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My biggest fear isn’t that you’ll lie to me one day or that you’ll cheat on me. My biggest fear is that you’ll wake up before me one Tuesday morning and instead of leaning in and kissing me on the cheek, you’ll look at my sleeping body and start to notice all of my flaws. My crooked nose, my chapped lips and the stretch marks spread along my stomach and thighs like a road map. You’ll think about my random spouts of jealousy and the fact that I talk too much. You’ll remember how annoying it is that no matter what, I’m always right and just how selfish I can be sometimes. You’ll walk into the kitchen, brew a cup of black coffee, stare at the pale morning rays of sunlight entering the window frame, and come to the conclusion, that for no particular reason at all, you don’t love me anymore.
—  things that keep me up at night
W2H2 UPDATE

APPARENTLY I DELETED THE SCRIPT EARLIER TODAY, CLEARING SPACE OFF MY HARDDRIVE!  LIKE GONE GONE!  HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

HOW’S THAT FOR AN UPDATE ON HOW THE SEQUEL’S COMING



I wish I were kidding, but in all honesty I wasn’t happy with the script and it’ll probably be much better starting over using the current story outline I have, or just finishing off the storyboards and writing in the script au natural as I go along.  It’s actually the funniest thing that’s happened to me today, and kind of weirdly freeing?  Anyway, whatever.  There you go!  That’s where I’m at.

Writing tip:
Try not to think of character flaws as working on a point system–giving someone a bunch of ‘bad’ traits in order to balance out their ‘good’ traits and/or cool powers.

Like, that’s a start, but it’s usually cooler to turn the good traits into flaws–and vice-versa. No personality trait is inherently good or bad–it’s all about context and what the character does with it.

Examples:
-A guy is determined and persistent and won’t ever give up in the face of hardship–but he also doesn’t actually know when to let things be or make a plan B. He fixates on ideas–for good or ill.

-A gal is tough and stoic and perpetually collected–which is great on the battlefield, but gets in the way when it comes time to comfort a grieving friend and she doesn’t know what to say because she’s naturally stoic and can’t empathize easily.

Basically every trait has good bits and bad bits–and I love reading stories where the strengths are also weaknesses. It feels more real to me when everything connects like that.

please, please, if you ever feel the inclination, attempt to write polyamorous content

2 people are complex as it is. 3 or MORE makes it EVEN MORE COMPLEX. the more you add the bigger the web. and its hard to portray all that right! but those complex webs exist in real life, i LIVE those complex webs. and if you want to expand your audience and make your content even more relatable to more people, please attempt to write polyamorous content.

it’s not going to come out perfect at first and you might accidentally create some bad dynamics but guess what those EXIST and are even NORMAL to work through in polyam relationships. i have worked through SO MUCH FUCKING JEALOUSY since i started dating my partners. you are building character!!! you are making things RELATABLE!

naturally its preferable to get polyam content from polyam creators but honestly i dont care if youre polyam, try and work it into your stories! look at it as a fun challenge! how can you weave together some pre-existing characters to all be in love? or how can you work in new characters to be in a relationship together? polyamory is so interesting. youll be amazed the new dynamics you can create in your stories with it.

make seemingly perfect polyamorous relationships, make some that need some work. make love triangles that TURN INTO polyamorous relationships! every relationship starts differently. there is a whole world out there to explore that will enrich your content.

please create polyamorous content.

larz3n  asked:

Do you have any advice for someone who's been writing for a couple years but is starting to lose confidence in their writing/ability to improve their writing?

Hey, larz3n!  Something that always helps me is to think of my creativity and writing as cyclical, like seasons.  There are naturally going to be periods of time where you don’t produce as much or don’t feel capable of improving.  Instead of worrying over it, remember that all living things need rest sometimes, and sometimes for writers that need for rest ends up looking like self-doubt and lack of productivity.  That’s ok.  It could be that you are simply in a season of hibernation right now, and that your “groove” will come back to you in its own time, if you let it.

I’ve been where you are quite often, especially with art.  I love to draw and design my own characters for my stories, but I frequently feel like I’m making no progress and when I look back over what I’ve done, I even feel like I’m worse than I used to be.  What I’ve learned is that usually, when I’m pessimistic about my art, it’s because I’m noticing mistakes and inaccuracies that I wasn’t able to notice before.  That means my eye is actually getting better, not worse, and sometimes it just takes a bit for my hands to catch up to where my brain is.

Improving your writing - or any skill, really - is a long-term journey, not just something you have or don’t have at any given time.  Just relax and have faith in yourself, and keep trying a little bit every day if you can.  Build good writing habits so that you become used to practicing even when you’re not motivated, and eventually what you produce through those habits will help build a stronger foundation for the skills you want.

Good luck, friend!

– Senga

I've noticed a strange pattern

In various fandom’s, when it comes to supporting, minor or background characters who get very little if any dialogue, screentime or development. 

When it’s a female character, such as Laura Barton from AoU(I know, bare with me). Laura was deemed boring, uninteresting, as if very little effort was put into her character (which, depending on how you look at, could be true). People say that she didn't “do much of anything “. Except, you know, house & aid a literal team of superheroes. And because she was deemed “ uninteresting, fandom either ignored her existence entirely(a long with a lot of things in that movie) or started hating on her for various reasons, reducing her to a “maternal” figure, as if that in and of itself is despicable. No one bothered to brainstorm about her back story, write meta or things of that nature.

Another example is the wonderful Dr. Helen Cho. You remember her, right? A close trusted ally of the Avengers, was pivotal in the creation of Vision in a way that is just as, if not more important than what Tony or Bruce contributed. She literally helped save the world & all your faves. Yet oddly, there is little to no meta or fanfiction that’s Helen Cho centric either. But why is this? She, and Laura, are dynamic characters, they played important roles. 

Why don’t they get the same praise “Button Guy” from TWS did? There are literally people hailing Button Guy as the “True Hero” of that movie, headcanoning about how he’s a top notch agent, have fabricated a back story for him even in some cases. But why did Button Guy get all this character exploration love when Helen & Laura didn’t? 

I’ll give you all a good guess…

anonymous asked:

💀How do I kill my main character? They are writing in first person to an unknown person (the reader) about their life and my MC knows they're going to die soon of old age, but I don't know how to convey their death since they are writing ? Do I end it abruptly, in the middle of a sentence? Thank you!

You can end it any way you want.

If the character starts to die while writing, then you can end mid-sentence. If the character dies while not writing, then a full entry will be the last thing the character writes.

Either way, make sure that the story has come to an end when you write that last entry. Make it known to the reader that they have probably died once their entries stop. 

How you do this depends on what is killing your character (illness vs “natural causes” vs knowing someone is coming to murder them, etc.). Since your character is dying of old age, showing them getting weaker and weaker as the story goes on is one way of doing this. For example, entries might start off quite long, your character might go through the stages of grief, your character might describe “symptoms” of whatever will ultimately kill them, etc.

Unfortunately, because of your writing style, you won’t be able to describe their death unless the character’s death is slow and they are still able to write.

"WRITING IS NOT SOMETHING THAT COMES NATURALLY. FIRST YOU HAVE TO INGEST WORDS. AND KEEP GOING, UNTIL YOU'RE SO TOXIC WITH THEM THAT YOU START SPEWING THEM OUT"

-RAINBOW

OKAY BUCKLE UP, MOTHERFUCKERS, CAUSE I HAVE A STORY TO TELL.

SO A WHILE AGO RAINBOW FUCKING ROWELL CAME TO MY HIGH SCHOOL FOR OUR ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK THING AND SHE CAME IN FOR A Q+A. AND SO WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SHIT AND SHE’S AMAZING AND EVERYTHING 

AND THEN SHE GOT A QUESTION FROM SOMEONE ABOUT WRITING AND IS IT HARD. AND THIS WAS HER ANSWER

AND I’VE BEEN SITTING ON THIS SINCE SEPTEMBER AND I JUST REMEMBERED THIS.