Every writer should read these.
I frequently get comments on my fanfic from people who want to tell me that they don’t like that John and Sherlock swear so much in my fic. They like to point out that there isn’t any swearing on the show itself, and so therefore it’s out of character.
I guess they’re forgetting about this:
Along with lots of other clever ways this show and others get around the fact that they can’t accurately represent the colorful language people use in real life on a television show. I always thought JKR did a particularly good job of that with Ron Weasley in the HP books. It’s clear that Ron swears a lot, but you almost never see an actual swear word in print.
So the thing is, I like swearing. Like all grown-up people, I know that different times and places call for different kinds of language use, so lest you think I go around swearing all day long, I don’t. It’s something I enjoy in certain company, with close friends. And so similarly, I like my characters to swear in those kinds of situations. I find it fun and colorful and real, and also Martin Freeman.
If other people find it difficult to believe that an ex-military doctor would say “fuck” a lot, that’s fine. They are absolutely entitled to their opinion. We like what we like, and we don’t have to justify it to anyone. But it does strike me as odd that of all the things characters do in my fics that they don’t actually do in the show, the swearing is the one I get comments about the most. They also don’t have nearly as much sex with each other on the show as I like to write, but people seem so much more willing to suspend their disbelief for that. ;-)
(note: ordered alphabetically by title; actual order still to be determined)
Between the Shores (erotica with consent)
Borderline - Stacia Regala
Crazy in Love - Elizabeth Lark
Donovan’s Door - Sonni de Soto
Little Dan - Nancy Weber
Make Tonight A Show - Rose Serrano (tristesses)
Return to Rope - Annabeth Leong
Rolling Deep - Tiana Tatanov (girlwith1oneeye)
Starshine - Guinevere Chase
Tether Me in Luxury - Violet West
The Art of Improvisation - Alex Freeman (pasiphile)
The Best Entanglements - Emma Grant
Two Captains - Kim Dias (Kay_Jay_Dee)
Waiting for the Light to Change - Kate Wickersham (thatworldinverted)
Heart, Body, Soul (erotica with character)
Creatures of the Night - Tiana Tatanov (girlwith1oneeye)
Dr. Charles Cleans House - Paul Henry
Enjoy the Present - Spencer Koelle
Judith and Eleanor - Hanna Lockhardt
Leap of Faith - Jo Mathieson
Mr. - Sue Lenée Cix
Red, Right, Returning - Eglantine
Tempestuous - Evadare Volney (vulgarweed)
Territories - Dee Maselle
The Dressing Room - Guinevere Chase
The Light at the End - Penname TBA (holyfant)
The Simpler Solution - Melinda T. Charvill
Tryst - Alex Freeman (pasiphile)
I’m finally getting published! This will be a first for me - but hopefully not the last time. :-)
And look at all the other amazing authors in this book! SO MUCH SMUT.
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remember, most things are social constructs. Invent your own for a totally original world!
And if the earth features, think about how that impacts things
This stuff also applies to writing comics. So I thought I’d reblog it for you.
The storytelling elements:
1. The Contract
In the very beginning, you have to make a promise. Will this be violent? Scary? Fun? Tense? Dramatic?
2. The Pull
Keep it light in the beginning. You don’t want to scare people away by being too dense — you must trust The Contract.
3. The Incident
This is the event that sets everything in motion. Should occur early and keep the story together.
4. The Reveal
Just before the Point Of No Return, the main character learns what the story is really about.
5. Point Of No Return
The forces of good are faced with an impossible decision that concerns fear, safety, love, hate, revenge or despair.
Sorry, but you must allow the the forces of evil to have an epic win.
7. All-Is-Lost Moment
The moment where all is lost. You must portray the deepest despair for the forces of good.
8. News Of Hope
This is the possibility for one of the side characters to shine. A light that shines into the total darkness of the moment.
The shit hits the fan and the good puts everything at stake and overcomes — despite impossible odds.
10. The End
Public displays of relief and happiness, love and forgiveness. It’s great! We also learn that the hero has evolved.
Article from Doktor Spinn written by Jerry Silfwer aka Doktor Spinn
i love this so much
I CANNOT believe that “pupils blown wide with desire” is not on here.
god this is embarrassing.
Okay, but… there are many things on here that I adore reading! Are they overdone? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work really well.
THAT FIRST SITE IS EVERY WRITER’S DREAM DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE TRIED WRITING SOMETHING AND THOUGHT GOD DAMN IS THERE A SPECIFIC WORD FOR WHAT I’M USING TWO SENTENCES TO DESCRIBE AND JUST GETTING A BUNCH OF SHIT GOOGLE RESULTS
Yes, it does say “pornographer” in the header:
I don’t really get enough questions on Tumblr to make an FAQ, but there is one question I do get frequently, and it’s this:
“Why do you call yourself a pornographer? What you write is really more erotica!”
I’ll be honest, this one kind of flummoxes me,…
I am probably the wrong person to ask this, anon, because I don’t have much sympathy for this type of complaint.
I’m going to gently (but not too gently) correct the mistaken assumption you have that authors owe you fanfiction in what you perceive to be a timely manner.
Let me tell you, as a fanfiction author, that I wish I could give you all a new one-shot every other day and a multi-chap update every week.
I know many others who wish the same, but can’t.
Because, you know, we have lives.
Real lives. Like in the real world. With real commitments - school to graduate, jobs to go to, both of which we need our sleep for. We have families and boyfriends who demand (and deserve) our time and attention. We have sports teams we may be committed to, projects we’re involved in, or organizations we ally our time and resources with.
And sometimes, an author may have a free day and just wants to sleep in.
Because fanfiction writing is a hobby.
A cathartic and fun one, yes, but a hobby just the same.
And as such, that hobby, therapeutic and fun though it may be, doesn’t get first priority. Or second. Or third. Or sometimes fourth.
I’ve known one author who basically left the fandom because of the pressure to update quickly and how aggravating that sense of entitlement, I know another who almost left, but didn’t, aun I see asks for the big fandom authors (Jules and BC) weekly asking when will you update? next chapter? how far along are you? spoilers?
For the most part, authors are all super gracious and kind. Because no fanfiction author is hoarding a completed chapter and deliberately withholding it to be mean. Readers are awesome and bringing happiness to someone else’s day-that’s the best compliment, right?
But to get an anon asking where in the hell the update is….that doesn’t help at all. It actually sucks the joy out of writing. And when there’s no joy, it usually—well, it usually sucks.
I’m not telling you how to feel about the subject, but really?
Please, do go write a fanfic. Come up with a plot or a concept, write a rough draft to flesh it out, edit it, maybe rewrite it, find a beta and send it to them, get it back, look at their suggested changes versus your suggested changes, edit it again, send it back to the beta again, maybe scratch entire scene or plotline, make sure your characters are in character and saying and doing the things they ought to be doing in a way that makes sense and is also compelling to read. Do all that, and post them and maybe get no reviews, or bad reviews. And do it again anyway, because you enjoy doing it.
But you will very quickly see how long it takes—how involved the process can get—because most of the people I know want to want to post work they are proud of, work that takes effort, and can’t (and shouldn’t) be whipped up overnight.
In terms of word count-a hundred thousand words-which is what most multi-chapter fics are-those take real time authors, who do it for a living as their primary income, months and years to complete. And that’s with a fleshed out concept, dedicated time to complete it, and an editor to help the process along.
Your favorite author may be stressing about finals, or working on the third draft of a chapter that just isn’t coming together right, or god forbid, having a relaxing day in the sun.
Like that’s her choice and she will post it when she can and she probably wants it posted, too.
So patience, dear. Have some patience. And go write a oneshot.