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This blog is not spoiler free, not for canon or my own stories.

You'll find this blog populated by:
- The occasional spoiler (given out at my own discretion, but not by request)
- Me answering your questions
- Clarifications regarding parts of the story I left vague
- Expansions on characters
- "Bloopers"
- Scenes that could have been, but were scrapped
- The occasional one-shot
- ...and some selfies on Mundays

Cheers!

 

starrify-everything:

TIPS:
Tips For Characterization
21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Tips From Great Authors
The Importance Of Body Language
34 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer
Things Almost Every Author Needs To Research
Eight Short Story Tips
How To Stop Procrastinating
Ten Exercises In Creativity
How To Show (Not Tell)
Ten Ways To Avoid Writing Insecurity
Why Research Is Important In Writing
Five Ways To Get Out Your Comfort Zone
Seven Ways To Use Brain Science To Hook Readers And Reel Them In
The Difference Between Good And Bad Writers
Five Essential Story Ingredients
Formatting Your Manuscript
Four Ways To Have Confidence In Your Writing
99 Ways To Beat Writers Block
You’re Not Hemingway, Helping You Develop Your Own Skill
Best Apps For Writers
Online Whiteboard
This Sentence Has 5 Words
GRAMMAR (WORDS):
Urban Legends From The World Of Grammar
20 Common Grammar Mistakes
Synonyms For Said
Alternatives For But
Alternatives For Angry
Alternatives For Whispered
200 Words To Describe Light
45 Ways To Avoid Saying Very
Colour Names
Other Ways To Say…
Lay vs Lie
Make Words Longer
Words And Meanings
Common English Mistakes
Online Etymology Dictionary
Tip Of My Tongue
Cliche Finder
NAMES:
7 Rules Of Picking Names For Fictional Characters
Names In Different Time Periods
Behind The Name
Meaning Of Names
Fake Name Generator
Random Name Generator
Quick Name Generator
Fantasy Name Generator
Baby Names Country
Muslim Names And Meanings
Indian Names And Meanings
Name Playground
NOVEL:
How To Rewrite
Editing Recipe
How To Write A Novel
Writing 101: Revising Your Novel
Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written
Finishing Your Novel
Novel Outlining 101
Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes
13 Most Common Errors On A Novels First Page
How To Organize And Develop Ideas For Your Novel
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:
Family Tree Maker
Tips For Characterization
Character Trait Masterlist
Character Bio Help
Character Writing Exercise
123 Ideas For Character Flaws
Three Ways To Avoid Lazy Character Description
How To Create Fictional Characters
Writing Magical Characters
Character Development Sheet
Character Development Worksheet
Character Chart
Character Chart For Fiction Writers
100 Character Development Questions For Writers
Ten Questions For Creating Believable Characters
Ten Days Of Character Building
Writing Effective Character Breakdowns
PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE and OUTLINE:
When To Change Paragraphs
36 (plus 1) Dramatic Situations
How To Write A Death Scene
The Snowflake Method
Effectively Outlining Your Plot
Tips For Creating A Compelling Plot
One Page Plotting
How To Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps
Choosing The Best Outline Method For You
Creating Conflict And Sustaining Suspense
Conflict Test
What Is Conflict?
Writing The Perfect Scene
How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?
SETTING, WORLDBUILDING AND FANTASY:
Masterpost For Writers Creating Their Own World
World Building 101
Creating A Believable World
Maps Workshop - Developing The Fictional World Through Mapping
Creating Fantasy And Science Fiction Worlds
Writing Fantasy
Myths
Creating The Perfect Setting
POINT OF VIEW:
Establishing The Right Point Of View
How To Write In Third Person
The I Problem
OTHERS:
Types Of Crying
Eye Colours
Skin Tones
Who Do I Write Like?
Write Rhymes
Survive Nature
How To Escape After Being Buried Alive In A Coffin

starrify-everything:

TIPS:

Tips For Characterization

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Tips From Great Authors

The Importance Of Body Language

34 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer

Things Almost Every Author Needs To Research

Eight Short Story Tips

How To Stop Procrastinating

Ten Exercises In Creativity

How To Show (Not Tell)

Ten Ways To Avoid Writing Insecurity

Why Research Is Important In Writing

Five Ways To Get Out Your Comfort Zone

Seven Ways To Use Brain Science To Hook Readers And Reel Them In

The Difference Between Good And Bad Writers

Five Essential Story Ingredients

Formatting Your Manuscript

Four Ways To Have Confidence In Your Writing

99 Ways To Beat Writers Block

You’re Not Hemingway, Helping You Develop Your Own Skill

Best Apps For Writers

Online Whiteboard

This Sentence Has 5 Words

GRAMMAR (WORDS):

Urban Legends From The World Of Grammar

20 Common Grammar Mistakes

Synonyms For Said

Alternatives For But

Alternatives For Angry

Alternatives For Whispered

200 Words To Describe Light

45 Ways To Avoid Saying Very

Colour Names

Other Ways To Say…

Lay vs Lie

Make Words Longer

Words And Meanings

Common English Mistakes

Online Etymology Dictionary

Tip Of My Tongue

Cliche Finder

NAMES:

7 Rules Of Picking Names For Fictional Characters

Names In Different Time Periods

Behind The Name

Meaning Of Names

Fake Name Generator

Random Name Generator

Quick Name Generator

Fantasy Name Generator

Baby Names Country

Muslim Names And Meanings

Indian Names And Meanings

Name Playground

NOVEL:

How To Rewrite

Editing Recipe

How To Write A Novel

Writing 101: Revising Your Novel

Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written

Finishing Your Novel

Novel Outlining 101

Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes

13 Most Common Errors On A Novels First Page

How To Organize And Develop Ideas For Your Novel

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

Family Tree Maker

Tips For Characterization

Character Trait Masterlist

Character Bio Help

Character Writing Exercise

123 Ideas For Character Flaws

Three Ways To Avoid Lazy Character Description

How To Create Fictional Characters

Writing Magical Characters

Character Development Sheet

Character Development Worksheet

Character Chart

Character Chart For Fiction Writers

100 Character Development Questions For Writers

Ten Questions For Creating Believable Characters

Ten Days Of Character Building

Writing Effective Character Breakdowns

PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE and OUTLINE:

When To Change Paragraphs

36 (plus 1) Dramatic Situations

How To Write A Death Scene

The Snowflake Method

Effectively Outlining Your Plot

Tips For Creating A Compelling Plot

One Page Plotting

How To Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps

Choosing The Best Outline Method For You

Creating Conflict And Sustaining Suspense

Conflict Test

What Is Conflict?

Writing The Perfect Scene

How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?

SETTING, WORLDBUILDING AND FANTASY:

Masterpost For Writers Creating Their Own World

World Building 101

Creating A Believable World

Maps Workshop - Developing The Fictional World Through Mapping

Creating Fantasy And Science Fiction Worlds

Writing Fantasy

Myths

Creating The Perfect Setting

POINT OF VIEW:

Establishing The Right Point Of View

How To Write In Third Person

The I Problem

OTHERS:

Types Of Crying

Eye Colours

Skin Tones

Who Do I Write Like?

Write Rhymes

Survive Nature

How To Escape After Being Buried Alive In A Coffin

smaugnussen:

goddessofsax:

Hair color reference chart. It’s not perfect, but from what I could gather it’s pretty accurate.

dont let the fanfic writers see this

avajae:

Writability: How to Choose the Right Agent for YOU

So we’ve discussed why you need an agent (if you want to publish traditionally) and how not to get an agent. But now I want to talk about picking the right agent for you.

So here’s the thing about literary agents: the legit ones are all publishing savvy, business-minded, all around nice people who just really love books. Or at least, the ones I’ve come in contact with are. Every agent (like every person) has their own set of strengths and weaknesses, which often dictate what genres they do and don’t represent. And knowing those strengths and weaknesses is just a teensie bit important to know before you query.

That’s right. You need to research agents before you start queryingWhy? The answer’s simple, really—not every agent is the right agent for you

Some agents are editorial, some agents are not. Some agents represent a huge range of genres, some are much more focused on a couple genres and categories. Some agents have been in the business for over a decade, others are much newer to the publishing game.

I’ve already blogged about where to go to research agents (see that link above? Click it), so I’m not going to delve into that again. What I want to focus on instead, is what you need to be looking for when deciding what agents to query.

There are a couple questions you should be asking yourself while researching agents:

  • Does this agent represent my genre? This is the basic filter—the very first requirement is to make sure the agent you’re considering querying represents the genre and category your manuscript falls under. If they don’t, don’t query them. No exceptions. 

    No, it doesn’t matter if you think they might make an exception for your manuscript (they shouldn’t and they won’t). No, it doesn’t matter if you really like that agent (that doesn’t change the fact that your MS is not a genre they represent). No, it doesn’t matter if your manuscript is supposedly unlike others in its genre or category (if you think that’s the case, are you sure you know that genre as well as you think you do?)—if they don’t represent your genre, do not query them. You’ll get an insta-reject, and you’ll only be wasting your time and theirs.

    Note: if you’re not sure what genre your manuscript falls under, check out this post
  • Does this agent represent other genres I want to (or already do) write in? This is important, because you’re not just looking for representation for the manuscript you’re querying—you’re looking for representation for your whole career. Ideally, you’ll have the same agent throughout your career (though that isn’t always the case, which is okay). If your manuscript is a Historical Fantasy and you know going in that you also love writing Sci-Fi, make sure the agents you query represent both Historical Fantasies and Sci-Fi’s.

    Why? You want an agent who can potentially sell any manuscript you write, and if you write in multiple genres, you’ll want to make sure the agents you query represent all of them. 
  • Is this agent editorial? Is this important to me? As I’ve mentioned before, not all agents are editorial (meaning not all agents go through the extra process of revising and editing your work with you before going on submission). This is an extra job, and agents are not required to edit your work (remember: it’s your job to get your manuscripts as polished as possible before sending it to agents). If you know you want an agent who will help you with some of the revision and editorial process, then make sure you query agents who are editorial. (You can find this out through interviews and sites like Literary Rambles). 
  • What is this agent’s sales record? Do they have a lot of sales? A few things to remember with this one: not having a lot of sales doesn’t necessarily mean the agent is a bad agent. Some agents don’t report all of their sales, and some agents don’t have a lot of sales because they’re new agents, which is totally fine (and in that case, you’ll want to look at the sales for the agency they’re at, instead). But if an agent has been around for a couple of years, they should have some sales reported. 

    That being said, how much stock you put into the sales thing is up to you. When I was querying, I personally didn’t query anyone who didn’t list sales or their clients, but that’s just me. 
  • What is this agent’s reputation? What is the reputation of their agency like? Both of these are important to consider when researching agents. If the agent is established, what is their reputation like? If they’re new agents what is the reputation of their agency? (Note: it’s important to check on agency reputation for established agents, too). Check interviews, forums like Absolute Write Water Cooler and sites like Preditors & Editors as well as the aforementioned Literary Rambles to learn about agent and agency reputation.
  • Does this agent seem like someone I would work well with? Granted, this is a little more difficult to determine online, but if the agent has a Twitter, follow them long before you start querying. Also, take the time to read every interview you can find—both of these sources can give you insights into the agent’s personality and what their work process is like. There are a couple agents, for example, that I decided I wouldn’t query based off things they said or the way they behaved on Twitter—after all, if your personalities clash, it’s going to make the relationship between you and you future agent more difficult. 


Finally, two rules to remember while querying:

  1. Thou shalt not query every agent known to man. Use the criteria above to narrow down your list to agents that would work well for you and your manuscript. Consider every agent you query carefully. Think, if they offered representation, would I accept? If your answer is “no” then there’s little point in querying—you’re just wasting everyone’s time.

  2. A bad agent is worse than no agent. I’ve often heard of writers jumping to accept the first offer the get, just because they finally get an offer of representation. I understand this temptation, but the fact is, a bad agent will not help your career. Make sure you do plenty of research on every agent you query, and even more research on every agent who reads your full, and even more research on every agent who offers representation. Know what you’re getting into ahead of time to avoid unfortunate circumstances later on down the road. 


What tips do you have for choosing the right agent?

Free Drabbles

phoenixyfriend:

Send me a prompt (a short, vague prompt, preferably) and a character or ship from one of the following fandoms:

- Naruto
- Harry Potter
- One Piece
- Bleach
- SnK/AoT
- Frozen (and some other Disney movies)

And I WILL write a drabble for it and tag it with your name.

NOTE: no NSFW, no ship hate, and if the ship has an element that I disgree with on principle (pedophilia, zoophilia, incest, etc.) then I will probably make it platonic instead.

Also, small ships are gold. If it has a small fandom, I will be extra happy. LeviHan, SasuKarin, RonLuna, etc.

Drabbles can be dark, funny, fluffy, etc. Just send an ask and I’ll do it. (Unless I get too many, of course, but that’s not likely to happen.)

Everything will be tagged as “The Drabbles Project.”

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Levihan where they’re at a farmers market and Hanji goes off buying fruit and doing whatever it is that she does

The Drabbles Project

(Sorry for taking so long to reply, but I haven’t had proper internet access for a while.)

I even included some lemons!

The first sign of trouble was when Levi looked up from the tea he was expecting (not black, but decent) to find that Hange had disappeared.

"Shit."

The second sign of trouble was when he heard yelling coming from one of the stands, yelling that involved ridiculous prices, titans, and something about how much the Survey Corps was sucking up resources.

Shit.”

The third sign of trouble, once he’d woven his way through the crowd and reached his destination, was Hange herself and her ridiculous grin.

"…Shit.”

"Levi! Levi, get over here and help me carry these!"

"Why do you have a crate full of lemons, Shitty-Glasses?"

Hange’s grin, if possible, shown even brighter. “I want them for an experiment.”

"And that necessitates using up half your weekly pay for a crate of lemons.”

"I want to see if Sawney and Bean react to flavors the way people do."

"…What."

"See, you know how most people really, really hate the taste of pure lemon juice? Well, I can use that to test the same thing for Titans!”

"They don’t even seem to feel pain, Shitty-Glasses, what makes you think they’ll react to lemon juice?”

"…Well, it’s worth a shot! Anyway, we can always test it on that Eren kid too!"

"…Lemons."

Just… not the kind of lemons you were probably expecting.

Anonymous asked
Naruto becomes a Shinigami/Hollow. Cue Friendship-no-jutsu.

Free Drabbles

(Wasn’t quite sure whether you meant part-shinigami/part-hollow or just one, and whom the friendship-no-jutsu was for, so I took it for a whirl in the most ridiculous direction I could.)

Naruto hadn’t really expected to die during the final battle with Kaguya. Sure, he’d known it was a possibility, but he hadn’t really expected it to happen after how close he came so many times before. There was a weird chain on his chest, and it was decaying, and Sakura and Sasuke were freaking out, and Kakashi was probably in shock, and—

You’re an idiot.”

Naruto craned his head around, searching for the voice. It didn’t sound like Kurama, but it had a similar feeling, but Kurama wasn’t in him anymore, so—

In here,moron!

Naruto blinked, and turned his focus inwards, trying to ignore the now failing battle behind him.

His mindscape was clearer than ever before, the sewer walls seeming cleaner, newer, and across from him stood a counterpart he’d thought gone: Yami Naruto.

"Uh… hi?"

Bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.” Yami Naruto tilted his head and grinned.

"You… could say that, yeah." Naruto shook his head. "What are you doing here?"

You can’t even die properly. Geez, just goes to show, huh?" Yami Naruto laughed, but it wasn’t really a pleasant sound. "See, when a person dies, they can be normal and go to something a lot like purgatory, or they can go to hell, or they can stay behind with the living long enough to become a corrupted thing called a Hollow, or they might have enough energy that when they go to the purgatory place, they become a shinigami, something that hunts hollows to keep them from eating people’s souls.

Naruto made a face. “Ew.”

Yami Naruto didn’t seem very impressed by that.

"So… why do you know this?"

Fuck if I know; seems to be built-in or something." Yami Naruto scoffed. "But here's the thing: you were exposed to a hell of a lot of demonic chakra in your life, and while you're too good to go to hell, you’re on a fast track to becoming a hollow.

Naruto blinked. He blinked again. “I don’t wanna eat souls!”

No fucking shit!" Yami Naruto mocked. "Thing is, your stupid little reincarnation thing made you primed to be a shinigami as well. So you—

"Wait, does this mean I’m a ghost?!” Naruto seemed horrified. “Ah! I’m a ghost! What if other ghosts come and—”

Focus!" Yami Naruto snarled. "You’ve got too much shinigami and your turning into a hollow. Now, either you can fight it, lose, and become a really fucking strong hollow that will immediately try to eat your precious friends’ souls, or you can see about reconciling with your hollow half right now and become something ridiculous in between.”

Naruto blinked. “I have a hollow half? Where?”

"…Me, you idiot.

"Oh…" Naruto frowned. "How do I know you aren’t lying?"

You don’t.

"There really isn’t any other option, is there?"

It’s not like you haven’t dealt with me before, dumbass; I’ve just got a proper place, now, instead of just being a manifestation of your darkest feelings." Yami Naruto held out his hand. "So, what do you say?

"…Let’s do this."

Naruto grabbed the hand that was held out to him and, with a grin the size of Konoha, pulled his darker half in for a hug.

…I really should have expected this." Yami Naruto didn’t struggle, just kind of… sighed, as the world around them grew lighter.

Within seconds, Naruto was back in the real world, and when he looked down, the chain was gone. Instead, he had—

"You!" Kaguya’s voice rang out, and Naruto looked up to see her staring straight at him. "I killed you!"

"Yep!" Naruto grinned. "And now it’s time for me to return the favor!"

Probably not quite what you wanted, but it’s a lot longer than what I expected to write, so hopefully that makes up for it?

Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter “E”

For those of you looking for a challenge, here is one of the finest.

Free Drabbles

Send me a prompt (a short, vague prompt, preferably) and a character or ship from one of the following fandoms:

- Naruto
- Harry Potter
- One Piece
- Bleach
- SnK/AoT
- Frozen (and some other Disney movies)

And I WILL write a drabble for it and tag it with your name.

NOTE: no NSFW, no ship hate, and if the ship has an element that I disgree with on principle (pedophilia, zoophilia, incest, etc.) then I will probably make it platonic instead.

Also, small ships are gold. If it has a small fandom, I will be extra happy. LeviHan, SasuKarin, RonLuna.

Drabbles can be dark, funny, fluffy, etc. Just send an ask and I’ll do it. (Unless I get too many, of course, but that’s not likely to happen.)

Everything will be tagged as “The Drabbles Project.”