Writing is a craft. It takes time for anyone to learn
and improve. But there are some shortcuts you can try, maybe adapt to your own needs. Here are 11 writing problems and their solutions, or hacks.
Too many ideas syndrome
Problem: You have too many equally good story ideas
and can’t pick just one to write.
Solution: Select your top 3 favorite stories and
write the first scene of all three. If you can’t decide, write
chapter. The right project will be easier to work with, you’ll have
fun writing it, you will be daydreaming about the story, you will
love the characters. So, give away three chances instead of one.
Outline spoiling the fun
Problem: Whenever you outline a story idea, it
completely spoils your will to write it. The mystery is gone.
Solution: Instead of outlining the whole story, just
make a clear goal on how your characters should end. Will they
succeed? Will they fail? Will they be happy? Will they find
redemption? Will they be wronged? Decide how your story should end
and explore the plot as you go. Remember, no one will read your
first draft, so just write.
Problem: If you are a pantser, you might get lost in
the middle of the story, especially after the first plot point.
Solution: Give your story an ending. If you know where
your characters will end up, you’ll have a better understanding of
which routes to take. Always keep in mind how the story will end. Use
it as the beacon of a lighthouse to guide you through stormy waters.
Problem: You don’t have story ideas. Or nothing you
have so far excites you enough for a novel.
Solution: Read a book or watch a movie completely out
of your genre. This works like magic, I promise. I’m not a sci-fi
person, but Akira has given me more story ideas than any movie and
book from my own genre.
Problem: You are scared of writing, scared of
starting a new story, or just scared of not doing a good job.
Solution: Write a fanfic. No one expects a fanfic to
be a masterpiece (although many are). Fanfics are done for fun and for
passion. So, write your book in fanfic format. You can even use
fandom characters and aus in the process. When the story is
completed, change back to original characters.
Editing as you write
Problem: You keep going back to previous paragraphs
and editing instead of moving forward with your writing.
Solution: Write your novel by hand. This might sound
like a lot of work, but it’s quite the opposite. The white screen
of the computer urges you to review, to make it perfect, academic
like perfect. The paper however, brings you back to the craft, to the
urge of filling lines and pages. Handwriting also gives you the
opportunity of sketching and doodling.
Solution: Go offline. Turn off your wi-fi. Use a
device without internet connection. Or, if you keep fooling yourself
and turning the internet back on, write your novel by hand. Give
yourself a daily hour of internet, but live offline. And if you take unnecessary trips to the fridge or the bathroom, try the pomodoro technique.
Lack of plots
Problem: Nothing relevant is happening, your story
looks kind of boring. Or the main plot is too weak for a whole novel.
Solution: Take a few days off. Just relax. When you are ready to go back, read what you have written so
far. Maybe you were just tired. But, if
the story really sucks, go back to basics. Ask yourself two questions.
What type of story am I writing? How will this story end? Follow the
answer like a map. Change what needs to be changed, even if you have
to delete the whole progress. If you lack plots, don’t add fillers, just go back to basics.
Weak main character
lacks personality, voice and/or visuals.
Solution: Give your main character three things. An
external battle. An internal battle. And an unique feature. The external
battle is their goal, what they want to achieve, what they dream
about. An internal battle is their fears, traumas, doubts, mental
issues, prejudices and triggers to overcome. An unique feature is what sets them
apart from other characters, maybe they have piercings, or tattoos,
or pink hair, or lilac eyes, maybe they wear neon boots, or a mask,
or mittens, maybe they are left-handed, or blind, maybe they have a scar, or a
birthmark. Every amazing main character has external battles,
internal battles and unique features.
Problem: You have no will to write. The passion is
gone. You feel empty.
Solution: If you don’t
have access to medical help, reading is a good way to reevaluate your
career and regain your passion for the words. Read lots of books.
Don’t worry about writing, just read. Lose yourself in fictional
adventures. Read sci-fi, romance, horror, fantasy, crime, family
saga, classics, foreigner fictions, fanfics, shorts, poetry. Immerse
in literature. Literature can save lives.
Problem: Dialogues seem too formal, or too much like
the narration, or characters lack individuality.
Solution: Read your dialogues out loud while acting
as your characters. You can find a quiet empty room for that. Be an
actor. Go for the emotions. Record your acting sections, after all,
you might improvise at some point.
I spent most of my weekend attempting to go through and transcribe more of Rachel‘s letters.
For those who haven’t been following along, Rachel was a teenage girl who was attending a prestigious boarding school in Boston (and later in Philadelphia) in the 1890s. I bought a bunch of letters written by her (and other family members/friends) at a flea market two summers ago. Most of the letters were written to her cousins Will and Jack, who were right around her age and were at Phillips Academy and later Harvard and Yale.
I’m going to try to get around to photographing the letters soon, but for now here are a just a few of the many, many highlights and interesting tidbits…
Rachel was almost expelled from Dana Hall in 1895 for… something. She never says exactly what she did. The only thing I’ve managed to discern is that it started with her and her roommate going to the headmistress to jokingly “confess their crimes” after another girl had been expelled for fighting, and ended with two full school faculty meetings and her losing her Hogsmeade Boston privileges until Easter.
Rachel has an aunt named Isabel S. Smith. As far as I can tell the S also stands for Smith.
Will sent Rachel a picture of himself and his roommate Allen. Rachel
hung the picture in her room. The other girls in her dormitory saw it
and now everyone is in love with Allen.
Allen refers to himself
as Will’s husband. He signs his letters to him “Hubby”. Rachel randomly
ran into Allen’s dad somewhere and wrote Will to let him know that his
“father-in-law” seems like a lovely man.
A lucky rabbit’s foot was THE must-have accessory of 1896.
Trying to make plans by letter and telegraph seems to have been surprisingly similar to trying to make plans by text
For the 1896 Election Rachel’s school had mock elections where each dorm room was an election district, and then they stayed up late waiting for the results which were announced by ringing the electric bell in the tower (6 times for Bryan, 12 for McKinley). None of these girls would be able to actually vote for president for another 24 years.
skdjfslkdfjsdf the sonic mania vid was so damn good i’m alive!!!!!!! i live for phil having way less of a filter and dan kind of just letting him take control of the game and share his passion for it while also letting him dominate the humor with his ridiculous comments and jokes. it was just so good, so obvi i gotta share my list of Moments:
dan opens the vid talking about furry gateways so we already know we’re in for a ride
the drop-in of the clip of 2010!dnp playing sonic had me in tears within the first minute. wasn’t ready. will probably never be ready for flashbacks like that. did they watch that video back before filming? do they do that a lot? ugh.
dan’s ‘nu uh can’t touch this honey’ complete w feigned spank of his own ass was a thing of beauty
‘i like playing tails bc it’s closer to my furs-‘ dan reaffirms his overcooked statement that the only worthwhile fursonas are wolf/dog/fox
dan confesses to role playing as a psychic hedgehog at age 8 and phil couldn’t care less, he just wants to play the game
dan also confesses he’s too young to actually remember the first sonic game and subtly glances at phil as he says it. phil says ‘i’m not’ and then just does the cutest sheepish facial expression like he’s a little wary of admitting his age here but also at the same time doesn’t actually mind too much. it’s such an interesting little moment
‘so keep up, biatch,’ phil says w feeling
omg phil describing dan’s role: ‘you’re like … my sous chef’ and then a giggle. the joking resentment left over from the overcooked stream is actually so funny. dan’s response is so funny. i love them
phil: ‘just stick with me, man’ why was that hot
dan: ‘this is an absolutely terrible friendship experience right now’
dan spends nearly two minutes trying to open a conversation with phil about how he doesn’t actually think sonic is that fun to play but he keeps getting interrupted slash probs doesn’t want to offend the shit out of phil lmaooo
omg when they switch levels and phil is like ‘is this vaporwave or sea punk’ aka two things he probs absolutely would not give a shit about were it not for sharing his life with dan. dan starts to say ‘well they’re kind of very similar subgenres …’ and phil is having none of that and interrupts him to go ‘just give me a yes or no’ LMAO I AM LIVING SHUT HIS ASS DOWN
phil: ‘i want those blue balls’
phil: ‘i’m close. i can taste that emeraldussy’
they high five and it’s awk and and phil says ‘that was awk’ and dan gives him a somehow simultaneously salty and fond look and i die
dan: ‘you get those blue balls, phil’
phil: ‘i ballsed it uppppp’
dan is just straight admiring phil’s gaming skills and tells everyone in the audience that this is exactly what they’ve been waiting for if they’ve been wanting to see exactly how good phil is at gaming
dan: ‘fuck. ing. hell. for god’s sake, lester’
phil: ‘my spine is tingling, and not in a good way’
phil: ‘dan, you are. the worst fox i’ve ever met’
dan wants tails and sonic to make out
phil caves to dan’s constant attempts to turn this video into furry propaganda and admits to having a deviantart account where he draws sonic in ‘various situations.’ bless. can we launch a fandom-wide effort to track it down lmao
phil offers to swap roles so dan can play more and dan declines because he thinks he’s shit. but he also feels the need to clarify that phil’s only offering bc this is being filmed lmao
dan: ‘bona, bonus, boners’
10:41 a rare whiny!phil emerges when he wants to go into the water and isn’t able to. dan immediately searches for a way down. cuteeesdjflksdf
a return of their mocking bro culture by yelling bruhhh in increasingly obnoxious tones and then dan interjecting ‘bros who brunch’ with no other context other than to ostensibly ridicule the concept haha
phil just randomly yells ‘ass!’ and dan is living, i’m living, we’re all living
phil’s laugh when trolling dan that the doctor’s name is simon is so fucking intensely cute i actually felt pain in my heart
‘dan’s ball time’
phil: ‘daddy’s home’
phil: ‘that is very penis-y’ dan: ‘it’s a giant eggman penis … i’ve mounted the dong’ phil: ‘mount him. i’m in his butt.’ dan: ‘i’ve taken one hole damage’ have i mentioned lately how very fricking gay dan and phil sometimes are
phil legit has to take a moment to collect himself after they’ve finished before saying the whole thing was more relaxed than he thought it’d be. was it, phil? idk but i’m def sweating
they both like the same character at the end and phil asks dan if they should adopt it as their pet. dan just gives him a weird stare, and then phil amends pet to ‘caddy lad’ and i’m actually dying ahahahahaha. the caddy kink continues and the implications of them adopting/‘owning’ a caddy, the role that they’ve sexualized so much in the golf videos as being the sexy subservient cute guy who ‘carries your things’ is just so incredibly kinky lmao. if he was trying to avoid the perhaps romantic implications of their adopting a pet together then he unwittingly just said something so much worse. dan looks understandably incredibly uncomfortable and phil regrets nothing. meanwhile i regret ever stanning these guys
the whole ending is so rushed and awkward and full of word flubs and is basically just so appropriate for the wild shit they were on in this game. but it’s cute bc they keep giggling at each other and they’re both such absurd humans. this video was perfect
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a perfect television show. To be fair, I don’t know one that is, but I never
needed Arrow to be perfect. All I need
from Arrow is a good story. My frustrations
with Oliver and Felicity’s break up, and the Baby Mama storyline, aren’t a
secret. I found their break up to be wildly problematic on multiple levels.
However, the one caveat I always held to was if Arrow can piece together some
interesting character growth for Oliver and Felicity it would go a long way of
easing my ruffled feathers. We’ve been
dealing with the ramifications of Oliver’s lie about William since 4x08. That’s
35 episodes. We’ve waited a long time for Oliver and Felicity’s individual arcs
to come to fruition.
The wait was worth it. At least for
of “good story” vary as widely as our perceptions of
“perfect” but “Underneath” is a good story for me. It’s almost perfect. 35
episodes. This road was long. It was hard but, in the end, I feel like I understand. It connects all the dots that need to be
connected (and some I didn’t expect) while delivering some real character
development that feels earned.
In the midst
of the crazy world of arrows, masks, Mirakuru soldiers, 15 different canaries
and Barry Allen resides the relationships between Oliver and Felicity
These characters, and the love they have for one another, is the sanity
in all the madness. It’s the real in the fiction. Oliver, Felicity and Diggle
are the beating heart of Arrow for a reason.
The love we have for these characters is the reason we watch and
“Underneath” returns Arrow to center. It focuses on the love stories
that made us fall in love with the show. In particularly, it brings Oliver and
Felicity’s individual arcs to fruition and FINALLY merges their roads into one
Forgiveness. Compassion. Humility. These
aren’t always popular concepts in our society, but they are the building blocks
to any relationship. You lose one, the whole house can come down on you. Love feels like it has its own inertia, like
it chooses you and not the other way around. And maybe that’s true. Maybe we
can’t choose who we love. However, we
can choose how we love.
If you are
either Team Felicity or Team Oliver in the break-up- Baby-Mama-drama then
there’s probably things about “Underneath” you didn’t like. As for
me, I believe there are things both
Oliver and Felicity need to learn from the breakup and “Underneath”
addresses those things. But more than anything, I am ready for Arrow to rebuild what they broke. I am
ready for Arrow to fix it. Are you?
This is, by far, my longest review. We’re going all the way back to the
pilot and discuss about five different episodes. This took me about 22 hours to
write. No need to comment on how long it is. I am well are.
Was he my home, then, my homecoming? You are my homecoming. When I’m with you and we’re well together, there is nothing more I want. You make me like who I am, who I become when you’re with me, Oliver. If there is any truth in the world, it lies when I’m with you, and if I find the courage to speek my truth to you one day, remind me to light a candle in thanksgiving at every altar in Rome.
Kong: Skull Island is, first of all, a visual spectacle. From visual effects, cinematography to amazing locations. It’s beautiful. Soundtrack is A+! I won’t make a deep review just yet. I really enjoyed it even though it went by really fast (maybe too fast?)
I had small issues here and there but considering the type of movie it is I tend to ignore these things for the sake of entertainment.
I recommend watching in IMAX (I would prefer simple 2D because I have problems with the glasses but that’s not an issue of the movie but the technology itself) and PLEASE stay until the very end. 90% of the people in the room I was in missed a great thing.
Also, Conrad’s biceps and Conrad’s eyes. That’s all for now.
This is literally me after getting pitch slapped tonight.
I’m still having mixed feelings about the movie in general, but anyone who ever denies Bechloe is clearly blind. The love is so blatantly obvious it’s not even funny. My bet friend kept making comments about it, along with several others in the theater (which was sold out by the way).
I still can’t stand Jesse, and not because I love Bechloe so much, more for the reason that they literally make NO sense. They totally don’t mesh and Beca literally kept calling him “dude” like he was her brother or something. So strange. Meanwhile, she’s calling Chloe “Chlo”, and my heart literally jumped at hearing it.
It felt like there was too much going on with all the story lines jammed in there, but I need to see it again before I make my final decision. We missed a lot because everyone was laughing so hard you couldn’t hear a lot of the jokes. I might be in the minority, but I really liked the music in the first one better because it seemed so much less forced and genuine. The finale was really great though.
Just my initial thoughts, which o don’t think you nerds even wanted to know, but there it is. If anyone wants to ask me anything, feel free to inbox. 👍🏻😘
Okay, now that the Discordant Harmony review is done, maybe now I can-
-Australia aired another episode-
OH COME ON! What episode is so special that it had to air the day after?
*Cries like a baby* That was so beautiful~ I’m not crying here, it’s liquid pride! Oh, why is this season slowly becoming my favorite now?! First an episode on the royal sisters, now an episode all about AJ’s parents. These slice of life episodes have been a treat for me. This episode has quickly jumped on my favorites list of episodes now.
So Applebloom starts going to the market and comes across a stallion selling pear themed foods. He says he moved back to Ponyville as a change of pace, and Applebloom buys some pear jam. When she returns homes, AJ and Big Mac hide the jam away from Granny Smith. Apparently, there has been a feud among the Pears and Apple families for as long as they can remember, but don’t know why. So they decide to go on a road trip to find out why.
I already like this setup as they take a road trip in what will be a long string of ponies to tell them the history of the feud, and more. So we once again meet Golden Delicious (grace Peter New for his portrayal) and she tells them the history of the feud as both Pears and Apples competed for the market in Ponyville. The feud lasts for many years, but tells that two ponies got along and never fought together. They were named Bright Macintosh and Pear Butter (nicknamed Buttercup), and they are AJ, Big Mac, and AppleBloom’s parents.
So aside on finally knowing the names of the parents, AJ is also half pear! She’s an abomination! Just kidding. Just the revelation was a shocker to the kids.
While the kids want to know more, they leave to find Burnt Oak, a friend of their father to learn more about their parents. Burnt Oak was a close friend of Bright Mac. He tells them of one story where the father got distracted doing his chores and knocked over the Pear’s water silo, taking the blame. He then redirects them to Mrs. Cake of all ponies as apparently she was a close friend of the mother since they were fillies. Before they leave, Big Mac asks Burnt Oak if he could visit some other time to learn more about his father. Sometimes hearing small lines like that make me all warm inside.
So Mrs. Cake, now realizing her maiden name is, and I know I could be spelling this wrong, Chiffon Swirl, tells the kids their mother helped her get her cutie mark and pursue her passion for baking. So Chiffon Cake is her full name, nice to know. She tells them of a love song that Pear Butter also sung to Bright Mac. The song in this episode is lovely. Along with a montage showing off their love, although cheesy at times, was very lovely to see.
So the kids make their last stop to Mayor Mare as she was the pony who secretly married the parents, and all in pink mane too.
Nice callback there writers.
Burnt Oak and Mrs. Cake were also witnesses to the marriage. But the parents were caught in the act by each head of the clan during their ceremony. They proclaim their love, which shocks both heads of the Pear and Apple family. But Mr. Pear had forced Pear Butter to decide who to stay with. The pears were going to move to Vanhoofer, as they found new property to make a living. But Pear Butter chooses to stay as she is then subtlety disowned by her father, but is then welcomed by Granny Smith as the story ends.
The kids then visit Granpappy Pear as he tells them the truth. He came back to Ponyville to make amends for what he did and regrets leaving. So the kids bring him to Granny Smith as the two old ponies reconcile for the past, but Applebloom shows them one last place to show their parent’s love. See, before they wed, they both planted one seed, an apple and a pear, to grow together and intertwine into one tree over a rock that was carved to mark their love forever. *sniff* This is too beautiful!
And that’s all I can say about this episode, beautiful! Beautiful story, heartwarming setup, great backstory and callbacks, this was an all around fantastic episode! If there was one minor nitpick, I felt the story and setup could feel a bit forced to tug at the heartstrings, be all mushy and hokey on the love, but that is very, very minor. This was another great episode for this season, and this episode has jumped onto my favorite episode list for what could be my favorite season of the show at this rate. With the season now at the halfway point, let’s hope the second half was as good as this one!
Grade: 10/10- A+
So what did you all think about the history of the Apple parents? Let me know through replies, likes, and reblogs with your thoughts. This has been your Minion of the East. Until next time, take care everyone!
Spock is the alternative punk who keeps a green stripe in his too-straight hair and has three piercings in his left ear and five in his right. His touch telepathy lets him sense the haircut his patrons really want, and lets him know when to shy away from the sharp implements. He keeps his music blasting even though it annoys the hell out of everyone else–especially McCoy.
McCoy, who is more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy, but who can do the best damn fade this side of the Mississippi. Who uses the clippers and scissors passed down to him from his father. Who has the steadiest hands in the tri-state area so people come from all around to get their hair cut at Enterprise Barbershop.
They come for another reason, too: To hear Spock and McCoy argue.
Their arguments are legendary. The barbershop website is half glowing reviews from people who have received the perfect haircut and half confused retellings of the latest argument. “They argued about scissors length today.” “Back at it again with that Socrates discussion.” “I’ve never heard someone say ‘illogical’ so many times in a row. It stopped sounding like a word.”
(Jim, the shop owner, keeps them away from the reviews. He doesn’t want them to get self-conscious and stop arguing.)
They have a “friendly” rivalry going to see who can give the best haircut. They’re pretty evenly matched, although McCoy says Spock is cheating with all that Vulcan voodoo he does. McCoy still has a slight lead, much to Spock’s chagrin.
(But secretly he’s proud. He likes to see McCoy’s smile after every successful cut.)
They cut each other’s hair, too, never letting up on the sniping even as they snip. McCoy has a dozen wigs of practice hair with identical bowl cuts at home that he’s used to hone his art and he leaves Spock with an impeccable trim every time. Spock retaliates with increasingly outlandish hairstyles that McCoy says he loves, just to spite him.
(And maybe Spock’s hands linger longer on McCoy’s skin than is strictly necessary. McCoy does the same thing to him, anyway.)
Word gets around that McCoy can do a traditional Vulcan cut and the shop starts getting a different kind of clientele. They come from lightyears away looking stoic and somber, but they leave with a certain lightness to their step. Perhaps they like the arguments McCoy always starts with them. Certainly they like the haircuts–although they would never admit such a thing.
And Spock grows slowly jealous at the sight of McCoy laughing and chatting with one Vulcan after another. That’s supposed to be him making McCoy laugh, and annoying him with claims of logic.
One day McCoy is applying aftershave to a Vulcan four times his age when he looks askance at Spock. “Your hair’s getting a little long around the ears, there. A mullet doesn’t suit you.
“Illogical,” Spock says, miffed. “My hair is hardly a ‘mullet.’“
“Just the same you’d better let me cut it tonight. To make sure.”
When the shop closes and everyone else has gone home, Spock does. He sits in the chair and McCoy flips the cover around his neck. Ties it off. He starts with clippers, moves to scissors, spritzing water that makes Spock shiver. McCoy runs his hands through Spock’s hair and grabs the heated shaving cream. His hands glide, warm, and then he takes the single blade to cut the fine hairs on the back of Spock’s neck. The aftershave startles him, but what surprises Spock more is that when McCoy spins him around he doesn’t stop at the mirror.
He just slides his hands through Spock’s hair, messing it up, then straightening it again. “Looks good,” he says with a lopsided grin.
And he doesn’t argue at all when Spock takes him by the shirt and pulls him into a kiss that seems to last forever.