Xe gives xirself out to everyone, bits and pieces of xir love and time and soul. Xe’s falling apart from self made wounds, digging deep to give out more and more and more for people that don’t deserve it.

Maybe ze doesn’t either. but ze’s greedy for it, and protective of xir fractured soul. Xe can never stop giving, but if ze’s xir focus, at least ze can feel like ze’s helping.

Chronic Pain

And Why More Of Your Characters Should Experience It

Chronic Pain is essentially pain that continues for more than 3 months. I personally have suffered from bouts of chronic pain the vast majority of my life- since maybe 5 yrs old? But I’ve been in pain continuously for about 4 years now with no gaps.

Chronic pain isn’t something you can just get used to. I have to be super nice to myself or I’ll suddenly become non-functional because I run out of energy, or ‘spoons’

See the origin of the spoon theory here (I recommend everyone read this btw, disabled or not.)

Now, should you want to write a character with chronic pain (or experience chronic pain yourself) and have specific questions, you can 100% ask! I’ve been dealing with it for a long time, so I’ve got a lot of advice. I’m also up for salty chronic pain conversations btw. Any of you get just super helpful advice from strangers on the bus?

Anyway, there’s a good chance that YOU, yes you, random writer, are writing about a character with chronic pain. Write fanfic for fandoms like Voltron or Fullmetal Alchemist? Shiro (most likely) and Ed Elric both (canonically) experience chronic pain due to their amputations and prosthetics. Have a character who fights a lot? Shit fucks you up, they’ve probably got chronic pain from a nasty injury. Character is a mage who’s magic puts strain on their body? chronic pain.

It’s a lot more common than you might realize. Over 1 in 10 people right now in the USA experience chronic pain, let alone the people who’ve had it and healed or the people who don’t yet and will eventually.The levels and intensity of the pain vary person to person, as does the response to it, but let me tell you. It’s exhausting. 

For all of you who are writing characters who have or you think may end up with chronic pain, read the spoons theory, learn more about how the human body works, because it’s likely that you have a character who has it and you just haven’t realized because it’s not something you personally deal with.

What poem personifies your character? 

Now, before you go “ugh poetry” I’m not telling you to read that shit they make you read in school. Fuck no. That shit is what kills poetry for people.

check out poems like Murder And Blindness! by Eric Cockrell or Hatred by Abdul Fatir. Try writing your own. Don’t let school ruin poems for you.