i'm a ginger mess with terrible hair and a proclivity towards slacking

give me a redhead and i'll cry you a river

  • yeah, same here
  • selfie game nada


    MAY CONTAIN traces of

  • i cry a lot



    haikyuu!!, love stage!!, psycho pass, kuroshitsuji (book of circus), ao haru ride, free! eternal summer, dmmd
    + films + tv + anime


    manga, the book thief, the sevenwaters saga
    + library


    learning japanese and chinese, job hunting, graphics-making




    that’s the face of someone who just shit themselves

    I love this because he thought giving her to a barbarian would break her and make her usable and compliant but it just turned her into his worst nightmare.



    Because I - with the entire HP fandom - am also having Teddy x Victoire feels.




    You would think that teenagers would be the rudest customers when really it’s mostly old, middle-aged people. 

    Teens always look terrified as customers.


    You didn’t hurt yourself when you fell on your keyboard, did you?


    “ The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you. ” 



    There are two ways I watch anime

    1. Struggles to find the strength to watch a single episode
    2. Watches till there isn’t a single episode left

    Character Development: Alternatives to Worksheets


    Aww, thanks!

    I always recommend character development sheets as a character development exercise, but try not to take them too seriously/rely on them too heavily.

    I suggest switching gears and trying some different character development exercises. There are several that I find to be really helpful when I’m struggling to get to know a character:

    1) Reality TV Crew:

    This is so much fun I even do it for characters I understand well. :) Start by choosing a point just prior to when your story starts, then pretend a camera crew is following your character through a normal day. Write down everything that happens from the moment your character wakes up until the moment they go to bed. Be sure to explore their interactions with other characters, how they react to good and bad things (good: getting a package in the mail, bad: finding out they have a cavity), what they do to entertain themselves, and how they meet their basic needs. You can even do little reaction interviews, ala The Office or Modern Family where the character divulges their feelings about things that have happened. If it works for you and you want to dive deeper, try to find an important even in their back story and follow them through that day, too.

    2) First-Person Free Write

    This is kind of like the last one except without a “camera crew.” This one is done in first-person present tense, as if you’re inside your character’s head as they are experiencing an important even in their life. It can be any event that you want, but it’s extra helpful if it is an experience that adds to their back story or has an impact on who they are.

    3) Character Interview

    For this, you’re going to answer interview questions as if you were your character. There are a number of ways you can go about this. You can look for interviews with real people to help you come up with questions, or you can just wing it and make up a bunch of questions on your own. Either way, make sure you have a good mix of mundane questions like “what is your favorite food” to really profound questions like “if you could go back in time and erase one event from history, what would it be?” Write down all of your questions ahead of time, and then either hand write the answers (remembering that you are the character as you answer), or even better—answer them out loud, either by yourself or with a friend to ask the questions.

    4) Alternate Universe Crisis Mode

    This is a free write exercise where you drop your character into a crisis that has nothing to do with your plot or back story. This is simply an exercise in possibility—to see how they would react in an extremely stressful situation. It could be a car accident, a ski weekend interrupted by a crazy ax murderer, or devastating earthquake. It doesn’t even have to be a situation in the same time, place, or universe in which your story takes place. If you want to see how your character would have fared in place of one of Henry VIII’s mostly ill-fated wives, go for it! You can even drop your character into your favorite TV show or movie as if they were an additional cast member. This exercise is all about learning who they are as a person. Are they brave or fearful? Do they lead or follow? Are they helping the injured or too squeamish? Are they optimistic or pessimistic? This exercise will tell you a lot about your character.

    5) Milestone Map

    In this exercise, you’re going to write 1-3 paragraphs, first-person, about all of your character’s major milestones from the first day of school to whatever milestone they hit prior to your story beginning. These don’t even have to be major milestones like getting a driver’s license or going to prom—they can be smaller ones, too, like first babysitting job, first A on a test, first kiss, etc.

    6) Character Playlist

    One of the first things I do when I create a character is listen to a lot of music. I’ll usually start by listening to “B sides” (the non-hit songs) of my favorite bands and singers. Then I’ll use an app like Pandora (which plays random songs based on your interests) to find new music, or sometimes I’ll sit on YouTube and watch random music videos to find new stuff. Little by little, a playlist will begin to emerge as I hear songs that fit my character. When I have a good list of songs going, I’ll sit down and really listen to the music. More often than not I learn new things about my character this way.

    7) Character Board

    This one is especially fun if you’re crafty or good with photoshop, but it’s still fun even if you’re not. The object is to create an inspiration board for your character filled with photos of everything from clothing to physical features, and from quotes to items the might own. Anything that reminds you of your character. If you have access to magazines you can tear up, you might do it on a piece of poster board or bulletin board and have fun decorating it old school Or, you might prefer to do a collage in photoshop or an online collage app. You can even do a gallery on Pinterest or Tumblr if you prefer.

    8) Visualization Tricks

    Sometimes a character’s personality won’t fall into place until you’re able to visualize them. There are a number of ways you can go about getting a good picture of them into your head. If you’re good at drawing, you can try to draw a portrait of them. If you’re not good at drawing, you might enlist a friend or family member who is. Or, if that’s not possible, try looking through the commissions tag on tumblr and see if you can pay someone to do it. Some artists might even be willing to negotiate if you can’t afford to pay them, if there’s something else you can offer them like writing them a piece of fan-fiction, making them a fan-video, or a graphic. Sometimes it’s fun to do a “casting call” and choose an actor or model who looks like your character to “play” them in your mind. It’s very important that you already know what your character looks like before doing this, because the goal isn’t to use an actor as your character. It’s just a way to help you visualize them easier.

    If none of these help you  get a better handle on your character, there may be something else not working. You might consider putting them into a folder for a future project and try creating a new character for the current story. Sometimes that ends up being the magic trick that gets things flowing again. :)

    The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.


    she wears short skirts i wear a black coat she’s cheer captain and i’m leader of organization XIII

    I get jealous because I’m afraid someone is going to make you happier than I do.