“Would you stop calling me ‘Al’? That isn’t my name. I’m Alistair. Al-is-stair. If you insist on calling me ‘Al,’ I will ignore you.”
“It could be worse,” Varric says with shrug. “When the head of the merchant’s guild wants to get on my nerves, he calls me ‘Var.’ One of these days, I just might poison him. Although, Broody over here has it worse.”
“There are some things that I prefer not to speak about,” Fenris glowers.
“Let me guess,” Alistair thinks. “Fen-Fen, squeed in a high, shrill voice?”
“Utter those two syllables one more time and I will remove your beating heart,” Fenris replies.
“Understood. Although I think another of our friends has it far worse,” Alistair says.
“That is quite enough,” Cullen says.
“Yeah,” Varric laughs, “nothing beats Cullypie.”
Incidentally, for some reason your story made me think of this sketch
I know, I know, its “Alan” and not Alistair but…its close enough that my random mind managed to make the connection.
I’ve been trying to write a concept for a Dragon Age Machinima for a while now (on and off - in between other projects of course) but I just stumbled across this site that does a good job of breaking down story structure and trying to nail a story concept. I know some of my followers are writers - so thought I should pass it on. Hope this helps! :)
i don’t think i’ve ever answered it! sadly there is no single way to cure writer’s block just as there is no single way to write. so i will talk about what occasionally and sometimes works for me, if only after days of self-loathing and wretchedness and passive aggressive (to downright aggressive) behavior toward my loved ones who are only trying to help but can’t and therefore i resent them and behave accordingly!
STUFF ABOUT WRITER’S BLOCK AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT SOMETIMES BUT NOT ALWAYS
- it is not your fault. try not to blame yourself.
- you will not succeed. this is not your fault either. try not to blame yourself.
- the above stages will repeat themselves a la groundhog’s day. try to pretend you are bill murray. this will be a fun exercise.
- finally, accept that these things can’t be forced.
- that being said, stop playing game apps on your cell phone at once. that is not helping.
- also, it can be forced. force something out of yourself.
- this something will likely not be good. it is not your fault. try not to blame yourself.
- you will blame yourself anyway. take a shower. take a walk.
- in the continued interests of forcing and blaming and not forcing and not blaming yourself, try something new. a lot of the time, i feel blocked and stuck when i’ve been writing the same characters, pairing, style, setting, whatever too much. even the earth can grow weary. leave that field fallow and when you go to plant again, it will come out stronger and more robust for the time it has had to replenish its nutrients and worms and growy things and stuff.
- if you’re writing something long, try writing something short.
- if you’re writing about the past, try writing about the future.
- if you’re writing in third person, try writing in first or second.
- exercise is hard. this will feel like exercise. exercise is good. and it is a pain in the ass.
- remember that the path to progression is not a straight line graph traveling up. it will not look like this:
because it might look like this:
or even, you know, possibly, like this:
- DON’T PANIC!
- like headaches, period cramps, loneliness, inexplicable bouts of sadness, armpit stains on a hot day, wearing your shirt inside out without realizing it, and other things that really suck—this is totally natural!
- beat yourself up if you have to. but also remember to give yourself a less literal break.
- do not compare your output, progress, facial structure, eye color or hair manageability with anyone else’s.
- don’t. do. this.
- (you will do this and it will suck. this is totally natural! try not to blame yourself. …too much. just remember: it happens to everyone. you are never suffering alone. there; doesn’t that feel a little better?)
- honestly, what i find works best is mixing things up. do a meme. squeeze it out. whatever you can. try an au. write only dialogue. write only prose. find a picture and talk about it. whatever it takes. every day, something. even if it is really terrible!
- (you will do this and it will suck. this is still totally natural!)
- build up slowly. don’t think about yesterday. definitely don’t think about tomorrow.
- and, if you keep at it long enough, guessing and playing around, going after the words, making fewer excuses for yourself, it will come back.
- this will happen.
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