Recently, I’ve seen quite a few posts about Mary Sue characters cross my dash that I don’t feel accurately deconstruct or understand the term. As someone who feels very strongly about the representation of women in media, (and as someone who has been reading fan fiction…
Reblogging aggressively. Some publishers will throw your manuscript into the slush pile or, worse, the trash if you don’t follow their desired format. Spec fic publishers are especially strict about manuscript formatting.
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Beautiful Japanese Women by Haruyo Morita
Anonymous asked: I often find myself having too many plots/subplots and getting confused trying to keep track of all the different characters and plots. Problem is I don’t know know how to cut them because they’re all intertwined, and something that happens in one plot will affect another plot, and a lot of the time two or more plots have to come together for the climax to work? Do you have any advice?Multiple plots are a bear to manage, but it sounds like you’ve already tackled the first obstacle, which is to make sure they’re all relevant to each other. If removing even one plot line would ripple through your story and effect all the other plots, removing is not an option. Instead, you might try charting them out so you can keep them straight.
There are three main ways you can do this, but the goal of all three methods is to lay each character out horizontally with their individual plot lines vertically beneath them. This allows you to see everything all laid out in one place, as well as to see how the plot lines inter-connect. You might also add a timeline column at the beginning to keep track of when everything happens.
1) Index Cards
This is the preferred method since it allows you to move stuff around if necessary. You could do this on poster board, cork board, butcher paper, or straight onto a wall with sticky tack if you’re able to. It might look something like this:
What I like best about the cork board method is that you can move events around easily. You can also use pins and some string to show the connection between different events.
2) Text List - Handwritten or in a word processor
In this method, you do the exact same thing as above, but without the cards, instead writing each item out in a list. You can use a sheet of paper, a piece of poster board, or even a dry erase board. Or, if you’d prefer to type it, you can just open up a word document and do it that way. You might even want to use a table to create columns and rows in order to keep everything neat and tidy.
3) Comp Notebooks
In this method, you buy a comp notebook for each character and treat it sort of like a diary of events. On each page, write the date and details of the important event in their plot line. Go in order from first event to the last event. If you know what other characters they will interact with, write their names at the bottom of the page and circle them for later reference. Once you have done this with each character, you can simply open up each journal to the page of the day you’re writing about, look at everything that needs to happen, and figure out the best way to execute the sequence of events.
Here’s also a great article all about managing multiple plot lines, which has a lot of helpful tips.
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what really scares me is that i’m average i’m not really good at anything or really beautiful i’m going to live an average life with an average job an average income and die an average death with an average funeral and nobody is going to remember me
Van Gogh thought that too
^ that is fucking inspirational
So, let’s say you’re about fifteen thousand words into your story when you realize, “Holy cow, I hate everything I’ve written. This is horrible. Everything about this is horrible. I can’t write, I don’t know what to do, I’m—”
Stop. You’re freaking yourself out.
something i learned today:
the ratio between the size of one digit of one of your fingers and the next digit of the same finger is roughly Φ, the golden ratio. Their lengths line up in an approximate way with sequential fibonacci numbers, because as the fibonacci sequence progresses the ratio between sequential numbers approaches Φ. i illustrated this in that image using an arbitrary unit of pixels and the grid in photoshop.
but the real cool part is that because of this, when you curl and uncurl your fingers, the path described by a fingertip is pretty close to a perfect golden spiral! what sweetly built machines we pilot over the earth
The same ratios are used in art and photography and considered beautiful and harmonious.
Math and Beauty
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