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anonymous asked:

What would you suggest someone whose starting a new drabbles/storys blog getting it spread around. Ive started a new blog and considering adding voltage fanfics as well.

Why am I being asked this like I’m a successful blog lmao
For real though, there are a few things I would recommend to get yourself out there and get some eyes on your work.

  • The biggest piece of advice is probably the most simple: write, write, write! Even if you’re just starting out and don’t have many followers (or you have none at all) you have to produce content to be successful. Don’t wait for requests to come in. Come up with your own prompts, or look at ask memes here on tumblr. You know, the ones that have ‘which character would do x…”. You don’t have to sit around and wait for others to interact with you. Without your writing already out there, how will people know what your writing style is or what you like to write about?
  • Another important aspect is to not be afraid to interact with other blogs you like! Don’t be overbearing of course, but don’t be shy to send in asks or reblog posts from other drabble/fandom blogs you like. If you’re browsing Voltage or any other fandom tags and you’re constantly seeing the work of a particular blog, reach out to them in an ask or a private message. Compliment them on their work, express interest in what they post. If they respond well, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Just don’t idolize them or put their writing on a pedestal, because it automatically makes the relationship uncomfortable. Content creators - whether they’re digital artists, fanfic authors, or edit makers - just want to be talked to like a normal person. There’s a fine line between genuinely complimenting their work and turning them into some kind of Manic Pixie Dream Fanfic Author.
  • Create content that you want to see out there in the fandom that you’re in. You’re not going to be motivated to constantly take requests from followers or write pieces you think your followers will like. Of course it’s good to take requests, but don’t force yourself to create something you’re just not interested in. Is there a character you feel doesn’t get enough content dedicated to them? Create it. Are there tropes/headcanons/kinks/scenarios you believe in but you can’t find any authors that have covered it? Cover it yourself. You’ll be doomed to push out mediocre writing if you’re not into what you’re writing. Follow your passion, no matter how off-the-wall or obscure you think it might be.

@maidofstars @catchthespade @bolt8826 @oh-heaux anything you guys want to add?

Ava Rosier

We at @jonsa-creatives would like to celebrate our fandom’s fantastic fic writers by featuring an ‘Author of the Week’ so that we can showcase their work and remind or re-introduce you to their fantastic Jon x Sansa fics! We would love for you guys to nominate our next ‘Author of the Week’ so please do send us a message with your suggestions.

Our first author is @ava-rosier - if you haven’t read any of her fics then you really are missing out! Her smut is first class and her descriptive prose are wonderfully atmospheric. Oh and she’s fucking hilarious too.

We’ve selected a few of @ava-rosier‘s fics and added some little snippets below the cut - ENJOY!

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today is apparently my two-year “wedding” anniversary. crazy. (i put “wedding” in quotes because it’s actually the anniversary of the day my husband and i sat on our friends’ porch in baltimore and signed some paperwork–our friend had conveniently recently become authorized to officiate marriages (for another couple we’re friends with).)

tomorrow morning we leave for four days of death metal with some old friends. so i probably won’t be on tumblr or the internet much at all, but i do have some posts queued.

here’s a picture from two years ago, behind the cut, because i’m feeling sort of sentimental lol

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tyrion-skywalker asked:

Do you think meticulously crafting a story for near-perfect structure, allegory, character representation, etc., such as in the classics like Homer, Dante, Milton, and Joyce where everything they put in has an exact purpose, adds to the story’s quality or speaks about the skill of the writer?


Not necessarily, because there can be really expertly crafted stories that are just written very poorly. Like, they have great structure, strong themes, well developed characters, etc., but the actual mechanics of the writing are off. Like, they may use overly basic grammar, terrible sentence structure, strange paragraph habits, clunky dialogue, info dumps, punctuation faux pas, etc. And I’ve actually read writers like that, who are amazing brilliant storytellers, but for whatever reason their actual writing skills are just not great. And for some readers that doesn’t matter at all. In fact, one of the most successful authors of our time is someone who many regard as a terrible writer but a brilliant storyteller, however this person’s fans think they are the greatest writer to have ever drawn breath. So, I guess in that sense, story quality is in the eye of the beholder a little bit. 

And, I’ve read a lot of really beautiful stories that aren’t necessarily crafted as well as they could be. They may not have near-perfect structure or be saturated with highly-crafted symbolism, themes, motifs, etc., but they’re just really impeccably well-written stories. :)

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From Theron Shan’s Instagram Account:
since we couldnt make bail lana & i had to come up w/ a different method to convince the authorities to let us get back on our way. we kindly explained our situation with them & talked things out like rational adults—adults that happen to always have a little bit of c4 stashed away on their person for just such an occasion. hell if we’re already wanted by the law what’s a little jailbreak going to hurt @ this point? now i just have to make sure the charge is set properly and——-

owwww

Me: I hope that Pink Diamond is revealed to be a complex, devious but sympathetic villain, maybe her intentions were understandable and her goals actually noble and benevolent but her methods to achieve them abhorrent…

The Tumblr Discourse Warriors in the SU Fandom: god i can’t wait to cheer when Rose shatters that disgusting evil nazi slaver oppressor! Rebecca Sugar is the nazi queen of the KKK for depicting the Diamonds as having a personality beyond evil!! If you don’t hate the Diamonds you’re a colonialist nazi, you support colonialism and nazism, and everything Hitler did was your idea!!!

Me: …Thinking again, i hope Pink Diamond is revealed to be a fucking saint, the most pure and good character in the entire show.

Stan's Twin Theory

Hey, this is a new blog dedicated to Gravity Falls, and specifically to theories about Gravity Falls. We have some interesting (possibly far-fetched) theories. This is one of them.

Stan’s Twin Theory:

Stan has to have a brother (although not necessarily a twin), because he’s Dipper and Mabel’s Great-Uncle, and they all share the same last name, therefore he must have a brother. However, we believe he has a twin. Here’s why:

  • twins are genetic (and the gene can skip generations) 
  • There are some pieces of evidence found in the show that supports our claim

We also believe that Stan’s twin may be the Author. Here’s why:                            

1. The Hiding Spot

Look, a hole in the ground

In Tourist Trapped, Dipper found the 3rd book in the forest near the Mystery Shack. This may seem like a stretch, but think about it! where would you hide something important that you might want to access easily? By your house.                                        

Gideon’s factory

In The Hand that Rocks the Mabel it is shown that Gideon’s family factory is located on Gopher Road, the same street as the Mystery Shack. 

The Mystery Shack’s address via the Deed is 618 Gopher Road.

This could explain how Gideon found the 2nd Journal. 

And it’s interesting to note that Gideon was searching for the 1st Journal at the Mystery Shack. 

Possible hiding spots

There are possible hiding spots listed in the 2nd Journal, they seem to be located around a building similar to the Mystery Shack.

2. The Bunker

The Bunker is located underground, in the forest near the Mystery Shack.

There is a sign on the wall of the bunker that says that it is a nuclear fallout shelter. Now, where would you build a fallout shelter? Near your house of course! During times of bomb scares people would build fallout shelters in their backyard.

And since the Author did experiments in the bunker and was observing a shapeshifter, it would be more convenient for him to have the bunker close to the place where he lived. 

3. The Glasses              

In Carpet Diem, a secret room is discovered in the Mystery Shack, and Stan finds a pair of glasses.                                                                  

Stan finds the glasses

Later he is seen staring at the glasses, and he frowns at them in both scenes.

Stan contemplating the glasses

This could possibly represent an old memory of a friend or *cough* brother. It is obvious that someone lived in that room at some point, so why would Stan want to cover it up?

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In Dreamscapers, it is shown in the 2nd Journal that the Author was surprised to see glasses on the Bill Cipher wheel, possibly because those are his glasses.Take a look at the glasses, they are similar to the ones found in the secret room.

We don’t think these are Stan’s glasses because his glasses are square with rims at the bottom, while the glasses found in the room and on the wheel don’t have rims at the bottom and are rounded.

Also in Dreamscapers, is a flash back of Stan when he was just a wee lad.

Notice his glasses are square and have rims at the bottom.

Here is Stan a little bit older. Notice that he still has square rimmed glasses.

But, in The Time Traveler's Pig, a younger “Stan” is shown with round glasses without rims at the bottom. His glasses look exactly like the one’s found in the secret room. 

Is this really Stan?

Also, this “Stan” has a cleft chin, whereas we have never ever once seen Stan with a cleft chin (not even in flashbacks). 

4. The Calender

Another small point: the calendar in the secret room has the date July 4, 1982 circled. It can be assumed that 1982 is the year the room was abandoned.

The room definitely looks like it hasn’t been touched since the 80’s

However, in the Author’s bunker, there is a calendar on the wall. Guess what year is on the calendar. 1982.

The calendar in the Mystery Shack and the calendar in the Author’s Bunker are from the same year, 1982. 

This suggests that both the room in the Shack and the Bunker were abandoned around the same time. 

5. Wrestling Match Flashback

In a brief scene in Stan’s flashback in Dreamscapers, we see young Stan at a wrestling match. There is a kid reading a book in the stands that looks very similar to child Stan, he even seems to be wearing the same clothing.

Could this be Stan’s twin?

6. The Swing-set 

In Dreamscapers, Stan’s mindscape is very creepy. One notable object in Stan’s mind is a dilapidated swing-set. This is the stuff of horror movies. 

Good times

Since we can assume everything in the mind is a symbol of a significant part of Stan’s life, then this swing-set is very telling. It likely symbolizes a broken childhood. Since it is a two swing swing-set, it could symbolize another person, likely from Stan’s childhood. A close friend… or sibling…

The fact that only one of the swings is broken is also interesting. In Into the Bunker, the Shapeshifter states that the Author “hasn’t been himself in 30 years” suggesting that he probably went crazy. 

Are all these merely coincidences? Maybe… But this is Gravity Falls we’re talking about. This show is filled with foreshadowing, plot twists, and secrets. There is just no way that all of this could be a coincidence. 

So, what do you think? Is this a stretch? Or are we on to something? Feel free to comment with your own theories. The more the merrier! :)

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Thirsty (Riverdale) Fandom: A Sad Saga
↳ “Give Me All the Fics!” [½]

Love doesn’t need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can’t judge the quality of a love by the length of time it lasts. Everything dies, love included. Sometimes it does with a person, sometimes it does on its own. The greatest love story ever told doesn’t have to be about two people who spent their whole lives together. It might be about a love that lasted two weeks or two months or two years, but burned brighter and hotter and more brilliantly than any other love before or after.
—  Krystal Sutherland, Our Chemical Hearts

I hate that time is parallel.

I hate that at this very moment, someone is having the worst time of their life.

I hate that as I write this down, someone has lost the love of their best friend.

I can be the happiest I’ve ever been, and someone out there will still be suicidal.

I can be just finding myself, and at the same moment someone has lost all hope.

But what bothers me most is when I can look back and know that sometime while I was alive, someone I’ve grown to love had hated themselves.

So I keep asking myself: where was I when Tyler shouted “hello” to the trees around him? Was I asleep when he was at his darkest point? Which nights were the ones when Josh couldn’t sleep because of worry, while I was lost in dreams? The lyrics for Save were written before I ever knew about this band, and yet at some point Tyler was writing them while I was alive.

I hate that time is parallel. But it helps a little bit, knowing that as I laid awake and unsure in my bed, someone else was doing the same. When I felt as if I had lost all my purpose, Tyler was just finding his.

I hope that made sense.

The Writing Prompts Theme (Happy Birthday!)
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So, it’s @writing-prompt-s​ FIRST BIRTHDAY, and I saw there was a bit of a theme going around, so I thought I’d throw my hat (or voice) into the mix.

It’s loud and it’s poorly sung, but I’m proud of it.

(LYRICS UNDER THE CUT - YES, I CHANGED THE LYRICS BECAUSE I AM A SUCKER FOR WRITING PARODY SONGS.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WRITING PROMPTS!

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To write his new book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, journalist and statistician Ben Blatt loaded thousands of classics and contemporary best-sellers into various databases and let his hard drive churn through them. He wanted to know if our favorite authors follow conventional writing advice about cliches, adverbs and exclamation points (they mostly do); if men and women write differently (yep); if an algorithm can identify a writer from his or her prose style (it can); and which authors use the shortest first sentences versus those who use the longest.

We can hear thousands of monocles dropping into thousands of cups of Earl Grey from here. “But what of literature?” you sputter. “What does any of that technical folderol have to do,” — here you start wiping your monocle on your nosegay — “with ART?”

Not much, is the answer. Blatt’s book isn’t terribly interested in the art of writing. What it is fascinated by — and what’s fascinating about it — is the craft of writing. Here are some of our favorites of Blatt’s findings.

Writing an immersive third person limited point of view.

What is third person? In third person pov the narrator refers to all character by third-person pronouns, such as he, she, or they. In contrast, first person pov uses the first person pronouns, I and me, for the narrator.

What is third person limited? Third person limited is the alternate to third person omniscient. In third person limited, you have one single pov character narrating the story at any given moment (though you can have as many of these limited pov characters as you want throughout the course of the story), whereas in third person omniscient, there is an omniscient (all knowing) narrator.

Why choose a limited third person pov? 

- The reader forms a stronger, more personal connection to your pov character(s).
- You can easily build suspense because the reader never knows for certain what the non-pov characters are thinking, feeling, or planning.
- You can more easily write an unreliable narrator because your narrator tells things only as they see them, and not as they truly are.

At the end of the day, there is nothing you can’t do with limited if you’re creative and willing to think outside the box. 

So you want to write a good limited third person pov then?

Keep in mind that most of these tips also translate to first person pov. In many ways, third person limited is very similar to first person, because you have a single narrator at any given time, and the reader is confined to that narrator’s interpretation of the world.

Here are some key things you need to remember while writing limited third person: 

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