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Perfection is an unattainable goal. It isn’t going to be perfect. Just get words down on paper, and when you stumble to what you think is the end of the book, you will have hundreds of pages of words that came out of your head. It may not be perfect, but it looks like a book.
Laurell K. Hamilton (via writingquotes)

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Learn to write by doing it. Read widely and wisely. Increase your word power. Find your own individual voice though practicing constantly. Go through the world with your eyes and ears open and learn to express that experience in words.
P.D. James (via writersrelief)

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Anonymous asked: any tips for us lowly high schoolers going back to hell? :'(

elricity:

tip the first:

  • you are not lowly
  • high schoolers are some of the strongest people i know
  • you are not lowly
  • you are amazing. and you will get through this.

tip the second:

  • study hard, but don’t stress out too much
  • don’t compromise on your physical and mental health ever
  • remember that your grades do not define you
  • an F on your report card doesn’t say jackshit about your self-worth
  • a thousand Fs on your report card don’t say jackshit about your self-worth
  • you are valuable whether you get a string of A’s or a mountain of “not your best work :(“s,
  • yes grades are important to your future but if you gave it your best shot and you still couldn’t ace that test, man fuck it. just fuck it. the sun will still rise tomorrow.
  • take time to be sad and cry and break things and then come back, head held high, try again just as hard as you did before if not harder

also:

  • if you like sports, do sports
  • if you don’t, it’s fine
  • join a club if you want to
  • if you don’t, it’s fine
  • make lots of friends if that’s what you need
  • if you don’t, it’s fine
  • everyone’s teenage experience is different; they will go through different highs and different lows, so don’t ever presume you’re not “fulfilling” your youth if you’re the kinda person who just needs to go home and sleep after school
  • be kind as best as you can.
  • give it your best shot and have fun!!!

and talk to me if you need anything. :)

under the cut: if you wanted actual study tips. then. like. yeah. i got you covered i guess, with things i used to do. and i was a pretty good student in high school. :)

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Very well said for the highschoolers heading back to school. Good luck and be yourself—from a university student who survived. (with honors…and maybe some of her sanity) :P 

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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.

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ahhh! I got tagged in a thing by woodthewriter. :) Thank you, lovely! 
If I tag you, write your answers on a piece of paper, take a photo of it, post it on Tumblr and tag 10 more people you admire. 
1. Your name
2. Your blog URL3. Your blog title4. Your crush~5. Your favourite colour6. CAPS LOCK7. Your favourite band/artist8. Your favourite number9. Your favorite drink10. Tag ten people!
So, um, I can’t “art” at all, when it comes to drawing faces. Those are my default squiggles. It was supposed to be a bonus for reading all those exclamation marks that I never type. 
Tagging, uh: themadwordsmith and audaciusement, (three cheers, if I actually did that right…)
I don’t have a specific list of folks to tag, so—if you wanted to do this and didn’t get tagged yet, go right ahead! (mention me in the post and I’ll pop over and take a looky). You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to or have been tagged by someone else already. 

ahhh! I got tagged in a thing by woodthewriter. :) Thank you, lovely! 

If I tag you, write your answers on a piece of paper, take a photo of it, post it on Tumblr and tag 10 more people you admire. 

1. Your name

2. Your blog URL
3. Your blog title
4. Your crush~
5. Your favourite colour
6. CAPS LOCK
7. Your favourite band/artist
8. Your favourite number
9. Your favorite drink
10. Tag ten people!

So, um, I can’t “art” at all, when it comes to drawing faces. Those are my default squiggles. It was supposed to be a bonus for reading all those exclamation marks that I never type. 

Tagging, uh: themadwordsmith and audaciusement, (three cheers, if I actually did that right…)

I don’t have a specific list of folks to tag, so—if you wanted to do this and didn’t get tagged yet, go right ahead! (mention me in the post and I’ll pop over and take a looky). You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to or have been tagged by someone else already. 

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