writing-psa

Don’t let big name or tumblr famous blogs who get like 500000000000000 notes get you down or keep you from doing your thing. 

Make your gifs. 

Write your fic. 

Post your artwork.

Share your poetry.

I guarantee you there’s someone out there that loves your gifs, loves seeing new fic from you, loves seeing new art from you, and loves reading new poetry from you. 

So the fuck what if you don’t have 5 bajillion notes? I know a lot of people lurk on tumblr, or don’t have accounts, or don’t post much, so really for every 5 notes you get, there’s at least maybe double…. triple….. quadruple that, that are reading. 

I know it’s frustrating, but keep doing your thing because there are people out there that love you and love your work. Never give up doing the things you love because you never know who’s watching that you might have an impact on. Your little blog might be the only thing that puts a smile on someone’s face. 

PS FUCKING A PEOPLE

Alright listen up guys because I am really pissed off right now and I have something that needs to be said. 

Everyone’s always talking about how fucking horrible it is to have art stolen and reposted and that if you repost art you are a shitty person and the scum of the earth. Now, while I agree that reposting art is a pretty shitty thing to do, there is something else that people tend to overlook a lot that is just as bad, if not ten times worse.

Writers are constantly thrown under the bus. People fawn over fanart and commission people for prints and worship fanartists and get so fucking pissed when their favorite artists’ work is reposted. But writers don’t get that kind of attention. Writers slave for weeks and months and years to write long and intricate stories that will get 1,000 views IF THEY’RE LUCKY. They’ll get a few comments IF THEY’RE LUCKY. No one wants to pay for fanfiction. Only a select few writers are worshipped for their fics that are known throughout the entire fandom. Writers are so under-appreciated, and unfortunately, that means that their problems get swept under the rug as well. 

Writers have their work stolen too. I know three people including myself who have been plagiarized within the past year or so. People copy fanfiction. They copy/paste fics from one site to another or sometimes they copy someone’s fanfic idea exactly and only change the dialogue and descriptions slightly so that it looks vaguely different. Let me tell you something. One of my best friends was plagiarized recently, and she has also had art reposted before. She said having her writing plagiarized hurts a lot worse than having art reposted. 

A lot of times, when art is reposted, it’s an honest mistake by the person who reposted it. They didn’t know they were supposed to ask permission before reposting. A lot of times, people are very apologetic when reposting art and take it down if it is asked of them. I’m not saying that this is the case in EVERY situation, but the majority of the time, it is. 

With plagiarism, THERE ARE NO FUCKING HONEST MISTAKES. TO PLAGIARIZE SOMEONE, YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY TAKE THE TIME TO COPY/PASTE SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK AND CHANGE IT SLIGHTLY IN HOPES THAT YOU WON’T GET CAUGHT, AND PASS IT OFF AS YOUR OWN ORIGINAL WORK. THAT IS NOT FUCKING OKAY. YOU DON’T TO THAT TO SOMEONE, DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH OF A SHITTY PERSON THAT MAKES YOU!?

Plagiarism is a lot harder to deal with than reposted art is. It’s easy to prove that you are the artist of your drawing if it gets stolen because most likely you will have other art pieces with the same style, and you’ll have a watermark on it. Those things prove that the art belongs to you, and if someone isn’t cooperative in taking the reposted art down, it’s easy to report it or have a swarm of people sending comments to take it down.

With plagiarism, it is a lot harder to get that sorted out. Writing styles are so different even when it comes to one author. It is very rare that you can tell who an author is just by reading their writing. I’ve read some fics that are so good and in character, you’d think the author of the original book wrote it. Most people reading a plagiarized fanfic won’t even know that it’s been stolen. I’ve actually been accused of having plagiarized my own story before, just because someone had read the copied fic before they read my original fic!! Whats worse, a lot of plagiarists will defend themselves to the death and try to make themselves look like the victim!!!

And it’s harder to find plagiarized fics, especially for me, because I don’t check the tags on ao3 and every other fanfic site to see if my work has been stolen. I don’t have the time to go through every fanfic in every tag for every shp that I’ve ever written for every day to make sure that my work wasn’t copied!!!

Do you even understand how stressful it is, how upsetting, to have your writing stolen!? To have spent days and weeks on writing something, only to have someone else post a fic that’s almost exactly the same!? Especially if it ends up getting more views or comments or kudos than yours!? It’s one of the most horrible experiences that I’d ever been through! 

When I was plagiarized, I didn’t want to write anything for weeks. I was so afraid that it would happen again. To this day, I am still afraid that it will happen. I am so, so afraid. I don’t know what I would do if I found out that one of my series was being copied. My fic that was plagiarized was a oneshot. If I had an entire series stolen, I may never write a fanfic again. 

Please don’t act like this isn’t a big deal, or something that doesn’t happen often, because it does, and it hurts a lot. Please give fic writers the credit they deserve and please, for the love of God and all that is good in this world, DO NOT EVER STEAL SOMEONE ELSE’S WRITING. AND IF YOU SEE A FIC THAT YOU THINK IS BEING PLAGIARIZED, GET ALL THE FACTS FIRST. FIND OUT WHICH FIC WAS POSTED FIRST. TELL THE ORIGINAL POSTER THAT THEIR WORK IS BEING COPIED. HELP THEM REPORT IT. DON’T JUST LET IT SLIDE.

TREAT PLAGIARISM THE SAME WAY YOU WOULD TREAT REPOSTED ART, BECAUSE BOTH OF THEM ARE EQUALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND WRITERS DON’T DESERVE TO BE SLIGHTED LIKE THIS WHILE THEIR ARTIST FRIENDS ARE PROTECTED

Okay I’m getting a little miffed about this

Stop shoving your headcanons down people’s throats! Just because you have a headcanon that is widely accepted by a fandom, that does not give you any right to start coming up to people with differing fandoms and saying it is wrong. Back up and reevaluate what’s important here. Your headcanon isn’t any more or less canon just because the fandom agrees with it.

missidinamenzel  asked:

Finals are killin me man, any way you can tell another story? You've been like my salvation this week.

hahahahaahahaha literally a year later!!! literally a year. never be my friend, i will forget to answer your emails and constantly double-book my time. 

ANYWAY, someone else (@ TUMBLR: what if….you tried…..not being QUITE so bad at messaging??? just a thought!!!! just an idea to try.) asked me for another Boarding School Story™ and i was racking my brain trying to think of something, because contrary to what i feel like might be popular belief, i didn’t get up to too many hijinks in high school. 

i mean i was in our version of detention a lot but that was for things like “skipping breakfast” and “being late always” and “writing an inflammatory speech about how unfair it was that we had to eat breakfast in the dining hall when we could be using that time to SLEEP” and “dyeing my hair with bright streaks against the express written rules of the student handbook”.

  • okay in hindsight i was actually….. in detention….. a lot.
  • they used to email our parents every time we were in detention and it got to the point where my mother emailed our dean of students and asked if, to save time, she was only emailed when i WASN’T in detention.
  • but i feel like i wasn’t a troublemaker??? 
  • like okay objectively i was…in trouble often but–

the POINT IS, my young and very gentle delinquency aside, the only time i was ever in like, real trouble is the time that my boyfriend and i got stuck on the roof of the boys’ locker room in the football stadium.

i guess the important background info here is that where was an hour every night between study hall and final dorm sign-in that students were allowed to leave their dorms and ~mingle with one another, though there were all kinds of rules about where you could and couldn’t be.

  • school was like “you have to be in a lighted area” and students were like “lmao.”
  • there was also a hilarious rule during co-ed visitation on the dorms that you had to have “your door open and everyone had to have at least one foot on the floor at all times” which is an adorable way to try and curtail the Teenage Get Down.

anyway, the boyf and i were looking for a cool fun place to hang out and talk about, god, i don’t know, whatever it was that we talked about. 

a few things about this boyf:

  • we had a spanish class together and he was very tall. 
  • he had a lot of other good qualities, including “he was so nice to me all the time even when i was horrible” and “excellent deadpan” but my initial interest was because he was SO. VERY. TALL.
  • a pretty good summary of our relationship as a whole was that he called me to be like, “hey, we’ve been….talking a lot…….i was wondering what you were trying to do with that” and i was like “uh———i wasn’t——i like—-UHHHHHHHHHHHH” and he was like, “WELL DO YOU WANT TO LIKE, GO OUT??” and i was like, “SURE BUT I HAVE TO GO NOW BYE”
  • ah, to be young.

so boyf and i went for a fun little adventure looking for some ~privacy and struck upon the BRILLIANT idea of scaling the locker room building and hanging out on the roof, because nothing says “romance” like “the smell of a football equipment”. so he managed to find a ladder somewhere and up we went. a lovely time was had by all until i looked down at my watch and realized i had five minutes to be back on dorm.

“oh, shit,” i said, and getting to my feet and jogging to the edge of the roof. i looked down.

“hey, boyf?”

“yeah?”

“where did you put the ladder?”

he looked up. “i left it where you’re standing.”

i looked again. #confirmed for no ladder.

“are you sure?”

“yeah, where else would i put it?”

“well, where did you get it?”

“i don’t know, i found it….on……the grass………”

  • A WORD OF ADVICE: don’t ever just assume that ladders left lying around are for public use!!! they are ALMOST NEVER for public use.

“is it possible that was someone’s ladder, and they came and took it?”

  • SPOILER ALERT: it was possible!!! in fact, it was probable!!!
  • SPOILER ALERT #2: it was, in fact, security’s ladder, and security had taken it, assuming, of course, that two idiot students hadn’t just taken their ladder and climbed onto a roof that they 120% were not supposed to be on at 10pm.

“well,” said boyf.

“well,” i said.

“i could jump down and then catch you,” he offered.

we looked at one another. we looked down at the ground. we looked back at each other.

“you’re not THAT tall,” i said. 

so, our options:

  1. jump off the roof.
  2. call for help.
  3. accept that we now lived on this roof forever, build a home out of what we could scavenge, and never face the consequences of our actions.

“so, do you want to just live here?” i asked. “we could be happy.” 

“PLEASE HELP,” yelled boyf. “WE ARE STUCK ON THE ROOF.”

  • boyf was more willing to accept responsibility for his actions than i was, which is also why he was willing to try to be friends when we broke up and i hid in my dorm room for a solid 3 months until he graduated.

after a few minutes if our shouting, security and the coach of the football team–who must have just been on duty?? i don’t think they like, called him every time there was a football stadium-related incident.–gathered at the boys’ locker room and glared up at us in the dark.

“HOW did you even get UP THERE,” shouted mr football coach. 

“there was a ladder!” boyf protested. “it was right there! it was a public ladder!”

“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PUBLIC LADDER.”

“i’m gonna jump down,” said boyf again.

  • you know, all these years later i’m still not sure if he was nobly trying to take the brunt of the scolding or just like…. really wanted to jump off the roof.

“please stop trying to jump off this roof!!!!!” i snapped.

after probably five minutes of incredibly awkward two-level scolding, in which we sat with our legs hanging off the edge of the roof and the football coach said things like, “WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS,” and “WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN” and “IT IS SO EASY TO BE ANY OTHER WAY THAN THIS” security arrived with “their” “ladder” that “wasn’t” for “public use” or whatever.

  • i don’t know if you’ve ever been scolded while literally looking down at the authority figure you’ve pissed off but like, it is incredibly weird.
  • like on the one hand you feel like you have all the power, because you’re like “LOOK AT THE TINY PEONS BELOW ME,” but also you know logically that you don’t have all the power and you have to at least look contrite because in 5 minutes you’ll be on the ground and then the authority figure will hold all the cards again.
  • also it just feels rude to have your shoes dangling above an authority figure’s head but like, what else are you supposed to do?? it’s weirder to stand???
  • standing feels aggressive when you’re on a roof looking down???
  • EMILY POST CAN YOU WEIGH IN HERE

boyf and the football coach walked me back to my dorm.

“uh, bye,” i said, feeling for some reason like i would never see boyf again and we were both going to prison.

“GOODNIGHT,” said the football coach. “YOU WILL BE HEARING FROM THE DEAN.”

*********

“you can see why it might seem….to outside parties…..like you were on the roof for……private reasons,” said the dean, scolding both boyf and i outside the chapel just to remind us that we had let not only ourselves down, but also probably jesus.

“WE WERE STARGAZING,” boyf and i said in tandem.

“but you can SEE why it might SEEM like you were doing something ELSE,” the dean said. “if it happens again i’ll call your parents.”

“if it happens again i’m totally jumping off the roof,” boyf whispered to me when the dean had turned away.

“OH MY GOD,” i said.

psa: don’t mention commissions/patreon on AO3

Hi guys! So I know we all don’t actually read the terms and conditions of things and just hit agree assuming there’s nothing important in there (I do it too oops) but if you take writing commissions or anything involving money, then there’s actually something in the AO3 terms and conditions to be aware of.

Linking to a personal website or blog/social network where you are taking donations, posting commissions or mentioning published works is permitted, but advertising it directly on the Archive is not, nor is using language which one might interpret as requesting financial contributions. For example, you can say something to the effect of “check out my Tumblr if you want to know more about me and my writing” and include the link to the site, but you cannot specifically state anything about donations, commissions or sales on the Archive.

Today someone reported one of my fics as violating this condition - presumably because I’d mentioned my patreon in the author’s note (I wasn’t actively requesting donations either… I’d literally just mentioned that it existed, and that the fic in question was written as a thank-you for hitting one of my goals).

I’ve written to AO3 to check whether just saying ‘thank you to those who support me on patreon’ is fine and I’ll let you guys know when they get back to me, but if it’s still going too far in terms of being a ‘commercial promotion’ then I’ll just avoid mentioning this in the future! :’)

As I said, someone did actually report my fic for this - so there are people out there who are noticing/reporting these situations. Please be aware of this if you take fic commissions, or use patreon or ko-fi, because your account could end up suspended, which of course no one wants!

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Quick PSA: Just because a word is a synonym to another word. doesn’t mean that it means the same thing. Words are not always interchangeable, and when using a thesaurus you should also always, always have a dictionary on hand. Families of words are not the same word. Just think of it this way: an orange, a grapefruit, and a lemon are all citrus fruits, but they are most definitely not the same thing. 

Words are awesome because there is one for everything. There is such a large diversity of words and they all have different flavours and connotations and shades of meaning, and for your story, for your paragraph, even for your damn sentence, don’t you want to have that perfect shade of meaning? The word that fits properly and means exactly what you want it to mean in the context of that sentence? Always, always, always look up your synonyms in the dictionary so it’s absolutely perfect. Word choice is important, so don’t half-ass it. Get across exactly what you want to say by carefully choosing your words. I promise you you (and your readers) won’t regret it.

friendly reminder ! just because a writer is not publishing threads on their blog does not mean they are not being productive with their character. just because you don’t see the development of a relationship does not mean it’s not being explored elsewhere. reminder not to hate on people who get attention but don’t seem to be “active” in character – you have no idea what other platforms they might be using to write. just because you aren’t aware of something does not mean it doesn’t exist. 

imagine working part time at a coffee shop and you start to notice that fratboy!calum comes in quite a bit, and one day you’re a little late so when you show up you run into calum, who’s walking out empty-handed, and when he sees you all he does in grin and say “you showed up”

Attention Sci-fi writers!

There’s a Humble Bundle sale right now for sci-fi e-book resources!

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/science-fiction-by-real-scientists

Basically, they’re books written by actual scientists to help writers use accurate information in their books. 

If you don’t know how Humble Bundle works, it’s easy. Basically, the more you pay, the higher your “tier” will be and the more books you’ll get. 

Tier 1: Pay $1, get 6 books

Tier 2: Pay $8, get 12 books

Tier 3: Pay $15, get 16 books

To see exactly which ebooks are being offered, check out the list on the Humble Bundle site. You can click on individual books to get a description of what it’s about, and even download a sample PDF.

Here’s the link again:

 https://www.humblebundle.com/books/science-fiction-by-real-scientists

BY THE WAY, Humble Bundle lets you donate part of what you pay to a charity of your choice. You even get to adjust sliders to say how much of your money goes to the book authors, Humble Bundle, and the charity of choice. So you can also do good with your money. :)

The deal is only available for the next 12 days, so get it while you can :)

–E

Writing Blogs

Just wanted to take a second to plug some writing help blogs that I like a lot. I follow all of them myself, and recommend them highly. 
-Evvy

WriteWorld
General writing help, run by an alphabet soup of cool cats. 
Just trust me on this, I will be endorsing them from my grave.

How to Fight Write 
If you want your characters to try and physically injure each other but don’t know much about fighting, Starke and Michi have your back. They field questions from the mundane to the mildly bizarre with thorough, pragmatic advice.

 Simply Original Characters
Got a character outlined, and want some feedback on their design? The squad at SOC will review character profiles and share their input. They are kind and gentle enough that you don’t need to worry when submitting– you can count on their care and consideration. 

Fix Your Writing Habits
A sweet and enthusiastic motivational writing blog, FYWH posts regularly and in volume. Their mission is to encourage writers to make and persist with their goals, and they do a great job of it. 

The Writing Café
A general writing blog that answers questions and provides various writing resources.  They post about a wide variety of subjects, and everything writing, including book lists, character guides, and various tips and tricks of the trade. 

To the entire Legend of Korra fandom, and everyone, really:

In light of recent events (suicide cw), I just want to take this opportunity to say this: please, no matter who you are or what you ship, help remind everyone that this fandom, all fandom, NEEDS to be a safe space. Remind people that those of us here will not tolerate homophobia, nor any kind of hate or bigotry.

I want anons and anyone else who dares send hate to have this fact seared into their minds. I want them to know that EVERYONE in this fandom, not to mention the cast and crew of the show itself, judges them when they do this.

Please stand with me in passing this message around the fandom. That someone was driven to hurt themselves is unacceptable. I need everyone to know that this stuff is happening in our fandom and it’s not okay. We need to drive the people who send or perpetuate this type of hate out of our community. We need to create an environment in which they know they’re not welcome.

                                    Friendly      PSA

     That if a thread ever becomes stressful or no fun for you to just let me know! I am more than fine with dropping a thread, and same goes for writing in general. If you lose interest in my muse or don’t feel comfortable writing with me it’s no big deal! I’d rather someone be happy and threading with other people who they have fun with than being upset or stressed by interacting with me or a particular thread.

     It’s no hard feelings. Role-playing is for fun and I don’t want to be the cause of someone’s anxiety on here, so you do what you gotta do. I’ll always be more than happy to pick something up should you ever change your mind.

I don’t think the average individual understands how terrifying it can be to have a severe peanut allergy.

First, there’s this thing called cross contamination, or cross contact. Imagine that if you touched peanuts or anything that incorporates them and it covers your hand in red paint. After that, everything you touch gets red paint on it. The desk, the chair, the doorknob, a keyboard, etc. Now the red paint is invisible. Depending on the severity of the allergy, touching that is enough to send you to the hospital.

The reason peanut allergies can work like this is because many people are allergic to a specific protein in the legume. It can be broken down through over processing, but that’s an entirely different issue.

Second, peanuts are in more than you realize. It’s not just raw peanuts and peanut butter. Read the allergy warnings on your favorite snacks. Things you wouldn’t expect to have peanuts, probably are made in the same facility or on the same machines that process another product by the same company that contains peanuts.

And because of cross contamination, it can still be dangerous.

Other things you wouldn’t think would be an issue but totally is: kissing after your partner consumed peanuts, ice cream scoops being used in different ice creams, school keyboards, being in the same room with an open container of a raw peanut ingredient, PEANUT OIL which is used by many restaurants for fried foods, and probably a hundred other things. It can be a constant state of fear.

So what you can you do to keep people with allergies safe?

DON’T bring peanut products into classrooms or rec rooms unless you know the people in that room are okay with it. (Some allergies are severe enough to react to being in the same room.)

DON’T mix snacks like M&Ms and Skittles at a party as a prank. Skittles are a safe snack, but M&Ms can be deadly. Trail mix is often another problem and there are great peanut free recipe mixes available online.

DON’T offer young children snacks with peanuts. Many are too young to understand and will eat whatever you give them. Ask their parents if it’s safe first.

DO wash your hands! Avoid touching commonly used surfaces until you do to prevent cross contamination.

DO ask people if it’s okay to eat your snack around them. Better to ask and be careful than feel responsible for sending someone to the hospital. 

DO learn to use an EpiPen. Ask friends with allergies where they keep theirs in case of emergency. Learn to recognize the signs of a reaction.


Thank you for reading. Increased awareness could save lives!

guys im not kidding some retail workers (like myself) are being told that they could be fired if they dont meet sales and credit goals this thanksgiving/black friday

i understand that you mean well, but the deed is already done and all you will be doing is making a bad situation even worse

please please please do not boycott thanksgiving shopping/black friday

friendly reminder to my fellow writers that you, as the creator, aren’t really a good judge of how good or bad your work is

your writing seems boring to you because you’re trying to take scenes and characters and abstract concepts from your brain and put them down on paper, not because it actually is boring

your writing seems predictable to you because you know how it’s going to end, not because it actually is predictable 

i cannot stress how important it is to have beta readers. find people who are well-read, enjoy the same kind of books as you (because obviously what you write will be influenced at least a little by what you read), and are able to be brutally honest with you. take any criticism they give you, and use it to make your work better.

i have never met a writer who wasn’t insecure about their writing. the truth is, you’ll probably never have a final draft that you’re 100% happy with. but the important thing is that your readers, the people you’re writing for, enjoy it. that’s why beta readers are critical. 

it’s okay to have different writing styles for different threads!! i know i’ve seen many people that struggle with writing one specific type of way, but remember that it’s extremely difficult to keep your words consistent with your thought process. sometimes we adapt to what we’re currently writing ( and who we’re writing with ), and writing can often develop, change, or fluctuate! i know for me personally, my writing gets more flowery during thought-based threads, but becomes more simplistic during action-based threads, or threads with heavy dialogue. and i know that people really fight to keep everything the same, or make their words sound perfectly like their own, but it’s okay to let your writing evolve and adapt to the different situations and rp partners!