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1. Are you a writer, beta or cheerleader? I’m a writer primarily.

2. Will you be working on a single project or multiple projects? Does project mean story? I try to work on one fan fiction at a time.

3. Are you participating in any fests, exchanges or challenges? Not at the moment.

4. What is your goal (wordcount) per month? I don’t have a wordcount goal per month. I write my rough draft in person, and my goal is write at least one third of a page every day. The longest I kept this project going is nearly 8 months, but that was a couple of years ago. Now that I’ve graduated I’d like to continue this project though.

5. What are your project(s) about? (If it's a secret, we understand) I have the beginning of a weird H/D fanfic. Its working title is “Hogwarts’ Knight Bus For the Troubled.” It’s about post-war Harry’s knight bus picking up 14, 15 and 16y/o Draco Malfoy. It’s as if the knight bus sometimes goes back in time because Draco during his 4th, 5th, and 6th year sometimes needs shelter, since his home is infested by Voldemort’s allies. This thing, Voldemort setting up HQ in Malfoy manor, made me think that Draco's arrongance could have been a facade to hide his growing uncertainty and horror for Voldermort and his followers. By discovering this, Harry would then find Draco-in-the-present and have a heart-felt conversation with him. I still have to work out how romanticism fits this outline. I know, it sounds so weird.

6. Is there anything else you want us to know about you? I’m used to work alone so please excuse my ignorance of the workings of fan fiction communities in LJ. I’m curious about how this works, how is it possible to write in a community, what am I supposed to do here, etc. So please talk to me as if this were the first LJ fan fiction writer community I'd like to join because it’s absolutely true.
 
 
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)
 
 
30 October 2017 @ 12:00 pm
hello my fellow writers,
to another dose of writing info you might not need, desperately want, or never even expected to be there!



  • Giving your character a Pet - The hidden Benefits is as a source a rather bad one because really the author does way to much self-marketing and does boast way to much about herself, BUT it can spark some thought, because the actual points you might be able to find there, are interesting to consider: how one would give a character a pet? which pet it should be? what sort of description is needed? what sort of gain is there to be had (though honestly i think that the author herself never really thought about that because her ideas are just way to obvious).
    so my verdict, give it a try it might be worth it, but please do not expect too much.


  • writing by the seasons as a short read about tge typical behaviour of the seasons, with some advice on how to use them. we as a lucky fandom with hp_drizzle of course know already of the awesomeness of the season/weather and the influences it can have, but as autumn is coming to an end, i feel it my duty to at least point you to one source about it


  • the right way to torture your characters is for all you angsty authors out there. this is a quick and easy read that tells you why angst is so amazing, and what the angst in your story can/should do. and yes angst is awesome! go angst XD







all the best! see you again next month!
may the muses be with you!
and remember all words are good words (even the words that are gone due to edition!)





do you want more tips on one certain topic that i so far completely ignored? (i am posting here what catches my fancy in hope to motivate you to get words down- so if you have something you need to know or read or be motivated on, let me know and i shall dig around the net trying to find something for you)
do you have a tip you want to share, but are thinking: "meh"- just pm me or write me a mail smirkingcat[at] yandex. com and i shall check it out and include it in a future post [with your name or without it]
 
 
Current Mood: coldcold
 
 
 
09 October 2017 @ 12:00 pm
hello my fellow writers,
to another dose of writing info you might not need, desperately want, or never even expected to be there!


  • Vanessa Riley's Regency Life is a page where you can find out stuff about the regency era, and it has some interesting articles there, but BE WARNED they take some digging, i just thought i would it include here, so that you have a page you know which might have some infos you need- no promises though!


  • Writers: How to beat procrastination and finally finish that story is a 3 tip page to stop worrying and start writing. it is for beginners and off-putters but with all the stress going on for us, i thought we might need a quick reminder to get the words down too - and if you follow her link to the seriously powerful writing technique i am sure you wont regret that either


  • How to describe a Place is a short piece telling you about what is necessary and where pest to put descriptions of places. i found it quite useful as i always struggle to keep it at balance myself.





all the best!
may the muses be with you!
and remember all words are good words (even the words that are gone due to edition!)



do you want more tips on one certain topic that i so far completely ignored? (i am posting here what catches my fancy in hope to motivate you to get words down- so if you have something you need to know or read or be motivated on, let me know and i shall dig around the net trying to find something for you)
do you have a tip you want to share, but are thinking: "meh"- just pm me or write me a mail smirkingcat[at] yandex. com and i shall check it out and include it in a future post [with your name or without it]
 
 
11 September 2017 @ 11:00 am
hello my fellow writers,

after a long break i am back with more resources for you!
i figure this busy time of the year is the best to jump right in, so just welcome
to another dose of writing info you might not need, desperately want, or never even expected to be there!



  • Flashback in Books goes down to explore how one is best to tackle flashbacks and has some nice examples. while it has no real rule to it, it gives a very understandable guideline for writers.


  • as the writers are getting busy alphas and betas are too, here is a nice blog for all of us to remind ourselves what we look for: 10 weaknesses to look for when revising your manuscript
    as the author notes it is not a complete list, but i find it a very good starting point for what to search for not only in my own writing but also when i check stuff for others. bonus tip: filler words and each and every writer and story has their own. really sometimes in one story it's : "their" and in another story it was:"soothing" so try to become aware of them, not just in your own work, but also in the work you read for others.


  • and last bot not least: Dread writing sexy scenes: 5 tips for success is a quick read that can get you over the struggle to write sexy scenes. this is a recurring theme as i struggle a lot with it so i go and search for help and so far no one complained ;)





all the best!
may the muses be with you!
and remember all words are good words (even the words that are gone due to edition!)





do you want more tips on one certain topic that i so far completely ignored? (i am posting here what catches my fancy in hope to motivate you to get words down- so if you have something you need to know or read or be motivated on, let me know and i shall dig around the net trying to find something for you)
do you have a tip you want to share, but are thinking: "meh"- just pm me or write me a mail smirkingcat[at] yandex. com and i shall check it out and include it in a future post [with your name or without it]
 
 
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: my dishwasher - it makes quite a rhythm today i dont know way
 
 
 
Original title: Tutorial: Placing HTML tags around all similarly Formatted words at once (in Word)

Tutorial created by megyal. [Original DW post here] Re-posted here on hd_writers with permission, original images provided by megyal.

The images were re-uploaded on LJ since Photobucket is no longer free to use / hotlink with images.

Listed below is the method for all LJ/DW users to use html in their fic - if they write their fics in Microsoft Word. I know it has been tremendously useful for me when I first started writing fic, before I'd moved on to Google docs. This works for Microsoft word program on a computer only (doesn't work online as in one drive, etc...)

I’m also posting this here so MODS can direct their new members here, if they want to list this as a “resource” along with phoenixacid’s HTML FORMAT Guide.

This is mostly a re-post. I take no credit for all the hard work!

Tutorial: Placing HTML tags around all similarly Formatted words at once (in Word)Collapse )
 
 
22 May 2017 @ 10:00 am
hello my fellow writers,
to another dose of writing info you might not need, desperately want, or never even expected to be there!



  • 8 Things Writers Forget When Writing Fight Scenes is pretty self explanatory and somewhat of a theme today- because i found this gem and the one below and thought i would share it with you.


  • How to write a Fight Scene is a good read when you want to start thinking about writing action scenes- and there is a link to the longer version of the article. but what i liked about the introduction is how it made me thing about what i enjoy in action scenes, and which action scenes speak to me.
    cat goes on a rantCollapse )
    tl,dr: fandom and books are awesome- movies (since the late 2000) baaaaad.


  • The medieval Agricultural Year is a very interesting read about what and how things were done in the old age. it was short but with a list you can check out if you are interested in, and the author even went so far and provided a "year plan" filled with activities your characters would have done in the months back in those days. for now i dont have a usage for that info, but i also do not regret knowing it.





and as a extra today i have this fast and smart graphic for you:


click on image to see it in full size


all the best! see you again next month!
may the muses be with you!
and remember all words are good words (even the words that are gone due to edition!)



do you want more tips on one certain topic that i so far completely ignored? (i am posting here what catches my fancy in hope to motivate you to get words down- so if you have something you need to know or read or be motivated on, let me know and i shall dig around the net trying to find something for you)
do you have a tip you want to share, but are thinking: "meh"- just pm me or write me a mail smirkingcat[at] yandex. com and i shall check it out and include it in a future post [with your name or without it]
 
 
 
 
08 May 2017 @ 12:00 pm
hello my fellow writers,
to another dose of writing info you might not need, desperately want, or never even expected to be there!

you probably think i have forgotten about this feature of mine- i haven't, but truly being me right now is being stressed, exhausted and bad with time-tables, lets all hope that this will calm down one day! so lets go:


  • 20 Things to give your Characters, that will make them more vivid is a list of thinks you can think about while you put your characters together. i personally would advice you if you write horror/mystery/dystopia to stay away from 3 + 4 those are overdone- really everyone should stay away from those but sometimes they might fit still - just not in horror, never in horror!


  • How to write a Kissing Scene in a Romance Novel is all about the big kiss and getting it right. and therefore very useful to brush up on, right? well, at least you wont do any harm reading this, that much I can actually promise you


  • What you need to know to write about PTSD is a quick and dirty run down of the basics you need to understand to write about that- also check out the comments! they are worth it!




all the best! see you again next month!
may the muses be with you!
and remember all words are good words (even the words that are gone due to edition!)





do you want more tips on one certain topic that i so far completely ignored? (i am posting here what catches my fancy in hope to motivate you to get words down- so if you have something you need to know or read or be motivated on, let me know and i shall dig around the net trying to find something for you)
do you have a tip you want to share, but are thinking: "meh"- just pm me or write me a mail smirkingcat[at] yandex. com and i shall check it out and include it in a future post [with your name or without it]
 
 
01 April 2017 @ 09:09 pm
Hello all my lovelies!

This is just a little check in from me.

How's everyone's year going so far? What's everyone up to?

Are we still an active, happy comm?

Basically, comment below with any updates you've got.

Are you still active in the fandom, or just happy reading? What would you like to see going on here? Some writing challenges?

Do you use the word wars that go on? Have you signed up for anything recently, or have any deadlines fast approaching you're worried about?

Would you like to rec something fantastic you read recently? Or have a fest to share with other people? Or simply need a rl rant?

Comment below and tell Aunty Raven all about it.

Sidenote: hd_writers srsbzns chat over on chatzy is still very much active if you ever feel like dropping in. (It's not always serious, but we do hold sprints still.)
 
 
Current Mood: Relaxed
 
 
17 March 2017 @ 01:26 pm
The Writer’s Tune-Up Manual by Craig A. Hart



One thing every writer wants is the opportunity to improve their craft, to hone their skills, and create the most dazzling prose possible. The Writer’s Tune-up Manual is just what you need. Maybe you’ve been away from the game for a while, struggle with a certain aspect of writing, or perhaps you just want to put your skills up on the rack and give them a good tuning.

The exercises in The Writer’s Tune-up Manual are more than just writing prompts; you can find those anywhere. No, The Manual gives you a real opportunity to flex your literary muscles by laying out detailed, often difficult assignments. Nobody said that becoming the best writer you can would be easy, so roll up your sleeves, flex your fingers, and get ready to take your writing to a whole new level!


Link here

If you do check it out, feel free to comment here for others to know what you thought of it! If you have other ideas of things we can do on this community, feel free to share them with us! Have a great weekend! and Happy Writing!