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Producer Jeff Bhasker faced a daunting task several months ago. After having worked with Kanye West and winning Grammy Awards for producing Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” and Fun.’s 2012 album “Some Nights,” he had to decide whether to take on a new project: the debut solo album of One Direction member Harry Styles.

“I’d just had a baby, and I was kind of like, ‘Eh, I don’t know if I’ll jump into this,‘” Bhasker tells Variety. He agreed to have Styles come over to “just talk,” and proceeded to put him through the Bhasker home sniff test. “My dog tends to bite people, and he was kind of scoping Harry out,” Bhasker explains. Styles “did this move — like a little shoot the gun with his finger, and my dog walked over and started licking his finger. That’s when I was, like, ‘This guy has something special.'”

Once music came into the mix, Bhasker was sold. “He started playing references of what he wanted to do, which sounded like a cool rock band. I got it, and could see where if we pulled this off, it would be one of the coolest things ever. But he needed a buddy who plays guitar like he’s Keith Richards.” The insinuation being: Styles is the Mick Jagger in this scenario.

Adds Bhasker: “I’m so proud of the album itself, and also of Harry for being so brave, and committing 100%, and writing the kind of vulnerable lyrics that he wrote, and not pandering to what people thought he would do. People have no idea that this is what Harry Styles is like. Just like I didn’t know. He’s obviously very famous and beloved, but people don’t know the depths of what an amazing personality and artist he is.”

Variety spoke with Bhasker about the recording of “Harry Styles” ahead of the album’s May 12 release: 

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top five writing (fic) tips
  1. Just Do It: a bad idea put down is literally infinitely more useful than some imaginary perfectly executed concept. writing is a process, everyone starts with crap and then builds up from that. if you have to, start with “Once upon a time…” because what’s important is that you start
  2. Begin at the End: every time you write a story you should know vaguely where you want the story to end. you don’t have to know how to get there, just know where you want to go. picture the final shot in the movie of your mind, and make it your goal
  3. Motivation is Key: the most important aspects of your characters are always their motivations. when character motivations clash, you get dramatic conflict, and the resolution of a dramatic conflict is the essence of storytelling. each of your characters must want something
  4. Read Away: you are what you eat, and you write what you read. be sure to branch out periodically, but just never stop reading, be it stories, poetry, essays, articles, or textbooks. all words have writers behind them
  5. Practice Makes Perfect: the most obvious, the most essential, and the hardest of them all. be kind to yourself with this one, and don’t give up

anonymous asked:

I absolutely love the LoT College AU. Do you have any general tips for someone who wants to write a verse/what ever you call a series of connected fics like your AU?

hey anon! i actually do have some tips. and honestly, i think we can consider these tips for any sort of world-building and storytelling, since with AUs you do have to make original material to make the world go round. 

- so you’ve had your idea! great! write it down. i mean like the typing kind or the literal kind, however you feel more comfortable, but it needs to be taken down because this is your tree seed. from here, your beautiful story will grow. put it in the dirt and water it

- unlike a tree, you can reap benefits of your idea-seed immediately. you want to say, is this going to be something with a lot of one shots (like college au) or is this one long story (like archeologist hawks). that’s going to tell you how you’re planning and how you’re posting your material

- if it’s a lot of one shots, you’re going to generally be posting more, shorter content. there’s continuity, but you can space them apart. if you have one shot ideas, now is the time to write them down so that you can later connect the dots on them. 

- if it’s a long story, you’re going to be posting more sparsely bc you’re likely going to be writing longer, more in depth chapters. you can’t skip around in time as much, and you want a definite start and end point, where one shots are kind of endless. 

- there’s pluses and downsides to both of them and you CAN do both, absolutely! pluses of oneshots are more freedom of content, but there is something so satisfying about writing out a long narrative. 

- so say you’re doing a college au. you need to list the characters, their grade, their major, their roommate, and important details. if you’ve ever played an RPG, you are literally re-designing characters in that exact style, but with no point system. if you did a coffee shop au- you need to list who works there, what their shifts are, when they started working there, who the regular patrons are, and stuff like that. 

- it’s totally okay to write what’s in your head first in like, a narrative sense, and then go back from what you’ve written and make your world from there, but going forward from that first piece you want to make sure you have an established canon you can refer back to.

- honestly this is the dumbest thing but making a pinterest moodboard or a playlist is great when you need inspiration. it’s like having review flashcards. i have one for the college legends and it’s ridiculous but every time i look at it i’m like oh this would happen to them and i start working out how and when and where- keep some visual/audio aids on hand!

- someone once told me, “in cosplay, there are no rules-” this is pretty much true of this kind of thing too. there is no one right way to do it, you have to go with the flow of your inspiration. i still recommend having a reference point, but if you just want this world to be however you feel it should be just off the top of your head, it’s your world! 

- remember that in college aus no one goes to class, high school aus get less fun as you get older, and baristas only like about 2 people, and you’re probably not one of them. remember that there’s always time for aliens and vampires, possibly together, who knows. and if you ever really feel strongly about an au, try seeing how it feels as an original work if you think you can make it distinct enough. that’s all i’ve got!

YJFicExchange Mini Big Bang

After a poll of the YJ fandom, it was decided yjficexchange’s next event would be a Mini Big Bang

A Big Bang is a fandom event where authors and artists work together to create something great! The author writes a fic and the artist creates an accompanying piece of artwork. Typically, Big Bang fics are over at least 10k words, but because this event is only two months+ long (and during the school year) the minimum length has been reduced to 5k (though longer fics would be great, too!) 

The purpose of this Mini Big Bang is to bring the fandom together, writers and artists, as we continue to celebrate the return of our favorite Team! 

  • A quick rundown:
    • Timeline: April 1st–June 20th
    • Minimum Fic Length of 5k
    • Minimum One piece of art per story
    • Prizes (graphics) will be given to on-time participants.

Fic content is entirely up to the author, as long as it is about Young Justice, the submitted prompt has the Mod’s approval, and it follows the yjficexchange’s community guidelines. Art must also be within the guidelines. 

Signups are due April 1st for writers and April 10th for artists.



Please reblog to spread the word!

Detailed GuidelinesParticipation Forms, and Timelines are below the cut. 

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I am not for everyone's consumption and I'm ok with that.

Say it with me now:

I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.
I am not for everyone’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consumption…and that is ok. I am not for everyone.


anonymous asked:

I love the way you write your fanfics! It's concise and I love the natural flow and structure of each and every story. How do you do that? Any tips?

Thank you! Wow, that seriously means a lot. And do I have any tips? I don’t think I have anything to say that hasn’t already been said by others (probably much better than I’ll say it) – but I’ll give it a shot.

1.      Read. A lot. 

Seriously, do it now. Pick up a book and start reading. Reading helps you to get a feel for a story’s natural structure and pacing. Depending on its length, the pacing will be slightly different. Which leads to my next point-

2.      Do some research.

Study the structure of a story. In general, a story will have: (1) an inciting event that kicks-off the plot, (2) a quest / adventure in which the protagonist deals with the ramifications from the inciting event, (3) steadily rising action (raise the stakes as the story progresses), (4) a critical decision (made by the protagonist) that pushes the story, for better or worse, toward a final destination, (5) a climax where the story’s tension peaks, and (6) the wrap-up in which you show your readers where the events of the story have left your characters.

What about shorter stories / fics? I usually follow a similar structure – just on a smaller scale. There still needs to be some kind of event that sets off the plot, and even if it’s a short story, the characters will still have to react in some way to the inciting event.

3.      Don’t go crazy with the outline.

As tempting as it may be to outline every single detail in your story, I personally don’t recommend it. I use a very simple outline – usually consisting of the inciting event, what the characters are going to have to do in response to it, the highest point of tension, and the ultimate resolution. All of the other details? Dialogue? Character actions and expressions? I figure them out as I go. This helps me for two reasons: (1) It keeps me engaged in the story. If I’m surprising myself as I write and experiencing events with the characters, it makes the act of writing much more exciting; (2) It keeps character actions and dialogue more authentic. I can never plan out the nuances of speech and expression accurately in advance. All of my best, most authentic character interactions are born out of spontaneity.

4.      Cook with a variety of flavors.

Have you ever had a meal that was seasoned with just one spice? It might not have been necessarily bad, because it did have some flavor – but it probably wasn’t fantastic. Stories need to have more than one flavor. Even if your primary goal is to write a sad story, it’s going to be bland and boring if it’s only sad. Give your readers some contrast. Challenge yourself to write a story that makes your readers laugh, then cry – or the reverse! In life, we experience a spectrum of emotions (on a daily basis!). Your story will feel more realistic if you include a balance of humor, angst, fluff, etc. – and you’ll find that they’ll start to complement each other!

5.      Let your story surprise you.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a story with a specific plot point in mind, only to have a character action’s run contrary to it, or have an alternate path reveal itself to me halfway through writing. Just because you didn’t consider it when you started writing, doesn’t mean that taking your story in a new direction is a bad thing. Some of my favorite story moments weren’t planned, rather, evolved naturally out of a prior event. Celebrate your writing’s surprises. Let the process of writing delight you. If you do, I guarantee you’ll produce a story that delights others.

In Harry Styles’ World, Led Zeppelin Is Weird, Bukowski Is Cool: Inside the Album With Producer Jeff Bhasker (EXCLUSIVE)
“Maybe we’ll bring fathers and daughters together.”
By Shirley Halperin

Producer Jeff Bhasker faced a daunting task several months ago. After having worked with Kanye West and winning Grammy Awards for producing Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” and Fun.’s 2012 album “Some Nights,” he had to decide whether to take on a new project: the debut solo album of One Direction member Harry Styles.

“I’d just had a baby, and I was kind of like, ‘Eh, I don’t know if I’ll jump into this,‘” Bhasker tells Variety. He agreed to have Styles come over to “just talk,” and proceeded to put him through the Bhasker home sniff test. “My dog tends to bite people, and he was kind of scoping Harry out,” Bhasker explains. Styles “did this move — like a little shoot the gun with his finger, and my dog walked over and started licking his finger. That’s when I was, like, ‘This guy has something special.'”

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Writer’s Block and You: On Causes and How to Write On

If I were going to rank the writing-related questions from least to greatest, “how do I beat writer’s block?” probably falls quite high on the list, if not at number one. When I worked as a small publisher’s community manager, this question would show up at least twice a week- on forums, discussion posts, and Q&As with other published authors.  

The responses were varied and usually stale in quality: the same “take a walk, listen to fresh music, write something else”- and that’s not to say that these things can’t stop Writer’s Block, because they can for some people. But it’s often occurred to me that, for a question that gets asked so much, there are very few solid answers as to how you actually stop Writer’s Block. There is nothing more frustrating when you are applying all of the fixes and they just don’t work. Que the spiral of despair as you stare down that ever-blinking cursor.

But if Writer’s Block is an ailment, we shouldn’t be searching for the cure; we should find the cause. The same logic applies if you spike a fever; cause might say you have cold, but WebMD will convince you that you’re probably dying of gangrene.  

So, let’s talk about a few distinct types of Writer’s Block and what they do to the writing process.*

*(to me, personally. Full disclaimer here, because the most important thing to understand about Writer’s Block is how, just like writing habits, its causes are very unique to the author.)

Starting-Point Stage Fright:

Usually right before or at the beginning of every novel. Symptoms include procrastination, excessive research, and lots of deleted opening paragraphs.

Originally posted by whattawurld

There’s a really great quote by Gene Wolfe, which goes, “You never learn how to write a novel … you only learn to write the novel you’re on.” This was said to Neil Gaiman (yeah, that Gaiman), who finally felt he had this novel thing down after writing American Gods.

I’m now three novels into my writing career, with two more on my plate for this year. Each one of them starts with the sensation of groping around a pitch-black room with only my rough outline and a half functional flashlight. There are things in this room that I want (and probably better batteries for my flashlight), but I need to get my bearings first. It usually takes me about 15,000 words to do this, and it’s easy to mistake this sensation for a “lack of inspiration.” I encourage you to bury the concept of inspiration somewhere deep for now. Inspiration isn’t magical fully-fleshed out concepts; inspiration is what we do when we find those fresh batteries and get a clearer picture of our space. “Press forward to those 15,000,” I remind myself. It always pays off and I always manage to find those batteries eventually, even if it takes a few tries.

The Middle of Despair: 

Named so for its location, as the middle of books are notorious for being mind-numbingly hard to write. Symptoms will include plotting ending scenes you have not yet written, social media browsing, and crippling self-doubt. Welcome to the void of the writing process. You got this.

Not everyone has problems writing their novel’s middle, but it’s often noted as a rough part of first drafts and rewrites. We tend to come into stories with a general idea of the plot’s cause and effect: the beginning and middle, in more novel-related terms. It’s easy to get caught up in the sogginess of a middle and fall into a great deal of mood swing-y sadness. Writing must not be for you if you can’t even get through a simple section of the book.

But journeys aren’t about the destination, yes? And as Jeff VanderMeer says, when the reader enjoys an ending, they’re really saying they enjoyed the payoff to the well-structured middle of a novel. This quote helped me re-frame what middles were; the meat and potatoes of the story. Substance that keeps your reader around for the finale, rather than a sequence of events so you can get to the ending. Whenever I find myself trapped in the middle, I have to ask myself “how does this benefit the ending?” If it doesn’t, I cut and rework (even in a first draft, which something I would normally warn against). Listening to your gut about what isn’t working, and locating the strength in your middle, is usually one of the easiest ways to avoid its slog.

Revisionary Roadblocks:

Symptoms include starting new projects despite a lack of time, inelegant sobbing, and the return of that crippling self-doubt.

You might think, once you have finished your first draft, you would be free of the Writer’s Block and its troubling patterns. Revision and rewriting should be easy now that you’ve finished the book, right?

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Ah, the innocence.

Some of the worst roadblocks I have encountered in writing show up in the process of fixing the first draft; the scenes to reframe, plotlines to tighten, characters to build upon. Revision is harder than hell, since so many issues can show up during revisions that you don’t expect. The point of editing books is digging deeper; you must unearth the layers beneath the top soil that is your first draft, and you will find things you don’t like, things you must throw away and rework into oblivion. There will be scenes that you adore and no longer apply to your current vision. Your story will never again be the project you started, and it will never be perfect, and you get to accept that in all its artistic ugliness.

I recently finished my editing on my first novel and am currently working on edits for the second. The act of pushing through your revision roadblocks- whatever they may be, is a matter of willpower, and moreover, about confidence. It requires trusting in your own abilities, recognizing your limits, and practicing over and over. It’s about being open to failure and critique, and learning from both for the future. These are all hard to stomach, and probably the reason most people don’t like editing. But revision separates the novice from the novelist, and humbling yourself to it is the best way forward. After all, we are often much stronger writers than we feel.

What’s your experience with Writer’s Block? Where do you get it during the writing process and how have you learned to address it?

The REAL reaction (in some cases)
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b>Brain:</b> Nice OTP you got there<p/><b>Me:</b> aww thank yo-<p/><b>Brain:</b> It'd be a shame if....<p/><b>Me:</b> wait. No.<p/><b>Brain:</b> one of them<p/><b>Me:</b> don't do it!<p/><b>Brain:</b> DIED<p/><b>Me:</b> .....huh. Actually, go ahead.<p/><b>Brain:</b> oh. Wait, really?<p/><b>Me:</b> ya, I saw it coming. Actually want it.<p/><b>Brain:</b> Uh, that's kinda messed up<p/><b>Me:</b> I know. That's the point.<p/><b>Brain:</b> I thought you liked them?<p/><b>Me:</b> I do!<p/><b>Brain:</b> .....I'm confused<p/><b>Me:</b> I dont know either<p/><b>Brain:</b> .....we need therapy<p/><b>Me:</b> yup!<p/><b></b> This is the angst writing process everyone.<p/><b></b> Tadah!<p/></p><p/></p>
Awake Part 1

 Title: Awake

Summary: You had just graduated with a degree in English and thanks to some writing competitions you had gotten noticed and offered the job of a life time right out of school. This job was your dream job, you were going to be a writer for the tv show Supernatural, your favorite tv show. The whole cast and crew are very welcoming and kind and you find yourself making some of the best friendships, specifically with the green eyed actor that plays Dean.

Pairing: Jensen Ackles x Reader

Warnings: language, eventual smut in future parts

A/N:  This is an idea I had on a run today, I really hope y’all like it, also this is a world in which he never dated/married Danneel because I could never write a story in which they broke up. Let me know if y’all like this<3

You made yourself outside of the Vancouver International Airport just you and your suitcase. You searched for a taxi and hailed it handing the driver your address and getting in the car. You couldn’t believe you were here, you had just barely graduated college when you were contacted by Mr. Kripke and Mr. Singer saying they’d read some of your horror stories and felt like taking a chance on you as a writer for the show. It was like a dream, Supernatural had been one of your favorite shows for years and you knew the cast and crew were known for getting along really well and to get a writing job in such a great place and with great people on a popular tv show, you kept having to pinch yourself to remind yourself it was all real.  You would be spending the next few months living here to be on set writing and filming. You were a long way from home, but were so excited to follow your dreams.


You had unpacked your suitcase in your little apartment, most of your things had been shipped here by your parents and you were trying to organize everything but kept getting distracted by wine and the Supernatural re-runs you had going on the tv.  You’d be lying if you said you weren’t the most excited to meet a certain green eyed actor. Jensen Ackles was most definitely your celebrity crush, and while you knew he’d never go for you, you hoped that maybe you could at least build a friendship with the man. From interviews Jensen and Jared seemed like such sweet guys you imagined that you would at least be on friendly terms with them eventually, which made you want to squeal with excitement (You did…several times into your pillow). You got your bedroom and bathroom done so that you wouldn’t be scrambling in the morning to get ready. You had to be on set by 7am to meet everyone and get the tour and then you’d be settled in a room with the other writers to get started.


Your alarm went off around 5:30am you groaned hitting it off This is your dream job; this is the opportunity of a lifetime don’t complain about waking up early it’s just a slight negative to a perfect job.

You pull yourself out of bed with your pep talk going in your head and take a shower. You needed to be on your way by 6:15 so you hurried your shower and make up process. Then went to your closet to decide on an outfit. You picked out a red cap sleeve dress with little white polka dots on it and buttons all the way down the front of it, it stopped a few inches above your knees and you paired white keds with it remembering what Mr. Kripke had said about how they were pretty casual at work. You looked in the mirror and felt good about the day, you felt cute and smart and prepared, this was the first day of your new life. You grabbed your laptop and put it in your bag with your notebook and pens, you usually liked to hand write ideas before typing out the rough draft. You took one last look at everything and then were on your way.


So far the morning has gone great, Kripke and Singer were so nice and excited to have you on board. They showed you around a little bit, but had to get to a meeting so they had you wait in one of the offices for someone to come get you and show you around. You were fiddling with your hands and pushing your glasses up where they had slipped when the door opened and you felt like the air had been knocked out of you, “Hey there, Y/N right? I’m Jensen, Eric and Robert told me to come get you and introduce you to everyone and give you the grand tour”. Jensen Ackles was standing in front of you offering his hand out to you to shake oh my god oh my god oh my god, Y/N get ahold of yourself shake his hand, don’t be awkward you got this.

You reached out and grabbed his outstretched hand shaking it, “Uhh ya hi umm ya I’m Y/N, the new writer, I’m a huge fan of the show already so ya I umm know who you are” you stumbled through your words, “oh I’m sorry that sounded kinda creepy, I just meant that I’ve kept up with the show and I’m a fan of yours so I already knew who you were…” Ahhh you’re talking to much shut up

To your surprise though Jensen laughed at your word vomit and gave you a flashing smile, which you immediately returned, “I figured you probably were a fan, Eric and Robert like to have people on board who know the show” he gestured out the door and you followed, “I thought it’d be nice to introduce you to everyone first and then we can walk around the set. I did my scenes already so I’m free all day so if you need anything I’m your guy today just think of me as your Supernatural tour guide until you get used to all of this”

You smiled at him, “Thank you, that really means a lot. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous as hell, of course this is an incredible opportunity it’s a dream job really, my first writing job being on my favorite show, I just keep having to remind myself I’m awake and this is happening and I just want everything to go great and for everyone to like me and I want to write well and…”

“whoa there sweetheart just breathe” Jensen said stopping you in your tracks, he placed his big warm hands on your arms and rubbed them up and down trying to calm you,” you’re going to do great, I can already tell your sweet and there’s no question of everyone loving you, and you obviously are determined and smart otherwise Eric and Robert wouldn’t have hired you, they already know you’re a good writer, you already have a place here, we’re just trying to make you comfortable and welcome you to our weird family” he said getting closer to you as he spoke. You looked up into those beautiful green eye and nodded, “can you breathe for me sweetheart” you took a breath in and out, “perfect, you’re going to be perfect and you’ve got me if you need anything you’ve already made a friend,” You looked up at him and smiled, he really was as kind as he was good looking.

“Thank you, sorry, when I get nervous I can’t shut up” you said giggling.

“That’s alright, it was cute” you felt yourself turn red and smile at this and Jensen offered you a small smile and then put his arm around you and continued walking.


You’d met just about everyone cast and crew except for Jared, Misha, and Mark. They were finishing up their scenes so Jensen had shown you around set while waiting for them to get done.

“And this is my personal trailer” he gestured to the RV looking thing and opened the door to let you walk in,

“This is so cool, this thing is bigger than my whole apartment” you were in awe, it had couches and a tv and bathroom with a shower and even a bed in the back,” hell this is nicer than my apartment too”

Jensen smiled at you, “Would you like some coffee? Jared put one of those Keurig things in here” you nodded and took a seat on the couch. He walked over and handed you the mug of coffee and sat beside you with is. The two of you talked about your families and where you grew up sharing stories. The two of you were laughing so hard there were tears coming out of your eyes.

“What’s going on in here?”

“Sounds like fun in here!” you and Jensen turned towards the door and you saw two more of your favorite actors stepping in.
“Hey guys! I’d like you to meet Y/F/N, Y/L/N. She’s the new writer that Eric and Robert hired, I’m sure you already know who they are since you watch the show but this is Jared and Misha” They smiled at you and you went to offer your hand out but Misha just went straight into a hug, you giggled and hugged him back, and then the giant that is Jared gave you a hug that just about crushed you, “It’s so nice to meet you guys, I’m a huge fan of the show, hopefully I can do it justice”

“If you’re a fan I’m sure you will. I read some of your short stories, the ones that Eric and Robert were crazy about, you’re a fantastic writer you’ll do great” Jared said with a huge smile on his face. You couldn’t believe he’d read some of your work, it was just the confidence boost you needed. The four of you sat in Jensen’s trailer goofing around, you couldn’t remember a time you’d laughed this hard.

“Oh my gosh you guys are killing me, I’m gonna throw up from laughing so hard” you said holding your stomach and wiping the tears from your eyes

“Me and Misha have to get back to filming” Jared said looking at his watch “but come by later and we’ll introduce you to Mark and Gen and then maybe we can all hang out tonight if you’re not busy”

“That sounds great thank you” you smiled at them as they walked out.

“Well I guess I’d better return you to the writers, they’ll want you to actually do work soon” Jensen said sounding almost sad. The two of you walked back to those offices to find Eric and Robert and they talked you through the writing process and how they decide who writes what and how they collaborate and make sure everything lines up all while Jensen sat in the seat next to you, you kept reminding yourself he was just a kind guy and wanted to make sure the newest and youngest person on set was comfortable.

“where will I be doing the work?” you asked wondering where you would be writing.

“Like we said earlier we’re very casual and laid back, everyone has a different writing process so everyone just kinda spreads out wherever they work best and then at the end of the day we come together and discuss it all and set up the episodes. So basically where ever on the lot is free game as long as you get your work done. Well we have to go to another meeting so we’ll see you at lunch maybe and then at the end of the day, we meet once all of the scenes have been shot so there’s never really a set time we’re done each day”

You nodded and smiled at this, “Sounds perfect thank you so much”. As they walked out Jensen turned to you and you noticed he seemed nervous, he rubbed the back of his neck and began to talk, “Ya know, if you want to, and don’t feel like you have to, but you’re more than welcome to write in my trailer, it’s got everything you could need and is quiet most of the time…”

Your heart skipped a beat, “I wouldn’t be in the way? I wouldn’t want to take over your space or make you feel like you couldn’t use your own trailer”

“No not at all, it’d be nice to have you there during my breaks or when I’m getting ready and stuff, as long as you wouldn’t mind me distracting you every now and then” he smirked at you.

“That sounds like the perfect set up, thank you Jensen” you smiled back at him and he lead you out to the trailer again. “I don’t have anything to do today so I’ll just watch tv and try to get out of your hair while you write” he said going towards the bed that was situated in front of the tv.

“Please tell me if there’s anything I can do to say thank you or if I’m ever bothering you just tell me to leave, I don’t ever want to get in the way or annoy you while you’re trying to rest…”

“Sweetheart you need to breathe again” He said chuckling, “come to think of it there is one thing that I’ll need you to do if you’re going to use my trailer” you looked at him curiously, “you’re going to have to eat with me during the lunch break every day” you started to giggle at this and he smiled.

“I would be more than happy to eat lunch with you Jensen”

“Good, alright well I’ll let you get to writing, we can get lunch in a few hours and hopefully you can meet everyone else then.” He smiled and laid down on the bed.

You couldn’t help but think that your first day on the job had gotten off to the best possible start it could’ve.

How to Write a Novel

Have you ever had a brilliant idea for a novel? You sat down to write, and the first two/three chapters came out fast as lightning, but then it stopped. You got stuck. “Writer’s block.” Right?

I finished my first “novel” (novella length) when I was 14, and since then have brought 5, going on 6 different novels at least as far as a complete first draft. I’m told this is considered unusually productive.

I understand that the same writing process doesn’t work for everyone, but if you’re stuck trying to be productive, or don’t understand how people can finish books, you might find it useful to have a look into my writing process. If you have a process that works for you, ignore this. If you’re stuck trying to get anywhere on a project, read on.

1. Daydreaming

Ah! But this is productive daydreaming. Every time you think of something that seems like it could be part of a story, write it down. Preferably in a specific place. Simply the act of gathering these ideas will help you think of more of them. Soon you cannot bear to have a cool idea without writing it down.

2. Isolating the story

Not all ideas will work equally well together. After I have a lot of fragments, I start to pick out all the ones that seem like they work together in the same setting. They have typically a type or aesthetic. At this stage maybe make a Pinterest board or some other type of aesthetic compilation. Cautionary: do not reupload photos that do not belong to you.

3. Pastebin

Next I set up a sort of “pastebin” (usually a notepad file) into which I can dump all the related fragments. I put everything there I can think of. Plot events, character details, all jumbled together. Building this bank or repository usually goes on for several months. If I feel compelled to start writing, I just put it here. Everything here and earlier can be done simultaneously while working on another project.

4. Assembly

When I finally feel like I have enough ideas, as well as a solid idea of the aesthetic of the novel, I take the pastebin contents into a separate document and start to assemble them a summary. I consider this the official beginning of the project. This is also the point at which I start to list and define my characters and start to strike out ideas which have turned out to be irrelevant.

5. Plotting

I  use the program Scrivener for this, which is truly invaluable. This can be done without Scrivener, though, and I did it before Scrivener, it was just more difficult. Write each separate event of the story on a different notecard and experiment with arranging them until you find the correct order of events. Be sure to consider cause/effect relationships. If there is anything implicit that has to take place between point A and point B in your plot, write up a card for it. If you have any favored plot structures like the Hero’s Journey or the Midpoint Reversal, now is the time to consider them. Notecards can be color-coded by subplot or POV or anything you like.

6. Begin!

At this point I open up a word document and start to write. For most chapters I usually start by creating a bullet-like list of things that happen, in order to make sure I hit all my goals for the chapter. This can include setting details, foreshadowing, character development goals, that snappy line of dialogue you just thought of, whatever. Don’t delete these (except the ones you decide not to use). Save them somewhere. Scrivener makes this easy. The bullet lists can prove invaluable in helping you rewrite. You can also rearrange your notecards at any time during the draft and add new ones.

7. The Grind

Word count goals are pretty effective at keeping me motivated to progress. If you feel so inclined, join Nanowrimo or use some other program to help you turn out fast word count. Sharing with others helps with motivation too. If you don’t have a writing group to support you, find a child who likes being read to. Read your shitty draft out loud to them. Provided it’s child appropriate, of course. Nothing is more motivating than a kid demanding to know what happens next. Don’t forget to: get physical exercise! Drink water! Have something else going on in your life! I’m serious. Don’t spend more than like 20 minutes staring at a page without writing anything. Get up.

8. Starting Over

Midway through you might find some humongous flaw, or discover that your vision for the story has changed completely. This is okay! Rewrite your summary. Scrap your first draft entirely (well, don’t throw anything away, but you know what I mean) and start over from your notes. Use the chapter bullet points that you developed while writing the first draft. Try not to look at your old draft while rewriting or your brain will get in a rut and you will make the same mistakes again.

9. Finished!

Once I am done with my first draft, I put together a list of all the things I want to change. Outside input helps a lot with this. As in the previous step, I build another summary. I get my chapter bullet lists and modify them as I go to include and remind me of the changes I need to make. These lists and the original summary really help you remember the original vision for the story. Sometimes you can look at what you’ve written and all you see is text. The notes will help you dissect it again. If you haven’t started over from scratch yet, now is the time to do so. If you have already done so, then your overall plot structure ought to be sound, and chapter-by-chapter level edits should be okay.

10. Space.

When I’m done with either the second draft, or what I call “1.5″ (which is a story that I had to start over in the middle), I need some space. At this point you need to take at least several months away from your novel to “see it with fresh eyes”. Work on something else.

11. Feedback

Feedback essential for rewriting at the chapter level. For a beginner, you will need to get feedback before doing any rewriting at all because you might have trouble identifying the flaws in your first draft. Feedback is hard to get. I know. Try to arrange editing swaps with other writers. Even the experience of editing other people’s novels can help you spot mistakes in your own. Never take anyone’s advice for your story at face value. Only you know what you are trying to say - other people can guess wrong. Try to figure out what led them to the wrong conclusion.

Note that revision can be a never-ending process if  you let it. At some point you have to move on - whether that is publication or whatever you have in mind for your novel.

I haven’t yet published, and since there are many other blogs who have and are more qualified to talk about the publishing process, I’ll leave that to them. Here are some of my other writing posts:

Lazy Writing and the Hero of Destiny

Line-level Edits for Cleaner Writing

Video Games and Plot Structure

Villain Motivations

hey guys guess what i learned today: writing isn’t that hard when you give yourself permission to do it badly

“Don’t rewrite someone’s work how YOU would have written it. That isn’t editing. Editing is bringing out the best of the story in line with the author’s voice, tone and goal.” - Amanda Pillar 

I have seen too many non-professional people who fancy themselves to be editors (and a couple of pro editors) fail at this very thing. Not to mention editors confusing ‘editing advice’ with ‘emotionally abusing a writer.’ If your editor - after you get back rewrites and notes - makes you feel like you want to write less, sweat bullets over the idea of writing, stress out about writing ‘right’ or feel like the process of creating is becoming only more and more painful over time, ditch them, and ditch them fast. Not everyone gets notes they like (that is the point of editing, after all), but you always have the right to reject anything that doesn’t click, and you should always walk away from a collaboration with an editor feeling stronger, not weaker.

I’m very fortunate that I got to interact with professional, lauded editors of great projects at university, and then later on in life as I pursued varied professional projects. All in all, I’ve probably met about 20-30 editors over the years, and I’ve learned much, including what a good editor won’t do to you or your work. I’ve had the privilege to work with professional editors on different published works (from poetry, to short stories, and now onto novels - some award winning and nominated) and I know how this process is supposed to go. I’ve seen too many authors and authors-who-don’t-know-better get crushed by people who believe they know best for a story and really don’t. 

Remember - You always have the right to ask for a new editor at a publishing house if your visions don’t mesh (and they won’t always). You always have the right to pull your work from an editor if they are destroying your work (it does happen, and I’ve recently seen one publisher in particular begin to fall apart because of this). A relationship with an editor should be collaborative. The editor needs to be consummately respectful of the author’s concept of style, execution. Ultimately an editor is there to assist a writer in the writer’s own work, not sneak their own voice and style into someone else’s work. The latter is not making a work stronger, but making it into something twisted. The true collaboration is when two people come together to make the original story shine in the way the author always intended it to, and the editor knows exactly what to bring to make that happen. 

An editor who insists brutality is key is not a professional. They go against most codes of ethics in many editing organisations in the world. An editor who uses abusive language is not a professional. An editor who tells you ‘this is how real editing is’ when they aren’t a member of an Editing Society and do not have an Editing Degree and don’t have any published books behind them is grandstanding. They are also lying to you about what the editing industry is like. Don’t believe me? Ask an editor affiliated with a Society with multiple published books behind them. An editor who is proud of their ability to be brutal above and beyond respecting the author’s voice, is an editor who enjoys the feeling of being right (whether or not they are) above respecting your creative work and passion.

If you tried to write the equivalent of a rose quartz, and your editor insists you need to be writing the equivalent of a smokey quartz - do yourself a favour, get the fuck out. 

anonymous asked:

3, Taehyung

NOTE: I was actually binging on gummy bears while writing this. That is the only proper process of writing, everyone.

Word Count: 734

3. “This isn’t what it looks like.”

It was late, very late and you were barely getting home. And you didn’t want to go home quite yet, to you the night was young and you wanted to continue to party. It felt refreshing going out and drinking with your friends since most of the time nowadays you were too busy to do that. So yeah, you were going to party and you were going to fucking enjoy it because dammit you deserved it.

You hold your phone by sandwiching it between your shoulder and ear. “I made it home!” You exclaim loudly to your friend, who cheered in response with the chorus of other friends. Unlike you, they didn’t have anything to do in the morning so they continued to party without you. “I wish I was with you guys,” you whine fiddling with your keys.

“Why don’t you come back?” Your friend asks, with a couple of others agreeing with her.

You stand straight actually considering it, “You’re right!” But then you groan remembering your responsibilities, “Never mind. I’m busy later,” you groan once again.

“Are you sure you have to go?” She asks, clearly wanting you to go back with them.

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What’s your writing process?

Hey everyone! Andrew @fiore-nza and I are wondering: what’s your writing process? Some questions to consider/answer:

  • Do you have a solid writing routine? If so, what is it? 
  • Do you ever do automatic writing? (I just did with Yasmin @wildflowerveins and came up with some excellent ideas!)
  • What’s your work space like?
  • Are you comfortable writing in public areas? If so, which ones?
  • What advice would you give to someone trying to write regularly?

Please answer these questions (or just tell us about your writing process in general) either in the space provided below, or reblog it with your answer (we’ll be reading all responses!) ?

anonymous asked:

hi.. i was wondering if you have any tips for someone who wants to start writing? i've always had ideas for stories i want to write, but when i sit down to do so i have no idea where to start :0

This might be long, so forgive me!! 

My biggest tip is to read LOTS!!! You become a better writer through reading & observing the way authors construct phrases/scenes/chapters. 

Also, don’t be afraid to start wherever! I used to think you had to start right at the beginning of the story, but honestly just write the scenes as they come to you. Inspiration is fickle, so you learn to take advantage of it when it hits you. For example: if you were working on a scene at the beginning of your story yesterday and today you REALLY can’t stop thinking about this one part that’s later on when certain relationships or plot points have been established – go for it!!! Write that stuff down before it evades you.

I find the best way to get these “flashes” of inspiration down is to write them as quickly as possible. I’m a big perfectionist, so it took forever for me to relinquish a smidgen of control in order to become a faster writer/drafter. I’m not saying fast writing is the key to being a good writer (writing processes are different for everyone), but it personally helps me avoid thinking too hard about something that I should be writing down and worrying about later. For that reason my first drafts have gotten pretty messy. 

I often jot down scenes in a “stumble” method of sorts, wherein I writewritewrite and when an idea for dialogue or monologue that’ll be somewhere down the line pops into my head, I write it down immediately. If words start flowing from there, I build off that tangent and keep “stumbling” forward. It creates a bit of a mess, but it helps me jot down ideas before I can get blocked up. Here’s an example of this method from my manusctript:

The scene is fragmented, but that’s the point. All that matters in this case is that I’ve written key parts of the character interaction as the ideas came to me. When I’m doing minor edits (which I usually do at the end of a writing session), I go back and tie the fragments together.

Another way to get those ideas of yours written is to just summarize some parts as though you’re telling yourself the story, like so:

Obviously it’s not proper at all, but it helps me a lot when I just want to get those damned ideas out of my head and onto a page. 

So, TL:DR, my tips are: READ LOTS! And: don’t worry too much about where you’re starting and what scene to write and etc, etc. Worry about that in the editing/revising stages (which is a different subject entirely). Just have fun with your characters and stories and let those words flow my friend!!! I hope this has helped a bit or at the very least given you a lil boost of inspiration. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get started!

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“I’m an author who just published my first book and you work at a bookstore and recommend my own book to me when I come in” Narry :)

  Harry fiddled with his pen, staring at the blank paper before him with a determined, purposeful air as he tried, and failed, to ignore the fact that the bench he was sitting on was as about as comfortable as being seated on a pile of broken glass. Sighing quietly, he shifted once more before snapping his notebook shut and standing up, his pen stuck somewhat haphazardly in the disarray he dared call a bun as he took to wandering about for inspiration once more.

  The little town’s streets were nearly completely devoid of people, the occasional passerbies slipping past as silently as they had appeared, and Harry felt his brow furrow as he rounded a corner and narrowly missed running into yet another street lamp. The little town had far too many of them, and it seemed as if the universe was decidedly set on seeing how many Harry could plow into and still manage to survive. Not much longer, if Harry had to guess, judging from the number of bruises that decorated his body.

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