So I’m starting a fanfic but I’m scared it will be cheesy or poorly written. Are there any tips you have for writing or even things I shouldn’t do when writing a long fanfic?
as someone who has written many cheesy and poorly written fanfics in my time, and enjoyed doing so immensely in my continuous youth (looking back and seeing flaws in your writing is a standard part of getting better as a writer, tbh):
write the “bad cheesy thing.” so often the difference between ‘cheesiness’ and something being emotionally poignant is the sincerity of the author and of the audience to accept that maybe we all do really have a lil love in our hearts. and for the pieces i do look back on and shudder at, i can still see what i learned from them. for the pieces i write now that i’m not entirely happy, it’s still good for me to practice writing without grand ol’ Inspiration
that being said, the one thing you should do?
is write the indulgent shit. post the indulgent shit. have fun and start projects and only finish some of them, even if you post all of them. you don’t have to finish everything you start and you don’t have to like everything you write. you just have to write
i look back on some things i wrote at 16 and sometimes they’re rough as hell, and other times they hold up surprisingly well (to the point i’ll able to lift scenes or paragraphs and slot them into a rewrite draft). it’s a mixed bag and never really stops being one.
it’s awesome and amazing that you’re starting something new, so just do your best to give yourself permission to create and try things out. if you’re worried about something being poorly written, you could write a piece (or a first chapter) and leave it for a week or two, and then reread and edit it and tweak things if you want. i don’t personally edit my work bc fanfic is my relaxation time, but tons of people do and it’s a very valid (and good) thing in terms of building that editing muscle
my biggest tip is to just have fun and be passionate about what you’re writing. champion your stuff, write what you want (even if it’s “niche” or “unpopular”), cut yourself plenty of slack, and keep on giving it a shot. you’ll see results way faster than you think
and if you are interested in more writing advice (and more specifics which may be helpful) you can check my tag out here! and feel free to send in any more questions at any time <3
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I've a plot bunny about a Rayllum zombie apocalypse AU, but I'm not sure how to plot or outline a multi chapter fic. What advice do you have for new writers wanting to try tackling a project that's more than a one-shot?
The main difference between a oneshot and a multi-chaptered fic is honestly Pacing. You can have an idea and stretch it out over 6k or 20k and call it a oneshot. You can also have an idea and stretch it out over 20-30k (or hell, even just 12k) and and have it be a multi-chaptered fic. I have read some very long oneshots and some very short multi-chaptered fics, but both worked because of the pacing.
Don’t get me wrong — length undeniably matters in a multi-chap — but it’s really just a matter of spreading out ideas. Chapters are just an elongated collection of scenes (or even single scene, sometimes) in which something has to be different at the end than it was at the beginning, even if it’s something small. I write my scenes with a similar mindset, which is: What is the Point of this scene? Of this chapter? What has to be communicated? Why is this scene or chapter here?
It’s why often times in multi-chaps, I’ll have a metaphor in the back of my head for a chapter that is like, my guideline of what I’m working towards. I lean more on this technique when I know the way the story is changing - character, plot, or relationship wise - is some kind of epiphany or turning point, like a character strengthening their resolve.
Which is to say there are three types of chapters:
Establishment: set up, setting, daily routine, building a dynamic and letting it stagnate for a while
Transitionary: The in betweens, similar to set up, but strengthening that dynamic or plot beat or character arc and usually doing set up for
Change: the realization or decision, even if it’s just two characters realizing they’re becoming closer, or that they need to figure out a plan (if it’s a cliffhanger) or figuring out the plan
These chapters can all overlap - as typically a oneshot actually has all three of these in one - but a multichap tends to repeat this pattern over and over again until the work is complete, hence why they’re longer and are divvied up into different chapters in the first place. And speaking of length...
My biggest tips in terms of elongation is considering
Action: the Thing that happens (a fight scene, a choice, a realization, aplot beat, etc.)
Reaction: breathing room for characters to process and reflect and react to what’s just happening to them, how they feel about something they’ve done or realized (or what someone else has done or said)
Typically I try to stagger these with every Action having a Reaction. They don’t have to be equal in length (i.e. the reaction can be Short) but is important to have both there, especially if you want to draw something out.
Tips for Outlining (+ Plot?)
I try to know the gist of my beginning and my ending. Neither has to be something specific, but whether I know I want a happy ending or a bitter ending is important to my outlining (pacing & plotting) process. My idea for the ending, even of the emotion I want it to have (say bittersweet) can change over time (like to happy, or sad, etc.) and that’s totally normal and fine. But having some idea, even if it changes, does keep you from getting writer’s block because you’re not sure where you wanna go.
I always make a list of like the ideas or concepts I know I wanna include in a work. It could be a line, or a scene (something angsty, a love confession, etc.), or even something vague like “this character gets hurt at one point and other character gets worried about it.” It could also be super specific or really vague. But what my little (or long) brainstorm list gives me is a blueprint I can then use to build a plot outline, i.e.
Characters meet in a zombie apocalypse: do they get off on the wrong foot, fast friends, or a matter of convenience? [Establishment & Action + Reaction]
Characters bond however I want them too, or maybe they still don’t get along [Establishment + transitionary, Reaction]
Something happens to shift their dynamic, maybe “something angsty”? [Action + Change]
They think about the shift and how it’s changed them [Establishment + Reaction]
no clue what happens here!! you don’t have to know and can build as you go for however many lil bullet points as you want
Then, Character A gets hurt and Character B worries about it [aka Action & Establishment, possibly even Reaction + Change if one of them realizes that they would die for each or something]
another large stretch of “????” bullet points if u want
Chapter ??: love confession
One of the benefits of having a list (and ignore what’s in the square brackets, that’s just an added demonstration) is it gives you a bunch of little points and wishes to connect, so instead of going from Point A to Point Z, you can go from A to J to P to Z, etc. The rest of the gaps get filled in while writing, I find. It also means I won’t forget little or big things I wanted to include, like headcanons or ideas or stuff like that. Outlines save your life and brainstorming sessions just mean exploring what you think is interesting about the idea, all the different places it could go, and keeping what you want to keep and throwing out (or reconfiguring) what you don’t.
TLDR; when it comes to writing any work, but especially a longer work, a sense of direction has been personally what’s guided me through multi-chap fics and longer original works (my 156k first draft of my second book, i’m looking at you). I hope it will help carry you through yours and that this was helpful in some way <3 Happy writing/brainstorming!
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Hi I’m a massive fan of your writing, it’s so interesting and unique with the way you write characters like Zhongli and God reader. So I want to ask how you come up with your amazing ideas and how they’re so original. Thanks and please keep creating amazing work.
AAHH,, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! i love coming up with new ideas. the process of brainstorming stories and where they might go is almost more enjoyable than writing the story itself.
i’m still somewhat surprised with how well-received god darling is?? i liked the idea a lot but i wasn’t sure if it was too specific. seeing all the feedback has warmed my heart! i have a lot of asks relating to god darling and yan zhongli i want to get to, i think there’s lots of potential for expansion.
i wish i could give better insight into my creative process but it’s mostly just me making stuff up and tweaking as i go. for yandere, i’ll ask myself something like,
“What things other than threatening physical violence could get a darling to feel stuck?”
“How much could a darling ‘mess’ with their yandere before there is retaliation?”
these things are what normally get me to come up with my favorite ideas. the first gives more possibility to explore ideas with certain characters, like what unique aspects of them could ensnare a darling. whether it be contracts, putting them in debt, blackmailing, manipulation, or whatever else.
the second opens the door to lots of possibilities. darling taunting the yandere but stopping just shy of getting in deep trouble, stuff like that. i think that situations like this are interesting since you’re so on edge the entire time. i try to write darling’s who aren’t Completely stupid or so elusive they can get away with whatever and the tension is lost as a result. darling’s who play it smart but also work the cards they’ve been dealt wisely. this is what i keep in my mind the most when developing concepts and stories!!
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Writing advice from T.E. Lawrence to Ira T. Jones, T.E. Lawrence By His Friends.
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ISEKAI - Terrible Writing Advice
Need more Teacher archetypes in the isekai harems.
Favourite quote: “Now that was close, we almost had some narrative tension for a moment.”
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I absolutely love Plottr and use it to plot and outline all my writing projects. I can view multiple aspects of a story at once, I can create notes and tag characters, along with creating actual character bios. The program can do more but these are the main uses I get out of it. Plus I can export my project to Word to keep track of my word counts~
I have no followers so idk who will see this but
hey writeblr how do you decide what to share of your writing? Are you allowed to post things you might publish someday or is that like a legal issue? Or do you just share small snippets at a time?
that’s part of why I’m hesitant to share anything. It probably won’t ever be published but the what if worries me :S
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I have such a hard time writing anything that’s not like, trying to be profound. It feels like anything that’s not galaxy-brained and mind-blowing is just somehow a waste of time. I know, logically, that it’s not, but I always wind up asking myself “What’s this piece of writing doing? What is its purpose? Who is going to even get anything out of this?” Like it’s somehow not okay for a piece of writing to just be okay?
This plays very well with this creative habit I have where it is physically painful for me to have a WIP. There’s some part of my brain that simply doesn’t allow for a review/revision process and it drives me mad, because I know that almost every work that’s worth anything has gone through many iterations and revamps. This is a lot of the reason I really like the early work of The Mountain Goats, I know that John Darnielle’s process was like that. Get the idea down, record it, done, move on. Strike while the iron’s hot basically.
I still have an outline and a half of some works of fiction I’ve been wanting to do since about 2015? My brain just will not follow through. (I think this is ADHD related? Not sure) It is profoundly frustrating.
Anybody else have/have had this problem? Got any advice? I have found some writing prompts that I think I want to have a go at and see if that shakes things loose. We’ll see what happens.
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To survive, you must tell stories.
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Dog back at it again with an excerpt from a story no one knows anything about but only really have to know that it’s about werewolves and mountains.
It wasn’t gentle, how she forced her own gaze up, body reigned by a shake so violent it throttled and wobbled each thought. A mental cloudiness beaten and braided into every instinct, every note of her being, didn’t lift but flickered long enough to throw out a tether for her to latch onto in order to fight through the heaviness of this hazy madness and hurt and encroaching mental snap which vowed to cut her to the quick, drain her dry of this remembrance of a life beyond the mountains and trees in spite of how she was clawing back to it with every gasp of a hopelessly wandering heart.
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Hello! I didn't think i'd actually post anything like this but,, this is mostly out of fear that my phone will die in a mysterious way and I'll loose all my progress, so i said "Fuck it, why not". So i present to you- my marvel au! (aka Winged knights au) I will be posting more information on all of it and why it is called the Winged knights au, but for now you'll get some of my notes copied. here we go!
As Fable mourned for a long time, eventually it did get better and they even went out of their room and said hi to others, eventually even joining them for food. They did distract themselves with training that was offered up to them by their leader and their friend Eleanor. even if they had no interest in becoming a winged knight, it did occupy their mind and body. (Sometimes they still did slip up and got distracted.) Some days they still went to hide into their room, even crying for hours,they lost a very good friend that they realised they loved, after all. :(
(which took about... 5-6 months.)
But after almost 10 months, it did get suspicious. No one was mourning anymore at asgard, or that's what they saw from their point of view from the winged knight base. Fable decided to take a trip to asgard, in disguise (illusions), since they weren't sure if they could show their face there. And they did get to see that they were right, no one was really mourning. They retrieved into the base and came up with a plan to sneak out at night and try to get in the library, to find anything helping them in finding out if Loki lives.
They found some clues that Loki might be alive after searching, it took a long time since they (the clues aka documented sightings or things simmiliar to it) were meant to be hidden,most probably by Odin orders. ( took about 3-4 months)
In their research they also found out that odin is a liar, a very shitty person in general.
(Plus actual history of Frost giants and their culture.This is important since Fable will encourage Loki to accept his culture and help him explore it!)
They found out his real heritage and that his mother was a frost giant,which... is very ironic. Other things too, like Loki being a frost giant that got stolen as a infant,which made them pissed and eventually almost discouraged to continue, 'if only they knew back then and tried to make it easier..'
( ;__; they become even more sad that they couldn't have been there for Loki basicaly.)
Eventually they bumped into Frigga, the queen of Asgard.
They panicked the first two times thinking that the Allmother saw through their disguise but she showed no signs of doing so, they were relieved even though they wanted some of her comforting words.
(spoiler: She did see through it, but where would Loki get his skills at masking emotion?)
Frigga did approach them on their fourth time they saw each other and politely asked if they wanted to join her for a walk in the gardens.
(And who are you to say no to the Queen? She's intimidating.)
When Frigga ordered her guards who followed her to stay behind and went further into the gardens, she spoke "I know it's you Fable." not looking them in the eyes, just looking ahead while standing next to them. Fable turned to Frigga with wide eyes... actually it did really make sense but they were still surprised. (Idk what to write next but Frigga told them she's happy to see them, almost everyone though they were dead apparently. Then she asked what they were doing there. Fable did explain and Frigga helped them get acess to more guarded books with information they needed.)
They found out after a long time of research that Loki, in fact IS alive.
Although this going out and gathering information at Asgard or other sources became their 'famous' "sneaking out and not getting back for days therefore worrying their parents".
(Their moms did not adopt Fable yet, but eventually there was a running joke that they were their guardians,from worrying so much and you know what? they said "fuck it, might as well become them".)
After gathering enought information, they decided to go find him.
They had to tell their moms and their leader the truth behind going out at questionable hours and not getting back for some time. It took a lot of convincing but they get the permission to go.
Finding Loki though, that takes much more time.
The first time they went out, they were determined, excited to see their friend and were very energetic. The second time not so much, it's not fun looking for someone half the universe apparently hates or has issues with.
Not sure how much time it took, but their first reunion was after Thanos died, which i this universe is earlier. (i will think of how early, i promise. It's definitely like a year early.) Then there was a second reunion where Loki had to break Fable out of prison.
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You Should Feel Safe With Your Own Boyfriend
You should feel safe with your own boyfriend. The world is a terrifying, disgusting place, especially for a woman. If you are in a relationship, your boyfriend should be your safe place from all of the misogyny and violence going on outside of your front door. With him, you should feel at home. You deserve to be with a man who respects you and makes a genuine educated effort to be a stronger person and make your immediate social environment safer.
Our society conditions men to think and act in certain ways around each other, all of which contribute to the overall bullshit that women have to face on a daily basis. As a woman, you already have to deal with the disrespect from strange men on the streets, with their objectifying eyes, threatening hands, and ignorant mouths. When your boyfriend looks, touches, or speaks to you, it should always feel like these actions are derivative of love, rather than lust, superiority, or control.
You should feel safe with your own boyfriend. He should respect and encourage your voice, and your desperate need to speak out against the stomach-wrenching conditions of this world that women have to live in. He should stand beside you, holding the microphone. Even if he doesn’t completely understand where you are coming from with all of the things that you say, he should understand the severe importance that you say them, and help you to be heard. He should believe in you enough to attempt to make an example of himself for other men to follow. He should know that with loving you, comes the responsibility of being your one safe place in a world of darkness.
You should feel safe with your own boyfriend. He should know that the presence of his Y chromosome shouldn’t be the one defining factor between the two of you that dictates why he can walk around without his keys pressed between his fingers, and not have to worry about having to defend his life in the short distance from the driveway to the house; or whether or not the pants he puts on in the morning would be too easy for a stranger to slip off against his will. He should understand and be terrified and frustrated by how easily he could have been the target of these everyday threats if only his body had developed slightly differently in his mother’s womb.
You should feel safe with your own boyfriend. He should use his fingers to lift your chin and wipe away your tears, not to pull triggers or point at you when bad things happen. He should understand that these terrible things are a reflection of the sick, damaged society we live in.
(C) Gina Clingan 2018
Originally published on Thought Catalog
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Worldbuilding: Designing a magic system
What makes a good magic system? What makes magic system at all? As discussed here there are two types of magic systems: soft and hard (or a hybrid of the two).
We won't be going too deep into specifics for each, but there is a lot of overlap! As ever, take what you want, ignore the rest 😉
Rules or limitations
Even soft magic systems can have limitations. Magic can't bring back the dead in Harry Potter, but practically everything else is open. In Mistborn, a hard magic system, part of the limitations come from the metal used and how long it will last.
So what limitations and rules are on your magic system? Does it use up energy? Does it impact upon physical or mental health? Is it purely elemental? What are the limits to your system?
Once you've established the limits of your magic system, be consistent! Your readers will now have an understanding of the magic, and see through any weak attempt to back out of, or stretch, your rules. Stick to them, but if there is a way to break them, make sure your reader understands how and why this is done. Otherwise you might lose them.
Brandon Sanderson's 3 laws
You've probably all heard these by now. They're a set of 'laws' Sanderson made for himself for making magic systems. Whilst you don't have to stick to them, I do think they're helpful.
An author's ability to solve conflict with magic is directly proportional to how well the reader understands the magic
Simply put; if your reader doesn't understand your magic system, it's not going to work when you go deep.
Limitations are more interesting than powers
Explore how the limitations and cost of the magic can impact and influence the plot and the characters. Magic is cool, but restrictions that make things difficult are cooler.
Expand what you already have before you add something new
Readers love crisis, we love intricacy, and we love problem solving. Instead of fixing it with another power, find a way to fix it with what you already have.
And that's it for now. How do you make your magic systems? What's your favourite limitation in an already existing system?
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(or potentially dubious advice)
Take what you’re afraid of—spiders, global warming, drowning, whatever—and write about it until you understand it. You probably won’t be any more or less afraid of it, but now you’ll know why and what to do about it.
Take what makes you angry—I mean truly righteously furious and vengeful as an archangel—and write about it until you understand it. You’ll probably make yourself more angry in the process, but at least it won’t be stuck inside you anymore.
And finally take what makes you happy—makes you grin and giggle and dance around in excited circles when no one’s looking—and write about it until you know you’ll never forget it. Because you don’t need to understand happiness.
This one is fundamentally harder because we’re taught to be audience-centric when we write and, while there are a fair number of nearly universal fears and vexations, we’re always afraid what makes us happy won’t make everyone else happy—and we’re right.
But writing, real, good writing, isn’t about complacency and the safety of universals. It’s about taking the things that make you shake to your bones—in fear or anger or happiness or sorrow or grief or—and making sense of them, giving them shape.
So, yes, write about what makes you afraid and write about what makes you angry, but write about what makes you happy too because sometimes the fiercest act of resistance is blinding kindness and joy and love. If anything, writing is about rebellious authenticity.
is there like... any legit way to get tips/commissions for fanfics without getting into a ton of legal trouble? corona support is really getting cut back in my country soon and i can write well (my drawing art is a hobby and not good enough for comms) and it’s the one skill i have confidence in i could freelance for, but it seems there’s a lot of pitfalls you have to dodge compared to art commissions
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For the Hispanic ask, first where are they from like which country, what generation are they (eg are they an immigrant or are there parents immigrants, etc), do they live in the US or another country. I think biggest disclaimer is typically hispanic/Latinas are displayed as mean, overly sexual or poor (sometimes all of the above) so I'd try to steer clear from that. Typically latin American men or masculine aligned people are portrayed as aloof or uncaring which is a negative stereotype which is often tied to being a criminal. Best advice is researching and picking a cultural background so you can narrow it down.
(2/2) Continuation of the Hispanic ask, also Hispanic doesn't automatically equal person of colour so first you should figure out whether they'd be Afro-latina, brown or a white latina. They can also be of Asian descent keep that in mind as well. Hispanic just means you're from a Spanish speaking former colony. Another to keep in mind is religion since that can change depending on country. While most of Latin America is heavily catholic/Christian that doesn't mean they have to be, they can belong to another religion.
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Creating Fantasy Races: An Introduction
Hey everyone, Abby here with another post! Today we’re talking a bit about world-building, and specifically your world’s intelligent species. Let’s hop right in!
Let’s start with some definitions.
I’ve made a post in the past about creating new species in your world, and here’s what I want to start with. Within the context of this post, I’m defining race as any variation of an intelligent species for ease of language. That in mind, you will want to have your species developed.
Some Basic Questions to Start
There are some aspects that you just have to answer questions for in order to develop. Here are some basics for you to start with:
What is the origin species?
What defines a different race? Skin color, abilities, some physical marker? Something non-physical?
What is most known about this race as a fact?
What is most known about this race as a stereotype?
Are there any common variations within this race?
For Dungeons and Dragons players, think about the Dragonborn race. Different scale colors don’t mean a different race, but they do mark different abilities.
There may be common variations in appearance, like different eye colors or heights, that don’t have any other meaning. Just regular physical variation!
Are there any skills or other characteristics specific to this race?
What distinguishes this race from other races that may exist in your world?
How much interaction is there between different races?
Are there any areas of the world that each race tends to gravitate to?
Are there different expected life spans for each race? If they are different, why?
For example! In the RPG I’m working on, Journey to Valeria, there are two races in the Steerean species: shallow and Reclusive. They share a similar origin species, but different characteristics have created other aspects enough for them to be considered different races. As a result, I’ve developed them as two separate races with their own characteristics.
Go ahead and compare this to some aspects of DnD as well! The game does an awesome job of distinguishing between races and making each one unique, and I find that looking at things in context helps me a lot.
Write out what you think is important.
You, as the creator of this world, are also its master. What things outside of just answering questions do you think is important to know right off the bat? For one of my races, I wrote about camouflage in the environment and some elements of magic because I think those are things important to the development.
These could be topics like:
Associated cultures or religions
Temperaments, if applicable
Strengths and weaknesses specific to this race
And anything else that you think is important. As I’m developing the races on Steere, I’m thinking a lot about how different races interact with the world, how they use technology, their general lifestyles, etc.
Usually when you create a fantasy race, your goal is to make this race as well-rounded as possible. Creating an intelligent species, much less several different variations of one, can be very difficult! This is something that will take time and a lot of thought, but it’s vital to the process.
I talked about Journey to Valeria a bit more than I anticipated I would, but what can I say? I’ve been on a kick lately, and I like talking about the things that matter to me. If you’d like, you can follow the project’s blog @journeytovaleria to see more updates and development!
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Uh hey! I recently started chapter 21 of the game and I want some general advice (haven't started). I'm at the part in which Mc leave's the devildom and the school years over.
I’m assuming by advice you mean game mechanic wise?
So, everyone plays the game differently, some people are story focused, some people are only there for the cards, some people only log on for events, so it’s really up to you, but here’s some of the things I personally do that may or may not be good.
Also, I’m really no expert, honestly I’m still learning things and I’ve not really looked up any advice myself? I’ve kinda just waddled along and picked things up here or there.
1. If you’re one of those players that gets on everyday, do your daily tasks! It really doesn’t take that long to do seven of them, and then you get a decent like 18 DP out of it-which doesn’t sound like a lot but it adds up, which brings me to my next suggestion.
2. Save your DP! I personally hardy ever use DP for extra ap or extra battles unless I’m really really pushing for an event reward or if I have like one card ascension item left that I need. I save my DP because every time you level up, you get that little congratulations bonus where you get I think it’s 100 AP, 5 Demon Vouchers, and 5 Rainbow Glowsticks (and some amount of Grimm I think, I can never remember) for only 99 DP. I try to make sure I’m snatching this bonus EVERY TIME it pops up. Or at least as frequently as possible because I think it’s the cheapest in-game way to purchase Demon Vouchers (I think). And if you’re someone who really likes rolling for cards in nightmare, this is a super huge help. Not to mention those rainbow glowsticks help out big time in lessons!
3. Pay attention to your enemies buffs/debuffs before you go into battle! It’ll really affect how it goes and how much power you actually need! If they’re pink, that means they’re buffs, which means their powers will go to boosting themselves, and they won’t have much an affect on you. I find out that these battles are easier and I can typically get away with having less power, I can sometimes be even ten thousand under the suggested limit and still squeak by. However, on the other hand, if their skills are blue, those are debuffs, which means if they proc they’ll be hitting your party. Most of these skills are super annoying which means that you’ll need so much MORE than the recommended power to win. So don’t go using all your rainbows on a battle with pink skills, cus you’ll definitely need them for the blue battles.
4. So, when I was around lesson 21, I really struggled, because I had hardly any good sets of UR cards, I think I had like only five or six and they were all different sin cards. So what go me through was really making sure I had at least one BEEFY card. Of course, if you have enough cards to have sets, make sure you’re leveling those. It’s hard to balance resources, but hey, I typically focus on one card at a time, especially if it’s a card type I need to pass the next lesson.
5. Don’t be afraid to use glowsticks! Trust me, I’ve always been a special item hoarder because “what if I need it later?” But it’s gotten to the point now in Obey Me where it’s almost a requirement to have at least one glowstick per battle. And they’re semi-generous with them, especially if you get that level up bundle I mentioned before. I like to wait until I have about 30-35 rainbow glowsticks and then do as many lessons as I can until I run out! And then I save up again. So, I’m not saying always use three rainbows on every lesson, but you do what you gotta do to progress, and it’s not like those RAD lessons are going anywhere.
6. Prioritize. So when I first started playing this game, I think events were only once every two or three weeks, now it’s practically every week, which means we all have to prioritize. Because trust me, there’s no way you can do the event, and farm for card items, and do lessons. So what I typically do, is I only finish the first page of rewards for the event. It typically takes me 3 or 4 days depending on if I have the cheat card bonus, but once I get all the demon vouchers and that SSR card, I bounce. And then I usually focus on getting those card items. And then that gives me about another 3-4 days farming till the next event pops up.
7. The best way I’ve found to collect raven is to do the 10 pull on the G Chapter in Nightmare. It’s I think 27,000 Grimm? But once a card has reached its max skill up, you get raven instead. It took me a little bit of rolls in the beginning since very few cars were max, but now I do a ten roll everyday and get at least one raven. And raven can be used to unlock the demon outfits, you can get some demon vouchers, and other useful things! So gather raven when you can!
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“Eyes on your own paper! The grass is always greener on the other side, and it's easy to get caught up in looking at what other people are doing. But worrying about other people and their work just takes away from focusing on our own projects.”
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Hi, I have a friend who is looking into the publishing process, and self publishing, do you have any advice or resources for them?
Hi! So there’s three basic paths to publishing available to people, and each have their pros and cons. I’ll cover each path separately.
1. Traditional publishing.
This is what most people think of in relation to publishing. Wide distribution, the support of a literary agent, the support of a publishing team, etc.. The process is essentially that you finish your book, query literary agents, get a literary agent, the agent possibly suggests some edits, then the literary agent sends the books out on submission to publishers. Those publishers include the big houses like Scholastic, but also smaller houses/subsets of the big houses. If a publisher picks up the book, congrats! You then go through more rounds of editing and other such things until the book ends up on shelves. Woo!
The upsides of traditional publishing: does not cost you any money (if you encounter agents or editors or whatever saying you have to pay them, it is a scam and you shouldn’t get involved), you can access wider distribution channels, you’ve got an agent to fight for you when it comes to contracts and such, you’ll (hopefully) have at least some marketing support, you can get your book published by houses that won’t publish people unless they have an agent, and you get money up front in the form of an advance.
The downsides of traditional publishing: you lose some control of your book and may have to make changes you didn’t intend to (you can always say no, of course, but if you do that you’re likely to lose your deal), there’s a lot of upheaval in the world of traditional publishing and things shift constantly, traditional publishing can take a LONG time (a year or two from signing a deal to having your book on the shelves is common), you might not get any marketing support (this depends on a lot of factors).
Some resources to look into: Manuscript Wishlist and Manuscript Academy are a great starting point for learning about the querying process specifically but also other aspects of the publishing process. Writerbeware is a good place to look up info on scammers and any issues people have had with various agents or publishing houses. QueryTracker is another popular resource that’s gained traction the last few years. (A little note here: paying for a query critique from somewhere like Manuscript Academy is fine because you’re paying for ADVICE, not publishing or representation. Avoid paying for publishing or representation when going the traditional route.)
2. Indie publishing.
Indie publishing is pretty common as well and varies widely, but it is essentially the same as traditional publishing without having an agent involved, so you’re doing all the negotiating yourself. You would approach a publishing house that is open to unagented manuscripts and query them the same way you would if you were querying an agent. The publishing house then takes care of all the formatting, cover art, and distribution, and possibly some marketing.
The upsides of indie publishing: you could have more control over your manuscript depending on the publishing house you go with, the process may go a bit faster due to the publishing house being smaller/more specialized/having less projects to work on, you have someone else taking care of the tricky stuff like formatting and cover art without having to pay for it (again, if a publishing house is asking you to pay them to publish your book, it is a scam).
The downsides of indie publishing: advances are small or non-existent, you’ll be working with professionals and signing contracts but without an agent to advocate for you, the distribution may not be as wide as if you’d been published traditionally.
Some resources to look into: Mostly this will be the same as the traditional publishing resources, since the process is still the same, you’re just going straight to publishers instead of getting an agent first. From there just google “independent publishing” or “publishing houses open to unagented manuscripts” and start looking for some to query.
3. Self Publishing.
Self publishing offers the most creative freedom, usually, but it comes with a lot of caveats. You will be doing, and paying for, everything 100% on your own. You will have to format your own book, or pay someone to do it. You will have to edit your own book, or pay someone to do it. You will have to do your own cover, or pay someone to do it. You will have to pay for your own ISBNs, pay any fees your chosen publishing platform may have. You will have to do all your own marketing. But, on the other hand, there’s no one around to tell you no about your weird ideas and say they aren’t “marketable” enough or whatever.
The upsides of self-publishing: full creative control, write whatever you want, can potentially happen a lot faster depending on how you work, you make your own deadlines.
The downsides of self-publishing: can get expensive, you won’t get any advance money (some people do kickstart their books, which is a fun option, but you need a good audience already for it to be worth it), you have to self-advocate on everything including things you may not fully understand, your distribution likely won’t be nearly as wide (or very wide at all outside the internet), and you likely won’t have access to things like film deals or translations or audiobooks without a lot more effort or money.
Some resources to look into: IngramSpark has some good guides on self-publishing when it comes to formatting and printing your books, which can give you good place to start.
So yes! Those are the basics of each common option. You can also combine them! I send some projects to my literary agent for traditional publishing and keep others for self-publishing, based on what I want to do with them.
Do note, however, that once you self-publish a book you pretty much can’t get it published any other way, especially traditionally. This includes posting it online. Publishers just don’t want books that are already out there. Obviously there’s exceptions to this, but if you want to go traditional or even indie it’s safest to just keep your work off the internet.
Hope this helps! And if you have any more questions please feel free to ask.
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