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Looking Out For You (Wonwoo)

Originally posted by infinitblaq

How will things go now with you and your best friend after a year of separation? Let’s find out.


Group: SEVENTEEN

Pairing: Wonwoo x Reader

Genre: Angst (Slight), Fluff, Smut

Word Count: 4,027


A/N: This is my first scenario in a while and I hope you guys enjoy it. Sorry if the story is a bit too long. I just had to get this stuff out because it just sounded so good in my head.


It’s been exactly three years since you met the love of your life. The one that can love you. Hug you. Breathe the same air as you. Three years doesn’t really seem like a long period of time, but it actually is once you think about it. For this whole time, you two professed your deep loves for each other in ways that weren’t even worthy of being considered as subtle.

When you were facing adversity, he was always there to lift you up out of your sorrows. And on your good days, he always accompanied you in your simple adventures across the city, even if it was just to go through the car wash when your sedan got dirty.

He was always there in the mornings. Even though you looked like you just got out of the bed, with your hair sticking up in all the wrong places and your unwashed face present. Through all that, he still had the courage to call you gorgeous even though you looked a hot mess.

There were moments where you could think of him as just more than a best companion. Moments where you thought he could be the one.

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3: What random objects do you use to bookmark your books?

Anything and everything! I refuse to dog ear fold my pages. Funnily enough, I always seem to have business cards laying around to use.

16: What’s your favorite pasta dish?

Does shrimp scampi count?

63: Are you fussy about your books and music? Do you keep them meticulously organized or kinda leave them be?

My books are organized by author and genre and I have a special shelf just for the Harry Potter books. As for music, I have it all saved alphabetically.

anonymous asked:

I'm close to giving up on the trad romance genre - this coming from someone who is writing a romance. But all I am seeing lately is such shoddy writing - unrealistic character motivation, insipid conflict, trope-y tropes w/ no effort to put any kind of new twist on them, dialogue that is painfully unnatural. It is making me despair of ever getting my book out there because it seems like the readers are satisfied by tripe, rave reviews are given to "angst" for angst's sake. Is the bar so low?

Hey there, friend. Put some sunshine in your cup!

I’ll grant you that Romance, like all genres, has its low moments. But I’ve read a number of the recent publications in this genre, and all I’ve SEEN is ingenuity and talent. SO MUCH TALENT IT MAKES MY EYES BLEED.

It all depends on where you’re getting your romances from, and how you’re selecting them. Now I think self-publishing, for example, is an amazing thing when it’s done right. But recently I read two books in one week that BOTH used the world cream in a very unhygienic way *shudder* and that was two straight up misses. Sad. So I made a note to lay off self-published books by authors I don’t know for a while.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: If you feel like the area your reading in is getting bogged down, try something new! Reading too much of one subgenre and everything is starting to feel stale? Switch it up!

Or give up on romance, if you want, but that seems a but like cutting your nose off to spite your face because with SO many new books coming out, all the time, I guarantee you there’s one out there that will reignite your love of romances.

Cheers!

Originally posted by wildsouls-thirstyhearts

fruhlings-erwachen  asked:

10, 12, 14, 100!

10: i rlly wanna have black with neon green Bangz but Neon Yellow and Shaved So I Could Dye a Smile Emoji on it would b C00l 2 (or if it grew NATURALLY as a smile face… .funck  . .… ) !!

12: my aesthetic is a lot of things but dependin on how im “feeling” it changes a bit… its usually pretty similar n more gothy vibes but it switches from like  …. 80′s/90′s Clown Goth(????) to Witchy Cryptid Goth to Indie Goth (both indie and goth like u kno the indie music genre… like dat…but Less So now than when i was younger… )

14: idk most of my friends parents hate me but as of rite now its @wembleyfraggle ‘s parents they seem nice but if i hear that they did some Unc00l Shite … well then i’d have no fave parents n tht would b sad. . 

100: Tell Me Some C00l Shit! !  ! ! Whos Ur Fave Cryptid (slash Monster [FRANK ur an Turd Poop !!!!*]!!!)

*Frank Says I Cant Tag Monsters (n such..) As Cryptids But I Tag ALL Good Boys™ As Cryptids !!!!!! Fite Him For Me !!!!!!!!!!!!


sorry for lateness and typos !!!!!!!!! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

So, when I was doing my thesis on whether or not fanfiction should be considered a legitimate genre of literature, my advising professor asked me for examples.  I gave him the generic ones, of course - “Pride & Prejudice and Zombies” is a horror fanfic of “Pride & Prejudice”, “50 Shades of Grey” is an erotica fic of “Twilight" - and that seemed to make him understand what fanfiction is, but not how it’s useful.  So I thought about it, and, after about a minute, I said, “Paradise Lost is basically a fanfiction of the Book of Genesis.  And The Divine Comedy is an epic self-insertion fic for Catholic doctrine.  So, basically, you were teaching us fanfiction last semester.”  I had never before seen a grown man’s eyes widen with such fear, incomprehension, disgust, awe, and understanding.

cs fic: my heart unfolding my home

Summary: Emma needs to move, move, move.

a/n: I needed to write - I’ve been in such a rut, and my fingers were demanding it. Then, my beautiful sunflower bemusedbicycle left on her cross country roadtrip, and well…this happened.

cs fic: my heart unfolding my home

She thought she’d tamed this part of her, filled this particular void, when she’d claimed Storybrooke as hers, accepted home and all that encompasses (people, objects, earth). 

It’s not an itch, so much as a rattle that keeps her tracing the lines of the ceiling, the corners where the room meets and parts; a vibration in her bones that is saying move move move, and drowning her on dry land. 

“You all right there, Swan?” his murmuring question stumbles across the pillow. She doesn’t turn, and he’s still, too.

“What if I’m wrong?”

“About what?”

“No,” she shakes her head. It’s an acute, barbed fear she’s never voiced (words made flesh and all that).  “What if I’m missing something? What if, after all of this - saving my family, finding Henry, finding a home - what if I’m just… broken?”

He seems to measure her words against his sleep-addled mind, a silence just this side of gnawing.

“I spent three centuries in Neverland,” she feels the shadow of his mouth and how it craves contact with the curve of her shoulder, “And I never once grew tired of the sea.” 

When the softness of his mouth meets her skin she exhales, shaky and bowed with the weight of her small shard of emptiness.

“Come on, then,” breath and scrape and warmth, and he rolls from the bed in a languid motion, shuffling in tired movements across the floor.

“Where are you going?” his fingers skim the top of her dresser, and she’s sitting up now, watching the night bend about his back, the angles and lines of his neck and jaw.

There’s a metallic clatter to the right of her feet and it takes a moment for the action to register - car keys. 

“I don’t know, love,” he steps into a pair of jeans left vacant on the floor, “where are we going?”

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Worldbuilding Questions #1

Lots of you seemed to like the Character Development Questions I made a while ago, so I figured I’d do the same thing for worldbuilding this time.  The first few are going to be taken from my really long worldbuilding post from earlier.  These are going to be geared mostly towards fantasy worlds, but some of the questions could still apply to other genres.

  1. Who are some historical/legendary figures, whether real or fictional (or a little bit of both)?
  2. Are there any mythologies that are no longer practiced religions but still impact modern life in some way?
  3. What’s the state of the arts and humanities in each country/culture?
  4. How many languages are spoken overall and within each country? Are there any language barriers and do leaders of countries, diplomats, etc. need to know multiple languages when dealing with other countries?
  5. Pick an aspect of one culture.  What are the underlying reasons for why that aspect is the way it is?
  6. What is the relationship between magic and technology in this world?  Does it vary from country to country?
  7. Are there any magical creatures?  If so, what are their relationships with people?
  8. What are the gender roles like in the various cultures of the world?
  9. Are there any physical changes that magic has had on the geography of the world?
  10. What are some festivals/holidays celebrated by the different countries or cultures?

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My name is Byungwook Ann, living and working in Seoul. I’m original film photographer using both 35mm and medium format. But I’m absolutely hobby photographer(I’m architectural designer). I’m trying to capture the moments of ‘silence’ and 'intangibility’ of my surroundings because I think these feelings are hidden enjoyment of life. So, my cliches almost have very shallow depth of field taken with the widest aperture.

My most inspiration for photography comes from atmosphere of music. I enjoy listening instrumental without lyrics, especially post rock, ambient electronica genre. These songs have mostly the mood of something like a emotional, quiet and even sad. Before taking a photo, I am trying to find mental imagery from my favorite songs that inspiring me. So, the title of my works are almost borrowed from song title. That seem to be why my cliches have some of feeling like a atmospheric. I think only film photography can be well matched with this my mood. For me, taking a photography is to let me find emotional balance between my mind and heart.

Some people do not seem to understand why whitewashing Calum (or anyone, for that matter) is hurtful and wrong. When I first saw 5sos, i immediately noticed “oh my god, the bassist is a poc. He has skin like mine. This is amazing.” Thats important to people with brown skin. Representation is super important, especially in a music genre that is dominated by non-poc.
When I see Calum being whitewashed in fan art and even in professional art including album covers and in magazines, its harmful. It makes me think “Wow, they consider brown skin to be so gross, so wrong, that they felt the need to change his color and his features.”
How do you not see something fundamentally wrong with that?
When poc are being shown in media, finally I can look and see someone who resembles my color, and my poc features.
But that is robbed from me and countless others when Calum is given lighter skin and eurocentric features that he does not have.
It takes away a fundamental part of him.
If you love Calum for who he is, all of him, you would not act like whitewashing him is okay.

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Pripyat³
DC: 6000-3598-8531

Initiate Pripyat³! I’ve been looking forward to visiting this town ever since I’ve seen a few posts from Airen on the acnl tag. It’s also the 2nd cybernetic town I’ve seen besides my friend’s. I really like it when people are dedicated to their town themes, even better when they develop their town’s backstory.

I hella love cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, psychedelic genres in media. I visited Airen’s town right after watching Brazil, which really reminded me of Pripyat in a way, it’s the maddening vibes, the garish colours and a sense of neglect that seems to hold itself together. The designs are so well crafted, ohman how do you even put everything together it’s crazy… my appreciation just sank in when I followed the wire lines and the signs. I imagined wires poking out of an artificial ground. I love the idea of getting fresh air at the town hall, it felt very melancholic and hopeful, haha. The rooms are hilariously absurd and enjoyable to check out (PFFFT the University is my favourite lmfao). Airen seemed to be a friendly emperor, he was hanging out at the main room, probably planning his next rewiring session or drinking absinthe with pop rocks.

I didn’t expect other residents, and they were very interesting to talk to. Rodney gave the best summary of all. I drank coffee(?) out of a tin can and went fishing at the radioactive beach. One thing though, is the way Airen crafts his stories for his town, I enjoy his storytelling and humour. I always like reading up on the progress of his town, his villagers really suit the vibe of Pripyat.

At the end, the mayor sang his town tune for the emperor in the lonely karaoke room, a must for any dream tourist.

anaxiphilia (pt. 5)

Originally posted by agustd

Characters: Reader x Yoongi, appearances by all of Bangtan (probably)
Genre: eventually..all of them? badboy!yoongi
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“Finally!” Yoongi exclaimed as my house came into view. “It seemed like time was getting slower and you were getting heavier. I thought we’d never make it back.”

“I told you I would walk…” I said for the billionth time in the last 15 minutes rolling my eyes.

“Shh, why can’t you just enjoy this moment in my arms?”

“How am I supposed to enjoy this moment when you keep complaining?” I snorted in disbelief.

“Are you saying you would enjoy being in my arms if I wasn’t complaining then?”

“What? No! Um I-” I stuttered making Yoongi chuckle. I gently hit the back of his shoulder attempting to stop his laughter, which only resulted in him laughing even harder.

As we approached the front steps of my house he squatted to put me down gently and then slowly rose again to his full height. I watched as he stretched out his sore limbs and groan as he cracked some aching joints. He was going to be sore because of my clumsiness; I bit my lip feeling extremely guilty. I cleared my throat making him glance at me.

“Um, would you like to come inside?” I stuttered out, a devious smirk appeared on Yoongi’s lips as the blood rush to my cheeks.

“Sweetheart, I didn’t think you were that forward.” My eyes widened as I realized he had mistaken my words.

“No, I just mean because you helped me so much I should at least thank you-“ I tried once again but my words only made his smirk grow wider.

“I know you really want to thank me but I don’t think you’re ready for that yet,” Yoongi said tapping his chin, “you should at least let me take you out sometime and then you can thank me all night long.” 

“Oh God,” I buried my face in my hands in embarrassment. Yoongi chuckled and pulled my hands away from my face. I looked my feet trying to stop the blood from rushing to my cheeks. Yoongi almost unconsciously reached towards me. He stroked my reddened cheek with the back of his hand making me look up at him, shocked by the gentleness of his touch. My gaze seemed to break him out of his trance and he pulled his hand back instantly. He reached to rub the back of his neck almost as if he was embarrassed by his actions.

“Uh, that walk actually made me really thirsty, I could use some water right now.” Yoongi said clearing his throat.

“Oh yeah sure, come inside,” As I turned around to unlock my house, I silently prayed that no one was home, the last thing I wanted to do was explain this situation to my parents or my brother.

“I’m home,” I called out and listened for a response. I sighed in relief when no one replied. I walked over the threshold and took off my shoes. I glanced up to see Yoongi looking around my house as he shrugged off his shoes. He put his hands in his pockets, still gazing at the giant chandelier that hung over our heads.

“Yeah, my parents went a little over board with that thing,” I said, guessing his thoughts were revolving around the obvious.

“Oh, that thing?” Yoongi said point at the chandelier; I nodded looking at him curiously.

“No, I was just trying to guess where your room was,” he smirked at me.

“You’re never going to find out,” I scoff.

“One day you’ll be leading me there, sweetheart.” Yoongi said making me roll my eyes however his comments still made my cheeks redden.

“You can wait in the study while I get your water,” I said leading the way. As I opened the door to the study his mouth dropped open.

“This isn’t a study, this is a library.” He said looking at the shelves of books incased in the room.

“My family has a thing for old, dusty books.” I shrug, walking towards the desk. I looked up at him and pulled the chair out for him to sit down, “have a seat.”

He groaned loudly making me glance up in surprise.

“It’s really fucking frustrating that you don’t even know how inviting you are when you’re saying that.” Yoongi said, rubbing the back of his neck making my cheeks redden.

“Min Yoongi, you keep saying comments like that and I’ll kick you out before you can even get that glass of water.” I said shocking both him and myself.

“Yes Ma’am,” he mock saluted, and sat down on the chair without another word. I smirked at his silence, feeling accomplished. I had finally gotten the last word.

I walked towards the kitchen and poured a glass of water when suddenly I heard loud cursing and shouting. I rushed towards the study only to see my older brother, Jin holding Yoongi by the collar of his shirt ready to punch him.

“How the fuck did you get inside, you bastard?!”  His anger seemed to only make Yoongi laugh as he shoved Jin off him making Jin stumble against the shelf.

“Jin what’re you doing?!” I gasped, walking towards both of them standing in front of Yoongi, almost protectively. Jin looked back and forth between Yoongi and me.

“What am I doing? What the fuck are you doing [y/n]?!” Jin said pointing an accusing finger at me. “Why are you defending this piece of shi-“

“Jin, should you really be talking like that in front of your little sister.” Yoongi said, I could practically hear the smirk in his voice.

“Shut the fuck up, before I fucking make you.” Jin said walking towards Yoongi menacingly, it was almost as if he had forgotten that I was standing in between them. I pushed Jin away from us.

“Stop it Jin!” I said my voice cracking, I had never seen this side of my older brother before, and it was frightening.

“[y/n],” Jin started, his voice returning to his usual calm tone.

“I don’t want to hear it right now.” I said grabbing Yoongi’s hand and leading him out of the house. I took a shuddering deep breath and looked at Yoongi. He was analyzing me calmly with his hands in his pocket.

“What the hell was that about?” I asked.

“I didn’t know you were related to Kim Seokjin,” Yoongi shrugged, “We don’t get along. “

“Yes, I can see that,” I scoffed at him, “Why don’t you get along?”

Yoongi continued to study my behaviour silently. I raised my eyebrow at him urging him to answer but he simply took a deep breath and looked towards the sky.

“Yoongi,” I said impatiently, I glared at him. But he seemed to be avoiding my gaze. 

“It’s a secret [y/n].” Yoongi replied not looking at me.

“I’m good at keeping secrets,” I said walking forward and grabbing a hold of his face forcing him to stare at me, just like he had done to me previously on multiple occasions. As our gazes met, I felt the heat rush through my body, it felt like my whole being had awakened, like I was on fire.

“You always tell me to look at you when I’m talking to you so right now why are you the one avoiding my gaze?” I asked.

“Because for some reason you make me want to tell you all my secrets.” Yoongi said, his piercing gaze unwavering as he spoke.

“Do you have a lot of those? Secrets?” I asked softly, he smirked back at me.

“You’ve heard of me reputation, do you think I have any shortage of secrets?” He scoffed.

“That makes me want to know them even more…” I said, the pads of my thumbs unconsciously stroked the side of his cheeks.

“You shouldn’t get involved with me, sweetheart. I’m not good for you.” Yoongi said grasping my wrists gently and detaching them from his face. His gaze unwavering as he placed a silent kiss on the inside of my right wrist.

“Get the fuck away from her, you bastard!” Jin said suddenly pulled me away from Yoongi’s reach placing me behind him protectively. Before I could blink, he had lunged forward punching Yoongi in the jaw. The force of his blow had caused Yoongi fall on the ground on his hands and knees. 

“Yoongi!” I screamed, going towards him but Yoongi just lifted his hand making me freeze. He rolled his shoulders backwards and climbed to his feet. Yoongi calmly picked up the hat that had blown off his head and dusted it off. As pushed his hair back and put the hat back on backwards he looked at Jin, his gaze smoldering. The blood that Jin’s blow had caused to escape from him spilled through the side of his mouth. I had never seen anyone look so wild, so vicious. It was as if a demon had taken over his body. Yoongi spit the blood out and smirked at Jin.

“Is that all you got pretty boy?”


A/N: Funfact, this chapter actually got deleted an hour ago when my macbook crashed but it turned out gr88888, it was worth the wait right?

Electronic Music Killed My Favorite Venue (An Obituary for The Magic Stick)

March 17, 2015 | by Jonathan Diener

The Magic Stick in Detroit was not only my favorite venue, but an important focal point in Michigan’s music history. Hosting shows from Detroit’s blossoming garage rock and indie scenes with the likes of The White Stripes to some of the best touring packages of all genres, it was the cool place to go. I will always remember loading up those endearing, awkwardly steep stairs into what seems like a massive room. For some reason it doesn’t seem so big when you walk onstage and see the faces of all of your friends. Whether you knew their names or not, it always felt like home. That is, until it was announced that the Magic Stick would become an electronic music venue and change its name to Populux.

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All New & Revised: On Word Counts and Novel Length

(Originally published at The Swivet)

by Colleen Lindsay

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Although I’m no longer an agent, I still work with writers and I find that this post is one of the most highly-trafficked entries on my blog. Information on suggested word counts for fiction seems to be tough thing to find online so I decided to not only leave this post up here, but to revise and expand it as needed. 

I sat down recently with several fiction editors and hammered out a more comprehensive list of suggested word counts by genre & sub-genre. As you read through this, keep in mind three important things: 1.) these are suggested word counts; rules get broken all the time; 2.) these suggested word counts will most often apply to debut writers; successfully published authors are the ones who end up breaking the rules, and 3.) if you are planning to e-publish only, and your book will never be printed out on actual paper, these guidelines aren’t nearly as important.

Something I saw a lot in queries as an agent were word counts that exceeded 100k. Often, a manuscript exceeded this by a considerable amount: I’ve seen word counts of 140k, 160k and one writer actually told me about a YA manuscript he’d written that was 188k.

Somewhere out there a myth developed - especially amongst science fiction and fantasy writers - that a higher word count was better. Writers see big fat fantasies on the shelf and think that they have to write a book just as hefty to get published. And sometimes a writer just writes a long book because they aren’t yet a very good writer. Good writers learn how to pare a manuscript down to its most essential elements, carving away the word count fat that marks so many beginning writers. And the fact of the matter is, most of those “big fat fantasy” books you see on the shelf actually only have a word count of about 100k to 120k.

The exceptions are usually authors who’ve already had an established track record of sales with previous - shorter - books, like George R.R. Martin. And, yes, once in a great while you will see an incredibly long debut novel. But the writing has to be absolutely stellar; knock-down, drag-out, kick-you-in-the-teeth amazing. (A good example is Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, which clocks in at just about 240,000 words.)

And I should also point out here that the longer a successful writer has been with a publishing house and the more actual dollars that author brings to the house (and the bigger that author’s advances get), the more clout that author may have regarding being able to keep his or her novel intact, without taking advantage of the editorial guidance being offered. And that is never a good thing for the book. Editors exist for a damned good reason, and no author is ever such a fabulous writer that a good editor can’t find things to make better in his or her manuscript.

There was a time about ten or so years ago when bigger word counts were the norm and not the exception. Like everything, the book industry goes through trends. But these days, editors of adult fiction - even editors of epic fantasy - squirm a little when presented with a manuscript that runs over 110k words. Books with a higher page count cost more to physically produce, resulting in a higher per-book manufacturing cost, meaning even more copies will need to be sold to make the estimated P&L work.

Publishers want to make money; bookstores want to make money. Do the math.

When you search around the Internet for information on word counts, you get a lot of conflicting information, some of it just plain wrong, and often this information is coming from sources that would appear reputable to a writer who didn’t know any better. One article I read last week that was posted online at a major writing magazine actually insists that the average novel (non-genre) is 150,000 words. I have no idea where the writer of the article got his or her information, but that’s simply untrue. An average novel length is between 80k and 100k, again, depending upon the genre.

Word counts for different kinds of novels vary, but there is are general rules of thumb for fiction that a writer can use when trying to figure out just how long is too long. For the purposes of this post, I’m only talking about YA, middle-grade and adult fiction here. And bear in mind that there are always exceptions, but good general rules of thumb would be as follows:

middle grade fiction = Anywhere from 25k to 40k, with the average at 35k

YA fiction = For mainstream YA, anywhere from about 45k to 80k; paranormal YA or YA fantasy can occasionally run as high as 120k but editors would prefer to see them stay below 100k. The second or third in a particularly bestselling series can go even higher. But it shouldn’t be word count for the sake of word count.

paranormal romance = 85k to 100k

romance = 85k to 100k

category romance = 55k to 75k

cozy mysteries = 65k to 90k

horror 
= 80k to 100k

western 
= 80k to 100k (Keep in mind that almost no editors are buying Westerns these days.)

mysteries, thrillers and crime fiction
 = A newer category of light paranormal mysteries and hobby mysteries clock in at about 75k to 90k. Historical mysteries and noir can be a bit shorter, at 80k to 100k. Most other mystery/thriller/crime fiction falls right around the 90k to 100k mark.

mainstream/commercial fiction/thrillers = Depending upon the kind of fiction, this can vary: chick lit runs anywhere from 80k word to 100k words; literary fiction can run as high as 120k but lately there’s been a trend toward more spare and elegant literary novels as short as 65k. Anything under 50k is usually considered a novella, which isn’t something agents or editors ever want to see unless the editor has commissioned a short story collection. (Agent Kristin Nelson has a good post about writers querying about manuscripts that are too short.)

science fiction & fantasy = Here’s where most writers seem to have problems. Most editors I’ve spoken to recently at major SF/F houses want books that fall into the higher end of the adult fiction you see above; a few of them told me that 100k words is the ideal manuscript size for good space opera or fantasy. For a truly spectacular epic fantasy, some editors will consider manuscripts over 120k but it would have to be something extraordinary. I know at least one editor I know likes his fantasy big and fat and around 180k. But he doesn’t buy a lot at that size; it has to be astounding. (Read: Doesn’t need much editing.) And regardless of the size, an editor will expect the author to to be able to pare it down even further before publication. To make this all a little easier, I broke it down even further below:

—> hard sf = 90k to 110k
—> space opera = 90k to 120k
—> epic/high/traditional/historical fantasy = 90k to 120k
—> contemporary fantasy = 90k to 100k
—> romantic SF = 85k to 100k
—> urban fantasy = 90k to 100k
—> new weird = 85k to 110k
—> slipstream = 80k to 100k
—> comic fantasy = 80k to 100k
—> everything else = 90k to 100k

Editors will often make exceptions for sequels, by the way. Notice that the page count in both J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series gets progressively higher. But even authors who have been published for years and should know better will routinely turn in manuscripts that exceed the editor’s requested length by 30k to 50k words, which inevitably means more work for that author because editors don’t back down. If a contract calls for a book that is 100k words and you turn in one that is 130k, expect to go back and find a way to shave 30k words off that puppy before your manuscript is accepted.

Remember that part of the payout schedule of an author’s advance often dangles on that one important word: acceptance.

I cannot stress highly enough that there are always exceptions to every rule, especially in SF/F. Jacqueline Carey and Peter F. Hamilton, among others, have proven this quite successfully. If an agent finds a truly outstanding book that runs in the 200k range (yes, it happens!), he or she may advise your cutting the manuscript into two books to make life easier for everyone. But for a debut novelist who is trying to catch the eye of an agent or editor for the first time? Err on the side of caution with your word count.

 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I've been thinking about writing a story that includes magic and weaponry (I have the characters and scenes kind of floating about in my head) but when I try to put it in a genre, it seems that it fits in medieval fantasy, and I'm not too familiar writing such a genre. What should I do?

You only have to worry about genre when you’re trying to write a smaller, more specific genre (such as steampunk) or when you’re trying to sell your story.

Don’t worry what genre it is right now. If you do want to write a medieval fantasy, you’ll have to research the time period and culture you’re writing about (even if you make up a place you’ll have to research some stuff) and read a lot of medieval fantasy.

However, here is a list of fantasy genres (keep in mind that many fantasy novels can fit into more than one category):

  • Alternate World: A setting that is not our world, but may be similar. This can include a character traveling to another world or a setting that is simply an alternate version of ours.
  • Arabian: Fantasy that is based in or on the Middle East and North Africa. This also includes folk tales and epic poems, which make up the majority of this genre.
  • Arthurian: Set in Camelot (most of the time) and deals with Arthurian mythology and legends.
  • Celtic: Fantasy that is based on the Celtic people and culture, most often post La Tene culture.
  • Christian: This genre has Christian themes and elements alongside fantasy elements.
  • Classical: Based on Roman and Greek myths. Sometimes it includes Kemetism.
  • Contemporary/Modern: This genre takes place in modern society in which paranormal and magical creatures live among us. An example would be the Harry Potter series.
  • Dark: This genre combines fantasy and horror elements. The tone or feel of dark fantasy is often gloomy, bleak, and gothic.
  • Epic: This genre is long and, as the name says, epic. Epic is similar to high fantasy, but has more importance, meaning, or depth. Epic fantasy is most often in a medieval setting.
  • Gaslamp: Also known as gaslight, this genre has a Victorian or Edwardian setting.
  • Gunpowder: Gunpowder crosses epic or high fantasy with “rifles and railroads”, but the technology remains realistic unlike the similar genre of steampunk. It’s like putting elves on a pirate ship or putting werewolves in the Wild West.
  • Heroic: Centers on one or more heroes who start out as humble, unlikely heroes thrown into a plot that challenges them.
  • High: This is considered the “classic” fantasy genre. High fantasy contains the general fantasy elements and is set in a fictional world. It is often heroic or epic as well.
  • Historical: The setting in this genre is any time period within our world that has fantasy elements added.
  • Medieval: Typically set in Europe during the early to late middle ages.
  • Mythic: Fantasy involving or based on myths, folklore, and fairy tales.
  • Paranormal/Supernatural: Involves supernatural and paranormal creatures as the source of fantasy, such as werewolves, vampires, and ghosts. Romance is often present.
  • Portal: Involves a portal, doorway, or other entryway that leads the protagonist from the “normal world” to the “magical world”.
  • Quest: As the name suggests, the protagonist in this genre sets out on a quest. The protagonist most frequently searches for an object of importance and returns home with it or with a prize.
  • Science Fantasy: A genre that combines science fiction and fantasy. An example is Star Wars.
  • Sword and Sorcery: Settings in which the characters use swords and engage in action-packed plots. Magic is also an element, as is romance. These can be set in many time periods.
  • Sword and Soul: Similar to Sword and Sorcery and heroic fantasy, but African-inspired. However, the genre is spreading to other subgenres of fantasy.
  • Urban: Has a modern or urban setting in which magic and paranormal creatures exist, often in secret. It also has elements of horror.
  • Wuxia: A genre in which the protagonist learns a martial art and follows a code. This genre is popular in Chinese speaking areas.
6 Things to Consider When Writing Horror

When I tell people that my first published book is a horror story collection, I get a lot of funny looks.  Not because anyone is harshly object to horror, but because it’s the polar opposite of my personality.  I’m working on a comedy now and that’s a much easier pill for the people in my life to swallow.  I love to laugh, I love life, I love living life while laughing….so, scaring people senseless doesn’t seem like the kind of thing I would be able to grasp.  And yet, I can fall easily into spinning a scary tale because I understand the mechanics of it.

Horror, like so many aspects of writing from any genre, is being able to reach down and draw parts of yourself that may even surprise you.  It’s not really about being “scary” per say, or trying to push the envelop for shock value alone, but rather it’s about facing the parts of life that we are uncomfortable with.  Then using that to instill terror into hearts of your readers.  So, if you are having trouble grasping these elements, here’s a couple of things to consider.  Keep Reading…

Horror Anime Faves + Watch List

 Another

(By far the best if you ask me)

Mirai Nikki/Future Diary

(Who doesn’t love Mirai Nikki with Yandere Yuno?)

 Corpse Party

 Danganronpa: The Animation

(YES YES YES HIGHLY RECOMMEND)   

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

(It may not seem like horror but because I’ve seen it labeled in the genre so I’ll put it here. It’s good I would recommend it honestly)

Keijouban Kara no Kyoukai

(One I haven’t gotten to but I’ve seen it listed on another website and it looks realllly cool. I know it’s a movie series but still)

 Tasogare Otome x Amnesia/Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

(Also on my list of animes to watch if you want to check it out)

 Jigoku Shougo/Hell Girl

(I’ve seen maybe 1 or 2 episodes of this so far so I can’t say much but I like the concept I guess?)

School Days

(Haven’t watched yet but I’ve heard stuff about it)

Blood-c

(I haven’t gotten around to watching this just yet but I think it looks rad)

Why do people hate on others, or call them not a true fan, of they can’t name all of the current band members of their favorite bands? I honestly have basically 50 favorite bands, and I can barley remeber all their names. (Besides Black Veil Brides, cause their music is the reason why I started listening to the genre of music I listen to, I used to listen to only music my older sister listens to, and now the music I listen to scares her cause the screaming and I am now totally off subject) Basically, if I enjoy their music, I am a fan. I dont really care if I can name all the band members. Reblog if you agree, and also tag your favorite bands.