Writing (Fiction) in Scenes

Anonymous asked: So I’m having this problem with my writing where I just don’t add details at all. I don’t know how I should go about it because it just seems so barren. I tried added details in after I’ve finished writing but it doesn’t look too well. Any advice?

Sometimes going back and adding in description doesn’t work. You hadn’t thought of what should go in, so adding it later, just doesn’t seem right. It can feel like making up stuff just to fill up a page. It isn’t always the way to go. For you writers who relate, I recommend writing in scenes. Think of your story not in conversations but in scenes. What are the characters physically doing while in the scene? What are they holding? What is in the scene that they’ll take notice of? Just coming into a scene with a purpose outside of dialogue will help you picture it more visually and also help you write it with more important detail. You’ll show the relationships between characters instead of just having characters talk about it and the world will become more realized around the characters. 

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Soundtrack for writers

Writing without music kind of gets me stuck. I don’t know what happens, I feel incomplete. The wrong type of music, however, throws me off. If, just like me, music is an important part of your writing process, this is the post for you.

Sound effects websites:

Rainy Mood 

Shower Time

Coffitivity

Soundrown

Noisli

Rainy Cafe

A Soft Murmur

Snowy Mood

Sound effects on YT:

- Journey

Night train

Night train with rain

Car ride

Car ride with rain

Airplane cabin

Pirate ship

Pirate ship with rain

Spaceship

- Nature

Garden

Swamp

Rainforest

Snow storm

Snow storm with fireplace

Winter wind

Winter waterfall

Beach

River

Desert with wind

Field

Underwater

Haunting storm

Cave water

- Places and events

Airport

Restaurant

City

Train station

Shopping mall

School

Convention center

Call center office

Fireworks

Classical music:

Liszt

Handel

Villa-Lobos

Mahler

Mussorgsky

Paganini

Clara Schumann

Robert Schumann

Haydn

G.P. da Palestrina

Rossini

Verdi

Chopin

Takemitsu

Salieri

Elgar

Debussy

Gershwin

Satie

Soundtracks:

Ghibli

Lord of the Rings

Skyrim

Pirates of the Caribbean

Harry Potter

Naruto and Naruto (villains)

Journey

Disney

Star Wars

The Terminator

The Last of Us

Cowboy Bebop

The Ring

Edward Scissorhands

Sleepy hollow

The Village

Until Dawn

Layers of Fear

Outlander

Downton Abbey

This War of Mine

Hunter x Hunter

Pride and Prejudice

Clannad

Marco Polo

House of the Flying Daggers

Baccano!

Somewhere in time

The Order

The Notebook

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy XIII

Van Helsing

Anno 1404

Jurassic Park

Lost

Titanic

The Last of the Mohicans

One Piece

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Quick And Dirty Tips For Creating Subplots

– Not everyone should love the hero.

– The more antagonists you have the more conflicts you create.

– Real life should happen to the characters, even if they are saving the world they have jobs and responsibilities.

– Give the character interests and friends outside of work.

– Multiple point of views aren’t a bad thing if you know how to juggle them.

– It all needs to come together at the end.

– Not every antagonist needs to be vanquished at the end.

– – Give us more than one character to love– (from Diantha)

— Make each and every character count — (from Diantha)


Stories need subplots. Make sure yours has one.

~A series on miscellaneous world building tips~

On Creating Fictional Cultures

Culture is not shared. Nor is it meant to be.

  • My Catholic family had Brigid’s cross over the doorway. My Catholic neighbors did not know who Brigid was.
  • My family called it a clicker. Mostly everyone else in my town called it a remote.
  • My friend assumed from a young age that she would attend an Ivy League university because her father had “connections”. I didn’t know what the hell an Ivy League school was until I was a teenager.
  • Everyone drinks orange juice cold. My cousins warm theirs up in the microwave. God knows why.
  • Cheese curds are  found in abundance in Wisconsin and in parts of Minnesota and Illinois. Everyone else in America is deprived of cheese curds.
  • My friend knows a lot more about Confirmation within Catholicism than I do. We both went through it, together, but all I can tell you is that a Bishop is there and it’s like Baptism Part II.
  • My family’s idea of a vacation was a cabin in the woods. My friend’s idea of vacation was going to the beach for the day. My neighbor’s idea of vacation was spending a week at a resort in Mexico.

You should have variation like this when you create fictional cultures. Your characters will not be aware of everything within their culture. They will have different ideas of what something is/should be. Religion will vary by place and even by family (even if those families are from the same place). Not everyone in the same town will practice a holiday the same way. Not everyone will attach the same significance to elements of their culture, their religion, or their home/country/ancestral land.

If all of your characters (including the background characters) walk around with the same knowledge about the same topics, your culture is going to lack depth. 

One character might have been told X about a certain magical creature where another character might have been told Y. One character might have many family traditions whereas another character’s family might not have any. 

In summary:

  • Characters should have varying levels of knowledge of their own culture, heritage, history, nation, etc.
  • Variances in language, religion, tradition, etc. should exist among characters who belong to the same language/dialect, culture, religion, etc.
  • When creating these differences, consider how certain factors such as place of origin, age, socioeconomic class (past, present, class of parents/grandparents), religion, education, family, and language create these variances.
  • Think of the family unit (defined by your fictional culture) as a subculture within a larger culture. Family A, Family B, and Family C all speak the same language, practice the same religion, and celebrate the same national holidays, but they do these things in different ways.
➥ Vocabulary Tips - Adjectives Part 1

Appearance Adjectives


「height / stature / size

  • tall - very tall, quite tall, six feet tall, long, high, big, colossal, gigantic, huge, immense.
  • short - not very tall, petite, low-set, compact, little, small, squat, tiny, miniature.
  • medium - average height, middle height, half tall, half short.

「weight / skin

  • thin - quite thin, slim, slender, skinny.
  • fat - medium-build, overweight, rounded, chubby, corpulent.
  • skin - pale, pallid, light, dark, tanned, olive, white, brown, rosy.
  • shape - broad, crooked, curved, flat, narrow, round, square, wide, massive, straight.

「hair / eyes

  • color - dark, black, red, brown, blond, chestnut brown, white, gray, blue, green, light-blue, dark-gray, grayish-blue, amber, caramel.
  • style - long, short, medium-length, shoulder-length, afro, asymmetric cut, beehive, bob cut, bowl cut, bunches, buzz cut, cropped, curtained hair, dreadlocks, fringe/bangs, hime cut, pixie cut.
  • hairdo - straight, curly, wavy, thick, thinning, bald, shiny, smooth, neatly combed, dull, tousled, disheveled, ponytail, braid, updo, bun.

「age

  • young - kid, baby, toddler, newborn, preteen, teenage, teen, junior, minor, infant, tween, youngsters.
  • old - elderly, older, mature, senior, experienced, middle-aged, adult, grown up. 
  • number - twenty years old, in her thirties, about forty.

「mind

  • intelligent - broad-minded, sharp, keen, bright, quick, agile, wise, clever, smart, precocious, gifted, witty, ingenious, savvy. 
  • stupid - narrow-minded, silly, foolish, idiot, fool, ignorant, slow, dumb, dull, brainless, dummy, moron, imbecile, uncultured.

「character

  • friendly - pleasant personality, good-tempered, good-natured, easy-going, sociable, outgoing, extroverted, energetic.
  • independent - strong, tough, mature, autonomous, self-confident, self-reliant, self-sufficient.
  • honest - dependable, reliable, trustworthy, reasonable, sensible, honorable, sincere, direct, downright, truthful.
  • disciplined - organized, hard-working, careful, prudent, cautious.
  • modest - shy, timid, wary, humble.
  • observant - attentive, alert, perceptive, insightful, thoughtful, considerate.
  • humorous - amusing, funny, comical, laughable.
  • generous - unselfish, kind, kind-hearted, gentle, benevolent, sympathetic, tolerant, helpful, careful.
  • interesting - fascinating, exciting, entertaining, stimulating. 
  • elegant - exquisite, graceful, refined, fine, tasteful, neat, high-class, fancy, glamorous, dressy, magnificent, important, powerful, famous, rich.
  • beautiful - attractive, gorgeous, handsome, ravishing, pleasing, glorious, splendid, goddess, god-like, pretty, beauty, resplendent, fine, stunning, good-looking.
  • adorable - lovable, lovely, sensitive, adorable,sweet, angelical, angelic, cute, precious.
  • glowing -  shiny, vivacious, sparkling, twinkle, shining, vibrant, radiating.
  • code - formal, official, informal, relaxed, casual, old-fashioned.
  • hostile - aggressive, violent, offensive, hateful, bitter, ferocious, furious, savage, fierce, bloody, grotesque, boorish.
  • unfriendly - unsociable, bad-tempered, pushy, selfish, egotistical, inconsiderate, arrogant, moody, stubborn, imprudent, stingy, miserly, snobbish . 
  • dishonest - unreliable,  unreasonable, unpredictable, irresponsible,  impulsive, greedy, dull, undisciplined, disorganized, careless, greedy.
  • strange - odd, weird, eccentric, crazy, clumsy.
  • boring - tedious, tiresome, uninteresting, wearisome.
  • emotional - moody, melancholic, touchy, mushy.


➥ Vocabulary Tips Masterlist


if you have other adjectives that fit this topic, just send me a message. 

Character Motivations...

Basic Motivations
- Survival - Failure - Peer Pressure - Curiosity - Guilt - Desire - Instability

Noble Motivations
- Love - Loyalty - Honor - Obedience - Vengeance - Inequality - Unfulfillment

Evil Motivations
- Hatred - Dishonor - Pride - Greed - Revenge - Lust - Jealousy

Fear Motivations
- Death - Humiliation - Pain - Rejection - Loss - Regret - Shame