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For all the people who ask me for writing advice…


Neil Gaiman

1 Write.

2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

3 Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

4 Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

6 Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

7 Laugh at your own jokes.

8 The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

Read the whole article. It’s filled with great advice from wonderful writers…

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Weekend Links: Writing Dialogue


A lot of people assume dialogue is easy to write because ‘It’s just a conversation! I have those all the time.’ 

But real conversations are, for the most part, really boring:

  • Lots of verbal tics (uh, um, like, well, I mean)
  • Lack of conflict (How was your day? Great, yours? Pretty good!) 
  • Cliches and repetitive phrasing 

Writing dialogue that too closely mirrors real conversation will give you lots of repetition on the page. You don’t want that. Repetition is bad. It’s boring. It sucks. It’s totally lame.

All that said, here are a few essential reads re: writing dialogue that is great and awesome.

On Punctuation 

On Saidisms and Dialogue Tags:

On Pacing and Creating Conflict:

On Info-Dumping, Hollywood Narration and As You Know, Bob

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Genderqueer Links and Books ›



Genderqueer Links and Books

The following are link and book recommendations, all evaluated myself, as helpful resources that relate to genderqueer and non-binary concepts and identities. If there is a resource you would like to suggest, please use the GQID submit form (select Submit a Link from the drop-down or copy and paste a list into the default text box). See also Marilyn Roxie’s genderqueer tag on Delicious. If you are instead looking for the bibliography for the Genderqueer History and Identities project, click here.


Genderqueer-friendly Tumblrs

Androgynites UniteAnything But BinaryAsk a Non-BinaryBreak the BinaryLGBTQ AdviceFat Genderqueers!Fuck Yeah Androgyny!Fuck Yeah Bigender!Fuck Yeah GenderlessFuck Yeah Gender Studies!Fuck Yeah, Genderqueers!Fuck Yeah, Transitioning GQsthe gender bender agendaThe Gender BookGenderforkrGenderPanicGender QueeriesGenderqueerThe Genderqueer ActivistGenderQueer ConfessionsGenderqueer FashionistaGenderqueer ProblemsGQ MomentsKNOW HomoLGBTQ ConnectionsNeutroisNonbinaryNon-binary ArtistsNonbinary Autistics!Non Binary ConfessionsNon-Binary FolkNon-Opno gender rulesnullgradePractical AndrogynyQueer DictionarySmashing the BinaryspectrumofgendersSTFU BinaristsT.R.A.N.S.Transcending AnatomyTrans*OpinionsTrans* TransgressionsTrans* Tumblr DirectorytransbearsTransFessTRANSPRIDEygender[queer]

GQ-friendly Livejournal Communities

AndrogynesBigenderBirlsGender Blurgender_fluidGenderqueerGender.queer_FTWGirlfags and GuydykesTransgender

Websites and FAQs

Androgyny Rarely Asked QuestionsChroanagramCrossdreamersGenderforkGenderologyGenderpediaGenderqueer in the UKGenderQueer RevolutionGender SphereThe Midwest Trans & Queer Wellness InitiativeNonbinary.orgNon-Op: Another Optionpipisafoat: FAQ on Genderqueers, Gender Expression, and Gender VariancePractical AndrogynyQuestioning TransphobiaT-VoxWe Happy TransWorld Professional Association for Transgender HealthYGender

Organizations and Events: Click here for a list

Forums and Groups

AVEN: Gender DiscussionForum GenderQueer (Russian), Genderqueers GroupLaura’s PlaygroundScarleteen: Gender IssuesSusan’s PlaceTransYadaWhat is Gender?

Identity Sites

Androgyne OnlineBigenderBi-Gender the Bisexual OutpostNeutrois Nonsense

Prounouns and Titles

Art of Transliness: Gender Neutral Relational TermsFreelance Writing: The History of the Indefinite Singular PronounGender Neutral Pronoun BlogGender Queeries: Gender Neutral/Queer TitlesGenderqueer in the UK: Misc, or Mx: A Gender-neutral TitleMIT’s Ally Toolkit: Gender Neutral Pronoun UsageWarren Wilson: Using Gender-Neutral Language in Academic Writing

Articles: Click here for a list

Fun, Videos, Podcasts, & Performance

Agender EarthwormFacts About Queers (Humor), Fuck Yeah Non-Binary SeahorseGenderqueer ChatGendercast: Our Transmasculine GenderqueeryGender Queeries,Kreative Korporation: Yay genderform! (a comprehensive and fun-to-play-with list of gender, sex, orientation, and more identities), Midwest Genderqueerregender: A Different Kind of TranslatorTrans ParrotfishTrans Parrotfish’s Significant Other


Gender Diversity ProjectGender Spectrum: ResourcesQueer Teaching TipsSafe Schools CoalitionTRANScending Identities: A Bibliography of Resources on Transgender and Intersex TopicsTransgender Student RightsTrans What?: A Guide Towards Allyship

Sex EdClick here for a list

The Trevor Project: “The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services” to LGBT youth: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) Also available for matters of less pressing urgency, Dear Trevor is an “online, non-time sensitive Question & Answer resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity.” A directory of previous questions in the category of Transgender/Genderqueer is also available.

Social Media

Click here for a list of social media with options apart from male and female, as well as scripts to alter options on websites that don’t provide these options by default

Fashion and Transitional GearClick here for a list

Banner: This Journal is Gay/Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Intersex, Genderqueer, Asexual Positive banner (with flagswithout flags). Designed by nethdugan.


Note: Use, the world’s largest global library catalog, to see if the book you’re seeking is available at a library near you!

Gender Now Coloring Book - Maya Christina Gonzales

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us - Kate Bornstein

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation - Kate Bornstein

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws - Kate Bornstein

My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely - Kate Bornstein

Books and essays by Ivan Coyote

Grrl Alex: A Personal Journey to a Transgender Identity - Alex Drummond

GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary - Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clare Howell

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality - Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel

Queer Theory, Gender Theory - Riki Anne Wilchins

Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender - Riki Anne Wilchins

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (in-progress) - Laura Erickson-Schroth

whatever.odt (free!) - JD O’Meara

Feeling Wrong in Your Own Body: Understanding What It Means to Be Transgender - Jamie A. Seba

That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation - Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men - Lori B. Girshick and Jamison Green

Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity - Reid Vanderburgh

(Looking for a list of books concerning gender, sex, and orientation that aren’t genderqueer specific instead? Click here)

Book lists compiled by others:

Bibliography of Books Concerning Androgynes and Androgyny

Booklist for Trans Youth on Goodreads

Genderqueer Chicago on Goodreads

I’ve updated this yet again on site and used the reblog post format that subtlecluster had put up to share it - keep sharing and suggesting more resources that I should include!

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  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  9. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  11. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  14. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  16. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  17. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  18. The Bible by Various
  19. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  20. Ulysses by James Joyce
  21. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  22. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  23. Money by Martin Amis
  24. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  25. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  27. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  28. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  30. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  31. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  32. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  33. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  34. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  35. The Outsider by Albert Camus
  36. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  37. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  39. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  40. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  41. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  42. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  43. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  44. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  45. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  46. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  48. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  49. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
  50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

— From a metal bookmark I got from B&N. I just wanted to share the list with all of you :)

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using the prompts below, write a drabble (or whatever) a day for the next 30 days. find someone willing to hit you if you miss a day. look back at the end and go ‘oh! i’m a writer!’.

beginning. accusation. restless. snowflake. haze. flame. formal. companion. move. silver. prepared. knowledge. denial. wind. order. thanks. look. summer. transformation. tremble. sunset. mad. thousand. outside. winter. diamond. letters. promise. simple. future.

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Quintessential Movies from the Gay (male) Film Canon You Should Know

  1. The Broken Hearts Club — West Hollywood gay softball team learns how to love, the power of friendship and coping with loss (actors include Zach Braff, Andrew Keegan and Dean Cain)
  2. Get Real — gay teen comes out (and being a gay teen means drama will follow)
  3. A Single Man — based on the Isherwood novel, this film follows what it means to be gay in the 1960s and what we do to keep on after tragedy
  4. Latter Days — A promiscuous gay man from California meets a private Mormon and their encounters rearrange both of their lives
  5. Looking for Langston — split film crossing back and forth between 1920s Harlem and 1980s England, this film invites you to explore the ways people express themselves and the places they find comfort
  6. Brokeback Mountain — the life story of two men who meet while sheep ranching 
  7. Milk — biopic about the life of Harvey Milk, S.F. first openly gay elected city official
  8. Shelter — a young man returns home to care for his family, finding companionship in a place least expected
  9. Brother to Brother — taking place during days of the Harlem Renaissance, this film follows a young artist and aging poet 
  10.  Walk on Water —  following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal

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LGBTQ* Theory Books (You May Want) To Know

  • Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory - Mimi Marinucci

  • Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory (Gender and Culture) - Lynne Huffer

  • Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity - Judith Butler

  • Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies) - Qwo-Li Driskill (Editor), Chris Finley (Editor), Brian Joseph Gilley (Editor), Scott Lauria Morgensen (Editor)

  • Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism - Patricia Gherovici 

  • Queer Cowboys: And Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth-Century American Literature - Chris Packard

  • Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color Critique (Critical American Studies) - Roderick A. Ferguson

  • Queer Girls in Class (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) - Lori Horvitz 

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On Having Figured Out the Twist



“Why, for example, do the great writers use anticipation instead of surprise? Because surprise is merely an instrument of the unusual, whereas anticipation of a consequence enlarges our understanding of what is happening. Look at a point of land over which the sun is certain to rise, Coleridge said. If the moon rises there, so what? The senses are startled, that’s all. But if we know the point where the sun will rise as it has always risen and as it will rise tomorrow and the next day too, well, well! At the beginning of “Hamlet” there can be no doubt that by the play’s end, the prince will buy it. Between start and finish, then, we may concentrate on what he says and who he is, matters made more intense by our knowing he is doomed. In every piece of work, at one juncture or another, a writer has the choice of doing something weird or something true. The lesser writer will haul up the moon.” -Roger Rosenblatt, How to Write Great

There seems to be a feeling among readers these days that if they see an event coming, the book is less than it might’ve been. I couldn’t disagree more.

I stand with Rosenblatt in celebrating anticipation over surprise. Even when reading mystery novels, the pleasure for me is never in the feeling of, oh I didn’t see THAT coming. The pleasure is living with another’s dread and pain and yearning and hope. All of that is a hell of a lot more fulfilling than being surprised by the killer’s identity.

This is the whole reason foreshadowing exists. Foreshadowing, at its best, is not a trick demonstrated to brag about what a fancy writer you can be. It’s about building anticipation, so that the reader can more fully empathize with the characters in the story: I want s/he to battle and hope against the inevitable while reading just as we all do while living. When it works, anticipation is far more fulfilling than surprise, because we are reminded that a sunrise is precisely as magnificent as it is inevitable.

hey look, it’s 80% of the reasons why i fucking hate stephen moffat’s writing. 

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