This is one of the most adorable comics I’ve ever read
I’ve been waiting for this to pop back up on my dashboard.. we are way too hard on ourselves.
Writing with Color has received several asks on this topic.
Everything from “how do I describe my character’s skin tone without being offensive?” and “what’s the problem with comparing my character to chocolate and coffee?”
I’m hoping to address all these and likewise questions in this guide on describing POC skin color, from light, dark and all that’s in between.
The Food Thing: So what’s the big deal?
So exactly what is the problem with comparing POC skin tone to cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar and other sweets and goods? Well, there’s several potential problems you come across when you pull out the old Hershey’s bar comparison for your dark-skinned character, even if offense is not your intention.
Everyone gather around for a show,
watch as this man disappears as we know.
Do me a favor and try to ignore
as you watch him fall through a bleeding trapdoor.
Procrastination; the #1 enemy to writers everywhere. The #2 enemy? Writer’s block. (But we’ll discuss that later.)
Once we hit a high level of procrastination it can get extremely difficult to get back to writing no matter how much, or how little you’ve already written. You know exactly what you want to say, but as soon as the time comes to face those keys or pick up that pen you just… meh. You suddenly lose interest in your writing, and at this point you probably consider writing to be boring. So like any rational person, you decide to take a break.
Just a few days off to clear your mind.
And a few more days.
A week! Yes a week of writing rest, then we’ll be good to go!
Something very similar to this thought process crosses your mind, and before you know it, you’re sitting on the couch struggling to fit your hand down the end of a Pringles tube while binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix. You want to write, you really, really do. You just don’t feel like doing it RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT.
Time to kick yourself out of the procrastination funk! It’s not going to be fun, and later you’ll be angry at yourself for not starting writing again sooner, but with a few hints and tips, I may be able to help make it a little easier; What you need to do is start writing again.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but at the same time completely impossible. “That’s what I’m having difficulties with!” You may think to yourself. “I can’t just start writing again to start writing again! It doesn’t work that way!” Sure it does, you just have to be smart about it. Writing is something you need to be consistent about, even if you aren’t working on your original project, writing other small things can help you maintain a smooth rhythm so you’re still working. You can help with this by
- Writing in a Journal;
just a quick entry can help you regain confidence. Try to write an update about what’s going on in your personal life, (or simply just write about whatever you wish) at least once week to keep those writer muscles moving.
- Keep a Day-by-Day Word Count Goal;
This is an excellent and really simple way to make sure you keep writing with minimal distractions. Start with a low count goal, probably 500 or less. Once you’ve completed that goal, you’re done with writing for the day! As time goes on and you become a stronger writer who suffers from fewer distractions, you can up the word count. Just keep a mindset that you’re not getting anything else done today until you complete this word count.
- Find the Time to Write;
This is especially important, and can not only improve your writing efficiency but also your writing quality as well. You should have a 30-60 minute time period (at minimum) where you have no where to be, and nothing to do. Dedicate these precious time blocks as ‘writing time’, and use them as opportunities to chip away at your word count goal for the day. Some people like starting very early in the morning, when the stress of the day has not yet gotten to them, while others (myself included) prefer to practice their writing at night when the house is quiet and no one will come looking to interrupt me. Choose a schedule which works best for you.
- Find the PLACE to write;
Perhaps one of the most important for those who suffer from constant distraction; you need to find a place you can write which is quiet and lacking in Facebook updates and cute cat videos on YouTube. That’s right, for most of you, this means walking away from the computer and writing by hand, or at least turning off your WIFI. While the internet is intensely entertaining and educational, it is also dangerously addictive and can suck up all your plans to do anything productive today in a heartbeat. In fact, anything that you find distracting needs to be gone from your writing space. For most people these are of course internet, loud sounds, and loud and distracting environments. I know a lot of stereotypes show quiet, shy, people working on their screenplays in libraries and indie coffee shops, but those are really good places to work on your writing.
- If All Else Fails…
Work on a quick project which won’t consume much time or effort. Write a short story, song, or poem, and with that you may be back on track heading straight towards Distraction Free Land!
So, as a quick overview, my tips for battling procrastination are;
*Write in a journal at least once a week,
*Keep a daily word-count goal
*Set specific times throughout the day/week for writing.
*Find a room or area, completely free of loud or distracting sounds and environments.
*Work on a very short, easy project
I hope these tips help to improve your procrastination problems. If you have any questions or need some more advice or tips, feel free to shoot me a message any time!
Mendeley is the greatest program ever
I want to weep with joy every time I use it
Just click a button when you pull up an article and it will automatically save it to your library
And cite it for you
And you can use it on your mobile devices
And it’s free
Just download it and you won’t have so many urges to kill everyone in sight while writing a research paper
Thank you so much!
You are what I want. You are all I ever want. I want to spend the rest of my life waking up next to you in bed. I want to look at my side when times get tough and know you are right there. I was to travel to new places with you. I want to experience life with you.
I want you.
All of you.