Walking/Running

Amble - walk leisurely

Careen - move swiftly in one direction

Falter - move hesitatingly; start to lose strength and momentum

Flounder - walk with great difficulty

Limp - walk with difficulty, normally due to injury

Lumber - move heavily or clumsily

Lurch - walk as if unable to control one’s movements; an unsteady tilt or roll

Meander - walk aimlessly or with little purpose

Parade - march in a procession

Prowl - move about in or as if in a predatory manner

Ramble - move about aimlessly or without any destination

Saunter - walk in a slow, or relaxed manner, without hurry or effort

Skulk - move stealthily; keep out of sight

Stagger - walk or move unsteadily, as if to fall

Stalk - walk stiffly

Stride - walk with long steps

Stroll - walk leisurely and with no apparent aim

Strut - to walk with a lofty proud gait

Stumble - miss a step and fall or nearly fall

Swagger - walk with confidence, arrogance or aggressiveness

Totter - move in a feeble, unsteady way

Waddle - walk with short steps and a clumsily swaying motion

Wade - walk through shallow water

silvermoonriddingspoon  asked:

To become a good writer in any form. What should one do/read and what are the things for which one should be careful? Thanks.

Read.

Never stop reading. Reading lets you better understand the language, and by understanding the language better, you will become a better writer. Smooth-flowing prose is a key part to an interesting story, which may sound weird. How does the technical writing of a story make it more interesting? By having engaging prose, you can tell the reader more and keep them interested in reading. If the writing is a wreck, they’re likely to put the book down, or close the page.

Joseph Conrad and George Orwell are probably my favorite two writers when it comes to flowing, engaging prose. Jane Austen and Harper Lee are authors that are similarly quite famous for their prose, maybe even more so. Start reading, and take notes on what paragraphs keep you reading, and how others lose your interest. The difference between them can be the line between excellence and mediocrity.

I hope that helps.

- The Artificer

anonymous asked:

question!!!! would characterization be considered part of writing mechanics?

Yes. It’s a cornerstone of mechanics (along with dialogue and world-building) and one of the biggest areas of focus for an editor when preparing a manuscript for publication. Bad characterization can literally make or break a story, and quite often does. A lot of people mistake mechanics as grammar and sentence structure only, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Mechanics is characterization (interpersonal, internal, external), dialogue, world-building and plot - the hard, concrete details that will make your story better. Grammar, sentence structure, and flow are also part of mechanics, but they are addressed (in-depth) in the later stages of editing, as they’re not cornerstones (and the cornerstones will cause far bigger problems with your story).

Tone, theme and mood are mechanics, but they’re complex mechanics, meaning your ability to handle them is heavily dependent on your narrative voice (see: the way you stitch words together) and how much practice you have.

Subtext is not mechanics. It plays a heavy part on mechanics, and can either help or severely hamper your story, but as I mention on this post on reddit, subtext is informed by three things: internal context (see: how you perceive the world), external context (see: the political, monetary, and social climate TFA was released in), and static facts (see: this is Star Wars, and in Star Wars canon A, B, and C are true). Internal context is highly subjective and mechanics are not, so it wouldn’t be classified as one.

If you are talking about this post that I reblogged: yes, Kylo Ren being OOC would be considered a mechanic, and yes, that is constructive criticism, not subjective taste.

Subjective taste is me hating fluff and being thirsty af for tragedy. Regardless of the story being fluff or angst, Kylo Ren’s base characteristics would remain the same.

kayemotionless  asked:

Pros and cons of having a lot of characters in a novel/story?

Pros: The more characters you have, the more you can increase the diversity of your characters and explore more personality types.
Cons: The more characters you have, the more you have to keep track of, individually and in their scenes together. You also have less time to explore that diversity and the deeper facets of personalities.
I think a happy medium of characters is the way to go so that your story isn’t lacking, but you also aren’t overwhelmed with the sheer amount of characters and all the exposition necessary to properly introduce said characters.
Hope this helps!
-Amanda

Tips from a YA Editor by Anne Regan: 3 Dialogue Tips
  • Show, don’t tell.
    • Use dialogue rather than narrative to convey a character’s thoughts or emotions.
    • Joe hated horror movies. He thought the victims were always incredibly stupid.
    • “I hate horror movies,” Joe said. “The victims always do stupid things like go back alone to investigate a strange noise when everyone knows it’s the killer.”
  • Read dialogue out loud to be sure it sounds natural.
    • Don’t make the language too formal or the vocabulary too advanced for the speaker.
    • “I do not understand why the protagonist chooses to run into the woods. It’s unavailing.”
    • “I don’t get why the girl always runs screaming into the woods—and then falls down.”
  • If you use pop culture references, be sure they’re appropriate to the speaker and time period.
    • A character in a historical novel using modern slang will pull readers out of the story.
    • Pop culture tends to change quickly—unless it’s important to tie the story to a particular time setting, consider whether using slang or pop references will negatively date your story.
    • “And she can’t hear the killer coming because she’s listening to her Walkman,” Joe continued. “Dope.”

GENERAL SYNONYMS FOR CLOTHING

Array
Attire
Best bib and tucker
Bling Bling – jewelry or sparkle added to clothing
Costume
Doodads
Drapery
Duds
Ensemble
Evening dress, wear
Fashion
Finery
Flashery
Floordrobe – clothes left on the floor
Frippery
Frocks
Garb
Garments
Garmenture
Gear
Getup
Gladrags
Grubbies
Guadery
Guise
Habiliment
Hand-me-downs
Number – as in wearing a sexy number
Outfit
Rags
Raiment
Regalia
Rigging
Suit of clothes
Suit up
Sunday-go-to-meetin’
Swag – accessories sometimes jewelry or gifts
Threads
Togs
Trapping
Trousseau
Uniforms
Wardrobe
Weeds
Wraps

GENERAL FASHION TERMS FOR MEN

All about comfort
Black, a logical choice for a man of noir
Convenient
Conventional
Cushioned inner soles
Dapper old gentleman
Decadent open collar
Durable
Expensive leather had some miles on it
Geared to a man’s needs
Generously cut
Hand-crafted
Handsomely tailored
Heavy duty
Indispensable
Intricately tooled
Lightweight
Long range wear
Moves from boardroom to elegance ease
Nattily unkempt
Relaxed fit
Sharp and dynamic
Sharp front pleats
Sporty elegance
Step out on the town shoes
SturdyTie upstaged his silk shirt
Traditional
Well groomed

GENERAL FASHION TERMS FOR WOMEN

…added drama
Accented with
Accentuated waist
Accessorized
Aesthetic quality
Bold detail
Characterized by
Charming
Clean lines
Contrasted
Cut generously
Daring creation
Dazzling sparkles
Deep pleats
Delicate and lacy
Displayed her assets
Dominate stripe
Eccentric designs
Essential elements
Exotic
Figure fattering
Fitted, tailored to fit
Flair for the spectacular
Flaring
Floaty and sheer
Flowing
Form fitting
Frame the face
French cut panties
Fresh, spring colors
Fullness
Graceful silhouette
Great daring and originality
Harmony
Harsh tones
Height of propriety
Highlighted by
Hot little off-the-shoulder number
Indulge herself with
Latest crazeLavished with ruffles/lace etc.
Lively print
Luxurious silk
Made a statement
Masterfully rendered in
Mode of dress
Modified the hemline
Motif of *** swirled around the hem
Noble simplicity
Ornate
Ostentatious extravagance
Outlined – figure, hem, sleeves
Piping detailed the
Plunging neckline
Portray the rich variety in design
Prestige of the label
Provocative
Prudish length
Rare
Richly decorated
Romantic
Rounded collar
Sashed at the waist
Savvy cut
Shabby chic
Shapeless
Shapely Profile
Silky scarves
Simplicity
Slim lines
Soft, supple
Spectacular style
Stunning
Stylistic melange
Taste
Thin as a Vail of tears
Trailing
Trends
Trimmed
Velvety soft
Vogue

GETTING DRESSED

Array
Attire
Bundle up
Change into
Clad
Cloaked
Costumed herself
Doll up
Don
Dress fit to kiss
Dress to the nines
Dude up
Equip
Garb
Get beautiful
Get glitzed
Getting ready
Glammed
Gown up
Groom
Gussy up
Invest
Make ready
Outfitted himself
Primp
Rig up
Shroud
Slicked up
Slip on or into
Snaz up
Spiff up
Spruce up
Suit up
Swaddle
Swath
Wrapped in

WRITING ABOUT XVIII CENTURY CLOTHING:

http://viviennecourtoise.blogspot.mx/2012/07/mens-clothing-1700s.html?m=1
http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/0-9/18th-century-fashion/

sources:
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/08/writing-about-fashion-sharla-rae/

anonymous asked:

So I've spent nearly a year working on a fanfic for a world with EXTREMELY little actual canon information, and I've just decided I want to change some things and maybe make it an original thing. Problem is I'm really having trouble letting go of the fanficcy parts of the world and essentially needing to rebuild the world in a way that makes it different enough, plus some of the characters are very connected to the canon. I just keep going back to the same plot devices as the fic. Any advice?

Thank you for your question, and congratulations on finding a story you love!  It can be a challenge to turn a fanfiction into a strong original story, but there are a few easy (ish) things to get you started…


Removing the Fan from Fiction

The beauty of fanfiction is that even when we use the least of canon information, as you’ve been previously doing, there is a subconscious foundation we’re given – the original settings, characters, themes, or sense of humor from the source material.  (For example, I’m currently writing a fanfiction for The Office, therefore I’ve had characters make “that’s what she said” jokes more than I would ever do in an original work.)  That’s an important skill in writing fanfiction – that’s where characterization skills are necessary.  But when it comes to writing original fiction, all these things must be changed and made original.  Therein lies the challenge.

The other distinction between writing fiction and fanfiction is that people rarely read our fanfiction for us.  Fanfic readers enjoy fanfiction because of the characters and settings that the Original Creator has made, and the way we as writers manipulate those aspects.  But when people read our original stories, they’re in it for us.  They’re waiting for our themes, our feelings, our experiences, all shining through the plots and characters we create.  They aren’t looking for the Source Material your fanfiction came from.  They’re looking for you.

There are many things that are important to personalize as you’re planning your story, but I’ll discuss my two favorites:

Characters

An enjoyable character is the first thing that will get your readers hooked, and the last thing that will stick with them once they’ve finished reading.  I’m assuming from your question that you’ve already made your characters, likely original – but there may be things you should change about them…

  • Add characters – New blood can revive any story, and to create new characters from your new perspective of an original story could make a huge difference.  Create backstories that breathe life to this new world you’re building.  Develop new speaking styles, new senses of humor, in these characters.  New characters also change the balance of power in your scenes – having more women than men, more extroverts than introverts, more responsible people than irresponsible, can change the course of the plot.  Don’t be afraid to let that happen.  Be brave with your characters, and everything you write will be better for it.
  • Change characters – Although your characters as they are now are probably a large part of why you love your story, you could benefit from changing them in small ways – one character’s appearance, another character’s sense of humor – personalities, even, or going as far as to gender-swap a character!  Tweak your cast to make it look, sound, and feel more like it belongs in this new world. You may not have to make any large changes, but it could help to separate one setting from another.
  • Remove characters – A cast of characters can definitely be too large if you’re not careful.  Lots of characters isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as they all serve a unique, important role.  If you have multiple characters purposed for one thing (e.g. comic relief, self-sacrificing sidekick, romantic interest), things are bound to get crowded, to the point that your readers can’t keep up with them all.  So I’d advise you to remove characters that remind you too much of the Source Material, so much that they don’t feel like your own.  Create new characters to fill the roles left behind – and you’ll find that the more you can pare away from the fanfiction, the easier it is to treat it like an original story.

Setting

Beyond changing the name of your world, there are fundamental parts of worldbuilding that you might let slide since you started from another person’s universe. Worldbuilding is a long process that takes part all throughout writing your first draft – changing a complete, developed world will feel difficult.  The world you create won’t be nearly as in-depth, as interesting, as complex at first.  That’s how all Hogwartses and Panems and Middle Earths and all like 200 planets in Star Wars started out.  Don’t be too hard on yourself when you do it.

When changing your world into something new, consider:

  • History – Nothing creates a world like a history. Unless you particularly love creating histories, you don’t have to spend too much time on it – but it could benefit to create a brief cheat sheet of the history of your overall or immediate world. Overall world history = government, culture, social issues.  If you’re creating an entire world, rather than using a real-world time period, these things can help you to immerse yourself in the universe.  But beyond that, immediate world history = local situations, relationship history, character’s pasts.  The story may begin on the first page, but your universe will have been going long before that.
  • Theme – As much as you want your world to feel and function like a real world, you have to portray it in a certain light – otherwise, the story has no theme.  Your POV character has a lot to do with this aspect.  If your protagonist/narrator has an optimistic view of this world, of certain situations within it, then the theme will be happier (think of the scene from Mary Poppins when all the chimney sweeps dance around on the rooftops – a happy theme, even in a less than optimal setting).  Consider the pasts and personalities of your characters, as well as the mood of the plot. Allow your world as well as your prose to come out in certain colors and shades, because this will make your world distinctive and memorable.
  • Simplicity – This can feel like the enemy of creating a complex universe, but trust me, if you’re going to cram a whole world into a few hundred pages, you’ve got to narrow down what you choose to see.  Too much worldbuilding, too much information, can drown out the piece of the world you want your readers to engage with. Think about it – there’s a bunch of stuff going on in the world with which you and I have no relation.  Some of us know nothing about politics.  Some of us aren’t educated science, history, literature, art – some of us don’t have strong vocabulary, and speak (and therefore narrate) simply.  Some of our experiences are lost on us.  Some of the world’s important events don’t affect us at all.  So think about how simple our lives are, in relation to the vast complexity of our whole world, and narrow it down to that. You’re looking at a world through only a couple of characters’ eyes.  Keep what’s important and shove the rest in a drawer, just in case.

These are key to building a world of your own – and you may have a lot of these in order already, but it’s important that these be unique to you and your story.  If the Source Material is a happy fantasy Princess Bride and you’re writing a story about grueling medieval war, you can’t draw the same themes, the same culture, or even the same personalities from the fantasy.  So build your own theme, your own characters, their own struggles – add on and take off, until it feels real.  It of course won’t feel complete by the time you’ve begun/finished the first draft, but trust me, it’ll turn out better than you ever imagined.  Stick to it, and don’t worry!

If you have any further questions, be sure to ask or message me with more information.  I can’t wait to hear about your world in the future :)  Good luck!


If you need advice on general writing or NaNoWriMo, you should maybe ask me!

anonymous asked:

So for beginner for writing books & publishing what would be your best advice? How do you get inspiration to write amazingly written stories?

My absolute favorite writing reference book is Method and Madness, by Alice LaPlante. It’s specifically for long-form writing, and basically does this amazingly logical (and accessible) breakdown on the different writing mechanics that make up a novel, and how to achieve them. It also goes over what to avoid, and it breaks each mechanic down chapter by chapter (so characterization for one, world-building for another). I treat this like my bible, and while I’ve slightly adapted it’s instructions to fit my own work, I absolutely swear by it. Another good book for beginning ideation was Writing the Natural Way, but tbh I’m not a fan of the way the author speaks to the audience. Kind of preachy, but if you can overlook it, it’s good advice. I also read The Writers Digest and follow a bunch of writers, agents and publishing houses on Twitter.

How I personally get inspiration: it depends on what I’m writing. My original fiction ideas start off as a brain itch, flash of inspiration, or nightmare, and then I can’t get rid of them and have to put them down on paper. For fanfiction, I’m attracted by holes: by needs that are not being fulfilled within a fandom, or if there’s something to prove. With Monomoth for example, I was stressed out and frustrated by the lack of SasuSaku fics that addressed the issue of PTSD and trauma, and I wanted to read one. So I wrote it (and threw in Lovecraftian horror for crack). As mentioned with The Hematic, I started it because I had something to prove.

With Meta, I’m inspired when I’m challenged to prove a theory. Once I’ve written about the theory I lose interest in it, though. I don’t like talking about things past their selling point (in-depth), especially if I’ve been thorough in my deconstruction of them.

As a writer, it is not everyday that a story, poem, or message will come roaring out of you.


Some days require more work than others. Work on your art when you need to.


Some days, you just have to let it be. Rest. Find something else to do…


If the story, poem, idea, or message is there, it will come and you will create something phenomenal.

anonymous asked:

My story is essentially about how the MC "saves the world"and becomes this unexpected hero. They really aren't that unique or special - the"regular joe"- but they still manage to save the day. Since the plot/origin of story conflict is revolving around a different character and their family, this has made it difficult to make the story connect with a purpose to the MC. This sounds silly, but how could I make the MC important without taking away the fact that they...well, aren't? Thank you! :D

I don’t think the MC has to be some heroic impressive character. What makes them important and what makes readers connect with them is their development and traits. Having them be unsure and fail sometimes can make them a very interesting character. Even if there is another character that seems to be “bigger” than the MC tell the story in the unique way that this MC is seeing it. They’re just trying to keep up, they’re intimidated, afraid and maybe they disagree with the “bigger” hero. Show why this is the character that you chose as the MC and why it’s them that will save the world in the end.

thesummerthatibecomeanerd  asked:

So, I gonna make a really weird specific question, but you're the only one that I think can answer and I love all your writing tips. Sometimes, when I writing, I can only picture one of the characters dialogue and not the other. I was wondering if that's normal and if isn't, what do you think I should do to improve that skill?

That’s a really interesting question. What I think you’re describing here is trouble coming up with different voices. Like you do well with coming up with the POV character’s voice but not the others? It’s pretty common.

That’s quite different from having trouble coming up with different characters - you can have very different, very well defined characters and then when it’s time for them to speak they… sound the same? That’s a very typical problem for most writers, and most bad books have that characteristic, every character sounds the same.

It’s really a problem of knowing to write dialogue,and the solution would be focusing on writing better dialogue.

(by better dialogue I don’t mean “more naturalistic dialogue”. If that’s the tone of the book, yes; but unrealistic hightened dialogue can also be good dialogue, if it fits the story)

This is one of the areas in which to me personally fanfiction has been very helpful. By writing fanfic you try to replicate the way of talking of each character, so you pay attention to how they talk, and how they talk differently from one another (if it’s a decent show, if it’s a bad show all character will speak more or less in the same way). Writing fanfic has helped me think better about dialogue and write better lines.

That’s my advice:

  • Watch a movie/tv show and try to write dialogue in the style of a few of its characters.
  • Write lines of dialogue in the style of your favorite
  • Read a book with dialogue you like or dialogue of the kind you’d like to write and try to write more dialogue for the characters
  • Read a script for a good play; theatre is a super heightened art form, you’ll learn a lot about how to write dialogue that is not necessarily naturalistic but that sounds good
  • Watch films with english subtitles on, it will help you identify what kind of particular markers are used for each character, how they differentiate them in dialogue, because you are hearing what it’s being said
  • Think about the voice you’d like your characters to have - like imagine an actor you like saying the dialogue and try to adapt the dialogue to that actor’s particular cadence/accent, as if you were adapting a script for them to play

This might sound obvious and patronizing but the best way is to pay attention to how writing dialogue work.

Seriously copying others is the best practice for a writer. It helps you understand how things work from the inside so when it comes to writing in the voice of your own characters it will be a lot easiers, because you know how others do it, you know the tricks.

Others will advice you to listen to people on the streets (and even spy on them or record strangers’ conversations) but I’m personally not a fan, because I don’t particularly enjoy writing/reading dialogue that sound like real people talking on the streets. Real people are not at the service of a narrative and their existence is inherent, you don’t have to convince people they exists, like characters in books. Narratives are not innocent and neither is dialogue. Whenever people say of a film or a book “the dialogue sounds just like real life!” what they mean is that the dialogue is skilled enough to seem effortless.

The other side of this is that to write dialogue that reflects the characters you should know why they speak how they speak. Accents, slang, range of vocabulary, etc, all that comes from somewhere and as the writer you need to know where. Also it’s the fun part, the part where you get to play as much as you want. character A comes from a strict family so they never swear so they have a tendency to come up with funny alternatives for swear words. Or maybe character A comes from a strict background and as result they swear a lot, more than any other person in the book, to leave that background behind. If you start thinking why characters might talk this way or the other you can come up with a lot of nice details for them.

I know this is pretty basic but these are some of the things that help me when I’m stuck with dialogue. i hope it’s helpful?

Creative moments embrace you without warning…as a writer.


Out of the blue you’re suddenly having these stimulating thoughts, feelings, and ideas…


Keep a small note book by you. Write things down.


Words, phrases, anything that comes to mind. They are fodder for the next piece.

How to Write a Prologue (and whether or not you should)

Should you write a prologue?? #AmWriting #Writer

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any writing tips?

Alright, my dude, I’m just going to tell you what advice I found was the most important, helpful, or overall what I found improved my personal writing. 

Listen to your gut. And write for yourself.  

This is so important. If you are writing as if someone is watching over your shoulder, all that is going to do is stunt your growth as a writer and make it harder for you to get the motivation to sit down and write in general. (which we all know is hard in the first place)

So, as you write the first draft, don’t even think about the readers
(yup you read that right) Write as if it will never even be seen by another person.

I can’t tell you how many times I let the fear of judgment control a chapter’s outcome; thinking about what other people might think just makes the whole process stressful, and that doesn’t make for great scenes or character development. 

So, write what you would like to read. Writing what you want, what your gut is telling you to, is going to make for better stories in the end. 
If you are invested and intrigued by your own scenes then your imagination will be able to flow freely, and that always makes for more colorful plot twists and characters. 

Be flexible and willing to change your plan. 

As a writer, when you start a story you have certain things figured out. You might already have a plot line, or maybe you already figured out scenes that are going to happen in order to have the outcome you desire. 

But guess what. Not everything goes according to plan. Characters develop and sometimes they do things that you never intended them to do. 

But that is okay. That is great in fact.

Follow your story, let it lead you. This can be irritating and frustrating at times, because you will have to make changes or even scrap some of the things you wanted to write. But in the end letting the story guide you makes it better, and the flow will feel less forced and more real. 

Don’t write as if whatever is on the page is eternal.  

This is something I still have a lot of trouble with. 

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that your first draft is exactly that, the first draft, out of many, many more to come. 

You need to remember that whatever you write down can be changed, it can be altered, it can be deleted, and it can and will be edited. 

Don’t stress over what it looks like when it is first coming out of your head. It is hard to translate our thoughts and feelings onto a blank page, but just sitting down and actually expressing it will help you to get a frim hold on what you want to see in the second draft. 

Let it be emotional. 

Oh my goodness. This is a lesson that I have just recently let settle into my brain. 

I don’t know if other writers have trouble with this. 

But every time my gut told me “they need to cry and sob in this scene” or “they gotta punch that guy they’re so angry”. I always doubted myself. 
And because of this I would water down the characters emotions, because I didn’t want them to seem overdramatic or out of character. 

Don’t do that. 

Do not water down your character’s emotions. If your gut is telling you that whatever has happened has upset your character to the point of shattering a glass on the tile floor out of their pure anger, write it as you see it!

My feedback became so much better and positive when I finally just allowed myself to write what I wanted. People want emotional outbursts, they wanna see the inner workings of your character, that’s what makes the reader feel. 

So don’t deprive them of that. 

Find your style. Explore.

I started writing fanfiction for this very reason (as I am sure a lot of you have)

If you have read any of my fics than you know they all vary from style, some being angsty and very detailed, to others that are just silly and bouncy. 

Do this. 

Let yourself play around. 

Writing is like music, there are so many things you can do with it. So many things to learn and explore with.  

Try writing in first person, then second, then third. Figure out what narrative you enjoy and thrive with. (for instance, I like all my fanfics to be in third person, but my personal stories are almost always in first person, and I find second person fun to play with when I am bored) 

Playing around like this helps you to figure out what you are good at. Some people are incredible at depicting emotion, while others are so creative with the atmospheric and scenery you feel like you are actually in the story. 
Others are great at dialog and witty come backs, while other’s are very talented at internal thoughts and feelings. 

What are you good at?

Figure it out. 

Write different stories with a goal in mind; what would you like to try playing with in this particular story? Are you good at it? Did you enjoy it? Do you feel you might be able to include more of this in your stories without it causing stress? 

These are all good things to play around with. I’m still doing so, and I have started coming into myself as a writer, and I hope that I will one day completely figure out my own writing style and preference. (though as you grow as a person so will your knowledge and therefore your writing, you are constantly changing)

Be in-depth. 

Give your characters quirks. Give them little habits and things that make them uncomfortable. Try to know your character inside and out, even if you don’t use every detail in the story, knowing them will help you to write them better. 

You may never outright say that your character stims, but mentioning the way they tap their foot, play with their hair, rip up paper into tiny pieces, run their tongue over the roof of their mouth over and over, is still going to give them more character and make your readers like them more. 

And don’t be biased. Let your character have flaws. Perfect characters are not relatable. 
If your gut says they have a bad temper, then let them show their anger. Have them yell and swear at the world, let them punch a wall a break a finger in their dumb rage. 
If your gut is telling you that they wear the same pair of jeans for a week, then let them, talk about how they are starting to stink, talk about how they need to do laundry, but their too lazy, talk about how they make bad life decisions but don’t regret being a slob. 

Let them be human. 

And most of all, JUST SIT DOWN AND DO IT!

Everyone says this and I know it sounds cheesy. 

But this is the most important advice, and in all honesty sometimes the hardest to follow. 

But don’t be afraid to just sit down and write whatever you want. 

Sometimes the thing that you write is going to be horribly awful, not every idea is a winner. 

But it doesn’t matter if you write a 10,000 worded first draft and end up scraping the whole thing, because it just wasn’t what you wanted. Even if you don’t continue on with the idea it is in no way a waste. 

It’s just more practice, just another learning tool. Something that you can take details and bits and pieces of for another story. 

You’re going to make mistakes. You are going to end up hating some of the things you do. But again, that is just exploring and the learning process that we all must go through in order to figure our style out. 

adrisconquerors  asked:

Hello. First of all: english is not my native language so I apologize for whatever sounds wierd from now on. Second: this may have been asked a million times before, but do you have anything about how to describe two people falling in love? I'm not quite fond to romance, and I avoid the genere whenever it cross my way, but at the same time I'm writing a story where the romantic development between two of my characters is important and I have no idea how to do it, so... help? ; v;

That’s perfectly alright! And that’s a great question. I think we’re both in the same boat, which is strange, as most of everything I’ve ever written has had romantic development–but I’ve never intended for it, and I’ve always tried to avoid it! Sometimes love stories just sneak up in your plots despite our best attempts to move away from them. Which is actually a good thing because it means the relationship is probably authentic and not something you’re forcing. It’s necessary to the story! 

So here are some links for you I think will help. First of here [x] is a Guide to Romance and Romance Novels that I put together a few months back, and here [x] is a more recent Questionnaire for your couples that I think might also help! If you need more beyond that, please do not hesitate to ask!

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This video is my response to @charley-warlzz‘s question: “How do you plan your novels? Do you do an outline the entire thing or do you just write with the basic plot in mind? Or do that half outline thing were you outline a bit then write it then outline the next bit and so on?”

How do you guys write? Plot or Pants?

Also! Did you like this style of video better? (Handheld camera) Or do you prefer me sitting down talking to the camera? Let me know what’s more engaging!

Fanfiction Writing Challenge

I was browsing fanfiction.net in a fit of boredom recently and found this really cool fanfiction. It has just the right elements to keep me encaged as well as a great writing style. All in all it’s a good read and if you’re at all familiar with the game Skyrim, I highly recommend it. It’s about an odd relationship between a Thalmor and the Dragonborn called Forbidden

Now, I do need to give a fair warning that the content is rated M for sex and the aspects of their relationship might not appeal to everyone. But if you’re an open minded person and don’t mind a bit of smut, do give it a chance.

What particularly fascinates me about this particular fanfic is the fact that I’m enjoying it so much despite the fact that it has cast a character I heavily dislike as a main character. I’ve read all the chapters that are out so far and I’ve actually now managed to grow fond of the Thalmor character that I formerly despised. Don’t get me wrong – the character definitely isn’t out of character. They still have the traits that I absolutely hate about them. They’re a smug, arrogant asshole.

So what is it that has suddenly gotten me into liking this character?

This brings me into what I love about fanfiction in general. It’s the fact how different characters can turn out when put into situations they might not get into within the boundaries of canon. Just like in real live, different circumstances bring out different sides of people. It’s deeply fascinating to me to see what, for example, a warrior from a medieval fantasy would be like in the midst of a peaceful coffee shop AU.

Inspired by the fanfic I found, I decided to challenge myself a little. This challenge is also why I’m writing this blog entry: to encourage other aspiring writers to try out something similar.


The challenge is fairly simple: 

You pick a franchise you enjoy and within it, a character you don’t like. Your mission is to write a story of this character.

Take a deep breath and open your mind and write them in a situation that can help you sympathize with them more. If this means making them go through a redemption or self discovery arc, let it happen. If it means exposing them to characters who you think could possibly bring out the best in them, make it so.

 The goal is that by the end of your project you have discovered new sides of the character you disliked. I tested the challenge already myself by designing an OC into a franchise I like and making them interact with the character I disliked, ending up with me shipping those two furiously together. And I haven’t even yet written the story down, I’ve merely planned out the plot!

Of course the challenge is only a suggestion. But if you feel up to it and manage to make something of it, feel free to link me. I’d love to see what you all can come up with!

Your flowers

You made flowers grow in my body, although they were beautiful I could not breathe as they filled the space in my lungs. The vines wrapped themselves around my beating heart. Tighter and tighter every day, my heart beating weaker and weaker every minute. I could not eat as the butterflies invaded my stomach, smelling the sweet scent of the beautiful flowers. The months passed and the flowers grew. I have been suffocating for so long I could feel my heart barley push the blood through my veins. I started smoking hoping to kill the beauty within me. You said you love me, but your love was killing me.

Comments

  • Delightful piece, best read out loud.
  • I did a little bit of editing to it. As usual, I added a few synonyms, punctuation,  and reordered some sentences to add to the atmosphere you had created.
  • I’d say the beauty of this poem lie in your choice of imagery.
  • In about eight sentences you create this surreal picture of love, unrequited love. However the focus is on the character who is not returning the passion being showered on them. An artist could make a stunning painting out of this poem.
  • I felt quite charmed working on it.

Edits:

You made flowers grow within me; and though they were alluring I could not breathe as they filled dead spaces in my lungs. Vines wrapped themselves around my quivering bosom; tighter and tighter as the days rolled by. My heart beat growing weaker and weaker every minute. I dared not eat as the butterflies invaded my belly; inhaling the luscious fragrance of these beautiful blossoms. Months crawled on and the flowers bloomed. I’ve been smothered for so long I could barley push blood through my veins. Puffing away on cigarettes hoping to erase the charm within. You said you adored me, but your love was devouring me.