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Why notes matter

I’m sure a lot of readers who may not happen to be content creators are wondering, “Why are the admins/writers of blogs I follow freaking out over “best stuff first” and notes?”

It’s because notes tell us how you feel about our writing. Likes, reblogs, comments, DMs, ALL of those things are the lifeblood of our work. Sure, there is a part of us that writes just to write because it’s fun and we love the characters/shows that we choose to indulge in. 

You know that feeling you get when a writer answers your ask? That flood of “oh yea, I’m so excited to read this!” That’s how most of, if not all of us, feel when we get notes, ESPECIALLY reblogs! Bonus if you have fun tags or add a note saying why you love the post, that you love the post, ANYTHING is like life/muse infused water.

But when we put content out into the world and no one responds or barely does, it stings. It makes us doubt ourselves and our work and wonder why we’re trying SO HARD and putting in so much effort if no one is even going to read it or take that little bit of effort to let us know how they feel about it. 

It’s so discouraging for me, a blogger who is one away from 1800 followers, getting barely 10-30 notes on any given post. Unless my work totally sucks, that just isn’t right. 

That is 1.6% of the people who follow me letting me know what they think of my work. 

So, in cold hard black and white that means 98.4% of my followers either didn’t see the work, didn’t read the work or didn’t like it. 

If you don’t like it, that’s fine, I’m sure that’s going to happen. I don’t even mind if you respectfully tell me so and if you’re feeling extra generous tell me how you think I can improve. 

But the feeling of being ignored or of failing so hard no one wants to even bother telling you, it sucks. 

So yes, notes matter, likes matter, reblogs matter, comments matter, ALL OF IT MATTERS to us as content creators. 

And it’s not just Tumblr where reader/creator interaction is missing. Fanfiction.net, AO3, Wattpad, Deviant Art, I’m sure all of these places are suffering from the same lack of reader/consumer interaction. 

We’re doing this for free (most of us, if you do commissions awesome and I wish you best of luck and it’s great people are willing to pay to get more). 

So please, if you want more content, please think of your words of encouragement, thankfulness and just general opinion as the currency. 

We provide words of imagination, fantasy, fun and indulgence. 

Will you, dear readers, consider “paying” us with words of thanks and encouragement and/or in reblogs and likes?

In a Name: Prologue and Ch 1

Alright, so this is from my Deviant Art and I’ve been meaning to finish it but never found the motivation, so I’m gonna transfer it here and see what you people think and then not be able to ignore it anymore so I will get my lazy arse in gear. Let me know if this is worth transferring here, I don’t want to do all this and have people think it’s horrible…


“Sif! Sif!” You called out, gasping as you ran. “Sif!”

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anonymous asked:

I am a new writer and I'm really shy. I have a full written story sitting in my drafts. Any advice?

Hello, new friend and welcome to the world of writing. Would you like a cup of tea?

I’m going to bullet point what I can think of as the best and kinda most beneficial advice, I can give to you.

  • Write for you. This is something a lot of writers tend to forget as they get a bit more popular and get a few more followers etc. But, please, do not allow yourself to be swayed by others. Do not let anyone dictate how you write your stories. It’s nice to have readers and to get recognition but do not bend to others. You write stories how you want to write them. That is key. Always, always remember that one. For your own benefit, moreso.
  • Don’t force yourself to write things. This is similar to the above but what I mean is, if you’ve promised 3 written things, don’t force it. There will come times when you will get serious writers block and it is not fun. It’s frustrating and you go through a bunch of lame emotions because of this mental block on the creative side of your brain. Don’t worry. All writers get this and it happens a hell of a lot more than people think it does. You could be midsentence and get writers block. But, there are hundreds and hundreds of writers out there that you can vent to and who understand your pain.
  • Writers block is the evil incarnate. (Just to really emphasize that bullshit thing that happens now and again.)
  • When you post a story, you might not get reviews immediately; especially if you are writing for a fandom that isn’t that popular or as active anymore. Like, the fans would have dwindled a little. Fanbases aren’t always as huge as others. The thing to remember though is that reviews do not make the story. They are great to receive, a smile lights up my face when I get an email saying I’ve got a new review. There’s no denying that. But, they are not everything. So, don’t be disheartened if you aren’t immediately getting flooded with reviews and comments. It does not mean you are a bad writer or anything akin to that; it’s purely because reviews aren’t always given which is a shame but you gotta make do, ya know? It’s frustrating to have people reading your story and not actually comment about it but that is, unfortunately just how it is sometimes. But, main thing to remember, it doesn’t mean a thing so don’t overanalyse not getting a string of reviews.
  • Once you have a respectable band of followers and readers, don’t lose your head. There are many writers out there, whether they mean to or not, that get to a stage where they feel, ‘accomplished’ and ‘superior’ to others. Avoid this at all costs. It makes a shitty person. If you’re like on your game and on a roll, then by all means, revel in that. Be happy. However, don’t shun new writers or don’t be mean to new writers or anything like that because it does happen. People do do this kinda thing and it’s just not very nice. Always respect fellow authors. No one is better or worse than anyone else. Everyone has different styles and different methods in what they write. It’s all about the respect in this game. I guess, just never be a douche for no reason, ya know?
  • Adding onto that one, after reaching a stage where you feel pretty in there with writing where you feel able to give advice and like you know a thing or two, help other authors out. It can be very hard to start writing. You’re effectively working hard on something only for it to be essentially judged by others. So, always be nice to other authors. Help them out. Offer praise. Offer criticism. Offer advice. Offer tips. Anything to help them improve themselves, get on in there. The smallest compliment or comment can make an author’s day. So, just kinda be there for other authors. Gotta have each other’s backs. <3
  • Do not be afraid to put yourself out there for the world to see. You’re creative; you want to write and be a storyteller. Do not let anyone stop you from doing that. Take that leap of faith and post your stories because really, when you think about it rationally, what is the worst that can happen? Not a lot. It’s always worth a try, just to see how it feels, you know? I suggest always at least posting something. You don’t have to go and be a full fledged, stick to a schedule writer but do at least have a go. If you have that inside of you, the desire to write and create, don’t let it be quenched without really going for it first. Don’t be afraid. There are nice people out there and we do not bite, nor are we malicious about new writers. Promise.
  • Off the back of that, there are some downers in writing. Salty people and haters are a thing. These pathetic people do exist and can be disheartening. They can make you feel crappy but you’ve just gotta pick yourself and think, “Fuck you. I don’t even know you so I’m not gonna let your rude words get to me.”. There are some people who will complain because a story isn’t being written the way they think it should be or they see fit. There are some who will leave hate because they don’t agree with your romantic pairing or something. There are some who will leave hate because they are jealous of your abilities, plain and simple. There are some who are oh-so sure they can do it better than you. You’ve got to take these numpties with a pinch of salt. It’s what makes positive comments and reviews so much sweeter when you get them through. These people are vermin and purely strive to make you feel bad about yourself because they have nothing better to do. So, if you get those, just shrug them off and laugh, because they’re not worth stressing over.
  • Recap; nasty comments and reviews mean nothing. They do not change anything. Don’t let them get to you; as hard as it can be. You gotta keep believing in your skills and realise, “Actually, I’m a badass writer so screw you haters.” And that is that.
  • Be open to criticism. Hate is not to be confused with criticism. It will serve you well to be open to criticism. Having someone point out your flaws will help you in the long run. Sometimes, it might come across like you’re being attacked or something but honestly, they’re not trying to do that. People will comment with things you could possibly do better. Doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right but they’re always something to consider. If you aren’t happy with their criticism, then politely thank them but don’t change yourself. Just be aware and be open to criticism because some people will give it without even being asked. But, that’s just people’s way of trying to be helpful sometimes.
  • Engage with your readers. Some of the nicest people end up being your story readers. There are so many lovely humans out there who take the time to review and gush over how your story connected with them. These gems are not to be ignored. Remember, it’s give and take. If you post something and there are people responding, especially with comments, then they deserve a private message or at least a thank you somewhere along the lines. It’s so nice to interact with your readers because some of them are so damn into your stories and it’s so heart-warming to see. Always remember the good’uns. They’re special ones.
  • Talk with other people in your fandom. Make some friends; so easy to do once you’re contributing to the fandom and chatting about a mutual love of it. I know you’ve mentioned you’re shy and that’s okay. Just remember, it’s through a screen and nothing can physically harm you from taking that jump and getting your work out there. You’ll be okay. But, making some internet pals really helps not only your exposure but also your confidence. I personally love my little circle of mutuals and friends on here because they’re so damn supportive and it’s so comforting to know they have your back. Writers really tend to rally around other writer friends. When you post, they’re just so good and helpful. They guide you in your strengths and weakness’ and they reblog and kinda get the word out there for you. It’s so lovely to have people like that and you honestly, will make internet pals in no time at all. All you’ve gotta do is step out of that comfort zone a teeny bit at a time and you’ll be alright.
  • Take some time to read through old work of some of your favourite authors or some kinda high up there authors within your fandom. Do this so you can see that even the best have had to work hard to get to where they are now. Practice is key and dedication to writing is your priority. This helps to understand that it isn’t instant; people reading and loving your pieces of writing. It does take time but its a fun journey to get there. Jheez, I can still remember my very first written piece. It’s actually still on my deviant art account and it was a Bakugan oneshot and it is atrocious like it makes me cringe so much. But, you know what? I keep it there to remind myself of how far I’ve come since then and how much my skills have improved. Always know your worth and never sell yourself short. That is important.
  • Lastly… Have fun. Writing is a fun medium; a great hobby that really lets your explore your creativity and imagination. Don’t get swept up into this “writing for likes or favourites or reviews” mind-set. That’s not what it is about. You’ve got to write because you love to write. If there’s no heart and no soul in your stories, then what’s the point? Also, have fun because at the end of the day, it’s something to do as a hobby or in your free time to relax. Fanfiction for example, it’s not a job like we do not get paid to write chapters on the clock so never stress; go at your own pace and write for yourself. Always.


Hope this mega long response helps. Happy writing and don’t be afraid. Be brave! <3

acesola  asked:

Hi, Do you have any advice on humam anatomy and proportions?

yep! I’m sorry if my examples aren’t very good though.

Okay so so to get your pose down you gotta draw your regular old stick person.

it’s always good to block in the chest area as a rectangle or a box  to get and idea of thickness and angles. The boxes are generally the same width but you can play around with it to change body shapes.

From there you gotta fill it, make it all fleshy

This is how I flesh out arms

MORE MUSCLE!!!

I guess you can sorta use the lightening bolt thing for legs but you have to alter it a little

Chest

tbh the best way to learn is to draw from real life, go and sit in cafes and sketch people or take photographs of yourself or consenting friends and draw from those, Life drawing classes are good too. 

If you have a deviant art account SenshiStock is a great place to fond pose references you can practice with.

of if you don’t have a deviant art this site gives you life drawings to practice from —> QuickPoses

This site gives you poses in the form of a stick skeleton you can draw around —> AtarichanDrawer

And this one has a bunch of hand poses and feet I think —> Posemaniacs

Also I recommend watching Sycra’s video on youtube because his videos are really informative and that’s where I learnt the lightning bolt thing for limbs and how to foreshorten.

I hope this helped a little c:

friedscared  asked:

Hello! I am an American who found your stuff through a friend and I love it! You have a great sens of humor, too! Where did you learn to draw figure proportions? Thanks!

Hi there! Thank you for the message! To be honest, the main way I learnt anatomy was by looking at people on the train… I’ve never done a life-drawing class myself, but that’s probably the best and fastest way to learn. Otherwise, practicing from deviant art stock photos is another great way to learn anatomy!

Here’s a crappy guideline on how I see proportions… Of course, every person has a different body and measurements, but I think this is a nice basic way to view it.

anonymous asked:

Hi there! What's some advice you have for people who completely lack drawing skill whatsoever (*cough* me) but still really want to learn?

Hi anon ♥

The secret is T.P.P: Tutorials, Practice and Patience.

1) Follow tutorials about anatomy, perspective, color theory, composition, etc…You have great stuff on Deviant Art and YouTube. Just type “perspective tutorial” or “color theory tutorial” and you’ll find very useful resources. 

You can also check out my “Art Technique” tag because people often ask me the question and you’ll find links there to great tuts.

2) Practice regularly. Better 30 minutes everyday than 2h on Saturday. Set realistic goals. I know that people want to draw portraits or super cool perspectives right away but that’s not how it works. Start small, go big. It will take months for your skills to develop.

3) Patience. Rome wasn’t built in one day. You’ll know moments of discouragement and frustration but don’t give up. It comes with time and practice. And remember: everybody can become good at drawing. It has nothing to do with “a gift” whatsoever but with work. Of course, some people will be more natural at art than others, like some musicians have “the absolute ear” but 1) without work this gift doesn’t mean anything and 2) it’s not because you are not born with this “little something” that you won’t achieve great stuff.

Good luck anon, I’m sure you can do it! A piece of paper, a pencil and it’s enough to start! Go!!