Anonymous asked:
There is a movie based off a topic I want to write on? Can I still write about it or does it fall under copyright infringement

You can’t copyright topics or ideas.

Anonymous asked:
Do you have any resources on prisons? United States prisons, to be exact?
No matter how progressive, liberal, or politically and socially astute we think we have become, everyone living in the United States (and elsewhere, for Dahl was certainly not American) has been affected by ideas about which children can be — and cannot be — viewed as innocent. Of course, in the Enlightenment, and afterward, there are examples of dark-skinned peoples being viewed as noble savages. However, the prevailing cultural script that has been handed down over the generations is that some children are more innocent than others. We notice this, but we are not encouraged to speak it aloud, because the construction of childhood innocence on foundations of race is something that is implied but never spoken, lest we offend others.

from The Dark Fantastic: “Why is Rue a Little Black Girl?” - The Problem of Innocence in the Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Read this. ALL of this. 

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Along the same lines as an earlier ask: What male characters would you like to see less of in fiction?


I saw the really useful response the other day on, effectively, female YA genre tropes. I did notice you have something up about common male stereotypes but is there anything about the YA genre that people need to stop doing when it comes to boys/men?

1) The enigmatic super special boy is a male character I’ve talk about many times before. From an old post:

The one character that I hate the most is the brooding, pale, enigmatic, possibly abusive teenage boy. This character exploded in popularity after Twilight came out and now he’s everywhere. He’s rude, he doesn’t have ambition or motive, he’s abusive, he’s manipulative, he tries too hard to be cool, and, for some reason, he keeps harassing the female protagonist until she falls in love with him.


He hates everyone and never talks to his classmates, but suddenly he’s intrigued with the female protagonist despite her being practically invisible. He opens up his world to her (or she intrudes) and suddenly! her life changes and this mysterious boy will protect her forever while abusing her at the same time.

The problem with this character is that he never suffers for his actions. There are no consequences for this behavior. Everyone worships him or lets him get away with anything and everything. This promotes unhealthy and abusive behavior as romantic or desirable. 

2) The jerk genius who gets away with everything. This character can be female, but that is rare. The jerk genius is the arrogant guy who knows everything and who humiliates and manipulates other people because “they deserve it” for not being as intelligent. They’re written as desirable and as cool. They have no manners, they disrespect boundaries, and they’re rude in most aspects.

If you write a jerk genius, please write in the consequences of being a jerk genius.

3) The Gary Stu. It’s rare that I find Mary Sues and Gary Stus as I define them and when I do they’re usually written by writers who are inexperienced. But lately, I’ve noticed that the Gary Stu is showing up in YA fiction. Everything about them is perfect. They’re always right about everything and nothing they do is shown as wrong or a mistake. They look perfect, they sound perfect, either everyone loves them or hates them/is afraid of them (and they’re usually the enigmatic super special boy in the latter case), and they’re often a side character that the main character ends up viewing as the perfect human being.

4) The tortured hero who pushes everyone away with cheesy lines that sound like they’re from an 80s action/sci fi movie. If you’re writing a great warrior who suddenly falls away from society because a friend died in battle or through other means, you’re not writing a great warrior. Your character, if trained in combat or war or something else, will probably be aware that death is probable in certain situations. They probably know a lot of people who have died. Pushing everyone away so that they’ll live is a pretty narcissistic move on your character’s part if they think they’re just so unlucky that death only shows up when they’re around.

This character never overcomes their faults or fears. They don’t change throughout the story and at the end (or when they leave if they’re not the protagonist), they walk off alone. Their first appearance is what I find most annoying because they show up all angsty and tough, claiming they work alone while the naive protagonist chases after them, only to almost fall in a trap that the author uses as an opportunity to show how seasoned this new character is and to show how incompetent the protagonist is.

This character doesn’t need to disappear, but they definitely need to be more developed and they need to go through some changes.

5) The male version of the “virgin vs whore” trope is really annoying. One boy is the enigmatic super special boy with a dark side and an element of danger while the other boy is kind, generous, warm, a “good influence”, and sometimes referred to as “brotherly”. There’s often a female character between them and these two characters fight throughout the entire story. They’re complete opposites and they never really change over time.

6) That gay character that is 1) a stereotype, 2) Super Masculine Man who is closeted/bullies gay people/is used for comedic effect, or 3) in the closet politician who is having an affair. It seems like all gay men fall into one of these three categories in mainstream media.

Hey, I was just wondering if you had been made aware of the ilys beta kickstarter, Pure Writing Flow by Michael Gurevich. I think I previously saw a link to ilys on this blog and I have found it useful so i was curious to any opinions on the beta kickstarter. thanks :)

I think I reblogged something about it before, but here it is again.

For those of you who have a problem with editing while you write, ilys doesn’t let you edit until you reach your word count goal.

Anonymous asked:
I want to make a story where at least the main characters' genders aren't really specified. What do I do about pronouns?

I would say use “they” because other pronouns are specific to binary or non binary genders.

Anonymous asked:
Hey there. I'm currently writing a short story where a man has been pushed into an alternate world of some sort (possibly hallucinatory). And the story follows him throughout a day where he starts to see through the cracks. He will later find instructions that say "Do you want to get back to your real life?" I was wondering about different ways to show him realizing that something is off, instead of repeating one way throughout the story.

A lot of things can happen. In The Truman Show, a light falls from the “sky”, the protagonist sees his dead father, and a bunch of other subtleties start to seem out of place. Other times these types of characters see glitches in their world (like in a video game) or something else that breaks the world, no matter how subtle, causes the character to notice more and more abnormalities as time goes on.

I don’t know how your world works so I can’t give specific examples to use, but try to think of things that wouldn’t happen in that world. When you character starts to realize that the world is odd, he might try to test it by doing something that would be considered abnormal. These abnormalities can be seen in dialogue, character actions, the weather, electronics and appliances, or even the setting itself.