You want to read the story again. It was well written, and the plot was genius.You remember everything about the story. Except the title and author.
Some people jump around between ideas for stories because they’re either:
- Not sure which idea they want to stick with because they’re still trying to gauge what’s right for them.
- Certain that all of the story ideas floating around in their heads are awesome, and unsure which one to settle on first.
There’s nothing wrong with those things. Not at all. It’s okay to start on one novel and then stick it in a drawer for a while to work on the next one. If working on multiple projects doesn’t bother you, then by all means go for it.
Organization is different for everyone. My definition of organization is stuffing ideas into notebooks so I can maybe find them later if I actually remember to bookmark the pages. Some people like outlines. If you’re one of those people, try this answer I gave on the subject a while back. Also try this answer on organization.
As far as your confidence goes, well, I know from experience it’s sometimes incredibly hard to keep that up, though for me it’s more about my art than it is my writing. I’ve been working on my story for many years, and as it’s grown I’ve made myself believe that it’s good enough to succeed because I know where it started and how far it’s gone since.
Confidence in writing comes from practice. When you see improvement in your work, you’ll come to believe in your own skills as a writer. There are always feelings of negativity but you have to power through and keep going.
It’s a hard piece of advice to use, because it ultimately falls on you and what you want. You have to force yourself to write. There is no easy answer. You can do it. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t let what others say interfere. If you have a story inside of you, get it out. I don’t know you, and I believe you can do it if you try hard enough. You say you love to write, so focus on that.
Also, it seems I’m getting a lot of questions similar to this, so I may make some monstrous master post for motivation and organization when it comes to writing.
"you can’t ship the protagonist and antagonist together!"
just u fkn watch me
This is very important to remember. No matter how discouraged you get, just remember this: Someone out there enjoys your work. If nothing else, do it for them!
It makes me really happy to see this post pop up in my notification feed because there are always tags and comments from aspiring writers/artists/etc who feel encouraged by Mako’s words. It’s very heartening!
Never not reblog inspirational Makoto.
We love stories that take us to alien planets and let us explore whole new environments. But not every alien planet is totally realistic, especially given how much we’ve learned about exoplanets lately. So we asked six experts to tell us the biggest mistakes they see in fictional habitable worlds — and here’s what they told us.
Interesting read for any budding sci-fi writers out there.
Let me tell you what the most annoying thing in Urban Fantasy is.
It’s patented Strong Female Characters double-subverting their emancipation. They spend all their time kicking ass and taking names, and then along comes a Hunk, or a Dark Broody Type, and suddenly they rediscover their femininity, which inexplicably means going doe-eyed and knock-kneed in the presence of the Guy. It also makes them weaker. The narration has this smug-ass tone that after all this time of fending for themselves they are oh so lucky to now have a Guy do it for them.
But the absolutely worst part? When they fucking LAMPSHADE it, in this tee-hee-hee tone that suggests that ‘feminism is great and all but do we have to do it all the time?’
“I know this is probably a blow to feminism, but I enjoy using my womanly wiles to get men to do what I want”
“Of course it’s not politically correct, but I want to feel protected by his strong shoulders”
GAH. Someone find me some urban fantasy that doesn’t do this, please.
AUGH THIS BULLSHIT REALLY BAKES MY MOTHERFUCKING BISCUITS.
BEING EXPECTED TO SWAP YOUR POWER FOR A RELATIONSHIP IS NOT A FANTASY IT IS A REALITY THAT IS WHY WE HAVE FANTASY GET YOUR POOP OUT OF MY ICE CREAM ASSHOLES AUGH AUGH AUGH
I see I’ve got to get on writing faster, ‘cause the current crop sure ain’t cutting it. >:[
Yes, it’s annoying.
Let’s take a look at paradox.
Irony is one of the most misunderstood (and misused) terms in English.
Basically, irony is the contrast between expectation and outcome.
Unfortunately, numerous people think that “irony” is the same thing as “humor,” “coincidence,” or “bad timing.” This misunderstanding is due, in part, to the influence of Alanis Morissette and “Ironic,” her hit song from 1996.
In the song, Morissette sings about several so-called “ironic” scenarios, none of which are ironic at all. It is, in fact, ironic that a song called “Ironic” has no valid examples of irony.
There is nothing intrinsically ironic about rain falling on someone’s wedding day; it’s happened before, and it will happen again. It can happen to anyone, and when it does happen, we can dismiss it as bad luck, bad timing, and an unfortunate coincidence.
It is ironic because you went beyond the call of duty to pick a date on which it was virtually guaranteed that it wouldn’t rain … and it turned out to be the only day it rained during that month. Ironically, if you had picked a random day, your wedding might not have been ruined.
Clearly, the outcome was the opposite of what was expected.
(Totoro in the rain GIF source: Catma Sutra)
I got a lengthy ask about what is realistic and unrealistic in fantasy.
In short, what is realistic is relative to the world you have created.
For example, let’s say we have a fictional world where people have magic abilities. However, they only have enough magic to master one skill or to be mediocre in a few skills. Only the very powerful, practiced, and skilled magic users are able to master (or nearly master) more than one skill, but never more than two. It takes decades to do this because magic users have to be able to stretch and manage their limited magic in order to master two skills. Once a magic user masters one skill, it takes a lot less time to master another because they are already experienced.
This limitation is not a cultural limitation. These characters literally do not have enough magic to be masters of all these skills. It is a magical fact in this universe.
Taking this world, here are examples of realistic and unrealistic scenarios:
- Realistic: A magic user has been practicing magic since their youth and they had many resources and connections needed to master a magical skill. They are now middle aged. They have mastered the skill of pyromania and have great skill in water manipulation, but they have not completely mastered it.
- Unrealistic: A magic user has mastered two skills by the age of twenty-five through their own practice. They have no formal knowledge of magic, magical theory, or magical techniques. Given the rules of this universe and this magic user’s lack of resources, it would be impossible for this to happen.
- Realistic: In this world, there is a way to “steal” magic from other people if you kill them with a certain object. A young magic user did this, thus giving themselves more magic to work with. They were able to master three skills over many years because of this.
Now we’re going to look at something that is culturally created and defined. In the same world, there is a law that you must register your mastered ability or skill. In order to register, magic users are tested and must show excellent skill in their ability.
If they pass they are legally recognized as masters of their skill and they are given a title. There is a strict law that magic users must pass on the first try if they want to be a part of an elite group of magic users who have mastered one or more skills. Furthermore, all of their magic must be their own and not from someone else through murder (as mentioned in the second realistic example above). There is a way to test if someone has stolen magic. If they are found guilty, their magic is taken away through death. There are no exceptions. However, many people attempt to get around this or are unaware they hold stolen magic. In this society, honesty and merit are highly valued and it is considered weak and unlawful to use connections, cheats, lies, and deceit to get ahead.
- Realistic: A magic user who has been practicing a particular skill their entire life decides they are ready for the test. They pass on the first try, are awarded their title, and are considered for this elite group. However, through the background check, they are found to hold magic from another person. This magic user was unaware of this because their parents were the ones who stole the magic, only to give it to this magic user so that they could become more powerful. Although this magic user was unaware and did not do the killing, they are still killed so that their magic can be contained.
- Unrealistic: A magic user fails the first test. They train for a little while longer, go back, and pass. Their uncle is among the people who choose people for the elite group. They try to bribe their uncle to let them in despite failing the test for the first time. Their uncle obliges. It would be impossible for this to play out well unless everyone who knew this magic user failed the first time died or disappeared, leaving a blank slate.
- Unrealistic: A magic user passes the test, but is found to have stolen magic. However, because this magic user has mastered three skills, this elite group is impressed and decides to let them in. This goes against the major cultural values and the laws of this world.
- Unrealistic: The leader (or a member) of the elite group has stolen magic. No one knows. Unless they were the original leader who created the “no stolen magic rule” while excluding those who were already involved, this would be unrealistic. Even then, it would probably have to be a secret.
- Realistic: The entire elite group is secretly corrupt and often steal magic to strengthen their abilities in private. They do this because they are planning a coup d’etat and want the magical elite to be in charge. The magic users in this group are the ones who execute those who have stolen magic because they are the ones powerful enough to take it away and contain it. While everyone believes they contain it and keep it away from the public, they use the magic for themselves. Therefore, they control who goes in and what happens with stolen magic, allowing them to become more powerful in secret.
- Realistic: Someone has stolen enough magic to master ten skills. They pass the test on the first try and use their magic to frighten others into silence when the issue of stolen magic comes up. Fear allows them to continue on and join the elite group. The people who let this magic user in are now stuck and cannot call this person out because part of the fault would be on them for being dishonest and unlawful.
Review the rules (cultural, government, and physical) of your universe if you’re not sure if something is realistic or unrealistic. Make sure it fits in your story without plot holes. If you need something to happen that will bend the rules without excellent reason, you’ll have to revise that rule throughout the entire story.