I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!

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Master List of Writing Tools



Here lies my current master list of writing tools based on my experience to date, split out by stage; brainstorming tools, outlining tools, writing tools, and editing tools. Some of it costs $$, but there are plenty of free options in each of the stages, too.

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For those seeking to fill a gap, needing help with their process, or just wanting to change it up a bit, Ivy’s compiled a big honking list of the various writing tools she uses.  Some of them are quite obvious but still classic, like “pen and paper.”  Others are things you might not have heard of.

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Polyamory for Writers


Every so often, the cry goes up: “Fewer love triangles and more threesomes!” But what if you’re a writer who wants to write some polyamorous relationships, but you’re not sure where to start?

This article is here to help.

Please note that this is not a guide about how to be in a polyamorous relationship. That ground has been covered by other people in more depth and detail than I will ever be able to manage. (I have some good articles for you to read at the end of this piece, should you be looking for that.) This is a quick guide about writing polyamorous characters, how poly relationships work, and special concerns writers need to watch out for. This is not a comprehensive post, but it should give you a place to start.

(As for why I wrote this: I am a writer who has identified as poly for her entire adult life, and have been in a number of different varieties of poly relationships over the years, including a committed triad. I have a lot of experience with poly relationships—including messing them up. I figured that if anyone’s going to write something like this, it’s going to be me.)

Ready to go?  The good stuff is under the cut.

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Writing Asexuality in Fiction - Masterpost


I’ve finally built up a nice series of essays on writing asexuality and asexual characters in fiction. Here they are, all together in one place. They’re intended to be useful for asexual and non-asexual writers alike. They are also meant to be inclusive of gray-asexual and demisexual characters, although my knowledge is limited there.

These essays assume you already have a basic knowledge of what asexuality means: a general lack of sexual attraction to other people. This is not Asexuality 101; for that, check out the links on my resources page.

Other potentially relevant topics

This post may be updated in the future as I write more stuff on this subject; I’ll link to it from my blog’s homepage so it’s easy to find.

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Inexplicable is great, and inspiring fic-wise. I'd never considered that as an angle. Looking forward to more. I LOVE your Mary and I'm thrilled by you Johnlocking and honoring the love John and Mary have at the same time. It would've been easy to make her less of a character but no, you appear to be making her a badass. in a lot of ways. I love your writing so much. <3.


Wow, thank you so much! It’s been sooooo much fun to write and play with. And yeah, she’s not exactly a canon Mary, but re-imagining her backstory has been part of the fun.

I sometimes think I’m the only person who feels this way, but I actually love the vague openness and inconsistent character development they gave us with her in series 3. It means you can write pretty much anything. Of course, you could do that anyway, because the first rule of fanfic is that there aren’t any rules, but I am enjoying the sheer fuckton of possibilities here. Who is she? What are her motivations? What’s going to happen? What’s the deal with the baby? Nobody knows! Some days, I’m not sure the writers themselves know. 

And that’s when fan creators can do amazing things. That’s when our collective brain comes up with the best works, IMO, when we all look at a situation and say, wow, that is some fucked up shit right there. Fuuuucked up, but with so much potential! Why couldn’t they have… ah hell, we got this. We can make this work. Let’s just go with it and see what happens.


This post terrifies me. TERRIFIES.

Am I being ridiculously naive to think that I can write and hopefully publish original stuff AND still write fanfic and enjoy being in fandom?

Because people do that, don’t they? I feel like I know people who do, and maybe they get this kind of shit too and just don’t talk about it. You don’t have to pick one, right?