Mess by Mei

Hello. I'm a teenager,
When I Grow Up I Want To Live In London

I'm obsessed with the Internet, words, books, tea, Doctor Who, and music
I worship Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson, Kodaline, Lucy Rose, Hudson Taylor, Bastille and Orla Gartland. Some others too.
Ed Sheeran and Nina Nesbitt are a big part of the reason I am what I am today
This blog is a pretty standard thing with Tumblr jokes, pretty pictures and fangirling.
Be aware I might reblog an occasional One Direction thing.
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Writing Advice: by Chuck Palahniuk

In six seconds, you’ll hate me.
But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.

From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.

The list should also include: Loves and Hates.
And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.

Until some time around Christmas, you can’t write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn’t like him going out at night…”

Instead, you’ll have to Un-pack that to something like: “The
mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he’d had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she’d only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his.”

Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow the reader to know them. Instead of a character wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader wants it.

Instead of saying: “Adam knew Gwen liked him.” You’ll have to say: “Between classes, Gwen had always leaned on his locker when he’d go to open it. She’s roll her eyes and shove off with one foot, leaving a black-heel mark on the painted metal, but she also left the smell of her perfume. The combination lock would still be warm from her butt. And the next break, Gwen would be leaned there, again.”

In short, no more short-cuts. Only specific sensory detail: action, smell, taste, sound, and feeling.

Typically, writers use these “thought” verbs at the beginning of a paragraph (In this form, you can call them “Thesis Statements” and I’ll rail against those, later). In a way, they state the intention of the paragraph. And what follows, illustrates them.

For example:
“Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline. was backed up from the bridge, past the first eight or nine exits. Her cell phone battery was dead. At home, the dogs would need to go out, or there would be a mess to clean up. Plus, she’d promised to water the plants for her neighbor…”

Do you see how the opening “thesis statement” steals the thunder of what follows? Don’t do it.

If nothing else, cut the opening sentence and place it after all the others. Better yet, transplant it and change it to: Brenda would never make the deadline.

Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.

Don’t tell your reader: “Lisa hated Tom.”

Instead, make your case like a lawyer in court, detail by detail.

Present each piece of evidence. For example: “During roll call, in the breath after the teacher said Tom’s name, in that moment before he could answer, right then, Lisa would whisper-shout ‘Butt Wipe,’ just as Tom was saying, ‘Here’.”

One of the most-common mistakes that beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone. Writing, you may be alone. Reading, your audience may be alone. But your character should spend very, very little time alone. Because a solitary character starts thinking or worrying or wondering.

For example: Waiting for the bus, Mark started to worry about how long the trip would take…”

A better break-down might be: “The schedule said the bus would come by at noon, but Mark’s watch said it was already 11:57. You could see all the way down the road, as far as the Mall, and not see a bus. No doubt, the driver was parked at the turn-around, the far end of the line, taking a nap. The driver was kicked back, asleep, and Mark was going to be late. Or worse, the driver was drinking, and he’d pull up drunk and charge Mark seventy-five cents for death in a fiery traffic accident…”

A character alone must lapse into fantasy or memory, but even then you can’t use “thought” verbs or any of their abstract relatives.

Oh, and you can just forget about using the verbs forget and remember.

No more transitions such as: “Wanda remembered how Nelson used to brush her hair.”

Instead: “Back in their sophomore year, Nelson used to brush her hair with smooth, long strokes of his hand.”

Again, Un-pack. Don’t take short-cuts.

Better yet, get your character with another character, fast.
Get them together and get the action started. Let their actions and words show their thoughts. You—stay out of their heads.

And while you’re avoiding “thought” verbs, be very wary about using the bland verbs “is” and “have.”

For example:
“Ann’s eyes are blue.”

“Ann has blue eyes.”

Versus:

“Ann coughed and waved one hand past her face, clearing the cigarette smoke from her eyes, blue eyes, before she smiled…”

Instead of bland “is” and “has” statements, try burying your details of what a character has or is, in actions or gestures. At its most basic, this is showing your story instead of telling it.

And forever after, once you’ve learned to Un-pack your characters, you’ll hate the lazy writer who settles for: “Jim sat beside the telephone, wondering why Amanda didn’t call.”

Please. For now, hate me all you want, but don’t use thought verbs. After Christmas, go crazy, but I’d bet money you won’t.

(…)

For this month’s homework, pick through your writing and circle every “thought” verb. Then, find some way to eliminate it. Kill it by Un-packing it.

Then, pick through some published fiction and do the same thing. Be ruthless.

“Marty imagined fish, jumping in the moonlight…”

“Nancy recalled the way the wine tasted…”

“Larry knew he was a dead man…”

Find them. After that, find a way to re-write them. Make them stronger.

bogleech:

gameraboy:

"A Sticky Situation" (1960) by Carl Barks

I like how advertising is literally still exactly as sexist as they’re joking about in this comic from 54 years ago.

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cloysterboo:

cloysterboo:

cloysterboo:

Fun fact: the human body contains enough bones to make an entire skeleton.

Also the equator is long enough that it’ll wrap around the world exactly once.

Follow for more fun science facts.

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mattheldersofficial:

Official 2014 Coachella line up

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diggingmygravewithicarus:

hi-i-like-bastille:

bastilleoilonwater:

“Everybody down”

HELP HELP HELP I’M NOT OKAY

NONE OF US ARE WE’RE HERE FOR YOU.

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HAVE A FUCKING WICKED WEEKEND
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kylejosimmons:

cute kyle and his cute xylophone

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mutualize:

MUTUALIZES POLAROID CAMERA GIVEAWAYAs you all know, i host a lot of giveaways and my last two recently ended. If you want proof that they were legit go here. 
I am hosting this giveaway to celebrate reaching my goal of 30,000 followers. There will be 2 winners this time. AND THE WINNERS CAN CHOOSE WHICH COLOURED CAMERA THEY WANT.
The cameras come in BLUE or WHITE, or PINK or BLACK. Once the winners are picked, I will be ordering 2 cameras (in each winners preferred color) straight from eBay and then mailing it to the winners!
The image above is not mine, but it is an example of what the Polaroid cameras look like. I do not have them yet, I will order once the winners are picked so that they come in both winners preferred colour.

Here’s how this will work:

You have to be following me. I am checking who is following, and the winner will be re-drawn if they aren’t following me. I post mainly photography photos anyway.
Likes do not count for anything, only reblogs will count.But you can still like it as a bookmark
Winner will be chosen like as if it were a raffle drawing. And will be contacted via tumblr messages.
You have until May 20th, 2014 (australian date) to reblog this post. If the winner doesnt reply within a week then I will choose different. I will post their URL on my blog too
This giveaway will be shipped to anywhere in the world, I will be paying for shipping so don’t worry. Good luck!
EACH WINNER GETS:
Fuji instax mini 8 polaroid camera. 
An arm strap
User manual
Mini white film x50
Photo album
Batteries
Ends on May 20th, 2014 (australian date)

—- REMEMBER, you must follow  ME for your entry to count. —-

.*THIS IS NOT MY IMAGE, I FOUND IT ON GOOGLE*


And also, if you’d like to learn how to make some extra cash by testing out apps on your smartphone, click here and read the post. It will make you happy even if you dont win xx

Good luck and stay lovely!

mutualize:

MUTUALIZES POLAROID CAMERA GIVEAWAY

As you all know, i host a lot of giveaways and my last two recently ended. If you want proof that they were legit go here.

I am hosting this giveaway to celebrate reaching my goal of 30,000 followers. There will be 2 winners this time. AND THE WINNERS CAN CHOOSE WHICH COLOURED CAMERA THEY WANT.

The cameras come in BLUE or WHITE, or PINK or BLACK. Once the winners are picked, I will be ordering 2 cameras (in each winners preferred color) straight from eBay and then mailing it to the winners!

The image above is not mine, but it is an example of what the Polaroid cameras look like. I do not have them yet, I will order once the winners are picked so that they come in both winners preferred colour.

Here’s how this will work:

  • You have to be following meI am checking who is following, and the winner will be re-drawn if they aren’t following me. I post mainly photography photos anyway.
  • Likes do not count for anything, only reblogs will count.But you can still like it as a bookmark
  • Winner will be chosen like as if it were a raffle drawing. And will be contacted via tumblr messages.
  • You have until May 20th, 2014 (australian date) to reblog this post. If the winner doesnt reply within a week then I will choose different. I will post their URL on my blog too
  • This giveaway will be shipped to anywhere in the world, I will be paying for shipping so don’t worry. Good luck!

EACH WINNER GETS:

  • Fuji instax mini 8 polaroid camera. 
  • An arm strap
  • User manual
  • Mini white film x50
  • Photo album
  • Batteries

Ends on May 20th, 2014 (australian date)

—- REMEMBER, you must follow ME for your entry to count. —-

.*THIS IS NOT MY IMAGE, I FOUND IT ON GOOGLE*

And also, if you’d like to learn how to make some extra cash by testing out apps on your smartphone, click here and read the post. It will make you happy even if you dont win xx

Good luck and stay lovely!

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skyberia:

OH hOW t HE TIMeS HA Ve CHANGeD

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All you need to know about Sansa in this book is that she has a direwolf – a giant, monstrous wolf, a half-mythological monster, a killing machine – and she names it Lady.

Shmoop

And then Sansa teaches her pony-sized furry killing machine to take food delicately from her hand, because manners are important.

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probablyjudgingyou:

dammitcumberbatch:

cumberbuddy:

ladyavenal:

livebloggingmydescentintomadness:

#i cant

system failure

#rebooting

#internet dial up sound

#ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR

i thought the second gif was frozen but then i saw the light moving in the background

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