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.
RORA I WANTED TO SLEEP AND NOW I’M DROWNING IN OTP FEELS
I’ll pay back when I’m awake tomorrow you’ll see! > v o
I wanted to do the same thing but I just wanted to write that down because it was so beautiful ovo
It's been a few days, but I guess what ticks me off the most is the idea that people watched Book 3 and came away with the idea that Korra at her most traumatised at the end of the finale was character development - as opposed to say, her sitting down in the grove to talk it out with Zaheer before telling him that he was totes wrong, or her decision to sacrifice herself to save the Air Nation because it was a decision Aang might have done as well.
usually i don’t like addressing negative opinions and prefer to focus on the positive, but i have to make an exception for this point. because you’re absolutely right: this is a problem that i’ve seen since the end of season one, when people complained that any “character development” was lost when korra regained an aspect of her soul and wasn’t left beaten and broken without a shell of herself. it’s a problem that’s causing people to praise how “developed” and “humbled” she was for crying at the end of book 3 when she’s a teenage girl who, in her first year out in the world after a lifetime of isolation, has fought three (or four, if we’re including the upcoming video game) major battles not just for her life but also for the world, all while having her entire identity and reason for existing constantly called into question.
believing that character development is only valid when it smooths down korra’s edges and leaves her sad and broken is, quite frankly, disgusting.
there are elements of korra without which she would no longer be korra: her physicality, her willingness to take things head-on and her pride in and acknowledgement of her own power. this is in addition to her empathy and love and straight-up goodness, but those are the things people don’t like. those are the things people think she needs to ditch to be “better.” the problem isn’t even that “character development” doesn’t even have to mean growth (for example, azula’s breakdown at the end of atla certainly wasn’t maturing, but it was very much development), but that people simply want korra to be broken down and sad and to lose her pride and be someone completely different.
korra’s development has been occurring throughout every season. it’s happened in her lashing out in anger and fear while she learns to admit when she’s afraid and to lean on other people. it’s happened in her struggles to marry her personal feelings toward her home and family with the identity that’s been built for her as the avatar, causing her to take out her confusion and frustration on others around her. it’s in her learning how to navigate relationships and when to push and when to step back. it’s happened in her knowing when she’s made mistakes and asking for forgiveness (because korra makes mistakes! she’s going to keep making mistakes!). it’s happened in her recognizing the worth and strength of her own spirit when she thought her power came only from raava. it’s happened, like you said, of her patience with people like zaheer and the earth queen and her willingness to hear another side and listen—but even this is not entirely new! she sat and listened to tarrlok and felt sympathy for him in book 1 after he locked her in a cage and bloodbent her!
but saying that korra’s only showing development because she made a decision that aang would have made too—bullshit. that makes me furious, because that’s nothing to do with how like or unlike aang she is. that’s entirely to do with how like korra she is, and how much she has always been willing to do and give for other people. her leadership skills have developed, her strategy and discussions with her friends and mentors have developed (and tbh it’s almost sad that it has because of how much practice she’s had), but that’s all very much korra.
tenzin straight-up knows by the beginning of book three how korra—still yelling at president raiko in front of cameras, still punching fire to solve problems when feeling frustrated—has become an example for goodness, and for asking questions and solving problems, and for knowing what’s best at heart for the world. at the beginning of book 1 korra didn’t know anything about the world or the people in it. she’s come so far, and she would have come just as far had she come out of her fight with zaheer unscathed. she feels lost and alone and confused and helpless. but that’s just a result of everything. that’s not ultimately who she is.
Ways to beat headache:
- sketch two psychos on a cosy sofa.
- add dialogue
- enjoy yourself
Nona is that awesome person that belongs to zimtwaffeln, who’s even more awesome!
Reblog if it is okay if I make fanart of your OCs
Knock yourself out, there’s plenty to choose from.
I actually find this information REALLY HELPFUL when I visit someone else’s gallery and like their OCs. Not everyone is comfortable with fanart and few artists post whether or not they are.
A writer is a world trapped in a person.