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It’s Friday, and I just looked at the weekly artsy reminder, so for you maxkirin I decided I would keep adding to my writing inspiration wall! I’ve posted some pictures of this before, so I decided I’d have individual shots of the new pieces I added today! I found most the quotes on Max’s blog so if you guys are looking for some more cool writing blogs, that’s the place to be. 

I’m starting my prompt box soon (all will be explained but it may just involve a nice shoebox all prettied up and filled with prompts~), but thought I’d just take today to share pictures of this little space of writing joy! And my guitars are there too!

Look at those lights, those are pretty much the cherry on top!

That looks awesome! I love it~ ♥︎

✶ DAILY CHARACTER QUESTION ✶

Cyrus Would Be Proud
Write a scene where your Antagonist witnesses someone dear to them say that they’re their ‘hero.’ How does the Antagonist react to hearing this?

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✶ DAILY CHARACTER QUESTION ✶

Cyrus Would Be Proud

Write a scene where your Antagonist witnesses someone dear to them say that they’re their ‘hero.’ How does the Antagonist react to hearing this?

Want to publish a story inspired by this prompt? Click here to read the guidelines~ ♥︎ And, if you’re looking for more writerly content, make sure to follow me: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

maxkirin:

Hello, writerly friends, the VWA is back in session!

What is the VWA?

The Virtual Writing Academy is a weekly writing class where we explore strange writing exercises. This is NOT a lecture. You are not going to learn by listening— but by doing. So, take out your notebooks because we are going to write!

In this week’s episode: I make you hella sad as we explore the harsh life of being a ‘hero.’ Make sure to have tissues handy, because you’ve just boarded the Feels Train c;

Missed our previous classes? Check out the playlist!

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✐ DAILY WEIRD PROMPT ✐

THE SHAMBLING MAN
Write a story from the point of view of a child who was born centuries after a zombie apocalypse. The catch? This child notices a strange creature shambling towards them.  Double catch? It’s been so long that the knowledge of zombies has been lost.

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✐ DAILY WEIRD PROMPT ✐

THE SHAMBLING MAN

Write a story from the point of view of a child who was born centuries after a zombie apocalypse. The catch? This child notices a strange creature shambling towards them.  Double catch? It’s been so long that the knowledge of zombies has been lost.

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Amy Rose asked:

I am working on a story from the perspective of a group of characters trying to overtake their government. They do this through what is basically terrorism. The thing is that I am afraid that people will think I condone these acts… am I overthinking this, or am I right to be worried? 

Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎

I touched on this subject a long, long, time ago. But since it was part of a Writing Advice Blitz, I didn’t go very much into depth— so let’s do just that! For this question, though, I think it would be more effective to take it in reverse.

I am going to warn you that I am going to start off by talking about Society, since this is one of those questions that have very little to do with writing— and more with the writer (and the society they live in).

Is it rational to fear what people may think of you based on your writing (and art)?

Society programs people to be afraid of a ton of things. Society tells people that they need to go to college if they want to be happy, and that they need to get married if they want to be happy, and that they need to have children if they want to be happy. Of course, people forget that this example of ‘happiness’ is an illusion. It’s not happiness, it’s acceptance.

And this is the entire basis behind our fears.

The fear of doing anything that is different (such as art) is the fear of proving to the people around us that we are indeed different, and thus we don’t deserve to be accepted. And anyone who has ever been bullied in their lives knows what happens when people who are accepted have fodder to justify being cruel to those who are not.

I think that part of becoming your real self is realizing that you have been programmed, and that the ‘happiness’ that has been taught to you (acceptance) is not true— because you, and only you, can define happiness for yourself.

Now, let’s look at your question again.

Is it rational to fear what people may think of you based on your writing (and art)?

Of course it is. Society programmed you to be afraid of doing anything that is different. Anything that may empower people to hurt you. It’s as rational as being afraid of heights because it reminds your brain that you are not safe, and that a single wrong step can end you.

Just like… writing a story about a group of terrorists may give people plenty of reason to think that you are not a good person—

Except not.  Let me explain.

Should I be afraid that people may assume things about me based on my writing (and art)?

I am going to tell you right now that anyone with enough interest in reading knows pretty darn well that there is a disconnection between the book they are reading and the person who wrote it.

Let me repeat that.

Anyone who would rather read a book is CERTAINLY smart enough to know that words on the page and YOU are two different creatures. It’s as simple as that. Everyone else, the people who don’t read books, don’t matter at all— because they have nothing to do with your line of work. I don’t know anything about being a butcher, but I don’t think it would be wise to assume that just because a person happens to cut meat all day that this makes them more likely to be an axe murderer.

So, no. You should not be afraid of what people will assume of you based on your writing— because I have written some pretty weird stuff, and that doesn’t make me a psycho, it just makes me a writer.

As that old Dr. Seuss line goes:

"Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter."

As a final note, if you are someone who has been shaking their heads the whole time, and you believe that there are things that “Writers should not make books about, especially terrorism” I want to say that I get what you mean. I do. I get it— but your opinion is immediately invalidated (for me) because you would rather live in a world without Les Miserables (which is really, a story about a group of terrorists trying to overthrow their government). And I am sorry but I could not fathom a reality without Les Mis. I can’t. Sorry, it’s just not possible :P

♫ Red, a world about to dawn! Black, the night that ends at last! ♫

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