LT: 22, a lesbian immigrant from Texas who is living in the United Kingdom. Stuck around in North Wales for a while and studied English Literature with Creative Writing. Currently taking a MA in Scriptwriting at UEA and lucky enough to have an incredible girlfriend.
I reblog random shit and I occasionally post some of my writing, when time allows.
Personal posts happen, as this is a personal blog.
I'm currently attempting to recover from an ED. It's a work in progress. I post about it sometimes, but with TWs if applicable.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I NEED TO CHECK MY PRIVILEGE.
I'd rather know, learn and apologise than be a jackass.
'The Baseline Is, You Suck': Junot Diaz on Men Who Write About Women
It sounds like you're saying that literary "talent" doesn't inoculate a writer—especially a male writer—from making gross, false misjudgments about gender. You'd think being a great writer would give you empathy and the ability to understand people who are unlike you—whether we're talking about gender or another category. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
I think that unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. Without fail. The only way not to do them is to admit to yourself [that] you're fucked up, admit to yourself that you're not good at this shit, and to be conscious in the way that you create these characters. It's so funny what people call inspiration. I have so many young writers who're like, "Well I was inspired. This was my story." And I'm like, "OK. Sir, your inspiration for your stories is like every other male's inspiration for their stories: that the female is only in there to provide sexual service." There comes a time when this mythical inspiration is exposed for doing exactly what it's truthfully doing: to underscore and reinforce cultural structures, or I'd say, cultural asymmetry.
in writing, there’s nothing wrong with stumbling over the wrong words before you find the right ones
sometimes I forget that and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make it perfect the first time around
but my best writing has always needed revision, so I need to stop being afraid of fucking up
it’ll all be fine, and it’ll get done
just gotta keep pushing
things that say a lot about people:
- the way which they treat the waiter/waitress
- how they feel about the weather
- whether they dog ear pages or highlight in books
- and hands in general
- their preferred creative outlet
- how much they dread/enjoy talking on the phone
- whether or not they drink coffee
- if they ever forget to eat
- how honest they are with themselves (and others)
- if they correct your grammar
- how they treat their parents
(Source: younghabitats, via 01012012)
I HAVE A QUERY FOR YOU, MADAM. When you're gearing up for writing a short story, and you have literally no idea where to start in your timeline, how do you get past that? Just start anywhere and edit it later? Wait for some kind of symbolic scene to hit you? I'm working on a comic right now, and being an artist before a writer, this blank word document is just staring me dooown haha.
This, I can answer!
Alright. 1. Don’t wait for an epiphany. Seriously, don’t. You’ll lose steam, and they rarely show up when you actually need or want them. Just accept that a lot of what you write will be carved out once the piece is done, and that’s okay. Editing is a natural part of writing.
2. If you already have the timeline in your head, write it down for your reference. Colour code it, if need be. That should solidify the bits that you don’t understand and reinforce the parts that you know.
3. Short stories are a really different medium than serial pieces or novels. You don’t need to build up to an event - you can just throw yourself in there and explain retroactively. Here’s the real question that you ought to ask yourself: “if I were to start [here], [here] or [here], how much would the reader understand? How much of that exposition is actually necessary to understanding the point of my short story?”
My favourite quote concerning short stories is along the lines of “Come in late, leave early”. It’s normal for you to want to fill in the gaps completely, but the exciting part about reading is trying to fill in the gaps as you go - especially if there’s a twist somewhere. What mood are you trying to establish with this story? What’s your message? As Mr. Poe said, “A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” If your story has a shit-ton of stuff going on in it, maybe it would work better as a longer piece, or you need to carve it down a bit. That’s okay. Seriously.
SO, TL;DR: Start late, leave early. Accept revision - it makes for a stronger piece. Give your audience credit, and let them fill in the blanks as they go. Do not fear the blank page. It’ll all be okay. <3
USEFUL LINKS THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE:
Written? Kitten! - for every 100 words, you get a new cat picture. ‘Nuff said.
Write for Ten - encourages you to freewrite by giving you a countdown timer. Do some stream-of-consciousness work - that’s always helpful.
Good luck, my dear! YOU CAN DO EET. I hope this was actually helpful and not overwhelming, haha. <3
I find that, when writing bios, it’s really helpful to look at a list or a chart like the one above. Picking two or three traits from each chart and building a character based around them will give you a really interesting bio, because they will serve as a reminder that characters need depth and dimension.
Independent and clever.
Independent, clever, pretentious, and stubborn.
The first combination doesn’t come with any flaws, whereas the second will provide a more dynamic character.
HEY GUYS, this showed up on my dash this morning, and I thought it would be helpful if any of you are writing characters and don’t want them to come out as picture-perfect Mary Sues! :)
One thing I’d like to add, though, is that you should make sure the character traits don’t conflict in an oxymoronic way…. for example: Ambitious and lazy, or patient and impulsive. WAT. (Believe it or not, I HAVE seen it happen before! Don’t do it!!)
I looked through this, and i realized I have three from each for two characters in a story I’m writing.
Impulsive, stubborn and impulsive, but also loyal caring and confident.
Distrusting, suspicious and inhibited, but also caring, patient and persistent.
AWESOME. Using this! :D
(If you need a broader list of negatives and positives, this site is golden! It has TONS, and they’re split up into attributes / attitudes / social endowments and skills, and they have the opposites in a table next to each other. :D !!! USE THIS TOO!)
(Source: dunst-rph, via type40)
I feel like if you’re writing a novel, it’s kind of like being handed a graphite pencil and told you can draw anything you want on as big a canvas as you want, but it can only be in pencil. Making a comic book is kind of like getting a box of coloured pencils and being told you can do whatever you want with them, but you have to keep it on an 18” x 24” sheet of paper. Making a movie is like being told you can use any kind of media you want any way you want, but you have to fit your whole project on an index card.
Yeah, basically. But the challenge is what makes it fun.
Or maybe I’m masochistic, idek. Haha.
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