992. After the war Harry got really ill several times because of stress and Mrs Weasley helped take care of him. It helped her continue on despite Fred's death and Harry was completely baffled by the care because he had never had someone help him while he was ill. Mrs. Weasley realizes this and goes batshit crazy and visits the Dursleys in an absolute rage over their neglect.

anonymous asked:

It's so hard to write. As a child I had masses of journals and I'd just write away, I started multiple books but never finished them. Now I want to write a proper novel. I have the plot and characters. I just don't know what to do. How to start.

Rediscover Your Writing Happiness

Anon, I feel you. I was also one of those kids that wrote a lot, especially when I was in elementary school. And anytime I look through old school stuff and see how I wrote things like “I want to be an author when I grow up” and I see the joy I put into everything, I end up down on myself, thinking that I’ve disappointed the eight-year-old in me. 

But let’s dust that off and get to the real truth here. (And I swear, this post will eventually contain a little writing advice and not me just rambling existentially). Last night I watched the movie Hector and the Search for Happiness on Netflix, and there was a moment where one of the characters talked about the way we viewed happiness when we were kids. That we didn’t do things because they made us happy - we just did what we wanted, and we were happy because we were doing what we wanted. We evaluate our happiness far too much, when we should really just do the things we want, and we’ll be happy.

Obviously we still have responsibilities. We still have work or school or families to take care of, but when it comes to that extra time that we use for our own personal pursuits, you gotta spend that time in ways that give you peace and pleasure. That’s the bottom line. 

Moment of complete and utter honesty guys - I only blog here when I want to. I don’t force myself to answer your questions when I’d rather be doing other things. I don’t think it’s fair to anyone that takes the time to write in a question to approach it with anything other than interest and thoughtfulness. I’m not happy because I have a blog; I’m happy because I only blog when I want to. 

I tend to approach my writing the same way. I spend a lot of time thinking about my novel, which is definitely important, but when it comes time to actually sit and start writing, I make sure I’m associating it with a desire to, instead of some weird form of dread that really shouldn’t accompany any kind of free time activity.

Granted, it’s still work. It’s not easy. Easy is watching a Simon Pegg movie on Netflix, but our need for easy entertainment blends well with an additional need for forward movement. Checking tasks off lists, beating a tough level in a videogame, putting together a jigsaw puzzle, reading books on our to-read list. None of those things are easy, but they’re still fun because they challenge us to start somewhere and end somewhere else.  

My point in going on and on about this is to pose this question to the anon: Do you think you’ll be happy once you’ve written a proper novel, or will the process of brainstorming, writing, re-writing, deleting, editing and all the other good things and bad things that come along with it…will this process make you happy? It’s gotta be the 2nd one. The process of writing it has to equal happiness, no matter how tough it might get. And if you approach it that way, you’ll start to make some progress. 

How do I know this? Well, I can only say what works for me, and I have been in that position of starting and stopping novels many, many times. But the reason I have finally committed to a project for a consistent number of years is because I stopped thinking about holding that book with my name on the cover and started thinking about creating relationships and challenging those relationships with whatever situations I could imagine. 

When you’re trying to find your feet as a writer, ignore what everyone says about plotting and story arcs and climaxes and subplots. All you need to do is create a world and live in it a while. Who cares if it’s any good? Just have fun. If you face every writing session with a sense of dread, it’s likely that adulthood or young adulthood or any other noun with the word “adult” in it has tricked you into thinking that you have to be actively pursuing real estate on a bookshelf to be a writer.  Why did you write as a kid? Because you wanted to. You know how many of my stories I showed to other people as a kid? You know how many times I went back and reread the stories I wrote? Hardly ever. It wasn’t about the creation - it was the process of creating it. 

So back to my anon - when it comes to jumping into this plot and these characters you’ve constructed, just do it. Don’t evaluate the best way to start. Just start. There has to be a reason you created these characters. Was it their friendship? Their complex past together? The secrets they know about each other that no one else does? Whatever it is that made you create these characters, write about it. Craft a scene where one of them desperately needs the other one; write a scene where one of them has been through something and the other person comforts them. Write the scene where a secret comes out and write how everyone responds to it. Forget about where it belongs in your outline. It probably doesn’t belong in your outline, but it’s fun. And trust me, finding the fun can be an important part of the eventual process of crafting the proper novel. 

I’m not a published writer, no. And apart from fanfiction, I don’t have a lot of complete novels to speak of, but I’m someone that’s been where you are before. I know what it’s like to feel distant from that writer you were as a child, and I’ve overcome all that to get to a place I’ve never been before as a writer. This is how. Find what makes your process fun, and once you’ve discovered how to have fun again, the whole plotting, outlining, structure stuff? It all kind of just falls into place.

This was all very philosophical, so I apologize if none of this is actually valid to you, but I’m rooting for you anon. I hope we can both make the child writer in us proud. 


Ruki: good morning
today we’re doing a full run-through for Makuhari.
Ruki: I’m sorry, this is so last minute but tonight at 8 p.m. we’re sharing the details on the Makuhari goods so everyone, please make sure to check it out!
Aoi: (_・ω・)_バァン…
Aoi: privilege of no charge.
in other words!
no charge for you, no charge for us*.
Aoi: so I really hope you’ll come! you guys’ smiling faces are all the compensation we need (・`ェ´・)うっ
Aoi: it might have been cooler if I’d said
“our compensation will be the time you’re giving us!”…
Ruki: this Halloween night is gonna be a fun event, for all sorts of reasons, including the song selection, so to all the (Heresy) members, make sure to come ☺️
Ruki: we finished the final rehearsal for Makuhari and since we played some songs we haven’t done in a really long time it was kinda nostalgic but still fresh!
all that’s left now is to let it all out on that very day. it’s the end of this loooong DOGMA tour, let’s enjoy this last one with all our might!
Ruki: I feel like it’s been a while since we had a one-man show so I’m fidgety and restless.
I’m getting nervous.
Kai: don’t miss it ( ⁼̴̶̤̀ω⁼̴̶̤́ ) (image)

*I think, he’s implying, that they’re not getting paid for that show.

Capitol Street, Houston, Sept. 22, 2016