writing tips

Sep. 25th, 2017 03:01 pm
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This is something I found on tumblr.
Tips for writing.

Do an outline, whatever way works best. Get yourself out of the word soup and know where the story is headed.

Conflicts and obstacles. Hurt the protagonist, put things in their way, this keeps the story interesting. An easy journey makes the story boring and boring is hard to write.

Change the POV. Sometimes all it takes to untangle a knotted story is to look at it through different eyes, be it through the sidekick, the antagonist, a minor character, whatever.

Know the characters. You can’t write a story if the characters are strangers to you. Know their likes, dislikes, fears, and most importantly, their motivation. This makes the path clearer.

Fill in holes. Writing doesn’t have to be linear; you can always go back and fill in plotholes, and add content and context.

Have flashbacks, hallucinations, dream sequences or foreshadowing events. These stir the story up, deviations from the expected course add a feeling of urgency and uncertainty to the narrative.

Introduce a new mystery. If there’s something that just doesn’t add up, a big question mark, the story becomes more compelling. Beware: this can also cause you to sink further into the mire.

Take something from your protagonist. A weapon, asset, ally or loved one. Force him to operate without it, it can reinvigorate a stale story.

Twists and betrayal. Maybe someone isn’t who they say they are or the protagonist is betrayed by someone he thought he could trust. This can shake the story up and get it rolling again.

Secrets. If someone has a deep, dark secret that they’re forced to lie about, it’s a good way to stir up some fresh conflict. New lies to cover up the old ones, the secret being revealed, and all the resulting chaos.

Kill someone. Make a character death that is productive to the plot, but not “just because”. If done well, it affects all the characters, stirs up the story and gets it moving.

Ill-advised character actions. Tension is created when a character we love does something we hate. Identify the thing the readers don’t want to happen, then engineer it so it happens worse than they imagined.

Create cliff-hangers. Keep the readers’ attention by putting the characters into new problems and make them wait for you to write your way out of it. This challenge can really bring out your creativity.

Raise the stakes. Make the consequences of failure worse, make the journey harder. Suddenly the protagonist’s goal is more than he expected, or he has to make an important choice.

Make the hero active. You can’t always wait for external influences on the characters, sometimes you have to make the hero take actions himself. Not necessarily to be successful, but active and complicit in the narrative.

Different threat levels. Make the conflicts on a physical level (“I’m about to be killed by a demon”), an emotional level (“But that demon was my true love”) and a philosophical level (“If I’m forced to kill my true love before they kill me, how can love ever succeed in the face of evil?”).

Figure out an ending. If you know where the story is going to end, it helps get the ball rolling towards that end, even if it’s not the same ending that you actually end up writing.

What if? What if the hero kills the antagonist now, gets captured, or goes insane? When your write down different questions like these, the answer to how to continue the story will present itself.

Start fresh or skip ahead. Delete the last five thousand words and try again. It’s terrifying at first, but frees you up for a fresh start to find a proper path. Or you can skip the part that’s putting you on edge – forget about that fidgety crap, you can do it later – and write the next scene. Whatever was in-between will come with time.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Out of K Cups so I didn't have coffee this morning.
Finally got out of bed at noon.
It's another nice day outside.
I want to go somewhere, do something.
I kinda want to go to the Tannery Dam. (is it dam or damn?)
Everyone (my family) will probably be too busy to do anything.
Fuck. I don't know what to do today.
I would walk to the park or Sheetz but I don't have a cane and the side walks are really bad. And I like the identification the cane gives me when I cross roads. It makes me feel more confident/comfortable.

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:00 pm
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It's 85 degrees outside.
In September, in Pennsylvania.
Why am I wasting my time inside instead typing up my songs into a wordpad document and running a full windows defender scan on my computer?

I'm going to get dressed then open up all my windows and go outside and do...something.

Watch me bruise and bleed for you

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:39 pm
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I've been in good moods for the past 2 or 3 days now.
Last night, I was typing in Devin is... Into the google search engine. What came up was fucking hilarious. I'll do an entry with what came up later.
I have at least 4 songs I wrote saved in my phone. I have lots of notes saved. I don't use that pages thing.
I want new/more books to read. In ninth grade, I read books like Twisted, Speak, Smack, Cut, Go Ask Alice, and Sara Dessen books were my guilty pleasure. Twisted was my favorite book and I want to read it again. I want to read Prozac Nation too. I'm not sure if the public library would have books like these or not.
Also, book titles make good band names.
I'm not sure what to really update about right now.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 07:32 pm
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I took half a clonazepam a few hours ago because I was so upset and I felt like I was about to have a panic attack. It made me really sleepy. :/
I don't know what to make for dinner.
I went outside and sat up in the bleachers at showers field. That's my new favorite spot. I wrote a journal entry and a song that turned out sort of ok.
A bunch of people came and they were skating on the side walks and down the stairs. I wanted to skate with them but I didn't know them and felt too fucked up from the clonazepam to skate.
I'm so lame. I wish I would skated with them even though I really suck at it. I was nervous they would judge me or make fun of me.
I want to sleep...........

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Sep. 18th, 2017 01:08 am
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I feel like there's something missing in my life and I can't exactly figure out what.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 09:17 pm
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i keep forgetting things. i can't remember what i'm doing from one moment to the next. i keep starting to write this, and then forgetting. my babies won't sleep, and when they do, they wake up super early. Killian woke up at 4am today. now it's 9pm, they've been in bed for hours, and they won't sleep.

i hallucinate when i don't sleep. i know it's in my head; but it's hard not to freak out when i constantly see a man pointing a gun at me, out the corner of my eye. i want to know what postpartum anxiety is. i am definitely anxious all the time. i think David is cheating on me, i think my baby is going to die, and i have to keep overwhelmingly busy so i don't think too much. also i itch all over, all the time. (might be my mom's laundry soap.)

we started Clara in montessori because i think it's a better environment than watching cartoons with David all day. we could just barely afford it, at a discounted rate. but then David didn't start his new job right away, so we missed a paycheck; and he stopped donating plasma because he caught a cold. none of that is really his fault, but i'm like $600 short for the month, i can't ask my parents because they just bought a house, and i'm stuck holding the bag for this school bill when i can't even pay all the other bills. i'm trying to sell baked goods again. i might sell my guitar. i feel like every. single. time. we think we might be ok financially, something like this happens. i feel like God hates us, honestly. it's really depressing.

David is spending a lot of time on second life again. i can see his chat log (when he doesn't turn it off, which he says is an accident) and i see there's a sub. i want to trust him, i want to forgive him, but i don't want to be naive. we just celebrated our 7th anniversary, and he made a toast wishing for rebuilt trust between us. i want that too.i just don't know if we can have it.

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