do you ever come up with a story in your head and you’re like ‘OMG THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING IN THE HISTORY OF EVER I THINK I’LL WRITE THIS’
but then you don’t know how to write and its just
ALL THE FUCKING TIME
all my plot bunnies
all of them
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. (via riverran)
#mary shelley #this quote though #it’s all kinds of wonderful #hey remember that time one asswipe was like you have 30 seconds to name something invented by a woman… #…and Mary was like SCIENCE FICTION MOTHERFUCKERS #that was awesome #thanks Mary Shelley (via snappily)
And the next time someone starts claiming that teenage girls have ruined the horror genre with romance or whatever you can be like, hey dicksmack, teenage girls and romance built your genre so sit the fuck down. (via sharpestrose)
Mary Shelley fucking invented your favourite genre motherfuckers. You owe her Kirk and Vader and every goddamned thing Joss has ever done that’s made you cream your pants. Created when she was a teenager cause, hey, that’s how she rolled. She took love and showed it as the powerful, terrifying, all-encompassing, ruthless, wrathful thing it is. (via piinboots)
And I would like to add:
I just felt suddenly like I had to write and say craft is the enemy! You could labor your whole life perfecting your “craft,” struggling to draw better, hoping one day to have the skills to produce a truly great comic… If this is how you are thinking you will never produce this great comic, this powerful work of art, that you dream of. There’s nothing wrong in trying to draw well, but that is not of primary importance.
What every creator should do, must do, is use the skills they have right now. A great masterpiece is within reach if only your power is strong enough (just like Green Lantern.) Just look within yourself and say what you have to say.
Cezanne and Jackson Pollock (and many other great painters) were horrible draftsmen! It was only through their sheer power to be great that they were great. The fire they had inside eclipsed their lack of technical skill. Although they started out shaky and even laughable, they went on to create staggering works of art.
This letter is not for the established creators… they’re hopeless. This is for the young bucks and does… let’s kick some fucking ass!
Reminded of this by a post on my dash.
Do you ever think it’s funny that we have our fanfics so carefully beta’d and brit-picked, but it is in no way standard practice to have gay men check them for sexual realism?
There’s actually a lot of commentary out there by gay men about fanfic, some of it quite brutally…
Oh, look! Something I have an opinion about. So the thing is, for me and all the grains of salt that come with that, explicit slash fic is not unlike any other kind of fantasy sex. It’s not (generally speaking) meant to be completely realistic. It’s a fantasy; it’s supposed to be fantastical and a bit unrealistic. Just like the heroine in a typical romance novel has an amazing orgasm the first time she ever has sex, we write two guys having anal sex as if bowel movements don’t exist, and blowjobs in which condoms are unnecessary and the other person comes so hard they see stars, every time. It’s not realistic, and thank god for that. Sometimes real sex is amazing, but usually it’s just… Sex. It’s great and fun and playful and stress-relieving and it feels good, but it’s just sex.
So why not make it something extraordinary in fic? It’s fun! Guys who can come while being fucked and don’t lose their erections? Why not? Sounds great! Just like the heroine who has a multiple orgasm every time, even without her clitoris being touched, ya know? That may describe your typical sexual experience, but it doesn’t describe mine.
So yeah, self-lubing asses (outside of Omegaverse) are ridiculous, and for the love of all that is holy, please don’t write surprise!rimming - a certain amount of cleanliness is required for that - but for the most part, I say bring it on. :-)
I agree with the above inasmuch as I’m all for fantasy sex, not necessarily realistic sex. Gay-porn-for-women is about what (some) women find hot to contemplate, not necessarily about what’s realistic OR what’s fantasy-hot for (some) gay male readers (because of course there’s a range there too.) But MAJOR TMI coming up…
Oh does it fucking peeve me when people talk about women writing about anal sex as if women never do it. I think I will continue to write “surprise rimming” …in part because I have done it and it’s been fine.
There’s something that really burns me about this and always has, this tacit assumption that my own firsthand experiences somehow don’t count as a source of sexual realism for slash at all, even though most of the sex I’ve had, there’s been a dude involved and I was kinda paying attention.
So from my POV as someone who’s done the thing I was just advised not to even write, let me give my own advice: If you think it’s hot, write it. If you’re worried someone is going to take your fic as an exhaustively researched, definitive guide to the relevant sex practices, add a note in the header for ‘unrealistic sex’ and go to town.
P.S. Don’t worry about making the cocks too big, either. I once saw a (note: noncon) porn story refer to a two-foot-long cock and it wasn’t in fanfic. If this realism issue bothers you, I suggest taking a stroll through the gay male stories on Nifty, a wondrous journey through day-long dozens-of-dudes everhard orgies that has certainly left me rolling my eyes at complaints that slash pairs never lose their ten-inch erections in a mere hour or two of sex.
…you really, really want to write something, but there are no words in your brain! Gah.
I don’t get writer’s block, but sometimes I go through weeks where I think about things to write and then just stare at the screen and wonder where the words have gone. Fie.
This. I’m never stuck for ideas, I can always come up with stories, but committing them to words starts to feel like an impossible grind and every sentence I write sounds like the dumbest thing ever composed in the English language