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nosbyday · a day ago
Tales of my father: The Drug Talk
My father has been many things. A political revolutionary, an artist, a wanderer, an abusive perpetual adolescent and a dreamer forever chasing something beyond the horizon, convinced that there had to be a better life, a better world, a better him out there, somewhere.
What he wasn't was a normal dad, by any stretch... whatever that means. He took to parenting like a komodo dragon takes to outer space, and even when his intentions were good he had the tact of a gorilla on meth. He tried every now and then to have The Talks. It was odd, like an actor walking on stage after a two day bender, the lines buried deep under layers of alcohol and trauma, impossible to recall. Still, he attempted to have those fatherly moments of sitcom wisdom. Of these I shall recount a few over the next months, starting with The Drug Talk.
I must have been around fourteen when for some forsaken reason I was walking with my father along the promenade by the sea- probably because my mother had kicked him out and he had dragged me along, I can't remember. It happened often. "Sometimes, with women, you have to make yourself small... invisible. Or just disappear for a bit, let them calm down", he'd say. We wandered the promenade and by sunset the smell of weed hit us hard.
I hated that smell, and still do. To this day it only brings me back to my first unrequited love locked in her bathroom and crying, her devoted sister cleaning up my vomit as the mixture of cheap alcohol and bad weed sent me to half-consciousness and a mountain of flesh, of crying babies, appeared in front of my eyes, half dream, half hallucination. I could hear my dear friend screaming "I'm a bad friend!" and part of me should have understood then that she didn't just mean she was bad for talking me into wine, weed and homemade lemoncello and then bailing because seeing someone puke made her puke. But that's beside the point.
"You recognize that smell?" my father asked. I did, obviously. Still, it felt like a trap. Often he'd say things just to measure my reaction, or to trick me into exposing my ignorance on this or that topic. Chatting with him was like an oral exam in which you didn't know what the real subject was, or what the parameters for grading were. Fuck it. Might as well tell the truth.
He sighed and put his hand on my shoulder.
"Guess we should have a talk about drugs"
Well, shit.
"I've done drugs, you know. I don't mean weed, that shit is nothing. Coke... coke is good, really good when you have to work nights at the theater and you don't have time to sleep because the lighting rig needs to be perfect for opening night, there's no bullshitting on that job, you know. Shit is done or it isn't and it has to be done so yeah, I did coke. It worked. Didn't get hooked on it, so maybe you wouldn't get hooked on it, I don't know. Shit, cigarettes are worse than coke if you ask me. These things will be the death of me. Acid is fun, but you don't want to do it alone, you understand? Always have a sober friend when fucking with those kind of drugs, someone you can trust. An accountant type. Not an accountant, but an accountant *type*. You know what I mean. Anyway, I've pretty much done everything except heroin. I... shit, anything that involves a needle... just... I lost friends to that shit. Good people. But it twists you and fucks your mind and fucking ruins you and you ruin your friendships and your family and... but they were good people. Good people. That shit is evil. People who treat them like shit are evil too. Some got AIDS and they were like fucking lepers, mistreated and left to fucking rot... There was this one actress... but nevermind that. Everything else, everything without needles, I've done it. Shit, I was doing amphetamines at your age. They were legal back then, you know. We all used them to pull all-nighters before school tests. I'm telling you, my generation fucking thrived on amphetamines, used them all the time. And... and... Well, I guess the point of the story is: don't do heroin"
I nodded. There, watching the sun set, was the only time we talked about drugs. I appreciate that he tried. And he gave more wisdom than he knew.
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bee06019 · a day ago
It's been a week
Although I feel relieved and free from your narcissistic shackles
I can't help but wonder
Do you think of me?
If you really loved me like you said once very long ago,
Or if you loved manipulating me and molding me into the lover you so craved
My feelings for you were true
Pure and innocent as nighttime rain
As much as I miss things between us, I don't miss you
But feelings aren't facts
Fact was how you chose not to speak to me,
Which left me feeling unwanted
Fact was how I never knew when I'd see you again,
Which left me feeling like you were just toying with my soul
Fact was how you would spend the night,
Which left me feeling like you cared
Fact was how you would feed me without question,
Which left me feeling extremely loved
Fact was how time was on your side, the ball always in your court
Which left me feeling vulnerable, wrapped around your finger till you said "go!"
Yes, it's been a week
And I'm trying not to tangle the good with the bad
What you wanted out of me, only you would know
Your intentions seemed great at first,
Out of nowhere you chose to turn cold
Your narcissistic ways aren't for me
I love myself more than I wanted to be with you
And I wanted you a great deal
I mainly miss the thought of you
Something I should let go of too
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introvert-unicorn · 4 months ago
Words to describe facial expressions
Absent: preoccupied 
Agonized: as if in pain or tormented
Alluring: attractive, in the sense of arousing desire
Appealing: attractive, in the sense of encouraging goodwill and/or interest
Beatific: blissful
Black: angry or sad, or hostile
Bleak: hopeless
Blinking: surprise, or lack of concern
Blithe: carefree, lighthearted, or heedlessly indifferent
Brooding: anxious and gloomy
Bug eyed: frightened or surprised
Chagrined: humiliated or disappointed
Cheeky: cocky, insolent
Cheerless: sad
Choleric: hot-tempered, irate
Darkly: with depressed or malevolent feelings
Deadpan: expressionless, to conceal emotion or heighten humor
Despondent: depressed or discouraged
Doleful: sad or afflicted
Dour: stern or obstinate
Dreamy: distracted by daydreaming or fantasizing
Ecstatic: delighted or entranced
Faint: cowardly, weak, or barely perceptible
Fixed: concentrated or immobile
Gazing: staring intently
Glancing: staring briefly as if curious but evasive
Glazed: expressionless due to fatigue or confusion
Grim: fatalistic or pessimistic
Grave: serious, expressing emotion due to loss or sadness
Haunted: frightened, worried, or guilty
Hopeless: depressed by a lack of encouragement or optimism
Hostile: aggressively angry, intimidating, or resistant
Hunted: tense as if worried about pursuit
Jeering: insulting or mocking
Languid: lazy or weak
Leering: sexually suggestive
Mild: easygoing
Mischievous: annoyingly or maliciously playful
Pained: affected with discomfort or pain
Peering: with curiosity or suspicion
Peeved: annoyed
Pleading: seeking apology or assistance
Quizzical: questioning or confused
Radiant: bright, happy
Sanguine: bloodthirsty, confident
Sardonic: mocking
Sour: unpleasant
Sullen: resentful
Vacant: blank or stupid looking
Wan: pale, sickly
Wary: cautious or cunning
Wide eyed: frightened or surprised
Withering: devastating
Wrathful: indignant or vengeful
Wry: twisted or crooked to express cleverness or a dark or ironic feeling
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2soulscollide · a month ago
E.A. Deverell - FREE worksheets (characters, world building, narrator, etc.) and paid courses;
Hiveword - Helps to research any topic to write about (has other resources, too);
BetaBooks - Share your draft with your beta reader (can be more than one), and see where they stopped reading, their comments, etc.;
Charlotte Dillon - Research links;
Writing realistic injuries - The title is pretty self-explanatory: while writing about an injury, take a look at this useful website;
One Stop for Writers - You guys... this website has literally everything we need: a) Description thesaurus collection, b) Character builder, c) Story maps, d) Scene maps & timelines, e) World building surveys, f) Worksheets, f) Tutorials, and much more! Although it has a paid plan ($90/year | $50/6 months | $9/month), you can still get a 2-week FREE trial;
One Stop for Writers Roadmap - It has many tips for you, divided into three different topics: a) How to plan a story, b) How to write a story, c) How to revise a story. The best thing about this? It's FREE!
Story Structure Database - The Story Structure Database is an archive of books and movies, recording all their major plot points;
National Centre for Writing - FREE worksheets and writing courses. Has also paid courses;
Penguin Random House - Has some writing contests and great opportunities;
Crime Reads - Get inspired before writing a crime scene;
The Creative Academy for Writers - "Writers helping writers along every step of the path to publication." It's FREE and has ZOOM writing rooms;
Reedsy - "A trusted place to learn how to successfully publish your book" It has many tips, and tools (generators), contests, prompts lists, etc. FREE;
QueryTracker - Find agents for your books (personally, I've never used this before, but I thought I should feature it here);
Pacemaker - Track your goals (example: Write 50K words - then, everytime you write, you track the number of the words, and it will make a graphic for you with your progress). It's FREE but has a paid plan;
Save the Cat! - The blog of the most known storytelling method. You can find posts, sheets, a software (student discount - 70%), and other things;
I hope this is helpful for you!
(Also, check my blog if you want to!)
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darkacademia07 · 4 months ago
“how many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?”
— 𝘝𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘞𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘧
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joytri · a month ago
I love how authors in classic literature spend three pages describing a street, whilst casually mentioning the death of the protagonist in one line.
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helenasurvives · 11 months ago
i am asked about my favorite color.
i am seven
and my reply is
because i am a girl
and pink
is a princess color.
i am asked about my favorite color.
i am ten
and i like
because a boy told me that pink
is lame and girly.
i am asked about my favorite color.
i am thirteen
and i tell them
it is unique and spunky
like i want to be.
i am asked about my favorite color.
i am seventeen
and i just say
i do not say
it is bright and angry at the world
as i am
i cannot form the words to express
all of my frustrations
so i paint my lips with
i am asked about my favorite color.
i am twenty
and it’s pink
i remember the joy
of being a child
i reclaim the freedom
of femininity
because i cannot remember
what my shoulders felt like
before the depression
hung from them.
i am asked about my favorite color.
i am twenty-six
and my answer is
it confuses most people
they don’t see it
they may think of dirt
and dust
and dead things
but it is coffee with friends
and the chocolate chip cookies
my mom used to make.
it is my hair
and my eyes
amber and gold
in the sun
and i love myself
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perpetual-stories · 8 months ago
Story Structures for your Next WIP
hello, hello. this post will be mostly for my notes. this is something I need in to be reminded of for my business, but it can also be very useful and beneficial for you guys as well.
everything in life has structure and storytelling is no different, so let’s dive right in :)
First off let’s just review what a story structure is :
a story is the backbone of the story, the skeleton if you will. It hold the entire story together.
the structure in which you choose your story will effectively determine how you create drama and depending on the structure you choose it should help you align your story and sequence it with the conflict, climax, and resolution.
1. Freytag's Pyramid
this first story structure i will be talking about was named after 19th century German novelist and playwright.
it is a five point structure that is based off classical Greek tragedies such as Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripedes.
Freytag's Pyramid structure consists of:
Introduction: the status quo has been established and an inciting incident occurs.
Rise or rising action: the protagonist will search and try to achieve their goal, heightening the stakes,
Climax: the protagonist can no longer go back, the point of no return if you will.
Return or fall: after the climax of the story, tension builds and the story inevitably heads towards...
Catastrophe: the main character has reached their lowest point and their greatest fears have come into fruition.
this structure is used less and less nowadays in modern storytelling mainly due to readers lack of appetite for tragic narratives.
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2. The Hero's Journey
the hero's journey is a very well known and popular form of storytelling.
it is very popular in modern stories such as Star Wars, and movies in the MCU.
although the hero's journey was inspired by Joseph Campbell's concept, a Disney executive Christopher Vogler has created a simplified version:
The Ordinary World: The hero's everyday routine and life is established.
The Call of Adventure: the inciting incident.
Refusal of the Call: the hero / protagonist is hesitant or reluctant to take on the challenges.
Meeting the Mentor: the hero meets someone who will help them and prepare them for the dangers ahead.
Crossing the First Threshold: first steps out of the comfort zone are taken.
Tests, Allie, Enemies: new challenges occur, and maybe new friends or enemies.
Approach to the Inmost Cave: hero approaches goal.
The Ordeal: the hero faces their biggest challenge.
Reward (Seizing the Sword): the hero manages to get ahold of what they were after.
The Road Back: they realize that their goal was not the final hurdle, but may have actually caused a bigger problem than before.
Resurrection: a final challenge, testing them on everything they've learned.
Return with the Elixir: after succeeding they return to their old life.
the hero's journey can be applied to any genre of fiction.
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3. Three Act Structure:
this structure splits the story into the 'beginning, middle and end' but with in-depth components for each act.
Act 1: Setup:
exposition: the status quo or the ordinary life is established.
inciting incident: an event sets the whole story into motion.
plot point one: the main character decided to take on the challenge head on and she crosses the threshold and the story is now progressing forward.
Act 2: Confrontation:
rising action: the stakes are clearer and the hero has started to become familiar with the new world and begins to encounter enemies, allies and tests.
midpoint: an event that derails the protagonists mission.
plot point two: the hero is tested and fails, and begins to doubt themselves.
Act 3: Resolution:
pre-climax: the hero must chose between acting or failing.
climax: they fights against the antagonist or danger one last time, but will they succeed?
Denouement: loose ends are tied up and the reader discovers the consequences of the climax, and return to ordinary life.
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4. Dan Harmon's Story Circle
it surprised me to know the creator of Rick and Morty had their own variation of Campbell's hero's journey.
the benefit of Harmon's approach is that is focuses on the main character's arc.
it makes sense that he has such a successful structure, after all the show has multiple seasons, five or six seasons? i don't know not a fan of the show.
the character is in their comfort zone: also known as the status quo or ordinary life.
they want something: this is a longing and it can be brought forth by an inciting incident.
the character enters and unfamiliar situation: they must take action and do something new to pursue what they want.
adapt to it: of course there are challenges, there is struggle and begin to succeed.
they get what they want: often a false victory.
a heavy price is paid: a realization of what they wanted isn't what they needed.
back to the good old ways: they return to their familiar situation yet with a new truth.
having changed: was it for the better or worse?
i might actually make a operate post going more in depth about dan harmon's story circle.
5. Fichtean Curve:
the fichtean curve places the main character in a series of obstacles in order to achieve their goal.
this structure encourages writers to write a story packed with tension and mini-crises to keep the reader engaged.
The Rising Action
the story must start with an inciting indecent.
then a series of crisis arise.
there are often four crises.
2. The Climax:
3. Falling Action
this type of story telling structure goes very well with flash-back structured story as well as in theatre.
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6. Save the Cat Beat Sheet:
this is another variation of a three act structure created by screenwriter Blake Snyder, and is praised widely by champion storytellers.
Structure for Save the Cat is as follows: (the numbers in the brackets are for the number of pages required, assuming you're writing a 110 page screenplay)
Opening Image [1]: The first shot of the film. If you’re starting a novel, this would be an opening paragraph or scene that sucks readers into the world of your story.
Set-up [1-10]. Establishing the ‘ordinary world’ of your protagonist. What does he want? What is he missing out on?
Theme Stated [5]. During the setup, hint at what your story is really about — the truth that your protagonist will discover by the end.
Catalyst [12]. The inciting incident!
Debate [12-25]. The hero refuses the call to adventure. He tries to avoid the conflict before they are forced into action.
Break into Two [25]. The protagonist makes an active choice and the journey begins in earnest.
B Story [30]. A subplot kicks in. Often romantic in nature, the protagonist’s subplot should serve to highlight the theme.
The Promise of the Premise [30-55]. Often called the ‘fun and games’ stage, this is usually a highly entertaining section where the writer delivers the goods. If you promised an exciting detective story, we’d see the detective in action. If you promised a goofy story of people falling in love, let’s go on some charmingly awkward dates.
Midpoint [55]. A plot twist occurs that ups the stakes and makes the hero’s goal harder to achieve — or makes them focus on a new, more important goal.
Bad Guys Close In [55-75]. The tension ratchets up. The hero’s obstacles become greater, his plan falls apart, and he is on the back foot.
All is Lost [75]. The hero hits rock bottom. He loses everything he’s gained so far, and things are looking bleak. The hero is overpowered by the villain; a mentor dies; our lovebirds have an argument and break up.
Dark Night of the Soul [75-85-ish]. Having just lost everything, the hero shambles around the city in a minor-key musical montage before discovering some “new information” that reveals exactly what he needs to do if he wants to take another crack at success. (This new information is often delivered through the B-Story)
Break into Three [85]. Armed with this new information, our protagonist decides to try once more!
Finale [85-110]. The hero confronts the antagonist or whatever the source of the primary conflict is. The truth that eluded him at the start of the story (established in step three and accentuated by the B Story) is now clear, allowing him to resolve their story.
Final Image [110]. A final moment or scene that crystallizes how the character has changed. It’s a reflection, in some way, of the opening image.
(all information regarding the save the cat beat sheet was copy and pasted directly from reedsy!)
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7. Seven Point Story Structure:
this structure encourages writers to start with the at the end, with the resolution, and work their way back to the starting point.
this structure is about dramatic changes from beginning to end
The Hook. Draw readers in by explaining the protagonist’s current situation. Their state of being at the beginning of the novel should be in direct contrast to what it will be at the end of the novel.
Plot Point 1. Whether it’s a person, an idea, an inciting incident, or something else — there should be a "Call to Adventure" of sorts that sets the narrative and character development in motion.
Pinch Point 1. Things can’t be all sunshine and roses for your protagonist. Something should go wrong here that applies pressure to the main character, forcing them to step up and solve the problem.
Midpoint. A “Turning Point” wherein the main character changes from a passive force to an active force in the story. Whatever the narrative’s main conflict is, the protagonist decides to start meeting it head-on.
Pinch Point 2. The second pinch point involves another blow to the protagonist — things go even more awry than they did during the first pinch point. This might involve the passing of a mentor, the failure of a plan, the reveal of a traitor, etc.
Plot Point 2. After the calamity of Pinch Point 2, the protagonist learns that they’ve actually had the key to solving the conflict the whole time.
Resolution. The story’s primary conflict is resolved — and the character goes through the final bit of development necessary to transform them from who they were at the start of the novel.
(all information regarding the seven point story structure was copy and pasted directly from reedsy!)
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i decided to fit all of them in one post instead of making it a two part post.
i hope you all enjoy this post and feel free to comment or reblog which structure you use the most, or if you have your own you prefer to use! please share with me!
if you find this useful feel free to reblog on instagram and tag me at perpetualstories
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lazyprompts · 4 months ago
"Shh, it's okay. I'm here."
"I'm not leaving you, [name]."
"You're not alone, I promise."
"You didn't do anything wrong. There's nothing to apologize for."
"C'mere, let me hold you-"
"Sure, we can snuggle if it will make you feel better."
"Here, hold my hand."
"This is gonna hurt like a bitch, but I have to stitch up that wound."
"Show me where it hurts."
"I know you're hurt, [name]."
"Let me take care of it, alright? You need to rest."
"I'm here to take care of you, [name]."
"There's no shame in crying. I promise."
"Let me take care of things for once, alright?"
"Don't worry, it'll get better soon."
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introvert-unicorn · 3 days ago
A list of winter aesthetics
Holding hands under blankets
Listening to old songs and letting them carry you to an another time
Owning a journal and filling it with your favourite moments of the season so you won't forget about them because they will become moments from your past one day so they are important
Picking up a random book from your dusty shelf and daring to finish it
Covering yourself with tones of clothes from head to toe
Sleepovers with friends
Having lunch dates with friends in their car while the rain is pouring outside
Hydrating and moisturizing
Drawing symbols on the windows covered with humidity
Spending your free time napping or getting cozy under your blankets while watching your favorite movie
Making handmade cards then sending them to your dearest people
Rescuing stray cats and giving them shelter
Romanticizing your life by thinking that everything you do is worth the care and admiration
Reading, reading and reading
Going to art exhibitions of artists you've never heard of
Long walks alone or with your friends and making up back stories for people you see on the street
Waking up early than usual when the world is still asleep
Listening to some playlists made by strangers on the internet
The agreeable warmth of your cocoa cup between your hands
Feeling the delicate coldness of the snowflakes on your skin
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willowiswriting · 7 months ago
How to Kick a Reader in the Gut
Disrupt the reader’s sense of justice. 
This generally means setting a character up to deserve one thing and then giving them the exact opposite. 
Kill a character off before they can achieve their goal. 
Let the bad guy get an extremely important win. 
Set up a coup against a tyrannical king. The coup fails miserably.
Don’t always give characters closure. 
(Excluding the end of the book, obviously)
A beloved friend dies in battle and there’s no time to mourn him.
A random tryst between two main characters is not (or cannot be) brought up again.
A character suddenly loses their job or can otherwise no longer keep up their old routine
Make it the main character’s fault sometimes. 
And not in an “imposter syndrome” way. Make your MC do something bad, and make the blame they shoulder for it heavy and tangible.
MC must choose the lesser of two evils.
MC kills someone they believe to be a bad guy, only to later discover the bad guy was a different person altogether.
Rejection is a powerful tool. 
People generally want to be understood, and if you can make a character think they are Known, and then rip that away from them with a rejection (romantic or platonic) people will empathize with it.
MC is finally accepting the Thing They Must Do/Become, and their love interest decides that that’s not a path they want to be on and breaks up with them
MC makes a decision they believe is right, everyone around them thinks they chose wrong.
MC finds kinship with someone Like Them, at long last, but that person later discovers that there is some inherent aspect of MC that they wholly reject. (Perhaps it was MC’s fault that their family member died, they have important religious differences, or WERE THE BAD GUY ALL ALONG!)
On the flipside, make your main character keep going. 
Push them beyond what they are capable of, and then push them farther. Make them want something so deeply that they are willing to do literally anything to get it. Give them passion and drive and grit and more of that than they have fear.
“But what if my MC is quiet and meek?” Even better. They want something so deeply that every single moment they push themselves toward it is a moment spent outside their comfort zone. What must that do to a person?
Obviously, don’t do all of these things, or the story can begin to feel tedious or overly dramatic, and make sure that every decision you make is informed by your plot first and foremost. 
Also remember that the things that make us sad, angry, or otherwise emotional as readers are the same things that make us feel that way in our day-to-day lives. Creating an empathetic main character is the foundation for all of the above tips.
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future-oscarwinner · 10 months ago
Writing has two stages:
1. you can't stop
2. you can't start to save your life
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creweemmaeec11 · 3 months ago
Pet names to use instead of "Darling,"
Got tired of always using either "kitten" or "darling" so I came up with some more and decided to share ♡
Good lookin'
Eye candy
North Star
Fruit cake
Jelly bean
Cherry Blossom
Sweet Cheeks
Dream Boat
Bumble bee
Lady Bug
Angel Cakes
Pretty Boy/Girl/One
Angel Face
Mocking Jay
Golden Boy/Girl
Solar Flare
Cutie Pie
Lamb Chop
Hot Stuff
Baby Doll
Pudding Pop
Cinnamon bun
Sweetie Pie
Pussy Cat
Gum Drop
Bear Cub
Teddy Bear
White Knight
Dew Drop
Cuddle bug
Sweet pea
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