- 1. The Idea: This is amazing, I can't believe it how good it is! It needs to be written!
- 2. Outlining: No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
- 3. Final Outline: This is amazing, I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
- 4. First draft: No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
- 5. The end of first draft: This is amazing! I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
- 6. First revision: No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
- 7. Second revision: This is amazing! I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
- 8. Third revision: No, wait. It's not working. It makes no sense. This sucks.
- 9. Fourth revision: This is amazing! I can't believe how good it is! I'm a genius!
- 10. Fifth revision: No, wait. It still sucks. But I need to let it be and move on to another idea.
- Real writers are those who reach the last step. You need to move on even if you think your work is not perfect. It will never be. That is ok. You need to move on to other ideas in order to keep writing.
- ~ J.F. Lion
I mean, imagine opening The Sun every day and finding page three adorned with a photo of a pouting specimen of masculinity clad only in his Y-fronts. Imagine naked men sprawling sensuously on the bonnets of new model cars at the motor show. Imagine having to listen to some sweaty and repugnant female version of Bernard Manning telling an endless string of Father-in-Law jokes. Sure, it’s funny once. Maybe it would be funny twice. But three times? Four times? Five thousand times? Can you imagine having to live with something as insulting as that every day of your life? No wonder so many feminists are cranky.
And comics are, in their way, every bit as guilty as other media in presenting a distorted vision of women to their readers. Maybe more guilty in some respects. After all, comics tend to be aimed predominantly at a young audience, an audience that may very well be going through an impressionable stage of their lives and desperately trying to make sense of the world in which they find themselves.” —
Alan Moore, Invisible Girls and Phantom Ladies, 1983
It’s pretty amazing how you could apply this just as readily to the comics industry of today as you could 30 years ago.
imagine if there was a chemistry fandom and people shipped elements with other elements and then other people were like NO THAT ONLY FORMS A COVALENT BOND IONIC BONDS ARE BETTER and they have ship wars over sodium chloride and sodium carbonate
when I used to write for competitions, I would make lists of ways that judges might look at my work in order to grade it. For example, some judges might look for an ending that brought them to tears, while another might be more interested in an intellectual feast.