Now, now- theres nothing dirty about that title so if you’re giggling then be ashamed and clean that filthy mind of yours.
I figured that if you’re on Tumblr a lot of the time then you are one prone to procrastination, so here are a few tips to help combat the symptoms of ‘I’ll-do-it-lateritis’ that I hope will help get you in the mindset for writing.
- TURN OFF THE INTERNET- Are you ok? Breathing? Heart good? Ok, now let me explain what I mean. Unless you need it for research or because you store your work somewhere online then you do not need the internet on and keeping it on will only make you more tempted to do an internet instead of doing a book (heh). Having the temptation will make you morelikley to take it and, when you’re trying to concentrate, seeing that little number next to the tumblr tab will just make you itch to refresh the page rather than do some writing. So, turn it off, set a queue and let your followers do without you for a while.
- TELL PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING- Telling people what you’re doing will give you more incentive to actually do it. Its all well and good keeping your project to yourself but that’s also less of a drive to actually get it finished. If you get other people excited for what you’re doing and supporting you then you’ll be less likely to want to just give up and ignore your targets. Its easy to ignore targets you’ve set for yourself, but no so much if you’re ignoring other people as well. Get your friends to support you, tell them the plot and get them excited to read it.
Note: Not only will this get you motivated but it will make you more excited and proud of what you’re doing. Like you already have a little fanbase of your very own to love and cherish and kill off their favorite characters brutally and without remorse.
- TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT IT- While this may sound very similar to the last one it does differ in some ways. Get your friends interested, or your partner or even your grandma. Talk through plot points with them, let them know what happens. If you’re going through a rough spot or experiencing writers block then conversing about your novel and the characters will stir up your love of writing and get you excited to go home and write more, get the next chapter down. Me and my other half, for instance, are always talking about their characters and novel and whats happens. It gets them excited and eager to get their ideas down. You need to work up a passion for your characters (not like that you dirty minded people) and a love of the plot (oi, now you’re just being silly) in order to want to do it. Trust me, talking it through and chatting about it will seriously help you get motivated.
Note: If you don’t have any friends then come talk to me about it, my ask box is always open and I am always happy to get chatting about your ideas.
- MAKE A PLAYLIST- Get your iTunes open and start compiling songs. Give one to each main character, get songs that just encompass the feel of the novel and songs that would go perfectly with certain moments. Fighting songs, breaking up songs, death-of-a-character songs. Get it all down then put it on while you write. Music is always a great motivator and having it playing while you write will certainly help you get to the emotional level you need to be at to scribble everything down. Not only this but if you keep the list on your iPod when you go out then each song will provide reminders for events in the novel and serve as a constant reminder of your project. In short- keep the songs that help you get the emotional level needed to write. Trust me, it helps.
- TARGETS, TARGETS, TARGETS- If you’ve ever taken part in NaNoWriMo then you will know just how important targets are and if you haven’t then I congratulate you on not being a dangerously insane human being. Targets give you something to aim for, something to achieve for and something to keep you writing. Set yourself reasonable targets, stuff like ‘4, 500 words a week’ or ‘Get to chapter 18 by the end of May’. This will help you pace yourself and give you that indescribable feeling of pride when you actually hit your targets. With a massive project you need to keep chunking it up into bite-size pieces, like cake. Mmm, cake….anyway, give yourself something to hit. Give yourself a goal to aim for. Buy yourself a sticker chart from Poundland and give yourself a gold star every time you reach a goal or buy yourself a cupcake or something to keep you going. Targets are the most important tool in a novelists arsenal, plus, they’re really good at keeping you sane.
Senator: Superheroes have to register their secret identities!
Natasha: There’s six of us. Rogers has a Smithsonian exhibit on him, Stark won’t stop telling the world he’s Iron Man, and for the rest of us, I dumped all of SHIELD’s files on the internet.
Senator: Oh. Right.
Natasha: Oh…and Thor is Thor. That’s his real name. Even if it wasn’t, he might have diplomatic immunity to the Registration Act since his “secret identity” is the crown prince of an alien civilization.
Senator: I get it, I get it.
POST CREDITS SCENE:
(Enter the Senator’s office)
Senator: Well, that was a disaster.
Voice: You think?
Senator: Who is th- Nick Fury?
Nick Fury: I’m here to talk to you about the “Stop Wasting Everyone’s Fucking Time” Initiative.
Governor elections are coming up really soon.
Your main tickets are:
Tx. attorney general Greg Abbott (R)
Senator Wendy Davis (D)
Abbott is for “traditional values” AKA against gay rights.
Davis is all for LGBTQ rights.
IF WENDY DAVIS IS ELECTED TEXAS MAY FINALLY LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE BY NEXT YEAR.
ALL WE NEED TO DO IS VOTE!!!!!
REBLOG TO SAVE LIVES
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
Agent Carter Panel at San Diego Comic Con
There were exactly four people who got to ask questions during this panel
All four were women
Three of them were dressed as Agent Carter
And they all asked questions surrounding the fact that they loved hearing the story of a strong woman like Agent Carter in a world that seems to exclusively show the stories of strong men
So if you were wondering why this show is a big deal: That’s why.