"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.
bought a super neat book about clocks last night which prompted this pen drawing… planning a better & more intricate one when i have time!
Anonymous: Can you recommend other doctors blogs (including your same muse)?
1st - thefirstintimeandspace
3rd - thedandydoctor
5th - fifthx
6th - sixthoncomingsassystorm
7th - fightingeldergods
8th - adelicatethread
War - veteranofthetimewar
9th - spookyleather, hesaidonlyoneword-run
10th - theta-x (AU), hauntedtrainers, the-tenth-will-see-you-now, bananaconverse, timeywimeyten
11th - nooneunimportant, the-11-doctor, ask-xi (AU), goodmenhavenorules
There’s a ton more, so I’ll probably end up updating this later, but this is what I’ve got off the top of my head.
"Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first."
— Steve Irwin (1962 - 2006)
I hope you haven’t already heard this but…
I went to a convention today and attended Jenna Coleman’s panel and I thought you’d like this funny anecdote about Peter she told us.
The Doctor Who crew were filming late at night at an abandoned railway station (probably talking about Flatline) and they only had 15 minutes left to shoot and they couldn’t find Peter (he has a habit of wandering off from the set).
Peter finally showed up on set, but he was soaking wet! The make up department was furious!
The reason for that is that he was wandering around the station and saw a red button and pressed it.
It turned out to be button for a shower!
That seems so much like something the eleventh Doctor would do XD
She was tired, but she refused to go to her room at the moment. She refused— first, she was too lazy. Second, she was cold. Susan snuggled further into her Grandfather’s side, yawning. “You’re nice and warm.”
"Bit of both. I’d be lying if I said y’weren’t a twig." she said, laughing softly. She gave a slight shake of her head before closing her eyes, staying put. "Night, Grandfather…"
He smiled. “G’night, Susan.”
With a peck on the forehead, he scooted so that the two of them were comfortably propped against the seat. One of the perks of being a Chronarch with another Chronarch was the feeling of the double heartsbeats, that four-beat that reminded him that he wasn’t as alone as he’d thought.
Though it wasn’t normally a perk, the species’ touch telepathy came in handy in a moment such as this, where he gently placed his hand onto hers and thought, making sure that she heard:
I love you.
The silence around them was enough to even make Ten drowsy. To be fair, he hadn’t slept in a few days… Well, if six were a few. With a yawn, he drifted into slumber.