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Hello followers!!

I’m pleasantly surprised to see that your numbers have increased. c:

However, I just wanted to give everybody who’s interested in my writing a heads up that I’m moving all of my original work to wordpress! I much prefer their formatting system.

I’m going to leave my fanfiction up here though (I see that most of my newcomers are from my fanfic, haha), as well as all of my little research-y posts. c:

Gun Terms for Writers

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As someone who writes fics with action sequences and the use of guns, I thought maybe it would be helpful to pass some things on. Even though I’ve done lots of research and talked with family members (I live in WI which is a big hunting state and we have lots of guns), I still catch myself making mistakes with specific terms and their usage. Reading more James Bond fics lately, I catch others making mistakes also. So here is a little guide to help writers. 

  • A ‘clip’ is something that stores multiple rounds of ammunition. It is not what you would insert into a handgun to load it. Clips make loading into a magazine easier because they simply store the rounds. It helps with organization. 
  • A magazine is what feeds the ammunition into the barrel. Magazines vary in capacity. They, unlike clips, are spring-loaded, which helps the ammunition move in the gun. So, when you want a character to reload, they would use a pre-loaded magazine, NOT a clip. 
  • A silencer is really a suppressor. ‘Silencer’ is a word that’s used in media to refer to a suppressor that doesn’t exist in real life. Guns that are suppressed will still be loud and have a sound. This is because compressed air will still leak out of the end of the barrel, you can’t silence a bullet moving extremely fast through the air, and you can’t silence the mechanical parts on a gun. There will be a noise, but it just won’t be as loud or more importantly, alert people in a nearby area that a gun was just fired. SO suppressor is a much more accurate term technically speaking. 
  • There are different kinds of suppressors. One important kind suppresses the muzzle flash. It’s likely a sniper would use this more than they would want to use a sound suppressor, as the muzzle flash more easily enables you to be spotted when you don’t want to be. These are simply referred to as flash suppressors. 
  • After a handgun runs out of ammunition, the slide will lock back into place and you will know that it is out. There is no ‘click’ signifying an empty weapon that is so dramatized in movies and tv. A more likely scenario that would prevent a gun from firing would be a jam. Or programming the gun to recognize certain palm prints. 
  • A great place for writers, in particular fanfic writers, who want information on guns is imfdb. You can find out what guns are used in movies and shows, and what guns characters use. You can also just search for guns. 
  • If you want to get really specific, check out YouTube. There are users who will post reviews of guns on there, which can be really helpful if you want to see how a particular gun looks or how to shoot it. 

So yeah! Here are just a few basic tips if you want to write a fic where a character uses guns. 

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great first day of nano, i didn’t write shit

what the fuck when did I get 100+ posts on this blog, damn

I loved working with her.

Isadora, Dora for short, was such a ray of sunshine.

She smiled, oh, her smile was fabulous. And she danced. She never really stopped dancing, do you know what I mean?

Of course she danced in the classroom, our main meeting ground. But then we’d pass in the hallway, I’d glimpse her walking out to her car, and there she’d be: dancing. Its like she can’t things the simple way, things like walking, crouching, digging through her backpack. There’s always that extra sway in her step, the way she’ll jut out her hip, the tap of her toes. 

yeah lmao thats enough for me, this is not the short story that is due on friday, its not even the right POV for the short story hahahaha

DW 9/20: Book Rant

And here is me, left without a book to read: decimated, desicrated. Alone in my mind, left scrabbling for any scrap words and phrase I can soak up. Desperately digging through my resources, left only with tales from the real world. 

Real world, that awful, rumored place that our bodies live in but our minds constantly strive to escape. My doorway is a path made of words; scenes, magical and fantastic and so far out of reach, and yet they still brighten my day more than one may think. Others have the television, the magic machine filled with bad acting and plotted plays, advertisements filling in the empty spaces. Advertisements filling in spaces that don’t even need filling. News stations picking and choosing their stories, indoctrinating their masses with shit.

When I run out of books, when I haven’t got one on hand, ready to guide me back to sanity, I read about problems. I dig myself a little ditch of depression as I read about oppression and fuckers in power, misogyny, bigotry, abuse and abusers, so many THINGS that just want to EAT ME FROM THE INSIDE OUT or is it the other way around? 

And so this is why I read books. Why my shelves are and always will be overflowing. 

"Do you really need that many books?"

"You could make so much money if you sold your books. "

"But will you really read them over and over again?"

PLEASE KEEP YOURSELVES AWAY FROM MY BOOKS. My books hold me and transport me and make me safe and happy. My books educate me and give me the affection I find lacking in ever day life. YES I need them. YES I will reread them. I SPENT THE MONEY ON THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. 

My books are overwhelmingly a part of me. Please stop underestimating that.

Character Notes: A Little Too Much (DW: 9/12)

Main Characters:
Original character profiles 

  1. Ismenia => Isadora Stern (23 y.o.)
  2. Adelrik => Adam Clancey (18 y.o.)
  3. Havyn => Holland Rogers (26 y.o.)

Character Interaction

Holland <=> Adam

  • Rivalry of sorts
  • Challenging
  • Snarky
  • Really not nice
  • Sensual
  • Stress relieving (A>H)
For these two, their relationship is heavily defined by their rivalry. They really, really don’t like each other. Maybe even hate? They both drive each other nuts and have the best time pissing the other one off. Eventually, they get to know each other so well that bits and pieces will slip in where their relationship is more of a comforting one rather than a… not destructive… rather than a vindictive one. 

Holland <=> Isadora

  • Nice
  • Fun
  • Easy
  • Sexual
  • Stress relieving (A=I)
Isadora, in this story, is largely a plot device to spur things along between Adam and Holland. Her and Holland become fast friends and fuck buddies, which in itself pisses Adam off (how dare that snotty brat endear himself to one of Adam’s few good students). But what really gets the ball rolling and maxes out the sexual tension between Adam and Holland is Adam’s accidental witness to Holland and Isadora getting intimate.

Isadora <=> Adam

  • Teaching/learning
  • Well established prof/student relationship
  • Stress relieving (A>I)

Isadora has been in Adam’s classes before. They get along pretty well. Adam isn’t the kind of guy to casually like anybody, more of the type to lean towards the negative by default, but Isadora is a sweet chick and he can respect that. 

Oh my god, thesaurus.com says snark is not a word.

SNARK IS TOTALLY A WORD, HOW ELSE DOES ONE GET SNARKY WITH SOMEBODY.

How do I find a synonym for it now, nooooooo.

Working on a Character Exercise for my Fiction Technique class

And I’m having fun with it but I’m worried its not… going to be… what the professor wants?

Hmm I just don’t know. I have to print it out to turn in tomorrow as soon as I finish it tonight, but I’ll post it on here anyways. I have been woefully lacking in my writing, eheh. Whole reason I signed up for English classes though!! 

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  • Writer: I've planned and plotted this novel. I know what's going to happen, and I know my characters like the back of my hand.
  • Main character: Lol no
  • Writer: What - what are you doing. You aren't supposed to do that.
  • Main character: wanna do it
  • Side character: hey you don't mind if I ruin this thing do you
  • Writer: STOP IT.
  • Main character: brb gonna steel a boat lol
  • Writer: I MADE YOU DO AS I SAY.
  • Whole book: LOL NO.

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How to Develop your Critical Eye

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As everyone knows, we are all our own worst critic. A lot of writers suffer with a lack of confidence in their work and their abilities, and you need to learn to step back and look at it critically, but fairly.

There are three main things that will help you to develop your critical eye: Experience, Maturity and Advice.

EXPERIENCE: As a writer, reading widely is one of the most important things you can do. Read books from every genre, every style, every decade. Write everything you can. Write poetry, prose, songs, plays, journalism, recipes and shopping lists. Write odes to your pets, write personal ads, write your own obituary. And don’t forget to live. Go out and get drunk, fall in love, fall out of love (that’s most important), do something unexpected, get in debt, buy new jewellery, eat chocolate. All of this will fuel your writing

MATURITY: You need to let your critical eye develop, just as you need to let your writing develop. Everyone’s writing matures, and not necessarily at the same time as our bodies or minds. Just grow.

ADVICE: Seek advice from everyone and everywhere. Along with the above two points, you will learn what advice to accept and what advice to ignore. But, always accept it gracefully at the time; people only mean well (unless they’re jealous, but you’ll need to work that out for yourself. Life experience, see?)

Similarities in Book Ideas

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Anonymous asked: I have a story that I was happily working on until a friend pointed me to this thing called ‘The Host.’ I never heard from it (probably because it’s by S. Meyer) but I read a couple of summaries and… Well it’s quite similiar to my idea. The story isn’t the same, but the concept of host bodies and the human retaining control over the body and two minds sharing one host and… Yeah. I’m really discouraged, but also worried. Should I even continue with this story? Thank you in advance. :)

Write your story anyway. There are plenty of stories out there (the popular one to compare right now is The Hunger Games and Battle Royale) that share similar themes, character types, and other ideas. These similar ideas may actually be tropes, or conventions in writing that most authors are completely unconscious of using.

Don’t believe me? Check out all the tropes listed for just The Host on TVTropes.com. The big ones that apply to you may be Body and Host, Sharing a Body, and Puppeteer Parasites. If you spend enough time on TVTropes, you’ll realize that you’ve never had a single original idea in your life. It’s depressing and liberating at the same time.

Don’t worry about what Stephanie Meyer or anyone else is writing or has written. Worry about what you’re writing. Since you’re not Stephanie Meyer and your story isn’t The Host fan fiction, there will certainly be enough differences between your story and Meyer’s to set it apart as its own body of work.

Seriously, try not to be discouraged. We trust that your story will stand up on its own against any other book, not just The Host.

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Below are some very useful additional comments made on this post by keyboardsmashwriters. With their permission, we have added their comments to our post:

Great advice, of course — it’s not about what you’re writing, it’s about how you’re writing it. If you look hard enough, you will find all of the elements from your story already in novels presently sitting on bookshelves.

But what you have to do is use these elements in a way that is new and unusual. After the influx of dystopian novels such as “The Hunger Games”, as an example, literary agents became inundated with dystopian submissions, and consequently sick of them.

BUT. If you have a dystopian that’s unlike any other dystopian, if it’s a strong book with an original premise and a fantastic combination of elements, then it doesn’t matter if it’s a dystopian or fantasy or paranormal romance. A good book is a good book, and what literary agents are looking for is something that will sell.

Write your book, this is what should always come first. After, have people read your book. Make changes to your book and perfect it until it sparkles. Then see if the publishing world is interested.

Remember that no one can tell your story like you can.

Thank you for your question!

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