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My Little Ponies: Like 4-H, But for Weirdos |
You could get away with anything, if you made it fluffy and pink enough. You could destroy the whole world, as long as you were willing to cover it in glitter first.
nf  article  f:Seanan_McGuire  f:MLP  writing  meta 
february 2017 by esther_a
melannen | The Importance of Siblings
Interesting discussions about world building and population dynamics.
nf  id:melannen  writing  meta 
april 2016 by esther_a
egelantier: and count every beautiful thing we can see
but i should probably add, non-spoilerly, that the world is sort of on the... fluffy? side? not in the sense of solid worldbuilding -- that was actually very well done -- but in the sense of tone. like, addison/monette apparently explicitly set out to write clair as opposed to noir, so it's a world where a lot of the characters are good and can be won over by goodness

(apparently clair vs. noir distinction belongs to addison - truepenny herself, as pertaining to goblin emperor writing process, but as it's something i always wanted to formulate and couldn't, i'm stealing it with all due respect).
nf  meta  writing  books  f:Sarah_Monette  f:GoblinEmperor 
october 2014 by esther_a
Diane Duane, The Doctor Made Me Do It: "Meetings On The Stair"
A surreal moment in the dark long ago triggered a reflection on writing for young readers and the ethics of handling the fantastic that remains something of a mission statement for me. With the 50th anniversary of everybody’s favorite Time Lord upon us, I thought I’d post it here.
nf  meta  writing  f:Diane_Duane  'tumblr 
november 2013 by esther_a
40. Listener Mail - and A Quiz! | Blog | Smart Bitches, Trashy Books | Romance Novel Reviews | All of the Romance, None of the Bullshit.
Why the Pink Books are Shelved in Fiction/Literature or Welcome to the Wild and Wacky World of Publishing
nf  books  writing  meta 
january 2013 by esther_a
What Happens Next: A Gallimaufry | PSA: Your Default Narrative Settings Are Not Apolitical
I’m sick to death of historical accuracy being trotted out as the excuse du jour whenever someone freaks out about the inclusion of a particular type of character in SFF,...
Almost uniformly, in fact, it seems as though such complaints of racial and sexual inaccuracy have nothing whatsoever to do with history and everything to do with a foggy, bastardised and ultimately inaccurate species of faux-knowledge gleaned primarily – if not exclusively – from homogeneous SFF, RPG settings, TV shows and Hollywood.
nf  meta  writing 
december 2012 by esther_a
branchandroot | Allegory of the fic-cave
Now, I think the Allegory of the Cave is a useless bit of self-congratulatory twaddle, when it comes to models of human perception in general, but it does seem to have some particular applicability to written fiction.
nf  id:branch  writing  meta 
march 2012 by esther_a
james_nicoll: In which I disagree with a luminary of SF
As convenient as it would be for authors, if a detail in a story disrupts willing suspension of disbelief, the flaw is not in the reader.
nf  writing  meta 
december 2011 by esther_a
X Never Marks the Spot - You keep using that word: on "Mary Sue"
As I see it, there are 3 differing but related definitions for "Mary Sue":
nf  id:x-parrot  writing  meta 
december 2011 by esther_a
executrix: Meta: Original Sins
It's hard to take a principled stand on behalf of semi-literate terrible writing, but I honestly don't see why it's worse to write a dreadful LOTR story *with* Frodo's violet-eyed raven-tressed cousin Sparklesilver Baggins (third cousin! so it's OK for them to get married!) than *without* her.
nf  writing  meta 
december 2011 by esther_a
megwrites | The point - several miles of wooshing air = their heads.
The thing is, it's not enough to say "oh, but we also wanted these straight characters reduced/cut out/etc" and then think that it's enough. Because it feels a lot like the intention argument and the "but I did this to a [insert privileged group] person, too!" arguments I am beyond weary of.
nf  YesGayYA  diversity  writing 
september 2011 by esther_a
facetofcathy | Digging deeper into the queer Young Adult books issue
Everybody and their cat posted a link to the Genreville post about two authors being asked to de-gay a character in a YA book.

Here's some reactions and resources from the internet epoch that has passed since that post went up:
nf  YesGayYA  diversity  writing 
september 2011 by esther_a
Dangerous Jam - The Agency Has Come Forward
The unnamed agency in our previous post has chosen to present their perception of the exchange. We confirm that it was the agency we referred to. We stand by every word we wrote in our original article.

We did not wish to name them, because we preferred to focus on the larger issues. We did not spread rumors about them, and we don't know who did.
nf  YesGayYA  diversity  writing  queer 
september 2011 by esther_a
Dangerous Jam - Say Yes to Gay YA
Sherwood Smith and I have a post up at Genreville, about how an agent offered to represent a YA novel we'd written on the condition that we make a gay character straight or remove him from the book.
nf  YesGayYA  diversity  writing 
september 2011 by esther_a
leftoverresearchquarterly | Recent Entries
A place to info-dump the cool stuff you learned researching a piece of fiction.
nf  comm  writing  research  'dwth 
may 2011 by esther_a
hradzka | the Bechdel Test: mechanical approaches
There are a number of issues involved in why a lot of properties fail the Bechdel Test, but on the mechanical front I think two major issues are 1) Stock Roles and 2) Need for Contrast.
nf  writing  meta  feminism  id:hradzka  fandom 
october 2010 by esther_a
The Nature of Musing
Muses. Imaginary Friends. Characters.
nf  meta  writing  id:branch  fandom  dead-link-alerts 
october 2010 by esther_a
maculategiraffe | Writing from the hips
I guess my point is that I think "id fic" is a good description of what doesn't work about Stephanie Meyer's work, on a literary level and even for a lot of her fans who are disappointed in Breaking Dawn-- but I also think it sort of unfairly maligns the id, which is a really important element in fiction and which should be listened to. Just not obeyed implicitly, yanno? You should write from the hips, but you shouldn't stop there; you should write from the hips on up.
nf  writing  meta:id_fic  meta  fandom  id:Maculategiraffe  'dwth 
august 2010 by esther_a
Rules for Anchorites - The Lost World
Just know, from here on in, when someone says their show isn't science fiction when it obviously is, what they mean is their show isn't good. Lies do not become us, gentlemen.
tv  sf  meta  writing  nf  fandom 
may 2010 by esther_a
Making Light: A brief note on linguistic markers
Certain words and phrases are like little genetic markers for scammers. Here’s a non-exhaustive list, non-exhaustively explained
writing  meta  language  nf  fandom 
november 2009 by esther_a
keerawa: Fanfiction for Dummies and My Writing Manifesto
I write fanfiction because story-telling is too important to leave in the hands of the professionals. Because Ianto lives, Milady was the most interesting character in ‘The Three Musketeers’, and people are still telling the Epic Love Story of Kirk and Spock forty years later. Because actions have consequences, emotions don’t reset a week later, and I’ve never seen someone piss on network TV. Because queering mainstream media is good for the soul, and there’s just not enough good character-driven kinky porn in the world.
meta  writing  nf  fandom 
july 2009 by esther_a
cupidsbow: 'Clichés and the id: a map to fictional seduction' by cupidsbow
Something I've been mulling over for many years now, is how the lizard brain influences writing. Over the last few months several things have fallen into place, and I can finally express my ideas about the power of clichés and the importance of the id.
meta  writing  meta:id_fic  nf  fandom  id:cupidsbow 
may 2009 by esther_a
zvi_likes_tv: This is a paradigm shift
My point is, the idea that a piece of writing is isolated by the boundaries of its page or its volume is completely untrue on the web. And writing a connected, unbounded document requires a different way of organizing your thoughts, an assumption that people aren't going to read what you write in isolation, or straight through, or only while holding a vague idea in their head of what happened that other time you're kinda sorta dancing around.
writing  meta  internet  nf  fandom 
march 2009 by esther_a
FerretBrain: The Precise Moment I Stopping Reading City of Bones
interesting point about the differences between fanfic and profic
meta  writing  nf  fandom 
october 2008 by esther_a
Ink Burns » Some Popular Styles of Writing Sex
There are three main categories of style that spring to my notice, when I read how fans write lemons, though it does extend to general style, too.
meta  writing  sex  nf  id:branch 
august 2008 by esther_a
resonant8: 'Moonlighting' syndrome
You can write a long-term relationship that still has the romantic and sexual tension you need to keep the sex sexy. Not many people do, but you can.
writing  romance  nf  id:Resonant  'dwth 
august 2008 by esther_a
Girl Cooties
The Girl Cooties Theory of Genre Literature, as applied to sf and fantasy.
meta  writing  SF  feminism  humor  nf 
may 2008 by esther_a
ursulav: The Gospel of Judas
"Christianity would not be notably improved by inclusion of a gospel where Jesus turns into a teenage girl with a telepathic unicorn pet."
writing  meta  religion  nf  id:ursulav  fandom 
march 2008 by esther_a
ursulav: Sadness and Sadism
There is obviously a sadistic streak in writers, and it's kind of scary how fun it is sometimes, when you feel you've really earned it.
meta  writing  nf  id:ursulav 
march 2008 by esther_a
ellen_fremedon: Slash shock, shamelessness, and a rec.
Because pro writers either have some shame, and relegate the purest, most cracklicious iterations of those stories to drawerfic that their workshop buddies will never see, or else they're shameless. But they usually have to be shameless alone-- and so their versions are written so solitarily that they don't have any voice of restraint, to pull them back from the Event Horizon of the Id Vortex when it starts warping their story mechanics.
meta  essay  writing  meta:id_fic  nf  fandom  id:ellen_fremedon  dead-link-alerts 
january 2008 by esther_a

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