I hate that people defend J.K. Rowling when it comes to The Cursed Child. She helped write it, said it an amazing script, promoted it, and called people wormtaily for posting spoilers to warn people to not buy the script. Other famous authors (Stephen King, J.D. Salinger, etc.) spoke out when they felt a adaptation didn’t live up to their work. Anne Rice even told her books fans to not see Queen of the Damned because it mutilated her book. Rowling thought it was great or wanted our money.

Little fanfic things that make me smile:

  • When there’s a set of specific and intricate detail work and you just know the author is either drawing from life experience and knowledge, or that they spent a long time researching to get it just right.
  • A reframing of a well known metaphor or simile that makes you think of it in a new way. 
  • An original metaphor or simile that you pause and admire for a while because it’s such a sweet turn of phrase.
  • Dialogue that you can hear perfectly because the phrasing is so on point. 
  • The obvious love and care the author has for the character dynamics, plot and/or setting that shines through in every word, sentence and paragraph.
When you meet that person. a person. one of your soulmates. Let the connection. relationship be what it is. it may be five mins. five hours. five days. five months. five years. a lifetime. let it manifest itself, the way it is meant to. it has an organic destiny. This way if it stays or if it leaves, you will be softer from having been loved this authentically. souls come into, return, open, and sweep through your life for a myriad of reasons, let them be who and what they are meant.
—  Nayyirah Waheed
You know, it’s a funny thing about writers. Most people don’t stop to think of books being written by people much like themselves. They think that writers are all dead long ago–they don’t expect to meet them in the street or out shopping. They know their stories but not their names, and certainly not their faces. And most writers like it that way.

Classic Literature

Foreign Language Literature

Biology & Medicine

Physics

Chemistry

Psychology

Geography & Anthropology

Economics & Politics

Maths

History

Philosophy & Theology

Art & Art History

Music

[This is by no means a perfect list and I had real trouble finding books written by female authors, specifically in more scientific areas, so if you have any recommendations then send them to me and I’ll update this list]

Naming Characters

1. Check root meanings- for example, my character Carling’s name is derived from the word carlin meaning witch and she is a witch

2. Check the era and location- example, a woman from ancient Greece isn’t going to be called Riley, more like Euphemia

3. Borrow from family and friends

4. Borrow from famous people/ people that inspire you

5. Consider your character’s background- example, if hey are rich and upper-class they might have names like Charles or Elizabeth

6. Make them age appropriate-  if your character was born in 1965, look up popular names from that year

7. Make them pronounceable 

8. Consider their ethnicity (While not being stereotypical)