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galadrielles:

Hands, softer than he had been expecting, touched Harry’s face, pulled back an eyelid, crept beneath his shirt, down to his chest, and felt his heart. He could feel the woman’s fast breathing, her long hair tickled his face. He knew that she could feel the steady pounding of life against his ribs.

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YA Book Master List

hazelsinfinity:

Hi guys! This is the list you need if you’re looking for your next YA book, with some middle grade and adult fiction included. Many books could fit into multiple genres, so I placed them as I saw fit. For the sake of space, more genres (dystopian, contemporary, etc) are below the cut.

Science Fiction/Hybrids:

  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • Beta (4) by Rachel Cohn
  • The Fifth Wave (3) by Rick Yancey
  • Gone (6) by Michael Grant
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Across the Universe (3) by Beth Revis
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (5) by Douglas Adams
  • Skinned (3) by Robin Wasserman
  • Mila 2.0 (3) by Debra Driza 
  • Maximum Ride (8) by James Patterson
  • Unwind (4) by Neal Shusterman
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
  • Uglies (4) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Partials (3) by Dan Wells
  • These Broken Stars (4) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Starglass (3) by Phoebe North
  • Virals (5) by Kathy Reichs
  • What’s Left of Me (3) by Kat Zhang
  • Glitch (3) by Heather Anastasiu
  • The Prophecy of Arcadia (2) by M.H Soars
  • The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

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Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips (Source)

1. FINISH IT

Actually finishing it is what I’m gonna put in as step one. You may laugh at this, but it’s true. I have so many friends who have written two-thirds of a screenplay, and then re-written it for about three years. Finishing a screenplay is first of all truly difficult, and secondly really liberating. Even if it’s not perfect, even if you know you’re gonna have to go back into it, type to the end. You have to have a little closure.

2. STRUCTURE

Structure means knowing where you’re going ; making sure you don’t meander about. Some great films have been made by meandering people, like Terrence Malick and Robert Altman, but it’s not as well done today and I don’t recommend it. I’m a structure nut. I actually make charts. Where are the jokes ? The thrills ? The romance ? Who knows what, and when ? You need these things to happen at the right times, and that’s what you build your structure around : the way you want your audience to feel. Charts, graphs, coloured pens, anything that means you don’t go in blind is useful.

3. HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY

This really should be number one. Even if you’re writing a Die Hard rip-off, have something to say about Die Hard rip-offs. The number of movies that are not about what they purport to be about is staggering. It’s rare, especially in genres, to find a movie with an idea and not just, ‘This’ll lead to many fine set-pieces’. The Island evolves into a car-chase movie, and the moments of joy are when they have clone moments and you say, ‘What does it feel like to be those guys ?’

4. EVERYBODY HAS A REASON TO LIVE

Everybody has a perspective. Everybody in your scene, including the thug flanking your bad guy, has a reason. They have their own voice, their own identity, their own history. If anyone speaks in such a way that they’re just setting up the next person’s lines, then you don’t get dialogue : you get soundbites. Not everybody has to be funny ; not everybody has to be cute ; not everybody has to be delightful, and not everybody has to speak, but if you don’t know who everybody is and why they’re there, why they’re feeling what they’re feeling and why they’re doing what they’re doing, then you’re in trouble.

5. CUT WHAT YOU LOVE

Here’s one trick that I learned early on. If something isn’t working, if you have a story that you’ve built and it’s blocked and you can’t figure it out, take your favourite scene, or your very best idea or set-piece, and cut it. It’s brutal, but sometimes inevitable. That thing may find its way back in, but cutting it is usually an enormously freeing exercise.

6. LISTEN

When I’ve been hired as a script doctor, it’s usually because someone else can’t get it through to the next level. It’s true that writers are replaced when executives don’t know what else to do, and that’s terrible, but the fact of the matter is that for most of the screenplays I’ve worked on, I’ve been needed, whether or not I’ve been allowed to do anything good. Often someone’s just got locked, they’ve ossified, they’re so stuck in their heads that they can’t see the people around them. It’s very important to know when to stick to your guns, but it’s also very important to listen to absolutely everybody. The stupidest person in the room might have the best idea.

7. TRACK THE AUDIENCE MOOD

You have one goal : to connect with your audience. Therefore, you must track what your audience is feeling at all times. One of the biggest problems I face when watching other people’s movies is I’ll say, ‘This part confuses me’, or whatever, and they’ll say, ‘What I’m intending to say is this’, and they’ll go on about their intentions. None of this has anything to do with my experience as an audience member. Think in terms of what audiences think. They go to the theatre, and they either notice that their butts are numb, or they don’t. If you’re doing your job right, they don’t. People think of studio test screenings as terrible, and that’s because a lot of studios are pretty stupid about it. They panic and re-shoot, or they go, ‘Gee, Brazil can’t have an unhappy ending,’ and that’s the horror story. But it can make a lot of sense.

8. WRITE LIKE A MOVIE

Write the movie as much as you can. If something is lush and extensive, you can describe it glowingly ; if something isn’t that important, just get past it tersely. Let the read feel like the movie ; it does a lot of the work for you, for the director, and for the executives who go, ‘What will this be like when we put it on its feet ?’

9. DON’T LISTEN

Having given the advice about listening, I have to give the opposite advice, because ultimately the best work comes when somebody’s fucked the system ; done the unexpected and let their own personal voice into the machine that is moviemaking. Choose your battles. You wouldn’t get Paul Thomas Anderson, or Wes Anderson, or any of these guys if all moviemaking was completely cookie-cutter. But the process drives you in that direction ; it’s a homogenizing process, and you have to fight that a bit. There was a point while we were making Firefly when I asked the network not to pick it up : they’d started talking about a different show.

10. DON’T SELL OUT

The first penny I ever earned, I saved. Then I made sure that I never had to take a job just because I needed to. I still needed jobs of course, but I was able to take ones that I loved. When I say that includes Waterworld, people scratch their heads, but it’s a wonderful idea for a movie. Anything can be good. Even Last Action Hero could’ve been good. There’s an idea somewhere in almost any movie : if you can find something that you love, then you can do it. If you can’t, it doesn’t matter how skillful you are : that’s called whoring.”

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I’ve seen quite a few people making resource masterposts so I decided to make my own so I can share all these wonderful websites/masterposts with you guys and maybe make your year a little bit more awesome! Also credit goes to these lovely people for inspiring this post: abercrombier bangarz theworldwillbewatching and im5-official! Xx
MOVIES
Giant Movie masterpost
Disney movies masterpost
Superhero movies masterpost
Movies for when you’re sick
Scary movies masterpost
Tumblr dedicated to finding movie links
When to pee during a movie
FOOD
Best brownie in a mug recipe ever
Cookie in a mug recipe
Macaroni and cheese in a mug
Study snacks (2)
40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
SCHOOL/STUDYING
How to pull an all-nighter and still do well on an exam
How to write an essay
Didn’t listen in class?
Finals survival guide
Best learning website ever
Make flashcards
Writing references masterpost
How to survive in college
Solves any math problem (2)
Earn a cute kitten picture after writing
How to get motivated to study
Tips for a productive study break
Microsoft word equivalent
How to Google
Scholarpedia (basically Wikipedia but with reliable sources)
When should I go to bed?
CONVERTERS
YouTube to MP3 converter
8tracks playlist downloader
Download youtube videos
Convert anything to anything (literally)
SAD/ANXIOUS/STRESSED?
Emotional baggage check
Recovery resources
Need a hug?
The thoughts room
The quiet place
LEARN A FICTIONAL LANGUAGE
Learn Dothraki 
Dothraki to English dictionary
Learn High Valyrian
Learn Astapori Valyrian
Learn Tolkien Elvish writing
Learn Tolkien Elvish speaking
Learn to write Enochian
Learn to write Gallifreyan
Learn Vulcan
Vulcan to English and English to Vulcan dictionary
SOUNDS
Rainy mood
Coffee shop sounds (scientifically proven to boost creativity!)
Waves
Thunderstorm
TUMBLR
Transparent image master post (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)(10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (Fandom Edition)
Kawaii emojis
Typography masterpost
Fonts
How to make a theme
Check your post limit
Photoshop tutorials
Find any reaction GIF
MAKEUP
Winged eyeliner tutorial
Masterpost of makeup tips
Newspaper nail tutorial
OTHER
99 life hacks
Find out if a website is safe
Is [insert website name here] down for everyone or just me?
A world clock you can actually understand
Can’t remember the name of a song?
Do basically anything with your online friends
Hobbies masterpost
Weave silk
Paint a nebula
Need a random number?
Delete yourself from any website
What font is that?
Becoming an adult cheat sheet
Read any book (apparently)
Workout masterpost
What the fuck is the weather?

I’ve seen quite a few people making resource masterposts so I decided to make my own so I can share all these wonderful websites/masterposts with you guys and maybe make your year a little bit more awesome! Also credit goes to these lovely people for inspiring this post: abercrombier bangarz theworldwillbewatching and im5-official! Xx

MOVIES

FOOD

SCHOOL/STUDYING

CONVERTERS

SAD/ANXIOUS/STRESSED?

LEARN A FICTIONAL LANGUAGE

SOUNDS

TUMBLR

MAKEUP

OTHER

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