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By day, Mid is a mild mannered IT monkey, but by night it is asleep. Somewhere in between is always trying (and failing) to write, spending way too much time on Youtube, poking at puppies and playing games. Definitely old enough to know better about a lot of things.

The gifts of my genetics are never ending.

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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This is so important

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attacx-on-taylor:

Gravity Falls is the only show I’ll watch on Disney Channel anymore and here’s why

attacx-on-taylor:

Gravity Falls is the only show I’ll watch on Disney Channel anymore and here’s why

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builttobulk:

onlyfitgirls:

Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture. 
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This is just.. Super impressive.

builttobulk:

onlyfitgirls:

Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture. 

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This is just.. Super impressive.

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I wish I didn’t murder ideas before they can become stories.

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philllcoulson:

I’LL SWALLOW MY BLOOD BEFORE I SWALLOW MY PRIDE { When everything is falling apart and all of your demons are becoming alive. }
"it’s a good thing you never feared flamesbecause suddenly you’re burning alive”

Burn Burn - Lostprophets // Soul Wars - Awolnation // Higher & Higher - The Blackout // The Knight’s Lullaby - Distortion Mx // Bad Blood - Bastille // Here We Go - Lower Than Atlantis // Bad Moon Rising - Mourning Ritual // Would You Still Be There - Of Mice & Man // Ancient Hymns - Dysposium // Let The Flames Begin - Paramore // Run Boy Run - Woodkid // Riot - Three Days Grace  // The World Calling - There For Tomorrow // POWER - Kanye West // Room To Breathe - You Me At Six

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

philllcoulson:

I’LL SWALLOW MY BLOOD BEFORE I SWALLOW MY PRIDE { When everything is falling apart and all of your demons are becoming alive. }

"it’s a good thing you never feared flames
because suddenly you’re burning alive”

Burn Burn - Lostprophets // Soul Wars - Awolnation // Higher & Higher - The Blackout // The Knight’s Lullaby - Distortion Mx // Bad Blood - Bastille // Here We Go - Lower Than Atlantis // Bad Moon Rising - Mourning Ritual // Would You Still Be There - Of Mice & Man // Ancient Hymns - Dysposium // Let The Flames Begin - Paramore // Run Boy Run - Woodkid // Riot - Three Days Grace  // The World Calling - There For Tomorrow // POWER - Kanye West // Room To Breathe - You Me At Six

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

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demonologys:

you people should  learn about the goetic demons like for example:

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this is prince stolas, he is a long legged owl demon who teaches knowledge about astronomy and herbs to anyone who conjures him

whats not cool about an owl demon

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miisswtff:


A Fin whale carcass the bears have been feeding on for the past year lies beneath the surface of the water, Svalbard, Norway.

HOLY SHIT 😻😻😻😻😻

miisswtff:

A Fin whale carcass the bears have been feeding on for the past year lies beneath the surface of the water, Svalbard, Norway.

HOLY SHIT 😻😻😻😻😻

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caninewild:

nymski:

agameofwolves:

Source.

The meat dance

always reblog the meat dance

caninewild:

nymski:

agameofwolves:

Source.

The meat dance

always reblog the meat dance

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notactuallycute:

orangutayylmao:

diazrar:

i cant get over these pictures omg thats some rl disney bullshit right there

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notactuallycute

As mentioned in the last post I answered, cheetahs and dogs are actually okay! As long as it is done by qualified people and for conservation purposes of course. These particular photos are from the Cheetah Conservation Center at Columbus Zoo.

- Fei

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wolveswolves:

Wolf in Hayden Valley,  Yellowstone National Park
By Steve Stuller

wolveswolves:

Wolf in Hayden Valley,  Yellowstone National Park

By Steve Stuller

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