"Fire is the element of power. The people of the Fire Nation have desire and will, and the energy and drive to achieve what they want."
So, someone wanted some tips on planning/outlining their novel and instead I made this. It kind of happened.
If you’re new to my silliness let me introduce myself.
My name is M. Kirin and I write books. If you’re interested in writer resources, inspiration, and the adventures of a dork, you could do a lot worse than me :3
"frozen wasn’t the first to have anything"
well idk about you but it sure was the first time I saw myself truly, absolutely reflected on screen
it was the first time I saw a character who shared my lifelong struggles with anxiety, depression, and self-loathing
and it was the first time I’ve EVER seen a character who has less than perfect mental health not portrayed as a villain
Too funny not to reblog
this is almost every single possible reaction omf
EVERY SINGLE FUCKING YEAR
but can we talk about the lady in the fourth gif whose startle response is to drop into a fighting stance
Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎
I think that a lot of people do plotting and they go about it the wrong way. If you have taken a look at my (Strange) Guide To Planning Your Novel then you probably have a feeling for what I am about to talk about, if not— then prepare yourself.
It’s time for me to give you the best piece of advice that ever came from my many years taking creative writing classes in college. My amazing professor once said something that I have coined "The Marcy Rule" (because her name was Marcy :p and everyone needs to know that she came up with this). It goes like this:
The Marcy Rule
Story rises from character, not the other way around.
What does this mean? I find that a lot of writers are under the assumption that the plot is the primary agent in a story— and that characters are secondary. And I totally get where this misunderstanding comes from. People are taught in school that events make history. People are taught to memorize events and dates as what happened in their past. This is not good, because it forgets about the driving agent(s) behind these events.
Would you say that the most important factor in history is the events that happened (plot) or the people that lived through those days (character)?
Of course it’s the people. Story rises from character, and thus is it character that drives the story forward.
Though… I think that you already know that, writerly friend. As you said in your question— you keep trying to toss your character into plots but they don’t follow along. It’s almost as though you’re forcing events into a timeline, and you find that your lead actor is not interested in going with this script. Now, let’s look at this from the point of view of that question I get all the time:
What do I do if I have a character, but no story or plot to go with them?
You see, this is problematic, because it assumes that plot is primary— and that characters are secondary. I believe this is doing your characters an injustice. Your story does not revolve around events and dates and points on a timeline— they revolve around you, and your actions and your choices and your dreams and your goals.
Take a moment (or a few) to sit down and ask yourself this question:
- What does this character want, and what are they willing to do to get it?
Everybody wants something. There is nothing too big or too small to write a story about. Again, people get this idea in their head that every book should be an epic story of war and death and saving the world— but I can tell you that a story about a character dealing with their own personal turmoil, and their dreams of finally overcoming their depression and being able to get up in the mornings… that can be a story as good, if not better than any ‘epic.’
So. Take this with you. Ask your characters what they want, and start following them. Don’t get in the way of the story— you are not the mastermind plotting out a plan, you are the camera-crew. Your job is to tell this character’s story. So, follow them. See where their story goes.
As a final note. Remember that everyone wants to live an ‘easy’ life, but nothing worth having ever comes easily. Every choice comes with a price, every action comes with an opposite reaction. Your character can desire to live an ‘easy’ life as much as they want… but fate always tends to get in the way of such things c;
I hope this helps! if you, or any other writerly friend has any more questions, then make sure to send them my way!
Keep writing~ ♥︎
Imagine if Clone Wars wasnt animated but instead each character was played by an actual human being….
Don’t forget we have to wake up Green Day tomorrow.
Ok just a reminder to everyone: If you’re planning on tweeting billie joe armstrong “wake up” or something tomorrow, DON’T. The song is about his father’s death and so it’s really personal and treating it like a joke isn’t the right thing to do. Plus he’s asked so many times for people to stop and no one listens so yeah. Please don’t do that.
I did not know this. Thank you.
Bastila Shan from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
by Corbin Hunter
dogs = world peace
dogs = world peace