loopylizard asked: I am writing a fantasy story about a boy who is an heteroromantic asexual. It is set in a world where they don't have terms for this so I am finding it difficult to describe. Do you have any advice for writing this character without it seeming like he is just scared of sex (or any other explanation)? Also my main character is a POC and the main woman is a lesbian trans woman. Any advice on not making it seem like these characters are just to add diversity (I didn't. They have important arcs)?

Sumy recommends this post as a starting place. (More suggestions welcome!)


randompanda99 asked: Hey. I'm 14 and I write a lot in my free time. It'd be awesome if I could get published, even just through a minor company but I feel like my writing isn't that good. I also don't have money to pay for courses or editors. How can I improve my writing?

There are tons of resources available for free on the internet. Pub(lishing) Crawl, Fiction University, WriteOnCon, Absolute Write, and more here. John Scalzi has a somewhat contentious answer here, as well.


tcut95 asked: What do you think of people creating backstories for their characters in RPG games? Is there a specific way/style of writing that seems as though it would make for a better narrative in this case?

IMO there is no reason not to create a backstory for your RPG character if you want to. And if you’re playing the sort of RPG where your character’s personality/history have an actual effect on the game (ie not World of Warcraft), creating a backstory is probably essential for enriching the whole experience. I don’t think there’s any particular narrative style that works any better/worse, though. Just write it in whatever way flows best for you.

~ Kaitlin



The #SVYALit Project: Using YA Lit to talk about sexual violence and consent in the lives of teens. Here are a few book lists and book reviews.

Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault  
Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence)
Take 5: Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys  
Book Review: The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely 
Thinking About Boys, Sex, and Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian 
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton 
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
September Girls by Bennett Madison  
Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien
5 Reasons I Loved Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt
Killer Instinct by S. E. Green

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Sex/Consent Positive Titles: Karen’s List Christa’s List Carrie’s List

See the complete #SVYALit Project Index Here:

This is important. Could very well help those struggling to read these books. Don’t leave anyone in the dark.

(via bluestockingbookworm)


maliuandmilk asked: how can I get more people to visit my blog and read my writing?

That’s the twenty million dollar question. Here are some links re. marketing and social media — hopefully that’ll get you started!

~ Kate


theawkwardyeti asked: Our library doesn't have a lot of those features. There is an online list, but usually there is a long wait. For the amazon feature, you get (from what I've experimented with in the trial) as many books as you want and I don't see a time limit on them. Some even come with the audiobook version along with it.

(Re. this ask) Fair enough. I’m not terribly fussed about it either way. I have a few posts on the subject bookmarked for our Friday roundup post but catagator's comparison/contrast to Netflix might be of particular interest.

A few other responses we got on the last post:

No librarian to advise, select, help your kids out; no community program; and libraries have electronic copies, too! Down with less service for more money to fewer people! Down with it!” ~ penig

The advantage? How about a gabillion more titles than your local or even central library could ever hold? It’s kind of like the way Netflix had the advantage over brick and mortar video stores in that their inventory was limitless and their back catalog fruitful. I love both libraries and Amazon so please do not view this as me taking sides, but there’s an obvious tilt in Amazon’s favor on that sole point.” ~ officialjnrace


lesbichristian21 asked: Hi there! I'm 22. Am I part of the audience that you gear your writing toward, or is your audience more middle school and high school? Thanks for the help!

Young Adult usually signifies a protagonist who is 12-18ish. But readers of any age can identify with characters of any age. You can find more links about what YA is and isn’t and might be and etc. here.

~ Kate


theawkwardyeti asked: I personally really like the new amazon 'library card', since I travel so much. It's a lot easier to put books on my kindle than it is to take five massive books with me. What's your opinion on their newest feature?

I can do the same thing for free through my library, so I don’t personally plan to use it. But maybe there’s an advantage to the paid program that I’m missing? No holds or due dates? IDK. I’m cheap so I’m willing to put up with those.

~ Kate 


chasinggallifrey asked: What do you think of that article saying that adults should be ashamed to read YA books?


chasinggallifrey asked: What do you you think of that article saying that adults should be embarrassed to read YA novels?