“Why should kids be taught to hate the police? Because there are 2.3 million people in jail in the US right now and every single one was put there by a fucking cop. Some people talk about good cops and bad cops, but a good cop, a cop doing their job properly, still puts nonviolent drug users in jail for many years, totally ruining their lives as they lose their jobs, houses, cars, romantic partners, access to college, and become substantially less employable upon release. A cop doing their job properly still gives homeless people tickets for vagrancy which they obviously can’t pay and when a warrant is issued as a result an officer doing their job properly arrests those homeless people. An officer doing their job properly peppersprays and arrests environmental protesters so that logging companies can clear-cut old growth forests. An officer doing their job properly is evicting a family from their home as you read this because the parents’ jobs were shipped overseas so that the bosses could make eight figures a year instead of seven. Those people will become homeless, vagrancy tickets will be written, warrants will be issued… And then there’s the “bad ones”.”—Sacking Rome: A Magazine for Vandals, issue one (via sinidentidades)
some of the best advice I ever got about writing is if your story requires a lot of exposition, don’t worry about it sounding really stupid. just physically put it on the page. get it out of your mind and put it on the paper.
there’s always this fear of exposition sounding way too…expository. and that’s a valid fear. but just put it on the page at least once. it’s a first draft. you’re basically laying out all the puzzle pieces in a semi-haphazard jumble. once you got it all out there in the first draft, you can reorganize it however you want for the second.