❝ I wouldn’t necessarily mind people not knowing I’m gay, but I don’t like being thought of as straight — in the same way that I don’t mind people not knowing I’m a writer, but it would be awkward if they assumed I was an extreme skateboarder, because that’s so far removed from the reality of my life. But there is no blank slate where orientation is concerned; we are straight until proven otherwise. And if you’ve never seen how dramatically a conversation can be derailed by a casual admission of homosexuality, let me tell you, it gets awkward. ❞

Oh hello, Lauren southfarthing has tagged me in a thing so I have to make a post about my writing process sorry to bore everyone but here we are i mean if you haven’t unfollowed me already because of all the self-absorbed writing stuff I go on about then one more post can’t hurt can it

What am I working on?

I am currently working on my second standalone YA novel, currently titled The Academics, which will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in the summer of 2015. It will not eventually be called The Academics. It’s about a group of teenagers in their final year of school who have had quite a sad thing happen to all of them. The whole thing is a horrendous mess of blame and misunderstanding, not helped by the fact that they’re dealing with school and university and all that shit. It about doomed and dysfunctional relationships and a doomed and dysfunctional education system. It is also about how people rise from the dust.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

So… I write contemporary YA. I like to think that it’s somewhat ‘literary’… aka it’s edgy, deep, stylistic, unpredictable and not formulaic. How do I differ from other works like this? I like to think that I write in a very particular way… let’s try and analyse hahah. I’m very dialogue heavy. I tend not to reveal emotions directly. Or anything, to be honest. There’s not a lot of inner reflection - only an inner monologue revealing the character’s personality by their reactions to the events happening around them. The protagonist never discusses the events going on around them in their head. They don’t question. They only see and act.

I think my work is very British and very true to modern teenagers - I understand things like the internet and teenage behaviour. Because that’s the world I live in. It’s something that I find adults can never fully grasp. Adults can create very developed characters, and very beautiful and inspiring stories, but they can never really know what it is like to be a teenager in 2014

Why do I write what I do?

I wrote Solitaire as an outlet. I wrote it because I was angry and sad. Now I realise that it is going to help a lot of people. So that’s why. I write to help people. Real life is not fucking easy. I like to remind people that although it’s horrible sometimes, it can also be wonderful, and there are things worth fighting for. That’s what I wrote Solitaire to remind myself, so that’s what I’m going to tell the world.

How does my writing process work?

This… is a bit of a vague question? Erm… so I make quite a detailed plan, character analyses/drawings and some quotations before I start writing a book. Then I write it. Usually in the afternoons and at night. Always sequentially - I can’t jump around between different parts of the book. I edit as I go to make sure that the novel is going in the right direction. It took me about five months to write Solitaire’s first draft, and a further three months to edit it. A writing day will be either 8+ hours or several minutes. There’s nothing in between.

well this has been fun!! I don’t know who hasn’t been tagged… but I’ll tag Gary endalay because he might not have done it and it was his publication day yesterday, and Lucy lucythereader because I think she’s working on something… YAY

poopflow:

after learning about transphobia and misogyny and etc its so uncomfortable to be around any person thats not educated on these issues in real life  

awkwardlysasstastic:

my school’s jokes are actually getting funny

chronicintrovert:

so the lovely elliot has been offering commissions to raise some cash, and i asked him to make me one of his beautiful plant boy comics to accompany a quote from my book!!! isn’t it BEAUTIFUL!

(my book, Solitaire) (go follow elliot / help him raise some funds !!)

zftw:

genderthief:

i gave my dog a tortilla chip ten minutes ago and she won’t fucking eat it she’s just staring at me with it in her mouth 

she’s waiting for the salsa

melsalisbury said: Where would your protagonist most like to go on holiday? Why? What would they do there?

aw so many cute questions lately

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❝ Develop a healthy relationship with food. If you’re hungry, eat. If you’re full, don’t eat. Eat vegetables to be good to your body, but eat ice cream to be good to your soul.

Take pictures of yourself frequently. Chronicle your life. Selfies are completely underrated. Even if the pictures are unflattering, keep them anyway. There will always be mountains and cities and buildings, but you will never look the same way as you did in that one moment in time.

Your worth does not depend on how desirable someone finds you. Spend less time in front of the mirror and more time with people who make you feel beautiful.

Close doors. Don’t hold onto things that no longer brings you happiness and do not help you grow as a person. It is okay to walk away from toxic relationships. You are not weak for letting go.

Forgive yourself. We all have something in our pasts that we are ashamed of, but they only weigh us down if we allow them to. Make amends with the old you and work every day to become the person that you’ve always wanted to be. ❞

humansofnewyork:

"It’s important to forgive."
"Who do you have the hardest time forgiving?"
"Myself."

cinnamontoastmunch:

wanna buy some drugs