You know your brain is in a weird place when you are working on your Voyager AU and start realizing that Seska is starting to sound like Lilly Kane.
George R. R. Martin everyone.
My favourite thing about this gifset is that George R. R. Martin acknowledges both of these methods without insulting or dismissing the other. He is a fantastic writer and I know that some other fantastic writers swear by their methods and discount the others, which can be really disheartening as a young writer. Hearing him describe both of these methods without dismissing the other makes me very, very happy, as I am very much an architect and I always get so sad when every writer I look up to is like “NO PLANNING. PLANNING BAD. WRITERS DONT PLAN.”
So thank you, Mr. Martin.
I am by and large an architect but I am not opposed to my building gaining sentience and doing what it wants along the way, a la a gardener. So I feel this. I feel it so hard. Also:
"No one is purely an architect or a gardener in terms of writers, but many writers tend to one side or the other."
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN, YOU MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT THAT SENTENCE IS. THANK YOU.
You have to surrender to your mediocrity, and just write. Because it’s hard, really hard, to write even a crappy book. But it’s better to write a book that kind of sucks rather than no book at all, as you wait around to magically become Faulkner. No one is going to write your book for you and you can’t write anybody’s book but your own.
— Cheryl Strayed (via maxkirin)
So I was trying to figure out why I’ve been stuck on one smut section of a fic for a while… and I realized it was that I had gotten into that terrible “leg here, hand here…” brain place where you are focused on the logistics instead of the motivations.
So instead of trying to get them to completion… I am going back and trying to explore the mental/emotional experience. Lo and behold… it seems to be running so much more smoothly.
it’s so frustrating when your fic ideas are bigger than your writing abilities
Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.
Ira Glass to Lifehacker. I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work.
Quick tip for things to do immediately post-interview:
When I come out of an interview, I jot down the things I remember as being my favorite moments. For an hour-long interview usually it’s just four or five moments, but if out I’m reporting all day, I’ll spend over an hour at night typing out every favorite thing that happened. This is handier than you might think. Often this short list of favorite things will provide the backbone to the structure to my story.
Read through for the gear This American Life uses and its editing process.
This is really good advice, and worth keeping!
This is lovely advice but now I can’t tear my mind away from what the word ‘fucking’ sounds like in The Voice Of Ira Glass, I am unworthy, send help.
You know your a writer if you just flinched.
This particular blunder is known as ‘deus ex machina’, which is French for “Are you fucking kidding me?”
How Not To Write A Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman
'The reader is invested in seeing the hero resolve his problems himself, and feels disappointed when he doesn't. Further, by introducing a previously unmentioned element to resolve a situation, the author is suddenly changing the rules of his fictional world. This is as much fun as when someone suddenly and unilaterally changes the rules of a game you are playing. It is as if the author had said, “Oh, I just realized my plot doesn't work, so I'm going to add something from outside of my plot, okay?”
Okay! And we’re going to add something to the recycling…’
Whether it be fanfiction, original stories, drabbles, songs, poems, books, or anything that has to do with creative words, then reblog. Let’s gather all the writers of Tumblr together.
That’s so me right now. I’m staring at my screen like, how do I story?
I write short stories and longer story’s very often, I also love writing fanfic with others together (like our sassy cap Saturday) :D
It suddenly occurs to me that I am probably going to need a beta (more than usual) for this Voyager High AU fic who is not involved in education professionally. I realize I have no idea what is common knowledge and not about the way school districts work anymore.