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Shikamaru continued signing the after action reports, ignoring the loud music and the raucous laughter outside. Parties just weren’t his thing, even a blowout to celebrate the end of the Fourth Great War.
Even after he had dismissed them, his squad mates had tried their best to convince him to join them in the festivities. Ino had practically danced back into the tent, her long blonde hair flowing behind her, giving him a forced, flirtatious wink from under her long bangs. “Come with us Shikamaru!” she had teased, smiling through her sorrow and loss, but it didn’t reach her eyes. “The war’s over! We won! Surely we can forget the paperwork and live a little!”
Ino had been drowning in her grief; she desperately needed an escape from the reality of things dragging her down. She had held them all together. Tiles moved on his mental bo
Motivation for NovelistsMotivating myself to write and keeping that motivation throughout a writing project is one of the biggest challenges I face as a writer. I get the impression a lot of other people struggle with it as well.Motivation for Novelists5 years ago in Writing More Like This
There are a lot of tools out there such as the Write or Die program and National Novel Writing Month designed to keep you motivated, but they're just gimmicks in my opinion. Writing takes a lot of time and effort, and we as humans need a very compelling reason to exert ourselves in such an extreme manner. A timer or deadline typically isn't good enough.
The only effective long-term motivator is a real, tangible reward. Finishing a novel is a great reward, but the gratification is too long coming to really work as motivation. So what reward system will actually keep you writing and rewriting until you can call your project officially finished?
Well, there's always chocolate. Aside from that, the only compelling reasons to keep writing are that you will literally go crazy if you don't
How to Write an Original StoryEvery great story is about the same thing: exploring and defining the limits of the human spirit. By that definition, one might think it impossible to write anything truly original, but how can you really define originality?How to Write an Original Story4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Is originality about changing the human condition? Or is that impossible? The human condition is a constant, so it's consistent in every story ever told. What changes is the lens through which we see the human condition.
Therefore, an original story can be defined as a story that uses a new perspective to commentate on the human condition.
To write an original story, you must first understand the human spiritwhat makes it soar and what makes it break. Once you do, you are then free to create characters and put them in a world and situation that will test the limits of their humanity.
That's the core of every brilliant story. Originality isn't about changing this; it's about showing it in new and creative ways. Don't try to tell a new story. Tell an old story