currently watching the previews before an old disney movie and i’m already nostalgic and it hasn’t even started yet
best or worst decision of the night?
the-ineffable-pangolin said: GO TO BED WHAT ARE YOU DOING
well it’s not avpm this time
thinking about how an accident is different from a mistake
I think an accident is something that happened out of the blue, while a mistake is something done intentionally that has gone wrong or was done wrong.
Yeah that’s basically what I was thinking. I think the distinction is what’s important though. An accident might not have happened in the first place, an accident might not be anyone’s fault, and an accident might not have been prevented. A mistake is something done with purpose. A mistake is a misstep in a plan or something someone set out to do without considering the consequences
An accident can happen to anyone, but a mistake has something driving it.
If it was intentional it wouldn’t be a mistake? I think ‘unplanned/unintentional’ is kinda in the definition. I think the distinction is that accidents happen but mistakes are made.
(But either way, no one meant it to be done.)
So a person makes a mistake - it’s when you call someone who looks like your friend by the friends name. An accident is when you are called the wrong name by someone who thought you were their friend.
Take away something at the beginning. I saw a comic on Tumblr a long time ago about a woman who discovered she wasn’t real. The comic was short and it was just her inner thoughts. Just a few panels of her inner thoughts were able to make the reader sympathetic because something so integral to her was taken away and now her identity is shattered while everyone around her has something that she doesn’t. Do that to your character. Take something away from them that makes the reader feel bad for them.
It can be difficult to do this with everyday situations unless you show what it was like before that something was taken away. You can show your character in “the everyday world” at the beginning of the story and the inciting incident can happen right away. A common theme that makes readers care for a character is loneliness.
Give them something at the beginning. Or you can do the opposite. Show your character in a situation that makes the reader pity them and then fix it in a way that makes the reader feel happy for them. Again, a common theme for these situations is loneliness. The lonely rejected kid on the playground who is approached by another reject kid is a familiar scene that achieves this.
Introduce an antagonist. If you introduce an antagonist that the reader ends up hating right away, they’ll be more inclined to side with the protagonist.
Make them relatable. It’s quite difficult to make a character that almost anyone can relate to, but you can make a character a good chunk of people relate to from the very beginning. Think about the age of your character and relatable problems that surround that age. For example, identity, individuality, and relationships are important to teenagers. Introducing a character dealing with one of those issues from the very beginning can draw readers within that age group into the story.
Torture your character. Put them in a physically and/or emotionally painful situation at the beginning of the story. The trick is to make the scene honest and genuine enough that the reader wants this character to come out victorious.