in two different sections

Revision Advice: The first draft is complete…Now what?

This one is going to be a long one, so feel free to simply go to the section you need.

General Tips:

  • Keep notes of things to fix while you’re writing the first draft. Leave them for revision and just keep writing that first draft. (Post about that here)
  • Revising is about plot and characterization. Editing is fixing grammar, spelling, word choice, etc. Focus big picture when revising.
  • It’s probably going to take a couple drafts to get it just right.
  • Even when I delete scenes/paragraphs, I like to keep them in a separate document. Sometimes the deleted scene/paragraph was simply misplaced and can be rewritten and added somewhere else.
  • Think about other stories in your genre (and even outside your genre) that you’ve read. Why did those work? What did you like about them?
  • Take your time to think about the story you’ve written and different possibilities regarding areas you find troubling or feel could use more help. I like mindless tasks to help me do this (i.e. walking, showering, sweeping, coloring, listening to music…).
  • You’ll probably here every writer say this, including me: Revision is really where the story comes alive. It’s where things start to smooth out. Of course the first draft is essential, but revision is where you refine and hone it. It’s where you can add little “Easter Eggs”.
  • Also, can I just say, revisions are the worst and best things ever. After working so hard to finish writing, you then have to tear it apart. But trust me, it’ll be better for it. Save copies of your various drafts and keep pushing forward.

If you need help figuring out what to revise:

  • Read it through—out loud. Not much to say here. But reading it out loud does help.
  • Take a break from it: Honestly, sometimes the best thing you can do is let yourself forget about it for a while. Then come back and reread. It simulates having another person read it (which is, of course, also a good idea), without actually having to give it over (which is also incredibly difficult).
  • Story planning: I have post already about this, but I want to add a few things that relate specifically to revisions
    • Write the story out exactly as it is, in really broad strokes. One sentence (or two) to describe each chapter. When you’re finished, read it over. Does the plot make sense? Is there another way to think about it? Are there too much “opening” chapters before the conflict gets going (the general rule is that it shouldn’t take more than three)?
    • Now, add the characterization the broad plot outline. How does the character change (or not) through the book, in relation to the plot? Balancing the characterization and plot progression is difficult. I know for me, I am either solid at one or the other, depending on the book. If you feel like the characterization is on point, but the plot is weak, focus on the plot. Same goes vice versa.
      • See Plot Changes or Character Changes for more advice about revisions regarding those subjects
  • PLOT changes advice:
    • This is difficult to talk about generally, but here we go…
    • Pacing: Basically, the pacing is about the number of scenes and how quickly they play out. This may seem obvious, but if the pacing feels fast than you might need to add more detail to a scene or else add another scene or two between big, major story-line scenes. There should be a bit of filler but not too much. If the pacing is slow, then perhaps you can pare down a scene or two, or even remove one.
    • Plot Arcs: Of course you have your main arc that is moving the story forward. But there should also be the smaller but related arcs that are usually more character related.
      • Large and small arcs should all tie together or be related in some capacity, otherwise it won’t feel cohesive.
      • Look at both small and large when reviewing the plot.
      • You can leave some arcs hanging. Usually the smaller arcs—which can even turn into large arcs in future books!
      • For large arcs, people typically know to add the major climax and resolution. But sometimes the climax can feel a bit weak. One way to make it feel more dramatic is to have a sort of “false climax”. Basically, this is where the reader thinks it’s going to be the climax and the scene resembles the actual climax later, but it somehow goes wrong or falls short.
        • Example: the main hero goes to battle the villain and….loses. Hero goes away, regroups/re-plans, and tries again. Maybe even loses a second time. On the third attempt—Hero wins (for the most part…you can make this dramatic as you want as well. It doesn’t have to be a perfect win, after all).
        • That is a very, very weak example but I hope that makes sense. If you have a lot of rising action up to one, single battle in which the hero wins, it’s probably going to feel less dramatic.
  • CHARACTER changes advice:
    • How can and does the plot affect the character’s life, thoughts, and beliefs? Do they overcome their fears? Do they create fears?
    • How do the other characters—including and especially the villain—change the character?
    • I guess my main piece of advice here is think of your characters as actual people. Everyone is flawed. No one is going to do the right thing all the time. Really take the time to think about your character and who they are. You can even make lists about their hopes, dreams, fears, favorite flavor of ice cream, hobbies, etc. Every little thing helps.

If you know what to change:

  • FIRST REVISION:
    • Make big changes first: delete those extra sections, write the new scenes, add in the extra dialogue or description, etc. Save smaller changes (like a name or place change or even going through and changing/tightening a paragraph) for the next read through and revision.
    • The reason to do the big stuff first is because things might change. For instance, if you go through and edit a paragraph or even combine two paragraphs, it might change if you’re planning to make some series plot overhaul. And all that hard work might be wasted.
    • If you’re writing a story with any type of mystery, make sure you planted enough large and small hints. 
  • SECOND/SUBSEQUENT REVSION(S):
    • Continuing make any other major story altercations as needed…
    • Focus on the “medium changes”. Mostly, I like to think of this as the paragraph by paragraph revising. Combining, adding, revising, and cutting paragraphs. Make the writing and storytelling smooth and tight as you can. If you are questioning whether you want to keep something or not, you probably don’t. Or else, there’s a simpler way to say something. I’m definitely of the mind that less is more.
    • Cut any repetitive statements/areas. I have the habit of repeating myself a LOT. Basically saying the same thing twice. I mean, I say it in two different sections and in different ways, but usually you don’t need to do that. Often times it bogs it down. I blame my high school writing word count minimums for this one…Get rid of the filler!
    • Not everything has to be said. Not everything has to be described. If a scene seems off in some way, play around with switching some dialogue to description and vice versa. I already have a post about dialogue/description balance . If you know that post or have read it, this is honestly a good place to think about those changes.

Hope this helped…Happy writing everyone.

The Tattoo Artist

Pairing: Y/N/Soulmate!Calum

Rating: PG-All

Request: No

Words: 4.450+

Summary: In which everyone gets a name tattoo of their soulmate on their wrist when they turn eighteen but Y/N doesn’t believe in it and wants hers covered up by the male tattoo artists whose shop is right down the street

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Fantastic Beasts was really good in that it was like watching two different but equally interesting movies that had a weird crossover section at the end. 

There was ‘cute british man child and animal friends take new york’ 

and ‘pain: the gay ghost story’ 

THAT’S RIGHT I HIT 200 FOLLOWERS A FEW DAYS AGO SO! 

Wowowow !! I have only been here a month and so but still this fandom makes me feel so at home ! Ever since I got here I’ve just been blessed with such amazing people and it’s meant the world to me. I rarely go outside the DBZ fandom but because of this blog I am able to happily explore more rp fandoms too ! I made Bakugou on a whim right after an ‘alt muse’ meme and OH GOSH I found out people had blogs over here sooo I felt more inclined to jump on over ^^

I love love LOVE portraying Bakugou and being able to interact with you all !! It has made me so comfortable being myself too which is crazy ! I can just be hella chill but in a real way. Alright I’m gonna stop being sappy and get on with it cause it’s call out time- I mean, mentioning some cool ass blogs ofc

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NCT 127 reaction to their gf who always puts her hands under their shirt or up their sleeves to feel their skin as a habit

‘’Hello, can you do nct 127+bts reaction to their gf always puts her hands under their shirt or up their sleeves to feel their skin as a habit 😇 thank you in advance’’ - @sinerwhoisasin

A/N: Thank you so much for your request! I hope you like it! The BTS version is coming soon! ^^

Disclaimer: I do NOT own any of the gifs! They belong to their rightful owners!
I also do not own NCT.

Unfortunately. Wish I owned them. Especially Johnny.

Taeyong

Would definitely be surprised every time your hand would creep underneath his shirt and perhaps jump back just a little. He wouldn’t mind it in the end, though, he’d just laugh about it and let you be.

He would prefer it, though, if you up his sleeves instead as it would make him feel more comfortable - so just to make him more comfortable you would up his sleeve more, only put your hand under his shirt if you two were in a teasing mood, or something. Taeyong would also prefer it if the two of you were alone, the guys were big teases, after all.

When the two of you were alone, he was working and you were simply reading a book. The book became boring after a while, so you’d grab your laptop and casually sit next to him and do your own stuff.

After a couple of minutes, you would up his sleeve unintentionally while watching a video and stroke his arm a bit. Taeyong shivered for a bit, and lost all concentration in his work as he glanced over to you.

‘’Ah, really, Y/N? Now? You’re too cute,’’ he laughed.

Originally posted by teeuai

Mark

Would probably tease you a little about it every time your habit would show up. Not just with words, but also actions - starting to sit closer to you, stare at you until you noticed what you were doing, and so on.

He wouldn’t really mind it, but just like Taeyong I think he would feel more comfortable if you two were alone. Especially since his hyungs would also tease him about it, and also just the feeling of being touched underneath his shirt in public, where everyone could see it. Of course if you’d up his sleeve, he’d be cool with that everywhere.

Since you and Mark weren’t good in cooking at all, you decided to do the groceries so you did at least something for dinner, instead of letting the other guys do everything. The two of you stood still at the cooling section where the different kinds of meat, chicken and fish were. You were both looking for the meat the other guys told you to get, but couldn’t find it easily.

While just standing there and looking, your hand would up his sleeve and just rest against his soft and fair skin which caught Mark off guard.

‘’I don’t think I would be good to use for dinner, Y/N. Try again,’’ He’d tease as he slightly chuckled.

Originally posted by asilentkkaebsong

WinWin

WinWin would definitely be so shy about this if you were with the other guys. Not only because they would tease him, but also because he wouldn’t exactly know how to respond to them very well in Korean - he’s learning, though.

If it was just the two of you, he would be so comfortable and casually join you with the skin touching, even if it was just a habit of yours. He loved it, though, he thought it was cute and that you were just the cutest thing ever.

The two of you were just chilling in the living room, watching a movie in silence until your hand moved underneath his shirt and would casually rest on his belly. He’d abruptly look at you as he blinked a couple of times, but quickly wrap his arms around you as he laughed.

‘’Ahhh you’re so cute, Y/N! It tickles, though!’’

Originally posted by cypher127

Yuta

Okay so I guess we’re almost done with the innocent ones, but then there’s Yuta. Every time your habit would show, this guy would tease you so, so much. He couldn’t care less if the guys were around when you’d put your hand under his shirt, or up his sleeve without realizing it at that moment. He would simply tease you back, that’s all.

The two of you were cooking for the others, and you had finished your part so all you could do now was stand next to Yuta and watch him prepare his part. He was cooking the chicken and seasoning it, you just watched.

Without realizing it, you stood closer to him than before and your rather cold hands would slip underneath his shirt and simply rest there. Yuta smirked a little, especially when some of the guys walked in.

He quickly grabbed a glass and filled it with water, handing it over to you as the grin on his face became bigger and bigger.

‘’Seems like you’re rather thirsty, Y/N. Here, drink something.’’ He frowned, causing you to blush out of embarrassment and quickly withdraw your hand.

Originally posted by y-ta

Taeil

Taeil would be rather confused. How did this become your habit in the first place? Did you expect something as you touched his body? He had no idea, but apparently it became a habit and he had to deal with this. He didn’t exactly mind it, but it confused him, that’s all.

The two of you were washing the dishes, and his part was to dry them and put them away. Your task was easy and done quicker than Taeil’s. While waiting for him you’d put both your hands underneath his shirt as you waited.

Taeil shivered a bit and looked at you, confused like usual.

‘’Y/N, I don’t have any ABS!’’ He would respond, thinking that was what you were aiming for.

Originally posted by jihansol

Doyoung

This guy’s a meme, though. And a happy bunny. But he would be so incredibly shook every time your hand was touching his body - was it a hint? Was there something wrong? Or right? Were you trying to tell him something?

At the most random moments, he felt your hand resting on his belly and he would look so confused and shocked. He’d clear his throat as he looked at you, slightly uncomfortable of your random actions which turned out to be one of your weird habits.

‘’Eh, Y/N… Something the matter?’’

Originally posted by mvpshawolist

Haechan

Haechan would somehow be like Yuta, but in a fun way. I don’t think Haechan would diss you as much (especially in front of others) like Yuta would. He’d tease you in a way so you wouldn’t mind it, either.

Your habit was to up his sleeve at random times, to feel his skin and then down his sleeve again once you were done. At first it really confused the heck out of this naughty Maknae, but at some point he got used to your funny habit.

Like mentioned before, you’d do it at incredibly random times - when you were out for dinner, maybe, just sitting at home, doing chores; random times. Haechan would laugh mischievously as he felt his sleeve going up his arm again and felt your soft hand against his skin.

‘’I know you love me, Y/N. Words are enough, you know? No need to get so intimate.’’ He’d laugh out loud.

Originally posted by nctinfo

Jaehyun

Would be both confused but also chill about it on the outside, but sort of shook on the inside. Of course he had never experienced this before he met you, but then again - this habit is what made you, you. And that is who he fell in love with. Then again, it had him shocked every time, but he wouldn’t let you know.

The two of you were just chilling in the practice room after NCT’s practice was over, you were planning on going out for dinner soon but you let Jaehyun rest for a little bit. You sat down next to him and after a minute or two he’d feel your hand going up his body.

‘’Ahh, Y/N. You’re doing it again.’’ He would remove your hand from his body as he looked at you, smiling awkwardly. ‘’I’m sweating, it’s gross. Please not now.’’

Originally posted by yonges

Johnny

Again. Johnny. Where to start. He had gotten used to it by now, and would probably go all savage on you at first, you’d probably get a little angry because you really can’t help your weird habit, but he’d make it up to you soon by kissing your cheek and hugging you, or whatsoever. He did see it as a compliment, though. You wouldn’t touch him if you didn’t like any of his features, so that’s that.

English wasn’t your first language, you knew it well but you wanted to know things better, so of course you would ask Johnny(or Mark, but only if Johnny was very busy which wasn’t often as he always made time for you). He’d explain you the things you didn’t understand, help you with some grammar or expand your vocabulary. He stopped in the middle of his sentence as he felt that you upped his sleeve again while looking at the text he had written.

He frowned as he began leaning against you teasingly.

‘’You know, saying the words ‘oh daddy’ would’ve been a better hint, Y/N. This one’s becoming old.’’

‘’This isn’t funny, Johnny! Ugh, I’m sorry.’’

‘’Don’t apologize. It’s too funny, and cute.’’ He’d say as he quickly pressed a kiss onto your forehead and continued explaining what he was explaining to you before.

Originally posted by nakamotens

(I needed an excuse to use this gif and it doesn’t fit but I love this okay, deal with it : ) )

A/N: Hope it’s okay and ugh iT’S SO LONG AGAIN SORRY?

A Touch to Remember (Wonwoo Scenario)
  • Pairing: Wonwoo x Reader
  • Word Count: 988
  • Warnings: None!
  • Type: SchoolAU!, Fluff

Summary: You’re partnered with Wonwoo, a boy you don’t really know from your class, for a project and you both learn more about each other through your working together, a rewarding surprise waiting after all your hard work.

A/N: Sorry for any mistakes, and sorry for the really long wait!

Mingyu and Sarah. Jinyoung and Katherine. Phillip and Somi. (Y/N) and Wonwoo. You looked around the room, looking for a boy with a tall stature, brown hair, a sharp jawline, and pretty eyes bordered with silver rimmed glasses. To the left? All desks were abandoned and messy. To the right? Just a few girls eating their lunch. To the middl-

“Looking for me?” Wonwoo stood in front of you, one eyebrow raised, arms crossed, and a playful smirk plastered across his face. But all you could see was a white t-shirt nicely hugging a male chest and as you looked up, you realized who was talking. 

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Thank you guys so much for 2,000 followers on IGBT. I won’t get long and gross and sappy today no not today but here is the celebratory Drunk Confessions by the Maknae Line. 

I had to split this into two different sections of drunk texts and sober texts so stay tuned for the sober texts. But i hope you like these!

내 피땀 눈물-Admin X

Ok so I have decided to make a post about hearing from God! I will break this down into two sections so I can cover different things!

How to Hear from God

 I used to struggle with this and I realized that it was because I didn’t know HOW God speaks to me. I don’t think that God speaks to everyone in the EXACT same way. How He speaks to you might be different from how He speaks to me.

 For example, God speaks to me through my Spirit. When God speaks to me, His voice sounds like my own voice in my head but I can tell that it is not my own voice because my spirit recognizes that it is God’s voice. It took some time for me to learn to recognize God’s voice, but with God’s help, I learned and so can you! God may speak to you through other people, through television, through dreams and visions, He may speak to you in a variety of different ways! I believe that God speaks to us in a way that He knows will reach us. We need to know HOW God speaks to us so that we can better know WHEN He is speaking and so we can know to listen!!

 So with that in mind…If you don’t know how God speaks to you, you should ask Him HOW He speaks to you! God will reveal this to you if you ask Him fully believing that He will reveal it to you. Remember that Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (NIV)James 4:2says,You do not have because you do not ask God” (NIV). So just ask God to reveal to you HOW He speaks to you and He will!

If you ask God how He speaks to you personally, then you can know how and when to listen to Him. For example, If He speaks to you through others, then you can know to tune more into what others say to you and pay attention to their words and see if their words register with your spirit! For another example, If you find out that God speaks to you through books, then you can know to pay more attention to books that might stand out to you because God may be pointing you towards them. 

It is important to note that your spirit recognizes God! I found out that God speaks to me through my spirit because I have asked God about it and seeked Him about it. I’ve realized that He also speaks to me through others, television, books, movies, and some other ways and again, I know this because I desired to know how God speaks to me and He gave me an answer! You can find this out too, all you have to do is ask God! Believe me, He wants to help you out!

The second thing that I would like to cover is…

How to Know When God is Speaking to You

 This is something that I feel like a lot of Christians struggle with, including myself. Don’t worry, here’s some advice on how you can tell when God is speaking to you!!

 You can go through this little checklist to help you know if God is really speaking to you or not! These are a few things you can ask yourself!

 1. Does what you heard line up with the Bible?

a. This is so important because if what you heard DOES NOT come in agreement with what The Word says, then it is not from God.

 2. Does what you heard encourage you and uplift you?

a. If what you heard is not encouraging and uplifting, but discouraging, then what you heard is not from God. God does not want to discourage us and He does not want to make us feel inadequate. He wants to uplift us and help us. If you feel like God is telling you something that is not encouraging and uplifting, then it is most likely not God that you are hearing from. Remember that the enemy will try to confuse us and tell us things too!

b. God will tell us things such as, “If you keep doing this, then you will get hurt” and that isn’t necessarily the most uplifting or encouraging thing to hear, but it is God trying to look out for us and help us! The devil wouldn’t say something like that because he wants to kill, steal, and destroy us!

 3. Have you heard something more than once?

a. God does repeat Himself. For example, you can hear someone tell you “I feel like you should do this” and then a while later you can hear two other people, who don’t even know each other, tell you the same thing. God repeats Himself to get your attention and to confirm to you that what is being said is from Him!

b. I should note that if you hear God say something once and not again, I don’t think that necessarily means that it wasn’t God speaking to you! 

5. Is what was said confusing?

a. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (KJV).

b. God will never say something confusing or say something to confuse you because He is not the author of confusion. He doesn’t want you all confused. If you have trouble understanding something that God says, then you can always ask Him for clarification!

4. Ask God for confirmation. 

a. If you don’t know whether something you heard is from God or not, ask God to help you! He will tell you! Don’t be afraid to ask God things. Like I said before, He wants to help you!! He loves you!!!!

b. Sometimes I don’t know if what I heard is from God or not and I ask Him about it and I get an answer. I may not always get the answer immediately, but I do get an answer! 


Ok! This is all I have for now. If I think of more or if God gives me more, I will add it onto this. Let me know if this is helpful!! God Bless yall!

Love at First Video Chapter 1

Misha Collins x Reader

1200 Words

Story Summary: You were a babysitter, but you wanted to be more. Deciding to create a cooking video, you were shocked when it garnered the attention of a well known actor. Soon the attention becomes something neither of you can ignore. 

Author’s Note: This is my new story. I just want to say I have nothing against any of the wives of the cast. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you want to be tagged in future chapters!

“Thank you for this chance Mrs. Moore.” You exclaimed to your boss. Smiling, she waved off your thanks. “It’s the least I could do. The kids love you, and you are great with them. As long as it doesn’t get too out of control, then I don’t mind.” She told you, grabbing her briefcase and heading out the door. “By the way, Amelia has dance practice tonight, but I’m not sure I will be home in time.”

As soon as she shut the door behind her, you started dancing around, excited beyond belief. You had been getting the nerve up to ask her for almost a month now, and it was a lot easier than you had thought it would be.

See, you wanted to be a Youtuber, have people watching videos you made. But that wasn’t it, you wanted something fun, and family friendly, that parents and kids would both enjoy. You had thought long and hard, and decided a cooking show with the kids you babysat would be the perfect thing. You loved to cook, you loved kids, and it would definitely add a humor factor to the whole thing. You were so busy dancing around, that you didn’t hear the tiny little foot steps coming up behind you.

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Pygmalion/Galatea au. Coldwave coldflashwave or Flashwave

1. Mick Rory is an artist. Some therapist in his youth helped him channel his pyromania into healthier outlets. He’s done fireworks, but has since turned to fire sculptures. Carefully crafted, carefully planned - short-lived, but glorious works of art.

2. He is one of many artists from Central City invited to participate in an art exhibit commemorating the one year anniversary of the STAR Labs particle accelerator accident, which caused a fair amount of structural damage and claimed a fairly high number of lives.

3. The theme of the exhibit is “What if?” Other artists run with more dystopic visions, a post-pocalyptic Central City, or imagine the particle accelerator working. Assuming they don’t pick something more abstract. Mick seeks inspiration in old comic books and decides to imagine a world where the accident created superheroes and supervillains.

4. For his supervillain he draws inspiration from a boy he once knew, a boy he met during his only stint in juvie - a boy that he kept a mostly distant friendship with for a few years, until the day that boy - young man, really - was buried, his neck broken from falling out a window from far too high up during a b&e.

5. For his superhero, he studies the unofficial memorial wall erected at the edge of the accident site, and comes across a photo of a happy young man, a CSI who died from a lightning strike during the horrifically enhanced thunderstorm that the accident caused (among other things).

6. The review of the exhibit praises Mick’s fire sculpture, the life of it, how he’s managed to - impossibly - make his flames seem like ice, like lightning, as hero and villain chase one another in an eternal, endless dance.

7. The same newspaper runs a far smaller notice in a different section about the two slightly singed mysterious individuals who caused a disturbance at the exhibit and who seem to be suffering from some form of amnesia.

8. Neither Captain Cold nor the Flash are entirely certain of where the hell they’ve ended up, or why the cold gun and the speedster powers seem to be - not currently functioning.

9. This does not make them want to work together.

10. They both have the feeling that their current situation has something to do with the large man with the burns.

11. Mick is not entirely sure what he’s supposed to do with the man with the cold eyes, who seems to have already claimed a section of Central’s underworld (Cold was playing those games long before his cold gun, after all) and keeps circling him, or with the pretty young man who seems so very earnest about everything, who follows him around until he more or less takes him in.

12. It’s not that he’s objecting to the attention, mind.

13. Even though Cold and Flash (they can’t remember other names - they’re certain they must have had names, proper names, but they can’t remember - still, they both use fake names when talking to people, including Mick) fight like cats and dogs over Mick.

14. Eventually, one of them lets the whole superhero/villain thing slip in Mick’s presence, and Mick goes very, very still, because that little bit of superhero mythos? He’s pretty sure that he created that. And didn’t actually tell anybody except the sculpture he was building, telling his hero and villain that “You are going to be so fucking gorgeous! If only you were real!”

15. Possibly, Mick was very lonely.

16. Eventually they grudgingly agree to share. Mick very soon grows tired of the careful scheduling his hero and villain (mostly his villain) get up to and drag the pair of them in bed with him at once. They still fight like cats and dogs in bed, but Mick isn’t complaining about being the battlefield.

Operation Sleepyhead

Hello my little lovelies! I know what you are thinking. This isn’t the update you were looking for. I know, I know. Seriously please don’t throw things at me. The Iron Garden as always is in the works, chapter 9 will hopefully be out very soon! So back to your first question, what the hell is this non Iron Garden update. Well since you asked i’ll tell you! This little one-shot is dedicated to one very special friend and Gajevy author. The wonderful, fantastic, glorious, my princess of smut (are you ready?! *drum-roll*) @smartcookie727 ! This is my girl she collaborated with me for Chapter 8 of the Iron Garden and she has some steamy lemony one-shots that you need to check out if you haven’t yet! I have dedicated this little piece to her in the hopes that is makes her heart smile, she needs a little extra sunshine. In fact if you want to help me spread the love please go check her out! Help me send this amazing author some extra well deserved attention!  

Oh also this is NSFW, rated M-ish ya know what I like people.

Thank you for reading, I love to hear from you! So please feel free to send an ask, message or any method of communication you prefer.

Operation Sleepyhead

AKA - How To Wake A Bookworm Redfox Style

The pitter patter of soft paws in the kitchen woke Gajeel. He kept his eyes closed as he listened to his cat turn the sink on and rummage through the cupboards. Attempting to ignore his acute hearing Gajeel pulled the warm body beside him closer. He gradually began to drown out the noise past his bedroom as he curled his mate’s form closer to his chest. Gently he slowly scooped her so he was cuddling her. One arm wrapped around her small waist while the other reached to intertwine his fingers with hers. He affectionately blew away the mess of blue curls that covered her shoulders.

She shivered, and he watched amused as small goosebumps rose on her ivory skin where his breath had landed.

“Nooooo” she mumbled.

He barely understood her dismay as she stuck a leg back to rest between his thighs.

Gajeel rolled his eyes knowing she couldn’t see him. He never understood why her cuddling habits were so odd. Even now she was fast asleep again with a leg awkwardly resting behind her. He adjusted himself as she continued to wiggle so that her other foot pressed against his shin and then reached one arm out to rest over her head.

Smiling devilishly Gajeel returned to the spot he had blown her hair from earlier as he began to lay soft kisses on the bare skin beside her shoulder blade. He kissed her gently slowly working his way up to her neck. He paused his lips pressed against her skin as she daintily stirred.

“Mmm yous stop geel.” Levy turned her face into the pillow as she went back to sleep.

Gajeel smiled against her skin tuned into the sound of her slow breathing. One of his most favorite things about his mate was her inability to function first thing in the morning. He found it adorable the way her words jumbled as the drunkenness of sleep still held her. He had learned since they began sharing a bed that Levy was most definitely not a morning person. Her weaknesses for late night reading made her useless until late afternoon, it was with exceptional effort on his part that they made it out the front door before 10 am.

Knowing they needed to leave around 9 am Gajeel had already begun what he had nicknamed Operation Sleepyhead . As it always is began with good morning kisses.

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There will be two different sections on this blog:


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Living With The Murderer Pt 4

Originally posted by h-sh

Title: Living With The Murderer.

Genre: Light fluff, little bit of angst and some tears.

Member: Zelo.

Word Count: 2511.

Description: Zelo is angry at you again, yes you are technically crying over spilt milk. But that doesn’t really matter because it turns out Youngjae is being pretty nice, nice enough to tell you there are some things you still don’t know.

This was hell, this was literal hell. You wanted to die on the spot, you didn’t care about a funeral or a grave site, as long as you were descending from the earth and being put as far away as possible from the five supposedly grown men you had been forced to go grocery shopping with.

“What do you need to make pasta again?” You couldn’t even answer their questions anymore, your ears were literally ringing because of their repeated show of stupidity and your body was ridden into that growingly familiar feeling of stiffness.

And what caused it this time?

Zelo again, of course.

His hand was on the shopping cart, right next to yours, just a mere millimetre away from making contact with your own hand. And even though the stupidity and the idiocity of the people you were shopping with proved to be able to distract your mind, it couldn’t distract your rigid body and how uncomfortable you were.

“What do you put in pasta again?” Jongup asked, holding up a packet of pasta in Daehyun’s direction and the older of the two shrugged as he snatched the packet from him.

“I don’t know, but it always tastes good”

“I know what goes in pasta” Zelo gasped and he approached the two, snatching the packet out of Daehyun’s hands to throw it in the shopping cart as you passed them. You chose to ignore them, Zelo had finally left your side which meant you were now free to roam around the supermarket without looking like a walking statue.

“Hummus, hummus, aha! Hummus” Youngjae clapped and picked up the said hummus once he had found it, he turned around to meet eyes with you and you blinked dully as he skipped towards the shopping cart with his desired item of food.

I swear on the life of me if Himchan turns into a fluffy, stupid little child like the rest of them I’m going to slap him.

You internally vowed to yourself as Youngjae put the hummus in the shopping cart and locked his grip on the side of it, pulling you along with his quickened steps as he dragged the shopping cart with him.

“I think Himchan went this way” Youngjae voiced as if he had been able to read your mind and you hummed in response, focused on not tripping over and actually finding Himchan by staying on your own two feet. When the two of you had found Himchan he was over by one of the fridge sections. His eyes were locked on two different types of cheese, one in each hand, and then they racked the options on the fridge shelves before him that he wasn’t able to pick up.

“Put the cheese down Himchan” You demanded as soon as you got near him, Youngjae reached for one of the cheeses to help Himchan put them down. But what someone had failed to inform you of was the fact that Himchan snarled like a pregnant cat when he was threatened, and clearly having the cheese taken off him was a threat.

“Himchan put down the cheese or a dowse you in vinegar” You threatened, taking the bottle of vinegar from the shopping cart and threatening to remove its lid.

Himchan hissed and with a flick of your wrist, you threatened him again. Himchan screamed and used his body to cover the cheese, waiting for the vinegar to spray him and you laughed at him.

“Dumb ass, it has a seal on it” Youngjae snapped and ripped the cheese out of Himchan’s hands. Once he got the dairy product out of Himchan’s grasp you used the cart to shove Himchan away from the cheese.

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Finally, you were home, by the time you had managed to bring all the grocery bags inside you were exhausted both mentally and physically. If it weren’t for Yongguk coming out of his little hiding spot in the house to help you, you probably would have passed out and you figured that none of those idiots would have known how to help you if that were to ever happen.

Daehyun had disappeared, and Jongup left the kitchen with the excuse to find Daehyun and bring him back to help you. You had found that Himchan was still grumpy from the cheese event and you had no clue where Youngjae was, all you could do as you packed away the food with Zelo and Yongguk was hope that Youngjae wasn’t dead. Because if he were that meant Himchan was probably sitting on the couch with that scowl on his face waiting to murder you next because he didn’t get any wine or cheese on this shopping trip. The thought of that sent a small shiver down your spine but nothing could mess you up more then what was about to happen in the kitchen.

You looked down with an “oh shit” falling from your lips in a loud gasp as Yongguk who had been handing you food to put in the fridge jumped back to avoid having milk thrown on him. You hid by the side of the fridge, dropping the fruit on one of the shelves as you both watched a lidless milk carton fall to the floor. The milk splashed on the floor before spreading into a big puddle with you and Yongguk staring at it in devastation.

“Y/N, please tell me you bought more milk?”

“We did buy more mi-”

“What the fuck are you thinking Y/N?” Zelo snapped and you snarled back a reply for having been cut off and accused before you could even realise what was happening around you.

“I beg your bloody pardon you inconsiderate piece of trash why don’t you quit it with the snapping and take the time to realise it was an accident?” You finally turned to look at Zelo once you had finished your sentence and your eyes widened when you saw how angry he was and your mind almost went blank wit the state of shock you fell into.  

At least he wasn’t crying over spilt milk.

You couldn’t even chuckle over your little thoughts of sarcasm as Zelo slammed a fist on the kitchen bench and began yelling louder.

“That carton was still half full and now because of your stupidity, it’s all on the ground in an utter waste! Look what you’ve done!” He pointed a finger at the milk on the floor and you looked down at the mess, refusing to look back up as your whole body began to shake.

“Zelo calm down, will you? You heard what she said, it was an accident. Now cut Y/N some slack and we will clean the mess up while you finish putting the food away ok?” Yongguk cut in and Zelo shoved him out of the way in response so that he could be towering over your shaking figure. You shrunk in size, he hadn’t even truly begun yet and you were still scared, it made you realise how weak you were compared to how strong you imagined yourself to be.

“You truly are absolutely useless” A gasp escaped you and your head automatically flicked up against your will to meet Zelo’s dark eyes with your own that showed just how shattered you were by his comment.  Your breath quivered as silence passed between the two of you until Yongguk put a hand on Zelo’s shoulder and the taller male turned his body to face him with an angry flick.

“Y/N” Daehyun whispered in the gap of thick silence and you turned around to look at him, Jongup was standing next to him and your head automatically lowered when you realised they would have seen everything that just happened. And then you remembered Himchan sitting in the lounge room where you could hear everything that happened from the kitchen and your embarrassment immediately tripled, causing you to become a shame filled tint of red in the face.

You quickly ran around Daehyun and Jongup, avoiding looking into their eyes again as you passed them. You mentally scolded yourself for leaving Yongguk in there alone with Zelo, but you were too scared to go back in there and instantly promised yourself that you would apologise to Yongguk for the trouble you have caused him as soon as you got the chance to do so.

“God damn it, I promised myself I wouldn’t be like this anymore. Why can’t I ever be strong enough?” Tears had fallen from your eyes and left sparkling trails of your sadness on your cheeks as you slammed the door to your room shut and ran to the safety of your bed, where you yanked the covers back and fell under their warmth as gravity failed to hold them up. You used the palm of your hand to dry your cheeks and wipe away the continuing tears as you sniffled and pulled your pillow into your chest. Your eyes clenched themselves shut and your breath shook with every inhale and exhale. You shook your head, keeping your eyes closed as you forbid yourself to remember those times, you didn’t want to think about those times, you didn’t want to remember what happened to you and you didn’t want to have to feel the same emotions that came with those memories again.

But they played on your mind. They remained the only thing you thought about for hours. And Zelo stood outside your room later that night, wanting to tell you dinner was ready, that you should eat what was presented tonight because it was actually really good and Youngjae was extremely proud of it. Zelo wanted to try and get you to open up to at least somebody in the house, it didn’t even have to be him. Zelo wanted to knock on the door, ask you why he could hear your soft hiccups and the sniffles you were making. He wanted to have you allow him to give you a warm comforting hug while he asked if you wanted to tell him what was wrong, but for some reason, he was too afraid to make his presence known to you.

So instead he went back to the table with a look of defeat. Himchan blinked at him questioningly and Zelo had already given his answer before any of them could ask him where you were.

“She said she isn’t hungry yet” He muttered, not looking at any of them as he slumped down into his seat and snatched at his cutlery with a deep, very evident frown on his lips.

“Well, I mean that’s nothing new, but she has to eat. I’ll see if she wants to eat her meal in her room” Zelo believed that he had witnessed you and Youngjae bond and for a moment he believed that maybe you could find comfort in Youngjae. And once you found comfort in Youngjae maybe you would find yourself being friendly with the others, and eventually, you and him would get along like he wanted you to. Youngjae stood up, taking his plate and reaching across to the empty space on the table to grab yours, with one last smile directed their way, Youngjae gave small chuckle that had his eye crinkling.

“Wish me luck” He commented with a light voice before walking out of the kitchen. The other boys were left sitting in shock with a glum Zelo. It wasn’t very often that they saw a light and fluffy Youngjae, they thought that side of him must have died after being in the gang for so long.

“So um, Got7 have finally cleared off” Yongguk cleared his throat, quickly looking down at the food in front of him and shoving a spoonful of it in his mouth.

“About damn time” Daehyun muffled back through his cheeks that were puffed with half chewed food. Youngjae waltzed up the stairs and down the hall to stand in front of the door to your room.

“Y/N” He called as he used the heel of his foot to knock on the door. You blinked awake from the light sleep you were slipping into and turned your head under the covers to look in the direction of your bedroom door with swollen eyes.

“Can I come in Y/N? My hands are full” You heard Youngjae’s voice again and groggily sat up on the bed, letting the covers fall from your body as you continued moving to get out of the bed.

“I’m coming” You responded through a dry throat and dragged your feet towards the door. Youngjae met your tired, red eyes when you opened the door and his own instantly widened as he shuffled past you to set the plates down on your bedside table.

“What on earth has got you looking like this?” Youngjae asked and the emotions instantly came crashing back into your body as he grabbed you by your shoulders and lifted one of his hands to use a finger to poke your swollen skin under your eyes. You lips quivered and Youngjae watched with an expression of utter cluelessness on his face as your eyes began to water again.

“Zelo yelled at me for spilling the milk when we were putting the groceries away. But the lid wasn’t even on it and it was an accident!” You whimpered, your voice getting shakier and harder to use as you told him what was wrong.

“You’re crying over spilt milk?” Youngjae asked, blinking owlishly as you wiped at your eyes gingerly.

“I’m crying because Zelo got angry at me and Yongguk and it scared so I ran and left Yongguk behind with Zelo being angry” You cried and Youngjae sighed, pulling you into his body and wrapping his arms around you.

“Is that why you told Zelo that you weren’t hungry?” He asked and you looked up at him. It was your turn to hold the expression of confusion on your face as he watched you blinking away your tears.

“Zelo hasn’t been anywhere near me since he got angry at me. I was never told that dinner was ready, I had almost fallen asleep to” You hiccupped and Youngjae’s brows came to meet in the centre of his forehead as he pulled you back into his chest.

“There is so much you still don’t know about this house isn’t there Y/N?” Youngjae mumbled. You wanted to ask him what he meant, ask him what you hadn’t been told but there was a lump in your throat keeping your words at bay.

“Let’s try and eat and see if you feel any better after dinner” Youngjae suggested and you nodded, letting him pull you back towards your bed where you got comfortable and he handed you a plate full of amazing smelling food.

“It smells great” You chuckled weakly and Youngjae gave you a happy grin.

“Good, it better tastes as great as it smells too” Youngjae demanded and brought the food to his mouth, clamping down on it and chewing happily.

“Dig in Y/N!”


After much delay it’s finally here! I hope you enjoyed it and I’m doing my best to get more writing done as I am on a two week holiday right now so my plan is to fill it with updates and all that holiday homework I was given.

I love you xx

Most Definitely a Scamander - a Newt/Tina + Rolf fic

Tagging: @pinkdiamonddolphin

a/n: The two sections of this fic take place at different points – close together but not on the same day. Hope that clears up any confusion!

Summary: “I mean, you have freckles and…and my awfully untidy hair… I’m afraid you’re most definitely a Scamander, whether you like it or not.”
(Or: Newt and Tina comforting their grandson Rolf)


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Taking the ACT: A low down

So I just wanted to do this because my teacher told me I should write a book because I’ve taken the ACT about nine times now. Coming from me - here’s what you need to know! (for all you West Coasters, that is, I know jack squat about the SAT so you’ll find none of that here)

The Low Down

Time - WAY Before the ACT

*Make sure you take it multiple times!! If you’re a Junior, take them ALLL. You can take it like 12+ times. DO IT.

*things to study - ¾ of the test is about English reading speed and comprehension. If you can read quickly and understand it all, and have a good knowledge of English grammar, you’re going to do very well on the ACT. If not, it’s something to practice, the reading speed and comprehension most importantly. I used an ACT prep program for this called Word Smart and it helped me a lot but there are word reading speed programs online for free you can use as well.

*APply! Do it now. Go sign up for the ACT website and Have yourself registered with plenty of time to spare so you don’t pay late fees and your center doesn’t run out of seating! (It happens! Especially the December one when all of the seniors who haven’t taken it yet take it for the first time for college -see point one-)

*Don’t know which one to apply for? (Writing or Non) If you know what college you’re going to, see what they like, if not, take mostly Non and then do one Writing just in case!

**What’s the difference you ask? (between Writing and Non) one has an essay at the end that gets mushed with your English score, but doesn’t affect your overall score. You have thirty minutes and a prompt and you do your essay and it gets graded and it takes like a week or two longer to get your scores.

TIME - Day Before the ACT

*Get ALL of your stuff ready. Get your pencils and erasers and your calculator charged (make sure its an approved calculator! I recommend one with graphing capabilities). Make sure you have like 4+ pencils, just in case and that they are all sharpened! Have your ticket printed out and set this all aside for easy grabbing in the morning so you’re not stressing

*Go to sleep *early* so you have plenty of rest! You won’t regret it, it’s about a 3 hour long test, you need to be awake for it all!

*Set several alarms, just in case, so you can get up in time for…

Time - the DAY OF the ACT!

*Make sure you have plenty of time to eat a very good breakfast! I recommend nothing greasy that could possibly upset your stomach! It needs to be filling, though. I prefer oatmeal! 

*pack some snacks (this can also be done the night before) for your break! And maybe a drink too! You can’t have these out in the testing room but you can have them in a pocket or purse

*Bring a purse of something with big pockets for storage, even a drawstring, no one cares and it’s helpful for keys and wallet and snacks and calculator

*DON’T FORGET YOUR PHOTO ID - if you’re 16+ and drive this should be simple, but if not see if you can get ahold of a passport or visit a local officials office or printing of an ID (permits work too)

*Here in the CST we have to start at 8 for the test, no matter your time just make sure you get there with plenty of time to spare in case you have traffic problems!

*Wear comfortable clothes! You want to be in the best mindset possible while taking the test and NO ONE will care what you look like because they’re focusing on the test too!

*I do recommend a watch. I never brought one myself but it helps with pacing (my rooms always had clocks) and then during your break you know when to go back without feeling rushed or late MAKE SURE it’s a watch that doesn’t beep, though, because a beeping watch can get you ejected from the test just as much as a phone going off can

*GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Time- At the ACT center, before the test!

*LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN YOUR CAR. JUST DO IT. YOU CAN’T GET IT OUT ANYWAYS AND my phone went off with an alarm even though I turned it off and I got kicked out, there are NO exceptions and you just blew a good chunk of money and a lot of your time!!

**If you didn’t drive yourself, the test normally gets over anytime between 11:30-12:30 so leave if with your ride, or at home, and tell them that time. If they’re not there, ask people at the test center and find a phone to use there, or a friend who drove’s phone

*DON’T be dreading it! It won’t help! They design the ACT to test your test taking skills and set it up accordingly for you to be tired and ready to leave by the last test, which is why most say it’s the hardest. Just keep a chipper mind and relax

*If you have test anxiety, doing it multiple times really helps. I was so nervous my first few times but my last times I wasn’t because your routine is the same, the only things that’s slightly different is the questions

Time- DURING the Test!

*the ACT test consists of four different sections. You’re first two sections are English and Math. English is 55 minutes long, Math is 60 minutes. Then you get a 10 minute break. Then back for Reading, which is 45 minutes and Science which I think is about 45 minutes also.

*Pace yourself! Just take a breather. Don’t try to figure out how many questions you need to do a minute (I have. It doesn’t help) Just do it. 

*DON’T spend too much time on one question! You are allowed to mark in your test booklet. Just mark it and come back. You’ll figure out how much time you spend on average per question, and if it takes more time than that, just skip it. 

*You DON’T get faulted for wrong answers! Unlike the SAT, where wrong answers lose you a point from what you already have, on the ACT you just don’t get the point, but you don’t get marked off for it either. SO, if you’re running out of time, just try to figure out a few more and then fill in the rest. IT’S BETTER TO GUESS THAN NOT ANSWER AT ALL because at least you have a chance of getting it right.

*During the break, EAT SOMETHING. stand up and stretch! Go to the bathroom! It will help you wake up and be more alert for the last portion of the test, which you need to be!

*ENGLISH SECTION - focuses on grammar and sentence structure. Has the most questions in it. Tips: Trust your instinct with your answers and don’t over think it. If you have done well in your English classes in the past, you know what you’re talking about. Just go with your gut. 

*MATH SECTION - mostly Geometry and some Trig! If you haven’t taken these classes yet, then don’t worry, that probably means you have some time before the test is super needed (your senior year) just do the best you can. Tips: NEVER stay on one question for too long. If you don’t understand something, SKIP IT IMMEDIATELY, until you find a question you do understand! Then, once you have all of those, take a breath and go back to the beginning and reread. I find, sometimes, that I did understand the question, but in my math section panic, I forgot. If you don’t know it at all, make a logical quess.

*READING SECTION - focuses mostly on reading comprehension. NEVER go to the question and try to find the answer in the article!! It takes more time than you think! TIPS: Just read the whole thing, soak it in, and then answer the questions. It’s a lot easier and less time consuming. Time is of the essence during this test!

*SCIENCE SECTION - focuses mostly on your ability to take a test (endurance) and focus on reading graphs! If you finish Reading early, take a deep breath before this one and just chill. They’re going to throw terms at you that you may not know, but they aren’t important! The questions will focus on their studies, which will all be able to be found in the graphs! TIPS: Read through the info and get a loose understanding. Accept terms but dont try too hard to understand them fully. They just are. Graphs are your friends. Make sure you know how to read them! SKIP QUESTIONS you don’t understand! But with the graphs, it should help!

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Other stuff!!

*ACT Prep! — Don’t get it the first time ! Take it a few times and if you’re not improving, then get it! It really does help!

*START YOUNG. I started sophomore and freshmen year. You can. You can take it so many times. Just do it. Take it like three times sophomore year, maybe once freshmen, five times junior, and as many times as you can senior!

*If you have a score you’re happy with, great! But if you think you can do better DO IT. I believe in you! Reward yourself when scores go up too!

*Ask your teachers for help! Especially if they’ve taught prep courses for the ACT or helped administer it!

*If you get a 30 one time, and then a 27 the next, colleges will only look at the 30, or whatever your best score is! So no worries if it goes down! You don’t lose anything!

*You can ONLY BENEFIT from taking the ACT multiple times where as only taking it once or twice can hinder you! Experience really helps with this one!

Last words of wisdom: You can do it! I hope you get the score you want! Rock on! Your ACT score means money and I hope you get lots of it! :3 Lots of love~ I’m sure you’ll do amazing when you take it!

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episode 1: “you jerks!! and you claim to have gin tama?!”

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Hello sweets! 

I’ve added a prompt list to my blog (you’ll have to be on a web browser to find, or just follow directly from link above) so that if you like you can send in your favourite prompt/s from the given list of goodies! There are two different sections, so if you are to request a number be sure to let me know exactly which section you have chosen from.

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anonymous asked:

Do you know any good ways to learn to speak Cantonese tones? There aren't any teachers even remotely close to me and I am worried that I'm not going to be able to get anywhere close to understandable. Also I am still a bit confused on written Chinese. Are written Mandarin and Cantonese grammatically the same? I know simplified vs traditional, and Cantonese has some unique characters, but I'm not sure if there are other differences (I haven't started learning anything, still gathering resources)

AHHHH THIS IS A NICE ASK, LOTS TO TALK ABOUT 

I mighttt upload a video/audio file of me going over Cantonese tones later on, we’ll see! Here are a couple of Youtube videos going over Cantonese tones: (1) (2) (3) (4). The second and third video are actually in Japanese LOL but there are visuals, so it’s not too difficult to follow. The guy in the fourth video has the correct tones but his pronunciation is a bit off ahaha. For more visuals, you should refer to these images: (1) (2

This whole Written Chinese/Written Cantonese thing is very confusing, but lemme try and break it down:

Let’s start with Standard Written Chinese. This is what you will find in the majority of books, newspapers, and websites. Essays and assignments are always written in Standard Written Chinese, which is based off of Mandarin Chinese. Ignoring slang/dialect-specific words from other Mandarin dialects/other colloquialisms, the grammar you see in writing is essentially the grammar people use to speak to each other in Mandarin. Standard Written Chinese can be split into two scripts: Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese (used in HK, Taiwan, and in some overseas communities). 

What confuses some people is that despite Written Chinese being BASED off of Mandarin, I am able to read Standard Written Chinese in Cantonese, using the Cantonese pronunciations of these words, regardless of whether or not we actually use these words in spoken Cantonese. 

Then we have Written Cantonese which, like you said, has its own unique characters, but also has words from the original Written Chinese vocabulary set, because Mandarin and Cantonese share vocabulary. You can read more about it here. Written Cantonese is based off of how we speak in Cantonese, which can be quite different from Written Standard Chinese.

There are a bunch of special Cantonese characters that are completely meaningless to non-Cantonese speakers, like 啱, 咁, 冇, 乜, 佢, 攰, 哋, 哂, etc. They can also often look quite complex (ie: 嚟, 嘅, 噉, etc). These special characters have no simplified variants (or not that I know of), but all other words that can be found in simplified Chinese (since Cantonese and Mandarin share vocabulary) can have a simplified variant. 

Written Cantonese that you find in HK will more often than not be written in Traditional Chinese (I, for example, write in Traditional), but written Cantonese from Guangzhou for example will probably be in Simplified + these special Cantonese characters. 

Grammatically, I think it’s easier to understand if we split it into two sections: 

1) the grammatical particles themselves and how Cantonese might use different particles

2) the positioning/syntax of Cantonese/Mandarin sentences

There are a significant number of differences when we address #1, especially in grammatical particles and prepositions. Most grammatical particles are different in Cantonese, but only a select few are placed slightly differently (#2). 

Example 1: 在 (zài) and 緊 (gan2) are both grammatical particles (in Mandarin and Cantonese respectively) that show the present progressive tense. However, the difference is, 在 is placed before the verb in Mandarin, whereas 緊 is placed after the verb in Cantonese. Same function, different placement. (refer to #2)

Example 2: 先 (xiān / sin1) “before sth else, first” is used in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and function the same way, but their placement is also quite different. (refer to #2)

M: 我先走出去后院。[Trad: 我先走出去後院] (wŏ xiān zŏu chū qù hòu yuàn)

C: 我行出去後院先。(ngo5 haang4 ceot1 heoi3 hau6 jyun2 sin1)

“I’m gonna walk out to the backyard first [before I do sth else]”

Example 3: Here are some examples of grammatical particles/prepositions placed and used in the exact same way (words that differ from Mandarin are marked with an asterisk):  咗*, 喺*, 完, 會 (refer to both #1 and #2)

咗 (zo2) / 了 (M) (le) mark a perfected/completed action in the past

喺 (hai2) / 在 (M) (zài) are prepositions meaning at/in

完 (wán / jyun4) comes after a verb, and means “to finish doing sth” 

會 (huì / wui5) comes before a verb, and marks the future tense

So to re-address the two grammatical sections we created: 

1) Cantonese will often have different particles/prepositions/basic verbs than Mandarin.  

2) Cantonese and Mandarin will often have very similar word orders (except for the occasional exception), and can usually be compared one-to-one

TL;DR - Basic vocabulary and the majority of grammatical particles are often drastically different from Mandarin. HOWEVER, many of these differences are one-to-one comparisons. As long as you know how to convert between the two, you will most likely to know how to flip from Cantonese to Mandarin and vice versa. There are always exceptions, but these are often very specific examples, and I’m not going to cover them here~ The only other major hurdle when switching between Cantonese and Mandarin is pronunciation but that’s a whole other story x_x

This topic is hard to cover through a single post, and hard to wrap your head around, but I hope I managed to clear things up a little!