If I ever tell you I’m going to sleep and then you see me posting or liking things online for about an hour immediately after that, I promise I wasn’t lying to you, I’m just bad at going to sleep and it is usually a long process that begins with disengaging from any sort of immediate contact with people (chats, for example) and ends when everything on my screen is blurry and I’m hallucinating plot points I haven’t written yet
THIS IS ME
I go to bed and then immediately go to Tumblr on my phone to close up any and all loose ends. And then fool around on Google researching random things until I pass out.
do you ever just wanna talk about ocs with someone
All the time.
i used to, ALL THE TIME, until i realized that no, seriously, until your work is actually published, people honestly do not care about the characters that live solely in your mind and it’s a quick way to drive people into viewing you as the “annoying writer” stereotype.
Of course, I realized that, as most writers do, the hard way by giving myself too much credit and thinking that the imaginary people in my head were interesting enough to talk about before I accomplished writing anything about them.
So, word of caution to other writers out there. Don’t talk about your characters and ideas, actually write about them.
I actually do care about other people’s characters whether they’re published or not, and there’s a very important reason for this: to me, a person’s characters are like a window into who they are.
A lot of the time, often without even realizing it, we write ourselves into our characters. We give them experiences we’ve had and shape their personalities accordingly. We give them beliefs we may or may not agree with, then explore those beliefs as we write their stories. We base them on ourselves and people we know - or people we don’t know at all but find interesting.
When I want to talk about original characters with people, it’s often to work with them in developing and exploring their characters to make them the best characters they can be. When other people want to talk about them, it’s often the same thing - they’re not so much saying, “HEY, look at my character!” as they are, “We should talk about our writing projects and work on developing our characters together.”
When I want to talk about original characters with you, I want to get to know you through them. I want to learn about your hopes, dreams, aspirations, beliefs, fears and hobbies. I want to learn about what you like in this world and what you wish to change. I want to learn about you as a person.
This, above all else, is why I love meeting other people’s characters even when they’re not published. It’s like meeting the people behind them, too, and strong friendships can be forged simply by doing some character development together.
iloveoldermen replied to your post: Pretty sure that gif you posted and labeled as “Danny Kaye” in an old episode of the Cosby Show is actually a gif of Harpo Marx.I guess someone doesn’t know what a reaction gif is….
CAN WE JUST HAVE OLLIE BE EVERY REACTION .GIF EVER
BECAUSE SERIOUSLY HE’S SO PERFECT FOR IT
also look at Stannie’s stupid hair in the background