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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

anonymous asked:

Hi! So, I'm currently trying to plot a dystopian, and one of the major plot points was going to be my character and a large group of others setting up a rebellion against the government... but I'm unsure of how to go about writing this? Like, how would a group of people go about fighting the government? Roughly what would happen, and how would it end? (Sorry if this is kind of a weird question, but any help you have would be appreciated.) Thanks!

How characters mount a rebellion really depends on the nature of the dystopia you’ve created. Katniss Everdeen started a rebellion by forcing the Capital to declare two winners of the Hunger Games. That specific event can’t exactly be replicated across many dystopian stories. The principle of it, however, can certainly be applied to many stories.

When it comes to your characters taking action, think of things they can do that puts their government in a sticky situation, like Katniss did to the Capital. She forced them to choose between 2 winners or 0 winners, neither situation being ideal for them. When she showed that they could be controlled, that gave others enough confidence to start protesting - an early sign of rebellion.

Most fictional governments in dystopian stories center around oppression of some kind, so I suspect yours does as well. You have to understand where this oppression comes from - why has the government put certain policies and practices into place? What’s the point? There should be some strategic gain apart from simply being cruel. Once you understand their motives, it becomes easier to figure out how your characters can rise up against them.

I’m going to link a couple posts that I think you might find helpful.

Create a Strategic Plan for Your Antagonist

Writing About War

The first is a response I wrote to a question about a government doing nasty things and my detailed suggestions to help understand your antagonists’ motives. The second is a masterpost thoughtfully done by Sarah, and it includes a heading for rebellion. Some of those sources might be of use to you.

If you’re interested in drawing comparisons to real world rebellions in history, read up on the topics Sarah linked and do some Googling on recent political rebellions to get a brief overview on current affairs.

Otherwise, it’s your dystopia so you get to make the rules. You get to decide protocol when someone wants to palaver with a government official. You get to decide punishment for holding a public protest or petitioning for certain rights. You get to decide how violent riots become. You created the world, so you get to play the game however you want.

I hope this was helpful to you. Good luck with your story!

-Rebekah

elloras  asked:

You know what kills me the most about marvey? How there's this element of almost tragic desperation for each other. At first it seems like it comes from the fraud thing and then you realize no matter what AU, even ones where Mike was legit from the start, you write/read it ends up the same, that it doesn't come from their circumstances, it's just the nature of them. From Harvey being Harvey (protective, possessive) and Mike being Mike (protective, devoted) and how they fit like puzzle pieces.

BAAAAAAAAAAABE

this got lost in my ask and i’ve only just seen it omg i feel so rude

BUT YESSSSSSSS.

it’s one thing that I absolutely adore about them, is that they’re the same, always. In any universe, any situation, any story, no matter what, there’s two things that’re constant about them. One being that they’re the same, and the second, they always end up together.

In any which way, no matter how you spin it or look at them, it’ll always end the same way. With them together. Because they’re just meant to be that way. There’s not a single universe where they don’t cross paths, or they don’t become who they are around each other, it can’t happen.

gkdljgsfklhjshkljsh

“And how they fit like puzzle pieces” I’M SCREAMING

;_; I just love them so much I can’t

xxx

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.

That’s one of the best aspects of the show for me, seeing how things evolve. Daryl Dixon not existing in the comics series is a really cool element to writing the show because his presence always changes the story we’re trying to adapt whether we want it to or not. Those are really exciting things in the writers’ room, when the story starts to take over. When you do the logical thing that all these characters would be doing, it evolves naturally. I think for Carol’s character in particular a lot of those differences from the comic book version and a lot of that growth that she experienced, the strength that she’s found, has come from her relationship with Daryl Dixon. As a geek, I like to think of the television show as this alternate dimension parallel to the comic book universe, and it’s the Daryl Dixon catalyst that changed her character so much. I think it’s cool to think about that. If Daryl Dixon had been present in the comic, maybe we would have seen this character emerge. But that character wasn’t there for her, so she suffered the fate that she did.
— 

Robert Kirkman, Wired.com (10/Feb/2014)

Carol is a very broken character in the comic, which caused her storyline there to end in a very broken way. But she’s grown into one of the toughest and most interesting characters on the show. And her relationship with Daryl, who is an original creation of the show, is completely new as well.

Thirty-six Hours

This is a miniseries I’ve had in my head for awhile and since Mafia!Dazai and Daddy!Dazai are such a popular request on my blog I decided to start this. It’s only going to have about 5 chapters (at least that’s my plan) so forewarning this isn’t going to be a lengthy series

Its canon-divergent on my favorite timeline where Oda is still alive and Dazai has remained in he Mafia into his twenties. Kyouka’s age is also severely reduced solely for this story.


Pairing:Fem!Reader x Mafia!Dazai
[Cursing, sexual themes, sexual situations, blood, death, terrible port mafia things]

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lyntrolls  asked:

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2. Who’s the oldest character of yours, defunct or not?

Savannah! I made her when I was… probably 6. I’d just learned about imaginary friends, so I made a talking tiger who told me encouraging things and beat up people who were mean to me. I was bullied a lot. I then made her a fan character insert into every cartoon I loved, so my fanfiction/character building started very young aha

6. When creating a character, do you come up with the visual concept or the written concept first?

This is a lot like asking a musician if they write the melody or the lyrics first. It isn’t really that simple! Sometimes you get an idea for a story and build a design to match, sometimes you get an idea for a design and have to hash out a story. We get inspired by different things and then just build from there however it comes most naturally.

9. Is there a character that embodies your bad traits? Several characters? Which ones and what traits?

All of my characters explore my negative traits and struggles. Even if I don’t specifically give one of my characters a harmful trait of mine, I often find them developing one and then being able to see it in myself. Being self aware is the very first step to betterment, and writing about characters struggling to become better versions of themselves is a tool of becoming a better version of yourself, as well.

20. Do you ever plan to do anything (comic, animation, etc) with your characters? Or are you just happy to have them?

I have so many plans to share their stories!  At the front of the line right now is a comic about Jarrett (that loser in the image above, with his younger self), who is struggling to cope with traumatic experiences and become someone better than the trainwreck he blames his past for making him.

I’ve been posting bits of concept work both here and to my Patreon, and I’m chomping at the bit to start drafting pages as soon as my commission queue is back down. I’ll make a tumblr just for the comic once I’m posting pages, but I’ll be doing progress work and answering asks about the project here <3

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

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.

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.

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.