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anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm in love with your story telling and am trying to gather the courage to share my own works. >_< Would you mind sharing how you plan/outline your chapters? Is it more just a bullet point list or do you have short paragraphs describing the scene? Or are you one of those authors who just kind of writes without any plan at all? I'm trying to find something that works to help me get through my anxiety about writing and would love some advice!

Awww! It takes a great deal of bravery to share one’s works (or at least, for me, because I have tons of anxiety about my own writing as well,,,) and I applaud you (and if it’s YOI related let me know and I’ll check it out!)

For me it actually depends! Selkie AU started pretty roughly, stemming from discussions with @yuurisviktor about how we wanted the first couple of chapters to go. We had a rough outline, which didn’t get fleshed out until after chapter 5 or 6, but after that I would start by plotting in the document with the plot outline, and then moving that to the document with the chapter. Basically I would transfer a bullet list of plot points into that new document and write out anything from a small line to an entire paragraph about what I want the scenes to look like, divided by scene separators and delineated via brackets. Of course, around chapters 8-12 the bullet points themselves became paragraphs because of the level of detail I needed, but basically it goes from

  • Yuuri enters the top floor apartment of 221 Baker Street, dead tired but intent on working on his internship apps, and finds Viktor unpacking instead.
  • FLASHBACK: Yuuri meets Viktor for the first time while the detective is breaking into the hospital for an X ray to scan a locked box that he has as evidence.
  • Viktor finishes unpacking. He explains that he found Yuuri’s ad about a flatmate on the St Lidwina Housing Facebook Group that he ghosts, which he’d brought up when they met earlier in the month. 

to something like

“How was your day?” Yuuko asks him.

“Fine,” says Yuuri. “Yours?”

“I’ve got good news for you,” she replies. “Looks like someone finally responded to your ad at the SLU Housing group.”

“Oh?” Yuuri closes the closet door. “Who?”

Yuuko nods towards the stairs leading up. “He’s unpacking,” she replies.

[yuuri goes upstairs and finds viktor in his room]


[flashback: yuuri meets viktor sliding in through a window at the medical school hospital. he asks him what he’s doing. viktor says he needs an x ray machine. he also mentions “hey don’t i recognise you from the party?” and yuuri lowkey freaks out and agrees to help viktor out of fear of being tattled on.]

(this is from the sherlock holmes au @skatinggays and I are working on)

So yeah, I work from a mix of bullet points and paragraphs, and I usually have a plan for things (the only spontaneous stuff I do is things that are tossed into my ask box lol). I find that tends to help me, but other writers are more impulsive and don’t like being restricted by a plot outline. Which is another reason why I keep the outline separate from the document in which the actual chapter is written, because sometimes things will change in between (for example, the omen thing was not in the original notes for BtDS and was added after a reviewer suggested that Viktor might be possessed) and I want to have that flexibility (which is a reason why I don’t prewrite future scenes for the most part). 

It helps me to have an outline, but it doesn’t help everyone. Some people prefer freewriting; others don’t. It’s really a matter of personal opinion, but my double-outline thing has served me well because I do a lot of complicated non-linear storytelling and I like to know what’s going on. 

Hope that helps? I wish you good luck on your writing! Writing anxiety is terrible; that’s why I have a bunch of betas lol.

There. In the centre of the ring there’s a flash of blue.

Viktor pushes past two spectators just in time to see him, a crown of blue roses in his hair and Viktor’s striped shirt barely hanging onto his shoulders as he dances to the tune.

He saw this boy twice a week for a month on Skype, but he’s still blown away by how beautiful Yuuri looks tonight. He’s lost between the softness at Yuuri’s hips and the crispness of his shoulders, the smoothness of his skin and the messiness of his hair. The way the selkie translates the music into the movements of his body makes Viktor’s heart swell and his breath come short.

Finally, he can bear it no more. “Yuuri!” he shouts as the song’s beat begins to mount again, and Yuuri’s eyes snap open. Viktor drinks in his warm gaze, his heart soaring as Yuuri’s mouth curves up in a smile.

And then Yuuri takes his hand, eliciting sparks down Viktor’s spine at the barest touch.

Yuuri pulls him closer, bouncing in time to the music, and Viktor joins him with laughter on his lips and a song in his heart.

Stay close to me, Yuuri had asked him in his book. And here he is, answering.

Even through the months of doubts and fear, a part of him had always known that. It just took some time for the rest of him to accept it — to accept that this is his second chance.

I’m too addicted to the @omgkatsudonplease fanfiction Behind the Dancing Sea

And at last,thank you to @chiarren for being so patient this evening meanwhile I bother her ( as always I do with her )

anonymous asked:

Any ideas for a pirate x mermaid plot?

  • “The last thing I remember is falling overboard, but I just woke up on an abandoned beach with a merperson cradling my head. Definitely a strange thing to wake up to.” AU
  • Character A is a pirate that frequently travels through dangerous waters, so they’ve employed the help of Character B, a merperson, to guide their ship through dangerous waters. In return, Character A gives Character B foreign shells/stories of Character A’s travels/beautiful jewelry/etc.
  • While taking a break from pirating, Character A likes to relax on their secret beach and relax with their best friend/casual lover, Character B the merperson. Cue lots of cute situations like Character B decorating Character A’s hair with shells and braids, and Character A telling Character B about all of their adventures.
  • “I love you, however, do not start kissing my neck with those needle teeth. I’m not in the mood for that.” AU
  • Character A is a pirate with an immense fear of water, and one day after falling off of their ship, they’re rescued by Character B, a merperson. Character B then goes on to teach Character A how to swim.
  • “How about this as a trade? You visit me personally, bring me jewelry and other nice things, flatter me with compliments, and then maybe I’ll grant you access to cross my waters. Sound good, pirate?” AU
  • While collecting fish with other merpeople, Character A accidentally runs straight into a human net and is hauled aboard a pirate ship. Taken captive as a “rare oddity”, Character A is utterly miserable with their new life. Character B works on the ship and is responsible for keeping Character A alive.

When you kiss your soulmate, you die… Unless, of course, your soulmate is in love with you.
(Take this and do what you will with it. You could have it where soulmates have tattoos, or it could just be there’s no way of knowing if someone’s your soulmate or not unless you kill them. Or it could be you just know once you’ve kissed them.)

Polynesian AU stuff

So, I think I should start making theme posts for my Polynesian AU or as you like to call it Moana AU (both variants are welcome). Since many of you seemed pretty much interested in this story I’ll try to give you a brief idea of what this whole thing is about.

Sorry for my clumsy English :)

Timeline. The story is set about one and a half century after Maui stole Te Fiti’s heart and everything became hell. All the monsters released from Lalotai and darkness spreading quickly and destroying islands made many tribes search for safe areas to stay, and if they used to be more peaceful back then when the ocean was a safer place now they had to fight for their land and protect it from the newcomers. Overall, sailing wasn’t forbidden but people were slowly losing that special connection with the ocean their ancestry used to have.

Turtles. And that’s where we should start speaking about the turts. In this AU all four brothers (not blood-related) are sons of Tu - god of war in Polynesian mythology. There’s a legend (made up of course) that when the number of tribe wars and monster attacks increased other gods made Tu help the people. He decided to send his guardians which would protect people from Lalotai monsters and maybe prevent some war cases. Following what the legend tells the strongest of female sea turtles (turtles are considered to be a symbol of strength and war) gave their eggs to Tu and he placed them on small islands in different regions. One of those islands was our turtles’ birthplace.

Firstly, their names are different in this story. I tried to choose the most fitting ones.

  • Leo is a green sea turtle named Lono which means “peace and prosperity
  • Raph is a leatherback sea turtle named Rapa which means “giant”
  • Donnie is also a green sea turtle named Roro which means “brain” (there’s a lack of names and even words starting with D in Maori and Hawaiian languages so I had to put up with this variant, it isn’t half bad I think)
  • Mikey is a loggerhead sea turtle named Maika which means “good”

Keep reading

Beside the Dancing Sea, a Selkie AU by @omgkatsudonplease and @atomicsapphic

When asked about the connection to Nikiforov and his works, Katsuki replies, “Sometimes when you start developing huge insecurities about your own writing, it really helps to have someone who believes in what you’re doing. And Viktor was that someone for me. He is the first person I’ve ever wanted to hold onto, and I wrote this story with that in mind.”
New York Times-bestselling author Viktor Nikiforov arrives in the sleepy seaside town of Torvill Cove to cure his writer’s block. After encountering local wallflower Yuuri Katsuki at a party, he discovers that this mysterious dark-haired man has a couple secrets up his sleeve.
And Viktor will be damned if he doesn’t find out just what those secrets are.

read here on AO3!

I needed practice and fanfiction titles seemed to be pretty good guinea pigs!!

Anyway, these are some (actually very few) of the stuff I’ve read (and re-read) in the past few weeks following a pretty long hiatus from reading fics (if that makes sense). The exceptions would be 12th Winter, which is @minatu​ ‘s mafia AU doujinshi, and Cherry Kisses and Dark Magic and Teleos Magna, which I wrote (and still haven’t finished, in TM’s case………hahahahahah- *cold sweating*)

Here are the other fics!



“Knife, please?”

“Oh yeah, like I’m going to give YOU  a weapon?”

It’s okay Lance, your crew will give Keith alll the weapon he needs.