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Now What? Writing While Stuck

I think this happens to everyone - or at least anyone who writes without having first having plotted their whole novel. You write and things are coming along so well with your premise until suddenly you’ve written everything you’ve already figured out. Now what? 

I know someone who said every time she had to ask herself that, she killed off a character. I don’t think that works for every story - or even most stories - but if you’re stuck, there’s something to her advice. If you’re stuck, make something happen

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Ron Howard Named as Untitled Han Solo Film’s New Director

Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.

At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

Mtothedestiel: Writing Realistic AUs

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An Alternate Universe can be quite difficult to write because it usually requires a lot of research in order to make the story more realistic. Mtothedestiel, however, is a writer who seems to have no difficulty in doing that. She enjoys doing the research and it makes her AUs vivid and it effectively puts her characters in a different world without making them out of place.

Mtothedestiel ( @summersteve ) is the author of The Tsesarevich Lives!, Healthy Impropriety and Vkusno! She writes a lot of AUs that are inspired by books, movies, and other media like Pride and Prejudice and Anastasia. Keeping the flavor of a well-known story while making it fit for her characters is a challenge that she really likes.

Her Anastasia AU (The Tsesarevich Lives!) is one of my all-time favorite fics. It’s a story about Viktor being an orphan with no surname and with no memories of his past while Yuuri is a con artist who thinks Viktor might be the missing Nikiforov heir.

It’s a really satisfying story. I’ve read some historical AUs in the past, but so far, I’ve come across none that can be at par with how well Mtothedestiel writes hers. Her tone of writing matches the genre she writes in and her dialogues are convincing. The dialogues, I repeat. They’re very good. I just have to emphasize that because many times I had read dialogues in historical AUs that sound more likely to be said by someone in our time instead of someone who lives in the past.

Here’s an excerpt from Healthy Impropriety:

“Ack!” Victor tosses his crumb filled napkin into the bushes, and hurriedly straightens his coat. “Ring for a valet at once, we’ll need someone to see to Mr. Katsuki’s bags,” he orders Yuri, before thinking better, “Wait!”

“What?” Yuri demands.  Victor holds out his arms for Yuri’s inspection.  

“How do I look?”

“Like a lovestruck dolt.”

“Perfect,” Victor declares, “Then he’ll recognize my intentions at once.”

Mtothedestiel is quite a detailed writer. Learn more about her by reading the rest of this article under the cut.

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Describing Character Appearances

Anonymous asked: “Do you have any tips on how to describe characters effectively? I always find myself dumping a paragraph on their appearance the moment they appear which often really halts the action.”

Even in great manuscripts, character descriptions can come off pretty clunky. Some writers will get pretty creative to minimize that aspect of it, but it’s usually there to some degree no matter what. Though character descriptions might bog down the writing to some extent, I know they’re necessary. As a reader, I would feel that something is missing if a character wasn’t adequately described. With that said, descriptions do not have to be long, just long enough to help the reader picture him or her. 

There are a few ways strategies to describing characters that can help avoid that long description dump at the first sight of a new character:

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Writing Living, Breathing Characters

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

Sometimes this is the easiest skill to forget! I find when talking to other writers about this, it is especially muddled when writing fan fiction - though there’s a lot more thought that has to go into previously established characters constructed by someone else in writing them and making them still feel real - mostly because it’s harder to know “everything” about them. Anyway, I am going to talk today about how lately I’ve been going about the process of writing characters.

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Plotting with Flawed Characters

Anonymous asked: “Do you have any tips for writing good and believable flaws for characters and making them effect the plot?” 

All good characters are flawed in some way. Even if they are good and kind people, no one is perfect and this rule is especially true for fictional characters. Flaws do not always have to be big and in your face. They can be smaller and relatable. 

Some people will say that the character’s flaws should work directly against him in his pursuit of his goal, but I don’t think that is necessarily true. It should however effect how he progresses to his goals. When trying to connect character flaws and plots, you can either know the plot and figure out how the character will get tripped up along the way or come up with the character and try to see how that could hinder him in working towards his goals. 

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First Look: The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

The new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series from Porsche is the most powerful and unique 911 Turbo S ever. The Coupé provides 446 kW (607 hp) and is limited to 500 units worldwide. In addition to a power increase of 27 hp, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is distinct from the standard 911 Turbo S due to its unique design, higher-quality materials and luxurious details. 

The sports car is being intricately finished by hand in the new Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur at the headquarters in Zuffenhausen. Previously known as “Porsche Exclusive”, the in-house workshop specializes in tailoring to customer wishes, as well as being responsible for limited-edition series. And for the first time ever, Porsche customers can have the matching chronograph from Porsche Design configured in the same design as their sports car.

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Alien Draco commissioned by @jackwhitesgirl !

“Malfoy, you don’t honestly think you can keep this up can you? She will find out eventually you know. She’s a smart one.” Blaise leaned his head back to rest on Pansy’s stomach, watching as Draco touched his cheek making sure the glamour stuck; concealing all of his markings underneath.

“I intend to keep it up whenever I am with her, that is the goal isn’t it? To seduce and claim? How do you expect me to do that with a face like this? It isn’t normal here Blaise. Nothing about us is normal!” He hissed, raking a newly glamoured hand through his unruly silver hair.

“I understand that Draco bu-”

“No, we have a mission. One that was entrusted to us and I intend to follow it. This is the only way.” Sighing he looked at his reflection once more.

I just hope it will be enough…

From The Ones Who Heard by @jackwhitesgirl

Struggling to Start a Novel

Anonymous asked: “I really want to start writing a book that I’ve had ideas for rolling around in my mind for a while now. The only problem is I can’t find the motivation to start writing and I’m struggling with getting started. It feels like my imagination is dying!”

Starting a novel can sometimes be intimidating. It’s not physically difficult, but mentally you might face some unexpected roadblocks. I can’t say this is something I’ve ever particularly worried about, but it happens. You get in your head and psych yourself out. You love the idea you’ve been working on and feel there’s a lot riding on it when it comes to putting it on the page. 

The secret to getting over this feeling: take a deep breath and remind yourself that this isn’t the first chapter, this is the first draft. No one will know what you’re writing or if you’re writing anything great. In fact, you can even tell yourself, your idea’s not perfect. It needs work still. Even say, this is just for fun. We’ll see where this goes

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