because to be a writer means to always improve

i’m thinking a LOT about men in my major (which is creative writing bc i hate money and food) lately because like….i realized in every writing workshop ive ever taken here, there’s been at least one (1) horrible horrible male writer who never does the reading or like, anything, but holds himself with BOOOOUNDLESS confidence. we spend forever on critiquing his 6th-grade-level prose with kindergarten teacher voices on because he’s always defensive as shit and like. he just can’t even wrap his head around being Not Great, he never improves. 

and i mean there’s bad girl writers, bad writers of all genders in the department, but it’s only the dudes who are absolutely abysmal writers but think they’re fucking F. Scott Fitzgerald giving Bukowski a rimjob

anonymous asked:

I miss your fics too. I still reread Move A Mountain at least once a month. I... just... this fic is so amazing. So is Camaro '68 (I believe it's called?). Your writing style is outstanding, and I mean that. You write captive in a way few (even published) writers can and you manage to set up scenes without giving too much or too little details. It's so easy to be sucked in by your writing, because you create a universe without unnecessary tralala on the side.

Oh my god… Thank you so much for sending me this.

My Sterek fics will always mean the world to me, because they helped me find my voice that I’ve kept since then. They helped me improve a lot. I wouldn’t be where I am today with my writing if it hadn’t been for my Sterek fics.

anonymous asked:

no lie- your writing has improved so much since Get Rid Of Her. you've always been an amazing storyteller and writer but recently your stories just have so much DEPTH! and it's amazing how much you can make me feel with such short passages. i just love your writing style. it's absolutely beautiful. i hope you'll always write in the future, whatever it is <3333

Thank you so much 💛💛 this means SO MUCH to me. I noticed how I can’t breathe sometimes while I’m writing now because it became too personal. When I was writing Get Rid of Her, I just wanted to get something out there. But now I feel like it’s a part of me. I don’t know. Thank you so much. 💛💛

Iz Gives Advice: FanFic, Marketing and You

Hey everyone. Every once and awhile, people come around my blog asking for writing advice. I’m afraid I usually don’t deliver because there’s a bunch of better posts already written on all sorts of writing topics, but as of late, I think there’s some advice I’m actually qualified to give out that I haven’t seen floating around. And that’s how to market yourself (in my unprofessional opinion)

Note I’m not saying how to be “successful.” Success is different for a lot of people. What I consider success for myself and success for someone else are two different things, since no two people share the same limitations, work style, and experience. A lot of times when we talk about marketing in fanfiction, we use hits and kudos as a sign of “success” for a writer. And while those things are nice, I’d like to press that success isn’t either of those things but what success is for you. Finishing your project. Completing a section. A wider audience does not success make. It’s just “conventional” success. Which carries a lot of ableist ideas about work that I’m not looking to support.

Now, with that out of the way, let’s talk marketing.

Back when first started writing online back over six years ago, I was under the impression that if you wrote well and had a good idea, that meant you were going to get readers. It’s a pretty standard idea to think: if you’re USA born like me, it ties a lot into the “be good and what you do and you’ll succeed.” And while this line of thinking does have truth to it (good work and hard work will get you far) it also contains a lot of bullshit.

Simply put, if you only post your grand story and let it sit, you’re gonna sink in a sea of other grand stories.

This is a little more true with original fiction than fanwork (original fiction is 10000000% worse) but it does apply to fanwork as well. Publishing one story, even if it’s amazing, knock your socks off awesome, doesn’t mean you’re going to rocket to the top of the charts on A03 overnight. You’ll get some comments and kudos, but overnight success? Nah.

So how do you work against that? Marketing. Putting yourself out there (which is admittedly terrifying). But once you start at it, it gets easier. So here are five things you need to know about marketing you own work that might prove useful for both getting yourself more readers, and being less hard on yourself when your story doesn’t get the response you were expecting.

1. Be your own hype squad.

I take this quote directly from the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (used on a segment about Obama, look it up). Long story short, the best person to boost your own work is you, especially when you’re starting out. Unlike more established writers, you’re not going to have a base of readers lined up to read your latest work. So you gotta get people interested to checking you out.

Now I understand, this is pretty daunting, mostly because the last thing you want to do is look vain. Shouting how great you are is pretty awkward for a good chunk of us, and can often feel inauthentic. And thankfully, you don’t have to do that (if you’re a fanworks author, if you’re writing original fiction this is a bit trickier)! What I mean by hype squad is just giving potential readers a heads up you’re putting something out there so they can keep their eyes peeled. Got a tumblr? Announce you’re putting a fic up this Friday. Got a fandom twitter? Same thing. If you’re working on a Tumblr platform,  maybe even include a preview of what you’re going to be putting out, either a summary, or a small preview.

Yes, if you’re just getting started, this won’t do much. But the idea is to get in the habit. Once you’ve put out a few things, this method means your latest work is less likely to be missed because people know when to expect it.

Also, if you’re brand new, crosspost, crosspost, crosspost. One platform really limits your readership. Put it up on Tumblr, A03 and Fanfic, and link to all three in your Tumblr post. Make your work as accessible as possible. It means more eyes on what you’re publishing. Also make sure to link to your Tumblr if comfortable on your about page on any fic website so people know where they can keep up with what you’re working on.

Also, try to publish during high traffic times. In the evening is when people get off work, so try to aim for those times since many people will be on. Of course, this depends on where your audience lives, so be aware of that. You won’t be able to nail it cus of the various time zones across the world, but pick one you know people will be around for and use it. Watching traffic on your dash is a good way to figure it out.

2. Don’t compare.

Okay real talk: if you’re just starting out, no matter how good your work is, no matter how amazing your prose is, you’re only gonna get a fraction of the attention of an established fandom writer who published the same day.

This really sucks to figure out, but it’s a truth. The matter is, an established writer has more readers who know the quality of their work, than someone just starting out. It has nothing to do with how good your work it. Only the time the other author has been writing that established a reader base for them.

Which is why it is CRUCIAL to not compare yourself to those writers. To do so is being unfair to yourself,  and your work. You aren’t a bad writer because you got less attention: you’re just a newer one. I know it’s hard to keep that in mind, especially if you have anxiety disorder like me, but please, know this to be true. You don’t suck because you don’t get as many hits as someone else. You’re just newer. Or you write in a niche.

What I mean by writing in a niche, is writing on a topic that is less popular throughout the fandom at large. For example, if you write a less popular ship. Or you write a less than common AU. Or you write a genre that isn’t for everyone (kidfic for example). Writing in a niche isn’t a bad thing; in fact, it produces a lot of super interesting work! But it does mean you’re working with a smaller potential audience than some other fanfic writers, since Bruce/Clark banging in Justice League tower is probably going to be something more people want click on than Bruce and Clark being perfectly good friends talking about how hard it is to be parents (the difference here is one has a ship and porn and the other is gen. Porn will always get more hits than gen. Accept it and your self confidence will improve leaps and bounds since you will know to stop comparing your work to it).

Now, just because niche fic is less likely to be read widely does not mean you shouldn’t write it. Write what you want! Be as niche as you want! Just know that your work might has a smaller pool of readers than a fic with the biggest ship in the fandom. Look at them as two different audiences. And don’t compare yourself to work that has a bigger potential audience pool than your own. It will save your self esteem. Trust me.

3. Talk to your readers.

From a marketing perspective there’s an easy reason to do this: it lets people know their feedback and comments are welcomed, and encourages them to look at your other work.

From a life perspective, however, you should do this because a good chunk of your readers will be fucking cool, and have all sorts of great ideas. You should talk to them because they’re interesting people, and you might make some friends out of it, which is super awesome. That’s part of the reason we write fanwork: to interact with the fandom at large.

So yeah. Try to reply to comments if you can. If you can’t, totally get it, everyone has different stuff going on, but if you can, think about doing so. You’ll meet cool people.

4. Work, work, work.

So, I’ve been spending most of this piece talking about being new and starting out vs being established but that leaves one question unanswered: how do you become established?

The answer is less complicated than you’d think: time and consistency.

Time as in the passage of time. When you first put something out it wouldn’t become popular overnight, but as time passes, it will grow. It might get recced somewhere. More people will see it. The longer you write for a fandom, the longer your piece is posted, the more hits and kudos it gets. Sure, the biggest jump usually will happen on the first day you post, but don’t discount the passage of time, especially if you write in a niche. Because people looking for niche work will go straight to yours if you tag it right as time passes.

Now consistency is tricky. Once again, everyone has different limitations, and a lot of people have jobs, so don’t think this means “publish every week ect” If you can, cool. If you can’t. Also cool. By this I just mean letting people know when to expect updates and informing them of delays. If you have something going on in your life, that’s totally fine, but if you can, just throw up a quick post saying you might not publish anything for awhile. Just so people know what to expect. Most people will be chill about it (some won’t, in which case, drop kick them, they’re terrible).

5. You do this for you.

Now this has nothing to do with marketing, but after this big post, let me stress again: hits and kudos are not an indicator of success. Writing can be success. Publishing can be success. Making a friend can be success. I know it’s super hard to keep in mind, and I know somedays it will feel like the pits, but at least try to keep it in mind, if only for your own well being. Don’t beat yourself up over factors you can’t control. Don’t measure your accomplishments on what factors you can’t control. Measure them on what you’re done and how far you’ve come. It’s hard to do, but trying is the first step. 

Writing fan fic shouldn’t seem like a job. If you hate what you’re doing and it feels like a chore, walk away. Don’t stress yourself out if what you’re working on seems thankless. Do what’s best for you. And have fun.

-Iz. 

Writing for the Fandom

Writing fanfiction is tough.  In the first place, it’s hard to find the strength and the gumption to publicly post something you’ve written, to put yourself out there like that, and to open yourself up to criticism, constructive or otherwise. Plus, there are all these perceptions within the fandom that there exists some sort of hierarchy of writers.  Listen, that’s not what this fandom should be about.  Who’s sitting at what table, why you get a reblog or a like out of somebody or not, really, and let me tell you honestly, NONE OF THAT MATTERS.  

What matters is that you made something.  Nobody has ever put words together the way you did in that little drabble you just posted, nobody has ever thought to write the things that you did in that 3,000 word fic.  You did that.  You made a thing.  You should be be so proud of yourself.  And of course, you want positive reinforcement and validation and feedback for making that thing.  And you’ll get it, I promise.  Whether you get likes or reblogs or nice tags or replies or comments or private messages, you will get feedback.  Especially if you ask for it from people you like and admire.  You are not entitled to anything from anyone, but you can ask for feedback if you don’t get it from someone you admire.  Be prepared for constructive criticism, though, too, if you ask for it or desire it of someone you look up to. Just take it on the chin and make yourself better.  There is always room to improve. Whether you’re a seasoned fic writer or you just barely started posting your own stories, you will get better with every word that you write.  

Finally, please realize that just because someone doesn’t like or reblog your story, that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile.  I’d LOVE it if we could all look at fanfiction and the works that are generated in this and any fandom as a table full of cookies, and if we could look at writers as the bakers of those cookies. Some writers bring so many cookies to the table, of all shapes and sizes and flavors, that you just marvel at how much they were able to produce.  Some writers agonize for days or weeks over one batch of cookies, but when they bring it, they bring it GOOD.  Some writers don’t even bake cookies, they just bake little cookie bites for us to enjoy.  Some writers have been doing this for so long they’re able to create so many intricate layers and flavor combinations in their cookies that they just knock your socks off.  Some writers like to use LOTS of spice when they’re baking, and God bless em for that.  Other writers are still working on mastering the basics of butter, flour, and sugar but dammit if those sugar cookies aren’t delicious, too.  Some writers like to add nuts or raisins, or use nutmeg or cinnamon. And you know what, that’s awesome because some people like to EAT cookies with nuts or raisins, or nutmeg or cinnamon.  For every writer out there, somebody is going to pick up what you’re puttin’ down.

And as a fic reader or writer, please see yourself as the beneficiary of all of the kinds of cookies that people bring to the table.  Nobody should ever complain about more cookies.  That we have so many writers with so many different styles and levels of proficiency is a testament to how welcoming this fandom is. And how much we all enjoy cookies, if we’re being honest.  

And I say, the more cookies, the better.


The Flash MBTI

Iris West
ENFJ [THE COACH] 

ENFJs have a strong need to improve systems that determine human relationship and to help people find meaning in their lives. ENFJs are almost always good writers and editors, but they enjoy face-to-face communication. Because Introverted Intuition gives them the ability to acknowledge a person’s viewpoint as subjectively valid without requiring its logical justification or factual accuracy, they’re highly receptive listeners. Believing that they should be able to handle anything that arises with reason and understanding, they may have a particular problem with displays of anger. [Thomson]


Dr. Caitlin Snow
ISTJ [THE INSPECTOR]

Although ISTJs are indeed careful, and concerned to preserve what has been proved to be worthwhile, these characteristics are only part of the type’s approach to the world–the part that most people see. As Introverted Sensates, ISTJs are unparalleled realists. ISTJs are fundamentally Introverted Sensates, with a highly subjective, original turn of mind. Outward predictability is important to them only insofar as events and experiences involve their primary interests and emotional investments. When these types accept their genuine individuality, they work hard to adapt their strengths and ideas to social reality as it exists, and they can move mountains. [Thomson]


Cisco Ramon
ESFP [THE ACTOR]

ESFPs tend to be generous sorts, and they may seem vulnerable, even naive, because they’re inclined to surrender themselves to the moment without restraint. Whatever they’re in, they’re in wholeheartedly, and if they’re not interested, they’re likely to escape or create a humorous diversion. Thus, ESFPs may strike people as not taking life seriously enough, not caring enough about the consequences of their actions. In truth, these types are usually ambitious and want to be admired and respected, but they don’t make plans the way Judging types do. They think perceptually, alert to the opportunities life offers them. Introverted Feeling encourages ESFPs to be interested in people. But because they adapt so easily to others’ emotional states, ESFPs sometimes get over involved in helping others. [Thomson]


Eobard Thawne
INTJ [THE ARCHITECT]

Although they superficially resemble Extraverted Thinkers, INTJs are always guided by intuition. They are rarely committed to general assumptions about rules, laws, and hierarchy, and they may have an acerbic or wry sense of humor about such things. INTJs will use what works in the service of their ideas; and they will quickly discard or change what doesn’t. INTJs cannot accept new information until they relate it to their inner world. INTJs explore information largely by rejecting its influence–examining it from other perspectives and determining its limitations. Because this inner process is tied to their sense of self, INTJs can take a long time to figure out “who they really are.” [Thomson]


Barry Allen
ENFP [THE ADVOCATE]

ENFPs are the most optimistic of types–not because they’re determined to see the positive, but because they focus on hopeful possibilities. Like ENTPs, they grasp patterns very quickly, but their interest in them is decidedly personal. They see people’s potential for loving, for learning, for making a difference, and they look for ways to nurture and encourage it. As dominant iNtuitives, these types are looking to the future. They see how a change of circumstances will make life better for people, but their not sure yet about the means to realize their vision. ENFPs use their secondary function, Introverted Feeling, to make choices and to determine their agenda. Introverted feeling helps ENFPs to take responsibilities for the decisions they make, to accept the social consequences of their choices. [Thomson]


Detective Joe West
ISFJ [The Defender]

ISFJs are most comfortable with facts and information about concrete reality. ISFJs relate to the outer world in a decidedly personal way, with Extraverted Feeling. ISFJs are highly alert to behaviors and gestures that suggest another’s emotional attitude, needs, or expectations, and they generally acquire knowledge that allows them to be of service–preferably one person at a time. ISFJs may stay too long in a situation, out of loyalty or commitment, even when their potential is being limited or squandered. This kind of dedication can be a genuine virtue, but it can also indicate the Extraverted Feeling isn’t doing it’s proper job in the configuration. [Thomson]


Leonard Snart
ISTP [THE VIRTUOSO]

ISTPs are either “with” a situation or they’re not. If they’re not, they will make no effort to pretend they are. They won’t exhibit initial interest, explain, or apologize for their inattention or lack of compliance. When these types are disruptive, they aren’t being playful. They feel trapped, isolated from the information they need to feel alive and aware. ISTPs may do something they don’t want to do for someone they respect, but they will not fake goodwill in the process. Extreme ISTPs may be quire angry about the ways in which others are trying to control them and make them fit into a particular social niche. They may believe that people who have not had their background and experience have no right to judge them or expect anything of them. [Thomson]


Eddie Thawne 
ISFP [THE ARTIST]

Like other types who use Sensation to deal with the outer world, ISFPs learn by experience, and they need hands-on contact in order to know something well. Unlike Extraverted Sensates, however, they don’t require perceptual novelty to stay interested in something. When their judgment is engaged, ISFPs are focused, contained, and nearly inexhaustible. They think in terms of values–what’s right in the situation at hand. They lose sight of themselves as objects, rushing in where angels fear to tread. ISFPs are not attempting to “go the extra mile.” It’s who they are. [Thomson]


Hartley Rathaway
INTP [THE LOGICIAN]

INTPs are interested in the logical possibilities of structure: the way form and context interact with and exert change on each other. They are more at home with theoretical reasoning. INTPs do require visual and tactile contact with a system in order to reason properly. Their primary method of exploring structural possibility is almost always a form of design or model making. They are likely to be more interested in the idea that animates a system and its impact on reality than they are with the system’s objective utility.Galvanized by iNtuition, INTPs will strive for theoretical systems that include all possible variables, but such theories can fall short of application in the real world. Accordingly, these types can be frustrated by the need to defend their ideas in terms of Extraverted logic, which begins and end with material application. [Thomson]


Dr. Harrison Wells-Earth 2
ENTJ [THE COMMANDER]

ENTJs reason conceptually, with deductive and inductive logic. But these types are not content to negotiate structural relationships within a system. ENTJs want to be in charge of a system, to improve it, to realize its functional potential. Decisive, charismatic, impelled by the courage of conviction, and able to manage power with confidence and determination. ENTJs are oriented by the objective, rational, Judging viewpoint of Extraverted Thinking. They’re alert to aspects of an organized system that have no functional purpose, and they’re driven to rid the system of their influence. ENTJs believe nothing exists that can’t be improved. They are invariably articulate and aggressively verbal, and they discover quite early in life that the well-chosen phrase is a many-splendored thing. [Thomson]


Wally West
ESTP [THE DOER]

ESTPs are realists of the first order. Like all Sensates, they are geared by their senses and enjoy action and stimulation. The ESTP is galvanized by Introverted Thinking toward situations involving risk, strategy, and serious competition. Introverted Thinking gives ESTPs a talent for evaluating variables in a crisis situation, and they invariably respond with action. Their competitive drive is very strong. They’re accustomed to calculating the angles well enough to assure a successful outcome, and settling for less is more frightening to them than taking a risk. ESTPs generally have their own code of honor. It may not accord with collective mores and expectations, but it is consistent and fiercely maintained–especially where loyalty to friends is concerned.[Lenore Thomson]

anonymous asked:

I am d y i n g for their reunion my two poor babies save them all. You are a gifted combat writer, by the way.

Christ, am I, anon? Thankyou! Because I feel like my combat descriptions are about as elegant as a 10 yr old smashing some barbie dolls together and narrating all the various ways their limbs fall off. So thankyou, this really means a lot! always trying to improve tho

And (spoilers I guess) I can categorically announce that Ch 17 is the last chapter that they will be apart. The reunion is very soon and will be fucking great I promise

There is a quote by Earnest Hemingway that sums it all up “There is nothing to writing. You just sit at the typewriter and bleed”.
Writing is not something that comes to people who have it all figured out in life. And I think sadness is under appreciated. It’s seen as something you should never have.
Sadness always let me see the world is a way happiness couldn’t. It opened the perspectives that made me understand life better. It changed my perception of other people. My sadness made me a better person. It made me sympathetic towards all those who might be suffering like me. 
Sadness may not bring you the joy but it brings contentment. For some people all the happiness that they have experienced in their entire lives is from all the times they faked it. I have read more books in life than I should have. And I am yet to find a writer who writes because he/she is happy and never suffered. If my poem leave you empty, it means I am improving as a writer because I have made you feel something through my words that you can’t otherwise. 
When nothing in life makes sense, a paper, a pen and few words always will.

When I  can’t get over how sucky my writing is, I can feel my dreams being crushed.

And it’s always all my fault.

Right now I’m editing/revising a story of mine, and it’s just the most grating process. If you’ve ever written something and then looked at it critically like a year later, it can be glaring just how not-where-you-want-it-to-be your writing is/was.

This is one of the worst things a creative person has to suffer through.

But, since we have to do it to get better, we really have to set some ground-rules, okay?

Rule #1 - Stay Calm … Relax: Again, don’t know about you, but I’ll scream in my head (or, alternatively, very much out-loud). I get genuinely angry at myself for trying and failing, when really, those two things are the best I could be doing! In fact, you’ll be a better critic if you’re relaxed and happy, I think (for reasons described a little later).

Rule #2 - No Comparisons: Other people have nothing to do with it, keep them out of this. The only person you have to beat is who you used to be.

Rule #3 - Effort = Growth, Remember That: No matter what, you tried. The fact that you have something to criticize is important and real. Always recognize the effort you put in, even if the result isn’t up to quality yet.

Rule #4 - Also Remember Now Doesn’t Mean Always Will Be: You’re going to improve. I swear to God, it’s the truth. You keep at it, it’s inevitable. Just because you don’t do something right now doesn’t mean you can’t learn. It doesn’t make you a bad writer.

… In fact:

Rule #5 - Don’t EVER Call Yourself a Bad Writer. Ever.: You’re not allowed. That’s just not constructive; if a reviewer left a comment saying you sucked, it’s not because they want you to get better. 

The point of self-criticism is to improve, not to punish.

Rule #5.5 - Remember that Beating Yourself Up Isn’t Productive: There’s no point. It doesn’t make you a better person or writer to constantly be down on yourself (really, it’d probably make you worse, because you’re not letting yourself be creative).

Rule #6 - Be Compassionate; Ask Why: If you’re being hard on yourself and you know it, stop, and make yourself figure out why you made that mistake that you’re tearing yourself apart over. Besides the gut reaction of I’M THE WORST OH GOD (which I just told you not do), if you keep going, it’ll usually be something simple. I was writing the first draft*. I didn’t know then what I know now. A series of little mistakes that on their own, don’t matter. Stuff like that.

Rule #7 - First Drafts are Supposed to Suck: They need to. You have to let yourself write without a filter to do anything really creative and awesome. If you really have to compare yourself to anyone else, remember you never see their first drafts, either. Everybody sucks at this, I kid you not.

Rule #8 - Have Fun: Relax. Enjoy learning new and awesome things! Also, having a sense of humour about yourself & your writing makes it easier to get through. You might naturally want to protect yourself when you feel failure incoming, which again, is natural and totally fine. Try to resist that. Don’t go overboard on the self-depreciating jokes, but don’t take it so seriously :)

Rule #9 - Failure Rocks, Anyway: Now you know how not to do it! Dude, that’s really really awesome! Ever hear that Thomas Edison quote?

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Rule #10 - You Aren’t Your Writing: Above all, please remember that the quality of something you’ve done has no impact on the quality of person you are. Simple, but it’s an important separation to make.

It’s seriously awesome of you to want to keep improving. Don’t crush your own dreams, keep going! 

It’s important to always be aiming for more in terms of representation.

But it’s equally important to realise that not everything has to reach a standard of perfection to be valuable.

Some better indicators of performance would be “improvement of the show/writer over the course of a few years” (because always seeking to improve is important) or “representation compared to the average” (because it’s important to push boundaries and be brave in your choices). I mean obviously representation isn’t quantifiable, but it would still be possible with enough discussion to determine those indicators.

And any improvement or any representation about the average would be a good thing, with significant improvement or significantly above average would be an even better thing.

And the idea that if the representation is not as good as the very best available/imaginable that means it holds no value is complete rubbish, and we need to stop using it.

anonymous asked:

As someone who writes, please could I ask for any writing advice you have to offer? Your fics always sound so poetic and beautiful, simple things like how the character's 'words stumble', or just the words you use to describe things. Is there anywhere where you get ideas for the words you use, or how to make your writing sound that way? It's just always so flawless and I need help to improve my writing :) Thankyou

Oh goodness. First of all, thank you for being so kind about my writing. I am always terrified (and excited) the moment before I hit that “post” button.

Now, in terms of writing advice…I have been trying to really think about this because I am by no means a professional writer, nor am I any sort of writing instructor or teacher. (That is not to say you need to be either of those to write!)

So many talented authors (many much more talented than I) have given advice, and you should look at that, too, because if there is a one truth I have learned in regards to writing it is that you have to find what works for you. And 99.9% of the time, it is completely different than what works for anyone else.

That said, here are some of my tips/tricks/thoughts…

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Based on Twitter, I take it that TPTB at @cw_spn are trotting out the “story goes where it goes” excuse again. 

As a writer this bullshit infuriates me, because a good writer, like improv comedians or jazz musicians, always maintains structural control over their material. Dropping control means you’re not doing your job.

And yes, sometimes a new and interesting turn appears. Things change, characters evolve, contracts aren’t renewed, etc etc.  But you then make the minute and constant adjustments so that the new direction maintains internal consistency (ex: a smart character isn’t suddenly suicidally stupid without cause), and the end result is the destination you planned.  

And then you own it, you don’t blame it on some vague “story wanted” as though it has more power over your words than you do.

Because no, that’s not how it works.  Not if you’re a professional.

anonymous asked:

How do you read so much bad fanfic and not leave a comment? I've seen you leave comments on terrible fanfic and telling them to keep writing. Why would you want to see more of that? Leaving comments like that is the reason we have so much bad fanfic don't you think?

Sigh. Ok. I’ve kinda been avoiding this but after seeing that last confession I just can’t anymore.

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