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To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

Hey! So something I thought might be useful to teach would be coming up with original story plots. This isn’t as difficult as people make it out to be, at least not for me. 

The first thing to remember is to write something because you want to write it and because you like the idea, not becase you’re trying to come up with an idea to appeal to a certain audience. Unless you’re writing for school. try to come up with ideas that you know as a writer you will be intersted in and would like to continue. 

This is very important, and I know from firsthand experiance. The first story I every put on Wattpad, titled “Hidden Seekers” is utter crap. I’m not going to lie to myself; it sucks. For the record, I started writing it when I was around twelve years old. My main goal was to get Wattpad famous, so I came up with a story that the majority of Wattpad would be interested in:  highschool, romance, weird magic boy who’s hot, and obviously bitches. And I did reach my goal. People liked it. I currently have about 20,000 reads for “Hidden Seekers”.

You know the one person who wasn’t interested in it? ME! I started to hate it. The characters were stupid, the grammar was choppy, and I got bored. I updated like one chapter every few months and I did a terrible job as a writer for you guys. Writig that story didn’t make me happy. At some point last year I stopped writing it. 

———side note: this summer I plan to go back and try to slavage it, because there are some parts worth keeping and I recently had an AWESOME idea for how it could continue and be less highschoolesque and more magical/other wordly/ violent. Yah, I’m a fifteen year old, think I’m gonna write something soft? Hahaha, nope. ——————- end of side note 

I decided to write for myself and not to others. Now, outside of Wattpad, I’ve begun to write a new story. I story that has a lot of meaning towards growing up and discovering ourselves. This project is suer exciting for me and I do plan to post it to wattpad, or part of it, once it goes through major editing. 

Alright, so here are the steps to get the CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING:

To find ideas, get a notebook and just write literally anything and everything that flashed in your head. Anything in the news lately you are really interested in? A song lyric? A name? A color? flower? movie? stereotype?

Write it all down, ladies and gents, because this is key in writing an awesome story idea that will appeal to you. 

I myself have a notebook that I do keep with me to jot down things during the day at any random moments. Sometimes if I hear a unique name, I’ll put it down, or if there’s a concept in history that I’m really interested in, you know exactly where it’s going :)

Now, once you finish doing that, try to group stuff to see what could form a substantial writing work and run with it. A fun exercise it to take the most random things and try to make a story out of them.

For example, let’s say I have a list of:

1) James Franco
2) a boy coming out of the closet
3) graduation day
4) a giraffe
5) Stephen King 
6) Twilight
7) Pie

From there comes the obvious story presenting some kid coming out of the closet on graduation day at the podium while quoting Stephen King and mentioning a desire for a relationship similar to that of Bella and Edward from Twilight, later on approached by James Franco on a giraffe and asked out on a date.

^I might just write a short story outta that one BECAUSE THAT SOUNDS HELLA AWESOME. 

Hope I helped :D

I Hope the James Franco scandal was promotion for Palo Alto

I previously posted why I was so beyond uncomfortable by what James Franco had done. No, I didn’t call him a predator or any of those conclusionary (i just made that word up, I’m so sorry) titles people are jumping too, but I described why a 35 year old man pressuring a teenager for sex, without getting to know her first, made me feel dissapointed in him and society.

Now, the only reason I’m peeved with society is because some people are like “Damn, all the girls getting mad at him are just jealous.” Like, NO! Although I’d love to meet him, I DO NOT strive to be in a hotel room with him as he pressures me for sex. Sorry, but NO THANKS.

I gotta say, I’m still begging him to be like “Surprise! This was a publicity stunt. Lucy and her grandma who yelled at me are actresses. Everything is cool. I’m sorry for causing grief, I just wanted some more publicity before ‘Palo Alto’ came out. :)”. I want this to happen because I’m so mad and dissapointed in him.

James Franco had been my idol and celebrity crush since I was little and watched Freaks and Geeks with my brothers—I mean, come on, he was the hottest person on that show. Once I learned about him being a teacher, a writer, and a fucking artist I was just blown away. HOW DID SUCH A PERFECT SPECIMEN EVEN EXIST?

See, now that’s the trick. He was and isn’t perfect. Media and fans in general create this blindness where we think all celebrities are perfection, like these aliens that are talented and nice and smart and hot. 

But James Franco isn’t an alien. James Franco isn’t perfect. James Franco is a human being and we have to accept that these celebrities are going to disappoint us from time to time. I hate being mad at him. I hate seeing pictures of him and thinking “Whoa, what a sleaze.” 

So, in all honesty, I just really want him to confess that this was a scheme to gain more publicity for “Palo Alto”, a movie about a teacher and student relationship.

ONE LAST THOUGHT: I was also soooo unimpressed with his public apology. I mean, whoa! That was a terrible apology. Seriously, it shouldn’t even be called an apology. He just defended himself and played victim. I thought he was supposed to have this incredible use of words. Like, aren’t actors supposed to be charming and use their words to their advantage? Dude, next time he should spend a LOT time writing and practicing that apology. 

And finally, to anyone who read all of this, bless your soul. 

Do not teach your daughters to be ‘pretty.’

Do not entomb her in a pretty pink tower
and insist that only the degree of her physical appeal
may set her free.
Teach her to fight her way out,
to consume books and spit knowledge
to lesser boys who insist she is just beautiful
and nothing more.

Teach her to love her body
not to manipulate and put a price tag on herself
as a defined worth
she shall be immeasurable
she shall be more than this.

Do not let her break herself down
when the boy in kindergarden hits her
because he likes her.
What are you really teaching her?
Pain and love are not synonymous
neither are pretty and perfection.

Teach her to be kind
to be harsh
to be demure
to be wild
to be sensitive
to be thick-skinned

But good god,

Do not teach your daughters to be ‘pretty.’

Michelle K., Do Not Teach Your Daughters to Be ‘Pretty.’ (via michellekpoems)

damn this is relatable. 

damn this is relatable. 

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