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I've just went through your "Stories That Should Exist" and I'm about die cause I need every single one of those. Unfortunately I don't think anyone apart from you can actually make them come out perfect, which sucks cause you obviously can't write all that. Sigh. I am however gonna try and give writing fanfics a shot myself... Any advice for first timers?

@Anonymous

I NEED EVER SINGLE ONE OF THOSE UNIVERSES TO EXIST!!!! Really, the only reason I write at all is because I need things to exist, and they don’t. It’s tragic. Why is there no While You Were Sleeping AU? Why aren’t there more pretend!married fics than I can count? Why, why, why? It is tragic

Right! Advice for first-timers… Always carry condoms, don’t let anyone mistreat you—-oh, wait. Not what you were asking. Right. So, first-time writers… Hmm. I think the number one thing I’d tell someone who’s just writing their first story is: don’t overdo it. Don’t try to run before you know how to walk comfortably. 

That means: I’d advise against starting out with anything complicated and heavy. Stick to something simple that you can finish easily, nothing where you’ll have to tie up five different stories into one in the end. Try for a short, straight-forward plot that will allow you to get a feel for the characters, the way they talk and behave. Get to know them! 

Also, I’d advise against anything involving issues that might be problematic or dramatic, e.g. making your first fic about a car accident is rarely a good idea, because you’ll likely focus too much on cheap OMGDRAMA!!! and not enough on the characters. (Fanfic comes with the tiny advantage that readers already tend to care for your characters, but still, your aim should be to really make them care. Don’t tell us why generic!Harry and generic!Louis should be together; tell us why these two specific versions in your fic are good together.) Also, things like eating disorders or rape may trigger some readers, and you need to handle them really well to avoid upsetting anyone. They’re grave issues which deserve a lot of respect, and it’s hard to do them justice. Which is why I recommend to stay away from them until you can walk in a straight line. 

For your first story, I pretty much think you should go for the KISS principle: Keep It Sweet and Simple. :)

If you want something a bit more specific, I find this list to be a pretty good starting point (not mine, and I’ve broken a rule or two, or three).

I’ve also already rambled about: 


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One Direction [OT5] Welcome Home (4:35min)


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hlsummerfest:

Hi, friends! As summer draws near and school winds to a close, we (Leah and Ren) thought it would be nice to have a bit of summer fun with an anonymous Harry/Louis fic exchange.

What is a fic exchange?

An exchange is when you submit a request for a fic you’d like written and, in return, you offer to write a fic for someone else. (You cannot sign up for the exchange just to request a fic, you MUST write one in exchange.)


When is the deadline?

Sign-ups opened today (April 7th) and will close April 21st. Assignments will be emailed to you by the end of that week (April 26th). Submissions will be due July 7th, so you have just over two months to write and edit your fic.


What are the rules?

As the name of this exchange suggests, the main pairings for the submissions MUST be Harry/Louis. Any side-pairings are fine, but H/L must be the MAIN pairing.
Prompts do not need to be summer-themed, so don’t worry about making your requests season-specific! You can request anything you want, plot-wise, as long as Harry/Louis is the main pairing.
Minimum number of prompt requests is three, and feel free to add more. The more prompts you include in your request, the more options your writer has to choose from.
Minimum word count for submissions is 4,000 words, but you’re all encouraged to write more, if you can.
Please beta your fics before submitting them. You have just over two months, which is plenty of time to find a friend to look over it for you.
If, for whatever reason, you feel that you cannot complete your assignment, let us know as far in advance as possible so that we can arrange a pinch-hitter to fill in for you. (If you would like to BE a pinch-hitter, please let the mods know so that, if they end up needing one, they know that they can contact you.)


Sounds fucking awesome! Where do I sign up?

Here is a link to the exchange profile, where all deadlines and rules are outlined. Please make sure that you read the rules on the sign-up form, as they’re a bit more detailed than the rules listed here.
Here is a link to the sign-up form. You must have an ao3 account in order to sign up, and you must be logged in to that account in order to access the sign-up form. You do not, however, need a tumblr account to participate, since fic posts will be made from this account.


I have a question that isn’t answered in the rules! Where do I ask follow-up questions?

If you have questions about anything at all, feel free to contact either the community itself, Leah, or Ren. Additionally, remember to follow this tumblr so that you get the check-in and reminder posts! If you want to participate and do not have a tumblr account, please message us and tell us the best way to reach you.


COME ONE COME ALL, we want as many sign-ups as we can get!!! Please reblog this post, even if you don’t plan on signing up, so that we can spread the word as much as possible! And if you know any fic writers who are not on tumblr but you think might want to participate, please let them know as well!

hlsummerfest:

Hi, friends! As summer draws near and school winds to a close, we (Leah and Ren) thought it would be nice to have a bit of summer fun with an anonymous Harry/Louis fic exchange.

What is a fic exchange?
An exchange is when you submit a request for a fic you’d like written and, in return, you offer to write a fic for someone else. (You cannot sign up for the exchange just to request a fic, you MUST write one in exchange.)
When is the deadline?
Sign-ups opened today (April 7th) and will close April 21st. Assignments will be emailed to you by the end of that week (April 26th). Submissions will be due July 7th, so you have just over two months to write and edit your fic.
What are the rules?
  • As the name of this exchange suggests, the main pairings for the submissions MUST be Harry/Louis. Any side-pairings are fine, but H/L must be the MAIN pairing.
  • Prompts do not need to be summer-themed, so don’t worry about making your requests season-specific! You can request anything you want, plot-wise, as long as Harry/Louis is the main pairing.
  • Minimum number of prompt requests is three, and feel free to add more. The more prompts you include in your request, the more options your writer has to choose from.
  • Minimum word count for submissions is 4,000 words, but you’re all encouraged to write more, if you can.
  • Please beta your fics before submitting them. You have just over two months, which is plenty of time to find a friend to look over it for you.
  • If, for whatever reason, you feel that you cannot complete your assignment, let us know as far in advance as possible so that we can arrange a pinch-hitter to fill in for you. (If you would like to BE a pinch-hitter, please let the mods know so that, if they end up needing one, they know that they can contact you.)
Sounds fucking awesome! Where do I sign up?

Here is a link to the exchange profile, where all deadlines and rules are outlined. Please make sure that you read the rules on the sign-up form, as they’re a bit more detailed than the rules listed here.

Here is a link to the sign-up form. You must have an ao3 account in order to sign up, and you must be logged in to that account in order to access the sign-up form. You do not, however, need a tumblr account to participate, since fic posts will be made from this account.

I have a question that isn’t answered in the rules! Where do I ask follow-up questions?
If you have questions about anything at all, feel free to contact either the community itselfLeah, or Ren. Additionally, remember to follow this tumblr so that you get the check-in and reminder posts! If you want to participate and do not have a tumblr account, please message us and tell us the best way to reach you.
COME ONE COME ALL, we want as many sign-ups as we can get!!! Please reblog this post, even if you don’t plan on signing up, so that we can spread the word as much as possible! And if you know any fic writers who are not on tumblr but you think might want to participate, please let them know as well!

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larrycoincidences:

harry’s legs are so long please arrange for me to see him sitting on their kitchen bench with louis standing between his legs having a cuddle and wrapping his legs around louis’ hips to keep him close when louis tries to move away thanks have that to me by the end of the week


/ 1 week ago with 598 notes

Did you once do an analysis on how the boys speak? Do you have a link please?

@Anonymous

Here it is. It was prompted by a general question about writing dialogue, so you need to scroll down a bit. 

harry is the biggest attention seeker in the band, he and the boys have all said he enjoys the attention the most which is why he gets the most attention because of his celebrity lifestyle, showbiz friends, partying and his very public “relationships”.

Welcome to the media narrative. Funny, though, how he never looks particularly happy to be pulling those stunts, huh? One might even say, dead eyes and face like a rainy day… Also, please point me to an actual interview where the others call Harry an attention hog. (Print and social media don’t count.) I must have missed it, because all I ever hear are variations of “he’s very charming” and “he’s a born rock star” — which also comes down to charisma. 

Also, he gets the most attention because he enjoys it the most? One, not everyone who wants attention gets it, not a logical conclusion. Two, have you watched him in interviews with the other boys? Because he doesn’t seem to scream, “Me, me, look at me, listen to me.” Quite the opposite. 

As for partying and having celebrity friends… He’s a young guy who, you know, might actually enjoy partying, once in a while? Gasp. And he’s in the showbiz, so, wow, he has showbiz friends… There’s a surprise… And also, yes, Harry does promo and keeps 1D in the news. It’s part of his job. Last but not least, I think Harry is a people pleaser. Taking loads of fan pictures even when he doesn’t feel too great is not something he necessarily enjoys and does for attention; it might just be that he likes to be nice to the fans. 

Overall, I’m sure he enjoys some of it (like performing and getting to hang out with Ed Sheeran at some event), but certainly not all of it. 

Hi, I’m the anon who asked you for the body language analysis post and I just saw how many notes it has by now and I’m really overwhelmed. It definitely deserves all the notes though, it’s so good! I can’t remember if I ever thanked you for it, but yeah, it’s really insightful and definitely made me think about a few things a bit more. I hope you’re well…!

Glad you thought so, and thanks for making me think about this stuff! It was fun to put my observations into actual words. :)

Turning anon off because lack of time. I also owe one more about writing advice for first-timers; I’ll try to get to it before I leave for a couple of weeks! :)


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mrsadfran:

i want more larry au ;)louis as a bartender.
For the Zarah5’s fic ” Reeling Through The Fall”;)

mrsadfran:

i want more larry au ;)
louis as a bartender.

For the Zarah5’s fic ” Reeling Through The Fall”;)

/ 2 weeks ago with 66 notes

"#what if harry's 'ex girlfriends' (lol) start dating women" what if harry's actually a coming out guru (a person that releases your inner gay) and not actually a womanizer lmao

@Anonymous

stylesforstiles:

Having trouble with your love life? Can’t decide if she’s the right girl for you? Then let me, Dr Harry Styles, help you on this journey. 

I keep it light, I keep it easy, everyone keeps their hands to themselves, and after a few car rides home, concerts with friends and family to keep things even more super casual and romance free, a ski trip where we never look at each other, then and only then will you be able to release your inner goddess and be free. 

The press calls me a womanizer, I call me making ‘women wiser’…about their love for one another. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Harry Styles


/ 2 weeks ago with 963 notes

Hello! I'm really excited about the coffeehouse AU you plan to write soon <3 <3 <3 with the little summary you give us, I really want to read it <3 <3 <3 PLEASE write it *_* you're so amazing! :D and... what is the original novel you write about? :) (so curious, sorry xD)

@Anonymous

There can never be enough barista AUs for my taste, so there’s a very good chance it’ll happen. At least part of my motivation stems from the idea of Zayn as a coffee snob who scoffs at badly executed latte art. (Yes, the main pairing would be Harry/Louis.)

As for the original thing, this is the summary: 

After a lengthy world tour, Samuel Gibbs is definitely looking forward to a nice, quiet break–-sleep in, write a bit of music and do his own cooking, for a change. He doesn’t want that break spoiled by the constant presence of bodyguards, is certainly not willing to have someone tail him each time he so much as goes out to buy groceries. No. No way, no how. It’s a good thing, then, that his Head of Security relents on the matter.

The break is starting to look even better once Samuel runs into his new neighbour: Ryan is smart and hot and, quite possibly, everything Samuel wants. What Samuel doesn’t know? Ryan is part of the security detail Samuel rejected.

It’s 70k and currently with the betas, but I expect they need a little time to get it done. Aiming at end-May or so. (Also, this actually started as a Larry fic, but two scenes in, I realised that I couldn’t make it work for the characters. So I took a deep breath, changed the names and waded ahead with the original concept.)

um, what does a beta do? heh

It’s fandom!speak for editor, basically. Betas are fabulous and ensure that whatever was in the author’s head actually comes across, doesn’t get lost in translation, and also look at pesky spelling and grammar stuff. 

oh my fucking god, the flight AU please please pleaseeee. the kissing part fckjjkjdshfkds. also you’re amazing, i love everything you write. i hope your road trip is great! :)

Since I’m about to take two lengthy transatlantic flights (and generally spend a lot of time around airports), there’s a good chance that that, too, may happen sooner rather than later. I’m in the mood to write a few shorter, mostly fluff things right now! Of course, there’s no telling where my head’ll be after that road trip.

A couple more below the cut!

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