what do i even tag this i have no idea

i’m just drawing things out of boredom at this point?? still love these boys tho

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Sometimes I feel myself getting stuck in a CAS rut and a lot of my sims end up looking very similar. I’ve seen these types of click and drag generators often as writing resources, or as silly games to predict the “future” and thought it might be interesting to tailor it and incorporate it directly into the sims so I’ve thrown a quick one together. Everything is still quite open-ended so it’s all up for personal interpretation, it’s just a push to get you started. 

*Note: I included alien and vampire under gender. If you get one of these options, feel free to drag again until you get male/female to determine the gender, or choose it yourself. Like I said this isn’t set in stone and is more for inspiration than hardcore rules. If you don’t have the vampire pack, just pull a different result. No biggie.

By no means do I take any form of credit for this idea, I’m sure it’s probably even been done on simblr in the past, I just wanted to throw my hat in the ring and thought I’d share it with all you lovelies as well. x

Might make a fun challenge too? tag your creations as #clickanddragcas or something and see what this prompts us all to make maybe idk!! just have fun nd make cute sims

Watch Me Babygirl [pt.3]

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Summary: Jungkook is your brother’s annoying best friend. You can’t stand him but he just can’t resist teasing you. How far will he actually go?

Warnings: slight language


“Thanks for the ride Tae,” you said, giving his arm a squeeze before sliding out of the car.

You walked up your drive and unlocked the door, giving Taehyung a wave before you slipped inside. He always waited until you were in the house to drive away which never failed to make you smile. He was sweet, you had to admit.

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angel au

this contains a mess of ships ok

For whatever reason, imagining an AU where Ethan is a fallen angel really makes me happy? Like Ethan waking up cast down from the sky and he has no idea how to live on Earth, but he bumps into Mark n Amy n Ty n Kat and he ends up just following them around and asking questions about everything?

Ethan with fluffy wings and eyes that glow white when he’s angry? Speaking of wings, Ethan hiding behind his wings when he’s embarrassed or using them to flutter up when Tyler calls him short? Plus everyone automatically finds him beautiful at first sight and Mark has used the “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” Line several times because he finds it funny

Angelic Eth not being able to lie? Ever? Which leads to him confessing a lot of things he doesn’t want to, like how he ate the last of the waffles and he doesn’t actually think that hat looks good on Mark and also he’s in love with like everyone on the team, etc.

Plus since it’s really common in mythology for angels to have healing powers? Eth lying in bed with Ty and asking about his kidney, Ty tells him and E just gets really sad and curls up against Ty’s chest? And Ethan is like “you’re okay now” and Tyler doesn’t know what that means but his health has completely improved at his next doctor’s appointment

Or if the first time Eth heals someone is when the rest of the team is super sick and struggling to make videos, Ethan goes to snuggle with them since they’re all sitting in a miserable sick circle on the floor, editing videos. Everyone is immediately like “dude no! We’re gonna get you sick” but Ethan just does it anyways because he’s a cuddle monster and heals them in the process

Bonus if Mark still has red hair when Ethan falls and Eth sees it and get super excited because he wants his hair to look like that! So after a few weeks he finally convinces Mark to take him to the hairstylist but he catches a glimpse of a girl with blue hair and changes his mind? So he comes out of the salon with bright blue hair and angel wings puffed out in happiness, Mark tells him he looks like he’s going to a costume party.

I don’t know why this is specific to this AU but Amy and Kathryn exchanging Eskimo kisses with Ethan? Because they love their blue boy

Plus any time they see a bird in public someone will point to it and say “Look Ethan your mom came back for you”

Dark showing sincere respect?

Without scrolling the entire tag I can’t be sure someone else hasn’t mentioned this, but I haven’t seen it, so apologies if you have…

People are talking about the fact that Dark respects Wilf.

Are you sure?  I’ve been in enough meetings to know that the phrases “I respect you / your opinion” and “With all due respect” have nothing to do with actual respect, they’re negotiating tools. What it actually means is “I have a superior idea, but I need you to be open to my suggestion even if you disagree with it, so I’ll allow you to believe that I think you’re equal.”  (In most cases, anyway)

Remember, this is Dark we’re talking about.  He will say whatever you want to hear to make you open to his suggestions.  He may respect Wilf’s body count and methods, but I think that’s about it.

Also, standing at the end of the boardroom table by a TV or board doesn’t make you the boss, it simply means you’re pitching an idea in direct eye-line of the boss.  I know what Mark said, and I’m not refuting it, but office bullshit is ingrained in me now.  

Edit: This is not a solid headcanon, I’m open to discussion :)  You can even open it with “I respect your opinion, but…” lol

Tatiana Maslany really is everyone! 

Had a customer thank me for bagging his food [I’m a cashier and at the place I’m at now we bag as we ring up their stuff] and he was like

‘thank you He… She?… Heee??' First of all who says thank you followed by 'he/she’??? like it sounded so weird just say like 'thank you sir/miss’ like??

He kept just repeating 'he/she’ questioningly so I just turned so my arm was covering my name tag as I bagged and didn’t answer him. I have a very female name but most people who don’t already know me have no idea if I’m male or female, more so to the older folks.

Confusing old people about my gender means I’m where I wanna be so I wasn’t even mad. I strive to be as andro as I can be, so moments like these are oddly satisfying??

But it was still pretty shitty of the old guy. What do you need to know so bad for, ya weirdo?

anonymous asked:

How come mister doesn't have a little ? 😮 He's da perfect dadda!!

MISTER 101

I get this question like every day…. so I will put things plain.

I am a lot to deal with.

Personal issues

I have agoraphobia. (look it up) combined with anxiety and paranoia disorders. this causes me to be extremely guarded, especially when it comes to most personal details about myself. It gives me great anxiety to reveal things… because I always think people are going to turn on me, come to get me, or otherwise take me from my safety.

My safety circle is a small radius that encompasses about a 3 mile ring around my house. I chose this house for specific reasons. its in the middle of nowhere, but close enough to everything I need that I can go out when appropriate to get it.

I have my groceries delivered. The guy delivers pizza and for 20 bucks he picks up my order and brings it to my house. He leaves it on the porch. No one but my brother and therapist have been in my house in several years outside of a few excruciatingly difficult events.

These problems are coupled with the fact that I am incredibly private.

most cant handle them and give up.  

(I wasnt always like this,… and I dont always expect to be. I am working hard on it every day.)

Personality

At the same time, I am also very dominant… very intimidating.. and very critical. The one who captures my heart, has to deal with a lot.  My Dom side often spills over into things… causing me to be cold, causing me to be stressful. I can be very selfish and such. I have high expectations.

I can be mean… I can be vicious even. And my irish blood doesnt take well to being crossed.

“Tumblr Famous”

most cant handle my status…. including my “internet fame”…. I get propositioned, daily. I obviously get a lot of attention from lost littles. 

jealousy is not something that can exist in the heart of the one who seeks to submit to me. But at the same time, once I am locked down.. I am very loyal. but.,.. most cant see the forest for the trees. So they make assumptions, pigeon hole me… turn me into a cliche’… and ultimately drive me away with their own self sabotage.

And thats a tremendous turn off.

I dont do jealousy. I dont do those who give me grief about things I cannot control. I cant control the actions, thoughts and emotions of other people. I am certainly not going to sit back and be blamed for them. I will run my blog as I see fit according to how it flows and moves me. At the end of the day, its still going to be there… no matter what. 

Habits

I can be reserved… quiet… and pensive a lot of the time. I am a deep thinker and meditate. People often mistake this as disinterest. I am naturally in defense mode expecting that everyone has an ulterior motive (because usually they do)… and these thoughts, coupled with my paranoia… dont do well. 

I’m not one to reveal much about my personal self, and thats something that you work for if you really care and want to know. How old are you Mister? Where do you live Mister? Whats your name Mister?

Nah.

I’m not your traditional fly by night Daddy dom. 

I have years of experience, mentor ship and education that I can credit myself to… and anyone whose been around here for more than 5 minutes is going to tell you exactly that I know what I’m talking about and I do it well. Some would consider me an ALPHA in the game, maybe even THEE ALPHA, and along with that status I expect a certain level of thought be put into how I am seen and perceived. 

Yes I am completely narcissistic. I wont try to hide it.
Yes I am selfish at times.
….. I’m a Dom. duh.

I have a lot of power that I could easily abuse…. but I also have this rare thing called standards and morals. Imagine that… hard to believe it actually still exists in our world, but it does. I’m not easy… and I dont think with my dick.

So figure that one out.

 I am also one who has been around the block his fair share, I have owned subs and littles, I have been part of my local community, I have physically taught and trained many, I have studied this lifestyle at a collegiate level, and I have painstakingly crafted a blog in order to pass that wisdom and experience on to others in hopes that they might learn and succeed themselves.

I’m not one of these guys who sits around looking up the ddlg tag, getting my idea of it from porn, and then setting out to claim and conquer every girl I can in the process of trying to get mine and leaving them in the dust.

I have a genuine passion and caring for those in my community, daddy and little, and a great desire to improve the lives of each and every one I come in contact with.,

And if one little messages me telling me that they benefited even in the slightest way from what I do, that makes it worth it for me.

and I dont need a little to do that.

yes it would be nice, and maybe some day I will…

but the one who holds that title, who gives me her great gift of submission, is going to have to be extremely patient, hold no judgments or jealousy, and really take some time to figure me out and realize exactly the kind of opportunity she has sitting in front her… because the one who does that, is the one who is going to beat out all the others.


Everyone gets a shovel….

….. its what you do with that shovel that gets you to the goal.

Its just a shame that most end up using it to dig their own graves.

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Episode of the Week - 6x20 “The Pinocchio in the Planter”

Back to the lab. Here we go. Come on.

Booth is always so amazed at what the squints can do and find in their science and results. Compared to season 1 when Booth wouldn’t even listen to the squints. He’s grown so far :) All of them have! <3 And as always Hodgins is so fascinated with the soil and bugs and I’ve never seen someone get *that* excited about their work. God I love Hodgins’ character so much. What an adorable human being <3 Love him so much.

Even tho I hit 1100+ followers a while ago I want to celebrate it now that I’m free from uni! I thought the best way to do it was with an art raffle, as a thank you to my followers who have supported me

You guys can check my art in my art tag to see what to except!

RULES:

  • Must be following me (After all it’s a raffle to thank my followers lol).
  • Only one like + one reblog for person.
  • Winners will be picked through a random number generator.
  • Giveaway ends in May 28 at 11pm CDT
  • I’ll sent a message to the winners, but after 24hrs without an answer I’ll pick another winner.

WHAT I WONT DO:

  • Mecha
  • Furry
  • Real people ships.
  • Realistic portraits.
  • Gore (I don’t have a problem with bruises and blood)
  • NSFW if you’re a minor.

Beside that, I do almost everything! Even characters from fandoms I don’t know anything about. (Also take in mind there are certain ships or ideas I don’t feel comfortable drawing and I have a right to declide drawing them.)

WINNERS:

  • 1st place: full color, one, two or three characters of your choice, can be full body or waist.
  • 2nd place: simple color, one or two characters of your choice, full body or waist up.
  • 3nd place: simple color, one or two character of your choice, waist up.

So I tweeted this out during the charity stream, and for some unholy reason, I feel the need to show MORE people my terrible art. 

I also posted it on my RedBubble, because I post everything on RedBubble, because I’m silly. 

Basically, I know I’m bad, but I’m trying to be brave and accept that failure just means growth. So I’m trying to share things, even things I think I did poorly on, so I can grow and learn. That’s why I’ve been posting more art in general lately.

Anyway, rambling aside, I really appreciate Darkiplier.

@markiplier you said that you are excited to fail, because it means you learn. I’m doing my best to have that attitude. So take this.

anonymous asked:

kent parson thoughts??

oh! yes! I actually do have thoughts for what I think is going to happen with Parse in the future, so without further ado, I bring to you [MARSHALL]:

(note: reading back over this after writing it, I can confirm that this post is a Mess. Like how many times can I just ramble in parenthesis? I don’t even know. Over 15 at least. including this one. my god. STILL HERE YOU GO:)

My Idea for What Could Happen with good ole Kenny P

  • Okay, so something that has been mentioned but not addressed in the comic is that it was once Rumored that Jack and Kent were involved. In Parse 2, Ransom and Holster talk about how close they were, how there were rumors, how there were rumors about the rumors, and then note that there is a “trove” of Jack Zimmermann/Kent Parson fanfiction. Obviously, this is a nod towards the bigger RPF hockey ships (like… sid/geno? I don’t actually read RPF but I think thats one…)
  • ANYWAY, enough is made of this friendship (with a question mark/astrix) that both get asked about how they are preparing for their game against each other and then they have a pretty intense first game
  • THE POINT IS: It is unclear just how far the rumors about Jack and Parson go. Is it the shippers who really believed they were together? Or was this a more widely whispered about rumor that some more “official” news sites mentioned? We really don’t know, but…
  • What we do know is that N has said Parse is the antagonist to Bitty’s plotline (of course I cannot find this exact quote right now but I am like 82% sure those are the exact words she uses… maybe. idk now im all turned around. did she not say this? why do i believe this to be true? oh well, for now:). Parse = Antagonist. (Note, antagonist does not necessarily mean despicable human being. Like, if you would like to see KP as that, I am not stopping you, I’m just pointing out that that is not the official definition of Antagonist and not really how I see him and my opinion has doubtless impacted my ideas.) The Antagonist has to fuck up the protagonist’s proverbial day. (Also, I’m not going to add this here but, dude, the development of the Antagonist as Totally Evil in Western Culture is really interesting! Ack, no side rants. Okay, moving on:)
  • SO, the more obvious route to go here is that Parse tries to break up Bitty and Jack (well, there was also the disastrous conversation at the Epikegster which some use to classify him as The Antagonist already but I am not going that far yet because, honestly, as shitty as that moment was for Jack, it did not really affect JackandBitty or the Zimbits ship. I’m assuming Year 4, we need some drama or threat of drama to the actual ship in order for KP to get Full Antagonist Status. He’s gotta fuck up Bitty’s day. Not just Jack’s).
  • However, in terms of: Parse tries to Openly Break Up Zimbits– I just don’t see the comic going there. First of all, Jack and Bitty seem like Stability Personified, so I can’t even picture how this would go: Parse: Zims, leave Bitty and be with me. Jack: No. Parse: damn. Alright. *goes to listen to sad music alone* — This is not very climactic, yet anything else would be out of character for Jack. (like Jack actually considering leaving Bitty or really anything Parse has to say would be bizzare bc even Senior-Year-Stressed Jack did not buy what Parse was selling and now Jack is Professional-Athlete-APlus-Boyfriend Jack so like… nah, don’t see it)
  • So basically, we need a way for Parse to be his full Antagonist Self while also being… not an Actual Comic Book Villain. And, just my opinion, I feel this cuts out “Purposefully Outing Jack Zimmermann.” It is just way over the line, doesn’t really fit with what we know of Parse (Shitty says that he was a humble guy/most of the Samwell crew likes him/he gives a very Media Answer when asked about Zimmermann), and also just doesn’t fit with the tone and world of Check Please, which I think we can all agree is fairly fluffy. Purposeful Malicious Outing just doesn’t fit.
  • BUT, there is a way that allows Kent to be the Antagonist, keeps him as a real person, and mayhap gives some wonderful shades of gray to the comic. And that is what I think (hope?) will happen and that is this:
  • Kent Parson Comes Out

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RP Idea/Concept?

I don’t even know what to call this, but this is something I’ve been considering doing for a while. Though, with Balmung’s recent closure, the timing might be off -squint-

Basically, I have a concept for a Keeper clan, and am opening it for people who might have an alt or whatever that you feel might work in! Just a chance to have some pre-established relationships/contacts, and hopefully, obviously, some RP.

Under a cut, since I got wordy. But if you’re interested, feel free to message me on here, or on Discord: Hithren#9876

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Under the Apple Tree--ch. 1

Ship:  Outlaw Queen

Rating: T

Synopsis:  After being hit by the Olympian Crystal, Robin was transported to Seattle, unable to return to Storybrooke or any magical. When it was clear he had no way to return to his family, Robin finally decided to bury his broken heart in work–founding a landscaping business, Sherwood Forestry.  Fifteen years later, Robin receives an order from the last person he ever thought he’d see again, making him realize that hope never truly dies.

Under the Apple Tree

“What’s on the agenda for today, Mary?” Robin Locksley asked his secretary as he stepped into the small office of his landscaping business, Sherwood Forestry.

Mary flipped the page of her agenda book, looked down and nodded.  “You’ve got a delivery for 8 am.  A lady in Enchanted Estates ordered an apple tree to be planted on her front lawn.”

“Enchanted Estates?” Robin asked, idly shuffling through a stack of bills on his desk.  “I don’t believe I’ve heard of the place.”

“It’s one of those big, ritzy subdivisions in Misthaven.”

Robin sucked in a quick breath.  “Beg pardon? What is the name of the city?”

“Misthaven, Washington” Mary answered.  “Tiny little town way up north.  It’s a hop, skip and a jump to the Canadian border.  I passed through there once on my way to…”

The woman talked on, but Robin didn’t tuned out.  Misthaven.  The word dredged up memories that were never far from the surface.

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Hi guys! Yesterday I reached 5k followers! That’s something I never thought I’d even come close to getting, thanks so much guys for helping me reach this milestone, you’re the best! Huge thank you to every one who supports my blog and says nice things. You have no idea how much it means to me. Reblogging my gifs and edits you make me happier. I didn’t tag everyone because i follow too many blogs (exactly 404 blogs, what can i say, i watch too many tv shows), i’m so sorry if i didn’t include someone. Ok, lets do this:

NOTABLES:

@solitude-am-i @lecomics-hooverman Oh, my sweet Iv and El. Family don’t end with the blood and  you two are like my sisters from another mother. I tagged you together because the the three of us are unsaperate. I love you both so much and now i can’t image a life without you two ( i can’t image a day without our talks:) You two know me here the best. I’am so thankful that i have the pleasure to know you. You’re my real life friends. Thank you for the opportunity of sharing my life with you <3

@mel-loves-all My sweet Mel, you are here with me since the beginning. Without you I would not be here. You’re one of the first person that i started to talk here.I was so shy, but this was my best decision to start interact with you. I love you so much my friend. Thank you for all the love, support, all the random messages. Thank you for being you, one of the kindest, lovable people that i ever met. Thank you for everything honey<3

@spn-idjits-guide-to-hunting Oh dear Abby, a day without a message from you is a lost day. Thank you for being a part of my life, a part of my spn family. I love you my adorable friend. Thank you for liking and reblogging my stuff, for all the support. Meeting you was a gift which I couldn’t be more grateful.

@smoakqueenz @oliversmoaked My dear Nelly and Brune, you two give me the power for doing what i do. Thank you for all the kind words about my work. Thank you for all the support. You two made me believe in myself, you made me believe that what i do is not meaningless. I’m a very big fan of not just your blogs, I am a fan of what you are as a person. I love you to very much<3

My favorite people since forever, you made me who i’m here now. Thank you sweethearts for everything. There is no me here without you. You all are very special to me and I love you all very much<3

@kawusia25 @iv-on-ka @scu11y22 @andjustforthismoment @arrow-through-my-writers-block @violicity @supersillyanddorky06 @cherrychapssstick  @ishipitlove @truelovealwayssurvives @patchesniac  @jhopq @dominikhere @florence-bubbles @believeinolicity

Folks I haven’t interacted as much i would love to, but still really adore or stalk (favorite bolded):

A-C:

@ah-maa-zing @amelliwood @amellrickards @ackleholicsanonymous @always-keep-writing @befitandchase @bluemorgana @bratvaolicity @castielamigos @callistawolf @chlolicity @clarissaisabelle

D-H:

@dailydcheroes @diggo26 @dailydcqueens @dcvertigodaily @deanwinchestergifs @deansdirtylittlesecretsblog @dreamyjensen @dancewithmejensen @dettiot @dust2dust34 @dckgryson @deanobeanoo @frozen-delight @fuckyesolicity @felicitys @felicitysmoakisaqueen @felicity-smoak-is-my-goddess @felicity-queenz @fe-li-ci-ty @felicitys-smoaks @glamorous-enterlude @geniewithwifi @green-circles @gothsmoak @graceful-ashes @galaxystiel @heytheredeann @holysmoaksoliver @hoodiesandcomputers @hunterchesters

 I-M:

@imdreamingofhim @itsokaysammy @itsaboutjensen @itchiygo  @jensen-jay  @iwannabewithyou-unsafe @inacatastrophicmind @justjensenanddean @jensenacklespl @justolicity @jbuffyangel @jacklesonmymind @jensenfans @kansastexas @kalichica12 @klarolicityswan @kristinaortutova @lordmesa-art @lemondropsonice @lyricalarrow @miriam1779 @mastolicity95 @moneyyhoneyyy @myarroworld @misswhizzy @myfairytal-e @mostly-jensen @maaaaaaarts @m-artrevenge @my-heart-belongs-to-olicity @mrseclipse555

 N-S:

@olicity-queen-sinceriously @olicity-i-believe-in-you @ohmyollie @oilversqueen @oliverdant @olicityfan2012 @ohfora67impala @ohmypreciousgirl @olicity-love-dont-die @ohmyolicity @ohmysupernatural @oliverandfelicityolicity @oliverfelicitygifs @queensarrow @pleasantfanandstudent@radioactivedean @spnedits @strengthcas @suliistya @swordandarrow @salvachester @sensitivehandsomeactionman @siete-pecados @sentence-fragments @songbin @sssssssim @sarcasticfina @smoakandarrow @spnjensenlove02 @smartiespn @sydneybarett

 T-Y:

@thegreyruin @to-dwellondreams @theirhappystory @theolicitylibrary @womenofdc @yellowflicker09011996

Thank you to every single one of you guys and I love you so much! Big  thank you to all of my followers, with all of you everything is possible ♡

Center of Gravity

Originally posted by aom1lli

You had been procrastinating work since 3 hours and 15 minutes ago- well now- you looked up and there goes by another minute of time you’ve wasted today. You had by then wasted 3 hours and 16 minutes of your life watching random videos on YouTube which mostly involved dogs and the different kind of breeds worldwide. You weighed on whether to click another video which was around 10 minutes long and just start making your video after exactly 4 hours of procrastinating, but just as you were about to click the video, a notification pop out.

Hey babe watcha doin? Came the text from your boyfriend and you quickly sat up from lying down on your stomach on the floor for hours. Did he know you were procrastinating? If anything Jay hates it when you procrastinate. He was the always-on-the-move kind of guy and never sat down to even think or breathe. He was always clapping his hands asking you to get your ass off bed and to get moving. You quickly got up from your living room floor and went to your room getting ready to make the video you were going to make today. Then you would reply his text saying you were busy shooting your new video for your account.

Three minutes into the video, the bell rang signalling someone at your front door. You cursed out and looked at the watch hanging inside your bedroom wall. You had only been recording for three minutes and god just had to test your strength. You were barely able to even go through the 3 minutes. You quickly got up from your usual seat and walked towards the door, with foundation still on the back of your hand. You opened your door and popped your head out, not even leaving any gap wanting to show whoever was at the door that you were busy and in no state of having guest.

“Hey baby.” Jay looked up from his phone and smiled at you, holding up a plastic bag in which seemed to hold a Krispy Kreme box inside. You bit your lips and inhaled in, looking at your boyfriend with a grim smile. “What are you doing here?”

“Didn’t you read my text? I said I was coming over?”

“Oh you did?”

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anonymous asked:

I really want to get back into the habit of writing every day. I mean---I do; I write for my homework, I write in a medical journal, I write rants that I never show anyone else... But I want to get back into writing stories. There's this novel that's been sitting in the back of my brain for months, and I haven't got it on paper yet. I love seeing your little updates of how much you've written each day, but do you have any tips on how to motivate myself and get into the habit of doing the same?

I do! And honestly, posting those little updates is one of them. Nine times out of ten I’m the only one reading them, but posting one every day gives me an extra little kick to get my writing in, especially if I’m not getting started until late in the evening and I’m already about to burn out. Because if I don’t, I have to admit my failure to the internet, and nobody wants to do that. So that’s one idea: make yourself publicly accountable. (Tumblr is just one way to do it, and you’re welcome to jump on the what I wrote today tag if you think that would help!) But this is part of a larger point about making progress, which is that you have a much greater incentive to make progress if you can see that you’re making progress. 

Let me expand: Writing a novel is a long, long commitment. If you have traditional publishing in mind, you’re talking literally three to five years from start to finish. If not traditional publishing, you’re still talking at least a year or two if you have any hopes of producing something truly good that won’t mortify you down the road. That’s daunting. The easiest way I’ve found to get motivated and stay motivated is to have a plan and stick to it. This doesn’t just mean planning to write 500 words or whatever every day, because that’s not enough structure. What I’m talking about is a comprehensive game plan which takes every part of the process into account, all the way from outline to a polished MS. So sit down with a calendar in front of you and ask yourself what amount of time you think you need to get a first draft down on paper. It’s going to depend on how long you think the finished book will probably be, how much time you have to write every day, how your personal outlining process works, and so on. Then set goals, or checkpoints. Maybe you want to have a finished outline by April 1st. Maybe then you can expect to write 1,000 words a day and have your first five chapters by the beginning of May. I don’t know; this is something you have to figure out for yourself. But what’s crucial, in my experience, is having that concrete plan. This is for two reasons: (1) it’s much less daunting to sit down and work  each day if you know exactly what you have to accomplish that day to stay on track and (2) when you do it this way you have tangible proof that yes, you are making progress. And that’s huge. Nothing motivates me to keep writing like the knowledge that every day I’m getting closer to having a finished first draft in my hands.

Now, how you choose to go about doing this is something I can’t really tell you, because everybody’s creative process is different. Personally I know that my first drafts usually come in a little over 100,000 words, but that’s not the only factor. You have to budget time for research, reading (if you’re not reading you have no business writing), and all your other daily obligations. So for me, right now, working with a completed outline, the magic quotient is around 750 words a day on average. For you it may be totally different. You have to find what works. The good news is, there are a lot of tools out there to help you. Here are just a few you can find on this blog:

  • Writer’s Toolbox: A whole bunch of apps and software and freeware to help you write. Find that here
  • Outlining tips: If you’re totally overwhelmed by the concept of outlines and don’t understand how they’re going to help you, I’ve proselytized about that at length here
  • Time management: If you know what you have to write but you’re having trouble staying focused, you’ll find help for that here and here.
  • Motivation: If you’re having trouble staying motivated even after this lengthy post, there’s more advice about that here.
  • General writing advice: You’ll find all that and a bag of chips right here.

I know this is a lot. But writing is one of those things that requires a lot of trial and error and, yes, time. Hopefully some of this, if you take the time to read it, will actually help you to be more productive in the long run. 

Of course, if you have any questions about anything I’ve said here or elsewhere, don’t hesitate to hit the inbox again!