This site is an AMAZING resource for understanding how humans experience emotions, and how their bodies and minds react to specific emotions such as fear, anger, happiness, etc.
It even has flow charts that map out the processes people go through in reacting to emotions, such as:
I knew I missed something in London!
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies exists.
Neil! Have you seen THIS?
I love this! It’s inspired by 826, which I worked for and ADORE. Definitely on my list of places to visit next time I’m in London.
THEY DO MAIL ORDER NOW?!
I completely forgot about trying to visit there when we were in London over the summer. BRB, must order A Vague Sense of Unease. I bet Clovis Devilbunny wants some things from there, too.
Very cool! I had not heard of this particular store before, but not at all surprised to hear they were inspired by 826, since that’s was what immediately came to mind when looking through the photos.
The 826 stores in the US (which all raise funds for their respective student writing programs, like Hoxton Street Monster Supplies does for the Ministry of Stories):
- 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store (San Francisco)
- Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (Seattle)
- The Time Travel Mart (Los Angeles)
- The Museum of Unnatural History (DC)
- Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (New York)
- Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair (Michigan)
- Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute (Boston)
- The Boring Store (www.notasecretagentstore.com) (Chicago, though the site seems to be down)
The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.
— Fernando Pessoa (via psych-facts)
Anonymous asked: I've formed a bad habit where, instead of writing, I'll just sit and daydream stories, and they're always perfect because they never have to be translated from thought to form. As a side effect I've stopped writing almost completely. I try to get back into the habit of writing but I've found it hard to come up with ideas without sitting and daydreaming ideas, but doing that makes me lose the motivation to write. Do you have any advice to break this habit?
This was my ‘writing career’ when I was young. I’d come up with great ideas, wonderful ideas, aaand… I never got past jotting down the basic summary. Why? I’m still not sure. Maybe I was afraid of my ability to write them (reflecting, I think this had a large part of it). Maybe the first draft blues kept me from really understanding how to put the moving pictures in my head into words.
Thing is, though, even in movies, script writers and directions have to use language to convey what they imagine, and the fear of fucking it up is only hurting one person: you (and me!). I’m gonna be honest here; it’s not easy. It’s really hard, actually, and you need to keep trying and failing until you get on it. You can do this thing. You know you can.
Make peace with the shitty first draft. You have to accept this as part of the process. Breathe in, let go. This is one of the main reasons I draft in ink and paper, because it’s much easier to keep going without looking back. Don’t hesitate too long over which word to use; write both, underline, and move on. The only thing between you and perfecting your idea is the shit it’s gonna start out as, and you have to get that hammered out before you move on.
It’s hard. I know it’s hard. Your idea is so good, but it comes out so badly. Fear of the shitty first draft is the biggest motivation killer I know. It’s an emotional landmine, one that waits for when you come back to reveal something you liked while writing earlier is, in, fact, not that great at all. You have to accept this. You have to live with it and keep writing. It gets better later on, you just have to deal with the bad now. Don’t dwell on it. Get it down to edit later.
Outline. Outline and remember outlining is not writing; no matter how vague or detailed, you have to go back and put it into story structure later. Outline knowing that it’s a way to write without the scariness of writing, outline knowing it gets you closer to your goal. Outlining is your ally, but don’t let it hold you forever. It’s tempting to stay in the outline phase; it’s safe there, with no chance of failure. Don’t believe it; you have to move beyond it.
Deadline. Once the writing starts, find ways to stick to it. Give yourself goals and dates, tempt yourself with rewards (candy!) and punishments (do the dishes!). Find people to help you out; ask your Team You to check in with your process. If you’re having trouble, talk to them about plot points or just vague ideas. You need encouragement and the internet can be a great place to find it, but again, don’t get stuck there. You need to move on. You need to get those words down.
You can do this anon. Your ideas are worth it. Put those daydreams on paper, get partners to encourage or write with you.
This is totally what I’ve been doing. YAY a possible solution!
by Glen Strathy
Here’s an easy way to come up with a brief plot outline for your novel.
One of the most powerful secrets to creating plots that are emotionally compelling is to incorporate the 8 Basic Plot Elements. Starting with your story idea, you only need to make eight choices to ensure the plot of your future novel hangs together in a meaningful way.
The best part is that you can make these choices and construct a brief plot outline in less than an hour.
Sound intriguing? Then let’s get started.
Consider this, about having perspective on criticism: If you enjoyed making a thing, and you’re proud of the thing you made, that’s enough. Not everyone is going to like it, and that’s okay. And sometimes, a person who likes your work and a person who don’t will show up within milliseconds of each other to let you know how they feel. One does not need to cancel out the other, positively or negatively; if you’re proud of the work, and you enjoyed the work, that is what’s important.Don’t let the fear of not pleasing someone stop you from being creative.
Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.
ANDRE DUBUS (via kadrey)
I’m on year eight (of seriously pursuing publication) and I still need this reminder sometimes. Thanks, Mette.
So many young writers have asked me for advice on publication lately. Here it is: don’t give up. Write a little every day. Don’t be in such a rush to publish that you don’t take the time to develop and sharpen your skills. And, again, don’t give up.
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