is outwardly shallow but proves herself to be a strong and determined character.  Even Steve, who would conventionally be the popular jerk who gets his comeuppance, isn’t beyond redemption.

And of course, we have my beloved Eleven, who’s possibly the closest thing Stranger Things has to a “quintessential” heroine.  She’s the show’s most powerful character, as well as one of the most courageous.  However, she is also the show’s largest source of conflict, as it was her powers that released the Demogorgon to begin with.  

Would Eleven be a better character if this had never happened?  Would Stranger Things be a better show?  No, because if this had never happened, Stranger Things wouldn’t even be a show.  Or if it was, it would just be about a bunch of cute kids sitting around and playing Dungeons and Dragons in a relatively peaceful town.

A character’s flaws and mistakes are intended to drive the plotline, and if they didn’t have them, there probably wouldn’t even be a plot.

So don’t be a mouth-breather:  give your good, kind characters some difficult qualities, and give your villains a few sympathetic ones.  Your work will thank you for it.

2.  Charisma and Vulnerability

Supernatural has its flaws, but likable leads are not one of them.  Fans will go to the grave defending their favorite character, consuming and producing more character-driven, fan-created content than most other TV shows’ followings put together.

So how do we inspire this kind of devotion with our own characters?  Well, for starters, let’s take a look at one of Supernatural’s most quintessentially well-liked characters:  Dean Winchester.

From the get-go, we see that Dean has charisma:  he’s confident, cocky, attractive, and skilled at what he does.  But these qualities could just as easily make him annoying and obnoxious if they weren’t counterbalanced with an equal dose of emotional vulnerability. 

As the show progresses, we see that Dean cares deeply about the people around him, particularly his younger brother, to the point of sacrificing himself so that he can live.  He goes through long periods of physical and psychological anguish for his benefit (though by all means, don’t feel obligated to send your main character to Hell for forty years), and the aftermath is depicted in painful detail.

Moreover, in spite of his outward bravado, we learn he doesn’t particularly like himself, doesn’t consider himself worthy of happiness or a fulfilling life, and of course, we have the Single Man Tear™.

So yeah, make your characters beautiful, cocky, sex gods.  Give them swagger.  Just, y’know.  Hurt them in equal measure.  Torture them.  Give them insecurities.  Make them cry.  

Just whatever you do, let them be openly bisexual.  Subtext is so last season.

3.  Goals For the Future and Regrets From the Past

Let’s take a look at Shadow Moon from American Gods.  (For now, I’ll have to be relegate myself to examples from the book, because I haven’t had the chance to watch the amazing looking TV show.) 

Right off the bat, we learn that Shadow has done three years in prison for a crime he may or may not have actually committed.  (We learn later that he actually did commit the crime, but that it was only in response to being wronged by the true perpetrators.)  

He’s still suffering the consequences of his actions when we meet him, and arguably, for the most of the book:  because he’s in prison, his wife has an affair (I still maintain that Laura could have resisted the temptation to be adulterous if she felt like it, but that’s not the issue here) and is killed while mid-coital with his best friend.

Shadow is haunted by this for the rest of the book, to the point at which it bothers him more than the supernatural happenings surrounding him.  

Even before that, the more we learn about Shadow’s past, the more we learn about the challenges he faced:  he was bullied as a child, considered to be “just a big, dumb guy” as an adult, and is still wrongfully pursued for crimes he was only circumstantially involved in.

But these difficulties make the reader empathize with Shadow, and care about what happens to him.  We root for Shadow as he tags along with the mysterious and alternatively peckish and charismatic Wednesday, and as he continuously pursues a means to permanently bring Laura back to life.

He has past traumas, present challenges, and at least one goal that propels him towards the future.  It also helps that he’s three-dimensional, well-written, and as of now, portrayed by an incredibly attractive actor.

Of course (SPOILER ALERT), Shadow never does succeed in fully resurrecting Laura, ultimately allowing her to rest instead, but that doesn’t make the resolution any less satisfying.  

Which leads to my next example…       

4.  Failure and Success 

You remember in Zootopia, when Judy Hopps decides she wants to be cop and her family and town immediately and unanimously endorse her efforts?  Or hey, do you remember Harry Potter’s idyllic childhood with his kindhearted, adoptive family?  Oh!  Or in the X-Files, when Agent Mulder presents overwhelming evidence of extraterrestrial life in the first episode and is immediately given a promotion?  No?

Yeah, me neither.  And there’s a reason for this:  ff your hero gets what they want the entire time, it will be a boring, two-dimensional fantasy that no one will want to read.  

A good story is not about the character getting what they want.  A good story is about the character’s efforts and their journey.  The destination they reach could be something far removed from what they originally thought they wanted, and could be no less (if not more so) satisfying because of it.

Let’s look at Toy Story 3, for example:  throughout the entire movie, Woody’s goal is to get his friends back to their longtime owner, Andy, so that they can accompany him to college.  He fails miserably.  None of his friends believe that Andy was trying to put them in the attic, insisting that his intent was to throw them away.  He is briefly separated from them as he is usurped by a cute little girl and his friends are left at a tyrannical daycare center, but with time and effort, they’re reunited, Woody is proven right, and things seem to be back on track.

Do his efforts pay off?  Yes – just not in the way he expected them to.  At the end of the movie, a college-bound Andy gives the toys away to a new owner who will play with them more than he will, and they say goodbye.  Is the payoff bittersweet?  Undoubtedly.  It made me cry like a little bitch in front of my young siblings.  But it’s also undoubtedly satisfying.      

So let your characters struggle.  Let them fail.  And let them not always get what they want, so long as they get what they need.  

5.  Loving and Being Loved by Others

Take a look back at this list, and all the characters on it:  a gaggle of small town kids and flawed adults, demon-busting underwear models, an ex-con and his dead wife, and a bunch of sentient toys.  What do they have in common?  Aside from the fact that they’re all well-loved heroes of their own stories, not much.

But one common element they all share is they all have people they care about, and in turn, have people who care about them.  

This allows readers and viewers to empathize with them possibly more than any of the other qualities I’ve listed thus far, as none of it means anything without the simple demonstration of human connection.

Let’s take a look at everyone’s favorite caped crusader, for example:  Batman in the cartoons and the comics is an easy to love character, whereas in the most recent movies (excluding the splendid Lego Batman Movie), not so much. 

Why is this?  In all adaptions, he’s the same mentally unstable, traumatized genius in a bat suit.  In all adaptions, he demonstrates all the qualities I listed before this:  he has flaws and virtues, charisma and vulnerability, regrets from the past and goals for the future, and usually proportionate amounts of failure and success.  

What makes the animated and comic book version so much more attractive than his big screen counterpart is the fact that he does one thing right that all live action adaptions is that he has connections and emotional dependencies on other people.  

He’s unabashed in caring for Alfred, Batgirl, and all the Robins, and yes, he extends compassion and sympathy to the villains as well, helping Harley Quinn to ultimately escape a toxic and abusive relationship, consoling Baby Doll, and staying with a child psychic with godlike powers until she died.

Cartoon Batman is not afraid to care about others.  He has a support network of people who care about him, and that’s his greatest strength.  The DC CU’s ever darker, grittier, and more isolated borderline sociopath is failing because he lacks these things.  

 And it’s also one of the reasons that the Lego Batman Movie remains so awesome.

God willing, I will be publishing fresh writing tips every week, so be sure to follow my blog and stay tuned for future advice and observations! 

snapdragon-princess  asked:

Do you know of any au/alternate canon fanfic where Yuuri is a more confident person? Can be due to time-travel, or any other reasons.

Thanks for these requests! I think I have a few here that may fit what your looking for! I love confident Yuuri! (Psst… you can find more confident!Yuuri fics on my role reversal AU list!)

Confident Yuuri

Escort Me by lucycamui, Explicit, 5k
On a ‘business’ trip to Tokyo, Victor picks up a captivating escort… ft. Confident Yuuri! Thumbs up! (The ending is not what you’d expect hahaha)

Surprise, Motherfuckers by LazyPotatoo, Gen, 5.3k
When Yuuri and his friends stumble upon an unusual bar, Yuuri is forced to showcase a skill of his past. Oh, and then he accidentally becomes an urban legend. Thumbs up!

I Want to Skate like Him by IdunAurora, Mature, 27k
At age 27, five time consecutive world figure skating champion Yuuri Katsuki decides to retire. He has barely made it home to Hasetsu before he finds an eager and all too enthusiastic silver-haired Russian on the doorstep of Yu-Topia Akatsuki, demanding Yuuri to coach him. Well, it’s not as if the Japanese legend has been able to get 23-year-old Viktor Nikiforov out of his mind since the young man enchanted him at the GPF banquet in Sochi months earlier, anyway. Role swap AU!

Faded by martialartist816, Explicit, 6.2k
Victor knows only two things: that he’s very drunk and that Yuuri looks very good in that suit.

Exactly What I Wanted by SharkGirl, Teen, 722 words
“That depends.” Yuuri scooched closer, bumping their noses. “Are you hungry?” Quick, cute one shot!

Bedroom Warfare by RedishBlueRose, Explicit, 2.1k
In the middle of the night, a war commences inside a hotel room. SPICY KATSUDON

Drape me in your warmth by Miiika, Teen, 27k (WIP)
So Victor being Victor, he kidnapped Chris, bought less aristocratic clothes to wear and went to the brothel. It wasn’t his first time in a brothel, god no, but he heard that the dance, which was performed there, was something to die for. Prince AU!

Weakness by Flightless_Bird, Teen, 1.8k
“Some might have thought it was a poor choice, pointing out a skater’s flaws. But to him, it was a symbol of both his biggest weakness and his greatest strength. It was something that could push him to do better or bring him to his knees. And that something was watching him from across the ice right now.” VERY sweet!

stay young (go dancing) by ryuuzaou, Explicit, 7.2k
“Do you do this with every pretty boy that serves you champagne?” Yuuri asks, finally a touch of humor in his tone. “I’ll admit, I’m the flirty type,” Viktor says, “but I haven’t asked to kiss any.” Oh, fuck it. Yuuri throws caution to the wind and says, “You won’t have to.” Shy on the streets, eros in the sheets… ;)

Age as Fireflies at Dusk by Adel Mortescryche (Mortescryche), Teen, 4k
In which it’s more than obvious to Lilia Baranovskaya that Yuuri is trained in ballet, and Yuuri proves to have more of a backbone than anyone in the Russian contingent except Yuri expected to see. Especially when Victor isn’t around to act as a buffer. Great fic!

last year’s offer (this year’s guarantee) by persephoneggsy, Explicit, 3.5k
When Victor gives Yuuri more details about what happened the night of the banquet, the Japanese skater ends up finding out that he did one more embarrassing thing before he inevitably passed out. HOT!!

Live, Laugh, Love by Lucien_King, Teen, 9.4k (WIP)
Yuuri Katsuki, a 23-year-old Japanese actor, was a veteran top star. He has been in various popular movies as both main and supporting actors, creating a massive fan base. And then, he met the Viktor Nikiforov. WOW!

Love Wins! by QuinnTuha608, Explicit, 4.6k
After Yuuri ends the Cup of China short program competitions with a new personal best and a spot at the top Viktor decides to celebrate by going out on a date; later in the night Yuuri explores his more dominant side in the bedroom. HOOOO BOY IT’S HOT UP IN HERE

Masquerade by Ashida, Explicit, 60k (WIP)
Yuuri is part of Japan’s most notorious mafias. Victor is the head of the Russian mafia. After brief meetings throughout the span of five years, they decide to go off together and leave everything behind. I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS FIC!

y'all: superman’s greatest strength is his heart and his ability to feel :)

DCEU superman: is literally hurting by feeling too much because the world sucks ass and keeps throwing every horrible thing at him as if he owes them anything


hc that nursey and dex are secretly really good at what the other person is majoring in

nursey secretly is a genius and is actually super good at pretty much all STEM subjects, but he grew up reading a lot and while he’s great at all of those typical nerd subjects he’s only really passionate about lit and poetry which is why he chose english as a major

meanwhile dex is actually a literature NERD and he did really fucking well in high school english and he really loves writing, and for the longest time he wanted to pursue that, but because of his upbringing he decided to pursue comp sci as a major. and he isn’t even particularly good at comp sci and engineering and maths??? but he chose a major that was ~practical~ and would give him the most job prospects bc after his childhood in a small town where everyone knew everyone, he wanted out, he wanted to leave, and he knew to do that he needed a steady source of income, had to earn enough money to actually sustain himself.

so on top of nursey being attractive af and kinda annoying, dex kinda resents him for basically going after the future that he really wanted. dex HATES that nursey essentially has everything he wants

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For You

Thank you @viviena for this amazing animation!!! It is perfect :))                   In celebration of such amazing work, I present a fic

  Stiles was a very easily distracted five year old. Example A - he had managed to wander off seventeen times in the past hour, constantly caught up in his need to more closely examine every flower or bug that caught his fancy.

  He had been taken on the hike to expend some energy, to relieve the restlessness that seemed ingrained into the kid’s bones. It was a common occurrence for Sheriff Stilinski to have to revert back to countless websites that he had bookmarked to look for a new babysitter willing to look after his little bundle of spaz.

 It had been almost fate, meeting the Hales. A simple accident, one that the families had long since moved past seeing as a negative. The sheriff and Stiles had gone to the grocery store, his dad looking worn out and tired, staying up too late looking for a new sitter. It seemed like if a person hadn’t already babysat Stiles, they had heard rumors about the boy and his difficult to handle nature. So, for now, the sheriff took the boy everywhere, cashing in favours the receptionists at the precinct owed him when he was called out on duty. But even their patience was growing thin.

  It was in the grocery store after John Stilinski and Talia Hale had exchanged pleasant smiles that all hell broke loose. Or well, Stiles broke loose. He had managed to climb out of the back of the cart and wandered the aisle before running head first into a pair of legs. A boy of about nine or ten years looked down at the stumbling mess of a kid by his knees. The boy looked up, saw the man talking pleasantly with his mother and smelled the familial scents.

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I’ve seen spoilers about Cas becoming more powerful, and that Cas will go through something transformative towards the end of the season. One of the ideas my brain landed on is what if the reason behind cas transforming and gaining more power is because he grew a soul while he was human and it’s combined with his grace? It falls back onto the whole ‘souls are power’ theme. Perhaps his soul been lying dormant inside Cas all this time and something happens to ‘awaken’ it, or that Cas somehow becomes aware of it and can finally harness its power to help him.

I’m just really struck by this idea because Cas having his own soul and his soul powering him up because it would be a literal representation of his humanity and heart being his greatest strength. How awesome would that be? Especially since it’s Cas’ heart that sets him apart from other angels. One of the central conflicts we’ve seen affecting Cas is that push and pull between his angelic identity and his humanity; it’s often placed him in this difficult in-between state that’s left him feeling isolated and unsure of where he belongs. It would be amazing to see Cas finally realizing that ‘crack in his chassis’ isn’t something that is ‘wrong’ with him (as characterized by the angels), but something that is amazing and beautiful about him, something that he should be proud of.

Tying the knot

Let me start by saying, it’s not what it sounds like. :P

Didn’t mean to turn this into an actual one-shot, but it just got away from me. @msmanga14 sent her request in a message, so I couldn’t post an ask, but here’s the request: How about 22 & 27? If that’s okay? 22 (tie a cherry stem with your tongue) 27 (go commando) with NaLu! 

Hope you like this! Sorry it doesn’t focus a lot on the commando part, mainly the cherry stem thing. I got so carried away I almost forgot to even add that part. 

Summary: Fairy Tail was known for its teamwork. So, why was Lucy surprised when Natsu asked if she wanted to work together to tie a cherry stem with their tongues? I don’t own Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima does. 

Rated: T, for foul language and adult situations. 

Pairing: Natsu/Lucy

Genre: Friendship/Romance

Word Count: 2.4K

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“Okay Natsu, truth or dare.”

The dragon slayer tapped at his chin as if he was thinking, but judging by the glint in his eye, Lucy knew he wasn’t going to pick truth.


Lucy looked around her apartment, wondering what she could make him do. Her eyes landed on her fridge, remembering there was something she always wanted to try. ‘Maybe I should have him try first? See how hard it is…’

Getting up, Lucy made her way over to her fridge to remove a jar of cherries. She brought it over, smiling as she set it on the ground. “I want you to tie a cherry stem with your tongue.”

Natsu snorted, clearly underestimating the challenge. “Piece of cake!” He opened the jar, taking out a single cherry. Lucy watched as he popped it into his mouth, pulling out the stem as he chewed on the small fruit. After he swallowed, he put the stem back in her mouth.

Lucy didn’t bother holding back her giggles as Natsu grew more and more frustrated with the stem, his lips twisting as he moved it in his mouth, trying to maneuver it with his tongue.

She fell backwards in a fit of laughter when she saw fire coming from his mouth, the stem disintegrating in the flame. Natsu let out a roar as he picked out another cherry, trying again.

By the time Natsu went through five more cherries, Lucy was crying from laughing, her stomach cramping in the process. She couldn’t help it. Natsu looked too cute trying to tie that knot.

“H-here,” she giggled, taking a cherry for herself. “I’ll try.”

“It’s impossible,” Natsu muttered, tempted to knock the whole jar over in his aggravation. The only thing stopping him was the knowledge that Lucy would kick him if he messed up her floor… again.

Natsu turned his glare to Lucy, watching as her mouth moved, her lips pressed tightly together. His cold stare slowly faded, replaced with a lazy grin as he watched her struggle. Somehow, knowing Lucy couldn’t get it either made him feel a little better, even if that thought made him feel guilty at the same time. What could he say? Sometimes he could be a sore loser.

“You’re right, this is impossible.”

She pulled the stem from her mouth, seeing the bends along the red line. She was about to get up and throw the stem away when she froze, unsure if she heard Natsu correctly. “What did you just say?” she asked, shooting him an incredulous look.

Natsu raised a brow, as if he was wondering why she was looking at him like that. “I said, maybe we should try to work together to tie it. Isn’t teamwork our best strength?”

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anonymous asked:

No you just want their relationship to be about racial divide with Alec apologizing to Magnus every five seconds because of his very existence. SUCH 👏 A 👏 HEALTHY 👏 RELATIONSHIP 👏

i’m not sure why the suggestion that an interracial relationship should address the differences of race troubles you so much; this is simply something that occurs when people of two different races come together. they do not share the same experiences and magnus’ experiences in particular are heavily colored by the oppressive nature of the society shadowhunters have been directly responsible for. ignoring this would be disingenuous. 

alec is in the active process of unlearning his racial biases and before he can continue to unlearn them, he should realistically make mistakes; you do not unlearn behaviors your parents and society have ingrained into you for the entirety of your life from childhood to adulthood without slipping up. it’s important to recognize he isn’t responsible for the way he was raised, but he is responsible for how he chooses to react when he’s called out.

that aside, his willingness to own up to his missteps so far and magnus’ willingness to put aside hurt feelings to hear alec out has been part of what’s allowed their relationship to flourish almost entirely without the petty drama we often see. so it strikes me as unusual that you would deride this aspect they’ve written into his character as unhealthy when it’s probably one of alec’s greatest strengths. it’s something we know his parents lacked (maryse accuses robert of undermining her authority by using isabelle, suggesting their relationship is rife with mistrust and lack of communication) which in 2A led to their relationship falling apart.

anyway, alec’s ability to self-reflect when he’s called out is a good thing. he doesn’t throw a pity party over it and there’s little fuss; he just admits he shouldn’t have done the thing and then they move on. and yes, i would like to see more demonstrations of this both in and out of his relationship with magnus. he’s come a long way from season 1, and he can go even further.

noct loves prompto so much you guys

(So I was going to attach this to this post but everything spun wildly out of control. I have too many feelings about this okay.)

Noctis has spent his whole life surrounded by people who have simultaneously babied him and pushed him to the limits of his abilities. Just look at Gladio and Ignis–always there to support him in his daily life at the same time that their job is, literally, to mold him into a flawless leader above any reproach.

And more than that, Noctis is never around anyone openly vulnerable. He grows up around war heroes and politicians and people whose response to failure or trauma of any kind is to shrug it off or grin and bear it. Even his own father has to be stoic despite pain and strife; he’s so endearingly awkward when he bids farewell to his son at the start of the game, unable to offer any comfort or show any grief beyond a small plea for Noct to remain strong in the face of adversity.

You can see how Noctis has internalized all of this; how he becomes emotionally remote whenever catastrophe occurs. When his father dies, when Luna dies, when Prompto is captured, he doesn’t allow himself to cry or seek comfort from anyone. He distances himself, puts up a front. Turns inward.

But then there’s Prompto.

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Happy 24th Birthday, Jung Hoseok! (February 18, 1994)

“I’m really thankful toward J-Hope. It must be difficult (referring to J-Hope being the dance leader) but he’s dependable. Rap Monster is the leader for the team itself, but in terms of dance, J-Hope’s the one who, more than any of the other members, is our greatest strength. He organizes everything on his own.” - Son Sungdeuk

How to Save the MIDDLE of Your Story

Here’s a comforting hug for any writer who’s had to suffer the pain of knowing the middle of your story is dragging.

If I’m going to use a hug gif, I’m using this one. 

For a writer, is there any experience worse than writing the middle of a story? Unless it’s knowing that the middle is dragging? Knowing it, yet not knowing how to fix it? This is the epitome of writer despair for me, so I’m guessing there are other people like me.

But after a while, you have to stop wasting time on writer tears, and start figuring out what to do to fix that dragging middle. So you ask yourself: “Why is it boring?” Then you ask yourself: “What’s the opposite of boring?” Then you answer yourself: “Action.” (Maybe only my train of thought takes that route …)

Yup, action. What is your main character DOING in the middle?

Main characters take a lot of actions to achieve their goals. And they take the majority of those actions in the middle of the story, the part that can either feel like riding a roller coaster, or feel like driving a golf cart through a peanut butter river. How do you keep readers from feeling like they’re stuck in the contents of a Reese’s cup?

Identify the MAIN ACTION of your story, and make sure it’s darn enjoyable. 

So what IS the Main Action? To identify it, locate the goal of the story. Like these:

Star Wars = Save Princess Leia. 

Hamilton = Be an integral part of the founding of a nation. 

Harry Potter = Defeat one of the most powerful wizards of all time.

Ratatouille = Become a great French chef. 

When you think about it, all main characters are like Disney princesses with “I Want” songs. 

Then after you’ve identified what they WANT,  figure out what that main character DOES to achieve that goal. For example:

Star Wars = He learns and uses the skills of a Jedi.

Hamilton = He writes and he fights.

Harry Potter = He goes to school to become a wizard.

Ratatouille = He goes to work at Gusteau’s (by using a human puppet) and works his way up through the ranks.

You need to figure out the lovely catch-all term that encapsulates ALL of your hero’s actions throughout the plot. Yeah, they’re going to take A LOT of actions, but every one of them is going to be a part of this wide overarching BIG action. It’s not enough to just figure out the goal, then figure out the obvious strategy a person would take to reach that goal, then call it a day. These work for two distinct reasons. 

Reason One: These actions are IRONIC. 

If the Jedi council were holding auditions for new little Padawan’s, there’s a good chance this guy wouldn’t have gotten a callback:

In the beginning, Luke’s whiney, naive, kind of annoying, and a bunch of other adjectives you could apply to an obnoxious nine-year-old.

When it comes to Hamilton, honestly, at first glance he looks perfectly suited to the main action of “fighting and writing”; those are two of his greatest strengths. That is until you realize that he has zero self-restraint, impulse control, and pushes ALL of his strengths to such extremes they inevitably ruin his life and the lives of others. So, nah this action ISN’T actually perfect for him.

In the beginning of the story, Harry is completely ruled by his abusive Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin: he lives in a pest-infested closet, wears glasses held together with tape and a prayer, and a good day to him is not getting beaten up by Dudley’s gang. In other words, he is utterly powerless. 

And Remy … Remy’s a rat. Rat, plus food. Rat putting his little rat feet on food. 

Or in other words: Irony! The heroes are NOT SUITED to perform these actions. In fact, they’re the exact opposite of what would be easy for them to accomplish. And if the main action is exactly what they’re not suited to do, that action will apply pressure to their weaknesses. And what does pressure do to weaknesses? Forces you to confront and overcome them. Which makes things interesting. Which makes readers and audiences curious. Which are essentials to a good story.

And what’s the second reason these work? 

These main actions are fun. The main action – or the middle of your story – is also the fun and games of the thing. This is why we picked up the book! This is why we spent 14 dollars for a movie ticket! This is the stuff they put in the trailer! Which means it has to be fun. Fascinating. An answer to a longing that this world just can’t meet. Think of this C. S. Lewis quote: “If we find within ourselves a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” You’re a writer, you can CREATE other worlds. Do a good job.

So! To figure out the main action of your story, that will make or break the middle of your story, answer these questions:

1) What catch-all term can encapsulate all the actions my hero must take to achieve their goal? 

2) How is that action IRONIC? How is it exactly what my hero is NOT cut out for?

3) How is that main action FUN? Fascinating? Satisfying because none (or few) of us will ever get to experience it?

byebyebriar  asked:

Out of curiosity, what is your issue(s) with NaruHina? The non-existence development? The way it sucked out the few hints of awesomeness from Hinata? The unnecessary addition to the Sakura-Sasuke-Naruto love triangle? You can answer this privately if you want to avoid another Itachi-shit-storm.

Can I say all of the above? At least in part. A lot of it comes down to Hinata’s characterization, honestly, and how the storyline dealt with her and Naruto as characters. For most of the manga, Naruo is shown as someone who’s incredibly sensitive to those around him, and it was one of the main things that drew me to him as a protagonist. He’s intuitive and emotional and notices things about people, and it’s a fantastic undercurrent to the boisterous idiot hero cliche. To completely wipe that away so that Hinata could be the Unrequited Pining Love Interest was not only unfair to Naruto’s character, it undercut one of Naruto’s main abilities - he understood people, and he empathized with their pain. That, I feel, is where most of Naruto’s strength came from. 

Hinata is a slightly different thing. She’s a character who had a lot of potential, but she lived up to absolutely none of it for the sake of Naruto having an admirer, and she never learned to stand on her own without fixating on Naruto. The time-skip was the perfect opportunity for that to happen, but as soon as Naruto came back she fell right back into the same actions. The manga makes her a flat character just so there can be pining, and it sucks. Other than the Chuunin Exams, which turns into Naruto literally fighting her battles for her, her situation with the Hyuuga Clan as a whole never comes up again. There’s no mention of how the situation with Hanabi is resolved, no mention of Hinata getting the Caged Bird Seal the way she would if Hanabi really became heir, no mention of duties or obligations if Hinata stayed the heir. There’s potential for conflict, and it’s entirely glossed over in favor of “Oh Naruto-kun” and dramatic sighing at every point. 

A Naruto/Hinata romance could have been done reasonably well, though in general I dislike the trope of childhood crushes turning into true love. There was, with a lot of wrangling, some potential. But none of that was ever explored. Hinata’s character was turned into a 2-D model just so she could think about Naruto’s big, warm hands right after her cousin sacrificed himself for her (the same way his father sacrificed himself for Hiashi, hello Hyuuga Clan issues coming right back around and being left unresolved). And Naruto was turned into someone who couldn’t differentiate between love and physical hunger, rather than someone who’s greatest strength was his empathy. 

anonymous asked:

what qualities do you think luke and leia have of anakin and padme?

you’re in luck bc this is a question i spend a lot of time thinking about :)) generally i think luke has padme’s personality and anakin’s “career path” (jedi + pilot) whereas leia has anakin’s personality and padme’s career path (politics), but there’s a lot of nuance in all 4 characters’ personalities and both twins DO share traits with both parents when you think about it so LET’S BREAK THIS DOWN

luke & anakin: both of them are restless and looking for adventure. “i’m a pilot and someday i’m going to fly away from this place” / “is there anything i can do? -not unless you can alter time, speed up the harvest, or teleport me off this rock.” both of them are attached to their loved ones to a fault (at least in yoda & obi wan’s opinions). the super interesting thing about this is that ultimately anakin’s love was his greatest weakness, whereas luke’s was his greatest strength :’)

luke & padme: “there’s still good in him.” i think this sums up how similar these two are. they’re both so optimistic and hopeful, always. to the point that they’re able to look at a man who has done terrible things, who has hurt so many people, who has hurt THEM too, and say “you know what? i choose to believe in him. i choose to believe that he still has the capacity to change and be a good person even after everything he’s done.” i’m not crying you’re crying anyway to put it in laymen’s terms, luke and padme are both the epitome of “precious cinnamon roll too good for this world too pure”

leia & anakin: they’re both very headstrong, stubborn, snarky, and impulsive (though leia’s impulsivity is tempered by padme’s rationality which anakin is Sorely Lacking lmao). whereas luke and padme are optimistic almost to the point of naivety, leia and anakin are realists bordering on cynics. obviously anakin was wrong to think that a dictatorship was the way to go, but he WAS right to acknowledge that the current political system was flawed and ineffective, a truth padme was kind of blind to due to her staunch faith in democracy. similarly, in luke and leia’s bridge convo on endor in rotj, luke’s the one insisting there’s still good in vader and he can turn him back to the light, while leia’s just begging him to run far away bc she doesn’t think vader could possibly saved.

leia & padme: geniuses, charismatic, rational, extremely good at keeping their cools even in a crisis, amazing shots with blasters. they dedicate their lives to political causes (like, literally dedicate their lives. they were both given political roles as children/teens and pretty much never shed those roles ever again afterwards). leia’s impulsive like anakin, but at the same time i feel like LUKE is more likely to rush headfirst into something anakin-style while leia usually takes padme’s approach of thinking the situation through very carefully first. ex: in the attempt to rescue han from jabba, leia sneaks in with a disguise and a well-thought-out escape plan and luke just waltzes in like “give me han or else!!! i warn you not to underestimate my power!!!” that is so padme and anakin you guys. i also feel like leia and padme can detach themselves from a situation when called for whereas anakin and luke really can’t. leia and padme would sacrifice one person to save the world and luke and anakin would sacrifice the world to save one person tbh.

tldr: luke & anakin are emotion whereas leia & padme are logic, luke & padme are optimism whereas leia & anakin are realism

Feelings on Lancelot

I’m such Lancelot trash. I really love all these ideas with Lotor using Lance’s emotional vulnerability to his advantage and making him feel desired with compliments while also tearing Lance apart. Because while it’s cruel it’s also genius. I adore the idea of manipulative Lotor playing the good guy to get information and take advantage of one of the most observant members of team Voltron.

But I also raise you the idea of Lotor’s own plan backfiring because he actually starts to develop feelings for the Blue Paladin. He starts to grow to actually care about Lance the more he gets to know him. Lance’s pure heart and kind nature begins to thaw out Lotor’s own and he slowly finds himself conflicted as he begins to want to be good. Lance has this strange thing about him that brings out the best in people and I want it to happen with Lotor. Imagine it leading him to redemption, or sacrificing himself.

Lance being his greatest strength and advantage as well as his greatest weakness.

DAY 3344

Jalsa, Mumbai                  May 24,  2017                 Wed 8:26 PM

I am but a slave of the Ef .. they dexterously and at times with their mental adroitness, which in portion is really the same worth in an English Dictionary, insist famously my hours of work and the paucity of rest .. 

Paying heed to such adamant demands from them, here we are at an abominable hour - yes abominable - because the ‘upper story’ has still not acclimatised itself to drafting thoughts so early in the night - penning down, without pen and ink, the Blog for the day ..

And why pray such intent ..?

There is a certain gentleman that has been the voice and choice of every Indian the world over, in his field, holding a screening of his film called ‘SACHIN’, and it will be an honour to be in his company and in his life through the film now on projection ..

The hour shall be late .. the morning call shall be early and the rest shall be limited if the procedure followed now shall be waited upon by the night after the film ..

A man that has struck a chord with not just every Indian, but indeed every Cricket playing nation in the world .. his glory has been the subject of inspiration and pride for us all in India .. for one that was put against the finest in the world at an age when you and I were still struggling to be able to stand on our feet effectively .. to not just stand with the greatest, but to implant in them the strength of his immense talent and skill, is not a historic moment, but one that moments’ history .. 

His command of the game is of course beyond all doubt .. but what has ever surprised me is his great understanding of the game of cricket ..

I had the good fortune to be in a cricket stadium, where both he and I watched a match between India and Pakistan in the famous Eden Gardens, Kolkata .. his predictions and his advice on the game every few minutes - where the next ball would be bowled, how the batsman would play what stroke, why the field set was wrong and why it was right.. and eventually his prediction of where the game was going, was simply unimaginable .. it was godlike .. !!

His simplicity and his humility are observed and have been observed a million times .. but to be the recipient of some of those moments, is truly a cherished desire of a lifetime .. 

I am honoured to know him .. but I am immensely humbled that he knows me !

Amitabh Bachchan

All I want from a modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation (and it can be a period setting) is a Mycroft as brilliant - as smarter than his brother secretly runs England bloody genius as he is in the books, AND as fat! Those are Mycroft’s defining characteristics. He is the smartest man alive, and also one of the fattest. He defies the expectation which was rampant even in the 1890s that fat people are stupid or immoral or should be ignored, and that is his greatest strength!

And ever since skinny old Christopher Lee played him back in the 80s or whenever, other filmmakers and tv shows have used that as precedent and backed off on a fat Mycroft. I even watched an interview with the people who made the BBC Sherlock, and they had the fucking audacity to say they loved the Lee Mycroft because he was “so brilliant and interesting and smart” you dickweeds EVERY Mycroft bearing even the merest resemblance to the novel character is brilliant and interesting and smart, you fuckers just couldn’t see it when a fat man played the role!

So while I do love Elementary (I’ve only watched like two seasons because I moved and didn’t have access to cable, and then rediscovered it on Hulu) I really wish they had cast a fat Mycroft, because then it would be perfect. But no, they have a Mycroft who used to be very fat, then got cancer and lost a ton of weight while undergoing chemo. Yet, magically, looks like a man who was never fat because oh hey, the actor has never been fat.

Some scenes from the third season of Rebels make so much more sense after the release of “Thrawn”.
I think the whole Thrawn fandom agrees that the scene where he was fighting droids in a tank top was vital for the plot and, without any doubt, best narrative decision ever. But nevertheless, Thrawn is a character whose greatest strength is his mind; and while it is perfectly reasonable for him, a military man, to be in a good physical form, there was no need to make him a ripped af fighter. Even for me it was kinda breaking the balance.
Now I’m re-reading that part of the book where Thrawn and Eli were attacked by three cadets. Honestly, at first I was expecting Thrawn, a ripped af fighter, to kick their sorry butts, but nope. Even with Eli’s help, he mostly defended himself without a chance to attack; he ended up with a nasty wound and didn’t get any more just because the attackers were scared off.
Eli even points out that Thrawn had spent most of his time practicing military tactics. He never had time to enhance his combat skills. I think at this moment Thrawn understood: with all his genius, he can still be ingloriously beaten in a hand-to-hand fight with multiple opponents.
A few chapters later, Thrawn wins in a fight with H'sishi, a ~2m tall Togorian and an owner of a dojo.
In Rebels he twice beats the crap out of two assassin droids, while Lyste and Kallus are trying to pick their jaws from the floor.
I think he did a good job getting rid of his weaknesses.

Legend of Korra: Zaheer [INFP]


Introverted Feeling: Zaheer is in pursuit of true enlightenment. His greatest goal is to step beyond the chains imposed by reality and attain a state of authenticity unbound by the limitations of social systems. Additionally, he hopes to exteriorize this and allow for individual freedoms for everyone by releasing the World-System from the conventions in which it was stuck, allowing the natural order (“disorder”) to take hold. He doesn’t particularly care about the chaos that this will cause, nor will opposing viewpoints convince him to think otherwise: this is what he feels is best, period. Nevertheless, he cares deeply about those close to him, his “band of brothers and sisters in anarchy”, and especially his lover P’li, to the point where his attachment to her is the only thing stopping him from attaining the spiritual freedom necessary to fight. His interactions with Korra and the air acolytes show him to be authentic (to the point of being a terrible actor), soft-spoken, and on the whole fairly considerate of those he considers capable of learning, though this demeanor depends on the situation. In season 4, when his plans have failed and he learns of Kuvira’s empire, he shows no ill will toward Korra for having survived his plans and instead assists her to overcome her fear and mental blocks; being true to his internal view of the world is more important than any petty grudge.

Extroverted Intuition: “When you base your expectations on what you see, you blind yourself to the possibilities of a new reality”. Well-spoken and metaphorical, Zaheer’s understanding of reality is a system in constant change, which he sees reflected in his newfound abilities. His greatest strengths are his adaptability and his willingness to pursue opportunities, even if it means abandoning previous plans (can’t find the Avatar’s location on Air Temple Island? No problem: there are other ways). While this can prove a weakness as it leads him to act somewhat erratically, he often manages to capitalize on the chaos he creates; indeed, the death of the Earth Queen was merely him abandoning a plan that wasn’t working fast enough and opting to further his goals on another front. This way of thinking also makes him a fantastic fighter: having never trained as an airbender, he manages to easily defeat far more experienced foes (such as the children of the previous Avatar) and unlock abilities that hadn’t been seen for centuries (flight), as well as go toe-to-toe with Korra. His quick thinking lets him stay one step ahead of the Avatar and land on his feet despite multiple upsets.

Introverted Sensing: Despite his adaptability and his view of the world as fluid, there are absolutes. Zaheer’s first move is to gather his companions whose abilities he knows and trusts, even though breaking them all out is next to impossible; his ability to capitalize on opportunity relies on their well-oiled teamwork and their longstanding association. He has a profound respect for the history of the airbenders, and knows it backwards and forwards, seeing them as a cultural institution which he is honored to become a part of (not so honored, however, that he won’t destroy their temples or risk wiping out the last airbenders to attain his dream of killing Korra and breaking the Avatar cycle!).

Extroverted Thinking: Despite all of his strengths, Zaheer is a terrible planner. His natural philosophy resists the very notion of order, and the same fluidity of mind that fuels his ideology and his martial aptitude renders him incapable of making a plan and sticking with it. Unlike every other major villain in Legend of Korra, Zaheer doesn’t treat his plans as a sequence of events that need to be set in motion; rather, he has suggestions of things that should happen. When he does seize on an idea, it tends to end badly either because he’s too impatient to follow through with the whole scheme (Ne unwilling to fully commit or seizing on another opportunity) or because it was so bare-bones that it failed to take into account obvious obstacles (the airbenders seeing through his disguise, the metalbenders cutting off his escape routes, Suyin being capable of extracting the poison from Korra’s bloodstream, etc). Decades of imprisonment failed to cure him of this fundamental weakness.

“All bets are off”

Originally posted by peakyblinded

Fandom: Peaky Blinders

Ship: Thomas x Reader / Reader x OC 

I am not a native speaker so I had three wonderful people that helped me to get over my grammar troubles. Lots of love for @thebakerstreetdragon, @emilysisavath and @sarcastiphonix <3 

If you like the story, please let me know! I try to upload at least every week.

The Prologue 

I’ve always had a fascination for horses, ever since I can remember.  When I was a child, my mum used to take me to the racecourses.  She didn’t bet. I can’t recall a time when she had ever wanted to place her hard earned money in the hands of untrustworthy men.

Maybe it had something to do with my father— by which I mean it had everything to do with my father.  He had been a gambling man causing bills to run high with his card games.  Let’s just say, he never had a winning hand. I was only six years old when he was shot.

I don’t really understand why my mum took me to the racecourses following his death.  Perhaps she had wanted me to see how easily you could lose yourself in the wrong place.
Or maybe it was to see how all the people sold their soul, caught in the sweet seduction of winning just once in their life. I guess she just wanted me to stop seeing my father as a naive dreamer.

I could never wrap my head around the greed imbedded in the racing industry. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s the only motivation people have to encourage them to chase their dreams. However, how people managed to lose their composure because of it had remained a mystery to me. It wasn’t until the day I slipped into the business myself that it would never let me go again.
The people I’ve met, everything they’ve been through                                     and everything they’ve lost- 

a disrupted family, driven by both greed and unmistakable pride.  Their leader always recognizing that family was his greatest strength.  And even he had to pay for it. Because everything has a price. Call it karma, call it fate; it’s just a fact. I paid my price for falling in love with one of them.

And I would still do everything again.

Sometimes I think that my mum had always known I was going to be a jockey someday.  Maybe she just saw my father in me. Sometimes, I still see him in myself too. She always wanted me to know that the courses were a dangerous place, filled with a lot of horrible people.                                                        Cards were not all people played with here.

It always broke my heart how the horses suffered, so I usually snuck off to the stables after the races. Sometimes I just talked to the horses until I heard the loud commotion of the jockeys and stableboys coming back. There were times I even considered opening their boxes so they could run free. Somedays it is still a tempting thing to do.
It’s important to acknowledge that I didn’t coincidentally become a jockey, the career path began with the death of my aunt who had owned a little farm near Worcester. I was 12 at that time. My mother successfully sold my aunts small home with the profit being enough for my mum to decide to buy me a horse. I wanted her to save the money, but she looked me in the eye and firmly told me that she after experiencing how fast things could change, she didn’t want to regret anything anymore. I believe she lived by that motto until the last days of her life.
I fell in love with a black stallion which had been hurt at the races and was on the way to the firing squad. My mum made the offer before they could shoot the lame beast. His name was Deegan, a black thoroughbred with glistening blue eyes as mystifying as the ocean in a darkened light.

There was a definite bond from the beginning which lasted right through until the end.  We trained Deegan to strengthen his muscles on his hurt leg. Our aim was to heal his leg, so he could run free like he did in his younger days. I had known that it wouldn’t be quite the same, but hope, with it’s bizarre nature, spurred us both on.

I landed a job at the stables during the war, helping the horses recover from their injuries and preparing them for service. Despite the hurt it brought me to see the injured animals, it was a constant reminder of the necessity of sacrifice.  We needed the money desperately and it was a safe job for the time.
A lot of men who had been jockeys during the war fell at Loos, Arras, Somme and the like, the gunfire sparing no man. This led to me finding myself at the racecourse again, age twenty, riding amongst male jockeys as an equal whilst making money for the business
I could never really make long lasting friendships with anyone there, due to the continual switching of hands between trainers of both horses and shares in the various companies dominating the area.
Although I was often lonely I never really wanted to get in touch with the only constant residents, the Peaky Blinders. I worked at the courses, of course I knew about the bastards and understood the power they held and I felt that they had their hands in things nobody saw and there dealings were not something I wanted to see. 

Besides, it was an unspoken rule that you should never get in touch with them. They’d get in touch with you if they had the desire to. Whether you liked it or not.