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Stories can come in many different mediums, from novels to comics and everything in between. But all of us writers go through periods where we question our motivation to write, and end up giving up on our stories. There can be many reasons why, but it commonly comes down to the story itself and how we handle it. As some of you know, my current story Thunder has been in development since I was 9 years old and been dear to my heart for 8 years now. It’s gone through a lot of eras, a lot of doubt, and a lot of configuring on what I wanted the story to be. While I don’t know how to solve all writing block dilemmas, I do have an idea how to stand by your story and keep with it despite the odds. It all comes down to writing a story you love.
But, how exactly do you do that?

First, what makes you invested in a story?
Recall a book, comic, movie, etc, that you really enjoyed. What made you like that movie; the characters, plot elements, world building? Was it the action? Lighthearted humor in dangerous situations? Dragons? Now think of things you love in general. Bright neon colors? Owls? Bad puns? Put all those things, big and small, into your mental mixing bowl and see how you can make a story out of it. It may be cliche, extremely weird, or something in between. But the key consistency is a story you would want to read. A bunch of things you love all in one story, something you’d scream about to your friends on how much you adore this thing. Write that.

Write characters you like. 
If you’re in for the long haul, it’s key to have characters you actually enjoy writing. Don’t get too caught up making them purely original, just characters you love to write one way or another.
For example, my character Zerako, he’s your typical hotheaded guy that eats a lot, likes fighting, not bright, and is very loud. Bonus: cares about this friends and has red hair. Fits your standard fire-type stereotypes.


That type of character (from all I’ve read at least) is pretty easy to find in media and there’s a lot of instances where I’ll read something and be like “Haha wow this character reminds me of Zerako.”
And while I like to think he still has his original qualities, I’m not gonna stress trying to erase his cliche traits when I already adore him the way he is- what can I say, I love those kinds of characters! He’s my precious fire bean and I’m all for our writing journey ahead.

Don’t be afraid to scrap and restart.
I’ve had to do this a few times myself, and it’s no doubt painful and daunting at first. You’ve come so far, but you’ve just been adding and adding and nothing quite makes sense anymore. Or no matter what you do, stuff just feels off, wrong, and you can’t put your finger on it. If you want to stick with your story, don’t let fear of failure and starting over stop you from doing what’s right for you story, and for you. 
Think of it like a canvas. Take off that old painting that’s a artistic massacre and set it down. Put a new, clean canvas up. Now you have complete freedom to put on that canvas whatever you what. Liked some stuff from the old painting? What to do something new? You can do that, in fact, you can do whatever you gosh darn want. If we go back to our baking metaphor, it's like taking the ingredients/techniques you like while trying out new methods to make your cake bake. Its one of the most creatively liberating things, and your story will grow to be even better then it was before.

Write for yourself and lose the public.
While I wouldn’t advise completely shunning the public opinion, as some of your readers will have good advice and things to say, be careful not to give them the power to dictate what your story should be. What one person thinks makes a good story may not be what you think, or others for that matter. Remember earlier on finding what you love in a story and mashing that together? Yeah, stick to that. Because that’ll give you a foundation to stand on on what your story is and isn’t. If someone’s advice/suggestion actually works and you like it in your story, then by all means use it! But if not, then you’re under no obligation to do so.
I was in the mindset for a while that if someone praised a writer for writing a certain thing in their stories, I had to do the same in order to be viewed as good. And this gave me extremely mixed feelings, and started sucking away my motivation to write because some of those things were stuff I really didn’t want to write and would take the charm away. It wasn’t my world anymore, it was becoming someone else’s fantasy. I had to remind myself I cannot be writing just to be popular or liked; I will never please everyone, and I certainly will not please myself. If I write something that I love, someone else that likes that thing too will come around and enjoy it with me.

Only you can tell your story the way you want to, and it’s gotta be what you want it to be, something that you love, or else you’ll never be able to write it through without dreading every moment. Sure, you may not do it justice. It may not turn out exactly how you wanted it. But its still something you care about. Joy is a powerful tool and motivator, not just in art, but writing too. Never forget why you started writing in the first place. Your love for what you do will show through your work. Now go mix up your favorite ingredients and make the story you want to read ! :D

~Katharine (All art drawn by me)

Mod S2S Mentor

While I post a lot of art, I'm also a writer deep in my soul :'D I used to be writing books but I've moved more into the webcomic realm as of now.

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  • So, I'm planning out this story that I want to write - I am looking forward to it. Like, a LOT. I think it's great. But I like a bit of humor, and a lot of meaning, and I'm not sure that
    a) it will actually be funny or meaningful
    b) it will actually make sense at all
    c) it won't be overly cheesy
    d) I'm just worried that I can't do those kinds of story elements!
    So, I need help. How do you make humor work in a meaningful plot? How do you create the humor at all? Etc. Please give me some advice.
    • Anyone?
      • Mod S2S Mentor
        It often takes longer than an hour for people to reply, and even then these kinds of questions aren't easy to answer so fast. In the future I'd wait at least a few days before asking again if anyone has an answer, in case they didn't see it :0

        First off, if you never try to make a story element, you'll never know if you're good at or not. And even if you're not, that doesn't mean you can't practice and become better! Fear of failure is what slows us down from creating, as you can't truly succeed without some failure along the way. Failing and getting back up to try again is the key to almost anything we do :)
        Therefore-
        a) Practice and study other meaningful comedies
        b) Ask your peers/parents/adults (that you trust and that like the kind of thing you're writing) if it makes sense to them, getting a second pair of eyes to look over what you wrote is almost always helpful.
        c) Practice and ask others what they think
        d) Never know until you try! And even then, write it anyway!

        Now as for writing meaningful comedy- I'm the same way, I love humor with meaningful elements. I'm more of a comedy person over all. However, it's hard to explain how to do it, well, properly. Creating humor is something that just happens for me, it's not something that has a specific formula, I just come up with dialogue and sometimes people think its funny. I believe that 'studying' how other people stack their jokes and how they execute them within an overarching plot is a good way to learn how to write it. One of my favorite webcomics that applies humor with a meaningful/interesting story would be Paranatural (http://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-1 ) the art starts off a bit rough (as in unpolished) at the beginning, but that improves over time and doesn't detract from the humor and characters all the same.

        One of the biggest things is having developed characters so people not only care about them, but so you can write the 'right' kind of humor for the situation. It's more meaningful when its attached to a character's personality and how they interact with other characters that can strike comedic situations. That's basically how I write a lot of my humor, just writing out how the characters interact with the others and silly things inevitably happen.

        Unfortunately, that's the best I have at the moment just from my knowledge- simply because explaining these things in words is way harder for me. I did find this article however that will hopefully help more: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-meaningful-come...

        Good luck with your writing!!
        Paranatural - Chapter 1
        • Wow, thanks a lot. :-D That should be really helpful. I'll try it out!
          Paranatural - Chapter 1
  • cool! thanks!
  • Your art is amazing!!
  • What tools did you use to color your drawings? I really like the effects your paintings give off.
    • Mod S2S Mentor
      Thanks, glad you do!! I use the program Clip Studio Paint Pro (which is, around $50 bucks but I got it on a 75% off sale. Clip Studio tends to have big sales throughout the year) and a Wacom Intuos 3 Graphics Tablet (its a much older model). As for specific digital art tools, I use the Turnip Ink Pen, which, is just a nice simple pen for line art that my program has, sometimes the transparent watercolor for shading/fainter lines- and a variety of other miscellaneous tools/layer effects depending on what I need ;o; if there's any specific effect you're curious about, feel free to let me know!
  • That final drawing makes me so happy- would it be okay w/ you if I printed it out? I wouldn't sell it or pass it off as my own. I just really love the design and would like it to be my version of a motivational poster if you're okay with that.
    • Mod S2S Mentor
      For your own personal use that's totally fine by me ! I'm glad it makes you happy ;u; <3
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  • I LOVE THIS!
  • it’s true. if you are addicted to the internet & (or) websurf. it can cause severe cyber bullying, viruses, and extreme hoffic content (mostly ads) and somtimes tracking. Some good ways to prevent this on the open internet(in my opinion) are

    1. Do not look up random things

    2. Research an online community before you use it. (Not all sites are like NMG)

    3. When signing up for something, do NOT skip the terms of service , or the privacy policy. EVER.

    4. You have to be able to turn or log off the site during servere drama, if it’s against another person get an adult.(severe bullying directed at you for example)

    5. Don’t use the internet as a mask, for yourself. ( don’t spite against others even if your
    Offended or angery, etc...)

    6.have etiquette

    7.dont ask for personal info

    I hope this helps
    (I’ll edit later.)
  • These S2S tips are great!
  • This makes so much sense! Thank you. Also, your drawings are the best. Like, seriously, the coloring is amazing.
  • I can totally relate to this!
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  • I love it!! I can completely relate to this post, and it has really made me reconsider how I was feeling about the fact I was single. Also, the illustrations really add an element of friendliness and fun. <3
  • <3 Thank you for yet another wonderful blog post :)
    • ^^^^
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      • Mod S2S Mentor
        Yes, I'm pretty sure it is! I noticed it last week for the first time. :0 :D

        Far as I can tell, it seems to be connected to the whole of Luna's Blog (unlike the comment section, which is only tied to the specific individual blog post you comment on); I can see the "What Do You Think?" section and all the comments in it from *any* blog post. :)
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