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muke-ro-wave  asked:

Hey, so whenever I have an idea for a film or a short film, I can only ever get as far as maybe the first two minutes? Even if I have this whole massive concept in my head, I can only ever get the first two minutes down on paper. Either that or I literally don't know what will happen after those two minutes. Do you have any advice on how to combat this as some of my ideas I really want to film, but if I don't have a solid idea to pitch to actors then it's not going to go anywhere

Hello @muke-ro-wave

I think a lot of people have this problem and have no fear, there is a solution! Prewriting. Yes, it’s a thing, and it consists of all the steps that happen before the first draft. It includes outlining, storyboarding, worldbuilding, diagramming, character bios, etc.

The goal of prewriting is to not get stuck when writing your draft. If you outline your story, flesh out your characters, and develop your world, it makes the first draft SO much easier because you know the story direction and you know how your characters react to others and to situations.

Going deeper into prewriting, there are lots of methods to develop and come up with ideas. Below are a few techniques:

-Mind mapping. With this technique, you start with one idea and “branch” off of it to expand the idea and come up with related ideas. This is useful when you have a small idea and you want to build it into something coherent. Below is an example I found online.

-Build characters. This is very common when creating tv shows. Because TV is a more long-term medium, it tends to be character driven. Therefore, some writers build their characters first then simply “drop” them into different situations. Using this method, you’ve got to develop your characters’ backgrounds, know their goals, wants, and needs, give them flaws, and have some aspect of their personality cause conflict. (For example, the strict, pessimistic professor has to work with a carefree and optimistic TA. Conflicting personalities are interesting.)

-Worldbuilding. This is especially helpful when you are developing an idea involving a fictional/fantasy world. Write down questions about the world and come up with different answers for each. Where are the cities? How does geography affect culture? How and why do different cultures interact? Etc. From this world you can create history and pick from that history the most interesting stories.(Tolkien did this.)

-Sticky notes or separate lines. This is more for brainstorming. For each idea you have, put it on a separate line of a notebook or on a separate sticky note. When trying to work out a plot or character, sticky notes are nice because you can visualize, organize, and rearrange all the separate pieces. For brainstorming fresh ideas, I carry a notebook with me and write down one sentence ideas that pop into my head. It can be anything from an interesting concept, to a quote, to a character, to a piece of furniture you thought looked cool.

-Outline. This is the part of prewriting I stress the most. You need to know who is doing what, when, and why. These are the questions an outline should answer at the very least. Even people who don’t outline every detail of their story still have a basic idea where it is going. By outlining your story, you can always refer to it when you are stuck on a scene and ask how the scene gets toward the end, or changes the character or situation.

-Force yourself to write. Sit down with a computer or notebook for a set amount of time (maybe just 5 min. a day.) You aren’t allowed to do anything else for that time other than write. Maybe you won’t write anything, but if you keep doing it, you are going to feel as if time is wasted and you will eventually write something. It also keeps you thinking everyday about writing ideas and keeps you creatively active.

I hope these help,


anonymous asked:

I first considered asexual at 16, thought I was straight until 18, thought I was pan till I was 19, then realized I definitely was ace at 19, biromantic at 21, grey aro at 22. I'm 23 now and still discovering things about me so don't even worry about it

hear hear!

anonymous asked:

Idk why people think heteroromantic aces don't suffer about our sexuality. I didn't cry nearly this much when I was sure I was heterosexual. I just figured out that I'm (probably) hetero ace a month ago. I keep crying about dying alone and how I can never tell my family bc they wouldnt understand. Like ugly hyperventilating crying. It's weird that the LGBT community on Tumblr makes me hate myself more than I already do bc I was SO sure they would give me a safe place to figure my sexuality out.

They absolutely don’t consider it which is a shame because for a part of my queer existence the pain factor that some people want to base being in the community on was caused from my solely from asexuality. It was because I was not straight and was not able to go through life as a straight person even when I thought it was hetroromantic. I remember back when I didn’t know much about gender and nothing about the split attraction model (SAM). All that bullshit, pain, and abuse frankly came from asexuality not fitting into straight society. And it’s an utter fucking shame that the LGBT community often times turns people way because they wanted someone more like them. It’s definitely hard to navigate at times but hang in there and try to put yourself around good kind people.   

I’m going to be honest Wonder Women was amazing and I definitely cried. It was so refreshing to watch a movie with a strong and intelligent female lead and not have her be overly sexualized. I’m super excited to take the kids from the shelter to see it, I know the girls will love it!😭
But also it makes me beyond excited for the new Black Panther! He’s genuinely one of the coolest Marvel characters and not to mention it features almost entirely black cast and the director Ryan Coogler is black. If you were a feminist who was hype about supporting Wonder Woman I fully expect you to show the Black Panther support!❤️

On the one hand, going through this stack of vintage horror and alternative fiction magazines that I was given is fascinating. Oooh, an issue of Dreams of Decadence (I’m keeping that one)! An interview with Ray Bradbury!

On the other hand, whoo, there’s a bunch of them that are in NO WAY appropriate to be put in Eldergoth Surprise Boxes, because of soft-core photos (which are also damn unimaginative - really, how many photos of topless girls drenched in blood does the world need?), and edgelord trying to be oh-so-shocking fiction.

When I do put Eldergoth Surprise Boxes up for sale (soon-ish!), if you buy one, are over 18, and want a helping of, um, schlock in yours, let me know. I’ll toss one of these in.

(Look, I have read stuff in the “splatterpunk” genre (because David J. Schow is an excellent writer), but these magazines are … ugh. Just ugh.)