Star Wars Character's Can't Make Mistakes

Star Wars Character's Can't Make Mistakes

And it's really annoying. ALSO SPOILERS

BE WARNED THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI and for those who can't put two and two together if you read this and have not seen the movie you will find out things that happen in the movie. This is not a slight on your intelligence. We've all been on the internet. We all know those people exist.

Anyways onto the real point here.

Nobody can make mistakes in Star Wars. At least not the characters people like. Now on the surface, this seems like a good ploy on the writers part. The audience can't be mad if the characters they like if they don't make mistakes especially because Star Wars has a die-hard following and a passionate fanbase. But it's really just on the surface. Everyone makes mistakes including characters. Yes, even the ones you like.

Don't believe me?

Fin and Rose set out on a mission to disconnect the tracking device that Snoke's Mega Destroyer Kylo Ren's ship had on the Rebellion ship that allowed Snoke to follow Princess Leia through hyperspace. Of course, this side plot proved to be moot as the Resistance had a secure hideaway. And when Rose and Fin are backstabbed by the stuttering hacker and accidentally bring misfortune on the rest of the Resistance back on the ship it's not their fault they were just trying to help. This side plot took up a lot of time and involved a chase scene that made sure the audience couldn't forget it was a Disney movie. A chase scene with fathiers, animals much like racehorses that are treated worse, where Rose and Fin did nothing to help the child slaves and released the animals just a few miles away from their stables where they will most definitely be rounded up again anyway. What I'm saying is the whole side plot was pointless and only served to create an accidental problem that can't be blamed on anybody.

General Leia's injury that took her out of most of the movie, seemed to only happen so she couldn't be blamed for the decimation of the Rebel fleet. Oh no, that was Admiral Haldo, the purple-haired lady. She may seem like a character that was pulled out of literally nowhere, but she has been in some of the Lucasfilm Disney canon novel collaborations. But to anyone who hasn't read those she was a fill-in character and instead of reaching back and showing us an old face like Lando, they bring up someone that was introduced in a book in 2017. God forbid General Organa makes a mistake. Also, they seemed to think that it was ok that hundreds of Rebel troops died because they had the hideout. No, Haldo, they're still dead and that's still on you. She didn't even trust her crew with that information.

Sure it can be argued that given that the hideaway was there the mad dash and loss of life was worth it to get there as soon as possible and regroup and salvage what they could because fighting face on would have lead to even worse casualties. Either way, it was an unpopular decision, or devastating mistake, that they didn't want General Leia to make.

They played Haldo off like a hero, like the captain of the Titanic going down with his ship, when it was her fault that most of the fleet is gone. They made her be whatever they wanted moment to moment. Villian when Poe was accusing her of making bad discussions and not trusting her crew with the hideaway and a hero later. Through the magic of musical scoring, they changed the mood of the movie, not through the actual actions of the characters. They took General Leia out so somebody else could make the mistakes because all the love that fans have for General Leia is conditional. Even after all these years, I guess. As though Disney doesn't trust Star Wars fans to be mature enough to accept human error. They definitely think that Star Wars fans are dumb enough to be lulled in with a hug from Leia and some heroic music, that's what they tried with Haldo's send off.

Not to Mention Admiral Haldo T-boning the enemy ship presents its own list of problems. But she waited a pretty decent amount of time before doing it. Just sitting and watching as the rescue pods are picked off one by one. She knew she was going down with that ship, her survival wasn't really up for debate here. But she waited. And waited. And waited. Like the audience needed to understand the gravity of the issue? For the entire movie, Poe has been screaming the dwindling numbers of the Rebel ships and I guess we needed to see it real time? Does Disney think we're that dumb?

And then there's Luke Skywalker. From the minute he actually started to 'train' Rey, asking her to reach out, I understood what his revelation was going to be. The old Luke had hope and even saw the light in his father, but this new Luke was weary and doesn't have hope anymore. This may have started when he didn't think that the light could overcome the dark in Kylo Ren, and even though that thought manifested itself for a singular moment in his mind, he paid dearly for it when Ben Solo awoke to find his teacher standing over him with a lightsaber. He is obviously not convinced that there is enough light inside of Rey. At the first sign of trouble, when she reaches for the dark, the first time she's truly interacted with the force Luke seemed to think her fate was sealed, and she would be another Ben Solo. That her light couldn't compete with her dark or at least he couldn't bring it out of her. And the minute he's proven wrong, he gives the audience the biggest nope out of all. Maybe it was because he had some inner peace, but it really looks like he gave up.

Now all this could be all down to Rian Johnson, the director and the writer of the movie. It could be different JJ Abrams is directing the next movie and it could be different. But these characters have to seem human. They are human afterall.

And if you liked this movie and have a different opinion, that's fine. We're all people and entitled to opinions and if you want to waste time leaving a scathing comment go for it I guess. I'm not saying you're not allowed to like this movie and any actual conversation is welcome.

Oh yeah, also lightsaber battles. Those are- those are neat. They should put in more of those.

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The Key To Ending Your First Draft Blues

Or at least getting through the next chapter with your hair intact

Ah, the first draft. We’ve all been there as writers. The day we decide to turn a blank word document into a 70,000 word (or more) masterpiece. Or, at least, that’s always the aim. Often as first-time writers, we go into the experience blind, learning as we go, and never really knowing whether what we’re doing is right or wrong.

It can be frustrating at times, as most first drafts are a test of sanity. As somebody who had written ten first draft books (nearing eleven) in six years, I have had my fair share of ups and downs when it comes to first drafts.

My first book ever took me four years just to write it, I started at the age of sixteen and finished by the time I was twenty. A year later I had written another. I then wrote one in thirty days, and nowadays I write about three to four books a year.

My point is, there is no science to writing. It is all about learning how to do it, and finding the methods that suit you best. I just wish I could have had someone to tell me all of that when I started.

With that in mind, here are my five pieces of advice on how to write your first draft:

#5 Embrace the Terribleness

The first draft is always the worst version of any story. The sooner you accept it, the easier it is to move forward with your work. So you misspell a few words so bad that even Word can't help you. That shouldn't stop you from going with the flow. Your dialogue will feel hammier than a "Star Wars" film, but you'll clean it up the second time around. You're not expected to create a masterpiece on the first go, so just enjoy the ride.

#4 Suffer for your Art

Writing can be hard. I've said it enough times already, but it's true. You have to be prepared to suffer for it. The reason my first book took four years to write was because I didn't commit to it. The reason I wrote 80,000 words in thirty days was because I committed myself to write at least 1,000 words a day. Now I average 3,000 daily. Is it painful to force 3,000 words to the page every day? Yes, but that's what you have to do to get the draft finished.

#3 Take your Time

Now I know this goes against what I just said, but it's important that you go at the pace you want to. I was happier writing 1,000 words a day, but I was eighteen then. At twenty-three, I'll never get everything done going at 1,000 words a day. Commit yourself to writing every day, even if its only 200 words. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. You'll get to the finishing line quicker if you jog a steady pace rather than adopting a sprint and rest mentality.

#2 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Yes, it's important to remember what colour your character's hair is, which one is taller, and what weapon they are carrying. Although with that said, it is important to keep going forward. In my editing, I go over everything with a fine comb, often with a character profile at my side. Don't get bogged down giving every little detail the first time around, you'll have time for that later. The hardest thing is getting it down the first time.

#1 Keep the Story Going at All Costs

This kind of goes without saying, but it is by far the most important step for me. You have to keep moving forward. It doesn't matter if you have to use the biggest Deus ex machina to get your plot going again, you can always edit it away in the re-draft. I use a technique called automatic writing, which means that I don't plan every detail of a chapter. I simply write it as I go. This allows me to give my characters natural reactions as events often come as a surprise to me too.

Obviously it is good to have a rough idea of what is meant to happen, but as long as you can get your characters from A to B, then you are half way there. The other half will be polishing it to the point you can see your reflection.

Good luck, and happy writing.

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4 Steps To Writing a Haiku

It's Fun I Promise

You've probably had to write a haiku for English sometime in your school career. You most likely found it boring, or difficult, or just plain stupid. I am going to try and show you a more fun way to write a haiku.

1. The Basics: What You Should Know

In case you don't know, a haiku is a Japanese poem that is only three lines long. It is usually taught that the syllables in each line should go 5-7-5. But really, as long as there are 17 syllables or less in the three lines, it's a haiku.

2. Write to Get a Reaction

When you write a haiku, you are aiming to get one of three reactions: Aaaahhh, aha!, or ha ha! For example...

Aaahhh: Laying in bed/dog next to me under blanket/my furry heater

Aha!: Life is too short to love people/who do not deserve/your whole heart

Ha ha!: I'm on the toilet/and my stomach drops/the roll is empty

3. Create an Image

In your writing, you want to create a new image in your readers mind with each line. Take my first haiku for example. I first talk about laying in bed. Then, I say there is a dog next to me under the blanket, so you picture a lump under the covers. In my last line, I call him a furry heater so you imagine a heater covered in fur. The image you create is more important than the syllables.

4. Performing

Lastly, you need to think about performing your haiku. As always, when you're speaking in front of a room of people, you need to project so the whole room can hear you and you need to make eye contact. Another thing to remember is the tone of your voice while you are saying your poem. Dramatic pauses can keep people on the edge of their seat, waiting for what you're going to say next. You also have to remember to be confident! And if you're not confident, fake it till you make it!

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