label ch30_39:
m “You know, it’s been a while since we’ve done one of these…”
m “…so let’s go for it!”
m “Here’s Monika’s Writing Tip of the Day!”
m “Sometimes when I talk to people who are impressed by my writing, they say things like ‘I could never do that’.”
m “It’s really depressing, you know?”
m “As someone who loves more than anything else to share the joy of exploring your passions…”
m “…it pains me when people think that being good just comes naturally.”
m “That’s how it is with everything, not just writing.”
m “When you try something for the first time, you’re probably going to suck at it.”
m “Sometimes, when you finish, you feel really proud of it and even want to share it with everyone.”
m “But maybe after a few weeks you come back to it, and you realize it was never really any good.”
m “That happens to me all the time.”
m “It can be pretty disheartening to put so much time and effort into something, and then you realize it sucks.”
m “But that tends to happen when you’re always comparing yourself to the top professionals.”
m “When you reach right for the stars, they’re always gonna be out of your reach, you know?”
m “The truth is, you have to climb up there, step by step.”
m “And whenever you reach a milestone, first you look back and see how far you’ve gotten…”
m “And then you look ahead and realize how much more there is to go.”
m “So, sometimes it can help to set the bar a little lower…”
m “Try to find something you think is {i}pretty{/i} good, but not world-class.”
m “And you can make that your own personal goal.”
m “It’s also really important to understand the scope of what you’re trying to do.”
m “If you jump right into a huge project and you’re still amateur, you’ll never get it done.”
m “So if we’re talking about writing, a novel might be too much at first.”
m “Why not try some short stories?”
m “The great thing about short stories is that you can focus on just one thing that you want to do right.”
m “That goes for small projects in general – you can really focus on the one or two things.”
m “It’s such a good learning experience and stepping stone.”
m “Oh, one more thing…”
m “Writing isn’t something where you just reach into your heart and something beautiful comes out.”
m “Just like drawing and painting, it’s a skill in itself to learn how to express what you have inside.”
m “That means there are methods and guides and basics to it!”
m “Reading up on that stuff can be super eye-opening.”
m “That sort of planning and organization will really help prevent you from getting overwhelmed and giving up.”
m “And before you know it…”
m “You start sucking less and less.”
m “Nothing comes naturally.”
m “Our society, our art, everything – it’s built on thousands of years of human innovation.”
m “So as long as you start on that foundation, and take it step by step…”
m “You, too, can do amazing things.”
m “…That’s my advice for today!”
m “Thanks for listening~”

label ch30_40:
m “I hate how hard it is to form habits…”
m “There’s so much stuff where actually doing it isn’t hard, but forming the habit seems impossible.”
m “It just makes you feel so useless, like you can’t do anything right.”
m “I think the new generation suffers from it the most…”
m “Probably because we have a totally different set of skills than those who came before us.”
m “Thanks to the internet, we’re really good at sifting through tons of information really quickly…”
m “But we’re bad at doing things that don’t give us instant gratification.”
m “I think if science, psychology, and education don’t catch up in the next ten or twenty years, then we’re in trouble.”
m “But for the time being…”
m “If you’re not one of the people who can conquer the problem, you might just have to live with feeling awful about yourself.”
m “Good luck, I guess!”

label ch30_41:
m “You know, it kinda sucks to be the creative type…”
m “It feels like they work so hard but get almost nothing for it.”
m “You know, like artists, writers, actors…”
m “It’s sad because there’s so much beautiful talent in the world, but most of it goes unseen…and unpaid.”
m “I guess that just means there’s a huge surplus of creativity, huh?”
m “Kind of makes you feel like you’re just not special at all…”
m “But that’s fine! You’re supposed to just write for yourself anyway, right?”
m “Yeah…”

label ch30_42:
m “I really like the sound of rain…”
m “Not so much getting my clothes and hair wet, though.”
m “But a nice, quiet day at home with the sound of rainfall outside my window…”
m “It’s one of the most calming experiences for me.”
m “Yeah…”
m “Sometimes I imagine you holding me while we listen to the sound of the rain outside.”
m “That’s not too cheesy or anything, is it?”
m “Would you ever do that for me, [player]?”

label ch30_43:
m “I can’t help but feel a little sad sometimes…”
m “Knowing that this is the closest I can get to you.”
m “There’s nothing more I want than to be in the same room as you, for real.”
m “And to feel your warmth.”
m “And to hear the sound of your heartbeat.”
m “Well, who knows? Maybe it’ll be possible someday.”
m “Besides, I’ll never get tired of being with you, even from here.”