"August 1st, 2014."
I find writing extremely difficult. I usually have to drag myself to my desk, mainly because I doubt myself. And it’s getting harder because I want to improve with every book. Sometimes I guess it’s best just to forget there’s an audience and just write like no one will ever read it at all.
wow my brother was telling me this joke and he said
"if you’re fighting with a woman and she pulls a knife on you, just pull out the bread and cheese and meat and her womanly instincts will kick in and she’ll just make you a sandwich"
then all of a sudden our mom emerges from the kitchen holding a huge ass knife and she approaches my brother asking “sorry what was that?” and he started screaming
100000000 points to mom.
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did she get a haircut
does it make anyone else uncomfortable that they changed her entire race because she went out with Ron in their sixth year
isn’t that what happened???
they changed a character’s entire race because she as a character became important and relevant for a short amount of time
Umm, no. They did not change her entire race simply because she dated Ron. Actually think about it. Up until the sixth book, she was a background character that was only ever mentioned in passing, so she wasn’t given a physical description. Then in the sixth book, Lavender was finally described, as having ‘pale skin and dirty blonde hair’. Well, the first few Harry Potter movies came out before the Half-Blood Prince book did, so the casting directors did what they wanted with the character.
Another thing, the Lavender Brown from the first few movies only appeared in the first few movies. Lavender didn’t even appear in the 4th and 5th movies, because again, she was a background character, and wasn’t vital to the story. The only reason her race was changed was because a physical description was finally in the books, and it didn’t fit what the directors had, so they had to recast her. It was not because she dated Ron.
Somebody spread this shit because I refuse to have this turn into some social justice bullshit
This is the best surprise audio post I’ve ever seen/heard.
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY
The egg made me so confused and then the SONG STARTED PLAYING AND EVERYTHING MADE SENSE AND NOTHING HURT
okay instant happiness
I DON’T UNDERSTAND
You don’t need to be ‘ready.’
You just need to sit down and write.
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It’s what I do~ ♥︎
disneyluver1 said: HI! First off, I'd like to say that you're amazing and I love your blog! You're advice has helped me through more than a few sticky situations in writing. I'm a young writer (14 years old) and I'm writing a kind of romance story. Since I'm pretty young and have no romance experience whatsoever, should I maybe wait until I'm older and work on other things for now?
Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎
You just posed one of my favorite paradoxes in writing. You see, nobody ever asks me:
"Hey Max, I am writing about vampires, except that I am not actually a vampire. What can I do to make sure the story is realistic?"
"Hey Max, I am writing about a teenager with a terminal illness, but I don’t have a terminal illness. What should I do?"
"Hey Max, I am writing about a character who is a soldier, but I have never killed someone in my life or served in the military. Should I enlist myself in the army?"
I meet so many writers who don’t believe they have the ‘experience’ to write about mundane things like ‘love’ and yet again nobody ever seems to question writing about things like ‘murder’ or ‘magic.’ I think it’s kind of funny— but, that doesn’t really answer the question. So, it’s time for me to take off my gloves and put things bluntly.
- I am not a (rather bitter) 22-year old merchant.
- I am not a 16-year old girl in a mental hospital.
- I am not a 15-year old girl grieving over the death of her uncle.
But my characters were. When i write, I am not there — and my experiences don’t matter at all — because the person you are reading about is not me.
As I have said countless times on this blog, when I write I am not the director or the actors— I am just the camera-man; I follow the characters and record their emotions. Do you think camera-men are required to have experienced what is happening on the other side of the lens? Of course not.
This is why that paradox is so amusing to me. Some writers think that they need to have experienced what they are writing about in order to be ‘realistic’ (whatever that even means), and yet nobody ever seems to bother with that when writing about the fantastical— werewolves, elves, shooting fireballs out of your fingertips, and whatnot.
Now, if you have read the above and you feel a great sense of freedom— now that you can finally get back to writing without worrying about ‘getting it right’ (whatever that even means), then you go on and write :D
But… if you read the above, and you still feel iffy about writing romance when you have never felt love, then I have some homework for you! I have tackled this very subject in the past in my weekly writing workshop, the Virtual Writing Academy:
- Episode #06: Writing Things You Have Never Experienced
- Episode #07: Writing About Someone Who is Different Than You
Trust me, that should really cover all of your bases c;
I hope that this has been helpful! If you, or anyone, have any more questions feel free to send them my way~ ♥︎
If you simply sing the words or play the notes without feeling the music, no one will experience the song as it’s meant to be. The same can be said for the books you write. If you don’t feel the words while writing, your readers won’t truly connect with your story.
kool-kat-ale said: Do you think it'd be necessary to go to a writing school for a person to be a good writer? Did you attend a professional writing school?
Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎
I’m actually kind of surprised that I have yet to touch on this subject. So, I would like to thank you for sending in your question c; That being said, the answer to your question is pretty simple.
Neil Gaiman, Maya Angelou, H. G. Wells, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, J. K. Rowling (who got a B.A in French, of all things xD), Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury (which I think it’s the most ironic, seeing as how SO MANY people in high school get to read the works of an almost-high-school-dropout), and the list goes on and on.
No. I don’t think that in order to be a good writer you need to go to ‘writing school.’ You don’t need ‘formal’ education in any art to be good at it, you just need to be passionate about what you do and always be looking out to improve your craft. Simple as that. There will be people out there who will try to tell you that unless you go to college you are wasting your time, and I would instead urge you to research, ask people (as you are doing now) and make your own choice.
As for me, I took a bunch of creative writing courses in college. Looking back on them, I didn’t learn anything that I hand’t picked up in high-school by that point (except for maybe the Marcy Rule). No. The best part of that class was really not the class itself…
It was the empowerment. It was a place where we all wrote. It was a place where we were encouraged to write— and you had to write, after all everyone had to turn in 10 pages of writing every week. It was also a nice place to meet other writers, and create a community.
But don’t let that fool you. I quickly realized — because I’m self-centered to know when I am becoming lazy — that I soon outgrew the pace of the classes. During my metamorphosis (when I finished my first book) I realized that the class was slowing me down. I was comfortable with writing 2.5K words a week and calling it done— but I wanted more than that, I wanted to write more.
So, I moved on. I found a pace for myself, made this blog, and have been writing stories ever since. Simple as that.
Remember that I am not saying that you should skip on school altogether, or that you should go to college. I am giving you the power to choose for yourself. Going to college may be helpful— but do not expect, for one second, that having a piece of paper saying that you graduated from a creative writing course makes you inherently better than any other writer.
There is no ‘quick’ or ‘easy’ way to become a better writer. Whether you go to school or not, you are going to have to put in the hours, and write.
If you don’t think that this is an empowering message, I want you to take a moment and realize that there have been amazing writers who attended university and amazing writers who did not. This means that it’s not where you go— but your own passion and dedication that dictates your own success. This means that what you do with your talent is up to you. You hold the entire power of creation in your hands.
And if that is not empowering, then I don’t know what is c;
Seriously, people are fucked up. What’s the point in doing that shit to a cat? Even if it is a stray. Report this girl for this horseshit. I already have.
She lives in Capital Heights, MD. That’s all of the additional info I’ll post.
Reblog, and report! For justice!
meandmylittlevoices said: Okay so: What does one do to avoid feeling down about their own writing compared to other, amazing work from peers? I know you'll probably say, 1) don't compare your work to others', and 2) if you have fun writing it, that's all that matters. And that's great and I do try to follow those rules! But I still can't help sometimes feeling like a small spark next to a bright sun. It's almost like I want to remain small so as not to take away from their shine (partly because I love their pieces also).
Hello, writerly friend~ ♥︎
I see what you mean. Well, you are certainly right about those two points! That is exactly what I would have told you~ c;
So, now that we are pretty much on the same page. Let’s actually talk about something you said— because it raises a VERY good point!
"But I still can’t help sometimes feeling like a small spark next to a bright sun."
Do you think these writers your look up to look at their own work and think that they are ‘suns’?
Nope. To put it bluntly, every writer thinks that they are the worst writer ever. Seriously. Click on that link and read that post. It’s one of my favorites.
Every single writer who does this out of love will admit that they can always get better, because writing is a craft in which nobody becomes a master. Every single writer who does this out of love will admit that their work is inferior to that of the people who inspired them (and those people would admit the same).
We all have people who inspire us, and we put their work on a pedestal. This is not bad, because (again) we are all artisans of a craft where nobody becomes a master.
Sure… it’s humbling to see your work as sparks against suns, but remember I need you to remember something, okay? I hope you are sitting down, because I am going to hit you very hard on the head.
Someday, someone will look at your work and feel the same way you feel right now.
They will look at your writing, and consider it to be ‘suns’ compared to their ‘sparks.’ And this is good— because we are all looking for people to inspire us, people we want to be like, people who fill us with hope.
I just hope you are ready, because that will happen someday.
I want you to remember that what you are feeling is normal. Every writer feels that way. I know that I will never be as clever as Lemony Snicket, or as funny as Terry Pratchet— but I sure the hell am not going to give up, because (someday) someone is going to need my work to inspire them.
And I will inspire them, so that they can inspire others.
I hope this helps, writerly friend! If you, or anyone else, have any more questions, please feel free to send them my way!
Keep writing, and keep inspiring others~ ♥︎
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oH HELL YES,
Not believing in Peter is not believing in your childhood. Keep it alive, and show those pirates what for! We are Lost Boys - forever!
I just want to test the gamer side of Tumblr
I have every xbox
I have every Playstation
Are there really people that have no gaming device at all???
Computers can play games.
You either reblog this or you’re a liar.
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