the straight agenda
- "how do lesbians have sex"
- bad facial hair
- weed socks
- "IM NOT GAY!!!!"
- comparing their relationship to romeo and juliet
- Write the ending first. This gives you a destination. You may eventually change the ending but having a goal is more helpful than you can imagine.
- Choose your antagonist before you choose your protagonist. Beginner writers tend to either have a story idea without an antagonist, or they create one-dimensional villains who do not suit the hero’s story.
- Give your characters physical story goals. A physical story goal is one that can be experienced through the five senses. Your protagonist and antagonist should have story goals in opposition to one another.Example: The villain wants to destroy the hero’s company. The hero wants to save his company. The intangible story goals, such as ambition or finding inner strength, will be revealed as a result of this conflict.
- Decide on a genre and stick to it. It is disappointing to a reader if he or she picks up a romance novel and it turns into a serial killer thriller. Research genre expectations, word count, etc.
- Write a synopsis. This should not be longer than two pages. Tell the whole story. Do not include back story. If you cut out unnecessary details here you will save time. You will also be able to stick to the story. It sounds romantic when writers say they let the characters show them the story. I have found these writers seldom finish novels as they are always trying out new things. This sounds creative but it is disheartening when you are trying to become a published author.
- Be disciplined with settings. Introduce major settings in the first quarter of your book. It is unnerving when authors introduce a new setting a few chapters from the end of the novel.
- Stick to two supporting characters. Amalgamate extra characters into one person. Your protagonist does not need three best friends and five love interests. The rules of story-telling require simplicity. Readers get bored when they are introduced to too many characters in one book.
- Break your story into scenes. Become a film director and construct the scenes. Ruthlessly cut out any you don’t need to move the story forward.
- Wrap it up and write ‘The End’. End the story as soon after your protagonist has achieved his or her story goal as possible. Don’t explain what has happened and summarise the plot. Your reader is not stupid.
- He wins but… The best endings in commercial and literary fiction, as well as memoirs, are when the protagonist achieves his story goal but… Examples: Clarice Starling catches Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs but Hannibal escapes; The pigs take over the farm from the humans in Animal Farm but they have become indistinguishable from them; In Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Mandela achieves a free South Africa but ends the book with the message that there is another long walk ahead.
I will reblog this every time I see it on my dash.
That’s what i have been trying to tell my friends!
Some posts on my dashboard make me want to respond because some people just say some really stupid shit, but then I stop myself like
eh…ya know what…nnnope..not even worth it..they’re adults…just going to unfollow and leave it at that…they’ll figure it out eventually.
This is something that slips past the Western viewers- it looks like it’s reaching out for Chihiro, in a malicious way, to the Western viewers. It’s what I thought growing up.
However, now, that I know that it’s a way of signalling for someone to ‘Come here!’ in Japan, the scene takes on a whole new meaning.
That spirit knows that if Chihiro doesn’t eat the food, she will disappear. And it knows if it offers the food, she cannot be cursed as a gluttonous pig because it wouldn’t have been stolen.
Just a unique take when you have all of the context.
i really hate seeing children at gay rallies. in most cases, they don’t understand what they’re doing and what they’re promoting. i think most children are pressured into going to gay rallies by their parents and, therefore, pressured into believing in gay marriage.
Excuse you, I knew about homosexuality since I was four. With five years I could already argue about it and with six I had a formed opinion. All my motherS did was explain to me what it was, without ever telling me if it was good of bad.
The truth is that is actually easier for kids to understand homosexuality, and maybe even accept it, if they are told about it at a young age.
Yes, maybe the two-years-old kids there are not sure of whats going on, but their parents are raising them to open their minds and accept differences without it being a huge deal.
It’s funny how people don’t mind dragging kids at sundays to the church, to make them sit and listen to things they can’t understand nor question, but it’s so wrong to take them to a walk were they can see pretty rainbows , and later understand what they mean.
This is bullshit.
Welcome to Florida
"The average prison sentence for men who kill their intimate partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are sentenced, on average, 15 to 17 years. A pair of Maryland cases vividly illustrates this inequality in sentencing. In one case, a judge in Baltimore County, Maryland sentenced Kenneth Peacock to 18 months for killing his unfaithful wife. The very next day, another judge in the same county sentenced Patricia Ann Hawkins to three years in prison for killing her abusive husband. Significantly, the prosecutor in the Peacock case requested a sentence twice as long as the one imposed, while the prosecutor in the Hawkins case requested one-third of the sentence imposed.”
“As many as 90% of the women in prison today  for killing men had been battered by those men.”
~ The Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project
try and tell me sexism isn’t real
Hold the fucking phoneSo about that one song in Chicago
what’s fucking scaring me is that both of those people didn’t get a life sentence since when is killing your intimate partner just only a few years what the fuck