J.K. Yacovelle

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Hello there, writerly friends~ ♥︎

I have been running this advice blog for a long while now, and although I’ve answered tons of questions and made tons of resources for writers, I think that there is something very important that I have not really touched on… and that is that every writer, regardless of experience or age, has the ability to inspire others.

I mean it.

Writing is such a fluid medium— every writer can find their own way to tell stories. This is the freedom of writing. That is why I want to give my fellow writerly friends (that’s you!) a chance to voice their thoughts and advice, so that countless others can be inspired :D

How can we go about doing this? Take a few minutes, and consider the following question:

What is the one piece of advice you wish you would’ve known when you first got started writing?

And then write down your answer! You can reply to this post, reblog it with your thoughts, or you can drop it on my askbox!

Over the next couple of days I will gather the advice and I will make an awesome post (sourcing each of you correctly and linking back to your blogs, of course) and I will post it here for everyone to see! Imagine this as a nexus— a fountain of inspiration, if you may, and a clear reminder that each and every one of you can inspire others to write!

Let’s make something awesome, together~ ♥︎

I think this a great idea, so I’m going to add to it!

Honestly, I wish I had worried less about my first draft. I spent so much time trying to get each chapter perfect before moving on. I lost motivation because I was trying to edit as I go. I also wish I had surrounded myself with other creative people because I ended up being close friends with people who didn’t really support my writing. I wish I had attended writing and reading groups and sought out other creative people in high school. I spent too much time thinking that what I liked was weird, so I didn’t give myself a chance to explore it. I wish I had been myself more often!!

For me, it was becoming obsessed with rewriting the beginning of the story over and over again because I was afraid of the middle. It was much too long when I realized you have to push beyond the beginning and dive deep into the middle if you want to get anywhere.

Always, always remember: you can fix it later, but if you writing nothing now, you have nothing to fix.

The advice I wish I’d known was that it’s okay to take time with a story. You’re not beholden to finish it and make sure it’s perfect as quickly as you can. It’s perfectly acceptable to write a draft, set it aside, and let what you want the story to say marinate in your being until you can find the words that better express your intentions. It’s not a race; it’s a process that can take as long or as little as you need.

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Anonymous asked: As an inspiring erotica writer is there any advice on the amount of details one should put into an erotica novel?

First of all, thanks for the question! It’s so cool to be asked for advice!

As for erotica… oh boy. Well, while I personally have never tried my hand at writing erotica, as a reader, I’ve found that I want enough details to make the scene be distinguishable from any other erotic scene.

One of the biggest problems I have with erotic novels and scenes are that they can focus so much on the what-goes-where of the sex that the feelings and little details that the protagonist notices get lost. I know that as a reader, I personally don’t want to read about the exact details of how sex happens; if I wanted that, I’d look in a textbook. What I DO want are the details that make this character’s sexual encounter unique and interesting, what makes it something that he or she will remember.

Talk about the way the male lead refuses to look her in the eyes, or his penchant for silk sheets. Give us details that make us feel like we’re there and like this erotic scene is too important and unique for our interest to be pulled away by anything else.

So, to answer your question, in terms of the mechanics of sex, don’t stress the details. If your audience is old enough to read erotic novels, then they’re old enough to know how sex works. In terms of the little things that make the story unique to the protagonist, then they are absolutely important. The more of those, the better, in my opinion, so long as they’re relevant to the scene or the story (ie, the two people in the midst of coitus probably shouldn’t start discussing physics for no good reason).

I hope that helps! Message me with any other questions, or if I didn’t quite hit on what you were asking!

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charloedrama asked: that turned out so wonderful! thank you!

Thank you! It was a of fun to make and talk with all of the fans!

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Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.
Stephen King

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Recap of Revolution: Shit Happens

To the Revolution fanatics, and to my fellow writer friends, I wrote a recap for the Revolution Fan Site I now write for. Check it out (especially if you watch the show) and let me know what you think! Disagree with me on anything? Let me know in the comments! Don’t care about Revolution and just want to say hi? That’s fine too.

Basically, just read it!

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