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Imagine, a couple reuniting again after a long period of time (bonus points if they both were stuck in a near-death situation away from each other.)

Character A strokes Character B’s cheek and then says:

“I have always wondered what to call you.. A moon, because you are so breathtaking that I can’t take my eyes off you, or a sun, because I can’t live without you?”

OR

They aren’t even a couple but Character A is so love sick while B is not into them so when A recites this pick-up line they had prepared for them, B replies with:

“Pick Sun, because I will always burn the heck out of you when I am around.”

Imagine a goofy Character C replying with: “Burn! Get it?” Which is clearly a pun and Character A saying, “Oh, shut up.”

Which one would you pick? >:) (read tags XD)

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Me, myself and I have a grand conversion; forgive me if, I seem rude. If people speak to me, of the up most importance… tasks a person dwells on in life, well, I might have to say the most peculiar artefact is the one inside ones own head..

Things spark; firers start; only …. differently, if given the right circumstance.


Neutrons are bullets and electrons are the bullseye. No telling why, or what for. But evolution tells me we bite of more than we can chew.


- SAMUEL JESSOP

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Quick reminder: when you take a break from writing pick an activity that turns off your language processing centers. Art, physical activity, taking a nap, cleaning, household maintenece, etc. Doing so will more effectively rest your mind than reading a book or watching TV as these activities require the same part of your brain that fuels your writing.

Rest efficiently to write efficiently.

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Hello, I need some advice. I am wanting to get into writing as a career and not just a hobby. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get started? My dream career for a few years has been to become an author, however I never felt my writing was up to par. However I have decided to give it a shot. Any advice would be welcome!

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Oh my goodness, anon, thank you so much! That my writing could be used as a reference by someone else, I’m so flattered and honored. Also, thank you for your interest on my fics. The support means so much. 😭

As for any advice…procrastinate until the crippling guilt gets to you, then, I assure you, you will write.

Lately, I’ve been thinking of advice that’s been given to me by my Philippine literature professor. Bear with me, my memory’s bad as it is. 

He told us that everything you will ever experience is inspiration for a story, he used the term “baul” or chest, and the things that you’ve experienced should go into it. 

Maybe it’s something mundane. For my worldbuilding in Gotham, I mentioned that I often take inspiration from my environment. I also like taking notes on things I’ve watched or read and try and see how I can apply it to my own writing. 

What makes this scene so effective? What makes this sentence have so much emotional impact? What did the writer/director do right? And how can I do that in my own writing? 

(Lately, I’ve been dying to watch You Were Never Really Here, which is praised for its portrayal of PTSD, so I think I can learn from it.) 

If you’re able to break down and understand how certain media affects you, you can learn how to make your writing affect others in turn. 

Perhaps what my professor said that really got to me, was that he said we should learn to use our negative experiences. 

It doesn’t even have to be something big. I often use my experiences as touchstones to write for characters. 

For example, have there been experiences where you felt dissatisfied with your appearance? A haircut that doesn’t look quite good on you, clothes that don’t fit as well as you wanted to? I try to take that experience and magnify it.

 What if it’s something that can’t be easily hidden? What if it’s a scar, right there on your face, and no matter how much you try to hide it, it’s always going to be there and that’s always the first thing people are going to see? 

Won’t that dissatisfaction turn into something else? Would it turn to self-hate? That nervousness when you meet your friends, would it turn to dread? Would you rather just not meet anyone at all, just so you could avoid the stares at the comments? How would that look like, when you’re writing it? 

That’s how I usually try to get into the heads of characters whenever I write them, anyway. 

But also, the best thing to keep in mind when looking for writing advice, is that no writing advice is universal. I keep seeing so much writing advice, especially here, on tumblr. Some might work for me, some might not.

Don’t consider writing advice as the be-all and end-all of your writing. Don’t hinder yourself just because someone, somewhere says you should. Try and find what works for you, and what makes your writing better. 

I hope this helps, anon! And I wish you much luck in your writing journey!

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Questions you should ask yourself about your characters, as told by the wonderful author, Nina LaCour:

What is your character yearning for?

What is holding them back?

What are the wounds they carry with them?

How do these wounds effect their life?

What will be set into motion, as the story progresses?

How will it challenge them?

How will it push them?

How will push on their sore places - their wounds they carry?

Will it force them to confront difficult things? What?

How will it crush them?

And most importantly - will they overcome it?


(Source: her podcast, Keeping A Notebook [episode 2] - you should definitely check it out if you like writing advice!)

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Hello love!

I answered 13 here.

14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across? 

Everything that’s too strict and absolute. Things like “don’t use said” or “only use said” or “don’t use adverbs” etc etc. Thing is, everything in language is a tool: the “said”s and the “exclaimed”s and the adverbs and the second POV and the sentence fragments and ending a sentence with a preposition or starting a sentence with “and” and “but”. These are all tools, and an author can use them as they see fit to create interesting stories. This is creative writing, not essay writing or news article. I love to see authors experiment.

29. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?

Oh this is such a cool question. I feel like there are dozens of fics I’d like to remix but the one that came to mind first is a CaPri modern au: run all the lights by Fahye. It’s phenomenal, and I’d love to be able to play in that sandbox.

Thanks!!

40 Qs for Fic Writers

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Well, I didn’t get the surgery. They said that the toe was too bad for them to do. They didn’t have the capability to do it. So unfortunately, I can’t have it done and have to go to a specialist. So I went out of my house for the first time in over ten months, FOR NO REASON!!! It’s fair to say I was a little angry (on the inside) when they told me that. All they could do was give me some antibiotics. So now I’ll have to leave the house once again.

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Everytime I beta or give writing advice I preface I am not the end all be all, but I’m going to be honest. When I’m listened to, I get thanks, and it makes beta'ing that much more worth it! Other times…

So yeah, ask my advice at your own risk I guess.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

this is mostly a joke but I’ve been called harsh and worse haha aahhhhhh

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Hello, love!

13. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?

It’s a combination between “learn the rules and then break them” and “do what the story needs” which are related pieces of advice in my mind. To know what a story needs, an author must have a good understanding of storytelling and/or mechanics (prose, dialogue etc) and what each literary device or authorial choice achieves.

For example, a piece of advice is: stick to one POV within a scene (if not a chapter). A common novice mistake is POV slipping from one character’s mind to another’s and then back, often within the same scene or even paragraph. It’s easy to pick up when it’s not done consciously or if the author had an imaginative idea about mixing POVs that they failed in execution. So my advice combo says:

  1. learn the rules (how to write consistent POVs).
  2. Practice until you can do it in your sleep.
  3. Decide if your story needs consistent POV or whether it demands/allows for some flexibility. Perhaps your story will be phenomenal with POV constantly flitting through characters, because your narrator is a telepath or something.
  4. In that case, break the rules happily and with abandon, and most importantly, with intent.

15. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?

Probably my WIP, 9 ½ Days. I can picture the beautiful Cornish landscape, the cottage in the woods, the Roma camp, the seaside cave I’m supposed to be writing now. I think it’d look gorgeous and there’s a bit of suspense at a couple of moments to keep viewers on the edge of their seat.

Thank you!!

40 Qs for Fic Writers

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A woman who can do everything doesn’t need a husband.

Inspired by something I’ve learned as a married woman: I don’t have to do everything; I don’t have to make the money and take care of the home while treating my husband as if he were a child incapable of doing more.

Because if I did do everything, then how would that give my husband an opportunity to contribute to our marriage? It wouldn’t. It would show him that I can do it all myself and he just gets in the way, which is what I’ve heard many women complain about by having to take care of a husband when they as the woman do everything. 

The more I hear women on TV shows, movies, pop culture, etc., exclaim that they can do everything a man can do, all I hear is a woman saying that she doesn’t need a man because she can do it all herself. Well, have at it then; marriage isn’t for everyone. 

Personally, I don’t want to mow the lawn, I don’t want to go to work every day, I don’t want to fix clogged toilets, and I don’t want to pay someone to do it either; I love that my husband is capable of doing so many things I can’t do that I need done, it makes my life so much easier than doing it all myself.

Something I didn’t understand when we were living together and both working that I’ve learned as a married housewife is that by taking care of him and our home he is able to focus on all the things I don’t want to do; and that by stepping back, being patient, and not thinking that I have to do everything it gives him the opportunity to step forward, provide, and be an amazing husband.

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Referring to “writer’s block” as such implies that free-flowing creativity should be a writer’s default mode. That’s about as realistic as expecting matter to incline toward order rather than entropy. Approach writing under the assumption that it’s miraculous that you have the slightest possibility of creating anything that isn’t pure nonsensical drivel. Be thankful for that possibility. The fact that you have the ability to imagine anything at all is an absolute miracle of life and evolution. Let that be your baseline.

Then start searching for ways to cultivate the cesspools of nebulous thought into identifiable shapes. Focus on one idea at a time. I mean that because there will be a million ideas vying for your attention and if you let in even two they’ll all think they’re invited. Maybe you’re stuck on one sentence and it’s holding back the train. Maybe you haven’t ironed out a character motivation, and unbeknownst to you, that motivation is the keystone of an entire chapter.

The solutions to “writer’s block” are usually in the writing and they’re usually simpler than you think, but you have to open your eyes, engage your mind, and dig. Give your story a long session of intense problem solving as often as you can. Work to exhaustion. You’ll see improvements.

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idk if this is good writing advice or not, but I was writing a conversation for a future thing in my story as practice. I used words that I would want to hear because I relate to one of the characters a lot, it was easier for me to put myself into the character’s shoes because I’ve been there before, not as extreme but I’ve felt some of it before.


It is easier to write emotions that you’ve experienced. But not all of your characters might relate to those emotions, which can create misunderstandings and complicate things. Which can be a good thing, because real life is like that sometimes.


I was writing about a straight cis character trying to comfort his gay nonbinary friend, because they didn’t know what their name was.

That’s a fucking difficult thing to go through.


The straight cis character acknowledged that he can’t understand how much pain they’re in, but he understands that it is pain. He acknowledged that he can only see it from a third person perspective.


But he was still comforting to them because he knew that what they were going through is tough. That it takes courageousness to be themselves while it feels like everyone tells them that they’re “wrong”.


“It’s a bravery that is uncommon. I admire you for that.”

He’s known them for long enough that he knew it was what they needed to hear, and he meant it.


I don’t exactly know where I’m going with this, but basically to sum it up, take in consideration the differences in experiences that your characters live through. Some of them are more understanding than others, but not everyone can click with what is needed.

I mean, you can write that if you want to, for me personally, I don’t write like that.

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