anonymous asked:

*Curtsies* Dear duke, I have read what you wrote about outlining, and the method I like the most is celtx, but I'm not sure I'm using it the right way.. I just write down my ideas with no linear time frame and that seems wrong somehow. I'm also writing down other ideas (a bit more developed) on paper but, again, I'm not sure it's the right way! (Also I can't use celtx on my laptop, it seems different from the app, is this normal or is it just n00b me who doesn't know how to use it?) thank you x

*Curtsies* So, there’s really no right or wrong way to outline (except not outlining). But the point of outlining is to figure out what you have to write to tell your story and in my experience it does make the writing process a lot easier to have something linear. That doesn’t mean, of course, that every idea for every scene is going to come to you in sequential order, and this is a large part of the reason I recommend tools like Final Draft (or CeltX, which is basically the free version of Final Draft). I haven’t used CeltX in a long time so I’m not going to be much help there, but the way I (personally) use Final Draft for outlining is to switch to the note card view, because that lets me write scene cards in whatever order I want and then move them around until they’re in the order that the scenes will actually follow in the manuscript. Make sense? I don’t know if you can do this bit with CeltX or not but once I have all my scenes down I color-code them by chapter, so the final result looks a little like this:

I don’t know if this explanation is going to help you at all. If not there’s a further explanation of using note cards in CeltX here (though I would ignore their explanation of what a plot should look like because most plots aren’t that simple). Anyway, I hope this answers some of your questions, even though I can really help with the ins and outs of using the CeltX software because I haven’t used it since I switched to Final Draft in college.

If you think to yourself, “You know what would be great? A Femlock film adaptation” - then please, write it. Download Celtx or Final Draft, read up about how to format scripts for film, read William Golding, and just do it. Write and rewrite. Give it to your friends to proofread. Enter your final project into local film festivals or contests. Create and don’t be afraid of what people think. Don’t do it for the chance at fame, do it because you love it. This goes for any story creation. Just write it.

So many of us have great ideas but we don’t execute them. Why not? I’ve seen so much talent on this site that I know a film adaptation like that can come from one of you, and it could be very successful.

You want representation? Create it. You want multidimensional female characters in television? Create them. You want your voice to be heard? Put your voice into writing. Demanding someone else do it for you is exactly while social change is as slow as molasses.

anonymous asked:

Congrats! I wonder if I might beg some advice -- I have loads of plot bits pop up all the time, but struggle to follow through with any of them because I suck at developing plots beyond the simplistic. I hear outlining will help with this, and I've tried but can't find an outlining strategy I like. Can you recommend one/some?

Okay. So I put this off for a while because I knew it was going to turn into an overly long and detailed post, but I had some time today and we’ve already talked about outlines a bit, so here you go:

Advice for Aspiring Authors: Outlining

Why You Need to Do It: Plotting and outlining are how you give your story a good narrative arc. If you don’t start writing with a pretty clear idea of your story’s beginning, middle, and end, you have absolutely no means of controlling the pace, and pacing is really important. You also have no way of knowing what kind of circumstances you’re going to need for your denouement and ergo have no way of ‘setting the scene,’ as it were. It’s like trying to put on a play with no props or costumes and actors who don’t know what parts they’re playing and who are saying their lines for the first time in front of an audience. Improv is fun but writing is not the place for it. 

A lot of people who don’t like to outline think that outlining stifles creativity and adhere to the very romantic notion that you should be able to just sit down and let the words flow. But an outline doesn’t give you every sentence and every word–an outline just gives you the basic idea of what has to happen in a given scene to move the story forward. So outlining actually allows you to exercise two different kinds of creativity: finding the structure of a good story, and then putting that story down in words. If you do it right, outlining can actually be really fun. 

But this is the tricky part. How do you do it right? There are a million different methods of outlining and different ones work for different people. I’ve made you a list of different methods, in case you have no idea at all where to start:

  1. The Linear Outline. This is exactly what is sounds like. You record the events of your novel in sequence. You can use butcher paper, an online organizational tool like LitLift, or even just bullets in a Word document.  If you like writing your scenes in the order they’ll appear in the story, this is probably a good way to do your outlining.
  2. The Snowflake Method. If you only have a very basic idea of your plot, this is a good way to go. The Snowflake Method takes a simple plot and then exponentially increases the detail until your story blossoms like a Blooming Onion. It’s like a story fractal. However, other people can explain it a lot better than I can, so here’s a link.
  3. Mindmapping. Picture Sherlock Holmes in his Mind Palace. Mindmapping is the practice of starting with one idea (usually on paper, though you can do this online with iMindMap), and connecting it to anything else that you think you might need for your story. You’re not going to get a linear summary of your plot this way, but it will help you flesh out and connect ideas, and have them all in one place.
  4. The Tetris Method. There are a million different names for this one, this is just the one I made up. The Tetris Method involves recording scenes and information on note cards or Post-its–which you can also do electronically with CeltX or Final Draft. This gives you the option to create a linear timeline, and then shuffle all the events around as the need arises. 
  5. The ‘Fifteen Events’ Method. List the numbers 1-15 down the side of your page. On Line 1, give a one sentence description of how the novel begins. On Line 15, give a one sentence description of how the novel ends.Then go to Line 2, and describe what happens next after the beginning.Then go to Line 14, and describe what happens just before the end. Go back and forth from beginning to end until all fifteen lines are filled in.This exercise forces you to figure out how one event leads to another, and if you might be missing one of the key steps that will help you get from number one to number fifteen.
  6. The Rule of Six. The Rule of Six says that for each apparent phenomenon, you should devise at least six plausible explanations. And it occurred to me that this can be applied as a writing theory–and there are two different ways to use the Rule of Six in the outlining process: Find six different explanations for any event or action that occurs in your novel which doesn’t have significant explanation or motivation, or come up with six different ‘what happens next’ scenarios when you get stuck.
  7. Seven-Point Story Structure. This is a very specific method of modeling a story but it may provide a great jumping off point even if it doesn’t fit your needs exactly. See a more thorough explanation here.
  8. The Question Method. This is one of my own invention. Here’s how it works: (1) Have an idea. The most basic concept of a character and a story. (2) Start asking questions. Questions the reader is going to ask/need the answers to. The biggest (and most important ones) are going to revolve around motivation and obstacles. Why is the MC doing what he does? (3) Answer the ones you can answer and move on. (It’s okay to leave gaps in your outline–you just need more bricks than holes if your wall, if you know what I mean). (4) Ask more questions. Once your story starts to take shape you can ask more–and more specific–questions. Lather, rinse, repeat. All you have to do is keep repeating steps two and three over and over again. Eventually you’ll get down into the minute details and have a pretty solid outline to work with.

Personally I use some combination of the the linear method, the Tetris method, and the question method. And eventually what I end up with is a rainbow-colored outline that looks something like this:

Of course, this isn’t going to work for everyone. But I find it’s really helpful to have scenes organized in such a way that I can easily move them around until they’re in a kind of order that make sense (this is a finished outline so they’re color-coded by chapter). And there’s very little on each card–I give myself a scene title and the setting and a one- or two-sentence description of what has to happen in the scene. I find this actually lets me be more creative rather than less, because it gives me the option to write freely without worrying about if the scene is taking me in the right direction. When you know what has to happen, all you have to worry about is the words. 

Anyway, that’s a brief crash-course in outlining. Hope it helps. 

time management // my daily rituals

You know those days where you want to actually be productive? But then you feel so hyped and you either 1. got stuff that you don’t really want to do or 2. you just have nothing at all to do. Well, I belong to the former.

Yet again, I try to manage my time as best as I could while trying to balance out my hobbies, co-curricular activities as well as my studies. The best way to do this is actually to make an ideal routine based off of your daily work.

Yes, I actually copied and pasted down Krist Soup’s routine who copied from Essena Oneill which I then edited it to fit my life. I’d encourage you to copy either of them’s down and modify it to your liking too.

M O R N I N G   R I T U A L

  • Stretch my whole body in bed 2-3 min  
  • Drink large glass of water
  • Wash face + Moisturize
  • Brush teeth
  • Brush hair out
  • Make bed
  • Get dressed for school
  • Fill up hamster’s water bottle and food bowl
  • Cup of coffee
  • Bread
  • Eating update session → YouTube, Tumblr, e-mails, etc.
  • Leave house  

D A I L Y   R I T U A L

School Schedule from Monday-Friday 7:00am-6:00pm + ½ hour morning break @ 10.15am + ½ hour lunch break @ 1.35pm

  • Bullet Journal
  • Grocery Shopping/Chores
  • Text people I care about
  • Reply to e-mails
  • Etc.
  • Writing designated time slot for weekly videos! (Celtx)
  • Work on secret e-book (Shhh)
  • Make one yummy, fulfilling meal (try 1 new recipe a week)
  • Eat slowly
  • Work on relevant project
  • Update blog/social media
  • Crash Course
  • In a Nutshell
  • TED talks
  • Books
  • Documentaries
  • Current Interest: Korean, Photography, etc.

E V E N I N G   R I T U A L

  • Cook a fabulous homemade meal
  • Watch YouTube videos, an episode of a tv show, or a movie

  ●  6:30-7:30 Quality Time

  • This is a time to get out of a work headspace, relax, connect, and listen to others
  • Chat with friends, family, mentor
  • Finish homework/assignments of the day
  • Work on relevant projects
  • Big glass of water/ cup of tea
  • Brush teeth, wash face, moisturise
  • Turn on infuser and essential oils
  • Edit current video
  • Read current book

  ●  10:00-12:00 Lights Out & Sleep

Grand Writing Masterpost

All the links are exactly the same as before, just condensed a lot.

I spent a long time putting this together so any likes and reblogs are appreciated. 

School Writing Resource Masterpost

School Resource Masterpost


  • Family Tree Maker

  • Family Trees Explained

  • Facts About Names [More 1]

  • 1000+ Names [Girls] [Boys] [Demon] [Medieval]

  • Demons & Deities [Demons] [Gods]

  • Name Generators [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]


  • Describe Colors [More 1][More 2]

  • Eye Color List [More 1]

  • Describing Skin Colors

  • Describe Voices

  • Describe Facial Expressions [More 1]

  • Describe a Character’s Look [More 1] [More 2]

  • Be More Descriptive [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

Personality Traits

  • List of Cliches

  • Personality Generator.

  • Positive [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • Negative [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5] [More 6] [More 7][More 8] [More 9]

  • Traits [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5] [More 6] [More 7] [More 8] [More 9] [More 10] [More 11] [More 12] [More 13]

  • Personality Types [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • The Difference Between Personality and Behavior

  • How to: Show a Characters Personality In a Paragraph

Heroes, Villains and Archetypes

  • Courageous Characters [More 1] [Heroine] [Hero]

  • Sympathy Without Saintliness

  • Character Morality Alignment

  • Villains [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

  • Antagonists [More 1]

  • Manipulative Character

  • Archetypes[More 1] [More 2]


  • Females

  • Males

  • Transgenders

  • Advice on Writing Genders

People Types

  • Angry

  • Bad Asses

  • Bitches

  • Childishness

  • Emotional Detachment

  • Flirtatious

  • The Girl Next Door

  • Introverts

  • Mean Persons

  • Psychopaths

  • Party Girls

  • Rich

  • Rebels

  • Sarcasm

  • Serial Killers

  • Shyness

  • Sluts

  • Villains

  • Witt

  • Children

  • Old Persons

  • PoC[More 1]

  • British Characters

  • Character With A Baby

  • Pansexual Characters

  • Writing A Flirtatious Character

  • Writing A Nice Character

  • Mary Sue [More 1] [More 2]

  • Not Writing A Mary Sue


  • Actors

  • Ballet Dancer

  • Hitmen

  • Journalists

  • Foreigners

  • Gamblers

  • Vegetarians

  • Artistic Occupations

  • Police Force

  • On Assassin Characters

  • Interesting Jobs [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]


  • Christianity

  • Hinduism

  • Satanism

  • Taoism


  • Vampires [More 1]

  • Witches

  • Werewolves

  • Spectral Groupings


  • A Death Scene

  • Loosing Someone

  • Horror

  • Torture

  • Writing Accents

Habits and Quirks

  • Addictions and Bad Habits [More 1]

  • Character Habits

  • Character Quirks

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


  • List of Character Secrets [Part 1] [Part 2] [More 1] [More 2]

  • I Bet You Didn’t Know..

  • Character Plots And Secrets

  • Celebrity Secrets

Disorders, Disabilities and Drugs Masterpost


  • Types of Attraction


  • Putting a Label on It

  • Synonyms for Love [More 1]

  • The Little Ways a Ship Gets Build

  • How to: Write a Romantic Scene

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Relationships


  • How to: Write a Kiss

  • Different Types of Kisses

  • Writing Out the First Kiss


  • How to: Write Smut [More 1] [[More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5] [More 6] [More 7]

  • Smut Guide: Casual Sex

  • How to: Smut (For Virgins)

  • How to: Write Lesbian Smut

  • Domination and Submission

  • How to: Write a Blowjob/Prepping for Smut

  • Writing A Friends With Benefits Relationship

  • How to: Write a First Time Sex Scene Romantically

Create Your Characters

  • Help With Character Creation

  • Writing an Original Character

  • Creating Believable Characters [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

  • How to Create Fictional Characters [More 1] [More 2]

  • Character Building [More 1] [More 2]

Character Writing Resources

  • Character Guides

  • Writing Specific Characters

  • Fiction Writer’s Character Chart [More 1]

  • Web Resources for Developing Characters

  • How to Write a Character Bible

Finish Your Characters

  • Character voice

  • Character Flaws [More 1]

  • Character Description [More 1]

  • Tips for Characterization

  • Making Your Characters Likable [More 1]

  • Making a Character Stand Out [More 1]

  • How to: Write a Fully Developed Character

  • How to: Create a Cast of Characters [More 1]

  • Handling a Cast of Thousands

Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex

  • How Not to Write Female Characters

  • Red Flags for Female Characters Written by Men

  • Writing Strong Female Characters [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

Biography Writing

  • Bio Help

  • Resources for Biography Writing [More 1]

  • Components of Your Biographies

  • Little Things You Can Add To Your Bios


  • Degrees of Emotion[More 1]

  • Describing Emotions [More 1][More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [Positive] [Negative]

  • Tone, Feelings and Emotions

  • 100 Words for Facial Expressions [More 1]

  • Victoria’s Vitamins: Mood

  • Genre Help: Romance

Body Language

  • Types of Crying

  • All About Kissing

  • Body Language: Mirroring

  • The Importance of Body Language

  • Body Language Reference [More 1][More 2][More 3] [More 4][More 5]

Character Development

  • Character Development Questions [Part 2]

  • C.D. Questionaire [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [Morer 5] [More 6] [More 7]

  • 30 Day Character Development [More 1] [More 2]

  • Get To Know Your Characters [More 1] [More 2]

  • Character Development Series [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]

  • Develop Characters [Template] [Hobbies] [Virtues] [Vices]

  • Conveying Too Much or Too Little Character

  • How to Reveal Character[More 1][Asexualality] [Gender & Orientation]

  • Torture a Character

  • Killing Characters [More 1]

How to Set the Scene

  • Writing in Genre

  • Setting the Scene [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • World Building [More 1] [More 2] [Mapit]

  • Write Galafreyan

  • Write Encohian

  • Writing Smut

  • Write Fantasy [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • Writing a Death Scene


  • Popular Places to Eat

  • Australia

  • Boston

  • California [More 1] [More 2]

  • England/Britain [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • New York

  • Prison

  • London

  • The South [More 1]


  • Eras Masterlist

  • Everything You Need to Know Abut the 20’s [Slang]

  • Primary Sources on Ancient Civilizations

  • Research [More 1]

Alternatives For

  • Very

  • Wrote

  • Whispered

  • List of Actions

  • Words for Sex

  • Said [More 1]

  • Walk [More 1]

  • Smile [More 1]

  • Expessions [More 1]

  • Synonyms for Common Words [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

  • List of Words to Avoid and Misused Words [More 1][More 2] [More 3]

  • Beautiful and Ugly Words [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5] [More 6]

  • Increase Your Vocabulary[More 1] [More 2][More 3] [More 4]

Find a Word

  • Find That Word [More 1]

  • Transitional Words

  • Random Word Generator

  • Rhymezone

  • Phonetic Alphabet

  • A Case Of She Said, She Said

Description Alternatives

  • Word Tics

  • Weak Verbs

  • Show Not Tell

  • Grammar is Tricky

  • “Smarten Your Language

  • 200 Words to Describe Light

  • A Description Resource [More 1] [Food][Scent]


  • Trouble Creating Titles [More 1]

Ideas and Inspiration

  • Writing Prompts [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5]

  • Generators[More 1][More 2][More 3][More 4][InkProvoking] [StoryStarter] [StorySpinner] [StoryKitchen]

  • Date Ideas [More 1] [More 2]

  • Inspiration[More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

Plot Help

  • Plot Generator

    Plot Ideas[More 1][More 2][More 3][More 4][More 5][More 6]

  • Plot Twists [Premise Sheets]

  • How to: Outline a Plot [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

  • Outline Your Novel [More 1] [More 2]

  • Guide to Plotting [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5]

Plot Writing

  • Basics of Writing A Plot [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5]

  • Links for Plot Writing Help

  • The Evil Overlord Devises A Plot

  • Building a Platform

  • Creating Conflict [More 1] [More 2] [Conflict Test]

Tips on Writing Dialogue

  • It’s Not What They Say…

  • Speaking of Dialogue [More 1]

  • How to Write Dialogue Unique to Your Characters

  • Writing Dialogue: Go for Realistic, Not Real-Life

  • Establishing The Right Point of View

  • How to Start Writing in the Third Person [More 1]


  • Exposition [More 1]

  • Building Suspense [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

  • Hit Your Reader in the Gut

  • Root for Your Main Character [More 1]

  • Flashbacks with Multiple POVs

  • Word Count [More 1]

  • Breaking Writing Habits

  • Varying Sentences

  • Purple Prose

Writing Tips

  • 50 Free Resources

  • Writing The Perfect Scene

  • The Great Swampy Middle

  • Becoming the Next Gatsby

  • Plunge Right Into Your Story

  • How To Write A Novel [The Snowflake Method]

  • You’re Not Hemingway [Write Like Hemmingway]

  • Hook Readers and Reel them In [More 1] [More 2]

  • Essential Story Ingredients [More 1] [More 2][More 3]

  • The Difference Between Good Writers and Bad Writers

  • Have Confidence in Your Writing [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5]

  • Writing Tips [More 1] [More 2] [More 3][More 4] [More 5] [More 6] [More 7] [More 8] [More 9] [Joss Whedon] [Kurt Vonnegut] [Stephen King]

Miscellaneous Advice

  • Write Interactive Books

  • Who Do You Write Like

  • Writing 2 Stories Simultaneously [More 1]

  • Co-writing [Additional Tips]

  • The length of a chapter

  • When a story stops working

  • Reading critically for writers

  • What a “real writer” is

  • Rewriting fanfiction into original fiction

  • Ways to keep writing while in school

  • Getting in your own way


  • Backhanding Procrastination

  • Habits and Taking Care of Yourself

  • More Troubles With Writing Motivation

  • The Inner Critic and Ways to Fight it [More 1]

  • The Writing Life is Hard On Us

  • For Troubles With Starting Your Story

  • Writing Stamina Builds Slowly

Writers Block [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4] [More 5] [More 6][More 7] [More 8] [More 9]


  • Beginning Revision [Five Steps]

  • Revising Your Novel [More 1] [More 2]

  • Finishing Your Novel [First Draft] [More 1] [More 2]


  • Proofreading [Say Out Loud]

  • Three Self Editing Tips

  • How To Rewrite

  • Editing Recipe

  • Cliche Finder

Grammar and Punctuation

  • Common Grammar Mistakes [More 1] [More 2]

  • Synonyms for Commonly Used Words

  • A Guide on Punctuation

  • Common Writing Mistakes

Critique and Advice

  • Find Beta Readers

  • Tips on Taking Critique

  • Tips on Giving Critique

  • What to do With Bad Writing Advice [More 1] [More 2]

Self Publishing

  • Copyright
  • Avoiding Publishing Scams

  • The Self-Pub Miniseries [More 1]

  • Pennames and Aliases

  • Writing to be Published

Writing Tools

  • Writers Resources Masterpost [More 1] [Relatedblogs]

  • Nanowrimo Start Kit

  • Written Kitten

  • Focus Booster

Mind Mapping and Planning [LiquidStoryBinder] [OutlinerofGiants] [MindMeister] [TreeSheets] [RealtimeBoard][Space Tracker][Family Echo] [AutoRealm] [OakOutliner] [WorkFlowy] [VUE] [Mindmaple] [Freemind] [Lucidchart] [FreeMind] [NovaMind] [Mindomo] [Coggle] [Scapple] [Mural] [Blumind] [Popplet] [Bubbl] [Xmind]

E-publishing Tools [Mobipocket] [MyWritingNook] [SuperNotecard] [OnePageperDay] [Trelby] [PageStream] [PDFCreator] [ScriptBuddy] [WriterDuet] [WriteorDie] [DarkRoom] [Sigil] [CeltX] [Page2Stage] [Acrobat] [InDesign] [Calibre] [CutePDF] [Jutoh] [PagePlus] [Scribus] [Plotbot] [Scripped] [Slugline] [Highland] [Scrivener] [yWriter] [Oneword] [Penzu] [Spaaze]

Role-play Help

  • Para Titles [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • Para Song Titles [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

  • Para Starters [More 1] [More 2] [More 3]

  • Para Ideas [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • Prompts List [More 1] [More 2] [More 3] [More 4]

  • Drabble Prompts [More 1]

  • Lots of RP Guides

  • IC and OOC Surveys

  • Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities

  • Improve Your Paras

Role-playing How To’s

  • How to: Get Into Character

  • How to: Write a IC Para Sample [More 1] [More 2]

  • How to: Write an Impressive Para Sample

  • How to: Lengthen Short Para’s

  • How to: Make a Set Ship RP Work [More 1]

  • How to: Create the Best Plot for Your RP

  • How to: Spice Up Your Roleplay Plots

  • How to: Play the Greek Goddess ‘Harmonia’

  • How to: Roleplay In the Victorian Era [More 1]

anonymous asked:

Hey, I was wondering how you're supposed to format a script or a screenwrite. Like I know how to write one, but I'm not sure how to format it. When a character talks, how are you supposed to keep it in the center? I tab over there, but I'm not sure if that's the right way and how many tabs to go. I'm sorry if I sound confusing. Thanks.

I think the reason you’re having trouble is because you’re probably not using a proper screenwriting software. For the sake of your own sanity PLEASE do not try to screenwrite in Microsoft Word. You will die. Literally. I did it and now I’m a ghost. It’s true. 

Okay, maybe you won’t literally die but it’ll suck. Screen requires a very particular format and so if you try to do it in word or another word processing software your formatting will probably have errors and you’ll spend so much time fiddling with settings.

I would recommend celtx. It’s online and free and has everything you need for screenwriting.  Final Draft is similar except it’s super pricey and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re serious about screenwriting and are actually working in the industry, in which case you’ll probably need it.

Here’s a little example, but screen format is easier than it looks.

Kind of lopsided, oops.


Words and References:

  • Massive Dictionary for Writers
  • Writing a Series
  • Visual Dictionary
  • Grammar Definitions
  • Glossary of Book Terms (2)
  • Literary Terms
  • Some Words About Word Count
  • English Grammar (with Russian translation)
  • Pronunciations of Words from All Languages
  • Punctuation Guide
  • Plot Terms and Definitions

Plot & Structure:

  • Plot Development
  • Developing Events in Your Story
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • Four Essential Plot Points
  • Basic Plots in Literature
  • Ten Simple Keys to Plot Structure
  • Plot vs Exposition
  • Plot Checklist
  • Exposition in Fiction
  • Balancing Exposition
  • Easing Exposition
  • Setting or Exposition
  • 3 Rules for Writing Endings
  • Writing Powerful Endings
  • Successful Endings
  • Writing a Story Middle
  • Beginnings, Middles, and Ends (2)
  • Three Parts to Every Story


  • Subplots
  • 7 Ways to Add Great Subplots to your Novels
  • The 7 Shoulds of Writing a Subplot
  • Who Needs Subplots?
  • Subplots
  • Knowing Your terms: Subplots
  • Weave Subplots into your Novel
  • Understanding the Role of Subplots
  • Plot, Plot Layers, and Subplots
  • Plot and Subplot
  • Subplots - Chicken Soup for your Novel
  • How Many Subplots are Acceptable?
  • Subplots by Word Count
  • Too Many Subplots?

World Building:

  • World Building Links
  • World Building Questionnaire (2)
  • Planet Maker
  • World Building 101
  • World Building for Science Fiction
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds
  • The Seed of Government (2)
  • The Magic of World Building


  • Story Guide Worksheet
  • How to Create Great Characters
  • Character Arc 101
  • “Hero” is a Four Letter Word
  • Character Questionnaire (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Character Justification
  • Conflict Can Limit Your Characters
  • Creating Characters from Plot
  • Character Bio
  • Guide to Writing a Villain
  • Eight Female Archetypes
  • Sixteen Personality Types
  • Charahub
  • Fixing Unlikable Characters
  • Offensive Mistakes Well-Intended Writers Makes (2)
  • Character Sheet
  • Morality Alignment
  • Morality Alignment Test (2) (3)
  • Creating Compelling Characters
  • Consistency is Key 
  • Desires and Conflict
  • Mary Sue Test
  • Mary Sue Villain Test
  • Writing Lycanthropy
  • Body Language (2) (3) 


  • Character Conversations
  • How to Write Dialogue (2) (3) (4)
  • Speaking of Dialogue
  • Ten Tips
  • Character Dialogue
  • Believable Dialogue
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Dialogue
  • Witty Dialogue Reference Post
  • Dialogue Tips
  • Writing Really Good Dialogue
  • Writing Good Dialogue
  • Dialogue

Point of View:

  • Types of POV
  • Point of View
  • Third Person Multiple POV
  • First Person vs. Third
  • Third Person Omniscient vs. Limited
  • Using Third Person Omniscient
  • Writing Exposition in the First Person
  • Writing in First Person
  • First Person POV (2)
  • First Person or Third?
  • How to Write Winning First Person Stories


  • Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories
  • Crime Fiction Sub Genres
  • So You Want to Write Crime Fiction
  • How to Write Crime Fiction
  • Smut Writing Guide Master List
  • Adding Sexual Tension
  • How to Write Sexual Tension
  • Literary Genres
  • Genre Index
  • 13 Horror Writing Tips
  • Classic Horror Novel Structure
  • 10 Laws of Good Science Fiction
  • Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy


  • Irish Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Irish Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Scottish Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • Scottish Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • Welsh Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Welsh Surnames (2) (3)
  • English Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • English Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Brittany Names (2)
  • Gaelic Names (2)
  • Cornish Names (2) (3) (4)
  • Cornish Surnames
  • Celtic Female Names (2) (3)
  • Celtic Male Names (2) (3)
  • Bible Names (2)
  • Find Names by Sound
  • Medieval Asian Names
  • Medieval Islamic Names
  • Medieval Names & Titles
  • Middle Eastern Names
  • North American Indian Names (2) 
  • French Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • French Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • German Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • German Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Western African Names (2) (3)
  • Northern African Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Latin American Names (2)
  • Traditional Hispanic Last Names
  • Chinese Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Asian and Pacific Names (2)
  • African and Middle East Names
  • Italian Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Italian Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Name Generator (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (Fantasy (2) (3) (4)) (Sci-fi (2))
  • Jewish Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Jewish Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Russian Names (2) (3) (4)
  • Russian Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Scandinavian Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Scandinavian Surnames (2) (3)
  • Spanish Names (2)
  • Pagan Names
  • Nook of Names
  • What a Lovely Name
  • List of Names from Around the World
  • Etymology Dictionary
  • Name Playground
  • What’s in a Name?
  • 7 Rules for Picking Names
  • How to Invent Names
  • Nickname Lists (2) (3)
  • Latin Place Names
  • Name Dictionary
  • First Names Reference Database
  • Slave Trade Names Database


  • 1920’s Reference Post
  • 1920’s Setting
  • History of Childbirth
  • 1920’s Slang
  • Medieval Reference Post
  • Medieval Scotland
  • All About Scotland
  • World Myths, Creatures, and Folklore
  • Knighthood and Orders of Chivalry
  • National Heraldry
  • Titles in the Elizabethan Era
  • Titles Explained
  • Peerage Basics
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • American Indian Tribes and Languages Master List
  • Historical Resources

Query Letters:

  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • The 10 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Query Letter
  • Anatomy of a Query Letter: A Step-By-Step Guide
  • Successful Query Letters for Literary Agents
  • Query Letter FAQ
  • Master the Art of the Query
  • Writing a Solid Query Letter
  • Writing a Query Letter that Sells
  • Dos and Don’ts: How to Write the Perfect Query Letter
  • Query Letters
  • Rachelle’s Query Tips
  • How to Query a Literary Agent
  • Query Letters
  • A Pitch is a Pitch
  • Make the Perfect Pitch: The Novel Query
  • How to Write Great Queries
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Query an Agent
  • How to Write a Dynamic Query Letter
  • Writing a Good Query Letter
  • Sample Query Letter PDF
  • Sample Novel Query Letter
  • Ten Ways to Hook a Literary Agent
  • What Not to Put in Your Query Letter
  • What (Not) to Put in Your Query Letter
  • Query Letters - What, Why, How?
  • What (Not) to do Before Querying
  • What to Write in the Bio Section of your Query Letter
  • How to Write a Bio Paragraph in your Query Letter
  • The Last Paragraph of your Query Letter: the Author Bio
  • Writing the Hook for your Query
  • Query Letter Dos and Don’ts
  • Agent Reveals Pet Peeves
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • Query Letter Mad Lib
  • How to Format a Query Letter
  • 15 Reasons Agents Pass Over Query Letters
  • The Right Way to Write a Query Letter PDF
  • Query Letters
  • Writing a Query Letter
  • The Query Letter
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Write a Kick-Ass Query Letter
  • How to Write a Great Query Letter PDF
  • Query Letter to Agents
  • Writing a Killer Query Letter
  • 15 Resources for a Better Query Letter
  • 25 Reasons Your Query Letter Sucks
  • Query Letters: My Personal Journey
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • A Bit of Regurgitated Query Letter Advice
  • Query Letter Advice: Let Someone Else Write It
  • Writing a Query Letter Part One: The Hook
  • Part Two: The Setup
  • Part Three: The Conflict
  • Part Four: The Consequence
  • Part Five: Everything Else
  • The Importance of Voice
  • The Query Letter that Won Me an Agent
  • How Not to Write the Perfect Query Letter
  • FAQ The Query Letter
  • Query Letters

Editing and Revision:

  • Editing Checklist
  • List of Freelance Editors
  • Tighten Your Manuscript
  • Editing Recipe
  • 7 Editing Questions
  • How to Rewrite
  • Revising a Novel
  • Editing Tips
  • Self Editing
  • How to Edit a Novel


  • Tip of my Tongue
  • Liquid Story Binder
  • Q10
  • 25 Writing Softwares
  • Jarte**
  • AbiWord
  • Calligra
  • Celtx**
  • Open Office
  • Scrivener*
  • Final Draft*
  • Atlantis Nova
  • Zoho**
  • Lit Lift
  • Hiveword
  • Story Book**
  • Character Writer*
  • Write Room (mac only)
  • Dark Room
  • Q10
  • Liquid Story Binder*
  • Now Novel**
  • yWriter 5
  • Time Toast
  • Interactive Timeline
  • Timeline Maker*
  • Preceden
  • Tiki Toki**
  • Time Glider**
  • Timeline Maker
  • My Timeline
  • Timeline JS
  • X Timeline
  • Our Story**
  • Dipity
  • Timeline Software*
  • Timelines*
  • Meograph
  • Timeline Charts*
  • Family Echo
  • Genealogy
  • Legacy Family Tree Maker**
  • Family Tree Builder**
  • XY Family Tree
  • Bubbl
  • Cliche Finder
  • *Not free. May include free trial.
  • **Includes free and premium content.


  • Inspiration Finder
  • Seventh Sanctum
  • Writing Prompts Generator
  • Timeline Generator
  • Writing Prompts
  • Plinky
  • Random Story Prompts
  • Random Prompts
  • Prompt Generator (2)
  • Writing Prompts
  • 14 Prompts

Writing Websites:

  • Galley Cat
  • Writer’s Digest
  • Absolute Write
  • Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Writer Beware
  • Chuck Sambuchino
  • Nathan Bransford
  • Novel Rocket
  • 101 Best Websites for Writers


  • Inspiration 1
  • Instead of ‘whispered’
  • Writing fantasy
  • Emotions vocab sheet
  • How to reveal character
  • Writers block resource
  • Writing a death scene
  • BIO help
  • Writing prompt generators
  • How to torture a character
  • Degrees of emotion
  • Character names
  • Body language
  • Writing people of colour
  • character flaws

anonymous asked:

*Curtsies* Duke darling, I am outlining as you suggested, (currently using celtx) so here's the question: is it normal to change so much while you're outlining? I mean this is a dumb question because of course you're supposed to edit so you won't edit when you're actually writing, but it's like I am scared a new idea I have that overrules an old one is not right.. i don't know it feels weird to change so much! Could you please help me? Thank you and sorry if this is such a confusing question! xx

*Curtsies* Outlining is all about finding the way a story is supposed to go, so yes, you will absolutely make changes (big changes). I’ve never had an outline where I just put the whole thing together, start to finish, in the right order and the right way the first time. The whole reason you outline is to figure the story out before you start actually producing prose, so that’s exactly where big structural changes should happen. The outline of my current WIP went through probably 25 vastly different versions with about five different endings before I had a blinding flash of the obvious and went, “Oh, THAT’S the way this has to end!” As for whether a new idea is better than an old one, I can’t really decide that for you. You have to look at the whole story and see what fits–and part of the process of learning to write is learning to do that. If you’re not sure which idea would be better, give it time. Flesh the rest of the story out. Sooner or later it’ll probably become clear what’s going to be best.

anonymous asked:

how to plan/outline a novel? how much should i work? i really want to write but dont know how to figure it out

This is one of those questions to which there is no magic answer. I know that’s frustrating to hear, but it’s also the truth. There are a thousand different ways to outline, and different methods work for different writers. But what works best for me is some combination of note cards, what I call the ‘question’ method, and the Rule of Six. Let me explain what I mean by that. 

Note cards: This is the simple part. When I have an idea for a story I write ‘scene cards’ for each scene which I know needs to be part of the plot. I do this electronically with Final Draft, but you can also do it by hand or with Scrivener (personally I find Scrivener over-engineered in some ways and under-engineered in others, but to each his own) or Celtx, which is basically the free version of Final Draft. The upside of doing it this way? You can move things around until you get them into what feels like the right order (I like to color-code by chapter), and you can even leave blank cards as placeholders for scenes or whole sections you haven’t quite figured out yet. Below is a screenshot from something I’m working on plotting right now. As you can see, even my complete note cards are pretty short. Who does what? That’s all I need. Detailed notes, dialogue, etc. are somewhere else. This is the bare bones of the story. I’m not worried about language yet.

The question method: I find that the easiest way to flesh out a story with a lot of gaps is to start asking questions–the kinds of questions readers are going to want answered, or the ones that simply need to be answered for the story to make narrative sense. Some will be logistical, some will be character-related, some will be research items, but one will inevitably lead to another. How does Anton get to the harbor? He drives. In whose car? His. Okay, what kind of car is it? Where did he get it? If he left Deva at ten o’clock in the morning, why is he so late getting back? Etc. etc. I end up filling in a lot of plot holes this way, and learning more about my characters at the very same time. I started asking questions about Anton’s car and two hours later I’d excavated half his childhood and his entire adult relationship with his sister. You’d be surprised how well this works. But it’s also okay if you can’t answer every question right away. Just having those questions in your mind is a great place to start. The answers will come. 

The Rule of Six: The Rule of Six says that for each apparent phenomenon, you should devise at least six plausible explanations. It’s not actually a writing theory, but about three years ago I decided to start using it as one, and you wouldn’t believe how well it works. Having trouble answering one of those major plot questions you just came up with? Force yourself to come up with six completely different explanations for how or why something happens, or for what happens next when you just don’t know where to go. Chances are sooner or later you’ll strike gold, because it forces you to think outside the obvious. The Rule of Six solved a major plot problem in the second half of my forthcoming novel, and it was such a revelation that I literally jumped out of the shower with shampoo still in my hair to write it down (and call my editor).

This is one combination of three different ways to outline. It’s just what happens to work for me, and this process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the story. Learning to outline involves a lot of trial and error, so I’d encourage you to experiment with all kinds of methods, not just what’s on this list. Take your time. You don’t have a deadline, and waiting to start until you have a thorough outline to work with makes writing much easier, and much better.

Let me know if you have other questions!

Hayffie Writers I have a Proposition

So we have amazing Writers in the Hayffie fandom. There are perfect fic writers! So I have a proposition we make Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson’s requests a reality. We should all band together and Write a movie script for a Hayffie Film. 

I’m not saying this lightly. I love script writing and have some experience. Let’s make a group (Skype/rabbit/ect…) and Make a Celtx document (Or I have final draft) and make one and try to get it sold! It’s not easy but I think we could totally do it! We have the creativity and know how and At least Woody made it clear he WANTS to do this…. so Let’s go!

Cause personally I want more of this!

Originally posted by maythestarsguidemyway

Calling All Artists! Gravity Falls Fan Project in the Making!

Hey there! This is @georgejamesvaltom​, and I want to talk about the collaboration that @mindscapechaos​ and I are spearheading. 

Remember those Gravity Falls shorts that came out between seasons one and two? Specifically the TV shorts, like “Lil’ Gideon’s Big House” and Stan’s Mystery Shack commercial? Well, we want to produce our own fan-made shorts in that same vein!

We’ve been talking about this for a couple months, so we’re both dedicated to the project. In fact, we already have a script drafted! Now we’re looking for people to help us put it together and make it into a fully-realized production.

We’re looking for:

  • Background Artists
  • Character Artists/Animators
  • Voice Actors

Mindscape and I will be handling storyboarding and editing.

If you are interested in the project, please send us an ask (NO anons) with your email, and you’ll be added to the Celtx group and the group chat. Also, track the tag #gffanshorts! 

And finally, SHARE this post around and let people know about it! Even if you can’t take part, please reblog!

anonymous asked:

Celtx or Final Draft ? I don't know which one to use.. I'd highly appreciate a long post about how you felt about them during your writing sessions. Or a link to a plausible description of their advantages and all... Thank you :)

Hey anon,

A pre-emptive TL;DR would be that if you’re new to screenwriting then it’s perfectly fine to have Celtx, but if you plan on pursuing screenwriting then you’re best off getting Final Draft.

My answer’s not going to be that long because I have a page I can point you to that compares Celtx, Final Draft, & Movie Magic Screenwriter, but here we go:

Okay, so I first started using Celtx when I was a student and it served my needs perfectly fine. Auto-fill function, all formatting taken care of, etc. For starting out and as a first experience of screenwriting software then I do recommend it. The biggest frustration at the time was that you could only see your page count/print preview if connected to the internet, which was super ridiculous, but it’s free, so that counts for a lot.

Final Draft is much smoother overall. It can do a lot more than Celtx while having the same basics as Celtx. The link at the bottom of this question will take you to the relevant page about features. It costs money, but they have sales throughout the year (which I sometimes advertise on tumblr) and you can get student discounts etc.

Obviously I don’t know what stage you’re at with screenwriting, but if you’re new or even still a student then you’re probably fine using Celtx while saving up for Final Draft.

I switched to Final Draft after graduating, but, because I’m pretty lazy about learning new technology, I wrote my new stuff in Final Draft and anything that I originally started writing in Celtx I continued to write in Celtx. Now, I make this embarrassing admission about my attitude towards technology so that I can reassure you it is actually super easy to convert your documents. So, if you start with Celtx there’s nothing stopping you from upgrading to Final Draft later. (Eventually a friend got annoyed with me and pointed out that there was a super easy step-by-step instruction page online that showed me how to move scripts from Celtx to Final Draft, so I never really had an excuse in the first place.)

Basically my answer is Celtx if you’re new to screenwriting, taking classes as a student, deciding if screenwriting’s something you want to pursue, if you can’t currently afford to buy software etc. and Final Draft if you want to pursue screenwriting as anything more than a hobby.

Okay, so here’s the link to the Screenwriting Software Comparison page. It should give you a nice overview, but if you have any specific questions then please feel free to come back and ask.

Film people who use Celtx, do you know of any ways to save the project as a simpler file?

I formatted my whole script on it and to put it on my usb to print it at school in the lab that most definitely doesn’t have Celtx on the computers and are PC’s.

I DON’T WANNA FORMAT IT MANUALLY… I’m sooooo lazy and tired.