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Don’t Tell Me How To Write

In general, that is.  But I’ve seen several posts along the lines of “don’t write a character that does *this*”. Sometimes they go on to explain and give examples of what they think is more realistic, but that’s not the point. What if I rephrased it:

“You know that thing you enjoy doing? Don’t do it like that because it’s dumb.”

or

“Don’t post your bad drawings because I don’t like them. It’s unrealistic and your use of colors are bad.”

Fuck all that. Write. Write badly and write a lot. And read everything you get your hands on. Your style will change as you continue. And if it doesn’t and you’re still enjoying yourself, then keep doing it. Shit on what anyone else says about it.

anonymous asked:

heyy! i wanna start reading the haikyuu manga (im all caught up with the anime) but i dunno where to go or where to start even? or anything really about it lol i was just wondering if you had any suggestions ;u;

Hi my love! Reading the manga is an awesome decision, I’m sure you’re gonna like it!!! You can find all the chapters HERE

You can start from the very beginning and enjoy our baby crows grow up again without the pressure of not knowing who’s gonna win what, or you can start from where the manga stopped (so from ch. 190 on) and go on from there.

Since I’m just too impatient, I took the second option and started reading the manga right after the end of season 3 and now that I’m all caught up I’m jumping here and there in the “past” to read certain arcs again (rn now I’m on the summer training camp, my favorite). 

Really, it’s up to you!!! The story of the anime followed the manga really well, so you won’t feel like you’re missing some fundamentals parts. Either way, it’s an amazing experience, the drawings are STUNNING and I think it gives off the characters vibes in a more authentic way than the anime…so, enjoy it!!!

Imagine seeing Woozi get really excited when you two visit a music store.

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Summary:

High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.

Rating: 3/5

LIKES:

  • This is an own voices book in terms of sexuality and ethnicity and it shows, everything felt very genuine and realistic.
  • It was a quick and light read and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside
  • Leila was a great protagonist and I loved her voice. It was relatable and funny, there were moments where I laughed out loud (and that almost never happens).
  • I loved Leila’s family and watching her interact with them!
  • The relationship she has with her sister is written really well, showing how siblings can love each other but also not be friends with each other.
  • The romance was developed and paced really well and was so cute!
  • I loved how the friends played a big part in the plot and how they supported each other.
  • I also loved how they were all such a ragtag group of people but despite that they still cared about each other.

DISLIKES:

  • There was a lot of biphobia sprinkled around this book. Some of it was subtle enough that I didn’t catch until someone pointed it out (a couple characters who were bi or flirted with both boys and girls were made out to be bad people) and some of it was pretty obvious (with a different character who does confess to liking boys and girls making fun of the label bisexual).
  • There is two instances of sexual assault! Neither instance felt necessary and I believe Farizan could have picked better ways to show how much of a terrible person the antagonist was.
  • There is a character, Tomas, who is gay but instead of being an ally for Leila to connect with he says degrading things about lesbians and is never called out on it. I was both disappointed and shocked by this.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but due to it’s problems, I am also wary to recommend it. I’d suggest that people should do some more research before deciding whether or not they should read it.

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I’ve been mulling over the idea of starting up a writing exclusive blog because I’ve been having things I want to talk about that I feel would be annoying or gratuitous on my main, but then I thought,

wait a second

I am forgetting something fundamental about having a blog.

I can post whatever I damn well please.

So, anyway, there might be more writing posts in the future. i.e. quotes from my favorite authors or me generally crying about how hard writing is and how one can simultaneously hate and love something and *gasp* maybe even stuff about profic I’ve been writing.

(Probably not. I’m hellishly shy when it comes to stuff that’s 100 percent from me and I’ve already told myself “You can’t bring any of that up until you finish at least one multi-chapter fanfic, you half-baked pussy chicken shit.” In those exact words.)

…what was the point of this post? I don’t really know anymore. I’m sure it’s around here somewhere.

creativeclary  asked:

Yo I'm hard of hearing / deaf and I can't stand to read fics with HoH characters bc they feel so icky and depressing like I want Character A and B kissing in the rain and having to stop so Character A can take out their hearing aids and put them in a bag so they don't get wet ya know cute shit

I don’t mind when the difficulties of disability are depicted, but I feel like a lot of fics with disabled characters are ONLY about either angst or like one character being dependent on the other.    

Yes, I totally agree with that. I’m really pleased you responded because I totally am not qualified to talk about an issue like this, I’m really happy to get opinions from people the disability AUs actually represent.

I feel like with most of these AUs, writers use the disability as a main plot point, focusing the story around the character’s struggle. However I personally feel that the disability should be shown as more of a motivator of the story, and have just a normal plot line for a fanfic.

Like a Solangelo coffee shop AU, where Nico loves sweet lattes, reading horror books, and is HoH. Then the plot is something you’d expect to find in any other coffee shop AU, like the cute barista Will gets his name wrong on his cup on purpose every time, just to get a reaction. Nico being HoH is just another fact about his character that makes him react a certain way.

I hope this is the correct way of viewing things?