i don't like this but i'm posting it anyways whatever

  • fanfic writer: *writing* Oh wow, they are going to love this. This is by far my best work!
  • fic: *witty lines* *perfect love making* *fluffy enough to kill us all* *a dash of angst, a smidgen of hurt/comfort*
  • fanfic writer: Oh man. This is it. This will be my legacy! *sweats into fic* *bleeds into fic* *cries into fic* *spends days perfecting the grammar and verbage and sex scenes* *has 15 betas look over it*
  • fanfic writer: Okay. It is finally time to release my baby on the world. Here you go fandom. You're welcome.
  • fandom: Ha, cute. *like* *kudos*
  • fanfic writer: :/
  • * * *
  • same fanfic writer: *writing* Whatever. This is shit, I don't even care right now. A singing squirrel? Sure, let's do it. Haha, cheesy lines that make no sense, sure. Grammatical errors out the wazoo? Why not. No one's going to read this piece of crap anyway, I literally wrote it on a scrap of 1 ply toilet paper with a broken yellow crayon.
  • fanfic writer: LOL *post*
  • fandom: OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER GRANTED US WITH, WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE, OMG, I NEED A SEQUEL IMMEDIATELY, PLEASE. WHAT THE. I'M NOT EVEN WORTHY. *kudosrebloglikereccomment*
  • fanfic writer: *sigh*
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Well… she did know how to open it… (Anna and Remington (my ocs) and 2017) Happy New Year!

Can I draw your face?

Hello friends! 

I’m working on a project for one of my classes where I’ll be drawing people’s selfies. So if you’d like to be part of that, send me your face tag anyway you can (reply to this post, reblog and put it on the tags, message me, whatever works). 
Beware that the drawings will go on a school exhibition by the end of the semester and I may create a side blog for them at some point. Let me know if you’d like to be tagged if that happens.
I still don’t know how many of these I’ll make, but I’m excited and hope you can help me out!

Thank you all in advance!!


  • me: i really like this new video game
  • me: *looks up game on the internet*
  • me: *sees that terrible things are going to happen to my favorite characters*
  • me: but maybe that won't happen when i play it
Writing Tips - General - Pt.1

Disclaimer: I’m just a fandom writer and I write for fun and I realized that whenever I sit down and write I seem to learn something. That’s why I’m doing this series: I just want to collect what I learned so far so that it might help others. I never took writing courses so these tips won’t be very technical at all but just the result of my own experience so far.

Some (most) of these tips will only apply to fandom writers.


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Obviously read books and read fics, because fics are a very specific kind of subgenre of literature that has its own rules. True, some fics could be read as novels or as short stories, but most of them rely on very specific tropes that are much easier (generally speaking) to explore if you’re just starting out.

For example, I was always an avid reader, but before I started being active in the world of fandom and actually started reading fanfiction, I had no idea about the different kinds of AUs and tropes.

Knowing and reading what’s already out there can be scary at first. You’ll read a perfect coffee shop AU that you wished you’d written yourself and you’ll wonder, “But why should I put myself out there? Why should I write something when other people are already doing it and doing it better than me?”

The thing to remember is that readers will always want to read something, no matter how many times they’ve read the same trope applied to the same fictional couple, so one coffee shop AU isn’t enough. Good thing you’re just now planning to write one, right?

And the thing is, you won’t actually know if your writing is good or not unless you try. Even if your first fic isn’t that good, writing is something that you get better at with time and with practice, so there really isn’t any reason not to write (unless you have no interest in trying it).

Let’s say you’re now convinced that you want to try writing something: you might still be wondering how you’re going to get ideas for a fic or a story.

I think we’ve all been there. So…


HOW DO I GET IDEAS?

If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of imagination (like me), the thought of writing something is really scary. Of course, you can’t write a story without ideas, so I want to go over a few ways to actually start getting them.

Interact with the fandom

You don’t have to participate actively and you can just reblog stuff, but in my experience, the more you interact (even just by commenting on someone else’s post or tweet), the more your brain starts working on ideas that are yours.

I basically see it as an exercise or workout: the more you do squats the more your muscles build themselves, right? The same way, the more you get your brain to think of even just small headcanons (like, what does a character like to eat? Are they a morning person or a night owl?), the more you’ll get used to thinking up new ideas that could potentially become a full story.

Oh, and when I say interact, I really do mean interact. I was really surprised when I first came to tumblr and found out that it’s perfectly normal for people to randomly start talking to you in your DMs, and the conversation usually starts with some headcanon or just general screaming about your favorite characters or something that just happened recently in the fandom. Sometimes that wraps up in a couple of lines, but others it can lead to wonderful virtual friendships. While that’s amazing on its own, it’s actually also a great support system for any content creators (especially writers), because so many ideas are born out of simple conversations.

Know your sources

The better you know your fandom, the more ideas you’ll get. You’ll start seeing details of a character’s personality that you didn’t see or read the first time, you’ll re-analyze a certain interaction, etc. It’s very difficult to write fanfiction if you’ve only watched/read canon once. 

Sometimes canon is not enough: find metas about characters and scenes and interactions. Metas aren’t canon, but they help a lot and you’ll not only understand things better, you’ll also get new ideas for content you want to write.

Know other sources

You and your ideas don’t and shouldn’t exist in a vacuum. A lot of great ideas come from knowing other works so you can make AUs and retellings.

Also try to remember the difference between the two and ask yourself which one fits better:

  • [fictional source] AU: the story should be more or less the same as your source and set in the same world, but the characters will be the ones from the fandom you’re writing for.
  • [fictional source] retelling: your plot is heavily inspired by [fictional source] but you add elements or take away what you don’t need if something from the original source doesn’t fit your characters. It can also be set somewhere different (for example modern retellings of fairy tales). 

Know your tropes

Knowing popular (and less popular) tropes helps you think about what kind of story you want to write. It also helps you categorize the different stories you read and start thinking about them in a more analytical way.

You need to see the mechanisms (enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, etc) behind a story to be able to analyze it and relate it to other stories, and understand which rules you want to follow once you understand what trope you’re using for your story.

Notice that I said which rules you want to follow, because I think it’s perfectly fine (and even admirable) to be more daring and break trope rules or mix them up. No matter what you want to do, you definitely need to know them first, and then you can start writing them and/or changing them and making them your own.


BEFORE WRITING

Okay, you have a few ideas now (you don’t need to have the full plot before you start writing, but at least an outline would be nice - I have another post planned about plot so look out for that). 

There are a few extra steps you might want to take. Most of these you will kind of just feel in your gut without really having to think about it, but in case that doesn’t happen, here’s a noncomprehensive list of a few of them.


Understand what your story needs in terms of POV:

A POV can make or break a story. There are some things that just don’t work well in a certain person, or they’re extremely difficult to pull off.

Learn what your favorite POV is when you read, and that will probably be the POV you’ll write best. 

Regardless of the type of POV, your story might need more than one (if it’s third person limited or first person). It’s difficult to describe how you can understand it, and I think it has a lot to do with plotting and characterization:

Do you want to keep a character’s motives mysterious until the Big Reveal of chapter 16? Then you should stick to only one character POV. Does your fic follow more than one storyline? Then you will almost definitely need more than one POV.


In case it needs more than one POV:

First of all, I can’t stress this enough: make it understandable when the POV switches. Be it with a completely different chapter or a visual separation, make sure your reader understands it.

With that said, you need to know your story and ask yourself, What POV works best for this scene?

A scene can be extremely powerful and memorable from one POV but completely dull and boring from another. It all comes down to the different characters’ personalities and I can’t possibly cover all the different examples and scenarios in this post, but if you’re familiar with your fictional world enough then you should be able to understand it yourself.


Understand what the best tense for your story is:

This is something that for me usually just happens by itself when I start writing the first few paragraphs. I’ve started fics deciding that they needed to be in a past tense, and then no matter how many verbs I wrote down, my mind would always make me write them in present tense unless I forced a past tense in there. But that’s the thing, whatever you write, it should never feel forced. That’s when I realized that present tense was what felt more natural to the story, and it didn’t matter that I don’t even like present tense. The story didn’t want to be written any other way.

Follow your instinct on this.


Understand what the best format is:

Ask yourself: Is it going to be a long fic with 20 chapters or a one shot? Do you only have enough material for a drabble?

Every fic length is valid in my opinion, but you need to be clear about what you want.

If you do decide to make your fic chaptered, try to make each chapter its own little story, with a beginning, a plot/character arc and an end (which can absolutely be a small cliffhanger, but try to not abuse it).


SHOULD I TELL SOMEONE?

So this is a point I wanted to include even though it’s not exactly about writing itself, BUT I think it’s important to talk about.

Should you tell someone, “Hey, I have this awesome fic in mind that I really want to write!”? 

I don’t think the answer to this is universal. I think generally speaking telling someone definitely helps you stick to your goal, especially if people get excited about your WIP. 

It can also backfire though, you can get anxious about other people expecting something from you when you’re at a point where you don’t even know whether you’ll actually write/finish your story or not. 

(A small addition on this: if you’re like me, you’ll never know whether you’re actually going to publish something until you’ve written all of it. You might have written more than half of your fic and then decide that you don’t want to continue it, for whatever reason. If nobody is expecting it anyway, you’ll feel less bad about abandoning your work because you won’t feel like you’re disappointing anyone.)

This is one of those things that require for you to know yourself because only you will know whether people’s expectations can be a motivation or a hindrance for you. 

My suggestion is not to tell anyone right away if you’ve never written anything in your entire life. Posting without anyone (not even my virtual friendships) knowing about it was what made it possible for me to actually write. I only began sharing and interacting with people as a writer here on tumblr after about three fics (two of which were chaptered ones) and getting enough positive feedback, but I still keep my real identity hidden because I don’t want anyone IRL to be able to find my stuff.

If you know you’re going to be very self conscious about your work, I encourage you to start a tumblr alias like I did, because it can be liberating to write what you want to write without being afraid of what people will think of you if they actually find your fics. 

Of course, this is what worked for me and it might not work for everybody, but try to take measures to protect yourself if that’s the only way you you think you can publish your writing without feeling scared.


This post is already too long so Pt.2 is coming soon!

Other writing tips: (coming soon!)

yuri on ice edition | general pt.2 | plot | dialogues | characterization

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry but it was two weeks ago not 2 days or whatever, don't bring up that disability thing bc you clearly are high functioning (yeah it might ableist but we need categories to understand faster, not everyone is on the same level on autism and I'm not a liberal anyway, to care about it).

TW: Ableism, Caps Lock, Swearing, Negativity

(I know I said we wouldn’t be answering anything like this, but I feel the need to respond to this one as this is the same asshole who prompted my post earlier today.)

First, you can fuck off.

If your ask hasn’t been answered in over two weeks, we don’t have it. Tumblr eats asks. This is well known across Tumblr. If you can’t accept that, I’m sorry that you’re so dense that you can’t accept reality. 

You are a fucking asshole and I don’t want you anywhere near this blog ever again.

You have no idea what “functioning level” I am as you don’t know me at all. You have no idea what struggles I do or do not have. Further, even if I am “high-functioning,” I have an alphabet soup of physical and mental diagnoses that disable me that are NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS. 

This blog is all volunteer effort. We don’t owe you a goddamn thing, you self-righteous, entitled bigot. We answer asks on our own time for zero pay. We owe you absolutely nothing and your shit attitude is completely uncalled for. 

Oh, and what about blocking us like you said you were? Clearly you didn’t. 

Don’t bother writing back. Your future asks will be deleted. We don’t need an ableist shithead like you on this blog nor do we have any desire to help someone as nasty and self-centered as you are. 

Oh, and just to make my point very clear, FUCK OFF. 

-Sabrina

(I know this may seem extreme to some of our followers, but this person has already sent nasty asks in that were deleted. I may be very understanding and positive most of the time on here, but when someone decides to make a comment like this, my claws come out. I’m sorry if this negativity upsets any of our followers)

a gift for @oh-mother-of-darkness based on this post

‘A One Time Thing’ mini fic. Post epilogue. (Because of course Killian would coach a kid’s hockey team. Of course.) 

So this fic comes from ohmyohpioneer messaging me about seeing tiny tots playing hockey, and then it just spiraled out of control and this happened. 

So, you know. Enjoy.

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It’s far from surprising when Aidan announces that he’s going to play hockey this year. 

(Because, naturally, he announces it, rather than asks.) 

He’s grown up being carted off to Killian’s games, and Henry’s; and while the men in his life get together to watch sports in general, as Killian, David, and Robin play hockey together, naturally that’s the one they’re most enthused about. 

Aidan’s also a very physical child, so it figures he’d choose a sport like hockey, as opposed to, say, golf. 

In another completely unsurprising turn of events, it is Killian who worries about it. 

“What if he gets hurt?” 

Emma rolls her eyes. 

“You play hockey. Henry plays hockey. He’s not made of glass.” 

(And while it is true—and while it is also true that Aidan is hardly a delicate flower, always wanting to roughhouse and wrestle, forever running at things and jumping off things—still, Killian worries.) 

“He’ll be fine, Killian.” 

“Of course he will,” he says after a moment. “Because I’ll be coaching.” 

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in the wake of growing bulbs, a cool thing that i’m learning and trying to apply to life is that the process of things is important, maybe even more important, than the outcome of whatever it is you’re doing. i’m really happy that my ranunculi are flowering, but i’m recognising that this isn’t the end point for this plant and that all the thought and care and nurturing that I put into them during their dormant period was just as valuable as what’s happening now. the bulbs flowering is just another phase, and carries no more weight than what came before it. and the value of what came before is not assured just because the bulbs happened to flower successfully - that process and that work is inherently valuable because it’s a part of the larger cycle of the life of this plant and every point in the cycle is important. if anything, the bulbs flowering was kind of an anticlimax because I realised that eventually they would die away, and become dormant again, and the work of watering and nurturing would begin again through to next spring, and on and on it goes

Alright everyone, I’ve been trying to figure out how to word this post and it’s taken a few attempts, but something I wanted to address: 

I’d really prefer that you don’t follow me if the only interaction you want is for your character to pontificate about how much they hate Michel, Celene, Orlais, Orlesians, chevaliers, nobles, men, or whatever variation or combination of these. I get it  —  they’re unpopular. I knew that when I started this blog. But I’m really not interested in writing that kind of dynamic when it feels like the writer is working through their own ooc hatred. It’s not that hard to tell the difference between a headcanon for a character, and a writer who is using their character to shit on some other aspect of canon they dislike, trust me.  

Anyway, it happens in a purely ooc way too  —  people who ignore the headcanon posts I put time and effort into, and only come out of the shadows to comment when they think it’s a good time to remind me that a chevalier did an assault once. I know. I’ve been writing this character for over a year now. I don’t need to footnote every single post with a list of every negative thing every chevalier has ever done in the history of DA canon. 

… be respectful, is all I’m asking? You wouldn’t want someone following your blog just to be negative, so don’t do it to other people, even if you think their morally grey muse justifies it. 

so garak/bashir is my otp and all and garak/parmak has, er, some problems (cough, three years in a labour camp, cough), but seriously, if you read the crimson shadow and didn’t come away thinking their relationship was absurdly cute, i may need to flail at you until you realise the error of your ways.


edit: i posted this years ago when i was practically the only shipper and accordingly cautious. i would like to revise my earlier statement, garak/parmak is absolutely endgame and i’m not capable of having just one true pairing anyway

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AU: Liam & Zayn release their debut album as a duo, “Revolution,” using their initials, ZMLP, as their duo name (requested by wankziams)

Reblog with which one of your characters you’d rather be...

…because I’m curious: If you had to be one of your characters, which one would you choose?

  • Your Shepard (Mass Effect)
  • Your Warden (Dragon Age: Origins)
  • Your Hawke (Dragon Age II)
  • Your Inquisitor (Dragon Age: Inquisition)
  • Your Sole Survivor (Fallout 4)
  • Your Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

Ooh, and say why! If you’d like to, of course. Have fun!

anonymous asked:

Hey I think I might have a special interest in Judaism and I don't know what to do about it, like I get super happy when I see Jumblr posts/Jewish in-jokes/find out people I like are Jewish? And I feel like Jewish people are my "in-group". But I don't have any Jewish heritage, so I feel kind of shitty like I'm fetishizing them or something. I wouldn't be able to convert anyway because I can't learn languages, but I kind of want to... idk. I'm not even sure why I'm asking. Advice? Sympathy? Idk.

You are hereby absolved of whatever you worry you are guilty of; literally no suffering of the Jewish people has been caused by people enjoying our company and jokes too much, and I’d prefer no one feel sad about it. 

(There is, in fact, a grand and sort of embarrassingly long European intellectual tradition of philosemitism. I am not really up on European intellectual traditions, but @an-animal-imagined-by-poe is always telling me about philosophers who turn out to be members of the Jew Fan Club, to the point where I sort of anticipate, at this point, that all of them except the actual literal Nazis (and there are quite a few of those) went through a phase where they couldn’t shut up about how great the Jews are and what a shame it is that everyone else can’t just do that.)

It’s perfectly okay to be fascinated by and happy around Judaism (or even to attend a shul regularly) without converting, so I definitely wouldn’t do it just so you feel like you have permission to be delighted about Jumblr things. (Everyone always has permission to be delighted about things; delight is a good emotion, and the world ought to have more of it.) 

alecdoesnotmakepie  asked:

I love that you're drawing the reindeer boys again!! I have 2 questions: 1. Are you going to make a new info thingy for the new Dasher (I can't find them in the tag, and I assume it's because you're remaking hers, I hope so anyway!)?? 2. Since you are leaving the ships up to us, what would you say if someone shipped Dasher and Blitzen? xD (I don't btw lol but I'm just curious what your response would be since they're siblings lmao. I have a really weird mind ok. I do ship DancerxComet tho :)<3)

1. Yes I took that post down because I would like to redo those little info cards. I’m giving them all a lot more thought this year! 

2. Uh, I do not condone incest. I mean, people can ship whatever they please and I recognize the disconnect that people have between reality and fiction, but that’s something that has always creeped me out so you know, really not something I wanna see (;° ロ°) ヽ (Dasher and Blitzen are, however, siblings that get along well and have common interests. Their biggest sibling rivalry is competing to see who is better at a sport. Dasher is the instigator.)