Feb. 13th, 2017


Feb. 13th, 2017 11:15 am
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Feb. 13th, 2017 01:30 pm
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hold on. you want me, a MAN, to buy this body wash which doesn’t have the word “SPORT” in the name and it doesn’t say FOR MEN anywhere? nice try, pal
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Model: Pia Kristine Cruz, photographer: Skorju
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My girlfriend suddenly buried her face in her hands like something was wrong and it took like 10 minutes to get her to tell me what was going on and she showed me this post
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me, a flower cowboy: what in carnation
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Steve desperately trying to high five Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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When you’re gay in your house with nobody else you’re homolone

When you’re bi and there’s nobody else around, you’re biyourself

When you’re asexual and nobody is present in your vicinity, you’re aceolated

When you’re pansexual and everyone else already left you’ve been apandoned
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film headlines are having a field day

Wait what?

“Toy-Happy Sequels”

Don’t tell me there’s s line of 50 Shades dildos and BDSM gear… please…
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Show vs. Tell 

Great description of the difference.

In one of my fiction-writing classes, we had a workshop where we critiqued each other’s writing. There was one student that had a story about a poor boy, who had to work to help his family. At one point, the writer describes his room, and it sounds pretty standard: “vintage posters of rock musicians on the wall, an old board game his family had kept for years, battered Nike sneakers under the bed”. Our teacher said, “Your main character’s pretty selfish.” We all stared at her. “I mean, his family barely has enough to eat, and he’s spending money on buying expensive vintage band posters and Nike shoes?” I was shocked. I hadn’t thought anything of that description - it was just to paint a vivid picture, right? And I didn’t know vintage posters were expensive. What if the Nike shoes had been given to him as a gift? What if the mother had bought them? But it was the moment I realized that great writers put a lot of thought into all those seemingly useless details they leave in there, and they’re all clues leading to a larger truth. It’s not good enough to paint a vivid picture and put in details. Those details will be read into, and they need to point to the truth of your story or your character. That student certainly didn’t mean to make their character come across as selfish. And yet that was the conclusion that the details led to. 
At the same time, sometimes the curtains are just blue, so to speak, and it doesn’t mean anything. Which is why consistency is also important. I wouldn’t have necessarily surmised that the character in the original post was clumsy just cause he tripped once - so establish this trait, remember that you made him clumsy, make him drop crumbs all over their lap and almost drop things that are handed to him. Otherwise I will assume his clumsiness is a one-time thing. It’s your job as a writer to include meaningful details, just as it is to establish when something is just a coincidence, or a plot device. 

This is good. I bolded the part I felt was most important; good writers include details and keep things consistent, but I agree that great writers include those details for a reason and make them actually mean something (versus allowing them to simply be decoration).

The commentary’s better than the original post.

When I was a young writer, I thought details were there for the sake of being details. You enter a room, you describe the room so the reader can see it in their head, the end.

But in fact, nothing is supposed to be so pointless as to simply check off a box next to “Imagery” in an English class workbook. These details are meant to give the reader something meaningful about the impression it makes on the perspective character, or what’s up with this world and its people.

As for the original post… I think either could work depending on context. If you were trying to have that awkward kid really own this story, making it a story about her perspective rather than a series of events we the readers are watching, you’d go with the left, because it captures a sense of the kid’s understanding of the world rather than appealing to ours.

It’s also worth noting that the right example is very zoomed in, and forces you to go into the details of this particular event and follow it to a reasonable stopping point, which may or may not be desirable.

This is something I have to work on x_x

This is important for DMing too!
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i used to get self-conscious over the smallest things but friends let me tell you that today i had to smuggle a furious 8ft python onto the bus during the school rush and not a single person noticed. not one. if people don’t care enough to notice a shopping bag writhing and seething with barely-contained reptilian hatred then i promise you that no-one will pay any attention to that blemish you’re fretting about or how you’ve done your hair

this is extremely concerning and also very reassuring, thank you and please stop bringing pythons onto public transportation 
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You don’t have to know what your sexuality is. You don’t have to know what your gender is. There isn’t a test that you need to prepare for. Sometimes these things are confusing and the only answers you have are “not straight / cis.” Don’t beat yourself up over not knowing.
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