A Day in the Life

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Stiles Stilinski Appreciation Day? A day to appreciate Stiles? Stiles the skinny, weak, vulnerable human? The guy who won’t shut up and thinks he knows everything just because he’s smart and researches and is great at retaining information and is amazingly observant? You mean the kid who stupidly doesn’t run away when he’s supposed to and instead sticks around to save lives—including my life, on more than one occasion? Who constantly puts others before himself as if it’s nothing, as if it’s just so damn easy and not even a question to him? THAT Stiles? And you think a DAY is enough?
Derek Hale, probably (via cursedtruth)

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catastrophic-fallen-angel:

bakasara:

deansgayangelman:

rioliv:

Like,how could Crowley knock twice if he’s not alive?????

Winchester logic

WINCHESTER LOGIC

Crowley probably took so long to knock because he was trying to figure out how that made any sense

I think it might have been more of a “you better be alive, so there better not be two knocks! So by there being no knocks at all, he’s willing to assume Crowley is just being stubborn and choosing to not knock. Just my thoughts.

(Source: mooseleys, via angelicagilbert)

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Anonymous asked: WHY DOES NO ONE UPDATE THEIR FANFICTION. I'M ABOUT TO WRITE MY OWN FUCKING FANFICTION BECAUSE NOBODY UPDATES. *cries silently*

booasaur:

tersaseda:

peaceheather:

starrizlightning:

mildredandbobbin:

snapslikethis:

I am probably the wrong person to ask this, anon, because I don’t have much sympathy for this type of complaint.

I’m going to gently (but not too gently) correct the mistaken assumption you have that authors owe you fanfiction in what you perceive to be a timely manner.

Let me tell you, as a fanfiction author, that I wish I could give you all a new one-shot every other day and a multi-chap update every week.

I know many others who wish the same, but can’t.

Because, you know, we have lives.

Real lives. Like in the real world. With real commitments - school to graduate, jobs to go to, both of which we need our sleep for. We have families and boyfriends who demand (and deserve) our time and attention. We have sports teams we may be committed to, projects we’re involved in, or organizations we ally our time and resources with.

And sometimes, an author may have a free day and just wants to sleep in.

Because fanfiction writing is a hobby.

A cathartic and fun one, yes, but a hobby just the same. 

And as such, that hobby, therapeutic and fun though it may be, doesn’t get first priority. Or second. Or third. Or sometimes fourth.

I’ve known one author who basically left the fandom because of the pressure to update quickly and how aggravating that sense of entitlement, I know another who almost left, but didn’t, aun I see asks for the big fandom authors (Jules and BC) weekly asking when will you update? next chapter? how far along are you? spoilers?

For the most part, authors are all super gracious and kind. Because no fanfiction author is hoarding a completed chapter and deliberately withholding it to be mean. Readers are awesome and bringing happiness to someone else’s day-that’s the best compliment, right?

But to get an anon asking where in the hell the update is….that doesn’t help at all. It actually sucks the joy out of writing. And when there’s no joy, it usually—well, it usually sucks.

I’m not telling you how to feel about the subject, but really?

Please, do go write a fanfic. Come up with a plot or a concept, write a rough draft to flesh it out, edit it, maybe rewrite it, find a beta and send it to them, get it back, look at their suggested changes versus your suggested changes, edit it again, send it back to the beta again, maybe scratch entire scene or plotline,  make sure your characters are in character and saying and doing the things they ought to be doing in a way that makes sense and is also compelling to read. Do all that, and post them and maybe get no reviews, or bad reviews. And do it again anyway, because you enjoy doing it.

But you will very quickly see how long it takes—how involved the process can get—because most of the people I know want to want to post work they are proud of, work that takes effort, and can’t (and shouldn’t) be whipped up overnight.

In terms of word count-a hundred thousand words-which is what most multi-chapter fics are-those take real time authors, who do it for a living as their primary income, months and years to complete. And that’s with a fleshed out concept, dedicated time to complete it, and an editor to help the process along.

Your favorite author may be stressing about finals, or working on the third draft of a chapter that just isn’t coming together right, or god forbid, having a relaxing day in the sun.

Like that’s her choice and she will post it when she can and she probably wants it posted, too.

So patience, dear. Have some patience. And go write a oneshot.

You know what’s more encouraging to an author then ‘when’s the next chapter’ or ‘update quicker!’ - leaving positive feedback about what you liked about the last chapter or the story as a whole (be specific!) - because sometimes the author is having a long dark tea time of the soul and just seeing a reminder of what’s good about their story can help them remember why they were excited about writing the story in the first place, and feel enthused enough to get back into it.

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As a writer, I am an unabashed review whore. I don’t mean that I will blackmail readers and say stupid crap like “I will post the next chapter once I get ten reviews!” because that’s childish and manipulative. But I do mean that a good review can make my whole week and will definitely encourage me to write more and write faster. It’s a reward feedback system, pure and simple. I write, you review, I get a little ting! of pleasure, I want to write more and get more reward. I get insecure when I don’t see a lot of reviews, even though I know it could just be a lack of traffic or a small fandom, or the middle of a holiday when none of the usual readers are around to actually look at my work. I crave those reviews.

As a reader, therefore, I’ve decided it’s only fair to leave the sort of reviews that I personally would love to see on my own fics. I don’t just say, “nice chapter!” although that can certainly be part of it. I try to say things like, “oh MAN, the suspense here is killing me and I can’t wait to see how you resolve it, i love love love the way this character just completely shot down that other character who was being a jerk, it was perfect and way overdue for that jerk,” and so on.

^^^^All of this.

Seriously. I’ve read so much fic but only recently started leaving feedback, partly because I followed so many writers on tumblr and saw how the reviews (or the lack thereof) affected them, and partly because I occasionally post photosets myself and like going through tags, however mild or incoherent, so I somewhat understood that feeling. And that’s not even a fair comparison, photosets usually take not nearly the effort that goes into stories, but tend to get reblogged and shared with such a wide audience so quickly.

So after realizing what I appreciated about the tags, and why they seemed so much easier for people to add, and putting that together with what the various authors I followed said, I realized that a review wasn’t nearly the Big Deal that I was making it out to be.

Not leaving comments had nothing to do with laziness and everything to do with my own fear of making a bad impression, of bothering the writer somehow (I know!), of not leaving as thoughtful a comment as the fic/writer deserved, of being unoriginal. Yeah, forget all that.

There are authors who love interacting with their regular readers and who get into analytical discussions with them, and maybe you’re intimidated by that, but I SWEAR, there is not a single one out there who won’t appreciate just a “EASODIFADNAD I LOVE THIS”. But you can just say what you liked, what stayed with you after you finished. A quote, a character trait, if the characters were in voice, how you’d always wanted to see that particular plot. I know I’m terrible with this, I just can’t think of the words, but it’s not a checklist of compliments you need to go through, just think of how you’d describe it to a friend if you were recommending it.

It really, really makes a difference.

omg all of this!! As a fanfic writer, I can tell you, and my boyfriend can confirm, the minute I see that I have gotten a new review on one of my stories, my heart RACES. Like, I can feel the rush! And then I’m so nervous to open it, just because it might be harsh criticism and I’m bad at reading that (needless to say criticism is welcome on my stories, but I’m just always so nervous about finding out I’ve let down one of my reading in a big way). So when I finally open the review/comment and read it, and it’s from someone saying that they love the story/character/plot/idea I literally SQUEE! I sit on the bed and wiggle my arms and rock left to right, a huge smile on my face… I smile for so long, my cheeks hurt! And I clap my hands and go ‘yeeeeeeeeeeee’ and my b.f turns to look at me to make sure I’m okay.

And I do recognize the names of all the users that repeatedly comment, I look forward to seeing a new review from them, hoping that the latest chapter has met their expectations once again. Hoping that they’ve left another comment because I’m still doing an awesome job!

I do occasionally get a comment saying, I loved this, update soon please!!!! But I always read those comments as ‘I’m so excited, I can’t wait to read more, please please please don’t forgot about this story!!’ because I know that’s what I’m always thinking when I’m waiting for an update. I love all of my readers because I’ve never felt pressured to finish up a chapter (well, not pressured by my readers… I pressure myself a LOT!). I have also occasionally gotten an ask (very nicely) inquiring as to if I was still working on my Dramione stories (since it was a VERY long hiatus….) and I was like omg I know.. I’m awful… writer’s block!!! But I promised I still loved the story very much and would see it to the end.

So now that I’ve started writing, I can appreciate reading fanfiction so much more. I’ve always been one to comment, because I know that there is a real live person on the other end of the screen working hard to write for our enjoyment. But now, after experiencing more in-depth comments on my work, I realize that the more you leave, the more the authors enjoyed it. I was one of those readers that thought, oh if I leave something long, they might get annoyed… or I only just started reading this…. and if I comment on every chapter (like 15) they are going to have so many messages…. I was very self conscious about always annoying the people around me… But comments always make my day, no matter how long or how short, or how many times they decide to comment. I love it all!!!!!

Readers, please continue to be patient with us. I know so many of you do understand that we have other commitments and your understanding is what helps us love what we do =D

Much love <3

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