Oh my goodness, anon, thank you so much! That my writing could be used as a reference by someone else, I’m so flattered and honored. Also, thank you for your interest on my fics. The support means so much. 😭
As for any advice…
procrastinate until the crippling guilt gets to you, then, I assure you, you will write.
Lately, I’ve been thinking of advice that’s been given to me by my Philippine literature professor. Bear with me, my memory’s bad as it is.
He told us that everything you will ever experience is inspiration for a story, he used the term “baul” or chest, and the things that you’ve experienced should go into it.
Maybe it’s something mundane. For my worldbuilding in Gotham, I mentioned that I often take inspiration from my environment. I also like taking notes on things I’ve watched or read and try and see how I can apply it to my own writing.
What makes this scene so effective? What makes this sentence have so much emotional impact? What did the writer/director do right? And how can I do that in my own writing?
(Lately, I’ve been dying to watch You Were Never Really Here, which is praised for its portrayal of PTSD, so I think I can learn from it.)
If you’re able to break down and understand how certain media affects you, you can learn how to make your writing affect others in turn.
Perhaps what my professor said that really got to me, was that he said we should learn to use our negative experiences.
It doesn’t even have to be something big. I often use my experiences as touchstones to write for characters.
For example, have there been experiences where you felt dissatisfied with your appearance? A haircut that doesn’t look quite good on you, clothes that don’t fit as well as you wanted to? I try to take that experience and magnify it.
What if it’s something that can’t be easily hidden? What if it’s a scar, right there on your face, and no matter how much you try to hide it, it’s always going to be there and that’s always the first thing people are going to see?
Won’t that dissatisfaction turn into something else? Would it turn to self-hate? That nervousness when you meet your friends, would it turn to dread? Would you rather just not meet anyone at all, just so you could avoid the stares at the comments? How would that look like, when you’re writing it?
That’s how I usually try to get into the heads of characters whenever I write them, anyway.
But also, the best thing to keep in mind when looking for writing advice, is that no writing advice is universal. I keep seeing so much writing advice, especially here, on tumblr. Some might work for me, some might not.
Don’t consider writing advice as the be-all and end-all of your writing. Don’t hinder yourself just because someone, somewhere says you should. Try and find what works for you, and what makes your writing better.
I hope this helps, anon! And I wish you much luck in your writing journey!