For history buffs — the National Archives in the UK have digitised the diaries of hundreds of soldiers from World War I, and have made them available online.
The call and the pressure for representation did not begin with tumblr communities, but I can help you relieve this pressure:
- Step One: When people call for diversity and representation for an underrepresented group of people, pay attention. Don’t get defensive. Don’t use a :/ in response as if characters of color are inferior or as if someone wanting representation is a bad thing.
- Step Two: Research POC in fiction, research problematic portrayals, research what not to do, research why representation is important, research harmful tropes. and read blogs written by POC that are about POC in the media and in fiction.
- Step Three: Write characters of color. Keep your research in mind when writing.
- Step Four: If you make mistakes, learn from them. It’s okay to mess up as long as you correct your mistakes and respond to criticisms of your mistakes in a professional, calm, and respectful way. Keep writing.
- Step Five: Don’t expect praise.
- Step Six: For lgbt+ characters, well-written female characters, and for writing cultures or religions other than your own, repeat steps 1-5.
- Step Seven: By following these steps, you are bettering yourself as a writer, as a reader, and as a person. Writing should not be a chore.
When you stop seeing the act of writing POC as a chore or as a burden and when you realize the importance of representation, the pressure will be lifted.
Anonymous asked: How do I perfect my writing? I have this huge fear that my writing will not be good enough and boring and I’m afraid that people won’t love it as much as I do. I look at all these authors like Tolkien, Jk Rowling, CS Louis, etc and I feel like my writing is amateur and not on the same level. What are some tips on making my writing go from alright to outstanding?There are several things you can do:
1) WRITE. Writing, like all crafts, requires practice and lots of it. Write as often as you can, and whatever it is that you write—whether it’s poetry, short stories, fan-fiction, or original fiction—write one, finish it, and then start a new one.
2) READ. You wouldn’t try to build a boat from scratch if you hadn’t spent a lot of time in one, and you shouldn’t try to write a novel (or a poem, short story, etc.) unless you’ve read a whole bunch of them. Reading is the best way to familiarize yourself with the thing that you’re trying to create, to learn about tropes and clichés, and to learn the many details of the craft from a wide variety of teachers.
3) READ ABOUT WRITING. Follow writing blogs, read articles about writing, read the books authors write about writing, go to the library or book store and read books about plot and story structure, and about description, and about how to improve your writing.
4) BE REALISTIC. Most new writers think that writing a novel is about coming up with an idea, perfecting the idea, and writing the story. Sure, there are the lucky few who, having never written so much as a fictional sentence before, sit down at a keyboard and bang out a best-seller, but that is not the way it works for 99.9% of writers. Your first novels aren’t going to be outstanding no matter how hard you work on them. For most people, outstanding takes years. JK Rowling didn’t publish any of her early attempts at writing, but if she had, you’d see they weren’t on the same level as Harry Potter. And, if she is still publishing novels in ten years, chances are they will be superior to what she’s writing now. If you expect outstanding on your first novel, second novel, or even third novel, you’re never going to succeed.
5) FINISH. Learn as much as you can now and apply it to your writing, certainly, but more than anything else you should focus on finishing what you start. The biggest mistake I see from aspiring authors is that they start a novel, get halfway through it, get frustrated or lose interest and start another one. Before they know it, they have six or seven unfinished novels (or poems, short stories, fan-fictions, etc.) scattered around their desktop, but not a single finished novel. That’s like trying to train for a marathon by running halfway up the street and giving up because your time wasn’t good enough. You can’t become a faster runner without completing your circuit, and you can’t become a better writer without completing your stories. If your first novel doesn’t feel outstanding to you, put a lot of effort into rewriting it until it becomes something you feel better about. Or, just set it aside and start on the next one. You can always come back and take another stab at early ideas later when you’ve become a better writer.
6) LET GO OF YOUR FEAR. Maybe the most important thing you can do is let go of your fear that your writing won’t be good enough, or that people won’t love your stories as much as you do. Your job is to tell the story you want to tell, the way you want to tell it, the best way that you possibly can. Then, when it is completed, if you decide to publish it, you polish it up as nice as you can, and then you send it off into the world and don’t worry about people who don’t like it, because no matter how outstanding your writing is, I guarantee there will be people who don’t like it. The most talented, successful writers in the world still have critics who think their writing is amateurish, boring, unpolished, or even lacking in talent. You can’t please everyone, so don’t worry about trying.
Good luck! I KNOW you can do this if you want to!
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- Take - hold, catch, seize, grasp, win, capture, acquire, pick, choose, select, prefer, remove, steal, lift, rob, engage, bewitch, purchase, buy, retract, recall, assume, occupy, consume
- Tell - disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, recount, repeat
- Think - judge, deem, assume, believe, consider, contemplate, reflect, mediate
- Trouble - distress, anguish, anxiety, worry, wretchedness, pain, danger, peril, disaster, grief, misfortune, difficulty, concern, pains, inconvenience, exertion, effort
- True - accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual, trusty, steady, loyal, dependable, sincere, staunch
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- Unhappy - miserable, uncomfortable, wretched, heart-broken, unfortunate, poor, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, dejected, melancholy, glum, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad
- Use - employ, utilize, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise
- Wrong - incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, improper, unsuitable
- Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that many people write simply to feel clever, to “be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups in childhood, etc.” He says that this is a great motive, although most of humanity is not “acutely selfish”, and that this motive exists mainly in younger writers. He also says that it exists more in serious writers than journalists, though serious writers are “less interested in money”.
- Aesthetic enthusiasm- Orwell explains that present in writing is the desire to make one’s writing look and sound good, having “pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story.” He says that this motive is “very feeble in a lot of writers” but still present in all works of writing.
- Historical impulse- He sums this up by simply stating this motive is the “desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity.”
- Political purpose- Orwell writes that “no book is genuinely free from political bias”, and further explains that this motive is used very commonly in all forms of writing in the broadest sense, citing a “desire to push the world in a certain direction” in every person. He concludes by saying that “the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.”
i love/hate writing about things I’ve never experienced. I love it because it’s always fun and exciting researching something new and shiny. I hate it because I feel like it’s impossible to bring justice when describing said thing.
i don’t know about you guys but “what are you writing about?” is equivilant to “what are your deepest darkest kinky sex desires that you would rather cut a toe off then reveal to a living and breathing soul?”
We spin in and out of control. The center cannot hold but we tease gravity in the dark and lean inward. Half on the ground half in the air, we dilly-dally and scream until we crash down, falling forward against the restraints.
I rise and howl at what light is left with fists pressed against the sides. We are alive, alive, alive.
I fall against the seat, shift into drive once more and grip the wheel.