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anonymous asked:

do you have any tips for writing smut? yours is always so good!

DO I HAVE ANY TIPS. oh boy

  1. Buildup- arguably the BEST part are the butterflies beforehand. Hopefully character and relationship development has set up the moment well enough but little physical cues (breath hitching, pupils dilating, stammered speech, flirting, fleeting touches, unsure glances, noses knocking, lip biting) really make it great give me all of it
  2. Consent- not only is it yucky to be halfway into a sex scene and start wondering if character A isn’t exactly up for what character B is putting down, but it’s a good habit to set considering the younger audience of most fic. All it has to be is a hushed “hey is this okay?” or an enthusiastic “yes” or a “please” or even a very pointed nod. If you can add a short sentence about a character grabbing a condom or establishing if the people involved have been tested/are on the pill, that’s important too.
  3. Pacing- tearing off clothes, the tripping path to the bed (or the floor, or the kitchen counter, or the backseat of a car, or against the wall, anywhere really is A plus), kissing, lots and lots of kissing all over with a enough tongue to keep it interesting, and touching and hair pulling and murmuring to build to set up the big moment. It can be slow or frantic but there should always be at least a paragraph so the reader can visualize where the characters landed in all of this. 
  4. Is it realistic- in my opinion, i actually think this one is up for debate. Personally i don’t really believe a scene without any fumbles or laughing against lips, but no one is under any obligation to include that leg cramp someone gets when they’re on top for too long or chaffing or skin slapping… it’s meant to be sexy. It’s okay to let it be a little unrealistically sexy. Just make sure to include those human moments- getting a little overwhelmed or having it not be perfect right away, ect
  5. Physical and emotional sensation is key!!- including things like heated skin, the way the other person feels, SOUNDS, tastes, knocking ankles, hands all over, biting teeth, swollen lips, bruising, stretching, satisfaction, vivid imagery, all the good stuff. It’s hard, but also try to translate the mental sensations of action, reaction, and getting caught up. Sometimes it can be obvious when an author who has never actually had a certain experience writes about it, but don’t let that hold you back. Some people do research, good for them, but if you’re nervous that you won’t be able to accurately portray a sex scene it’s so much better to just read slightly vague, emotion based prose instead of an author trying to convince us that someone stuck three fingers somewhere at once and the other person dug it.  
  6. Don’t forget the characters- smut isn’t porn (okay it’s kind of porn) but the heaviest part of any fic sex scene is the fact that these two (or three or four whatever does it for you) people are crossing that border into intimacy. It doesn’t have to have any significance if you don’t want it to, but if it does, try to include it. Metaphors are great I love them, internal monologues work, or hey(!) good old fashioned character to character communication is nice. Which brings us to…
  7. Dirty talk- this is my favorite way to incorporate a character’s personality. Do they make oddly timed jokes? Do they go silent and strong or loud and expressive? How does the other person react? Do they ask for what they want? Also it’s really fucking hot and it’s drives the plot along nicely but again if you aren’t comfortable writing it that’s fine! 
  8. Orgasms- they’re awesome. Write about how awesome they are, every toe curling, heat rushing, muscle spasming, eyes rolling to the back of the head, every melodramatic moment. Go over the top, it’s hot and fun and tbh the whole reason why any of us pick up smut to begin with. *but, some people don’t always come or it takes a little longer and it’s okay to include that!
  9. Aftermath- definitely the most difficult aspect of smut but on the upside it’s really great chance to check in with where your characters are. I use smut as a metaphor heavily. If you’ve done it right that scene should have some things to say. On the superficial level, blooming lovebites, cuddling, kissing, aftercare (if needed) are always appreciated! 
Boredom

Recently, I’ve been thinking about what makes a scene boring. Some scenes are full of action, yet I feel like skipping them. Others bring new life to characters I already love, yet I want the scenes to end as soon as possible so I can get to the good stuff. Still others are brimming with unique and interesting concepts, yet I find every paragraph a drudgery.

Why?

And what can you do to make your scenes less boring?

The key is balance. If you focus too long on one thing, you will lose your readers’ attention. Character development can be the heart and soul of a story, but without any action or unique concepts, it becomes dry. Action can rouse the blood, but without any character development or unique concepts, it quickly gets monotonous. Unique concepts will attract reader’s eyes… until they see that said concepts have no character development or action behind them, at which point those readers will put your story down.

It’s a fine balance, but it must be maintained if you want to keep your readers reading.

anonymous asked:

do you have any tips for writing papers in college? i'm a freshman and i have absolutely no clue as to what is standard/expected in my first paper

YES I DO ACTUALLY but this isn’t the peak of paper writing lmao this is just what I personally do and how I like to do it. If you want a more comprehensive list of things I recommend googling and finding other posts because what works for me might not work for you or anyone else! Okay so:

1. Figure out exactly what you’re writing about. It’s good to have a really specific idea or ideas so you know where you want to go and what point you want to make. Like if you’re writing about hyper sexualization of women in modern American movies you might want to focus especially on one movie or movie genre in particular and back it up with examples from related movies. Or if you’re writing a paper about the relationships between characters in The Great Gatsby, focus on one character and how they affect those around them, how they’re affected in return, and what their specific purpose is in the book itself. You can have a super specific point backed up with more general sources.

2. Look at lots of sources. I always have like 12 tabs open and go between sources until I have ideas that drive my point. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what I want to say until I’ve looked at a few sources. While you’re doing this you might find that you want to change topic and that’s totally fine and one of the best parts about writing papers in my opinion! It’s good to choose sources that are reliable and thought provoking to you so you can write papers more easily. If you just choose a bullshit topic with lots of sources on it but you don’t care at all about what you’re saying, it makes writing a lot more difficult than it needs to be.

3. Start with your thesis statement/ introduction. I always do this and always have done this even though I’ve always been told not to do this. I think it’s the easiest way to get my brain prepared for the rest of my paper. If you write your intro and have a really clear thesis then you’ll know exactly where your paper is going and exactly what you’ll need from your sources. This is undoubtedly the hardest part of writing the paper but I think it’s also the most important. You’re setting the scene for your reader with your intro and you want your thesis statement to grab attention and precisely state what’s going on in your paper.

4. Start writing! Read your sources again and figure out how you’ll incorporate them into what you’re saying. If you get stuck in a body paragraph just start writing without thinking too hard. You’ll probably have to edit that a lot but one of the best things you can do is to just relax and let your brain take care of it. You’ll come up with ideas if you let this happen and you’ll figure out what you’re saying.

5. Edit as you write. If you’re writing and find that you’re drifting away from your thesis statement, change it (your thesis). There’s nothing wrong with writing and changing what you’re saying halfway through as long as you edit everything to make it flow. I don’t do rough drafts because it’s so much easier for me to just edit and reread and tweak things as I’m working as opposed to making something entirely and then going back to it to change it later.

6. Use strong vocabulary. If you find that you’re using words or phrases too much, find synonyms. I google synonyms and definitions constantly (even just in Real Life) so that I can make the strongest statement possible using words that fit perfectly. Instead of saying “makes clear” say “elucidates” and stuff like that. In college papers especially you’ll establish your credibility by using strong vocabulary that fits what you’re talking about. BUT, don’t use too many big words that people may not know because then your overall tone will just be pretentious and too wordy to be easily understood (you’ll look like you’re trying too hard to sound smart instead of just effortlessly sounding smart). Find the right balance between strong vocabulary and easily understood words.

7. Refrain from using I, we, us, etc. when writing formally. Sometimes you can do that depending on what kind of paper it is but in general don’t do that. Instead of saying things like “it makes us ask the question _________?” say “so the viewer/ reader/ whoever may begin to wonder _______?” You get the idea. Also it sucks but a lot of formal papers don’t want you to use the gender neutral “they” but “he or she”/ “him or herself” etc. when referring to people.

8. Have a strong conclusion where you end your paper with a bang and restate your thesis. The conclusion should be just as strong as the intro but you can use the conclusion to tie together any loose ends and really make clear what it is you’ve been arguing/ analyzing/ whatever your whole paper. Don’t start with “in conclusion” though.

9. Don’t use any transition words actually. In high school and middle school and every other time of my life before AP English (which was basically college lbr) I would start each paragraph with words like “next” and “then” or “in conclusion” but DON’T DO THAT because it makes your writing sound really simple and poorly thought out. Use a transition sentence where you relate what was happening in your previous paragraph to what’s about to happen in the following paragraph. “As numbers of ______ increase, however, this causes a multitude of issues for ________”. It’s easy once you get the hang of it and it also helps you create a really cohesive paper that supports your main point.

10. Use Easybib to cite. I don’t know how to cite things without Easybib. It’s worth it. Also just use Google Drive in general because it’s easier than Microsoft Office products and it’s also free and I can’t say enough nice things about Google Drive.

I HOPE THIS HELPS!! It gets easier the more you do it and you’ll figure out what you’re doing eventually. Best of luck! 💖

anonymous asked:

How can I make my writing sound less... boring? I also have trouble with using the same words over again, so on one page the same word describes the same action twice or more.

Let’s look at what might make your writing boring:

  • Style: If your writing reads as “this happened and then this happened and then this happened”, if you’re not rewriting anything to improve it, or if you’re using redundancies, your style is the problem. There is a style tag on my tags page that can help you with this, but you can also look at the description tag.
  • Plot: Sometimes the plot can be boring without the story being boring, but the characters need to be superb in those stories. If your story is not heavily character driven, your plot can’t be boring. Make sure there are risks. Let your characters lose every now and then. Make it interesting. The plot and plot development tags on the tags page can help with this.
  • Too Much Detail: Unless it’s important, you don’t need to describe your characters making breakfast or getting dressed. It adds too much unnecessary detail. Ask someone to read over your writing. Have them highlight or underline everything they skip over or have them mark the places where they start to skip parts of writing. Get rid of those parts or rewrite them.
  • Pacing: If you have slow pacing where slow pacing is not needed, the writing will come off as boring. Too much description and too slow of a transition from one idea or event to the next can slow down your pacing. For tips on this, check the tags page for the pacing tag.
  • Long Paragraphs or Long Sentences: If most of your writing is a string of long sentences and long paragraphs, it can come off as boring. Add some variety in sentence length. Make sure paragraphs aren’t too long. People tend to get bored when a long paragraph is coming up.
  • Too Formal: Creative writing does not have to exist within the rules of academic writing. You can start sentences with “because” and you can write a paragraph that is only one word long. Mix it up. Find your writing style.
  • No Devices: Try using metaphors, similes, foreshadowing, allusion, symbolism, and other literary devices to deepen your writing.
  • Glue Words: This ties in with style. Glue words are words that can be taken out of the sentence without losing meaning. They’re words like: on, out, up, through, after, before, in, but, the, etc. Instead of “He came into the room through the door.” you can say “He came into the room.”
  • Character: It’s easier to write a boring story if you write in first person because the reader is then closer to this character. If a character has a boring voice, the story will be boring. Check the style and voice tag for help with this.
2015/16 OP Big Bang FAQ and Schedule

Welcome to the 2015-16 One Piece Big Bang! To those of you who took part last year - welcome back! To those of you who are new, good luck and welcome to the fun.

There are a few changes to the event this year to help things run a bit more smoothly and easily for everyone. Please make sure you read this post through even if you participated last year.


So. What is a big bang!?
A Big Bang is a fandom event where writers work on a long piece fanfiction and artists collaborate with them to produce art based on that story.

How do I sign up? What accounts do I need?
Any account! Sign ups will be through google forms this year so you don’t need to have a tumblr or fanfiction or whatever. As long as you have one account somewhere that I can contact you (and hopefully where you will post!) and sign up with that name, that’s it really.

The form will be simple and ask questions like your user name and site for that name, your email (I will need this to be able to contact you with important event information), etc. Once I receive your sign up, I will send you a confirmation within 48hrs. If you do not receive this confirmation then please sign up again to be safe!

Okay so when can I sign up?
Sign ups will be open from the 1st October to the 31st October. Late entries need to be discussed with me, but within reason I let people join slightly out of the time set down.

What do I HAVE to create to take part?
There is a change this year! There will be two tiers - a mini bang which will be for stories between 15,000 words and 24,000 words and a big bang that is 25,000 words or more. You do not have to decide right away which tier you will fall into (we all know stories grow!), but I’d like to know towards the end of the process so that posting isn’t too overwhelming.

Stories must be completed works and new works that can stand alone without needing another story to understand what’s going on. You’re welcome to write a sequel/prequel/companion story though as long as it is still understandable alone.

For artists, you will have to create a minimum of one piece of art based on a fic of your choosing. Anonymous summaries will go up January time and you can choose the story you’d like to work on. Authors will be asked to provide a few paragraphs for the selection process so that artists can get a feel for the story. 

Traditional art, digital art, fanvids, graphics and manips are all accepted as pieces of art. Other forms of art (for example fanmixes) may be used, but they count as accompanying pieces and not as full artwork.

What can I create for this Big Bang?
Anything, as long as it is related to One Piece. Any pairing/no pairing, genre, crossover, fusion, etc. is allowed as long as the focus is on One Piece and its characters. OCs are also allowed, again as long as One Piece characters are the main focus (OC/Charater pairings are completely fine!)

Can I write more than one story?
Yes, as long as they all follow the event’s rules. Artists are allowed to create art for more than one fic as well, though secondary clamings won’t open up until every artist has received a fic.

Can I sign up as an artist and a writer?
Of course! Just keep in mind the deadlines and be aware that it might be a lot of work for you. 

I already have an artist/writer who wants to work with me - can I still sign up?
Yes! In the sign up form, it will ask if you already have a partner for this event and you’re more than welcome to have already chosen someone. Both parties will still need to sign up, though you won’t go through the matching process like the others. 

Where will works be posted?
That is entirely up to you. You can host your works on lj, deviantart, dw, tumblr, fanfiction.net, AO3 or any other platform you wish. A masterpost will be posted on both the livejournal and tumblr for this event so that everyone can be linked to your works. 

Can I post snippets of my work before the posting date?
I’m afraid not. You can share your work with your partner and you’ll need to send your work to the mod for later check ins, but please refrain from posting WIPs or snippets otherwise. 

What happens if I need to drop out?
Please inform the mod asap. No one wants anyone to drop out, but sometimes it does happen and we all need to know asap! 

What is the schedule?
Please be aware that the schedule does change sometimes so this is a rough guide more than set in stone.  

From now
- Promote the event and get ready! The more people who take part, the more exciting this will be.

October 1st
- Writer Sign Ups Open
- Artist Sign Ups Open

October 31st
- Writer Sign Ups Close

December 28th - January 7th
- Mandatory Writer Check In and Submission of Anonymous Summaries

January 6th
- Artist Sign Ups Close

January 8th
- Anonymous story summaries posted for artists to view

January 9th-10th
- Artist/Writer Matching

February 10th - 14th
- Artist/Writer Check In

March 21st - 27th
- Final Mandatory Check in for Artists/Writers. Posting dates will also be allocated at this time

April 1st
- Go Live! 

What do I do now?

Until sign ups open, please promote the event and make sure you’re familiar with the rules. If you have any questions, please ask away either on the lj, tumblr or at onepiecebigbang@gmail.com Please watch the lj community/follow the tumblr account to make sure you keep up to date with the latest event news.