You could have the most beautiful prose in the world and if you don’t have a point to your story, you’ve got nothing. I’m not going to lie and tell you I love plotting and outlining because I don’t, but having a solid plot is what allows me to write those beautiful sentences and scenes.
Chances are if you’re writing you have at least a vague idea of where you want it to go. Figure that out how it ends first, then work backwards. Read our tags on outlining and plotting for some help getting started. As for motivation, little treats work for me. However, there will be times no amount of treats will be sufficient. In those moments, you grit you teeth and do it for the love of your story.
Don’t be afraid to make adjustments, either. I used to think once I couldn’t change anything once I produced an outline. That couldn’t be further from the truth. As you’re writing, if you decide something makes more sense in a different order, change it. If all else fails, remember you’re the author. You’re in charge.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney were not the original choices to star. Angelina Jolie dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Robert Downey, Jr. felt the cramped physical conditions would not allow him to improvise.
me everytime a character in a movie has to get a few drops of their blood for some ritual bullshit (via jtoday)
WHILE WE’RE AT IT, why do people try to cross those skinny bridges over lava/chasms/whatever by walking upright. IT’S CALLED CENTER OF GRAVITY. get on your hands and knees and crawl across that thing. HUG IT. SCOOT YOUR BUTT ACROSS. “but i look stupid!” lalalala but we’ll avoid that ~dramatic moment~ where you almost fall over and die because your damn fucking self wanted to look COOL
and stop yanking IV lines out of your arms the minute you wake up in the hospital
That is a broadsword, why are you fencing with it
There is a freaking door right there. Stop smashing through windows, damn it.
yes, mr. action hero, I am aware that running dramatically from the baddies at breakneck speed is important, but know what else is important? NOT GETTING SHOT. RUN IN A FUCKING ZIGZAG PATTERN ON THE OFF CHANCE THAT THE MOOKS WERE NOT COACHED IN MARKSMANSHIP BY THE IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS.
Oh, hey, you there, sneaky hero-type breaking into any place for any reason? WEAR SOME FUCKING GLOVES. They’re called fingerprints, dumbass. You have them and you’re putting them all over the fucking place.
If something really fucking huge is falling on you, don’t FUCKING RUN ALONG THE LENGTH JUST TAKE LIKE TWO FUCKING STEPS TO THE SIDE
wEAR A FUCKING HELMET OBERYN YOU LITTLE SHIT
And for god’s sake, PUT PRESSURE ON THAT WOUND, DON’T SIT THERE AND WATCH THEM BLEED OUT. I’m talking to you, TV cops.
— Iain S. Thomas (pleasefindthis); “I Wrote This For You” (via 14020media)