"13 things my uncle told me before he died:
not everyone has the blessing to understand sadness
when waiting at the bus stop, it’s okay to smoke cigarettes
never touch anyone else’s clothes at the laundromat
it’s okay to miss the people who were bullets to you
when your grandmother asks you how you are, be honest
never be afraid to say “no” even after you’ve said “yes”
if someone tells you graffiti isn’t art, prove them wrong
remember people by their eye color not their clothes
you’re allowed to like dark chocolate with tangerines
don’t lie that you don’t have a lighter when you really do
turn your phone off every once in a while and find the moon
if you want a tattoo, don’t let anyone tell you not to get it
if you ever find yourself at the graveyard, read the names"
— poems from my uncles grave (via irynka)
"When we first met
You took my breath away
If only I knew
That you’d use my favorite pillow
To do it again"
— My Favorite Pillow
May the clear rain now be allowed to fall,
It shall do what’s right and cover my tears,
May it come down now, impotent and tall,
It shall do my wish and make less my fears,
May the greatness of light sing to my heart,
May its power be here, lighting the sky,
May the mighty thunder make a new start,
Starting will mean I can cover my cry.
As the sound happily chose to remain,
It will help to end the crowds running deep.
I shall look around through fire and rain.
Out of the crowds I shall follow your leap.
With your eyes as guide and your hand to hold,
I shall walk the lane and forget the cold.
-A. M. Asali
Anonymous said: Whenever I start to write something I usually stop almost immediately after I start because I think what I'm writing is no good or that its not a worthy idea...how do you get past that mental block?
Have confidence in yourself! I write silly things everyday and I keep writing them because I know no one will ever see the things I write unless I want them to. You should never just quit because you feel inadequate or silly (it’s nice to go back and read the works you’d rather not share because you can see improvement which is ultimately fulfilling) Realistically, in the beginning, about 5-10% of your writings will be worth sharing. At least that’s the way it was for me. On a more promising note; the more you read and write the greater that “worth sharing” percentage will become! Most importantly never give up on something you’ve already started! Believe in your own abilities weather they be simply letting out silly thoughts or etching your personal philosophy into the minds of others!
p.s. Editing does wonders my friend :)
I can’t privately respond to this for some reason so in this post is hopefully some helpful information for you and others who are trying to develop romance in their novel aspirations
Okay so some of my first impressions are going to be to really set it up when you’re writing. It doesn’t have to be the focus because you have a great plot to work with, but build it none the less. I’d probably do the initial showing of interest while they’re not missing through dialogue vs. internal thoughts and ideas. It allows it to seem more natural and less forced. Journal entries are a great way for characters to examine their own thoughts and feelings in a genuine way to the readers. It sounds really solid and again the main thing to look out for would be jumping in to early. Also- never forget the importance of side characters to help main/romance characters indirectly figure out their true feelings! It creates better inter character relations and strengthens the ideas. I hope I could be of help and always feel free to ask or comment or say anything at all!-Rebekah
Anonymous said: Dear Adam, I hear you like romance Novels so I was wondering if you had any pointers/ideas. The book I'm writing isn't exactly going to be all romance (more leaning towards syfy) but sort of have an underlying romantic tone.
This isn’t Adam, but I might be someone who can help because I semi obsessively read both syfy and romance novels and novellas and short stories and well anything! What specific issues are you having? Is it with development or the pairing together of characters? What to do after they are together? There is such a complexity that goes into writing a believable and strong romance that I’d like more information if you could spare it.
A general side note, it’s been my observation especially in the syfy category that the more drawn out and laborious a romance is the more believable it is. Too many novice and seasoned writers fall into the trope especially in this genre of having an incredibly fast buildup because it isn’t the central plot which kills all the romance that should be there.
Excited to hear more so please respond!