Writing Tip - Plotting a Series


If you are planning to write a series, it is important to write the first book as a stand-alone novel. If you don’t, you will place too much emphasis on scenes and characters that only become important as the series progresses.

It is frustrating, as a writing teacher, to help an author who tells me, ‘It will make sense in the next book.’ The problem is, that if it doesn’t make sense now, I won’t even finish the current book. Readers who get confused have lots of other options, including many well-written and well-plotted books, to occupy their time.

Finish Book One and make sure your readers feel as if they have read a complete story. We know that a good book leaves some questions unanswered and some possibilities open. These leave the door open for your series. 

If I have been entertained in the world you’ve created and the story you’ve told in your first book, I will be eager to spend money on your next book. 

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by Amanda Patterson

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Quick, somebody get Parrish a pet dragon!

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I found a copy of the Twilight AU that became 50 Shades of Grey.







  • It’s called Master of the Universe.
  • It was originally published on Fanfiction.net (aka where fanfiction goes to die).
  • E.L. James’ pen name was Snowqueens Icedragon because of course it was.
  • Snowqueens Icedragon does not use quotation marks. 
  • She does, however, make up expressions like "my very small inner goddess sways in a gentle victorious samba" and “I can almost hear his sphinx-like smile through the phone.”
  • They spend more time filling out sex-related paperwork than they do actually having sex.
  • This is my reaction to all of the sex scenes:
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  • Because the human body doesn’t work like that
  • This is my reaction to everything else:
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  • Because the english language doesn’t work like that.

The 50 Shades of Grey trailer just dropped, so here’s a link to the original Twilight fanfiction that the book is “based” off of, because if you’re gonna read the book before you see the movie you might as well read it in its original format. 

Oh my god it has those banner photoshop graphics we all spent at least a week thinking were really cool and a sign of a quality fic

Reblogging again because her ff.net profile still exists, though it doesn’t have anything on it.

For those not in the know!

For those of you who are curious about reading Fifty Shades because of the movie, don’t bother. Just read this; it’s the same damn thing. (According to this article, putting both texts into Turnitin comes back as being 89% similar!)

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young witch in training [listen]an eclectic, vaguely creepy mix for young witches traveling far away from home, wandering through dark forests, battling dangerous monsters, and becoming adults. includes music that ranges from whimsical fantasy-esque scores to songs that make you want to strap on your black boots and kick down doors.

01. rörliga bilder - daniel olsen02. happy birthday (a death in the family) - clint mansell03. becomes the color - emily wells04. devil do - holly golightly & the brokeoffs05. the melody of the specter’s flute - nishiura tomohito06. to ursula’s cabin - joe hisaishi07. lose your soul - dead man’s bones08. black sheep - gin wigmore09. my boy builds coffins - florence + the machine10. stina - daniel olsen11. iris - nishiura tomohito12. in our talons - bowerbirds13. one summer’s day - joe hisaishi14. 1940 (amplive remix) - the submarines15. the legendary paradise - nishiura tomohito16. vaggvisa - daniel olsen17. compass - shim hyun jung18. on a clear day - joe hisaishi19. the heroic weather conditions of the universe, part 1: a veiled mist - alexandre desplat20. les passants - zaz


Reblog if you want a terrible, 3 sentence fan fiction in your ask, based on your url

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So every morning I get off the train and start my 20 minute walk to work, and there’s this guy who’s always like 3 steps ahead of me and always beats me to the street corner bc I get stopped by the light and he passes it. but today I was ahead of him for the first time and he RUNS in front of me, turns around and goes “I’ve been winning for 2 months, can’t stop now, have a good day, see you tomorrow.”  tmrw I swear i’m wearing running shoes to work. 

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