“I had the lonely child’s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued. I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.”
- George Orwell

hello there, this is aly. this blog is going to be used as a side blog for all my writing projects and such.


[UNDER CONSTRUCTION]

lacigreen:

[Sexual orientation] labels are just words to express how we feel.

(From Sex+: I’m Pansexual?!)

” I definitely wasn’t cool in high school. I really wasn’t. I did belong to many of the clubs and was in leadership on yearbook and did the musical theater route, so I had friends in all areas, but I certainly did not know what to wear, did not know how to do my hair, all those things.”
” I definitely wasn’t cool in high school. I really wasn’t. I did belong to many of the clubs and was in leadership on yearbook and did the musical theater route, so I had friends in all areas, but I certainly did not know what to wear, did not know how to do my hair, all those things.”

themadmagpie:

It sounds so simple and so obvious, but it can be surprisingly easy to forget. In my opinion, one of the most important things to remember:

When you’re writing and editing, you need to be excited about your work.

If you’re excited, your reader will sense it in your words. Your energy will inject momentum into your writing. It’s a kind of propulsion that I don’t really think can be taught or studied or strategically crafted.

And after all, if you’re not excited, why should your reader be?

I encounter this problem the most when I’m editing. It happens after I’ve done a few too many drafts and the writing is starting to feel stagnant. The words start to blur. My brain falls asleep. I find myself dreading the hours when I sit down to work.

It just happened to me again, during the tedious editing that I’ve been doing recently: converting my entire novel from third person to first person, one sentence at a time. I started feeling frustrated, hating my novel—a state of mind that every serious writer is familiar with. I had lost excitement, and I was perfectly aware, and I was angry at myself for it.

The solution? Well, it’s kind of like how Zadie Smith says that writing a novel is a confidence trick. “The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself.”

The same goes for excitement. You have to trick yourself into being excited again. You have to seek out the fuel you need—you can’t just sit around waiting for inspiration to float past.

During these stagnant, low-energy times, I go to my shelves and pull off the books I love best, the authors who are the biggest influence on the project I’m working on. I give myself permission to just sit and read. I look at the words, hear the author’s pleasure in them, see how the sentences draw me into the story.

I read and watch author interviews, thirsting for any wise tidbits they might have to offer. I look at passages from my favorite memoirs on the writing craft. I pull up the strongest parts of my novel and read to remember what it felt like when I was writing them.

As long as I’m actively trying to be excited, the energy always comes back eventually. Like everything else, it’s just a matter of having patience and perseverance.

amaririsu:

‘Cause my echo, echo is the only voice coming back. 
My shadow, shadow is the only friend that I have.

Echo // Vid by TomoyoFanel []

One of the best videos in this fandom imo. I just had to make gifs for it.

worldaccordingwrites:

I HATE BEING A YOUNG WRITER BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD YET AND MY STORIES LACK REALISM. LIKE WHAT IF A CHARACTER NEEDS TO FILE HIS OR HER TAXES? I DON’T KNOW HOW ONE GOES ABOUT FILING TAXES! YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW CONCERNED I AM ABOUT KNOWING HOW TO FILE TAXES.

“Are you kidding me? You’re the smartest, funniest, toughest, buffest, talentedest, incrediblist girl in the world!” “You really feel that way about me?” “I’ve felt that way since the moment I saw you.”

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