I really hate writing advice that uses the word victim to describe characters who don’t recover from trauma quickly enough to satisfy some arbitrary judgement or can’t completely deal with their problems, and tells these writers not to make their…

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Anonymous asked: Do you have a part two of the 500 days fic?

Yes! You can find it here.

"If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to."

Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)

Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.

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This is so important

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My friend made a petition to help try and stop the creation of the After Movie. Fans of One Direction should not want Harry to be seen in the light that After portrays him in. Every signature helps.

Sign the petition here

The Book Of Life is an amazing movie. The animation was so breathtaking that I freaked out. The character design, the colours, the environment, definitely one of the most amazing movies I’ve seen all year. La Muerte, Xibalba, and the Candle Maker were extremely perfect. Manolo, Juaquin and Maria were amazing, and their story was intriguing, and I just want to own the movie and watch it over and over again. 

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"Of the many privileges afforded a writer, perhaps the one I cherish most is the right to be nosy."
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Writing can (and should!) be a creative, uplifting, enjoyable process. However, once the initial writing is complete, the next step is editing your draft. And figuring out how to edit your own writing is usually where the writing process becomes less “fun” and more—let’s be honest—agonizing.

How so? Overly critical authors will be convinced their well-written work is terrible. Meanwhile, overly confident writers will be certain even their least thought-out work is sheer perfection. So how can you effectively edit your own writing?

Here are seven tips to help you objectively improve and edit your own writing.


One time, I took more pills than I can remember and accepted I’d be dead within the hour. Don’t ever call me weak.

— Michael Lee - Waking Up Naked (via clap-hands-two-guns)
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I like Klaus. Why do I like Klaus? I really like Klaus. 

Hello Again || Dean Winchester


WARNINGS: Demon Dean. Mention of suicidal thoughts and sex.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Where Deanmon visits a past lover.

It was cold. Of course, December was one of the coldest months of the year. The temperature was below zero, snowflakes fell from the sky, and the drinks were warming up throats inside the bar. For Emilia Lockwood, one of those drinks was warming her up. 

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