advice: genre

Children did not abandon comics; comics, in their drive to attain respect and artistic accomplishment, abandoned children.

Michael Chabon, in his essay Kids’ Stuff published in Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands. The quote is somewhat reductive - which is my fault, as it’s presented here out of context of the entire piece - though its main point is true, I think.

I’m re-reading it right now because of a quote I saw posted from the intro musing on genre writing/reading, and whether a piece of art aiming to entertain is therefor less serious, or less meaningful.

wherejasmineblooms-deactivated2  asked:

Hi. I am working on a graphic novel with my brother. I was wondering if you knew of any references for writing comic noir or neo-noir/noir fiction. Thanks.

This genre is often urban and gritty. The morality of noir is ambiguous and the tone is dark, cynical, and corrupt. Noir has a pessimistic style and voice. X


anonymous asked:

I need help your help! I want to write horror and creepy element story but I have trouble writing it down. Is there any good tip for horror and creepy plot?

Hey Anon! 

So, to be honest, I don’t have much personal experience with the horror genre. (I’m kind of a big chicken. ಥ_ಥ) But fortunately, I do know of various articles and resources that can help you with writing in the horror genre. Here they are!

General Horror Genre Help:


Non-Tumblr Links

Hope that helps you out, anon! Have a wonderful week~

- Alastair

fantastic-pizza  asked:

Hey, I was wondering if you could give/link me to some tips for creating romantic chemistry between two characters? Just that subtle push that takes them a little past being really good friends - or better yet, those little moments that make your character think they might be more than just really good friends. Thanks!


Subtle (or not so subtle) glances- those little looks that people give to people their attracted to. They’re interested in the person and want to know/see more. Tearing their eyes away might not always me easy.

People often look at each other’s lips, or even to their lips and back to their eyes/vice versa when they want to kiss. Keep this in mind.

Touches- a touch on the arm, the small of the back, a hug that lasts a second too long.

How they act around other people- even if one of the characters isn’t there, is the other constantly talking about them? Does the character blush and not know what to say when they are mentioned? What happens?

Flirting- do the characters flirt a lot? Is this a new thing or is it just beginning to be shown in a different light?

They do things for each other- when you care about people, you want to make them happy. Whether it’s listening to a new song they love, going to a baseball game with them, or performing a song because they love to hear you sing. Maybe it’s a surprise or even something that sucks, but is appreciated anyway because it’s the thought that counts.

They act different around each other- has one of them started to try harder around the other? Maybe even something as small as them always hanging out in sweats, until one of them starts wearing jeans and body spray?

They pay attention to each other- the things they say, care about, etc. They listen to each other and take notice of each others’ actions and might be able to pick up and remember small details about each other that others may overlook.

They trust each other- they can talk about things they can’t tell anyone else, go to each other when they’re down, love to make each other laugh, etc.

They’re protective- whether it’s life or death danger or just the threat of someone hurting the other’s feelings, they care about each other and don’t want to see the other get hurt.

I hope this can help you!

Books & Cupcakes June Book Photo Challenge

Day Twelve: Genre

I’ve always loved Fantasy. The maps, particularly drew me in. I loved learning the geography of a new world, the customs of it’s people, how everything worked–it’s always fascinated me. Whether or not there’s magic in the world I’m reading about, the creation of an entirely new world has always been magical to me.

hipsters and the emo revival

i can’t stand people that have all-too-serious opinions on what constitutes a particular music genre. counter culture music journalists are fucking obnoxious. i’ve got strong opinions. i’ve been called a hipster a number of times. i wear glasses, flannel and skinny pants, but none of those things give me some divine wisdom or right to be a fun-leeching prick that preys on the tastes of my friends’ younger sisters. 

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emmathewastelandguardian-deacti  asked:

I have an idea for a steampunkish novel, but I've never written steampunk before. Any tips or websites I can use for research?

I’m definitely recommend reading as much of the genre as you can to get a feel for it.

You can find some steampunk books here.

The TV Tropes page for the steampunk genre may help.

More on the genre of steampunk can be found here and here.

Good luck!

anonymous asked:

Do you have anything for gaslamp fantasy? (:

Gaslamp fantasy, steampunk’s magical cousin! (As I understand it,) gaslamp fantasy is an intersection of historical fiction and fantasy, which means a lot of your research and worldbuilding will come with a few filters, including but not limited to:

  • What’s your time period?
  • What are your fantasy/science rules and intersections?
  • How does the fantasy factor into the world?

Gaslamp fantasy is heavier on fantasy than on history, which leaves you largely free to develop at will. That said, let’s look at the above.

  • What’s your time period? Do some research solely on the basis of history to get a feel for the time period—figure out the dress code, social norms, how far medicine has advanced, what they do for fun, how relationships begin and end, etc.
  • What are your fantasy/science rules and intersections? This is where we get into the fantasy side of it. As with any historical/real world blending with fantasy, you need to figure out how magic and science play together—if they play at all. What are some failings/shortcomings of science that fantasy can fill? Are there places magic cannot get to or things magic is unable to deal with that science can and will? Do they ever overlap to create a blended magic/science technological element?
  • How does the fantasy factor into the world? Science aside, now. Fantasy is probably going to be the bigger “half” of your story influences, so consider how the fantastic elements affect the world. Where does magic come from? What is it? Who learns and uses it? Are there magical/supernatural creatures in the world?

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“People are only asking, "whodunnit?” because I chose to use the genre, the structure of a thriller, to address the issues of blame and conscience, and these methods of narrative usually demand an answer. But my film isn’t a thriller and who am I to presume to give anyone an answer on how they should deal with their own guilty conscience?’“

– Michael Haneke on his film, Cache 

Still from Cache (2005, dir. Michael Haneke)