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I use this for almost everything! Great for painting and sketches.
Really nice for different effects and painting, if you tone down the smear and broken ground it’s nice for rigid lines.
I love this brush a lot! If you want to go more for an oil…
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In college I found “I need to be motivated to write” the same kind of utter bullshit as “you can only write what you have feelings about” or whatever.
Look, writing is hard and frustrating, just like all communication, trying to get something from your head into another person’s head at least somewhat intact, is effing hard. Humans evolved to dislike hard work because that shit costs calories and we don’t want to starve to death. Writing takes a lot of thinking and do you know how many calories the brain can guzzle? Writing, drawing, practicing music: you are going to dislike them on at least that one instinctive level. ‘No pain, no gain,’ and unless you’re a masochist, who likes pain?
If you want to get better, you have to push yourself to do the things that are hard for you. The things that aren’t fun.
You need to let you and what you want take a backseat to characters with experiences, feelings and viewpoints other than your own if you want to channel them. If you’re emotionally enraged by the actions of the antagonist, good luck trying to keep them from being something other than a straw man. Good luck thinking up how to have the protagonist be challenged instead of just wanting the protagonist to be able to just get in there and beat them up. Not without discipline you’re not.
Good luck editing. Ye gods, editing.
Writing is fun and amazing and invigorating… sometimes. But if you want to reach those points, you’re going to have to keep slogging until you get there. You’re going to have to keep cudgeling your brain until you can get a certain character POV. You’re going to have to re-read tens of thousands of words to be sure that you adequately foreshadowed something so the reader knows what they’re looking at when they see it and you don’t have to stop in the middle of a dramatic reveal to infodump or get three reviews asking WTF just happened.
You’re going to have to remember that other people aren’t you, and ask yourself ‘how would this scene look to people who aren’t me and don’t know the things I know about the characters? How do I use what they don’t know to my advantage?’ And you have to ask yourself ‘how would someone who is not me act in this scene?’
You need discipline in any creative endeavor. The stereotype that creative people are undisciplined? They may tend to be nonconformist, but that’s not the same as undisciplined. People who work really stressful jobs with long hours tend to want to blow off steam afterwards, and constantly questioning what your characters would do and why needs to involve questioning the cultural systems that influence how you and your characters think.
Motivation can be potent. It can cause people to write entire novellas while discipline is saying ‘you have other stuff to work on,’ but that is exactly because it is absolutely unreliable. Motivation? You’re going to be motivated to stop wracking your brain over how to rephrase a sentence and go do something fun. A lot of discipline is learning how to ignore the hell out of your motivations.
Don’t let your fickle motivations hold your ability to create hostage. Don’t let them control whether or not you write. Take that control for yourself.
If you only manage to write a paragraph in your scheduled writing session pushing through poor motivation, then you still managed to force yourself to write when you darn well decided to write, and that’s developing discipline, strength of will.
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