writing fanfiction can be hard

au where arthur is a wizard that leaves magic society to teach english literature 

anonymous asked:

#DO THEY GET OFF KNOWING THEY'RE BOTH SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR OWN RIGHT? your tags. can someone write this fic?

I’d LOVE to read a fic of them just- satisfying their power and professionalism kinks because you know they both have it. Example:

Magnus: “Mr. Lightwood, Congratulations on being the Head of the Institute. How does it feel to be the man on top?”

Alec: “I love it. But not as much as I love having the High Warlock of Brooklyn under me and begging for it.”

Why else would he look this smug and aroused?

  • other writers: here's 200,000 words of an eloquent and perfectly crafted fanfiction
  • me: here's like 2k words of mostly smut and here's another 3k of plot (and also some smut)from another Verse and here's a random prompt I answered that will probably start a new Verse that I'll forget to finish or lose interest in...

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm sorry if this sounds rude but you mentioned your friends are giving up fic writing? And that you came close to.I notice writers get much fewer rebblogs than artists but I didn't know it's that bad. Who are you talking about and do you guys talk about this, like is there a chatroom for writers?

Hi anon! This isn’t rude at all, don’t worry! This is going to be a bit of a long answer, so bear with me :’)

I don’t know if I can mention names here, I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, so I can’t really give you more details than I already have: I am friends with this person and they probably won’t be writing fanfics anymore.
I can tell you though that I’ve also spent most of the last couple of weeks wondering if there was still a point in posting my writing at all.

The thing is, writers barely get any feedback. Especially ones that aren’t insanely popular. We pour so much of ourselves into our writing, so it’s incredibly discouraging to barely get any comments, kudos, likes or reblogs.

In my personal experience, tumblr is an awful place for writers. I’ve got a decent-sized following on ao3 I think (though I don’t have much to compare to) and even there, with more than 100 people subscribed to me, I only tend to get around… 5 or 6 comments max per fic that are actually reviews (as in, comments with more content than “please update soon” or “this was nice”) - which is already more than I know many of my writer friends get.
On tumblr, I’m lucky if two or three people reblog my work, and that’s exactly the problem: Who’s going to see it if no one reblogs it? Likes are fine and of course I appreciate those, too, but in the bigger picture they’re meaningless.
Once a fic is done, it’s done. It’s out there then, and I can’t keep reblogging my own posts again and again in the hopes that someone will pay attention to them. I get one shot, maybe two if I reblog my fic again for people in other timezones, but that’s pretty much it. I’m not surprised that it’s gotten so frustrating that it makes people want to quit.

…as for your other question - I don’t know if there’s any larger chatroom or space for writers. I know some people have group chats, but it’s mostly a private thing, as far as I know? I’m really not a big name in this fandom so there might be a lot of stuff going on that I don’t know about.

As for me - I just message people a lot, with the tumblr feature, or on skype or snapchat if I know them better. I’m open to any and all conversations (most of mine with other writers started by me yelling at them about how much I love their work ^^), so if you want to talk to me please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message. That’s what they’re for, after all? My ask’s always open, and I don’t mind private messages either.

In any case - there’s quite a few people in my immediate vicinity that I’ve talked to and I consider friends - many of them are writers, some are artists, some do both, some do neither. I talk about this problem (of wanting to write, but barely receiving any feedback, of feeling like we’re wasting our time) to pretty much anyone who will listen, but it’s frustrating because I don’t have the influence to change anything. Of course I’ll try to keep my fellow writers motivated and try to change their minds about giving up, but there’s only so much I can do, and in the end it’s their decision. Most writers I’ve talked to really enjoy writing fanfics, and it takes quite a bit of disappointment to get you to the point where you want to just… stop. So… yes, it’s a big problem.

I’m going to wrap this up now, but… again, I cannot emphasize enough how important comments are to writers. I’ve talked to some people who’ve said they’re not sure if their comments will even make a difference, because they feel they haven’t got anything interesting to say - picture it this way. As a writer, I’m standing on a stage and presenting a thing, and in response, about twenty people give me polite nods (kudos, likes) and four actually start clapping. But there’s like two hundred people (hits) standing in this room, and I kind of feel stupid now.
All comments matter. At this point, they might save you your writers. Because with less and less feedback, there’s less and less incentive to actually post things.

I can’t say much for other fandoms because it’s been a while since I’ve written substantially for anything but Haikyuu, which is still a relatively active fandom? But I get the feeling that’s starting to wear off, too.

Enthusiasm shifts, and I get that. But if you still enjoy an author’s work, please, please, by all means leave them a comment. Otherwise it might be the last work you read from them.

Nothing’s gonna harm you (not while i’m around)

Hey everyone! Remember when, two months ago, I said I was working on a Baby BatCat fanfiction? Well, I finally got around to finishing it!

I’m sorry it took me so long, but what was intended to be a small, fluffy OS turned into a behemoth of a fic, filled with angst and hurt/comfort. So I guess it’s a win? Please enjoy!

Baby BatCat. Post-Season 3 Winter Finale.

It’s been two days since the standoff between Bruce and Jerome. While Bruce is having trouble coming to terms with his ordeal, Selina has never been more worried about anything or anyone.

This missing moment is about the two of them taking care of each other, having important conversations, and realizing that protecting and trusting are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

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“No one’s gonna hurt you,

No one’s gonna dare.

Others can desert you,

Not to worry, whistle, I’ll be there.”

— Not While I’m Around,

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street




Selina quietly observed him from behind the window as he sat on the couch opposite the fireplace, his lanky frame somewhat tense, shoulders sagged and head low. It had been a couple of days since Jerome wrecked havoc on Gotham and tried to murder Bruce, and Selina couldn’t remember a time when she had felt more terrified for him. The moment she’d learned about what had happened, she’d gone straight to Wayne manor, not even caring that she was supposed to be mad at Bruce—she just wanted, needed to make sure he was okay.

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“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

Hi everyone! I have some important exams currently, so I didn’t write a lot but here is a new fic! I hope you’ll like it! Enjoy your reading!

Wanring: English’s not my mother tongue so, if you see any mistakes, feel free to avert me, I’ll be glad to correct it!

Summary: Baz came back late to the dorm, as usual. Simon is already asleep but seems to have a rude nightmare. I’m not sure Baz can stand with it…

Ratings: /

Pairings: SnowBaz (Baz Grimm-Pitch/Simon Snow)

Baz

I usually come back late from my hunts. I prefer it that way, I don’t have to face Simon’s gaze. I already feel guilty to suck out all the blood of poor animals.

 Anyway, this night was like the other, when I came back Simon was already sleeping, twisted in his sheet, the window opened. Of course. He cannot fall asleep when the window’s closed. I don’t care much, I bear better the cold than most humans. But, Simon’s sleep seemed agitated tonight.

I went to the bathroom to have a wash and put on my jogpants. When I put back my clothes in the wardrobe, I heard Simon moving a lot. I felt a bit worried but I didn’t take notice.

Once in my bed, when I was about to fall in Morpheus’ arms, I heard Simon talking. I turned to face him and, thank to my vampire’s seeing which saved me from talking alone, I noticed he was asleep still. Quickly, Simon’s voice became louder. 

First, I didn’t understand what he was saying, but the next scream appeared clear to my ear. 

“No, please, no!” 

I froze. He seemed so hurt. 

“Don’t kill him, PLEASE” Simon’s screams rent the quiet night. 

He choked a sob before running on in a softer voice. “Not Baz, please” 

Simon’s saying my name made me react. I was hit by his pain, without knowing what to do but, now, I didn’t even think about it. I crossed the gap between our beds and took Simon in my arms. His gold skin was moist by sweat. I tried to calm his distress. 

He opened the eyes but stayed drowsy. Simon cuddled against my chest and grabbed one of my arms. He wrapped his own arms around mine. I took his wet hair away from his face and whispered “it’s okay, Simon” 

“shhh, I’m here, okay love?”

“Don’t worry, everything’s okay, just sleep”

“we’re both safe, Si” until he dropped into the sandman’s arms once more.


Simon

When I woke up in the morning, I had a strange memory from the night. I couldn’t say if it’s a dream. I stretched and sat up in my bed. That’s when I noticed Baz’s pillow next to mine. A grin blossomed on my face. 

Baz got out of the bathroom, his wet long dark hair dripped on his naked chest. I stared at it hungrily. I wasn’t even trying to hide it. When my gaze, slowly, came back to his face I noticed Baz’s scarlet cheeks.


Baz

I didn’t know what to think about Simon’s gaze. I’d like to walk toward him and kiss him but, of course, I’ll never do that. 

Therefore, I asked, unsure, “hm, Snow?”

The smile on his face became bigger when he replied “Yeah? Do you want to talk about you calling me ‘love’?”  

I blushed harder.

I was lost in my mind, I didn’t know how to read Simon. I couldn’t say what he was thinking. 

When I was in my thoughts, Simon stood up and closed the gap between us. He was so close. We were staring at each other when I saw his eyes went down, staring at my lips. He leaned in but stopped, he seemed to ask “May I?”. I didn’t pronounce a word and put my lips against Simon’s soft ones.

Jealousy Does The Trick - Shadowhunters (Alec Lightwood)

Pairing: Alec x Female!Reader 

Requested by: Anonymous

Request: Can you make a Alec Lightwoof smut where the reader and Alec are training. But Alec doesn’t like that she keeps talking about Magnus (there not together) so he punishes her. Just to show her who she belongs to and at the end Fluffy???????? Love your BLOG❤️💯🔥

Warnings: SMUT, minor fluff ish? 

A/N: I’m glad you love my blog, darling<3 means a lot~ Aaand I hope you like the one shot^^ENJOY!

PS! Remember to check out THIS post everyone to participate in me celebrating 2000 followers! 

Originally posted by madyvh91

*gif not mine* 

«How come Magnus has a lot swifter movements than us shadowhunters?» You asked Alec as you ducked away from the swing of Alec’s fighting stick. 

 «I don’t know and I don’t care.» He answered courtly. 

 «I mean, he is a downworlder, not in a negative way, so aren’t we supposed to be swifter? Because damn he looks good when he moves.» 

For a moment you got more distracted by your own thoughts than actually paying attention to the fight, and in no time Alec had your back pinned to his front and his wooden stick pressed against your throat. 

 «You’re thinking too much.» Alec whispered into your ear as you became painfully aware of how close you were. 

 Gracefully Alec let go of the stick with one arm, holding it just as steady with just one. His free hand sneaked itself around your waist, resting on your lower stomach. 

 «You’re thinking too much about someone you don’t want, both you and me know that.» He whispered again, this time moving his hand lower and as he came to the waistband of your training tights, he slipped his hands into them. 

Your breath caught in your throat and you stood as still as you could, your breathing coming out in ragged huffs when you remembered how to breathe again. 

Your heartbeat sped up more and more by the minute, all thoughts of training and Magnus Bane gone from your head. Without any warning Alec’s hand dipped into your panties, going straight for your entrance, his thumb lowering over your clit. 

 «Maybe this will remind you who you usually think of.» Alec kissed the base of your neck before he started to move, two fingers penetrating you while his thumb brushed over your clit gently, sometimes going in circles when his movements allowed it . 

 The pleasure practically shot down into your knees making them weak, but even so you managed to stay upright as Alec lowered the stick and let it fall to the ground as he used his other hand to support your body from falling. In the back of your mind, the part which still had some sense to it, you thought of where you were standing and how easy it would be for someone to just walk into the training room to see you two. 

 «Alec, s-stop.» You stuttered, grabbing the wrist on the hand he was penetrating you with.   

«And why would that be, darling?» He asked as he curled his fingers inside of you, making a throaty moan escape your lips. 

 «What if someone comes in?» You managed to breath out while his fingers worked faster and faster, pressing his thumb just a little harder against your clit making the pleasure almost unbearable as the knot in your stomach tightened. 

«Babe, it’s in the middle of the night, I think it will be okay.» He said back as he bit playfully on your earlobe, making you rest your head against his shoulder. 

You felt the pleasure riding your body, ready to take it over completely as the knot in your stomach became unbearably tight. 

With another curl from Alec’s fingers inside of you you went over the edge, letting your orgasm rip through your body, slumping against Alec who carefully removed his hand from your tights and lowered you both to the ground. 

 «Next time, warn me a little before you do something like that.» You grinned over at Alec who reluctantly let you go as you sat up properly. 

 «Next time, huh?» He teased, that excited smile on his face. 

 «I’m not letting you off the hook so easy, love.» you said back as you placed your arms around his neck, pulling yourself closer to him. «Because I have dreamt of you making a move so long, who knew jealousy would be the thing that would make you do it.» You added, your voice barely above a whisper as you leaned in close. 

 Alec blushed, but even so he placed his hands on your hips. 

 «So does that mean we can continue this in your room?» He hinted, your lips barely brushing each other. 

 «With pleasure.» You whispered, just as you pressed your lips against his, feeling him pulling you even closer to himself, not planning on letting you go any time soon.

I dunno what happened to reviewing? I was having a little look in story stats and I realised that there was a pattern. Stories tend to start off getting a pretty decent number of reviews, and then it dwindles off as it goes along. For example, AYAOTD got 12 reviews for the first chapter, and it’s been going down every chapter since, to the extent where the most recent chapter got 2 reviews. Some fandoms do better than others, to be fair - I have some stories where reviews are pretty consistent.

I’m honestly curious about this. Do people just get bored of fics as they go along and don’t bother reviewing? Do they count on authors updating anyway and so they figure it doesn’t matter if they review or not? 

As someone who cherishes every review on every story I get, it’s pretty disheartening to realise that only 2 people can be bothered to comment on a 4500 word chapter. I was thinking of doing another story cull and this has really just reinforced my decision. I adore writing, and I love most of my stories. But if readers can’t be bothered typing in a few words, I can’t be bothered taking the time out between full-time work and other commitments to write a story no one cares about. I’d rather put the effort into a story people do feel strongly about.

You see it all over Tumblr. You see it everywhere. Writers thrive on reviews. I don’t know why this is such a difficult concept to grasp. I’m sure my fellow writers understand my irritation here. You get constant messages asking you to update something and when you do, there’s radio silence. Readers criticise writers for taking too long to update. How about instead, you actually bother to give something back to the author? 

The Chosen Path | Chapter 3

Chapter title: Doubt and Trust
Fandom: D.Gray-Man
Pairings: Lavi/Allen [slow burn]
Rating + warnings: T / no warnings apply
Summary: After months of running and hiding, Allen and Neah find themselves travelling with Lavi, who after narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Noah Family struggles to find purpose. They soon find themselves running from a lot more than fate, and soon they will have to decide whether they will accept the roles they’ve been forced into, or make their own path in a world that’s hellbent on taking it from them. [Canon divergent from chapter 218]

EXCERPT

The woods were giving their last attempt to persist in the wake of the approaching winter, leaves of flame and fire falling to fade into the mud beneath. Bare branches adorned with dwindling leaves, wisps of fog and the smell of wet earth; it was peaceful here, surrounded by nature in its dying days. Since his time on the run had begun, Allen had found himself taking moments like this often, as if seeing the world around him for the first time. No, not the first; it was as if it was his last. The bitter chill seeping into his bones, the array of colour amongst the darkened bark of dying trees; it was a stark reminder that he was still here, still living and breathing. It left him feeling sombre, a strange combination of both bitterness and reverence. This world would exist whether he was in it or not, and though that caused him pain, it was also comforting. For now, there was a world to live within, places to observe, things to see and smell and taste.

Until the day the world ended, or he ceased to exist, there was a place for him under these endless skies.

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Nonsensical TeruMob study piece.

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The sun sets over the end of the street.

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anonymous asked:

Can I ask, what's your typing and/or editing process to get a chapter ready for posting on ao3? Like, for paragraph formatting and italics and what-not? Do you type the html tags in the original document as you go? Do you copy and paste the document in ao3 using the 'rich text' feature? I'm just curious, cause I'm a pretty new user over there, and it seems like a lot of work to get a chapter ready to be post-worthy!

Hiya!

Okay, so, I write in Word. Though I hear Google Docs is a very similar process.

And then I copy the chapter, and paste it into the rich text editor on AO3 when I’m ready.

That’s it. That’s all the hard work I do. Zero coding. The only HTML coding I’ll do is in the notes and summary, if I need to add links or images.

When I first started on AO3 I didn’t realise what the rich text editor did, and so I just basically hard coded everything, with my basic knowledge of HTML. It took so long, and I did most of the SAL stories that way.

But now the Rich Text Editor is my best friend of all time, and it preserves everything I do in Word, so I only need to copy/paste when I’m ready.

I also save all my story stuff directly into Dropbox, so it’s there if my computer ever dies.

If Dropbox dies though, I’m screwed, lol.

That being said, I usually have Word formatted so that I only press Enter once to create a paragraph break. This eliminates weird spacing issues in AO3 t hat can happen (though if they do happen, such as extra paragraph breaks, or no paragraph breaks, I go back in and manually edit it so for me it resembles the way an ‘AO3 fic’ should look (clear paragraph breaks, but not double paragraph breaks). 

This formatting is super inconvenient when I’m writing original novels though, which needs totally different formatting, lol. I should really create different templates, but I’m too lazy. So I just format the entire novel at the end.

I pretty much write the chapters the way they’re going to look on AO3, I include the italics and stuff I need while writing, with Word’s shortcuts to get those into the text. Basically it will really help to learn shortcuts like ctrl+i (italics) or ctrl+b (bold) etc. but a word processor will be your friend - Google Docs is free. :)

I know that it can be really hard writing fanfiction. Especially when your fic isn’t getting a lot of attention, but don’t stop writing! The amount of kudos you have doesn’t always equal the quality of your writing.

If you want help with writing advice, or you want a little publicity on your fanfic, asks and submissions are open! All mods and I are very nice and are willing to help anyone!

Thank you!

We start answering submissions tomorrow, so please submit! Fic submissions must be under 150 kudos.

ask-terracotta-jade  asked:

41: what's the last book you remember really, really loving?

I haven’t read a good book in years honestly and it’s so depressing. 

I really miss the times when I was super into Warriors because like, it was the BEST time. My family would get me the books for Christmas and oh my God the BOOK FAIR. I was such a frequent visitor of my middle school library that when I came in, the librarian would sometimes have a little stack of new warriors books she’d set aside for me. 

I really, really should go to my local library and see if they have anything good but I keep forgetting to honestly. I’ve left there empty handed so many times recently that I sort of stopped trying but I’ve got some better ideas for what to look for so HOPEFULLY next time I leave I’ll bring my own stack of books. ;w;

Some thoughts on being a fanfiction writer

1) Never let anyone tell you that being a fanfiction writer is bad. The Bronte sisters wrote fanfiction about the Duke of Wellington and they just happened to also release beautiful books like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights - it’s not a new art form, and it’s not a bad quality one either. 

2) Fanfiction is a great way to write when you don’t have your own characters yet. Simply being able to say ‘what if this happened’ and then write it gives you a real understanding of plot, and more flexibility when it eventually comes to the world you will create. 

3) Fanfiction allows you to write lots and lots of words without even realising what you’re doing. Did you know the first Harry Potter book was 76, 944 words? If you can write near that amount, imagine what you could do if you created your own universe. 

4) You have been practising your craft all along. Even if you started recently, you’ve been practising and improving your writing. Read the first thing you ever put up and read what you’ve most recently written - I bet you’ve improved. 

5) However, you are not limited to writing fanfiction, no matter how hard it can seem to break free from the limits you have put on yourself. You want your own world to play with, but you feel like you don’t have the creativity to do so. Sound familiar? Well you’re wrong when you say you don’t have the creativity to create your own world. 

6) You’re comfortable with characters you are familiar with, right? Well, become familiar with your own characters. Start simple - what do they look like? What’s their name, what age are they, what’s their job? Imagine what they’d do in situations you’re in. With a little bit of work, you’ll be as familiar with them as you are with your fanfiction characters. 

7) Maybe making a world is harder, but you don’t need to begin with your own Hogwarts or Middle Earth. Set it where you live, and if you get bored of that, then set your sights higher. The only limit you have is your confidence. 

8) Let other people read it. The chances are, with your fanfiction, you’ve posted it somewhere and people have read it and given you feedback. There’s no reason to stop that now - show a friend, put it on a blog, send it in here, or you can even send it in to literary magazines and journals. But spread your work so you can get feedback. 

9) You don’t need to write a novel. Start with a bit of flash fiction, a short story, or in fanfiction terms, a one-shot. But if you want to write some original fiction, starting with a novel can be daunting, so start small and increase to that. 

10) You can still write fanfiction. Writing isn’t black and white between fanfiction and original work, and it hasn’t been for years. Did anyone else watch Death Comes to Pemberley or Dickensian? Just because it’s on tv doesn’t mean it’s not fanfiction, and just because you have the capability to write your own stuff doesn’t mean you can’t write about other worlds any more. As they say, the only limit is your imagination. 

Because Writing...

Look at these ideas, aren’t they neat?
Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?
Wouldn’t you think I’m the writer?
The writer who has too many WiP?
Look at this trove, treasures untold
How many wonders can one mind hold?
Lookin’ around here you’d think
Sure, they’ve got everything

I’ve got Fix-Its and  Hogwarts AUs aplenty
I’ve got PWPs and A/B/O universe galore
You want badasses?
I got twenty
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more

I want to to write more ideas
I want to see
Want to see ‘em finished
Having the status change to
Whadd'ya call it? Oh, Complete
Flailing your arms you don’t get you far
Words are required for writing, creating 
Having the drive to finish the
What’s that word again? WORK IN PROGRESS!!!! 


Up where they write
Up where they beta
Up where they publish once a darn week
Wanderin’ free
Wish I could just
Finish my work in progress!!!!

 

Originally posted by onlydisney

This is a call-out post

to myself, because this is super late.

Hello, peoples of the @hetaliafandomhub‘s fanbase! My name is Syd, and I’m the leader of rarepairs and fanfiction authors! You can reach me here @my-lazy-genius or at my writing blog, @asylumsession! I warn that this is my main blog, so I do post a lot of other things and fandoms.

I’m super excited to work with all of you; in regards to the writers, I’ve seen a lot of the works in the hub’s roundup, and they never fail to blow me away. I’m here for writing advice, if you need someone to brainstorm with, or just general writing needs, encouragement, questions, or even just recommendations! I write fanfiction myself, and I know first hand how hard it can be, so if any of you ever needs anything involving it, hit me up! I’m almost always on tumblr, so I should get back to you fairly quickly. I do plan to host some writing events and possibly create a directory of my own for writers, so look forward to those!

Now, for the rare pair community! Half of my favorite ships are rare pairs, and I know, I know, it’s terrible. You’ve got all these pent up feeling about these two cute characters but nobody else cares because they’re such a rare ship. That’s where this part comes in; feel free to come squeal at me! Even if I don’t personally ship it, I’m completely willing to listen to your headcanons or why you like that ship, or if you just want to talk about them in general! I’ll even try to help you find others who ship it so you have more people to talk to!

So yes, hi, hello, greetings, salutations and all. I look forward to interacting with you all!

anonymous asked:

Hi! I read your Plance drabble and I really liked it! The dialogue for the characters is spot on, I can hear their voices saying it

HHHHHNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG thank you so much i’m gonna Die

I’m SO glad you could hear their voices–I have a hard time writing fanfiction bc i can’t do it unless i can hear them saying it in my head, and it makes me SO HAPPY that i’m not the only one! <3 

hakjsdfhaksjhgkj u just made my day

anonymous asked:

I love your writing and I'm so thankful that you write fanfiction. I know it can be hard for authors to actually write sometimes and that most don't get enough comments on their fics so I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate what you do for the fandom and I love the fics xx

Oh my gosh, thank you so much! It is comments like these that keep motivating me to write! You’re so sweet, anon! I’m so glad you enjoy my writing. ❤️❤️