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writing ask game

made for novels, but can be used for fanfiction or other types of writing!

  1. describe the plot in 1 sentence.
  2. pick one sight, smell, sound, feel, and taste to describe the aesthetic of your novel.
  3. which 3+ songs would make up a playlist for the novel?
  4. what’s the time period and location in which the novel takes place?
  5. is this a standalone or a part in a series?
  6. are there any former titles you’ve considered but discarded?
  7. how many times does the word ____ appear in the novel?
  8. what’s the first line that comes up when you search _____?
  9. what’s the first line of your novel?
  10. what’s a line of dialogue you’re particularly proud of?
  11. which line from the novel most represents it as a whole?
  12. who are your character faceclaims?
  13. sort your characters into harry potter houses!
  14. which character’s name do you like the most?
  15. describe each character’s daily outfit.
  16. do any characters have distinctive birthmarks/scars?
  17. pick a color to represent each character.
  18. pick a font to represent each character.
  19. which character most fits a character trope? which trope?
  20. which character is the best writer? worst?
  21. which character is the best liar? worst?
  22. which character swears the most? least?
  23. which character has the best handwriting? worst?
  24. which character is most like you? least like you?
  25. which character would you most like to be?

I want Pidge and Lance to team up to cut boob windows into all of Shiro’s shirts and Shiro just kind of doing the disappointed dad thing where he comes out wearing one and is just 

“I have a feeling I know who did this, but until they admit it I hope they are ashamed of themselves”

He leaves and Pidge and Lance just start bawling out laughter. Shiro is left wearing boob windowed shirts for a good while and everyone kinda just enjoys the view.


J: It was just a phase!

S: So Silverfeather doesn’t matter anymo-

J: Don’t you dare ruin Silverfeather. He was a great Riverclan cat.

S: How’s that “just a phase” going?

Sorry, these aren’t asks you guys. Nano is still in school until next week. Be prepared for an overload of asks being answered! Thanks for sticking with us. Love y'all! - Quantum

anonymous asked:

Ok i think ive heard of it but what is nanowrimo? 😖😖😖i feel stupid asking im sorry

Hey there, friend! Don’t feel stupid ♥️😙👍 Many of my writer friends don’t know what NaNo is, even if they’ve been writing for years!

National Novel Writing Month is an event run by a non-profit organization, held throughout the month of November. Writers are challenged to write 50,000 words (the minimum word count for a technical “novel”) within 30 days — at a rate of 1,667 words per day. You enter your daily word count on, where they show you and your writing friends your stats. At the end of the month, you can copy-paste your novel into their Official Word Counter to validate your win and access their prize shop (for like T-shirts and stuff).

There’s also Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place earlier in the year — this year, April and July. It’s more flexible with the word count (I usually do 30K) and you’re sorted into cabins, with other writers to chat with and encourage you. This is a good option for first-time NaNoers, if you’re ever interested!

I may be taking part in camp this April, so look out for a post in the future with my cabin information. I’m gonna need some fellow campers to help me get started on my project! Thanks again for your question, love ♥️

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

Editing after NaNoWriMo

Anonymous asked: How do you approach editing/revision? (Especially for a nanonovel) When I write so quickly, its hard for me to mentally visualize my overall story (even if its mostly written) and then I get overwhelmed because I don’t know how to approach editing it. Any tips?

Actually yeah! That’s a great point. It can be especially difficult after NaNoWriMo because you become so immersed in your novel. It’s hard to take a step back to see the bigger picture. Outlining becomes helpful again. Even if you are not a planner, creating a chapter by chapter outline will be really helpful. Try to plot it on a page and ask yourself how each chapter moves the plot forward. 

Once you have a first full draft, don’t delete anything. Edit in a new document. Editing will feel like rewriting - and let me tell you, it kind of is, but because you have a solid draft completed, you’re not changing the whole thing at once and starting from scratch. You’re reconstructing it to make it better. If one of your edits isn’t working, you can always refer back to the original to start that chapter over. 

You may need to put your novel away for a few weeks (a month is good) and then go through it with a red pen. You can still think about your novel and work on trying to summarize it over those weeks - but don’t actually write it. In fact, write something else. Maybe a short story or two. I can’t handle more than one novel (without having a writing partner) at a time, so short stories are great. 

Once you’ve waited a month, get away for a day and read you novel. Read it the way you’d read a book you didn’t write. Read it with a red pen and mark every time it stops feeling like a novel. No nostalgia allowed. Kill all your darlings or at least circle them in pen. If you like them too much to get rid of them, see why they’re not working. That might be something to play with later and figure out. There may be a way to keep the sentiment but change the words. Don’t edit while you read, just read. 

anonymous asked:

connor, are you famous yet? or am i predicting the future?? 0.0

Asks are officially open. And Tord is still a dick. -Tom

{The ‘Read Before You Ask’ page is up, by the by!}

anonymous asked:

How do you sit down and focus to write so long?

My buddy, my dude, my guy, your guess is as good as mine – because personally, that capability comes and goes.  Sometimes, I sit down with no distractions and plenty of time, and I still can’t focus on anything I’m doing.  Sometimes, the TV’s blaring and three conversations are happening around me and I write 1,000 words in an hour.  I think it really has to do with the individual day and scene you’re writing.

There are a few things that I think do have to do with it, so I’ll just list them out here:

  • Find out what distracts you – and this means more than shutting everything off and hiding your phone under your mattress.  As a person who listens to music while I write, I’ve found that on some days, even music can distract me – and certain songs with too many words or too much going on can make that worse.  But I’ve also found that without any music, I tend to struggle to block my own wandering thoughts out.  Figure out what background noise helps you and what hurts you.  Don’t lump everything into the “distraction” category.
  • Keep yourself interested – because some chapters and plots are necessary but not exciting at all.  Find a way to make them interesting, for you and for your readers!  Allow yourself to get rolling with the humor.   Add a couple of characters bickering in the background of an intense conversation.  If all else fails, drop a plot twist in there!  Don’t allow things to get stale, or you won’t want to write it and others won’t want to read it.
  • Do something fun – before and after.  I am a true dork and love Minesweeper, so I play a game before and after in order to relax myself and to give myself a reward when I’m finished.  Think of something that isn’t too mentally taxing, so that your mind can prepare to write while you busy yourself with something you enjoy.
  • Plan enough – and I can’t stress this enough in any of my posts.  Don’t over-plan so that everything feels cut out for you, but if you want to focus, you can’t keep stopping what you’re doing to figure out where you’re going next!  Pick a starting place and an ending place, so you know what you’re trying to achieve.  Everything else is just traveling.

Those are just a few things that help me most, but there are plenty of other tactics out there for keeping yourself in the scene.  Bear in mind this is coming from someone who has been steadily 1 day behind NaNoWriMo all month (but hey, at least it’s just a day!).  I hope I’ve helped :)

If you need advice on writing, fanfiction, or NaNoWriMo, you should maybe ask me!

spiritedandloyal  asked:

pssst could I ask for some Nano as Sombra? Nanombra? Sombrano? (I just. cannot look at Sombra's Incendio skin without thinking of Kim and Sombra's purples would rock with the flux.. pretty please?? <3 <3)

Mess with the best and die like the rest.

((hells to the Yes))

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for planning a novel?

Hey there, anon!  Thank you for your question :)  I’ve planned three novels and am in the process of planning my fourth, and every time has been slightly different – but there are a few things I can tell you, which I’ve learned purely from trial and error…

  • Take as much time as you need before beginning.  I know that when you get a new idea, you get excited and want to run with it, and might even feel nervous that you’ll lose the inspiration if you wait too long.  Don’t worry – your story will only improve with deliberation.  Every time I’ve rushed into writing a novel, I’ve only made it four or five chapters in before realizing how I’d like to change the plot, and then I start all over.  So don’t write purely off the first idea.  Ruminate, daydream, plan, and then when you’re ready, you’ll know.
  • Plan a solid beginning, a general middle, and a glimpse of the ending.  You should start off knowing exactly what to do for the first few chapters, and you should have an idea of how the story is going to go.  What’s going to make up the bulk of the read?  What are the high and low points of the plot?  And what is it all in pursuit of?  The ending will almost definitely not wind up as you planned, but you should have at least one solution that satisfies you.  If you can’t possibly think of an ending to what you’ve begun, that will hang over your head the entire time.
  • Talk about it as often as you think about it.  Whether it’s on the page or into your roommate’s ear, talk about it.  Talk about it in a dialogue-sort of way – thinking lets thoughts go too freely, floating in and out of the head, racing past before they’re finished, forgotten in an instant.  The more you talk things through to yourself, the easier it is to see your problems and respond.  I believe Carrie Fisher put it best:

“I need to write. It keeps me focused for long enough to complete thoughts. To let each train of thought run to its conclusion and let a new one begin.  It keeps me thinking.”
Carrie Fisher.

  • Be brutal; pare it down to what it needs.  Remove any extra plotlines or characters that do not affect the main plot.  Don’t try to tell too many stories at once – making points about discrimination and civil rights, romance and relationships, war and government, gender identity, and environmentalism all in one story will be a little too busy.  Start with one simple idea, and the bells and whistles will develop on their own.
  • Love your idea not as it is, but as it could potentially be.  It’s important to enjoy your story, and to want to write it – but don’t fall so deeply in love with it that you can’t see its flaws.  Don’t be too loyal to change it.  Don’t be afraid to scrap everything you’ve planned and start over, because that’s often what happens.  My second novel was planned with a happy ending, and due to the theme and the way the characters developed, I had to kill one of the characters at the end.  The story will change whether you like it or not, so don’t hold onto things too tightly.  Be willing to let go of control.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but I may make another post in the next week with more thoughts. The planning part of a story is my favorite part, so I love talking about it!  If you have any specific problems with your planning process, you can send me another question and I’ll happily go into details with you :)

Thanks again, and happy writing (or planning)!

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!


For anon…reader is Nat’s older sister as requested. Enjoy!

“There’s just one thing I don’t get,” Tony piped up.
“Just one?” Nat teased.

Y/N chuckled as Tony rolled his eyes. It was the end of another Avengers party. The only ones left were Y/N, her sister Nat, and Tony. The others had gone to bed. Y/N’s husband, Nick Fury, was currently on the phone elsewhere-business as usual.

“How did you manage to get Nick-no real life-Fury to marry you?” he asked Y/N.
She smirked slyly. “I think you’ve got the situation mixed up.”
“What do you mean?” Stark questioned.
Nat leaned forward with a laugh. “Fury asked her. Second date, I believe.”
“Second official date,” Y/N corrected, “There were some in betweens that weren’t really dates.”
“That still doesn’t answer my question,” Tony persisted, “Doesn’t matter. I just remembered I haven’t told you about the newest project.”
Y/N’s eyes lit up. “They’re in? The skin grafts?”
“That’s right, sweetheart. They’re in and ready to be transplanted. There was one thing I wanted to ask still about the nano plates.”
“Oh yeah! The nano plates were glitching a bit when they were hardwired to respond to both you and JARVIS-”
“Because I routed them as two separate channels-”
“Right! Which is why I reconfigured it to act as a singular channel. You tell JARVIS, and he activates the plates.”

Nat started chuckling. The two glanced back toward the red head. She smirked.

“I’m sorry, but I’m not exactly up to speed on your nerd rhythm,” Nat teased.
“I think Banner’s the only one that can keep up with those two,” Nick called from behind them.
Y/N scrunched her nose. “Not you too,” she playfully whined.
Nick smirked. Nat continued, “You two make us seems like clay tablets whenever you talk science.”

Nick sat next to his wife on the couch. She gripped his hand and leaned on his shoulder. Nick and Nat continued to tease you and Tony about the many projects you had going. Despite the fact that they did so anytime she rambled about them, she couldn’t help but to laugh with them. They were her family, and she was alright with that.

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It’s Research! (Or, why it’s totally ok to play Dragon Age for 100+ hours when you should be writing) - Nine Worlds Convention Panel Write Up

Ok, so I haven’t really done a post like this before, but this panel that I attended at Nine Worlds actually made me feel so much better as a writer, so I wanted to share it!

Basically, four successfully published authors - Taran Matharu (The Summoner series), Vic James (Gilded Cage), Jen Williams (The Copper Promise), and Lucy Hounsom (Starborn) - discussed how entirely unproductive and prone to procrastination they all were, even after becoming serious authors, and how it was *utterly fine* to not be churning out novels at the rate of Brandon Sanderson.

If you’ve ever failed a Nanowrimo goal, or ended up on tumblr rather than working on your WIP (not that that relates to me in *any way* at this exact moment in time), I promise you what you are about to read will make you feel a million times better!!

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