Hmm I think brighterthanroses and I had initially said ~14ish ish ish. Hard to say right now… at least that long, though =)
We will sing to you, Doctor. The universe will sing you to your sleep.
My God, have you seen yourselves? You all think you’re so clever, don’t you?
I recently changed my URL (formerly tvjunkie56). So in celebration of the change & because I think all my followers are freaking awesome, I thought I would do my very first Follow Forever! Let me share with you guys the blogs that I love! Thank you all for making my Tumblr dash as alive as it is with all your fantastic posts and edits. Mutuals are Bolded.
amystiel, arthurpendragonns, atimelordswife, badwolfrun, badwolf-and-hertimelord, badwolfreborn, blaidd-drvvg, blueboxtraveller, burningupasun, cooltennant, cryingmanlytears, dalekdays, expelliarmus, fadewithfury, followhertowonderland, fogsblue, floor500,
silentdimension, s-tuffoflegend, tennantliciouss, tenxrosetyler, teute-in-the-tardis, thexlostxgirlx, thedoctorxrosetyler, tinyconfusion, the-untempered-prism, thiswandcouldbealittlemoresonic, trenzharose
YESSSSS!!! (I realised I was even tracking your Spring Conditions tag, hahahaha :P ). Bring it on KD! Can’t wait to read it :D
Yay I’m so glad you’re looking forward to it!! =D AND OMG I DIDN’T REALIZE ANYONE WAS TRACKING THAT YOU JUST KIND OF MADE MY DAY! I got it back from beta, will edit it tonight, and will post in the morning! =D
My top piece of writing advice is as follows: don’t listen to writing advice.
OK so I’m half-kidding lol. Honestly, my top piece of writing advice is that the best way to become a better writer is to write. Write as much as you can, as often as you can. Make it a habit. No matter how bad or unwieldy you think it sounds—get it down. You can always edit it later. First drafts are often terrible, and please don’t be scared of that—that’s where editing comes in. The only way you will ever know what your writing voice is, is to go ahead and write. Just trust that eventually, with enough practice, your voice will let itself be heard, and will be honed as you (and your betas, which I recommend) see fit to help refine itself into a beautifully-tuned instrument.
My second piece of writing advice is to get a beta, or a handful or betas. Not just people who will read your stuff, say it sounds great and maybe fix a misspelling or two—but people who will push you on characterization, point of view, effectiveness of your prose, and word choice. EVERY writer can stand to have improvement, and betas can really help with that. Personally I have my regular beta, plus a few pinch-hit betas for “specialty” areas that I think I need more work on.
My third piece of writing advice is to push yourself. If you get comfy writing, say, drabbles—push yourself and write some one-shots. If you’re terrified of writing AUs or multichapters—then go ahead and do it. Write them. Who cares if they’re not great at first? That’s what piece of advice #1 and #2 are for. Surround yourself with people who will push you—like betas—but “people who will push you” should include yourself, too!!
But like I said up top, a big piece of writing advice I have is—don’t listen to writing advice (I was only half kidding after all). Writers (probably me included lol) sometimes talk in absolutes. “Never” do this, “always” do that, etc. I’ll pick on Stephen King for a moment here—one of the things he’s famous for is for admonishing against the use of adverbs—which has even left Neil Gaiman scratching his head. Yet some people adopt this as if it were The Word from on high lol. And why is that? Sure sometimes an adverb might not sound great—but sometimes it lends needed texture. What made him the Arbiter of All That is Good? He’s an old white dude who is famous for writing primarily horror novels—yet the people here who often cite his book like a bible are young, multicultural women who aspire to write in the romance and young-adult genres. Some of his advice is spot on (‘you can do it!’), some of it is kind of laughable (‘the first draft of a book should take you no longer than 3 months’—George RR Martin and JK Rowling beg to differ—or, well they would, if they bothered to give this crappy, random statement the time of day lol). So… please take ALL advice with a grain of salt. Including mine =)
Happy writing!! =D
… a person whose AUs I like even more than my own, who told me that the reason they started writing AUs in the first place was because they were inspired by my AUs. That felt amazing.
You know who you are I just don’t want to call you out lolol.
I shared a snippet of a ficlet once with some people, saying I hoped it wasn’t bad, because it was written for someone whose work I respect highly. One of them responded: “I wouldn’t say it’s bad. It doesn’t suck.” I forget the exact words but you get the drift lol.
THANK YOU NONNY!! =D
Right now I am in the middle of writing a collab (The World Moves Beneath Us) with the epic brighterthanroses about TenToo finding out about—and doing questionable things trying to prevent (shh spoilers haha)—Rose’s death. Other than that… I would love to collab with my former beta, yet still dear dear friend zazie11, on a post-Doomsday, pre-Journey’s End fic from Rose’s POV =)
The one where RTD is still the head writer for DW =)