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I can see how confusing that can be. That’s rough. *hugs*. 

Maybe consider turning off the kudos emails for the old account, for now. Give the new account some time to build up an archive. 30 fics versus 2 will always get more attention. You’ve got 28 more chances for people to read and interact. 

To turn off the kudos email, log into that account. Click on your username at the top of the page where it says, “hi, username!” and from the dropdown menu, select Preferences.

In your preferences, scroll down to the section titled Comments. Put a check next to Turn off emails about kudos

When you feel more confident about your new account, you can always go back in and turn them on again. In the meantime, you won’t get that daily reminder. ❤

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I’m so glad you find this blog soothing! That’s such a lovely compliment! ❤

As for your question, it’s very common for authors to dislike their writing after they’ve posted it. That doesn’t make it a good thing, however. That kind of negative reaction to something you’ve worked hard on is actually pretty harmful, in my opinion. 

Think about it this way: how would you feel if someone told your best friend that their writing was cringe? Or awful? Or if someone asked why they even wrote/posted it? You’d be pretty upset with them, wouldn’t you? And your friend would be pretty upset, too. 

So why is alright for you to bully yourself that way? 

Yes, we can always look back on a finished project and see the bits and pieces that we could have done better. Finding flaws is easy. But try to counteract that impulse. For every flaw you find and every piece you think you could have done better, identify something that you’re proud of too. It might be a good description or a plot point. Maybe it’s a line. Maybe even just a single word, but it was the perfect word to describe what you were going for. 

Nothing that you write will ever be 100% perfect, and you’ll always be able to look back and think you could do better. But celebrate the parts you got right and forgive the parts that you got wrong and give yourself the love that you deserve. You’ve earned it. 💕

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I’m actually a midwesterner who lived in california for their early childhood, but I presume that would result in similar accents, lol

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That’s a super neat idea! Almost like a library or archive of fics on tumblr, super cool! If that’s something you wanna do I say go for it, and send me the url if you do cus I’d love to see that!

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I’m sorry it’s been a month or two since you’ve asked this, and I hope you’ve been able to find a solution in the meantime. I definitely feel this a lot right now, and I’m sure we’re not the only ones, too. 

I think it comes down to figuring out just what it is that you need in order to cope. For me, it was the distraction of work and the calm of Animal Crossing. Between overtime and the soft music of Nintendo, I was able to keep my mind occupied with things that were unrelated to *gestures at the world at large* which was what I needed at the time. 

I’m past the rough spot now, and work has calmed down so I find that I’m able to write again. I’m still not writing anything related to, inspired by, or at all even slightly referencing world events, though. That’s just now how I process things, personally. I do better processing those things through conversations and through listening to others. For me, writing is separate and I use it as an escape. 

There’s no shame in putting a WIP aside, no matter what the reason. Sometimes, a story just can’t be written right now and trying to do so is a disservice to both the story and to our own needs. 

Test out some different plots. See where your comfort lies. It might be in something completely unexpected, and that’s okay too. 

What about the rest of you? How are you managing to deal with, well, everything?

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Definitely talk things out with your friend. She’s the one who can tell you the kind of feedback that works for her. Some people would like you going in and editing their work. Others would want you to tell them what to work on and how to go about it. Others still would want to make an attempt on their own, and still others would want to be given some resources where they could read up on and practice their skills outside of the story you’re collaborating on. 

If you could help her identify the areas for improvement, I think that would be a good start. Is it just grammar-related? Is it about plot structure? Characterization? The more specific you can be, the better. 

And of course, while you’re providing that kind of feedback don’t forget to let your friend know where she’s already doing well or has a lot of promise. Highlight areas where you’ve seen improvement, and if you’re learning anything from her then that’s something I’m sure she’d love to hear. 

Communication is going to be key in this kind of relationship. The way you like to give and receive feedback might not match up with how she likes to give and receive it, so you’ll need to help each other understand what works for you- and what doesn’t. 

Best of luck to you both! And I look forward to the day when you’re sending in an ask to tell us about your finished book! :D

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A lot of authors have a hard time appreciating kudos, just like people on tumblr can have a hard time appreciating likes. 

But the thing is? Readers don’t treat kudos as an “I read this” button. They treat it as an “I loved this!” button. Other interpretations of kudos, according to readers:

  • I recommend this fic!
  • You did such a great job!
  • This writing is amazing!
  • I love this so much!
  • asdl;fkjasbl;kja
  • ❤❤❤❤❤

I know that writers will look at this list and think, “Well, why don’t they just write that in a comment then?” 

But the thing is, writing a comment can be anxiety-inducing. Not everyone feels comfortable actually talking to the author of a story they loved. Not everyone feels confident writing in English. Not everyone is capable of putting their feelings into words. 

Kudos are the great equalizer, in my opinion. You don’t need to speak the language of the author. You don’t need to be outgoing. You don’t need to try to find the right words to express the swirling thoughts going through your head. You can just hit that heart and say, “This story meant something to me” without trying to define what that something is. 

I went through a period of time where I also saw kudos as “the least you can do after reading a fic,” but I’m so glad that I rethought that. It can be hard, not knowing for sure what someone meant when they hit that button, but what I do is love myself enough to interpret kudos as a good thing. It’s my choice what I think they’re worth, and I’ve chosen to think they’re worth a lot. 

To get started on that road to reinterpretation, start using kudos differently yourself. Instead of using them to mark something you’ve read, use them to mark things you’ve enjoyed reading. Use them as a thank you. A bravo. A thumbs up for that really great line. If you start using kudos positively, you’ll be able to start interpreting them positively, too. 

Readers: what do you mean when you hit that kudos button? Writers: how did you learn to appreciate kudos? And if you’ve always loved them, what is it that you love?

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How do you ask for a beta reader? If you have a friend in your fandom, you can ask them if they’d be willing. If you don’t, or if you’re shy about it, you can put up a post here on tumblr and/or add an author’s note to the end of your chapter or fic. Basically, let people know you want a beta and people who are willing will reach out. 

Where/how do you send them work? This is something that you can work out with your beta reader, but a popular method to use is Google docs. It allows you as the author to give the beta suggesting privileges instead of editing privileges, so they can comment and suggest changes but you still have full control over the text. If docs isn’t your style, you can write emails back and forth, share Words docs, hop on a discord server, etc. Whatever works for both of you. 

What should you ask of them? That depends on what kind of help you’re looking for. There are different kinds of beta readers and different skills they’re willing/able to provide. You might end up wanting multiple betas to cover different things. Some things betas can read for are:

  • spelling, punctuation, and grammar (often referred to as SPAG)
  • canon compliance
  • sensitivity (around race, sexuality, gender issues, ableism, etc)
  • plot structure

As you can see, those are all very different things requiring different skills and knowledge base. You could have a sensitivity reader who has never seen the canon, for example. You could have someone who is an expert in canon who can’t help with SPAG. Etc. 

What can you offer in return as thanks? Very often, all betas want is a shout out in your author’s note. Still, since every person is different, just ask your beta and see what would be appreciated. 

Other advice: Talk to your beta. Talk to them before they start work to let them know what you want them to do, and more importantly what you don’t want them to do. If you want them to focus on plot and save the SPAG stuff til later, make that clear right up front. If something they are doing is making you uncomfortable, tell them. They can’t read your mind, and since they’re trying to help you, you need to tell them if they’re not doing that. You also need to listen to them. If you’re asking them to do something they aren’t comfortable doing, then accept that you’ll need a second beta for that part of it. And if you aren’t a good fit as writer and beta, that’s okay! We all have different styles of writing and communicating. It doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. It just means that this particular writer/beta relationship just doesn’t work. 

That said, if you find a great beta then appreciate the heck out of them. They’re gold!

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I think I remember reading somewhere that some people don’t put an internal voicie to words they read while others do, so no, not weird at all!

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I just took a little listen, and I can see how that tone would fit my posts pretty well!

what accent do you give me when you read my posts?

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Your guess is as good as mine, honestly XD

I don’t want to abandon that story, I WILL finish it, I just made the decision awhile back to tackle my open wips in a certain order, and right now A Fiendly Reunion and Our Own Villain are at the top of the priority list, when those are done (AFR is VERY close) then I’ll rearrange things a bit and those older fics will get updated more!

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I just asked my husband out of curiousity, and while singing wise I am a soprano, my speaking voice isn’t particularly high-pitched, though if your voice is particularly alto-y it very well may be higher than yours!

what accent do you give me when you read my posts?

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