Luli's NaNo 2019 Thread - Brainstorming and Sprints

Welcome to my NaNo 2019 thread!

Here is where you can participate in sprints that I initiate or brainstorm ideas if you’re feeling stuck. If you’re stuck on how to develop a character or world, feel free to ask and either I or anyone else in the thread will help you to the best of our ability!


Sprints will usually take place during the following times:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays - 7-7:45 AM PST/PDT and 4:30-5:15 PM PST/PDT

Tuesdays - See chat for info.

Saturdays and Sundays - any time during 3-5:00 PM PST/PDT


Tag List

@DahliasDesk @StarbucksMocha @Olivaughn @sky_is_limit @YvonneKindle @DogEaredPages @ElleJNior @BeZorro @Davrielle @CourtneyPeterman0 @lst-my-shp-sil @rosemaryandrue

If you’d like to be added to the tag list when I start sprints, be sure to tag me and let me know! Remember: do not provide links to your stories!

Image credit goes to Riot Games

WORLD TEMPLATE

Credit to @Rea_Rain


General Info

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General

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[Map Here]

⏣World Name Here⏣

[Pronunciation]

¤ What does this name mean? Did you create it? Or is it a word from a known language? Include all that and any interesting stories around it that you may have.

⏣Process⏣

[Date Started | Date Finished]

¤ What was your process in creating this world? How did you go about it? Include all of that here.


History

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History

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⏣Creation⏣

[Date of Creation]

¤ How did this world come to be? Was it created by gods? Was it a natural occurence? Explain all of hat here. If there’s creation myths about how the world came to be, discuss them here. If there’s multiple stories about how it came to be from all over your world talk about them! Make sure to include the true one too (though whether you tell us which one is true or not will be up to you~)

⏣Significant Events⏣

[Event | Event | Event]

¤ Are there any events that affected the entirety of your world? World changing events that have significance in your story/the state of the world/state of your characters should go here. When did this event occur? What caused it to happen? What happened in this event? What countries/lands people/etc were involved? Is this event common knowledge? Are the occurrences of this event recorded accurately? Or are there secrets? How has this event affected your world?

⏣Significant People⏣

[Name | Name | Name]

¤ Who are the significant figures in your world (on a world wide scale)? What did they do to gain this significance? Who are they? Are they human? Are they still living? What is the world’s opinion of them?

⏣Eras⏣

[Time | Time | Time]

¤ Does your world have eras/spans of time that are important. For exapmle, we often refer to medieval times, the bronze era, the Victorian era, etc, in our own world. If your world has time periods like these, go ahead and describe them here. List things such as technological advancements, common societal standards (these may differ from place to place in your world, and if they do, say so), and all the other fun stuff that makes up a time period.


Purpose

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Purpose

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⏣Use⏣

[Book/RP/Etc]

¤ Why did you create this world? What reasons drove you to develop it?

⏣Inspiration⏣

¤ What inspired the creation of this world? Talk about that here.

⏣Plans⏣

¤ What are your current plans for this world? What did you originally want to use it for? Any future plans for it?


Structure

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Structure

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⏣Government⏣

[Government Type]

¤ What government does this part of the world have/typically follow? If there is more than one country, what government style do they all follow when they act as a whole part? Talk about that here.

⏣Culture⏣

[Culture | Culture]

¤ What culture does this part of the world have? Are there different cultures? What are the common parts of each culture? This includes religions of the areas too. Make sure not to get detailed or opinionated about current controversial topics.

⏣Social⏣

[Social Structure | Social Structure]

¤ [What type(s) of social structure(s) does this part of the world have/are common in this part? Describe them here, talk about why they exist, the general opinion of them, etc.

⏣Development⏣

[Industrial/Medieval/Etc]

¤ How developed is this part of the world? Is it futuristic? In the past? Current times? Is this level of development common in this part of the world or is it varied depending on where you go? Whatever it is, describe it here.

⏣Species⏣

[Species | Species | Species]

¤ Species refers to beings who aren’t human but are intelligent have developed civilizations/etc. If there are more than just humans in your world, list the different beings here and give brief descriptions of them.


Physical

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Physical

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⏣Terrain⏣

[Terrian | Terrain | Terrain]

¤ What kind of terrain does this part of your world have? Is it mountainous? Desert? Flatlands? Is there more than one kind of terrain? Describe all of that and their effects on the people, societies, food, fauna, flora, etc here.

⏣Climate⏣

[Climate | Climate | Climate]

¤ What kind of climate does this part of your world have? Is it tropical? Artic? Mild? Is there more than one kind of climate? Describe all of that and their effects on the people, societies, food, fauna, flora, etc here.

⏣Flora⏣

[Plant | Plant | Plant]

[center]¤ What kind of plants inhabit/make up the wildlife of this part of your world? Describe them, what they’re used for, where they’re typically found, and all the other information you’d like to share about these plants here. Note: you do not need to list EVERY plant in your world, just the ones that appear often/are important to the story this world will be used for.

⏣Fauna⏣

[Animal | Animal | Animal]

¤ What kind of animals inhabit/make up the wildlife of this part of your world? Describe them, what they’re used for, where they’re typically found, and all the other information you’d like to share about these animals here.


Magic

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Magic

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⏣System⏣

[Magic System]

¤ What type of magic system does your world have–if it has one at all? Does the magic of your world work the same everywhere or is it different depending on where you are in the world? If it differs, take note of it here and talk about the type in this part of the world. If not, just describe the magic system of the world here.

⏣Types⏣

[Type | Type | Type]

¤ What types of magic exist within the system? Particularly, which ones exist in this part of the world? Describe them, what can be done with them, who/what can use them, etc.

⏣Uses⏣

[Common/Rare/Etc | Used For]

¤ How common is the use of magic in this part of your world? Why is it this way? What are common opinions of magic here?

¤ What is magic typically used for in this part of your world? Military use? Day to day activities?

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CHARACTER TEMPLATE

Credit to @Rea_Rain

Basics

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Basic

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Name

【First; Middle; Last】

↠ [Write about the first name here (meaning, pronunciation, etc). Why was it chosen? Does the name have any meaning to the character or the character’s role in the story/rp they appear in? How does the character feel about the name? Does this name hold any family history behind it? Is this history good or bad? How does the name affect your character overall?]

↠ [Write about the middle name here (meaning, pronunciation, etc). Why was it chosen? Does the name have any meaning to the character or the character’s role in the story/rp they appear in? How does the character feel about the name? Does this name hold any family history behind it? Is this history good or bad? How does the name affect your character overall?]

↠ [Write about the last name here (meaning, pronunciation, etc). Does the name have any meaning character’s role in the story/rp they appear in? How does the character feel about the name? Does this name hold any family history behind it? Is this history good or bad? How does the name affect your character overall?]

Age

【Physical; Mental; Appearance】

↠ [How old is this character physically? This is typically how many years from the day they were born, however there may be circumstances that cause their body to stay at a certain physical age. If so, what are these circumstances and how old should they be physically compared to what they are now? How does their age affect them? Do they wish they were older? Younger? Or are they fine as is?]

↠ [How old is this character mentally? Do they act young - like a child or adolescent? Are they more mature and seem older than they are? Or do they act appropriately for someone of their age? If there’s a difference between their physical age and mental age does it cause any problems for them? Are they underestimated or overestimated because of it? How do others react to it when they find out?]

↠ [How old do they appear? This usually differs from their actual age by a few years if at all. If they’re a different species or are immortal/long lived in some way that rule usually changes so keep that in mind. Do people usually think one thing or another about them based on how old they look? Do they react differently when they find out how old the character actually is? How does the character feel about the age they appear?

Date of Birth

【D/M/Y; W Zodiac; C Zodiac】

↠ [Was there anything significant about the day they were born? Did any events such as wars, deaths, celebrations, or other impactful things happen in that day? Do the numbers hold any sort of meaning in their culture/world? Was the day they were born hectic or calm?]

↠ [What is their Western Zodiac (Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio, etc)? Do they resemble their zodiac in any way or do they have little in common? Are they somewhere in-between? Does the character believe in their horoscopes? If you need more information on your character’s Western Zodiac or need to find out what it is, there are plenty of resources on google that can help.]

↠ [What is their Chinese Zodiac (Year of the Dragon, Year of the Rabbit, etc)? Do they resemble their zodiac in any way or do they have little in common? Are they somewhere in between? Does the character believe in their horoscopes? If you need more information on your character’s Chinese Zodiac or need to find out what it is, there are plenty of resources on google that can help.]

Gender

【Pronouns; Preferred; Biological】

↠ [Pronouns here. Are they picky about their pronouns? Does is make them uncomfortable if the wrong ones are used or are they calm about mix ups that happen? How do they feel about getting the pronouns of others mixed up?]

↠ [What gender do they identify as? Are they still figuring it out or have they found it? Are they comfortable with their gender or not? Have they had any experiences because of it?]

↠ [Biological gender here. How do they feel about it? Are they comfortable with it or not?]

Orientation

【Sexual; Romantic】

↠ [What is their sexuality? Are they gay, bi, demi, etc? Are they comfortable sharing it or not? Why? How did they find out or have they always known?]

↠ [What is their romantic orientation? Are they heteroromantic, biromantic, aromantic, demi, etc? Are they comfortable sharing it or not? Why? How did they find out or have they always known?]

Language

【Language; Language】

↠ [How fluent are they in this language? Why did they learn it? Do they enjoy speaking it, do they hate it, or are the indifferent to it? If they speak another language how does it affect how they speak when using this one? Does their voice get higher or lower when speaking it?]

↠ [(You can remove or add languages as needed.) How fluent are they in this language? Why did they learn it? Do they enjoy speaking it, do they hate it, or are they indifferent to it? If they speak another language how does it affect how they speak when using this one? Does their voice get higher or lower when speaking it?]

Ethnicity

【Ethnicity here;】

↠ [What is their ethnicity? How has it impacted the character physically and mentally? Do they have certain values, tastes, etc that have come from the culture belonging to their ethnicity? If they have more than one, which side of the family does it originate from? How do they feel about their ethnicity?]

Daily Life

↠ [What do their day to day lives consist of? Do they have a job? If so what is it? If they’re a student talk about that instead. If they don’t really have an occupation, a need to work, or go to school, then what do they typically do?]


Origins

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Origin

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World

【World name (if there is one)】

↠ [Do they exist in a fictional world you built or do they exist in a real world setting? Describe all of that here. Include relevant information from the world that applies to the character, including but not limited to time period, customs, countries, languages, religions, species, alues, etc.]

Birthplace

【City, State/Country】

↠ [Where were they born? Do they still live their now or are they elsewhere? Does their birthplace hold any significance to them? Be it personally, culturally, or otherwise? How do they feel about the place where they were born? How do other people react when they heard about it? Or do they keep it a secret due to reasons involved in their story or something else? Do they even know where they were born?]

Nationality

【Nationality here】

↠ [What is their nationality? Do they live in the place they get their nationality from? Or are they no longer living/are a citizen there? If this has affected them in anyway describe it here. How do they feel about their nationality? How do others react when they learn of it? If they have more than one nationality, feel free to add another slot for it.]

Current Residence

【City, State/Country】

↠ [Where do they currently live? Is it the same place they were born? How long have they lived there? Are they comfortable where they live or do they wish they lived somewhere else? Do they move around a lot or not? How has their current and past residences affected them? Describe all of that here.]


Appearance

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Summary

[Provide a basic description of the character’s appearance here. This should be the things commonly referenced or noticed about the character in whatever story/roleplay they have been or will be used in. Try to discuss how they look overall, be it “pretty”, “tall”, “odd”, or something else.]

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Facial

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Shape

【Facial shape(s)】

↠ [What is their face shape? Is it more a combination of two or a single one? If you’re having trouble thinking of face shapes or deciding what the shape is called, googling “face shapes” will give several images with various shapes.]

Hair

【Color; Texture; Shape; Style】

↠ [What is the color of their hair? Is it a myriad of multiple colors that come together to look like one? Or is it solid and color? Does it change depending on the lighting, if it’s wet or dry, etc? Does the character like their hair? How do others react to it?]

↠ [Is their hair soft, coarse, or something else? Is it heavy or light? Thick or thin? Does this trait of their hair cause them any problems? How do they feel about it?]

↠ [Is their hair curly, wavy, straight, or some other mixture of those three? Does the character leave their hair as is or do they take measures to straighten it, curl it, or do something else to make it more manageable/presentable? How do they feel about this trait of their hair?]

↠ [How do they wear their hair? Is it cut, tied up, curled, down and free, etc? Describe that here.]

Eyes

【Color; Shape; Lids; Sight】

↠ [What is their eye color? Is it vibrant or dull? Describe it here. How does the character feel about them? Do they change color at any point (if they’re not human) or are they entirely normal?]

↠ [How are their eye shaped? Are they almond shaped, close set, etc? As with face shape you can find plenty of examples by googling. How does your character feel about this feature? Do they wish they looked different or are they content? How does the shape of their eye affect how the rest of their face looks?]

↠ [What type of eyelids do they have? Are they hooded or open? Can you see parts of their eyelid when their eyes are open or are they more of a monolid? How does this affect the overall look of the character? How does the character feel about this part of their eye?]

↠ [How well do they see? Do they need glasses/contacts? Are they completely blind or legally blind? Can they see colors? Anything you know about their eyesight should go here. If they aren’t human talk about the differences in eyesight such as nocturnal, colors, etc.]

Ears

【Shape; Hearing】

↠ [How do their ears look? Are they pointed? Do they curve or are they flatter than most? If they aren’t human, how does their species affect how their ears look? Do their ears get red easily when flustered or tired?]

↠ [How well do they hear? Do they have any hearing problems such as deafness? If they aren’t human then how does their hearing differ? Detail all of that here.]

Nose

【Shape】

↠ [Is their nose bulbous? Aquiline? Long? Button shaped? Talk about the character’s nose here and how it affects the overall look of their face. Do they like their nose or not? Why?]

Lips

【Shape; Color】

↠ [How are their lips shaped? Are they thin, thick, or somewhere inbetween? Is one larger than the other? Is the cupids bow defined or not? How do the lips affect the overall look of their face? Does the character have any feelings towards their lips.]

↠ [What is the color or their lips? Is it dark red? Pale? More of a tan? Describe the color here and detail how it affects the overall look of their face. Do they often cover up the color with lipstick or not?]

Chin

【Shape】

↠ [What does their chin look like? Is it sharp, round, thick, square, etc? Does it have a divet/cleft? What sort of feelings does the character have about their chin if any? Describe the chin and how it affects the overall look of their face here.

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Body

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General

【Body Type】

↠ [What is their body type? Endomorph, ectomorph, or mesomorph? Are they more a combination of two of them? Describe their overall body here.]

Torso

【Neck; Shoulders; Torso】

↠ [What does their neck look like? Is it long, short, or average? Is their neck tick thin or average? If they aren’t human, describe ways that the neck differs from the average human.]

↠ [What are their shoulders like? Are they wide and heavy set? Thin and narrow? Or are they some other combination of characteristics? If they aren’t human, make sure to include any differences from the average human.]

↠ [What about their torso? Is it muscular? Thin? Robust? Make sure it aligns with their body type. If they aren’t human, detail the parts of their torso that differ from the average human.]

Arms

【Arms; Hands】

↠ [What are their arms like? Are their arms long, short, thick, or thin? Are they muscular or softer? If they aren’t human, how do they differ?]

↠ [What about their hands? Are they calloused, smooth, dry, etc? What do their fingers look like? Are they longer, shorter, thin, chubby, etc? List those details here. If they aren’t human include the different features as well.]

Legs

【Hips; Legs; Feet】

↠ [What do their hips look like? Are they wide or thin? More rounded or streamlined? Make sure they fit with your character’s body type. If they aren’t human, how do their hips differ? How does the character feel about their hips?]

↠ [What are their legs like? Are they muscular, short, thin, etc? What are their thighs and calves like? Make sure their legs fit with their body type. If they aren’t human, make sure to describe the differences from human legs as well.]

↠ [What are their feet like? Are the large or small? Wide or thin? Are they calloused or smooth? If there are any differences from human anatomy, describe that as well.]

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Misc

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Imperfections

【Scars; Beauty Marks; Other】

↠ [Do they have any scars? If so, what do they look like? Are they old or new? How did they get them? Do they remember the event or not? How do they feel about the scars? Are they more affected by the event that caused the scars or the scars themselves? Add anything else you feel is necessary to know about the character’s scars here.]

↠ [Do they have any beauty marks, moles, freckles, acne scars, etc? If so describe them here. Discuss how the character feels about them. Do they try to cover them up or do they wear them proudly? How do others react to them, if at all? How do they affect the overall look of the character? Add anything else you feel is necessary to know about the character’s beauty marks here.]

↠ [Does the character have any other imperfections - such as a broken nose that never healed back the same way, or fingers that bend backwards slightly when held straight? Whatever they are, discuss them and how they affect the character here.]

Voice

【Voice claim or short desc here】

↠ [What does their voice sound like? Does it have any particular qualities such as being soothing or rumbling? Is it low or high pitched? Or somewhere in-between? How does it change based on the character’s state of emotion? If the character isn’t human, describe how it is different from a human voice to provide a better idea of what it sounds like. If the character is involved with supernatural elements, then describe how their voice can change when involved with such things if it is applicable.]

Scent

【Scent; Scent】

↠ [Does the character have a specific smell? Usually people have smells that reflect what they usually do or spend their time around. For example, someone who bakes all day may smell like sugar or something similar. They could also have a natural scent or have one that comes with a perfume they commonly wear. Whatever it is, describe it here. (You can add and remove slots for scents as needed)]

Common Wear

【Clothes; Accessories】

↠ [This would be the kind of clothes your character typically wears or their typical style of dress. Talk about the types of tops/dresses/pants/etc that they like to wear. If they have any pieces of clothing they like to wear frequently or pieces that they believe lucky or unlucky then talk about those here as well. Add anything else about their common wear that is necessary for the character’s story, role, or personality.]

↠ [This would be the type of accessories your character typically wears or objects they usually carry with them. Talk about the items most commonly seen with them be it purses, knives, watches, water bottles, etc. If they have any items they have frequently or ones that they believe lucky or unlucky then talk about those here as well. Add anything else about their usual accessories that is necessary for the character’s story, role, or personality.]

Alterations

【Tattoos; Piercings; Other】

↠ [Do they have any tattoos? If so talk about them here. When and where did they get the tattoo? Did it hurt to get the tattoo? Who did the artwork? Is there any specific meaning to their tattoos? What do the tattoos look like? Where are they on their body? If they have no tattoos, would they consider getting one?]

↠ [Do they have any piercings? Where are they on their body? Do they prefer a certain style of earring/bar/gage? When and where did they get the piercing? How long did it take to heal? Do they know the person who did the piercing? Did the piercing hurt at any time from getting it to when it was healed? Did it ever fully heal? If they don’t have any, would they consider getting some?]

↠ [Do they have any other physical alterations? These could be surgeries for looks or health needs, dyed hair, another alteration that belongs to the world they’re in or their species (if they aren’t human), or something else. Whatever it is, if there is one, discuss it here. If there are none, are there any that they would consider getting?]

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WORD COUNTS

If you’d like to be added to the list, please respond with your book’s title, current word count, and desired word count.

@LuliWrites - finish A Celestial Requiem (Currently 55,122, Goal: 90,000) and Any Way The Wind Blows (Currently: 36,000, Goal: 72,000)

@DahliasDesk - Celestial Origins (Currently 23,729, Goal: 60,000)

@sky_is_limit - Butterfly In the Sky (Currently: 15,372, Goal: 50,000 for each)

@BeZorro - Cybergrief (Currently: 10,651 Goal: 120,000)

@DogEaredPages - Phoenix (Currently: 3,663, Goal: 50,000)

@CourtneyPeterman0 - Genius (Currently: 15,000, Goal: 50,000)

@Davrielle - Ravensdale (Currently: 16,803, Goal: 50,000)

@ElleJNior - Lamatá (Currently: 1,380, Goal: 50,000)

@YvonneKindle - That Vampire Book (Currently: 19,961, Goal: 50,000)

@StarbucksMocha - Ecdysis (Currently: 13,887, Goal: 50,000)

@lst-my-shp-sil - The Echzeria (Currently: 4,404, Goal: 50,000)

@midnightsxmoonlight - Lost Stars (Currently: 4,562, Goal: 50,000)

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THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS OMG YESSSS I AM SO FREAKING HERE THIS ROCKS

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My hand is stuck in this claw-like shape from the little coding I did :,)
But I’m glad you like it!

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Okay but hearing “claws” makes me think if my childhood PTSD from the original Dark Crystal.
And, it looks awesome! I’m super glad you’re doing this!!!

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oh no D:

I hope you find it helpful! Feel free to let me know your desired word count and I’ll add it to the list ^^

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LMAO

Ooh, sounds good! I’m still working out what I’ll be able to do, lol – I’m so bad at planning ahead. :sweat_smile::sweat_smile::sweat_smile:

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Well I hope these templates help you out! They’ve certainly helped me quite a bit ^^

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I wasn’t sure how you wanted the info so here (ノ゚0゚)ノ~

Name: Dahlia
Title: Celestial Origins
Desired word count: 60,000
Current word count: 8,687

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Perfect, I’ll get it added :ok_hand:

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BUMP

I’m excited and nervous for nano.

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I’m sure you’ll do just fine. Anything you write is a good achievement already ^^

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BUMP (~o.o)~

@DahliasDesk

If you're ever concerned about writing, watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJwLyOCH4PY

Makes me feel better about my rough drafts 99% of the time :ok_hand:

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Oh my word, I can’t :joy: This movie hurts me on so many levels.

Oh my goodness! So ready!!

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We’re gonna go hard in the paint XD

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