do you ever just edit something

anonymous asked:

would u ever make a video of you talking and explaining what you're doing whne you edit??

i’d really like to do something like that but i don’t        really      know      how??? also i don’t have a mic and i know my family will think it’s weird that i’m talking to myself soooo 

Writing advice you're not going to like.

People sometimes send me Asks wanting writing advice.  I suck at it.  I don’t really know how I do the writing, or how one should do the writing, or what one should do to get better at the writing.  All I can ever think to say is “write a lot of stuff and you will get better at the writing.”  Which is true, but hardly a bolt from the sky.

Well, as it turns out, I do have one piece of Legit Writing Advice, and I am going to share it with you, right now.  If you were in any of my writing workshop groups at a con, you’ve heard this advice already.

Warning: you’re going to fucking hate it.  But if you do it, you will thank me.

If you have a piece of fiction you’re serious about, something you might want to actually shop around, or just something you really are into and want to make it as good as you can…do NOT edit it.

Repeat.  DO NOT EDIT.


As in, print out the whole fucking thing and re-enter it, every word (or use two screens).  Retype the whole thing.  Recreate it from the ground up using your first draft as a template.  Start with a blank page and re-enter every. single. word.

I hear you screaming.  OH MY GOD THAT’S INSANE.

Yes.  Yes, it is.

It is also the most powerful thing you will ever do for a piece of fiction that you are serious about.

Now, let’s get real.  I don’t do this for most things.  I don’t do it for my fanfiction.  But if it’s something original, something I might like to get to a professional level - I do it.  You absolutely COULD do it for fanfiction.  It’s just up to you and how much time you want to sink into a piece.

You can edit, sure.  But you WILL NOT get down to the level of change that needs to happen in a second draft.  You will let things slide.  Your eyes will miss things.  You will say “eh, good enough.”

The first time I did this, on someone else’s advice, I was dubious.  Within two pages, I was saying WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN DOING THIS ALL THE TIME.  I was amazed at how much change was happening.  By the time I got to the end, I had an entirely different novel than the one I’d started with.  When you’re already re-entering every single word, it’s easy to make deep changes.  You’ll reformat sentences, you’ll switch phrases around, you’ll massage your word choice.  You’ll discover whole paragraphs that don’t need to be there at all because they became redundant.  You’ll find dialogue exchanges that need reimagining.  Whole plot points will suddenly be different, whole story arcs will reveal their flaws and get re-drawn.

You cannot get down to the fundamental level of change that’s required just by editing an existing document.  You have to rebuild it if you really want your story to evolve.  You will be AMAZED at the difference it will make.

It will take time.  It will seem like a huge, Herculean task.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  It isn’t.  But it is absolutely revolutionary.

Try it.  I promise, you will see what I mean.

*PSA: Tipsy!Lori wrote this post.  In case you couldn’t tell.

I don’t know. It’s hard to isolate. I guess I’m still in that process. You still slightly down that you’re ever going to work again, every time you finish something. That’s the territory of being an actor. It’s like anything that’s competitive. It takes a lot of determination. I just feel lucky to be able to do something that I really love.

do you ever start drawing something.. without thinking of the consequences…
edit: i’m depicting a poly relationship here, not just some harmless fun on the bridge. full blow ployiens. polyaliens. polyamariens. um. an actual relationship, anyway.


THG Lit Meme 2/7 characters: Peeta Mellark

“What was that you were saying just before the food arrived? Something about me…no competition…best thing that ever happened to you…“

"I don’t remember that last part,” I say, hoping it’s too dim in here for the cameras to pick up my blush.

“Oh, that’s right. That what I was thinking,” he says.” 


starboys — blogger otps; jihan [cr: x, x, SPLASH RAIN]

People always ask, “Do you still love him?”
Honestly I don’t really know.
But I do know there is just something about him I can’t let go.

Questions for gif-makers.

  1. What are your top 3 favorite sets you’ve made
  2. What is your least favorite set you’ve made
  3. Which of your sets has the most notes
  4. A set that flopped but deserved better
  5. What is your favorite movie/TV show to gif
  6. What is your least favorite movie/TV show to gif
  7. Who are your top 3 gif makers
  8. What gif trend do you hate
  9. What/who inspired you to start making gifs
  10. What was the first gif you ever posted
  11. What is that one set you made that just won’t die
  12. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever giffed
  13. Where or from whom did you learn how to gif
  14. How long does it usually take you to make a set
  15. Have you ever had gifs stolen and reposted
  16. How long have you been making gifs
  17. 10 sets, 8 sets, 6 sets? How many gifs to you prefer in a set
  18. For the aesthetic, for the laughs, or for the feels what your preference
  19. What is your gifting process like
  20. Mac or PC
  21. PSDs or original coloring for each gif
  22. What fandom/movie/show/person etc do you gif the most
  23. What is the thing you gif when you don’t have anything else you want to gif
  24. 480p 720p 1080p? What is the minimum quality you’ll gif from 
  25. Old dimensions or new dimensions and why
  26. How many un posted sets are in your drafts right now
  27. Have you ever made a set, decided you hated it and deleted it? What was it
  28. Have you ever posted a set, regretted it and immediately deleted it
  29. Have you ever posted a set, realized you made a mistake later but it was already too late
  30. How frequently do you like to post
  31. Do you schedule/queue posts or do you post right after you’re done
  32. What is your favorite tool/adjustment layer in Photoshop
  33. Do you like to/can you make edits and graphics too or only gifs
  34. A set that took you a long time/was really hard but you’re really proud of how it came out
  35. Do you change your giffing style a lot or do you have a set routine
  36. Do you gif with something specific in mind or do you just wing it
  37. What sets if any do you have planned to make in the future
  38. What are you really excited to gif that isn’t out yet
  39. How often, if ever, do you delete old sets that you don’t like anymore
  40. Why do you make gifs
  41. What is your least favorite part about your gif making process
  42. How is your gif folder organized? Is it organized at all?
  43. Do you keep videos forever or delete them once you’re done giffing
  44. Ever had a gif become a meme? Would you like that if you haven't 
  45. Ever gotten hate over a set
  46. Ever gotten a really sweet compliment over a set
  47. Any advice for novice gif makers/people who want to start making gifs
  48. How would you describe your giffing style
  49. How much would you say you’ve improved since you first started giffing

petersparker  asked:

hi i'm sorry i dont really mean to bother but like HOW DO U MAKE THESE BECAUSE IT'S SO LOVELY I LOVE IT I'VE BEEN DYING TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR LIKE EVER. Is there like a tutorial out there for this?? btw ur edits are AMAZING!! yourqrace(.)tumblr(.)com/post/152210476982

[the post] hey, you’re not bothering me, i’m happy to explain c:

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Dear Diary - Smut

Originally posted by madyvh91

Author: @dumbass-stilinski
Rating: NSFW 18+
Pairing: Dylan O’Brien/Reader
Words: 3,202
Requested by Anon:  Do you think you can write something where DOB and the reader have been together for a while and Dylan finds the readers journal that has all her “extreme kinky fantasies in bed” and Dylan finds it. It also just so happens to be the reader's birthday?! 
AN: I love you guys, okay? Don’t ever forget that. Also, I think I have a mild Ewok obsession? lmao. Also I edited this quickly so there may be some mistakes. Sorry aboot that.

Dylan sighed happily when he finally arrived home, dropping his suitcase and his pillow next to the door and swinging it shut behind him.

“Honey, I’m home!” He called, rounding the corner into the living room and through to the kitchen. It was empty, save for the note left on the counter.

I had to run a million errands today, I’m so sorry! I’m picking up stuff to make you your favorite for dinner and I have to stop and pay the electric and the jeep needs an oil change. I promised I’ll be home soon, I figured you’d need time to unpack anyway. Call me if you need anything. Love you and I’m so glad you’re home.”

He smiled to himself as he read, leave it to you to leave everything for the last minute. He sighed, pulling open the fridge and grabbing a beer, sipping from the bottle as he leaned on the center island. He’d been gone filming for about 3 months, and he’d only seen you once since then, when he had been able to leave for a weekend for his cousins wedding and you had met him there.

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Do you have any advice for young women who really want to become directors? 

“Anyone I’ve met that’s doing things for themselves and really compelled to do so, you can’t get in their way. There’s just no stopping them and I would say, trust that. There are people that just desperately see things and just want to explain the beauty of something. If you have that, you fucking have it. It’s the worst advice ever, but just believe in desire. It’s the worst fucking feeling in the world just to want something and deprive yourself of it. Just fucking do it.”

anonymous asked:

Do you ever get to a point where you naturally sense what to include where in a book, rather than forgetting to add details (small to big) and having to go back and edit them in? Maybe it's just because I have ADHD, but even when I throughly plot things out I'm always forgetting something, if not multiple things, that I eventually have Ah ha moments about then have to go back and include and sometimes rework to make them fit. Do you ever get to a point where this at least happens less often? 😣

I do have a good natural “on the fly” sense for this kind of thing, but I tend to backstop it by making sure that all but the most casual details are slotted into the “step outline” for a book where I expect they’ll be needed. The motto is: if something gets forgotten, let it be something minor. (And the corollary, of course, is that Nothing Is Minor.)

I prefer to handle this kind of issue in hard copy, rather than just letting things float around in my head to deposit themselves where needed on demand, because let’s be frank here, I am nearly 65 and the brain chemistry operates in a more leisurely manner these days than it used to in the 30s and 40s. (I.e. my brain is still like a steel trap, but the jaws close more slowly.) :) Something once jotted down / slotted in can always be moved later.

When I get what seems to me a good idea about a piece of character business or a buried motivation or whatever, I pull out the project file immediately (this is one of the joys of Scrivener, in that I can now use it as an app on the iPad as well as on the big machine or the laptop) and put the thing in place. Barring that, at the very least I dictate a note into Evernote (or type one) and then set an alarm to remind myself to transfer it to the main project file when I get home. (This is one of the things IFTTT is good for: I have a “recipe” in there that, when I’ve been away from home, uses my phone’s GPS to (a) notice when I’m back and then (b) screams bloody murder at me to move any newly made notes into Scrivener and lock them into the structure where they belong. Yes, my life is a noisy place.) :)

As for the Ah Ha moment: we all live for these, I think… the times when it becomes plain that the unconscious mind / subconscious mind / Back Of The Shop has been quietly processing away on some issue for days or weeks or MONTHS… and then, suddenly, without warning, hands you a solution to something that’s been bugging you for days or weeks or months or YEARS. (I had one of these the other day and it blew me away. This particular thing had been bothering me on and off for FIFTY YEARS and suddenly the answer popped up. Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with it.) :) …Either way, all you can do when one of these happens is sit down with the Work At Hand and figure out where it belongs (assuming that’s not already blindingly obvious).

Do the go-back-and-fix-its happen *less* often as you work more? I think probably they do. But best practice is to always, always ALWAYS be prepared for something to appear out of sequence or at the worst possible time. Being prepared is best. :)

(original cover design by @thebratfarrar​)

SO I decided to post the podfic I made of Map of the World by @seperis. I deliberated for a long time (honestly like…a year) about whether to do it or not, but then I kind of just figured…ehh why not? I think eventually someone will come along and do this much better, but for now…here’s this. 

It is not perfect. I’m not sure it’s even really very good. But it is finished, finally. And maybe it will bring you some happiness. I actually kind of enjoy listening to it, even though it’s my own stupid voice!  Anyway, some caveats under the cut to help mitigate my insecuritiesss :)

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anonymous asked:

Ok but like imagine the missus comming home super late from work and she totally forgot to tell Harry and he just thinks the worse getting worried sick and he acts so overprotective when she arrives home? Worried and protective Harry is the best! 😍

He’d be pacing the living room from the moment you were meant to arrive home, refusing to sit himself down or go to bed, checking his phone every so often in case he missed a text or a call from the missus. His mind wandering to the worst things possible that could have happened on your way home from work; car accident, an attack, collapsing, etc. The clock would be ticking away on the wall, nearing the midnight mark of the day, which would only panic him even more, and as he goes to pick up his car keys from the bowl on the hallway table, the door would click open and the missus would appear in the doorway. Hair tousled and tugged upon from stress and frustration, soaked from the rain that fell outside, her eyes hooded and a yawn leaving her lips. 

“Where the HELL were you?” Harry would bark, dropping his car keys to the bowl and making the missus jump in her place as she closed the door, “I’ve been worried sick! Christ, I thought something happened to you!”

She’d frown towards him as he’d stare at her with an intense and worried stare, shrugging off her coat and toeing off her wet boots, “I got held up at work and my phone died so I couldn’t call you.”

“You could have used another phone. Christ, I’ve been going crazy. I thought something bad had happened,” he’d sigh, and pull her close to his body, his lips pressing to her wet hair as he spoke, “don’t ever do that to me again, Gorgeous. Start taking your charger to work, just in case. I’ve been going crazy thinking you were hurt or something.”

“I’m all good, I promise. I did cut my thumb on some paper,” she’d giggle, and nudge her face into his sweatshirt, “remember that big fashion magazine edition we’ve been working on? The one where I took all the photos and such? We put all of it together tonight so it’s going to get released sometime in the next month.”

“That’s incredible, baby.”

“And, I have tomorrow and the rest of the weekend free from work because we basically put extra hours in last night,” she’d grin up at him, “which means lie-ins and morning cuddles and-”

“Morning sex,” he’d smirk and chuckle when she’d swat at his shoulder, “I’m not kidding. I’ve missed morning sex with you. It doesn’t feel right saying goodbye to you at 7 in the morning. I usually get blowies in the morning.”

“You’re disgusting,” she’d frown and nudge her nose into his jaw, “but, I’ll wake you up with a blowie tomorrow. I promise. An apology for being late and worrying you, and, to make it feel right.” xx

Adrien the Civilian

For ML Angst Week of @miraculous-weeks

Day 1: Mistakes/Aftermath

It’s my first time doing something like this so… Enjoy the angst? It’s 3000 words and only lightly edited so I put a read more ok im sorry

Warning: Character death, heavy angst. You’ve been warned.

Edit: I just realized I also hit the other day’s prompts? I—

AO3 link

It wasn’t supposed to happen that way.

It was just a simple akuma attack. Just like any other.

The Baker, he was simply called, had the ability to turn everything into bread. He was a giant, however, easily towering halfway over Collège Françoise Dupont, and he wielded a giant rolling pin that could flatten everything in his path. The plan was simple—Ladybug would use her Lucky Charm, a bag of flour, and Chat Noir would come in and destroy the giant rolling pin with his Cataclysm. It wasn’t like they could just break that thing over their knees and call it a day, after all.

With their usual team effort, they had managed to blind The Baker with the flour and trip him with Ladybug’s string. She then hollered at him to use Cataclysm on the akuma’s rolling pin.

“Now!” she’d shouted, urgently.

He only did as he was told.

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Percival Graves x Reader - A Pound of Flesh - NSFW

Title: A Pound of Flesh

Pairing: Percival Graves x Reader

Rating: M (Or maybe E??)

Word Count: 3530

Warnings: Sex. Like kinda explicit in parts. NSFW for sure.

I really like Shakespeare and so that’s where the title comes from. Okay. Also, sex isn’t something I write often (ever) and I’m pretty sure it shows. So yeah. Apologies all around.

Also I went ahead and assumed this was a female reader, if not please do tell me and I can edit it. PS. I tried for dark? More under the idea of intense? Don’t know if it worked…

Request - Anon: Hey there! I just read your Graves x Reader and I loved it so much. <3 I was wondering if you might be able to do another, perhaps smutty and maybe a bit dark? Only if you’re comfortable of course.

Shout out to @fantastic-fanfic-beasts , @darkestbefourdawn1 , and @smalldogmemes for helping through this!

a/n - Honestly this fic has taken so much out of me. I’m not gonna do smut for a little while after this…But I am super proud of it.

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Endless List Of Favorite Movies (11/?) - Rise of the Guardians (2012)

“If there’s something I’m doing wrong, can you… can you just tell me what it is? Because I’ve tried everything, and no one ever sees me! You put me here! The least you can do is tell me…tell me why.”

Dancing W/ Peter Parker HC’s

Request: Dancing with Peter Parker headcanon, please (*-*)

SOooo here we go!!

  • . You and Peter loved to dance, even though you were both terrible at it.. Sometimes it was ballroom dancing and sometimes it was really weird hip hop.
  • You dance together randomly in the avengers facility.
  • They would look at you and then realize it was just you guys dancing again..
  • So imagine the excitement when you found out about the school dance!.
  • You both got all dressed up with matching colors and stuff.
  • . The dance wasn’t at all what you thought it would be, but there was still a dance floor.
  • . So you danced..
  • “That’s my toe”.
  • You were probably getting weird looks from everybody because of how bad you were. But you didn’t care.
  • . Peter would pick you up and swing you around.
  • . And it made to dizzy.
  • . So when you tried to keep dancing you just like fell on him.
  • .“That’s my toe again”
  • . imagine when the Cha Cha slide came on. Like seriously Peter Parker doing the Cha Cha Slide.

  • . Nat let you guys sleep at the tower.. So when you got back, you played some slow music, and danced some more.

.“You’re a really bad dancer.

. "I’m better than you”

. "True”

. Sometimes dancing with Peter got more personal.. The fist time He told you he loved you was while you Were slow dancing.

. When ever one of you had a bad day you just dance.

. You guys just loved to dance


Something weird happened when I was editing this so the Headcanon thing stopped working. Sorry!