Not sure which subforum this goes on. If this is the wrong one, please move it to the correct one. Anyway... I've caused a lot of trouble on this forum by randomly having huge meltdowns in the middle of threads. And I'm really sorry about that. I bet a lot of people are really annoyed by my presence because of it, and I'm surprised the mods haven't banned me yet. Anyways, I probably should've mentioned this before, but I suffer from anxiety, and I get stressed and frustrated really easily. Especially when it comes to coming up with plot ideas. (Note that I picture the majority of my ideas as movies, not books.) See, there's a lot about characterization that I still don't understand. Same with originality. (I'm still really upset about the Zootopia thread.) And sometimes people's attempts at criticism just frustrate me more, because I can't figure out what would make them happy. In these cases, instead of learning to write, I end up learning how to hate to write. Adding to the confusion is the fact that, as I pointed out in this thread, there are many tropes that people tell me not to use, but other well-received works have used, thus contradicting their points. (And some of them, like The Book of Life and The Loud House, are really recent, so the "this was made before that became cliche" excuse doesn't apply to them.) Of course, sometimes people tell me that different audiences have different tastes, and there is no secret ingredient to writing a good story. And I find that very helpful advice. I've decided that maybe I should write what I like, and not what other people like. A lot of my ideas come from me thinking about the kind of movie that I would like to see. (Like a Disney-style film set in Malaysia.) Or the kind of book I would like to read. (Like a speculative encyclopedia of what may have lived on Mars when it had an ocean.) Or the kind of TV show I would like to watch. (Like a cartoon series that satirizes fandoms while taking cues from classic cartoons like the Looney Tunes.) Or the kind of video game I would like to play. (Like a game where you evolve through the time periods from the Cambrian to the Quaternary and encounter all the amazing creatures from those time periods.) Once again, I'm sorry for all the meltdowns. I decided from now on that instead of getting upset, I'll bring up examples of works that used those tropes but were still well-received. Is everything cool?