1. I am stuck on all my in progress fics so… Guess what’s in the mug and get a ficlet of your choice!

    I am stuck on all my in progress fics so… Guess what’s in the mug and get a ficlet of your choice!

  2. journaling-junkie:

    You know your a writer if you just flinched.

  3. This particular blunder is known as ‘deus ex machina’, which is French for “Are you fucking kidding me?”

    — 

    How Not To Write A Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman

    'The reader is invested in seeing the hero resolve his problems himself, and feels disappointed when he doesn't. Further, by introducing a previously unmentioned element to resolve a situation, the author is suddenly changing the rules of his fictional world. This is as much fun as when someone suddenly and unilaterally changes the rules of a game you are playing. It is as if the author had said, “Oh, I just realized my plot doesn't work, so I'm going to add something from outside of my plot, okay?”
    Okay! And we’re going to add something to the recycling…’

    (via enigmaticagentalice)

  4. Reblog if you love to write.

    kjay9558point5:

    ohfortheloveofchuck:

    Whether it be fanfiction, original stories, drabbles, songs, poems, books, or anything that has to do with creative words, then reblog. Let’s gather all the writers of Tumblr together.

    That’s so me right now. I’m staring at my screen like, how do I story?

    I write short stories and longer story’s very often, I also love writing fanfic with others together (like our sassy cap Saturday) :D

    (Source: insaneandproudofit)

  5. Making it soooooooo!

    I completed the first chapter.  Hopefully I can continue on with the efficiency of a Tuvok and Seven hybrid.

  6. It suddenly occurs to me that I am probably going to need a beta (more than usual) for this Voyager High AU fic who is not involved in education professionally.  I realize I have no idea what is common knowledge and not about the way school districts work anymore.

  7. interstellarperformance:

    maxkirin:

    Writing Advice from: Ursula Le Guin

    What are your thoughts on ‘Write What You Know’?

    I was regularly told this as a beginner. I think it’s a very good rule and have always obeyed it. I write about imaginary countries, alien societies on other planets, dragons, wizards, the Napa Valley in 22002. I know these things. I know them better than anybody else possibly could, so it’s my duty to testify about them.

    Want more writerly content? Follow maxkirin.tumblr.com!

    Love this. :) I first heard it from a writer friend whom I coach — in our first conversation he said that he doesn’t come up with what he writes, the world he is writing about exists and he just goes there and describes what he sees. And then I realized — hell yes, it’s true and always has been.

  8. Do it!

    I will admit that I outlined a multi-chapter plot line for this last night.  

  9. My friend Harlan Ellison has, from time to time, engaged in a bit of performance art. He will sit in a bookstore window and write a short story. As each page is finished, it’s taped to the window for people to read. He can’t backtrack, can’t change it, it is what it is.

    That rick is probably the closest available comparison to what has been done with Babylon 5 over the last four years.

    Babylon 5 is a novel for television, with a definite beginning, middle, and end. It is also a work in progress, with it’s fair share of sudden turns caused when the real world impinges upon the writing process, or when better ideas are stumbled upon. Yes, one may plan to have Ivanova kick several Drazi senseless and escape from the trap they’ve set for her… but if Claudia Christian breaks her foot the day before you’re to shoot that sequence you adjust.

    You Keep going and you never look back. Because unlike a print novel, where after the first draft is finished you can go back and smooth out the bumps in the road, you can’t change what went before. It’s out there, transmitted into the ether at approximately the speed of light. You cannot go back, you can only go forward, broadcasting episodes as they are finished like pages taped sequentially to a window, for all the world to see.

    — 

    J. Michael Straczynski, 1997.

    From the foreword to “To Dream In The City of Sorrows” By Kathryn M. Drennan.

    (via fuckyeahb5)

  10. jaqofspades:

    fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

    lestamore said: I always think of purple prose as additionally using the biggest words you can think of, even when they don’t work well sometimes too.

     

    NO THAT’S BEING A PRAT. 

    IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE DENOTATION, CONNOTATION, AND CORRECT USAGE OF A WORD, DO NOT USE IT UNTIL YOU’VE LOOKED THEM UP. 

    SORRY FOR THE CAPS BUT REALLY GUYS THE STRENGTH OF YOUR IDEAS AND YOUR CLARITY IN EXPRESSING THEM ARE WHAT MAKE YOU SOUND SMART, NOT WHATEVER POLYSYLLABLES A THESAURUS SPAT AT YOU THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE USING CORRECTLY. 

    -EVVY

    Funnily enough, my 8yo daughter just told me this evening that one of her teachers said to use big words to make her persuasive writing more persuasive.  I told her (my daughter!) that the important thing is using the RIGHT word for what you want to say, not just a long word.

    Funny how people struggle with that one into adulthood …

  11. qwantzfeed:

Afterwards everyone all agreed that it was ANY NUMBER GREATER THAN ONE HUNDRED percent erotic.

    qwantzfeed:

    Afterwards everyone all agreed that it was ANY NUMBER GREATER THAN ONE HUNDRED percent erotic.

  12. Yes Even Accountants →

    fablepaint:

    "Resources to teach you how your characters could pay bills in between demon-slaying and time-travel."

    Are you a writer? Sequential Artist? Addicted to roleplay? Are all your characters also a writer, sequential artist, or roleplay addicts?

    Are you a nurse who cringes during House? Or a CSI and want to kick Sherlock’s writers in the teeth? A programmer who thinks THIS SCENE from Swordfish is the height of comedy?

    Are you tired of every character you make being a doctor, lawyer, or famous actor with you knowing nothing about any of those jobs? 

    What the fuck do accountants do anyway?

    Then share your experiences here! Help storytellers looking to broaden their career knowledge by providing information on your unique career history and current job. 

    Remember, no matter how boring you think your job is, there’s definitely someone out there thinking wrong-thoughts about the bullshit you have to do everyday. So here’s your chance to correct that little boo-boo.

    Go go SUBMIT your career. And yes, even accountants are welcome. No matter how boring you think your job is or how typical, you’re free to offer up yourself as a helpful source of information for inquiring folks.

  13. querulousgawks said: The ooc meme: 3,4,5?

    3: How important are aesthetics to you? Do you do anything in particular because it looks better?

    I just realized this is kind of a weird question out of context.  Yes.  Aesthetics are important to me, but not as much as substance.  IRL I am constantly trying to figure out the best way to present myself, professionally as well as personally. In a writing sense as well I get super weird about general paragraph length in a piece and get all unhappy when some sections are in longer paragraphs than others.

    4: With which three words would you describe your writing?

    wordy, ellipses, parallel structure


    5: With which three words would you like others to describe your writing?

    original, moving, insightful

  14. I have realized that when fic writers (myself included) want to undo/erase/change something that has happened in the canon (often a romantic relationship that interferes with our ship or one of the characters’ death), there are three basic approaches to take.

    1) Either ignore the problematic canon all together or get rid of it approximately one sentence (“Gee it is a good thing you were wearing a parachute when you got pushed of that cliff”, “After Character X and I decided to call it quits…”).

    2) Take some time to explain the change (because you feel guilty) but do so in the most convenient way possible (this is usually where all the fucked up character assassination happens); because, really you just want to focus on your OTP (Character A goes crying to Character B when their canon partner is awful).

    3) Use the obstacle as a centerpiece to your story and why it is happening now and in this way.  (Thinking the other person was dead forced the remaining half of your pairing to confront their feelings and not waste any more time.  The realistic reasonable relationship struggles that paired off ship half is having with their canon partner makes them reconsider what they really want in a relationship.)

    The most important thing I have realized though, is that I am actually fine with either option 1 or 3.  Sometimes we feel like the canon made a mistake or just aren’t willing to give up on our pairing and we aren’t interested in justifying it.  On the other hand, working your way through canon event obstacles can be very compelling (if handled in a not terrible manner).  It is usually option 2 where we get all kinds of gross problems; because, we treat characters as obstacles to our ship instead of people… we make them the villain for the simple fault of being in the way.  

    This isn’t surprising, considering that as a society we do this all the time.  How often do people badmouth someone who is “with” the object of their affections?  I know I used to.  How often do we bitch about someone who got a promotion we wanted?  It is fine to still want what you want, but we have a sociological problem with vilifying those we envy.

  15. So help me cat, if you do not stop wandering around the apartment and crying like a whiny crybaby and interrupting my midnight porn writing …