- Constantly work on the plot. While writing, you’re going to come across ideas and realizations that will make it better. Don’t let those go by for the sake of finishing; if you have to go back and edit them in, do it. It’ll help you out immensely.
- Get feedback. You don’t have to show anybody your rough drafts, but it will help a lot to find that group of friends to ask about plot ideas or just brainstorm with. Sometimes it can be tricky to find the right group - not all of your friends will really know what kind of things you like to right - but it can help a lot.
- Take breaks. When you feel like shit about your story, don’t force it. Take some downtime. Do some other things to help you relax. The ideas will come and help you fix it.
- Ask questions. To avoid plotholes, ask questions (how did this happen? Is that explained in the book?) To avoid terribleness, ask yourself questions about what in your book excites you. Focus on that! If you really like it, chances are other people will too.
"Also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant.
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees.
The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.
The plant is sometimes completely white but commonly has black flecks and a pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.”
I had this on my bucket list for years, since apparently this is relatively rare. And then I found a TON of them at Beltzville State Park! They are really neat. Check one thing off that list.
how did he have that ready to go
"You two have managed to accomplish something together no one ever has; you surprised me.”
I’ve been fucking waiting for this photo set right here, and let me tell you why. Monsters University quickly became my favorite movie due to a single fact, that these two? They failed. They actually went to school and they failed, they didn’t get brought back in, they didn’t make a miraculous come back at the end, they fucking failed College.
But that didn’t stop them. Through hard work, perseverance, and taking opportunities that came a long instead of just settling for where they were at, they were able so still make it to where they wanted to be.
That is super powerful, it gives you hope, knowing that college isn’t the only way. Because you know what? It isn’t, you don’t have to go to college to get to where you want to be or to be happy. You just got to take chances, take opportunities, swallow that fear and do things to help change your life for the better. If you believe college is it? Fantastic! Go for it!
However, remember: Life is never over if you fail something. You just got to look for opportunities to bring yourself back up.
Throwback Thursday! Brought to you by March 20, 2013!
Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 is almost here! What makes Camp different? You can set your own word-count goal, and tackle any writing project you can think of, including scripts, revisions, or theses. It’s a virtual writing retreat where your pen can run wild.
Graphic by Dominic Flask for Camp NaNoWriMo.