Love. The irony is, though the idea of it is simple; it is anything but. Love doesn’t have to mean falling for a person, people can fall in love with many things, in many varying ways. Loving yourself is always preached, loving your family is seen as highly important as well. Falling in love with someone is probably one of the most memorable moments of a persons life. Seeing how important love is to our life, why isn’t it preached more often? Why is hatred a common sight on the streets, while a couple holding hands shun upon? Why is that we see couples in love as goofy and aloof, while we see men and women who are bitter and nasty as truthful, as living in the real world?
Love is the answer to our problems, as love, is truly, the one chemical reaction that brings meaning to our lives.

~R// Love is the meaning of life.

Excerpt from a book I’ll never write.

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hello everyone! since i remade i decided i needed to remake this post as well.

if you are interested, you can help support me! for those of you who don’t know, i’m a mixed lesbian student and aspiring writer. i work full time and go to school, though this will be changing with the upcoming semester as i will be taking a full course load in order to graduate in the spring and move to tucson. i’ve already reached out to my parents and we’ve come up with a plan to make graduating next spring possible, but i’ll be tight on funds (i’m already tight on funds!).

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Writer’s block and how to overcome it.

Writer’s block and how to overcome it.

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Writer’s block. The condition that happens when you’re unable to focus on your story or coming up with any new ideas. It stops one from proceeding to write what they may already know they want to write, but they are just unable to focus or write whatever comes to mind. Being a writer, you have some conditions that are damn near impossible to write in and other times we can write whenever and…

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anonymous asked:

How do you smut. I am an aspiring writer and I cannot smut. How does one successfully smut??? Thanks~~ .xx

To be honest, I don’t think there are any particular formulas. Just like writing fluff or angst, dialogue or movement or setting, the only way you can really write smut is by, well, writing it.

Here’s a couple of basic tips though:

  1. Read. A lot. Like, read to the point that you know how people generally describe certain things, what readers like to read, what is a reasonable length of smut, etc. The more you read, the more you know. (Besides, it’s pretty fun research.)
  2. Be realistic. Is you’re writing about two guys having anal sex, there is pretty much no circumstance where they don’t need lube and prepping. Even guys with a pain kink generally need a bit of help, otherwise it could lead to tearing, bleeding, and all kinds of nasty stuff. Use lube. Describe fingering (or mention that it’s already been done). Also stuff like having sex against a wall takes a lot of effort so your characters probably wouldn’t be able to sustain it for long. And having sex in a pool has a… suction effect, we’ll say, especially with hetero sex. If you’re unsure about something, look it up, come ask me, or ask someone else you feel comfortable asking :)
  3. This mostly comes down to personal preference, but generally have your characters wear condoms or discuss whether they’re clean/on the pill etc. Safe sex is good sex kids.
  4. Write as though it’s happening in real time. Unless you’re purposely skimming through sex, putting everything into one or two paragraphs is generally a bit rushed. Try to think of it as a paragraph per step: tentative kissing, making out, undressing… etcetera. If you read it and it sounds too rushed or too slow, you can always edit it :)
  5. Use the tags!! Some people are into certain things, and others aren’t. If you happen to have, say, daddy kink in your fic but don’t tag in, readers generally don’t expect to come across it and might get a lil annoyed. Trust me, you can never tag too much.
  6. Describe things as naturally as you can. If it feels weird saying ‘penis’ or ‘vagina’, play around until you find terms that you’re comfortable with. Just don’t go too far left and talk about 'throbbing lightsavers’ and 'blissfully mole holes’ or something
  7. Don’t write anything you’re not comfortable writing! The easiest way to get discouraged is forcing something.
  8. On that note, if you need to write a certain scene or something in order to progress with the rest of your drabble/fic etc., try writing just a brief outline (like just a couple dotpoints of what happens, or something), and come back to it later when you have a clearer mind.

I’m sorry these tips are so vague. To be honest, my first fic took about a month to write and even longer before I had the courage to post it, and nowadays most of the stuff I write are based on prompts so there generally isn’t too much thinking involved. If you want advice on more specific aspects of smut or something feel free to ask and I’ll do what I can :) x

Sometimes I think I’m better off alone.

     Then I think of all the nights I crave someone to hold.

—  Savannah Black

So, the amazing Maggie Stiefvater has done something for all of us that we should all know about! 

Critique partners are important! Whether you’re published or unpublished, agented or un-agented, you should have eyes on your manuscript before it gets published to get varying opinions about what’s working and what isn’t and how different people perceive what you’ve written. Now, if you don’t like the whole critique-partner/beta-reader vibe, that’s swell! But this is for the people who DO like the whole critique-partner/beta-reader vibe.

So, our girl Mags has created a Google Group for Critique Partner Match-Ups. It’s been going on for about six months and I want to signal boost it so people who don’t know about it can know about it and use it! Personally, I haven’t posted on it yet but I’m planning to very soon and for the rest of us, here’s the handy-dandy link:!forum/critique-partner-matchup

I kindly ask anyone who’ll use this to reblog this and even if you won’t use but you think it might interest some of your followers, reblog this to help an aspiring writer!

Signal boost this and happy writing!!

What You Need to Know Most About Character Voice

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I didn’t have much of an understanding of character voice two years ago. I’m an English graduate, and none of my professors in college really talked about it. I think I remember learning the definition in high school and reading it briefly in a few writing tips.

In truth, I’ve probably heard the fact that “voice is one of the biggest draws for getting an agent or editor” more than I’ve actually heard tips on writing voice. Since then, I’ve gotten to the heart of what voice is. Or so I think. You’ll have to judge for yourself. Here’s what I found for anyone who might be struggling like I once was, or anyone who wants to learn more. The stuff in this post is what helped me bring that elusive voice into focus.

First, by definition, “voice” can refer to the writer’s style, the narrator’s style, or, your characters’ persona, thoughts, speech patterns, and word choice.

Sometimes when people think of character voice, they think of first-person narration, but really, all characters have a voice of their own, even if they aren’t telling the story. To illustrate, here are three lines from Harry, Ron, and Hermione:

  • “Don’t go picking a row with Malfoy, don’t forget, he’s a prefect now, he could make life difficult for you…”
  • “Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?”
  • “I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.”

If you’ve read the books, I bet you can tell who said what.

Voice is made up of two things: What the character talks (or sometimes thinks) about, and how she says it. In other words:

What the Character Talks about + How She Says it = Voice

Hermione believes in following rules and frequently tells Ron and Harry to do likewise. She’s also very logical and intelligent. In the first line above, she chooses to warn Harry, and then explains, logically, why he should heed her warning. Ron usually says those comical one-liners, and his language is usually a little coarser than the other two, so his quote is the second one. Because Harry is frequently accused of things, he often has to defend himself, “I don’t go looking for trouble.”


What Your Character Talks About

So, What does your character choose to talk about? What does he not talk about?

In Lord of the Rings, the Hobbits often talk about food. They’re Hobbits, so they eat a lot more than the other characters and therefore food is important to their culture. Because they bring up food a lot, we know that’s what they are thinking about on their journey. They don’t casually strike up conversations about advanced battle tactics; they don’t have a war-based background. And any conversation they do have about battle tactics wouldn’t be on the same level as a warrior. So their background, culture, interests, and experience influence their voice.

If your character is a nutritionist, she might look at her lunch and talk about complex carbs, protein, calories, and vitamins. A fashionista might notice that her best friend is wearing this season’s color. A dentist might see people’s teeth first.

Remember, what your character chooses to talk about reflects what he’s thinking about. I know that sounds obvious, but have you really considered it? If your character says something, it’s also conveying to your reader what’s on his mind at that moment.

You can work that to your advantage by having your character say something surprising in a specific situation. If I have a character break up with her boyfriend, and she’s crying, and someone tries to comfort her, and she says, “It’s not Zach so much. Now I have to go to the dance looking like a complete idiot.” Not only is the response surprising—she’s not crying over the loss of Zach, but her potential embarrassment—it also reveals character—she’s more concerned with her image than the loss of her significant other.

Having that specific line stated in that situation conveys a lot about the character and her relationship with her boyfriend. It conveys what she’s thinking about most.

In Part 2 of this,  I’ll delve into how characters talk, mentioning some of the potential problems and a few minor techniques you can use for a character’s voice.

UPDATE: Read Part 2 here

Maybe the reason I’ve never gotten anything I’ve wanted is because I told myself every time that I wasn’t good enough and that I didn’t deserve it.

Well, those days are behind me as of now.

—  Savannah Black
Writing Tip: A Letter To Aspiring Writers (including myself)

Dear Aspiring Writer,

Don’t be afraid of failure. Failure is an option. Failure is a building block.

This is what I keep reminding myself.

If you’re a creative person, like me, failure is a huge, always-hovering concept filled with dread and other cold slime-y emotions. You create for any number of reasons, but crippling self-doubt, unsupportive or uninterested companions, and rejection either haunt you or are your reality. Sometimes both. Usually both.

This summer is my crash-course in Getting Over My Fears, and while I’m nowhere near finishing the homework or getting an A, I’m going to pass on what I’ve learned so far.

First: Practice is key. It’s something people always say and it’s very annoying, but practice does make perfect. Practice isn’t thinking about the thing. Practice is repetitive motion and immersion. Practice makes you good at things. It’s dumb but I’m dumb so it’s only recently dawned on me. 

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Your smile is burned into my mind and it radiates brighter than anything I’ve seen this side of heaven.
—  Savannah Black
I love your smile, your big bright eyes, your laugh, your cute giggle, your dorky side, your bad side, your mood swings, your potential psycho side, bitchy side and pretty much every everything about you. I just don’t pick one side of you. When I chose you, I pick all parts of you. That’s how much I love you.
—  Ymrac (My Unstable Mental Health)