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  1. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    a random place or a random prompt would be cool, I just need something to get my mind going aha
  2. The Say Goodbye Challenge - Deadline: 2 March 2018

    can i be a maybe with Minerva McGonagall however i have no idea what i want to write, so could i also have a random prompt as inspiration??
  3. I'm finally writing! And enjoying it! 

  4. Hey guys, it's negative nancy, here with some good news (seriously, where is this positivity coming from?) For my final year i was meant to be writing a script. I'd heard lots of things from past students on what to do and what not to do, and in the end I had vague aspirations that lead to giving up on my degree and marrying into money. But I trudged on, creating an extremely political scary world with some fairly eccentric characters thrown in. There was just one problem: I hated it. I hated my plot, I hated my characters, and I hated that it felt like there was no one on my team - because no one understood it. So I scrapped it! Now instead I'm writing a piece about age, sexuality, and family secrets...and it's not so daunting. I always saw original fiction as some strange next level writing - because with FF for me it was just playing. I touched on serious topics like dementia, anxiety, and adultery - but the characters were ready made. I had my own spin on a few, but the challenge was to present them in character. In original fiction, the rules are yours...which should be liberating - but to me it wasn't. I felt like I had to create an exciting new world because so many had already been created, wizarding worlds, Narnia, Gallifrey - and I thought by making it 'normal' I'd be boring. I thought that if my play wasn't challenging then I was writing it wrong. I don't think I'm that creative, most ideas never make it out of my brain and onto paper because I don't have the determination to complete it - and I was trying to defend a world and a setting more than an actual plot. It was like if JKR had created the wizarding world, and just gone: here you go, have fun. Rather than giving us the chosen one, or Voldemort and his death eaters - and all these families that we love, imagine if Rowling had just given us the world. It's still magical and exciting, but it isn't enough. My piece seemed half baked. I was trying so hard to remould it, and make it what other people wanted, until I realised I wasn't enjoying myself anymore. Which naturally meant it wouldn't be my best work. The best thing I ever wrote was a piece called In the Mourning, a short story about Harry and Professor McGonagall, and if Harry had visited his parents grave before the scene in deathly hallows. Or Storge, my one shot about Ariana Dumbledore and her death. The reason I think that they're probably my best, is because I loved them. I planned them out from start to finish, and put so much love and care into them...which is why I like them anyway. With my initial script it was just like, I need to get this done! It was about pleasing others, and not myself. I think that original fiction is very similar to FF really, and I'm not sure why I had it placed on this metaphoric pedestal for so many years. I don't think I could write a book myself, but from what I've written so far - I had to enjoy what I was writing. I had to be comfortable with my idea. I want it to be entertaining, and insightful. I want to make people laugh, and cry, I want them to be shocked, maybe even uncomfortable - but I want them to feel. Which I think is what every writer wants, original or not. Maybe my initial experience is completely different to other people's, but this is my first time writing original fiction, and my first time writing a play! Once I liked what I had the words kept flowing...though maybe that was because it was 2am, and now I'm up to 600 words! I know I keep going on about it and you're probably getting sick of it, but this really is a huge milestone for me. Obviously I'm far from done...in fact, I've come up with a list! This is the most basic list, that I'll have to edit as I go along, but I thought you might like to see in case I'm missing something obvious, or if you'd just like to take a gander! OF List: fully flesh out characters: 1/6 understand plot have a timeline (halfway there) know the beginning know the middle know the end come up with a title create a summary/blurb pitch it to other people have set/costume/props in mind anyway, I think I've bored you all to death by now - and I have a scene to finish!
  5. so i won't be able to do nano this year....unless i use the script im writing for uni??? i've never written a script before and nano might be the motivation i need! is this breaking some sort of NaNo rule or can I do this?

    1. clevernotbrilliant


      I say go for it! Script writing is super fun once you get the hang of the style

    2. forever_dreaming


      I think that counts!

  6. Learning to Write Again

    I'm the same. The last time I was truly in my element was 2013. I used to live for writing, it wasn't very good - but back then I didn't think about that. Now as I've gotten older I've had other, important things, to get on with and my love for writing dwindled. Every so often I get ideas and want to come back, but I'm so self conscious about my skill, or rather the lack of it, that I just get stuck and hit a block. I agree that challenges do help, and just free writing and seeing where it takes you can too. Good luck! I have a lot more faith in you than I do in my own writing aha! Bex
  7. I wrote my first blog entry yesterday, if anyone wants to see a true cynic in the making - go look!

  8. slow burn/fake date/enemies to lovers game

    Cornelius Fudge, Lord Voldemort, and Helga Hufflepuff. slow burn: helga hufflepuff, she seems like the kind of character that'd be fun to get to know and actually fall for rather than rush anything. fake date: cornelius fudge. He's minister of magic...he's rich, I'd 'date' him and find out all kinds of fun things in the ministry, and sell everything i know to rita skeeter and dump him enemies to lovers: Lord Voldemort on the agreement that he actually has his nose! out of all three of these characters, voldemorts probably the most passionate - so enemies to lovers makes sense. He has a lot of hate in him, so to go from hating me to loving me would be interesting because apparently he can't love and I leave for you: charlie weasley, rita skeeter, and the 9th doctor from Doctor Who!
  9. Life Will be the Death of Me

    First blog posts are usually so uplifting, full of energy describing excitement to start something new or talk about all the great journeys that are about to begin. My journey is less uplifting, more being pushed off the edge of a very tall cliff with a promise of sharp rocks and quicksand at the bottom. Today, and possibly every other time I write a blog - it will be a rant shared with the few that dare to read. My brain is currently in six places at once, and instead of tackling all 99 problems, my mind has shut down, it's offline for maintenance, or more likely - it's left the building altogether. I've seen a lot of friends start their first year at university, and I'm hit with an unfamiliar pang of jealousy. Would I like to go through the process again? Probably not. I've faced too many sleepless nights and 12 hour days filled with thoughts like 'what the heck am I doing why didn't I just find a 9 to 5 job like everyone else' - to want to do all this again. But there's something so exciting about starting something new. They're yet to know how close they'll become to making a deal with the devil and wishing they could sell their soul to get any sort of grade, let alone a good one. For anyone who's considering uni, I almost always tell them to go for it, or at least apply. Yes there's debt, yes there's deadlines, but you have a degree. Graduate jobs are an option, and it opens you up to a new way of thinking. I can't watch a film, a play or a television show without being somewhat analytical now. If it's a show with context, even better! But. University isn't for everyone. For some it's a way out, avoiding the eventuality of employment and actual life. My gran keeps telling me I need to get a job for life skills. Personally I find the money a lot more appealing, but I suppose she has a point. The end is drawing near, I'm nervous, terrified I won't be a success...but am I sad? The short answer is no. The long answer is, I'm done with education. And if you were done with education at 18, then don't do university. I don't want someone judging me by how I write an essay, or standing up in front of 50 something people with my heart in my mouth as I try explaining something with certainty that we've only had an understanding of for a few weeks. I want to be judged on my talent, how I am as an actual person. I don't want to be seen as a customer, or another number. I want to be of value. I want to feel great about myself! I have a presentation tomorrow, my car broke down again, I'm writing a script for my final year project and my idea has been branded vague, uninteresting and too complex. I'm close to looking for the next flight to the other end of the world and staying there because if I'm going to be lost, stressed, and confused - I'd rather be battling a deadly trio like that in the sun and be upset with a tan. I'm far too pale to be dealing with all this! But such is life. Another thing I will say is, I know it'll get better. Life goes in cycles, if you'd asked me how life was going at Christmas this blog would be a lot cheerier - and shorter. I think this long winded rant is necessary to accept that crap has happened, I'm going through a lot of bad stuff right now, but I need to accept it. And this is how. In a year's time I'll be in a totally new place, with new problems and things to be mad about. But by then I can guarantee I'll miss university and wish I was back. Would I do a masters? There's as much chance of that happening as Neville Longbottom joining the death eaters and becoming Voldemort's favourite. Next to none. But this is my introduction - hi, this is me, cynical, grumpy and stressed - there are no other emotions. For anyone else who's stressed with work or education, feel free to join me on this ship - it's a sinking one but eventually we'll rise from the (ashes, no surely not) watery depths and come back much like Captain Jack Sparrow: with a vengeance.
  10. university is so stressful, sometimes I wonder if all this debt really is worth it >.< 

  11. could I have Severus Snape please???? This doesn't have to be strictly canon does it (because this may just be an excuse for me to write snamione)
  12. A Muggle History Challenge - Deadline: 1 November

    No-no, im sorry i shouldve made clearer that they could be magic or muggle, so long as they were characters from the hp fics in that particular time period/historical event! But thank you for your entry, i cant wait to read it!
  13. A Muggle History Challenge - Deadline: 1 November

    @dirigibleplums - actually, the whole point of it is that it's a historical au!!! That's exactly what i'm looking for. Like I said here, and for anyone who might need this: if you'd still like to submit it - please do! @MalfoysAngel - how does the fall of the berlin wall sound?
  14. Students & Teachers in HP

    Honestly I love the professors so much!! I wrote a fic about McGonagall and Harry's relationship (a very platonic one of course) - and it just gave me the chance to explore so many headcanons. What I love about fanfics is when they don't bash teachers and look at them doing their job. Take Minerva: strict, yet fair, doesn't cross a line where they become altogether extremely friendly...but everyone respects her. I'm not too familiar with the books these days (it's probably been 8 years since I read them) but I bet even the slytherins respected McGonagall. Like one of my favourite parts of the entire series was when Minerva promised to train Harry so that he'd become an auror, day and night if she had to...and I think in OotP she actually did?! She didn't say that out of her dislike for Umbridge....she said it because she was such a dedicated teacher and I think she knew that Harry didn't have a lot of people left? Like he only really had Sirius and Remus, and he didn't /see/ them. He had no female role model, no mother figure - so while McGonagall didn't want to mother him, she kind of took that guidance upon herself. ^that's one of many scenes between Harry and McGonagall that I could talk about (the snape and mcgonagall fight scene, the 'would you like a biscuit ' scene, and so many quidditch based scenes) I also think that relationship would've gone two ways. Like as McGonagall got older, if she ever needed any help once she retired and was no longer independent, Harry would definitely help Minerva. She'd refuse to move in with him and Ginny, but he'd visit her house every other day to see how she was. Another platonic relationship I like is the idea that Snape is generally protective of his slytherins in his own...snape-ish way. He's never been one to love or care for people openly, but I imagine as head of a slytherin house he'd have to actually help his snakes. There was a fanfic I read once where Hermione (yes it was snamione however did u guess ahaha) asked Snape if there'd ever been any muggleborns in slytherin while he was head of house- and he said no, but being a half blood himself he'd explain things to any first year half bloods. Whether they chose to hide it or not and that he would help. It was done in such an in character way, like he wasn't warm or charming but it worked!! I imagine that he'd be really insightful with the older students, career meetings and grade discussions. But in that way that's so Snape, like I don't really care either way - but you should care so here's a sly suggestion but if you don't follow it I'll continue to go about my business. This opened up so much for me because I hold the Hogwarts Professors very close to my heart <3