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Free Book!!?!!

hey hello there hi

so…my book is ready to go!?

It’s called A Fugitive in Grass Valley.

it’s a pretty light romance about two dudes. (are-are will say ‘how dare you say ‘light’ i cried twice’ or something similar)

here is the thing. i put up a pre-order page for my book on amazon. it’s currently in review. hopefully there’s nothing wrong with it.

what i would like to do is give my book away for free to anyone who would like to read it in exchange for an amazon review that the reader would submit on or soon after the launch date which is JUNE 24.

i don’t think you can post reviews while it’s still in pre-order from what i understand.

i’m not asking for a 5 star review (although it would be much appreciated) or a lengthy review. just a review. just a couple lines is fiiiine.

the book is pretty short and a quick read. if you’ve ever enjoyed my fanfiction, i’d put down money that you’ll like it.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ MY BOOK FOR FREE IN EXCHANGE FOR A REVIEW PLEASE MESSAGE ME AND I’LL GET YOUR EMAIL AND SEND YOU AN EPUB. IF YOU’D PREFER A PDF I CAN DO ZAT.

TY, FRIENDS.

here’s the book description i’m putting on my amazon page:

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MY WRITING MASTERPOST

I just have a lot of writing tips and masterposts and just stuff in my likes and I decided to put them all into this. All rights goes to the people who made them.

Cool Other Masterposts:

  • Writing Specific Characters
  • Writing References
  • Writing Masterpost
  • Character Guides
  • Writing Help for Writers
  • Ultimate Writing Resource List
  • Lots of RP Guides
  • Online Writing Resources
  • List of Websites to Help You Focus
  • Resources for Writing Bio’s
  • Helpful Links for Writing Help
  • General Writing Resources
  • Resources for Biography Writing
  • Mental Ilnesses/Disorders Guides
  • 8 Words You Should Avoid While Writing
  • The Ultimate Writing Masterpost

General:

  • The Official Ten-Step Guide to Becoming the Next Gatsby
  • The Periodic Table of Storytelling
  • Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  • Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • 34 Writing Tips that will make you a Better Writer
  • 50 Free resources that will improve your writing skills
  • 5 ways to get out of the comfort zone and become a stronger writer
  • 10 ways to avoid Writing Insecurity
  • The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity
  • The Difference Between Good Writers and Bad Writers
  • You’re Not Hemingway - Developing Your Own Style
  • 7 Ways to use Brain Science to Hook Readers and Reel them In
  • 8 Short Story Tips from Kurt Vonnegut
  • How to Show, Not Tell
  • 5 Essential Story Ingredients
  • How to Write Fiction that grabs your readers from page one
  • Why research is important in writing
  • Make Your Reader Root for Your Main Character
  • Writing Ergonomics (Staying Comfortable Whilst Writing)
  • The Importance of Body Language
  • Fashion Terminology
  • All About Kissing
  • Genre Help: Romance
  • 187 Mental Illnesses
  • Types of Mental Illness
  • Eye Color List
  • Spectral Groupings
  • Do you have trouble creating your titles?
  • On being a co-writer || Additional tips on effective co-writing 
  • The length of a chapter
  • How to deal with too many story ideas
  • On writing two stories simultaneously || a similar ask
  • When a story stops working
  • Copyright
  • Reading critically for writers
  • The question of outlining
  • Avoiding publishing scams
  • Finding story ideas
  • Tips on building a platform [guest blog]
  • How much does writing “in genre” matter?
  • What a “real writer” is
  • Pennames and aliases
  • A series of thoughts on series titles
  • The self-pub miniseries: the why
  • The self-pub miniseries: the what
  • Rewriting fanfiction into original fiction
  • Formatting long quotes and songs 

Characters:

  • 10 days of Character Building
  • Name Generators
  • Name Playground
  • Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test
  • Seven Common Character Types
  • Handling a Cast of Thousands Part 1 - Getting To Know Your Characters
  • Web Resources for Developing Characters
  • Building Fictional Characters
  • Fiction Writer’s Character Chart
  • Body Language Cheat
  • Body Language Reference Cheat
  • Tips for Writers: Body Language
  • Types of Crying
  • Body Language: Mirroring
  • Character Building Workshop
  • Tips for Characterization
  • Character Chart for Fiction Writers
  • Villains are people too but…
  • How to Write a Character Bible
  • Character Development Exercises
  • All Your Characters Talk the Same - And They’re Not A Hivemind!
  • Medieval Names Archive
  • Sympathy Without Saintliness
  • Family Echo (Family Tree Maker)
  • Behind The Name
  • 100 Character Development Questions for Writers
  • Aether’s Character Development Worksheet
  • The 12 Common Archetypes
  • Six Types of Courageous Characters
  • Kazza’s List of Character Secrets - Part 1, Part 2
  • Creating Believable Characters With Personality
  • Angry
  • Bad Asses
  • Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Childishness
  • Emotional Detachment
  • Flirtatious
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Introverts (2)
  • Mean Persons (2)
  • Psychopaths
  • Party Girls
  • Rich (2) 
  • Rebels
  • Sarcasm
  • Serial Killers (2)
  • Shyness (2, 3)
  • Sluts
  • Villains (2)
  • Witt
  • Body Language Cheat Sheet
  • Creating Fictional Characters Series
  • Three Ways to Avoid Lazy Character Description
  • 7 Rules for Picking Names for Fictional Characters
  • Character Development Questionnaire
  • How to Create Fictional Characters
  • Character Name Resources
  • Character Development Template
  • Character Development Through Hobbies
  • Character Flaws List
  • 10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters
  • Ari’s Archetype Series
  • How to Craft Compelling Characters
  • List of 200 Character Traits
  • Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex
  • Making Your Characters Likable
  • Do you really know your characters?
  • Character Development: Virtues
  • Character Development: Vices
  • Character Morality Alignment
  • List of Negative Personality Traits
  • List of Positive Personality Traits
  • List of Emotions - Positive
  • List of Emotions - Negative
  • Loon’s Character Development Series - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  • Phobia List A-L (Part 1), M-Z (Part 2)
  • 30 Day In Depth Character Development Meme
  • Words for Emotions based on Severity
  • Eight Bad Characters
  • High Level Description of the Sixteen Personality Types
  • How Not to Write Female Characters
  • Writing Female Characters
  • How to write empowering female characters
  • Why I write strong female characters
  • Red Flags for Female Characters Written by Men
  • Writing strong female characters
  • The Female Character Flowchart
  • Eight Heroine Archetypes
  • Eight Hero Archetypes
  • Help on picking character names
  • A tip about realistic characters
  • Strategies to create believable characters
  • Additional tips on writing PoC characters
  • Advice on writing genders
  • Creating unstable characters
  • Ambiguous Antagonists
  • A tidbit on psychological trauma [trigger warnings]
  • On writing accents
  • What makes characters stick with me
  • Sweetening up character description
  • Making an introverted character stand out
  • Conveying too much or too little character “inner reflection”
  • Revealing a character’s asexual orientation
  • Revealing a character’s gender & orientation
  • A habit of killing characters
  • When characters aren’t standing out
  • Breaking hearts with character deaths
  • Quick tips on expressing character 
  • Character development versus pacing 
  • A mini guide to character voice
  • A Description Resource
  • 55 Words to Describe Someones Voice
  • Describing Skin Colors
  • Describing a Person: Adding Details
  • Emotions Vocabulary
  • 90 Words For ‘Looks’
  • Be More Descriptive
  • Describe a Character’s Look Well
  • 100 Words for Facial Expressions
  • To Show and Not To Tell
  • Words to Describe Facial Expressions
  • Describing Clothes
  • List of Actions
  • Tone, Feelings and Emotions
  • Writing A Vampire
  • Writing Pansexual Characters
  • Writing Characters on the Police Force
  • Writing Drunk Characters
  • Writing A Manipulative Character
  • Writing A Friends With Benefits Relationship
  • Writing A Natural Born Leader
  • Writing A Flirtatious Character
  • Writing A Nice Character
  • Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Villains
  • Five Traits to Contribute to an Epic Villain
  • Writing Villains that Rock
  • Writing British Characters
  • How To Write A Character With A Baby
  • On Assassin Characters
  • Disorders in general (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
  • Bipolar Disorder (2, 3)
  • Cotard Delusions
  • Depression (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)   
  • Eeating Disorders (2, 3)
  • Facitious Disorders
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Multiple Personality Disorder (2)
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Night Terrors
  • Kleptomania (2)
  • A Pyromaniac
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychopaths
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2) (3)
  • Sex Addiction (2)
  • Schizophrenia (2)
  • Sociopaths (2)
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Apathy 
  • Autism
  • Someone Blind (2)
  • Cancer (2, 3)
  • Disability
  • Dyslexia
  • Muteness (2, 3)
  • Stutter
  • Actors
  • Ballet Dancer (2)
  • Christianity
  • Foreigners
  • Gamblers
  • Hinduism
  • Hitmen
  • Satanism
  • Smokers
  • Stoners
  • Taoism
  • Journalists
  • Vegetarians
  • Alcohol Influence (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Cocaine Influence
  • Ecstasy Influence (2)
  • Heroin Use
  • LSD Influence
  • Marijuana Influence (2, 3)
  • Opiate Use

Tips on Writing Dialogue:

  • It’s Not What They Say…
  • Top 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue
  • Speaking of Dialogue
  • The Great Said Debate
  • He Said, She Said, Who Said What?
  • How to Write Dialogue Unique to Your Characters
  • Writing Dialogue: Go for Realistic, Not Real-Life

Tips on Writing Point of View:

  • Establishing The Right Point of View
  • How to Start Writing in the Third Person
  • The I Problem

Style & Craft of Writing:

  • The literary “weak verb”
  • Do you have word tics?
  • Victoria’s Vitamins: vague descriptive words
  • Victoria’s Vitamins: mood
  • Breaking writing habits
  • Varying sentences
  • Describing colors
  • Sweetening up character description
  • Purple prose
  • Grammar is a tricksy thing
  • “Smartening” the language of your narrative
  • Building suspense and making readers sweat
  • A couple tips about description in fast-paced scenes

Content:

  • The story of exposition
  • 10 ways to hit your reader in the gut
  • Make your reader root for your main character
  • Make your reader hold their breath
  • What’s the big deal about intros?
  • A tip about description
  • The word count of your manuscript
  • Things that make me keep reading
  • Choosing ideas and endings
  • When to describe setting
  • Battling cliches
  • Is your story YA, NA, or adult?
  • When a plot isn’t strong enough to make a whole story
  • Flashbacks with multiple POVs
  • Bulking up your word count
  • Avoiding cliches
  • Conquer that opening line || response || discussion
  • Tips on revealing setting awesomely kind of
  • Deciding between different ideas for the same story 

Revision:

  • You’ve finished your manuscript! Now what?
  • Revision sucks but doesn’t have to suck
  • Where to find beta readers/critique partners
  • Tips on taking critique
  • Tips on giving critique
  • What to do with bad writing advice
  • Additional insight on bad writing advice
  • Five quick steps to get into revising that manuscript
  • When to say you’re done revising
  • Beginning the awesome journey of revision
  • Friends are not always the best readers 

Plot, Structure, & Outline:

  • Writing A Novel Using the Snowflake Method
  • Effectively Outlining Your Novel
  • Conflict and Character Within Story Structure
  • Outlining Your Plot
  • Ideas, Plots and Using the Premise Sheets
  • How To Write A Novel
  • Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense
  • Plunge Right In…Into Your Story, That Is
  • Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot
  • 36 (plus one) Dramatic Situations
  • The Evil Overlord Devises A Plot: Excerpt from Stupid Plot Tricks
  • Conflict Test
  • What is Conflict?
  • Monomyth
  • The Hero’s Journey: Summary of Steps
  • Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes
  • Plotting Without Fears
  • Novel Outlining 101
  • Writing The Perfect Scene
  • One-Page Plotting
  • The Great Swampy Middle
  • How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?
  • Create A Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps
  • How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel
  • Create Structure in your novel using index cards
  • Choosing the best outline method for you
  • Hatch’s Plot Bank

Setting & Making Your Own World

  • Magical Word Builder’s Guide
  • I Love The End Of The World
  • World Building 101
  • The Art of Description: Eight Tips to Help Bring Your Settings to Life
  • Creating the Perfect Setting - Part 1
  • Creating a Believable World
  • Setting
  • Character and Setting Interactions
  • Maps Workshop - Developing the Fictional World Through Mapping
  • World Builders Project
  • How To Create Fantasy Worlds
  • Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds

Helpful Tools & Software:

  • Tip Of My Tongue - Find the word you’re looking for
  • Write or Die - Stay motivated
  • Stay Focused - Tool for Chrome, lock yourself out of distracting websites
  • My Writing Nook - Online Text Editor, Free
  • Bubbl.us - Online Mind Map Application, Free
  • Family Echo - Online Family Tree Maker, Free
  • Freemind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
  • Xmind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
  • Liquid Story Binder - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $45.95; Windows, Portable
  • Scrivener - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $39.95; Mac
  • SuperNotecard - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
  • yWriter - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free; Windows, Linux, portable
  • JDarkRoom - Minimalist Text Editing Application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
  • AutoRealm - Map Creation Application; free; Windows, Linux with Wine

Grammer & Revision:

  • How To Rewrite
  • Editing Recipe
  • Cliche Finder
  • Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written
  • Writing 101: Revising A Novel
  • 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes
  • Synonyms for the Most Commonly Used Words of the English Language
  • Grammar Urban Legends
  • Words Instead of Walk (2)
  • Commonly Confused Adjectives
  • A Guide on Punctuation
  • Common Writing Mistakes
  • 25 Synoms for ‘Expession’
  • How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words
  • Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
  • The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
  • Other Ways to Say..
  • Proofreading
  • 300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
  • List of Misused Words
  • Words for Sex
  • 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words
  • Words to Use More Often
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’
  • Three Self Editing Tips
  • Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’
  • Synonyms for Common Words
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’
  • Transitional Words
  • The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’
  • Synonyms for ‘Wrote’
  • A Case Of She Said, She Said

Creativity Boosters:

  • *Creative Writing Prompts
  • *Ink Provoking
  • *Story Starter
  • *Story Spinner
  • *Story Kitchen
  • *Language is a Virus
  • *The Dabbling Mum
  • Quick Story Idea Generator
  • Solve Your Problems By Simply Saying Them Out Loud
  • Busting Your Writing Rut
  • Creative Acceleration: 11 Tips To Engineer A Productive Flow
  • Writing Inspiration, Or Sex on a Bicycle
  • The Seven Major Beginner Mistakes
  • Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits
  • Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging
  • Random Book Title Generator
  • Finishing Your Novel
  • Story Starters & Idea Generators
  • Words to Use More Often
  • How to: Cure Writer’s Block
  • Some Tips on Writer’s Block
  • Got Writer’s Block?
  • 6 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
  • Tips for Dealing With Writer’s Block

Improvement:

  • Improve Your Writing Habits Now
  • 5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing
  • Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities
  • Improve Your Paras
  • Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
  • 4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
  • Writing Better Than You Normally Do
  • How’s My Driving?

Motivation:

  • Backhanding procrastination
  • On habits and taking care of yourself || Response
  • More troubles with writing motivation
  • The inner critic and ways to fight it
  • The writing life is hard on us
  • For troubles with starting your story
  • Writing to be published
  • “You’re a writer, will you write this for me?”
  • Writing a story that’s doomed to suck
  • Writing stamina builds slowly
  • When depression goes and writing goes with it
  • Additional inner critic strategies
  • Tips on conquering NaNoWriMo (or any project, really)
  • You will change as a writer
  • Ways to keep writing while in school
  • 13 quick tips when you’re starting your novel
  • First draft blues
  • Getting in your own way 

Writing an Application:

  • How to: Make That Application Your Bitch
  • How to: Make Your App Better
  • How to: Submit a Flawless Audition
  • 10 Tips for Applying
  • Para Sample Ideas
  • 5 Tips on Writing an IC Para Sample
  • Writing an IC Sample Without Escaping From the Bio
  • How to: Create a Worthy IC Para Sample
  • How to: Write an Impressive Para Sample
  • How to: Lengthen Short Para’s

Prompts:

  • Drabble Stuff
  • Prompts List
  • Writing Prompts
  • Drabble Prompts
  • How to Get Into Character
  • Writing Challenges/Prompts
  • A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs
  • Para Prompts & Ideas
  • Writing Prompts for Journal Entries
  • A List of Para Starters
how to support indie authors

since self-publishing my first book, I discovered there are so many things I never knew about helping other self-published poets.

so, I’ve made a post combining everything I’ve learned and I would love for you to add your insight to this post as well.

  • buy the book. don’t ask for free copies. self-published writers are self-funded. fortunately, the process is fairly cheap, but that doesn’t mean we have the funds to buy a bunch of our own books and give them away. if you can’t afford it at the current price, wait for a possible sale or free book promotion. (additionally, I don’t have a problem with book bloggers asking for a copy in exchange for a review–just don’t get mad when we may not be able to provide a free copy.)
  • spread the word. if you bought it and loved it, spread the word. if you want it but can’t afford it at the moment, spread the word. most self-pubbed authors don’t have funds for traditional advertising methods. we rely on word-of-mouth advertising. follow their social media accounts and be sure to retweet, reblog, share, etc. when they post about their book. recommend the book to your friends and family. post pictures of the book on your social media too!
  • leave a review! this is a big one. you should do this with traditionally published authors as well. on Amazon, the more reviews you have, the more visibility your book will get. even if it’s as simple as “five stars, highly recommend,” it will go a long way.
  • cross-post your reviews! so many book reviewers leave a review on Goodreads and not on the retail site they purchased the book from. be sure to leave them on both!
  • while reviews are mainly meant to inform potential readers about the book, authors read them too. reviews are intended to be helpful. that being said, if you hated the book, that’s okay. honesty is great. but it will help both the potential reader AND the author if you share why, rather than just “book sucked, don’t buy.”
  • shipping delays and misprints are not our fault–please do not blame us. leaving a one star review because the book came a day late will lower an author’s ratings, and it’s for something completely out of their control. if you had a shipping error or misprint, please contact the support team of the retail site so they can help you.
  • don’t complain about the prices. in general, authors make very little off of each book. while self-published authors do have the freedom to set their own price, after manufacturing, printing, and shipping costs are taken out, we receive very little.  

I know there are a lot more ways to help authors so if you want to add to this list, please feel free!

(and I wouldn’t be a true author if I didn’t promote myself on this post, so if you would like to check out my best-selling poetry book, you can do so here.)

-shelby leigh

New Young Writers + Self-Publishing

I want to start this by saying I have NOTHING against self-publishing. Some authors SHOULD self-publish and they do it well because they’ve done the research, they’ve gotten their work copy-edited, they know how to market the book, they brand themselves. But, I’ve been seeing a lot of young writers (teens and twenty-somethings) who came from fanfiction writing and want to try their hand at writing original work. They write their first original novel… and then they put it up on amazon for the hell of it. They think it doesn’t matter if they sell a few copies, that’s a few dollars, right? DON’T DO THIS.

The problem with this is that later down the road, if those same authors want to explore traditional publishing… it will be harder because they now have sales baggage. Agents will ask about what work they’ve previously published and that self-pubbed book they posted up late one night on a whim and got maybe a handful of sales? That counts. And that means they’ve debuted as a self-pubbed author, which makes launching them through a traditional publisher will be much more different than if they had a completely clean slate. It makes agents and publishers more wary about picking them up.

A while ago there had been a self-publishing bubble where traditional publishes snapped up a lot of original self-pubbed books, but that has since more or less burst. Why? Well because in most cases the publisher discovered that quite a few of those self-pubbed books already maxed out their audience or reached their peak. Making it not so lucrative for them to relaunch the books. Not everyone is going to buy the new version if they already bought an older version unless the story has drastically changed.

Another thing to consider is that most often, self-pubbed pricing is considerably less than the list pricing of traditionally published books. Selling a thousand copies at $0.99 is very different from selling a thousand copies at $9.99 or higher. Less people are going to buy that same book if the pricing is higher. And very few traditional publishers are going to sell books consistently at $0.99. Maybe the occasional promo to mark the e-book down, but they won’t sell a paperback or hardcover at that price point. They need to cover their expenses to create those. Most successful self-pubbed authors sell a LOT of copies, thousands, hundreds of thousands, more even. They’ve reached non-Amazon bestseller lists (i.e. USA Today). They have legions of loyal fans who will buy anything they write because they know how to brand themselves and market their books. If your self-pubbed book isn’t hitting those numbers and that kind of audience, then it’s going to be very hard to convince a publisher to invest money in you.

So, as an agent, if someone approaches me with a book they already self-published, the first thing I ask is what were the sales and at what price point. And those numbers… that weighs in on my decision to take them on or not, because I know those same numbers are going to be something a publisher will have to overcome. It also makes me assume certain things about the author, like are they going to be impatient with me because they’re used to doing everything themselves? Traditional publishing works slowly and if they are used to just clicking a few buttons and having their work up, then they might get frustrated with the entire process. Or I might be wondering why they would want to move their book from self-pubbed to traditional publishing, could it be because the self-pubbing didn’t work out for them? That may mean they don’t know how to market themselves or there is no audience there. A million different questions arises and I start thinking they might simply be not worth the trouble. Especially if my inbox is already filled with fresh writers whose first book has NOT been previously published and the writing is just as strong.

So my advice to young writers: DO YOUR RESEARCH. Learn about what it takes to publish a book. If you decide that self-publishing is the way to go for you then do it, but do it right. Invest in copy-editing, cover design, marketing. A traditional book usually goes through at least 10 different people before it releases. If you are self-pubbing, YOU are doing all those 10 different jobs. So think critically before you just post it up. I know a lot of young writers don’t even know what the publishing process looks like, so consider this a PSA. Don’t jeopardize your chances just because you didn’t know better or because you are impatient. If being an author is really the career path you want for yourself then do your homework. People will expect you to be mature and professional.

wilddragonflying  asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you could maybe speak about how you went about getting published? Are you doing it thru Amazon or a publishing house? I'm working on a manuscript of my own but it won't be ready for quite some time, but I'm floundering a little on the publishing process

I’m currently not yet published as I am publishing my work myself through Amazon, though that’ll change soon.

I tried seeing what a few houses would think of the manuscript, including a few places I used to work for, and while they were all receptive of my style and really keen on a few things, they were not so keen on the polyamory and basically wanted me to turn it back into a love triangle one true love style story, cause “that’s what sells” and considering the whole point of the novel was to defy that toxic trope and actually have some happy poly romance, I ultimately decided on self publishing and went back to doing the story the way I really wanted it to be.

I’ll say this much though as someone who has worked the other side of the industry: finish the story first.

Don’t get ahead of yourself worrying about how you’re going to get it out there until you’re done with a full first draft. Once you’re done you’ll have a better idea of what is right for you, either through indie house, self pub or if you want to find an agent to go the trad pub route. Until then, you’re getting ahead of yourself and distracting yourself from the very important goal of Getting It Done. And the majority of publishers and agents don’t want to hear from people with great ideas and half written manuscripts. They want people who can prove they can produce and finish work–and then they’ll listen to your half finished ideas.

Get the book done. Then rewrite it. (You always end up rewriting, the first draft is just you telling yourself the story) Then worry about whether or not you’re going to try striking out on your own or if you want to try and find an agent/publisher.

DELILAH'S SUPER BIG WRITING MASTERPOST

I’ve been stockpiling tons of writing resources over the years, and I got bored and decided to organize all of them and make a masterpost.  Enjoy!

GENERAL TIPS AND ADVICE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Tips From Great Authors

34 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer

Things Almost Every Author Needs To Research

Eight Short Story Tips

How To Stop Procrastinating

Ten Exercises In Creativity

How To Show (Not Tell)

Ten Ways To Avoid Writing Insecurity

Why Research Is Important In Writing

Five Ways To Get Out Your Comfort Zone

Seven Ways To Use Brain Science To Hook Readers And Reel Them In

The Difference Between Good And Bad Writers

Five Essential Story Ingredients

Formatting Your Manuscript

Four Ways To Have Confidence In Your Writing

Best Apps For Writers

Online Whiteboard

This Sentence Has 5 Words

Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips

The Official Ten-Step Guide to Becoming the Next Gatsby

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

34 Writing Tips that will make you a Better Writer

50 Free resources that will improve your writing skills

5 ways to get out of the comfort zone and become a stronger writer

10 ways to avoid Writing Insecurity

The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity

The Difference Between Good Writers and Bad Writers

You’re Not Hemingway - Developing Your Own Style

7 Ways to use Brain Science to Hook Readers and Reel them In

8 Short Story Tips from Kurt Vonnegut

How to Show, Not Tell

5 Essential Story Ingredients

How to Write Fiction that grabs your readers from page one

Why research is important in writing

Make Your Reader Root for Your Main Character

Writing Ergonomics (Staying Comfortable Whilst Writing)

Do you have trouble creating your titles?

On being a co-writer || Additional tips on effective co-writing

The length of a chapter

How to deal with too many story ideas

On writing two stories simultaneously || a similar ask

When a story stops working

Copyright

Reading critically for writers

The question of outlining

Avoiding publishing scams

Finding story ideas

Tips on building a platform [guest blog]

How much does writing “in genre” matter?

What a “real writer” is

Pennames and aliases

A series of thoughts on series titles

The self-pub miniseries: the why

The self-pub miniseries: the what

Rewriting fanfiction into original fiction

Formatting long quotes and songs

General Writing Tips

Improve Your Writing Habits Now

5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing

Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing

4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing

Writing Better Than You Normally Do

How’s My Driving?

Avoiding Unfortunate Implications

Begin A Novel

Finishing Your Novel

Creating Conflict

Show Not Tell

Getting Out Of The Comfort Zone

A Guide To Writing Sci-Fi

Naming The Story

The Right Point Of View

Essential Story Ingredients

Writing Fantasy Masterpost

Five Rules For Thrillers

Pacing Action Scenes

Writing Races

Using Gender Neutral Pronouns

Dos and Don’t of Writing

How To Avoid Tense Change

Seven Steps To A Perfect Story

How To Write A Novel

Finishing Your Novel

Novel Outlining 101

Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes

13 Most Common Errors On A Novels First Page

How To Organize And Develop Ideas For Your Novel

7 steps to the perfect story

7 Offensive Mistakes Well-Intentioned Writers Make

PROMPTS

creative writing prompts

Imagination Prompt Generator

Writing Exercises

*Creative Writing Prompts

Drabble Stuff

Prompts List

Writing Prompts

Drabble Prompts

How to Get Into Character

Writing Challenges/Prompts

A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs

Para Prompts & Ideas

Writing Prompts for Journal Entries

A List of Para Starters

Prompt Generator Lists

Creative Writing Prompts

Story Starting Sentences

Story Spinner

Story Kitchen

Writing Prompt Generator

Quick Story Generator

Dramatic Scenes

Plot Bank

Masterpost of Writing Execrises

Writers Block?

Visual and word prompts on pinerest boards

Drabble Stuff

Prompts List

Writing Prompts

Drabble Prompts

How to Get Into Character

Writing Challenges/Prompts

A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs

Para Prompts & Ideas

A List of Para Starters

Prompt Generators

Writing Prompt Generators



USEFUL WEBSITES

Tip of my tongue

Wridea

List of Unusual Words

Picometer

Cut Up Machine

Orion’s Arm

Word Frequency Counter

Phrase Frequency Counter

My Writing Nook

Writer: The Internet Typewriter

The Forge

One Word

Confusing Words

Cliché Finder

Write or Die - Stay motivated

Stay Focused - Tool for Chrome, lock yourself out of distracting websites

My Writing Nook - Online Text Editor, Free

Bubbl.us - Online Mind Map Application, Free

Family Echo - Online Family Tree Maker, Free

Freemind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable

Xmind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable

Liquid Story Binder - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $45.95; Windows,

Portable

Scrivener - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $39.95; Mac

SuperNotecard - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable

yWriter - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free; Windows, Linux, portable

JDarkRoom - Minimalist Text Editing Application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable

AutoRealm - Map Creation Application; free; Windows, Linux with Wine

Online Brainstorm

Family Tree Maker

Stay Focused

Writeometer App

Hemingway App

The Writing Café (My personal favorite)

Reference for Writers

The Writing Realm

website that helps with editing

website that helps with organization!

writing board - plan family trees, timelines etc with pictures and videos

MORE MASTERPOSTS

writing ref

wonderful writing resources masterlist

the ULTIMATE writing masterpost

Writing References

Writing Masterpost

Writing Help for Writers

Ultimate Writing Resource List

Lots of RP Guides

Online Writing Resources

List of Websites to Help You Focus

Helpful Links for Writing Help

General Writing Resources

Mental Ilnesses/Disorders Guides

The Ultimate Writing Masterpost

Masterlist: Jobs

Martha’s Vineyard Job Masterlist

Masterlist: Para Ideas

HUGE masterpost (X) (X) (X)

Claire’s Super Exciting Writing Masterpost

MOTIVATION

Backhanding procrastination

On habits and taking care of yourself || Response

More troubles with writing motivation

The inner critic and ways to fight it

The writing life is hard on us

For troubles with starting your story

Writing to be published

“You’re a writer, will you write this for me?”

Writing a story that’s doomed to suck

Writing stamina builds slowly

When depression goes and writing goes with it

Additional inner critic strategies

Tips on conquering NaNoWriMo (or any project, really)

You will change as a writer

Ways to keep writing while in school

13 quick tips when you’re starting your novel

First draft blues

Getting in your own way

Getting Inspired

CREATIVITY BOOSTERS

music to help you write

Things to listen to while you write:

  • Coffitivity

  • August Ambience

  • Rainy Mood

  • Forest Mood

  • SimplyNoise

  • Soundrown

  • iSerenity

  • Nature Sound Player

  • myNoise

Music to help you write! (X)

Music Inspiration for Writing Fighting/Intense Scenes

Music to Make You Feel Awesome/Happy

Music to Influence You to Write

*Ink Provoking

*Story Starter

*Story Spinner

*Story Kitchen

*Language is a Virus

*The Dabbling Mum

Quick Story Idea Generator

Solve Your Problems By Simply Saying Them Out Loud

Busting Your Writing Rut

Creative Acceleration: 11 Tips To Engineer A Productive Flow

Writing Inspiration, Or Sex on a Bicycle

Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging

IMPROVEMENT

Improve Your Writing Habits Now

5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing

Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities

Improve Your Paras

Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing

4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing

Writing Better Than You Normally Do

How’s My Driving?

BEATING WRITER’S BLOCK

writers block (1) (2)

Some Tips on Writer’s Block

Got Writer’s Block?

6 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

How to: Cure Writer’s Block

Tips for Dealing With Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block? No problem

Writer’s Block Resource

A Guide to Writer’s Block

911 Writers block?

99 Ways To Beat Writers Block

How to: Cure Writer’s Block

REVISION

You’ve finished your manuscript! Now what?

Revision sucks but doesn’t have to suck

Where to find beta readers/critique partners

Tips on taking critique

Tips on giving critique

What to do with bad writing advice

Additional insight on bad writing advice

Five quick steps to get into revising that manuscript

When to say you’re done revising

Beginning the awesome journey of revision

Friends are not always the best readers

General Revision Tips

Cliché Finder

Reading What You’ve Wrote So Far

Revising A Novel

Writing 101: Revising Your Novel

Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written

things to remember while editing your work

How To Rewrite

Editing Recipe

CHARACTERS

get to know your character fill in sheet

writing specific character types

Family Tree Maker

Tips For Characterization

mary sue litmus test

The Importance Of Body Language

Possible Careers for Characters

Character Writing Exercise

123 Ideas For Character Flaws

Three Ways To Avoid Lazy Character Description

How To Create Fictional Characters

Writing Magical Characters

Character Development Sheet

Character Development Worksheet

Character Chart

Character Chart For Fiction Writers

100 Character Development Questions For Writers

Ten Questions For Creating Believable Characters

Ten Days Of Character Building

Writing Specific Characters

Character Guides

10 days of Character Building

Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test

Seven Common Character Types

Handling a Cast of Thousands Part 1 - Getting To Know Your Characters

Web Resources for Developing Characters

Building Fictional Characters

Fiction Writer’s Character Chart

Character Building Workshop

Tips for Characterization

Character Chart for Fiction Writers

Villains are people too but…

How to Write a Character Bible

Character Development Exercises

All Your Characters Talk the Same - And They’re Not A Hivemind!

100 Character Development Questions for Writers

Aether’s Character Development Worksheet

The 12 Common Archetypes

Six Types of Courageous Characters

Kazza’s List of Character Secrets - Part 1, Part 2

Creating Believable Characters With Personality

Angry

Bad Asses

Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Childishness

Emotional Detachment

Flirtatious

The Girl Next Door

Introverts (2)

Mean Persons (2)

Psychopaths

Party Girls

Rich (2)

Rebels

Sarcasm

Serial Killers (2)

Shyness (2, 3)

Sluts

Villains (2)

Witt

Body Language Cheat Sheet

Creating Fictional Characters Series

Three Ways to Avoid Lazy Character Description

Character Development Questionnaire

How to Create Fictional Characters

Character Name Resources

Character Development Template

Character Development Through Hobbies

Character Flaws List

10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters

Ari’s Archetype Series

How to Craft Compelling Characters

List of 200 Character Traits

Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex

Making Your Characters Likable

Do you really know your characters?

Loon’s Character Development Series - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Phobia List A-L (Part 1), M-Z (Part 2)

30 Day In Depth Character Development Meme

Eight Bad Characters

High Level Description of the Sixteen Personality Types

How Not to Write Female Characters

Writing Female Characters

How to write empowering female characters

Why I write strong female characters

Red Flags for Female Characters Written by Men

Writing strong female characters

The Female Character Flowchart

Eight Heroine Archetypes

Eight Hero Archetypes

A tip about realistic characters

Strategies to create believable characters

Additional tips on writing PoC characters

Advice on writing genders

Creating unstable characters

Ambiguous Antagonists

A tidbit on psychological trauma [trigger warnings]

On writing accents

What makes characters stick with me

Sweetening up character description

Making an introverted character stand out

Conveying too much or too little character “inner reflection”

Revealing a character’s asexual orientation

Revealing a character’s gender & orientation

A habit of killing characters

When characters aren’t standing out

Breaking hearts with character deaths

Quick tips on expressing character

Character development versus pacing

A mini guide to character voice

Writing A Vampire

Writing Pansexual Characters

Writing Characters on the Police Force

Writing Drunk Characters

Writing A Manipulative Character

Writing A Friends With Benefits Relationship

Writing A Natural Born Leader

Writing A Flirtatious Character

Writing A Nice Character

Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Villains

Five Traits to Contribute to an Epic Villain

Writing Villains that Rock

Writing British Characters

How To Write A Character With A Baby

On Assassin Characters

Types of Voice

55 Words to Describe Someone’s Voice

Showing Character Emotion

Character Motivation

Writing Characters Of Colour

More On Writing Characters Of Colour

Describing A Character’s Skin Colour

All Characters Talk The Same

Character Description

100 Character Development Questions

Character Development Questionnaire

30 Day Character Development Meme

Character Development Check List

Character Development Through Hobbies

List Of Character Secrets - Part 1 - Part 2

Mysterious Characters

Flat Characters

European Characters

Creating Believable Characters

Writing A Character Who Has Lost Someone Important

Writing A Drunk Character

Writing Manipulative Characters

Writing Vampires

Writing Witty Characters

Writing Natural Born Leaders

Writing Rebellious Characters

Writing Hitmen

Writing Indifferent Distance Characters

Writing Bitchy Characters

Writing Popular Characters

Writing Rich Characters

Writing Child Characters

Writing Villains

Villain Archetypes

Writing Stalkers

Avoiding LGBTQ Stereotypes

Writing Homosexuals as a Heterosexual

Writing Males as a Female

Writing Convincing Male Characters

Writing Characters Of The Opposite Sex

Revealing A Characters Gender

The Roles Of Characters

Creating Fictional Characters From Scratch

Creating A Strong, Weak Character

Writing Characters Using Conflict And Backstory

Writing A Character Based On Yourself

Switching Up A ‘Too-Perfect’ Character

Help I Have A Mary-Sue!

Biography Writing

Connections (2)

Titles

Personalities

Habits

Addictions and Bad Habits

Bad Habits

Character Habits

Character Quirks

Phobias (2)

Secrets

300 Possible Secrets to Give Your Characters

I Bet You Didn’t Know..

Character Plots And Secrets (2)

Celebrity Secrets

Secret Masterlist

Quotes

Song Lyrics Masterlist

Favorite Quotes: TV and Movies

Favorite Quotes: Notable Authors

Favorite Quotes: Celebrities

Favorite Quotes: Popular Books (2)

Quotes From Songs

Character Quotes

Masterlist of Song Lyrics

Biography Lyrics

A Masterlist of Quotes

+130 Quotes

The Quotation Garden

Mary Sue’s

A Mary Sue In The Inbox

Your Character Is A Sue, Not Just A Mary Or Gary

Not Writing A Mary Sue

Character Developement

Character Development Questionaire

Character Surveys

C.D. Questionaire

30 Day Character Development Meme

Character Development Questions (2)

100 Pt. Questionaire

IC and OOC Surveys

Online Test for Character Building

30 Days of Character Development

How to: Develop Characters

Get To Know Your Characters

Character Flaws

Body Language (X)

Character Flaws

Guide to Making an Original Character

Guide to Character Development

100+ Character Development Questions for Writers

How Your Character Views the World

Body language (cheat sheet)

Character Development Questions (2)

Difference Between Personality and Behavior

Writing Specific Characters

Character Guides

Angry

Bad Asses

Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Childishness

Emotional Detachment

Flirtatious

The Girl Next Door

Introverts (2)

Mean Persons (2)

Psychopaths

Party Girls

Rich (2)

Rebels

Sarcasm

Serial Killers (2)

Shyness (2, 3)

Sluts

Villains (2)

Witt

How to Play a Sociopath

How to Write a College Student in New York City

How to Write an Extreme Feminist

How to Play a Soccer Player

How to Write a Character Who Self Harms

How to Play a Neat Freak

How to Play a Female Bartender

How to Play a Military Brat

How to Play a Comic Relief Character

How to Play a Suicidal Character

How to Play a Gay or Lesbian Character

How to Portray a Bitchy/Vicious Character

How to Write a British Character

How to Write a Character with Memory Loss

How to Write a Character with Dyslexia

How to Write a Character with Insomnia

How to Write a Male Character

How to Write a Character Who Suffers from Depression

How to Write a Southern Character

How to Write a Character from Michigan (I’m from Michigan and this is 100% accurate, I’m not even joking.)

How to Write Miscarriage

How to Write a Smart/Clever Character

Writing A Flirtatious Character

what motivates your characters

Resources for Writing Bio’s

Body Language Cheat

Body Language Reference Cheat

Tips for Writers: Body Language

Types of Crying

Body Language: Mirroring

Sympathy Without Saintliness

Family Echo (Family Tree Maker)

Body Language Cheat

Body Language Reference Cheat

Tips for Writers: Body Language

Types of Crying

Body Language: Mirroring

Ways to Reveal Character

Tips for Writers: Body Language

Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test

Villains are people too but…





BIOS

Character Bio Help

Components of Your Biographies

Character sheet (2, 3)

Need Help With Character Creation?

How to: Draw Inspiration for Characters From Music

How to: Write a Biography (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

How to: Write a Fully Developed Character

How to: Create a Cast of Characters (2)

Writing an Original Character (2, 3)

Creating Believable Characters (2, 3)

Bio Formats (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Little Things You Can Add To Your Bios

Bio Twists

Songs for Biographies

Masterlist of Bio Lyrics

Masterlist of Bio Quotes

Biography Lyrics

Writing a BIO

Character Biography Help

Bio Formats (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

BIO help

NAMES

unisex names

fictional people and place names generator

Online Etymology Dictionary

7 Rules Of Picking Names For Fictional Characters

Names In Different Time Periods

Behind The Name

Meaning Of Names

Fake Name Generator

Random Name Generator

Quick Name Generator

Fantasy Name Generator

Baby Names Country

Muslim Names And Meanings

Indian Names And Meanings

Name Playground

Location and Setting name generator

Name Generators

Name Playground

Medieval Names Archive

Behind The Name

7 Rules for Picking Names for Fictional Characters

7 Rules For Picking Names

Character Names

Character Name Resources

Surnames Masterpost

Female Names (2, 3, 4, 5)

Male Names (2, 3, 4, 5)

Last Names  (2, 3, 4)

Names!

Last Names  (2, 3, 4)

Help on picking character names

TRAITS

Character Trait Masterlist

List to Character Traits

Character Traits Descriptive Adjectives

Character Trait List

List of Character Traits

Character Trait Examples

Character Traits

Character Traits

Positive Personality Traits

638 Primary Personality Traits

Positive Character Traits

The 10 Most Important Personality Traits for Career Success

Traits of Human Consciousness

List of Positive Personality Traits

Personal Qualities List

Negative Personality Traits

List of Negative Personality Traits

List of Negative Personality Traits

10 Traits you will be Hated for

Negative Character Traits

List of Virtues

List of Vices

Character Trait Generator

Character Development: Virtues

Character Development: Vices

Character Morality Alignment

List of Negative Personality Traits

List of Positive Personality Traits

MBTI Personality Test

MBTI Personality Descriptions

123 Character Flaws

Character Trait Cheat Sheet

List of Personality Traits

Character Virtues And Vices

Underused Personalities

Write Real People Generator

Jung’s 16 Personality Types

Underused Character Personalities

Birth-Order: Personality Traits

The Difference Between Personality and Behavior

How to: Show a Characters Personality In a Paragraph

16 Character Traits

Underused Personalities

Personality Traits

Positive (2)

Negative (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Both (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

SETTING

Masterpost For Writers Creating Their Own World

World Building 101

Creating A Believable World

Maps Workshop - Developing The Fictional World Through Mapping

Creating Fantasy And Science Fiction Worlds

Writing Fantasy

Myths

Creating The Perfect Setting

City Map Generator

Clevergirlhelps’ Brilliant Post on City Planning

Thewritingcafe’s Brilliant Post on City Planning

Streets VS Monuments

How to create a grid in Photoshop

City Brushes

Cities to inspire you (1)(2)(3)(4)

How Geography Affects Climate

How Streets Evolve as Cities Grow

History of Building Materials

Climates

Magical Word Builder’s Guide

I Love The End Of The World

World Building 101

The Art of Description: Eight Tips to Help Bring Your Settings to Life

Creating the Perfect Setting - Part 1

Creating a Believable World

Setting

Character and Setting Interactions

Maps Workshop - Developing the Fictional World Through Mapping

World Builders Project

How To Create Fantasy Worlds

Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds

Average Weather Settings

Apocalypses

World Building 101

Bringing Settings To Life

Creating A Believable World

Mapping A Fictional World

Mapping Your World

Religion in Setting

5 Editing Tips

Locations

Australia

Boston

California (2, 3)

England/Britain (2, 3, 4, 5)

New York

Prison

London

The South (2)

Popular Places to Eat

Useful Geographical Descriptors for Writers

Tips on Creating a Fictional Town in America

Average Weather for Your Setting

How to Create Your Own World

A Guide to Los Angeles

Average weather for your setting

fantasy world map generator



DESCRIPTIONS

Eye Color List

A Description Resource

55 Words to Describe Someones Voice

Describing Skin Colors

Describing a Person: Adding Details

A Description Resource

55 Words to Describe Someones Voice

Describing Skin Colors

Describing a Person: Adding Details

Be More Descriptive

Describe a Character’s Look Well

100 Words for Facial Expressions

To Show and Not To Tell

Words to Describe Facial Expressions

Describing colors

Sweetening up character description

Words to Describe Facial Expressions

Describing Clothes

Be More Descriptive

Describe a Character’s Look Well

Words for Emotions based on Severity

Words that could come in handy when describing skin tones

Words to Describe Facial Expressions

words to describe someone’s voice

Be More Descriptive

Types Of Crying

Eye Colours

Skin Tones

Shades Of Hair

Writing Eye Colors

Hair Color Reference Chart

A couple tips about description in fast-paced scenes

GRAMMAR

Grammar is a tricksy thing

How To Rewrite

Editing Recipe

Cliche Finder

Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written

Writing 101: Revising A Novel

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

Synonyms for the Most Commonly Used Words of the English Language

Grammar Urban Legends

Words Instead of Walk (2)

Commonly Confused Adjectives

A Guide on Punctuation

Common Writing Mistakes

25 Synoms for ‘Expession’

How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words

Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket

The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups

Other Ways to Say..

Proofreading

300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words

List of Misused Words

Words for Sex

100 Beautiful and Ugly Words

Words to Use More Often

Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’

Three Self Editing Tips

Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’

Synonyms for Common Words

Alternatives for ‘Smile’

Transitional Words

The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’

Synonyms for ‘Wrote’

A Case Of She Said, She Said

Words Instead of Walk (2)

Commonly Confused Adjectives

A Guide on Punctuation

Common Writing Mistakes

25 Synoms for ‘Expession’

How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words

Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket

The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups

Other Ways to Say..

Proofreading

300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words

List of Misused Words

Words for Sex

100 Beautiful and Ugly Words

Words to Use More Often

Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’

Three Self Editing Tips

Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’

Synonyms for Common Words

Alternatives for ‘Smile’

Transitional Words

The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’

Synonyms for ‘Wrote’

A Case Of She Said, She Said

Words to Use Instead of “Whispered”

List of Adjectives for Movements (Fast)

List of Adjectives for Movements (Slow)

List of Adjectives for Touch & Feel

List of Adjectives for Taste

List of Adjectives for Smell

List of Adjectives for Hearing (Soft Sounds)

List of Adjectives for Hearing (Loud Sounds)

List of Adjectives for Personal Traits & Characteristics

List of Adjectives for Characters

List of Adjectives for Resumes (Self-Descriptive)

List of Adjectives for Mood

List of Adjectives for Action/Actions

List of Adjectives for Shapes & Patterns

List of Adjectives for Slight Words

Colors in Writing

List of Adjectives for the Color Red

List of Adjectives for the Color Blue

List of Adjectives for the Color Yellow & Orange

List of Adjectives for the Color Green

List of Adjectives for the Color White

List of Adjectives for the Color Purple

List of Adjectives for the Color Black & Grey

List of Adjectives for the Color Brown

Need Help with a Word?

Commonly Used Terms & Phrases: Internet Edition

Pick Up Lines

Insult Generators

Rare Words

Describing Emotions Chart

Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket

Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’

alternatives to “whispered”

20 most common grammatical errors

alternatives to “said”

alternatives to “whispered”

Urban Legends From The World Of Grammar

20 Common Grammar Mistakes

Synonyms For Said

Alternatives For But

Alternatives For Angry

Alternatives For Whispered

200 Words To Describe Light

45 Ways To Avoid Saying Very

Colour Names

Other Ways To Say…

Lay vs Lie

Make Words Longer

Words And Meanings

Common English Mistakes

Tip Of My Tongue

Cliche Finder

8 Words You Should Avoid While Writing

Alternatives To Said

Avoid Saying ‘Very…’

100 Ways To Say Good

Synonyms For Common Words

Urban Legends On Grammar

Common Grammar Mistakes

90 Words For ‘Looks’

100 Words for Facial Expressions

To Show and Not To Tell

List of Actions

Remember your word!

Random sentence/word/paragraph generator

Word References (X) (X) (X)

Lay vs. lie

List of Actions

The literary “weak verb”

Do you have word tics?

Victoria’s Vitamins: vague descriptive words

Victoria’s Vitamins: mood

Breaking writing habits

Varying sentences

Purple prose

“Smartening” the language of your narrative

DIALOGUE

Dialogue Tips

Realistic Dialogue

Flirty Dialogue

On Dialogue

It’s Not What They Say…

Top 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue

Speaking of Dialogue

The Great Said Debate

He Said, She Said, Who Said What?

How to Write Dialogue Unique to Your Characters

Writing Dialogue: Go for Realistic, Not Real-Life

CONTENT

The story of exposition

10 ways to hit your reader in the gut

Make your reader root for your main character

Make your reader hold their breath

What’s the big deal about intros?

A tip about description

The word count of your manuscript

Things that make me keep reading

Choosing ideas and endings

When to describe setting

Battling cliches

Is your story YA, NA, or adult?

When a plot isn’t strong enough to make a whole story

Flashbacks with multiple POVs

Bulking up your word count

Avoiding cliches

Conquer that opening line || response || discussion

Tips on revealing setting awesomely kind of

Deciding between different ideas for the same story

EMOTIONS

wheel of emotions

emotions vocabulary  

degrees of emotions

List of Emotions - Positive

List of Emotions - Negative

Emotions Vocabulary

Words For Emotions Based On Severity\

Emotions Vocabulary

Emotions Vocabulary for Writers

Describing Emotions Chart

Tone, Feelings and Emotions

Degrees of Emotion

COOL FONTS

free fonts

loads of fonts

Hand Written Fonts:

LANGUAGES

words that don’t exist in english

relationship words that can’t translate into english

tip of my tongue - word finder

language sites!

more uncommon language sites - including afrikaans, gaelic and greek

POINT OF VIEW

Establishing The Right Point Of View

How To Write In Third Person

The I Problem

ROMANCE

General

  • The Little Ways a Ship Gets Build

  • Roleplaying Relationships

  • 8 Ways to Say I Love You

  • How to: Make a Set Ship RP Work

  • How to: Write a Romantic Scene

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Relationships

  • Putting a Label on It

  • Synonyms for Love

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Relationships

  • Genre Help: Romance

  • Age Differences in a Relationship

  • 101 Date Ideas

  • 68 Date Ideas

  • 22 Date Ideas

Kisses

  • How to: Write a Kiss (2)

  • Different Types of Kisses

  • Writing Out the First Kiss

  • how to write a kiss

  • All About Kissing

TIME

Eras Masterlist

Everything You Need to Know Abut the 20’s

20’s Slang

Primary Sources on Ancient Civilizations

How to: Play the Greek Goddess ‘Harmonia’

How to: Roleplay In the Victorian Era

Victorian Dialogue

The 1890’s

The 1950’s

RESEARCH

Survive Nature

The Limits Of The Human Body

The Complete Guide To Knife Blades

How To Escape After Being Buried Alive In A Coffin

Ship Plans

Survival Skills Masterpost

Mental Illness

Limits Of The Human Body

Stages of Decomposition

Body Language Cheat Sheet

Importance Of Body Language

Non Verbal Communication

Tips on Drug Addiction

Depression

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Happy Blackout day everyone!!! On this date one year ago at 7:00pm I posted my first selfie on tumblr. I was so nervous because I wasn’t sure how people would precieve me. Would the internet end up mocking me or would it accept me? I had my blog for a year and the people who followed me had no clue what I looked like. I wanted it to stay that way. Put to my surprise my selfie that I posted for the first blackout day was accepted and shared by so many people. My blog and my personal life changed dramatically because of blackout day. The positive messages that I recieved from people gave me the push and the drive that I needed to finish my abandoned book project. Now a year later I can proudly say that I’m a much happier person and I’m also a self published author. http://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Callisto-Caprica-Missing-Saturn-ebook/dp/B01CAIOB8G

Leagues and Legends

BEANSTALK by E. Jade Lomax. A review.

I found this author’s Harry Potter fan fiction on An Archive of Our Own, and it was excellent. Turns out she’s written books as well!

This story follows Jack of the Tales. It’s mainly his story, but it’s Grey’s story, too, and Laney’s, and Rupert’s. I was floored by how much the story told without telling, exactly. I was almost immediately invested in the characters, and the excellent world building and carefully crafted plot kept me riveted.

If you like stories about students learning magic, if you like stories about fighting monsters, if you like stories about mysterious pasts, hidden powers, shady characters, golden characters, fish and chips, rips in the space/time continuum, this is for you.

(Note: I think it was self-pubbed, but this is the best self-published book I’ve ever read. Better than some official books, even. Don’t discount it!)

Thanks, @ink-splotch

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So good news guys! “Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn” is officially avaliable for the Amazon Kindle!!!!!! http://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Callisto-Caprica-Missing-Saturn-ebook/dp/B01CAIOB8G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1456606062&sr=1-1&keywords=Cosmic+Callisto+Caprica

"Insignia” is up!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZYQCWQ6

I can honestly say that natural childbirth was easier than this project. 

It’s FREE on Kindle devices (yay, free) and it should be free on other devices through the end of Sunday. Otherwise, it’s 99 cents. I’d love it if you’d leave a review. : ) I’ll be announcing some promotional stuff next week so stay tuned!

One of the things I’m most proud of about “Insignia” - besides getting through the love scenes without pulling my hair out - is the diversity of characters. I hope you can appreciate that, too. 

OH! And I’ve got a shout-out to my Tumblr family in the acknowledgements. :) Seriously, thanks for all the love and support. 

OK, here are a few tips if you ever decide to self publish:

GO FOR IT. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not a “real book” because you decided to self pub. And if you also want to pursue traditional publishing, give that a shot, too. Heck, try both. There are no hard and fast rules for making your dreams come true. Just put in the work.

FORMATTING IS HELL. If you’re formatting your work yourself, allow plenty of time for this. It takes some time to get the hang of it. 

EDITING IS HELL. If you’re editing your work yourself, allow plenty of time for this, too. Take at least a few days’ break from it, if you can. You will learn a lot from editing but your eyes will glaze over if you don’t walk away from it for a little while.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Click here for specifics.

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nerdmigerd  asked:

How would you recommend a young writer to make a profit off of their work? I'm unemployed and want something to make an early living off of.

Okay, so, my answer may be quite disheartening, but instead of being discouraged by it I expect all y’all young writers looking to make some cash to decide this will only mean you will work harder and not ever give up. In this line of work, you have to hustle.

There are ways young writers can make money. But those ways are tough and discouraging and require a shit ton of work. If you’re smart, you will pursue just about every option there is.

1. Writing Competitions/Contests

There are approximately fifty zillion of these things, all with varying rewards (many of which actually aren’t monetary). All of them have different restrictions (must be a certain genre, the author must be living in a certain place/be of a certain age, the topic must be on something specific, etc). And the only ones that are easy to find, open to most people, and have a good monetary reward are pretty much always the ones that have an entry fee. Usually entry fees are between $5-50, most often around $20. There are a good number of free writing competitions, but those are the ones with the most restrictions on them.

Writing competitions are (usually) different from writing contests. “Contests” are usually the ones held by really selective literary magazines that p much no one reads, and they’re looking for only the snootiest, driest literature there is. Often these mags will pay you in publication/a number of copies of the issue where your story will be. They also probably want rights to your story until after Jesus comes.

Writing competitions are usually for genre stories. They’ll call for a specific genre, a specific word count, and those are pretty much the only restrictions. The rewards will vary from a few hundred dollars up to about $3,000 for popular publications like Writer’s Digest. (The ones that offer more than that are mostly grants, which are an entirely different beast I don’t know nearly enough about to speak on.) Unfortunately, they also have a huge number of applicants, so there’s a lot more competition.

Most of these contests/competitions are for short fiction, poetry, or short non-fiction (essays, basically), so if you only write novels or screenplays, you’re (mostly) out of luck.

BE CAREFUL. As many reputable contests are out there, there are twice as many scams. Be careful.

Resources on writing contests/competitions:

Writer’s Digest Competitions

Poet’s & Writer’s Grants and Awards list (a great resource for those super snooty litmags)

Poet’s & Writer’s Submission Calendar

PEN Literary Awards 

20 Tips for Winning Writing Contests

(NO ENTRY FEE) List of 27 Reputable, Free Writing Contests

(NO ENTRY FEE) Freelancewriting.com’s Creative Writing Contest List

Another List

More

I’m not even half way down the first google page there are so many just look

2. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is multi-faceted. It can refer to blogging, writing articles, writing for social media, copywriting, etc. Journalism kind of stuff. I have limited experience with this–not with doing those things, just with getting paid for it–but there may be more input from people in the notes, so make sure you check that out.

In a similar vein, you can also try freelance transcription, where you basically listen to/watch a recording and transcribe what’s said in the recording. This is more difficult than it sounds. But if you have a wpm of 80+ and great hearing (and a lot of patience), go for it.

Beware of scams–anything that wants you to pay to get a job is not a real job.

Resources:

Freelancewriting.com/freelancejobs

Paid Writing Gigs

Call for Submissions

Freelance Job Openings

Freelance Transcription Jobs

Transcribe Team

3. Self-Publication

This is one wild beast that should not be entered into lightly. If you publish something, it will always be in your publishing history. Even if you don’t sell anything. And with even more self-pub/e-pub stories out there than there are competitions, you really, really have to work your ass off to make decent money self-pubbing. 

It’s recommended that you only self-publish if you: have worked for an extended period of time on this piece (years), have had professional eyes look over it (more than once), have done your homework on which self-publishing sites you want to use, are prepared to do all the work necessary to see to the success of the piece (editing, formatting, design, promotion, etc), have a good reason for choosing to self-publish (i.e. not because you’re impatient, bitter at being rejected, unwilling to put the work in, etc.)

If you are sure you want to self-publish, here are some resources:

25 Things You Should Know Before Self-Publishing

Writer’s Digest Best 101 on Self-Publishing + Resources

52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers

There’s this book called The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

Also check out YouTube because a lot of self-pubbed authors go there to promote, and they have videos talking about their self-publishing journey, so you can learn from their mistakes/emulate their successes

4. Crowdsourcing

I’m mostly going to be talking about Patreon here because that’s really the only thing in this category I have experience with. As far as I’ve found, this is the most conducive site to crowdsourcing for writers who don’t necessarily want to publish a book. I don’t even think it’s technically crowdsourcing.

Patreon is a way for your supporters to support you. It can be for anything. You can write short stories, create art, make tutorials, etc etc. You actually don’t even have to do anything if you’ve got people willing to give you money for that. Set up rewards that your patrons will receive when they pledge a certain amount (exclusive content, physical rewards, etc).

There are two ways to find supporters: connecting with other creators on Patreon, and getting in touch with supporters you’ve already established (friends, family, fans). I don’t know much about connecting with people through Patreon because I just haven’t put much effort into it so far. 

As for reaching out to other supporters, a great way to do this is through social media. Network with fellow creators/consumers through sites like here on tumblr, fictionpress, wattpad/figment, fanfiction sites, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Also, if you can stand it, tell your family. No one wants to support you more than your sweet grandmother who is deep-pocketed, near-sighted, and technologically impaired.

Most importantly, establish yourself where your target audience gathers. Put out as much original content as possible. Make a name for yourself–which brings me to my next point.

5. Social Media and Writing-Adjacent Work

A lot of the sites I listed that you should establish yourself on have ways to make some change if your site gets some traffic. You can put ads on your tumblr blog (or on your fictionpress, I think), you can monetize youtube videos, and the like. You have to get a lot of traffic to make some decent money off of ads, but it’s something. And it’s always good to promote yourself anyway.

As for writing-adjacent work: on the internet, where many people live nowadays and where indie creators have the best chance of making some money, there is a lot vying for your audience’s attention. It’s good to have a shorter, more attention-grabbing service to offer that is relevant to your writing that will draw your audience to you. Basically anything that gives you authority as a creator and interests people that might also be interested in what you’re creating.

For example: create a writing advice blog, build your writerly “brand” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, tumblr, offer freelance editing, and more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.


Each of these things requires a great deal of work for a lot of initial rejection and not a lot of initial reward. However, if you pursue many or all of these things and really dedicate yourself to them, you will eventually get a payoff.

Top Tips for University (That I wish I had thought of when I was there)

1. Don’t buy brand new plates and bowls etc. These will get used by other people, not washed up and left in other peoples rooms.
However buy one plate, bowl, mug and glass from a charity shop near your halls and wash them up as soon as you have finished with them, then store them in your room.
In addition to this buy a load of plastic cutlery, once used throw them away. Not only will this save you on washing up you won’t have to dig through the detritus and matter that your house-mates have left in the sink.


2. Don’t bring too many clothes. You won’t be able to wash them all, and probably have nowhere to dry them all and they will end up with a musty stinky wardrobe. Instead, make sure you have a couple of comfy outfits that suit you for everyday use, but also two outfits (Short sleeve shirt, jeans, no t-shirt underneath!) that look reasonably cool and smart to wear out to bars and clubs. Keep these shirts constantly clean and ironed, it will help you pull!


3. It will be very tempting to skip your lectures, even more so if they are in the morning. However going to these will help you break up the day and get out of the house/pub and do something constructive. Then when you do hang out with your house-mates/course-mates at the pub it feels like a reward rather than what you just do everyday at 12pm.


4. Don’t go out every-night! By this I mean late-ones, you will probably find your self dragged to the pub or drinking indoors quite a few nights a week, if you’re not used to this amount of “fun” it can quickly have negative on both you mental and physical health!

5. Go out for a BIG night once a week! It will make these nights a bit more of a event, and your house-mates will appreciate you being there more. It will hopefully prevent party exhaustion.


6. Keep fit, eat fruit and vegetables. This is one of the main reasons a lot of freshers get ill and spotty in their first term. Also there is nothing worse than a beer belly at 20.

7. Maintain your personal hygiene. You may have a romanticised idea of the dirty long haired student (I certainly did), but when you look back you will probably cringe at the greasy lank hair in all you uni photos.
If you must grow your hair long, wash and condition it, and comb it everyday.


To be continued….

anonymous asked:

I'd like to think that - should you publish Glass Heart independently - you wouldn't have to basically give the first book away (like a lot of self-pub authors have to) due to your already large (and growing) fanbase composed of people who would literally slam the one-click purchase button the exact millisecond it came out on Amazon, myself included.

i hope so!!! i hope so i hope so i hope so!!!!