Writing Tips #141: Ten Tips for Beginning Writers

bookgeekconfessions:

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1. Enjoy what you do.

Which means, if you don’t love spending hours at the typewriter,
computer, or whatever your medium is, don’t even start. You have to be willing
and ready to spend untold hours writing, rewriting, and writing some more.

2. Be patient.

No book has ever been written overnight. You’re in for a long
haul. This may take a year, or more. Oh, and since we’re on it: prepare to write
more than one book. Publishers want authors, not single books.

3. Allow your story to end.

This may sound trivial, but in fact it’s crucial, and a
stumbling block for many writers. You need to find an ending to your story, and
let go of it. You need to decide to end the writing and declare your novel
finished at some point.

4. Edit.

You know what I said in Tip #3? Well, your novel is not finished just because you have an ending. When you’ve written a first
draft, it’s just that: a draft. Now the real writing begins. Edit until your
eyes bleed and your fingers break off. And by this I mean: step away from your
finished draft, let it sit for a couple of weeks, and come back with a rested
mind and fresh eyes. You will see what needs to be changed.

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LETTER TEMPLATES

rachbabsrps:

I went out looking for college acceptance letters to edit on Google for one of my characters and found a bunch of cool stuff, so I decided to post it as a masterpost thing I suppose, alright so:

  • THIS WEBSITEwith both college acceptance and denial letters that you can adapt.
  • THIS PINTEREST BOARDwith other kinds of letter templates for college internships, references, housing, etc.
  • THIS ONE with business letter templates for investments, banking authorizations, etc.
  • THIS ONE with also business letter templates but for job promotions, fundraisings, employment offers, etc.
  • THIS with resume cover letter templates, references, resignation, job acceptance, etc.
  • THIS with different kinds of business apologies letter templates, condolences, costumer satisfaction, etc.
  • THIS ONE with agreement letter templates, job agreements, sales, partnerships, settleements, payments, loans, etc.
  • THIS OTHER ONE with appointment letter templates, contractor appointments, teachers, agents, employees, etc.
  • THIS BOARD with authorization letter templates, for banks, sales, travels, permits, medical, parental, etc.
  • And THESE TWO with fundraising and donation letter templates, requests, thank you letters, travel projects, school projects, etc.
  • There’s more in THIS PINTEREST ACCOUNT for bussiness-ish letters and THIS OTHER ACCOUNT for more home-y ones like Christmas stuff or announcements.
  • THIS ACCOUNT with kinda the same thing but differently organized, there might be some more, I didn’t check that one completely.
  • And then a lot of images where you can get the logos and a general idea of how these colleges write their letters if you just look over THIS LINK. You might have to type the specific college if you have one in mind, or the location, if not then I guess use the one you like how it looks the best.

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goddessofsax:

Here’s a handy dandy color reference chart for you artists, writers, or any one else who needs it! Inspired by this post x

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queensimia:

palavenblues:

holy shit there is a name for it

Well damn. Explains a lot.

queensimia:

palavenblues:

holy shit there is a name for it

Well damn. Explains a lot.

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lycanthropos:


Werewolves are KnownDating Backwards | E | 85,826 | warningsSummary: Pornstars Derek and Stiles work for the same company. Derek only shoots with werewolves and Stiles only shoots with humans. That’s not going to change after they meet. It’s really not. (It might.) tags: #pornstars, #slowbuild, #alivelauraWhat I Did On My Summer Vacation | E | 118,749Summary: There’s something weird about Beacon Hills that Stiles can’t quite put his finger on. The way everyone in town knows his name the day he arrives. The way they insist the melancholic howling that echoes through the forest every night is just a dog. The way his dad denies getting a dog, even though Stiles comes home to find one sprawled across his bed, some big black thing whose eyes gleam red in the right light. The way that massive oak tree out in the woods vibrates under his touch, pulsing with sickly life.There’s something weird going on in this town, and Stiles is determined to get to the bottom of it. tags: #alivelaura, #magicstiles, #slowbuildI Know A Thing About Contrition | E | 14,457Summary: Exactly four people had responded to the advertisement Derek had put in the local newspaper. En-suite room for rent at 14b Woodburn Street. Non-smokers, please. Contact Derek at blah blah blah- he wasn’t exactly optimistic.Stacey was sweet thirty-something and a very good candidate. Quentin was a college student who seemed a little stuck up, quite frankly, but was apparently an astronomy major, so Derek didn’t think he’d be seeing much of him. Tim was an accountant, and seemed like a top guy if not a bit dull. All good candidates, Derek knew.But Stiles. Stiles was something else. tags: #futurefic, #supernaturalstiles

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lycanthropos:

Werewolves are Known

Dating Backwards | E | 85,826 | warnings
Summary: Pornstars Derek and Stiles work for the same company. Derek only shoots with werewolves and Stiles only shoots with humans. That’s not going to change after they meet. It’s really not. (It might.)
tags: #pornstars, #slowbuild, #alivelaura

What I Did On My Summer Vacation | E | 118,749
Summary: There’s something weird about Beacon Hills that Stiles can’t quite put his finger on. The way everyone in town knows his name the day he arrives. The way they insist the melancholic howling that echoes through the forest every night is just a dog. The way his dad denies getting a dog, even though Stiles comes home to find one sprawled across his bed, some big black thing whose eyes gleam red in the right light. The way that massive oak tree out in the woods vibrates under his touch, pulsing with sickly life.
There’s something weird going on in this town, and Stiles is determined to get to the bottom of it.
tags: #alivelaura, #magicstiles, #slowbuild

I Know A Thing About Contrition | E | 14,457
Summary: Exactly four people had responded to the advertisement Derek had put in the local newspaper. En-suite room for rent at 14b Woodburn Street. Non-smokers, please. Contact Derek at blah blah blah- he wasn’t exactly optimistic.
Stacey was sweet thirty-something and a very good candidate. Quentin was a college student who seemed a little stuck up, quite frankly, but was apparently an astronomy major, so Derek didn’t think he’d be seeing much of him. Tim was an accountant, and seemed like a top guy if not a bit dull. All good candidates, Derek knew.
But Stiles. Stiles was something else.
tags: #futurefic, #supernaturalstiles

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Teen Wolf Recs: Mid-Summer Sterek Recs [1/3]

marguerite26:

Weave Soft Spells Over My Sight (As Thy False Eyes Do) by AgnesBlue

Stiles/Derek | 51k | Pg13

In which Stiles has been living with the Hales for a few years as their assistant and friend. He needs to deal with Derek, who keeps coming to Stiles with bruises and cuts to be treated, while trying to figure out what the elderly alpha of the Hale pack is up to.

what fourth wall where by bleep0bleep

Stiles/Derek | 2k | R

Derek is an actor on a popular TV show who strikes up an unlikely friendship—and maybe more— with Stiles, a fan artist, when they meet at Comic Con.

Stunt Butt by otter

Stiles/Derek | 5k | R

The whole thing starts with Stiles’ naked body, which is, apparently, “perfect.”

The Time Traveler’s Prerogative by weathervaanes

Stiles/Derek | 9k | NC17

After the events of “117”, Derek doesn’t magically transform back into his twenty-five-year-old body. Instead, he’s stuck as a sixteen-year-old for an unknown amount of time. So the pack has to learn to deal with it.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation by grimm

Stiles/Derek | 118k | NC17

There’s something weird about Beacon Hills that Stiles can’t quite put his finger on. The way everyone in town knows his name the day he arrives. The way they insist the melancholic howling that echoes through the forest every night is just a dog. The way his dad denies getting a dog, even though Stiles comes home to find one sprawled across his bed, some big black thing whose eyes gleam red in the right light. The way that massive oak tree out in the woods vibrates under his touch, pulsing with sickly life.

There’s something weird going on in this town, and Stiles is determined to get to the bottom of it.

notfknapplicable:

cypheroftyr:

feministbatwoman:

rifa:

brsis:

ahandsomeshark:

Kaldrick X The Lawyer

#it’s like the slash fandom’s nightmare or something #two dudes who aren’t white and are actually canonically hot for each other 

i need this in my life what is it

ROUGH KISSES!

WHAT IS THIS I WANT IT THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL

I think from the tags it’s LA Complex

Reblogging because of those tags!

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agentotter:

amarilloo:

caseylalonde:

ponderpretties:

The Deer God is a breathtaking 3d pixel art game that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills.”

You play as a stag, it has pretty music and everything is so so pretty.
This game is beautiful and you should pledge on its kickstarter- it has only a month remaining!

Correction - 7 Days. 5k from goal.

$3,500 to go in a week!

This looks so great, I would play the hell out of this game. They’ve exceeded their initial funding goal now and have added a bunch of stretch goals; there’s still 6 days to go to contribute for cool rewards and whatnot.

Teen Wolf Recs: Mid-Summer Sterek Recs [3/3]

marguerite26:

But Then What… by Stoney

Stiles/Derek | 23k | NC17

Senior year is almost over, and all Stiles needs to do is keep his head down to survive. A teacher calls in a favor, leaving him stuck tutoring Derek Hale, one of the most popular jocks in school and a member of a group of douchecanoes who have bullied Stiles for years. He’s someone Stiles totally hates. Totally. Like, doesn’t like him even a little bit. DEFINITELY isn’t attracted to him.

Except that is a total lie. Fuck his life, seriously.

The Best Part of Camping by sheafrotherdon

Stiles/Derek | 3k | NC17

When Derek’s injuries mean he and Stiles can’t get away for the weekend, Stiles takes matters into his own hands.

Take Me Back to the Start by TroubleIWant

Stiles/Derek | 4k | G

“Hey, buddy,” Stiles says, tone placating. “What’s the last thing you remember?”

“I dunno,” Derek says, looking surprised at his own voice. He squints in concentration and then hazards, “School?”

“Interesting,” Deaton says faintly.

Stiles feels something like panic settle into his stomach. “Wait then…do you remember how old you are?”

Derek looks at him like he’s an idiot, which makes everything seem normal for a moment. “Fifteen,” he answers, with a little questioning lilt implying ‘duh.’

So, actually the opposite of normal.

my heart’s been offline by thepsychicclam

Stiles/Derek | 59k | NC17

31/M/New York. Rich, lays in bed all day, likes to read (aka Derek Hale, son of an Oscar winning actress, brother of one obnoxious reality star and one rebellious fashion designer, hates the paparazzi so much he’s a recluse)

26/M/California. Boring office job, likes to read (aka Stiles Stilinski, co-owner of a 100 acre organic farm with his dad and two best friends, writer of obits for a newspaper, has absolutely no life)

Or, where Derek and Stiles meet online, and Stiles has no clue Derek’s part of a famous family.

Other posts in this series: [1/3], [2/3]