how the fuck do i still have 480 followers
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You know what pisses me the fuck off? CHARACTERS TAKING A MONTH OF PIANO LESSONS AND THEM BEING ABLE TO PLAY ARCT LEVEL SONGS. NO, NOT EVERYONE’S A MUSICAL PRODIGY. IT TAKES PEOPLE YEARS TO GET TO PLAY SONGS LIKE MOONLIGHT SONATA AND FUR ELISE AND THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE. STOP IT.
Living in a world of lock breaking, stolen jewelry and imitation paintings, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. When heists are your profession and fake identities are your passion, you either con you way to the top or you get caught. Welcome to the life of frauds and cons.
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Want to draw interest? Intrigue? Here’s a tip—
When writing your sidebar, do your best to be very specific. Being vague does not work in your favor, here. I’m not saying reveal all the gritty details of your main plot; but, just like the hook, line, and sinker of the opening sentence to a novel, this also must grab the attention of your reader. It’s absolutely vital. If you start off your book with,
Humans once resided in turmoil and stress, but now live in peace. No longer fighting amongst themselves, the world has flourished.
That doesn’t give very much information, does it? Not only do I not know what incidents happened beforehand to humanity as a whole, but what brought about this moment of tranquility. Why did they even fight amongst themselves in the first place? In essence, what’s happening in my mind reading through what I just wrote is a flurry of questions being raised and not in a good way. As opposed to me being curious, I’m instead frustrated by the lack of information and question this plot’s legitimacy. And by consequence I’m much more willing to turn away from it and scratch it off as unimportant.
Why? Because the author has given no reason for me to be invested in their story. They haven’t made me care, they’re only telling me I should care. And there is a severe difference between showing and telling. Specificity is always in your favor.
A trick that might help is to pay attention to movie’s loglines. A logline is a one-sentence summary of an entire movie script, and is supposed to capture the interest of many in just one sentence. I once spent an entire day writing and re-writing a logline alone because I couldn’t afford to be vague. I had to summarize my entire concept in one-sentence in order to even begin to pitch it, and I had to entice those I wanted sold on the idea. Every word counts.
Inception has a great example of what I believe to be a successfully-written loglline. It’s,
A skilled extractor is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible.
See how specific it is? It’s not just any person, it’s an extractor. Furthermore you’re pulled in because not only are you left curious about this extractor’s past (What’s his old life he’s trying to regain? Why?), but you are also more importantly so, curious about the underlined “impossible task”.
This is the sort of summary that draws interest, and raises the good sort of questions in the reader’s mind. Now they want to know more not because the condensed plot is confusing, but because their curiosity is piqued.
See where I’m going with this? Try it. It may help.
Anonymous asked: *Rolls around the floor* I feel like my writing sucks and no matter how much I write and edit it doesn’t get better. Do you have any tips on how to be confident in your writing?
*Throws around pillows so you don’t bang into the furniture*
Here are my steps.
- Stop comparing your writing to that of other people’s.
- Seriously, stop. It’s not doing you any favors and it’s a surefire way to make yourself miserable.
- Even published, successful authors have times when they’re convinced that they suck. (Except for Nicholas Sparks, but, well…)
- Focus on what you do well in your writing, and don’t be humble. For this exercise, you are Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove. What is it about your writing that you’re most proud of? Are your verbs spot-on? Do your descriptive passages put Romantic-era writers to shame? Breathe humanity into your villains? Hell yeah! Think about what you’re good at, put them into list form, and pin it to the wall above your desk. See? You’re not nearly as bad as you think you are.
- Make another list of what you believe are your weak points. Approach this step with courage. Brave heart, Tegan. The only catch is that you’re not allowed to make this list any longer than the list of good things. Let me repeat that: You are not allowed to make this list longer than the Good Things List. Got it? Okay.
- Pin it up next to the list of good things. Compare the two. Squint at them and make a photographer’s square with your fingers. These two lists represent the base of your writing.
- Now take the bad list down. Look at it again. Rank the items in order of Not-So-bad to Must-Fix-Immediately. That’s the order in which you’re going to work on improving them.
- Work on improving them. Hit up the Internet for ways to combat your specific weaknesses. Write short pieces strictly for dissection purposes - use prompts to help you think of ideas. Write. Write. Write. Write like it’s keeping your electricity on.
- Whenever you get discouraged, look at the list of Good Things you’ve kept pinned to the wall. Hey! You’re good at this! Really, you are good at this - and even better, you’re working on getting better.
- Remember: there are no real benchmarks. There’s no core standard for writers. Everyone comes at this thing in their own way, and that’s what makes writing such a cool art form: it truly is individualistic.
I really hope this helps.