My greatest teacher and the man who gave me anything I know about writing and myself has passed away. I’m crushed.
Rest well, Graham, you left a light behind you.
When you write, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.
Stephen King (via hello095)
You’re a writer and that is simultaneously the best and worst thing about you.
I can’t handle a fucking thing. (via strong-and-naive)
It will be years –not in my time– before a woman will become Prime Minister.
Margaret Thatcher, October 26th, 1969. (via historical-nonfiction)
» Top 10 Plotting Probs
This post comes to us from, Alicia Rasley. Hit it, Alicia!
#10. Too Much Backstory: Well-meaningly, you try to give the reader too much infor too fast, leaving nothing for them to wonder about!
#9. Boring Beginning: Basically, the story doesn’t get going soon enough, there’s no reason to read on. Remember Fault in Our Stars? *SOBS* How long does it actually take before Hazel meets the ever-intriguing Augustus? Exactly what I’m talking about!
#8. Unsatisfying or Glossed Over Conclusion: You want your ending to feel right for the story. This is what the protagonist has worked for (or, alternatively, worked to stop). Make sure everything has a fitting end.
#7. Saggy Middle: Remember, friends, the middle is a non-stop rise of tension and intrigue. It isn’t just a way to get from the beginning to the climax, it’s the majority of your story. You have to keep testing your protagonist, set bigger and bigger obstacles in their way!
#6. Too Many Characters with a Story: The story happens because of the protagonist, not Palace Guard #2. I’m sure he’s a great guy, and yes, he can be present in the story if he adds something, but I don’t need his history and contact info.
#5. Bad Pacing: What events are essential to the story? Which are more important than others? What events set-up the climax? All good questions, Me. Thanks for
ripping them offbringing them up.
#4. Coincidence!: There’s nothing more dissatisfying than a story that solves itself without the characters having to do anything. IF I WANTED TO SEE A LAZY BUTT DO NOTHING I’D BUY A MIRROR,.
#3. No/ Not enough Conflict: “But, we love our characters!” We also want them to learn and grow, and since nobody wants to change a fundamental part of themselves, it’s going to take a lot of suffering before they can get it through their skulls that they actually might hurting themselves, or those they care about, by remaining the same.
#2. The Structure Sucks: Hidden protagonist, meandering setups, a protagonist who wouldn’t likely be involved in the story if not for the author- all symptoms of suckiness in structural regions. The cure? Understanding the structure of your story, the questions set forth in the very beginning, and how you’ll resolve them.
#1. Passive/Unmotivated Protagonist: The main character is the one that causes the story to happen, or, as Ms.Rasley puts it, “the protagonist should be involved in nearly every event, and his decisions and actions should drive the plot.” It’s their story, after all!
» Tip: Women Are Not Weaker Than Men
Divorce yourself from this idea right now, author. While I’m sure it is the narrative you’ve been presented with your entire life, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t true. Women do find building up muscles in the upper body more difficult than men, but since power does not come from the arms, it’s…
Another Halloween themed post.
GHOSTS AND SPIRITS
- Iron and Ghosts
- The Early Ghost
- Guide to Ghosts
- Gravestone Symbolism
- 10 Little Known Mysterious Ghost Types
- Ghost Types
- The Different Types of Ghosts
- Haunted Places
- Cemetery Folklore
- Writing a Ghost Story
- Tips for Writing Ghost Stories
- Ghost Cliches
- Horror Cliches
- The Science of Zombies
- Zombie Biology
- Zombie Sociology
- Zombie Myths
- Stage II and Stage III Zombies (pictures)
- Vampires vs Zombies
- Undead Creatures
- Guide on Zombies
SHAPE SHIFTERS AND HOMINIDS
- Werewolves and other were-beasts
- The Shape Shifting Process
- Shape Shifters
- Hominids of the World
- Werewolf Myths
- Science of Werewolves
- Werewolf Behavior
- Werewolves vs Vampires vs Zombies
- Werewolf Anatomy
- Wolf Body Language
- Werewolf Myths and Truths
- History of the Werewolf Legend
- The Mermaid
- Sea Creatures
- Books About Mermaids and Sea Folklore
- Sea Creatures: Books
- YA Mermaid Novels
- Best Mermaid Books
- Awesome Mermaid Books
- Mermaid Anatomy
- A Dissection of Mermaid Anatomy
- African Vampires
- Writing the A-Typical Vampire
- So You Want to Write a Vampire Novel
- Avoiding Vampire Cliches
- Vampire Cliches
- Vampire Burial
- Vampire Mythology
- Vampire Biology
- Vampire Virology
- Vampire Sociology
- Vampires in Folklore and Literature
FAIRIES AND FAE
- Types of Faeries A-Z
- A Guide to Fairies
- Writing Fairy Characters
- Other Names for Fairies
- Books About Faery
- Best YA Fairy Books
- Best YA Fantasy Series About the Fae
ANGELS AND DEMONS
- Creating Creepy Creatures
- Mythology Meme
- Master Post of World Mythology, Creatures, and Folklore
- Figures of Norse Mythology
- Those Who Haunt the Earth
- Writing Horror, Paranormal, and Supernatural
- Genre: YA Supernatural
- List of Mythical Creatures
- Mythological Creature Picture Spam
- How to Make Your Supernatural Characters Unique
- Supernatural Theme Story
- Myths and Urban Legends Masterpost
- Original Gods, Goddesses, and Myths
- World Building Basics: Myths and Legends
- Mythical Creatures and Beings
- Symbols by Word
- Mythology Meme
- Writing Paranormal Characters into the Real World
I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!
(save the images to zoom in on the pics)
A breakdown of medieval armor, since a lot of pieces are required to create a full suit.
Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result! I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.
Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.
To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).
Limits of the Human Body by Soda Pop Avenue
Credit goes to SPA, but I wanted this here for a writer’s reference. This way we know exactly how far we can push our characters ;)
Have you ever felt that you had nothing to write about? That your head was completely empty? Then maybe this can help you to get started with your writing with a little exercise!!
Print the photos and pictures and graphics and drawings that you like the most, every single one. It can be anything: a photo you took yourself, some random fan art you saw out there, some pieces by famous painters, photo sets… It can be anything! The important thing is that when you see it you think “I like this shit”. Then print them out in a small size (Imprint 16 per page) as you find them and cut them out.
This way you can carry your favourite images with you anywhere you go and write when you feel like it but words seem to not want to get out of your head. If your writing notebook has a pocket like moleskins do, put your photos there. If it doesn’t, just stick an envelope to the inside of your notebook and carry them there!
Hope this helped some of you to get a bit of inspiration!! It certainly works for me!