creating suspense

Some of my  favourite comments by Araki about JJBA stands
  • Hierophant Green: "I wanted some color balance between the allies and enemies, so he ended up green. And, Jotaro mentions this too, but green kinda reminds you of melons (laughs)."
  • Tower of Gray: "The idea came from how annoying it would be if a bug got inside an airplane."
  • The Hand: "It's really strong, with no limit to its powers. If Okuyasu were smart, he'd be unstoppable (laughs)."
  • Pearl Jam: "It's a cooking Stand, so I gave it a somewhat crazy appearance based off of tomatoes and Italian vegetables. The idea was, how can I create suspense using cooking as the theme?"
  • StrayCat: "When I was a kid, my grandpa had a cat named Chako. We doted on it, but once it hurt me when I ignored it... I've never trusted cats since then (laughs)."
  • King Crimson: "It was shocking how, in the movie 'Total Recall', there was a guy with an extra face on his belly, with its own personality... For Diavolo, I thought he would look punk if his hair had a leopard pattern."
  • Weather Report: "It's a Stand that controls the weather, so I made it look like clouds. I wanted to make frogs and all sorts of other stuff fall from the sky, maybe like a beastmaster."
  • C-Moon: "The advanced form of Whitesnake, right? He looks a little threatening now. Kinda like Darth Maul from Star Wars?"
  • Hey Ya!: "It doesn't really do anything. It doesn't make you lucky, but it can help you feel more optimistic."
  • Cream Starter: "A Stand that sprays stuff out to let you transform and stuff, that's all (laughs). And when you have a spray, you think of shaving cream, so I made it spray stuff like 'fshhh'."

There’s this nature documentary about leopards on TV right now that has the most melodramatic narration I’ve ever fucking seen in a nature movie. It refers to elephant migration as “the march of giants” and calls the female panther it follows “Shaba, the Queen of Hunters”. Oh, and her hideout where her cubs are is named “The Bastion of the Innocents” by the narrator.

Yes, before you ask, this really is intended to be a serious nature documentary. And it takes itself way too seriously to the point where it’s absolutely laughable.

  • narration about Shaba looking for a mate: “Time to leave solitude behind.”
  • camera: *shows Shaba pissing all over her territory* 
all jokes aside

All jokes and “the markiplier fandom rn” memes aside, can we just congratulate Mark on his amazing work on this? 

Not only is the recently uploaded video very cleverly filmed and organised, with  witty and entertaining dialogue, but he’s managed to include everyone in the “investigation”, making it personal, creating an entire Tumblr page dedicated to the matter, giving us subtle clues, revealing some stuff but not all of it, creating suspense for what’s coming next… and on top of that, he’s chosen to post this at a perfect time for all those “back home” who couldn’t make it to the tour, which I think a lot of people badly needed. I’m no cinema expert, but this is hella fun and entertaining, and of course there’s a great atmosphere of mystery around the whole thing, so well done!

So Mark, thank you so much for the huge amount of effort and care you’ve put into this, it’s detailed, it’s well constructed, it’s clever, it’s professional,  it involves all your fans, and it’s incredibly entertaining to take part in. I can’t imagine how much time this took to put together, so I think you deserve all our thanks and praise.

And of course this goes for everyone else who’s taken part in the project, like Tyler, Ethan, Kathryn, Amy, and all the actors who were in today’s video, they were great and I’m sure they played a great part in making this as fantastic as it is. 

thank you @markiplier!

and have fun with your theories, everyone!

Using flashbacks to your benefit.

Suspenseful flashbacks, anyone? 

As a general rule, I dislike flashbacks, because many of them stall the plot instead of moving it forward and are just plain boring. But that doesn’t have to be the case. 

Tips to help you create more interesting flashbacks…

1. Leave the reader intrigued. Flashbacks work in your favor when you use them to create suspense. Instead of flat out explaining something happening in the present, make the present more interesting by giving hints about things that are currently effecting the main story, while leaving some things to be revealed later. 

2. Don’t just backtrack to backtrack. Anything worthy of a flashback should develop into something bigger and more interesting during the course of the main story. If you can remove the flashback from the story, and the story itself still makes sense and is just as suspenseful, your flashback shouldn’t be in the story to begin with.

3. Emotions are your best friend. If the flashback doesn’t create an emotional response in the reader, then you’re just using a lot of extra words to describe something that could have been better revealed through an intimate conversation between two emotionally vulnerable characters. 

4. Keep it short. The reader should be intrigued by the flashbacks, but they should still be thirsty to return to the present time. Don’t linger for so long that they become detached from what’s going on in the actual story.

5. Think outside the box. Characters experiencing their past through dreams or memories is a typical way to introduce flashbacks, but there are many other, more versatile methods. Break up the flashback into single pages or a few lines at the begin of chapters or book parts? Tell the memory from a side character’s POV? Compare it with the memories of an ancient historical figure who experienced the same thing? Consider the effect a variety of unique methods might have on the reader’s interpretation of the flashback before committing to the more common ways.

Please keep in mind that this is my singular opinion on what makes me personally enjoy a flashback. My opinion is not the opinion of every reader or writer in the known universe; for that matter it might only be the minority opinion. 

The most important rule is to flashback the way you enjoy flashbacking, if you feel the need to flashback in the first place. Don’t let my opinion persuade you otherwise.

Sir Nighteye’s Foresight -- Balancing Inevitability and Uncertainty

(Spoilers for the Boku No Hero Academia manga.)

Going into this latest arc, I had a pretty strong feeling that Sir Nighteye was going to die. I remember first meeting him and thinking to myself, Horikoshi has to kill him.

This was simply because Sir Nighteye’s quirk is powerful. He could predict all of his opponents’ moves, he predicted All Might’s death for goodness’ sake, and All Might and Deku (as well as us readers) had no reason to doubt him or his quirk. This alone was a red-flag. With uncertainty comes suspense, so when there’s a character who literally knows the future, it only makes sense for an author to somehow incapacitate them as soon as their ability is no longer needed. With the introduction of the quirk-erasing bullets, this meant that Sir Nighteye was either going to lose his quirk, or he was going to die sometime in this arc.

But as the arc progressed, I realized that it had to be the later.

This might seem obvious enough, especially since, in chapter 154, Sir Nighteye activates Foresight, catches a glimpse of his own future, and sees nothing. And then we see his injury (which is actually an interesting parallel to All Might’s injury from his fight against AFO 5 years ago):

To put it plainly, things weren’t looking too good for Sir Nighteye. But even with a spike literally impaling his stomach, even with his Foresight, at this point Sir Nighteye’s death was not an absolute. 

The Shounen genre is notorious for killing off characters temporarily, only to have them resurrected in some dodgy way. We had just been introduced to Eri, whose quirk can return a person’s body to a previous state. And in a universe filled with high-tech hospitals and healing quirks, as rare as they may be, the odds of Night Eye surviving this wasn’t an absolute zero. Heck, even Overhaul’s quirk seems to be able to bring people back from the dead. At this point, the odds were practically stacked in his favor.

But the turning point for me, the singular moment where I realized that Sir Nighteye would die, was in chapter 157:

Because of these panels, Sir Nighteye’s death was inevitable. Not his quirk erasure, not some other sort of incapacitation. His death. Because of these panels, Horikoshi had to kill Sir Nighteye.

Because in these panels, Sir Nighteye predicted that both he and Midoriya would die in this fight. If they had both died, this would have confirmed the inevitability of Foresight, and All Might’s death would have been inescapable. Which, his death still would have been pretty sad, but it would not have been surprising.

But, of course, Midoriya couldn’t have died. At least not permanently. He’s the main character for goodness’ sake, the series is nowhere close to ending, not to mention that some future version of himself has been narrating everything from the start. Midoriya wasn’t going to die. And hooray, he didn’t! And if Midoriya could escape death, if he could escape the future that Sir Nighteye’s Foresight had seen for him, then so could Sir Nighteye.

And so could All Might.

But then, this brings us back to inevitability, doesn’t it? We’ve come full circle. If both Midoriya and Sir Night eye had survived, then that would have made All Might’s survival practically a guarantee. It would have been easy to avoid, and both the characters and readers alike could have taken a big sigh of relief. 

But where’s the fun in that? Where’s the uncertainty? The suspense?

And so, Sir Nighteye had to die.

So, in conclusion – because Midoriya didn’t die despite Sir Nighteye’s prediction, All Might’s death is no longer guaranteed. But, because Sir Nighteye did die, All Might’s survival is not guaranteed, either. In this way, Sir Nighteye’s death was inevitable, as it creates uncertainty and suspense surrounding All Might’s death.

anonymous asked:

I'm doing crime fiction in school and have to write a short story, but I've never written crime before and I don't really know how. Do you have any tips? Maybe something on writing action scenes, creating suspense, and leaving clues? Thanks for any help you can give me!

Crime fiction is most definitely one of my favorite genres to read, so I’m so happy that you’ve given me the chance to look these things up!

Action Scenes

Creating Suspense

Leaving Clues

Crime Fiction

I hope these links can help you. If you have any further questions, let me know!


For six seasons, Hilarie Burton played Peyton Sawyer, the female lead on “One Tree Hill,” a Warner Bros. teen drama created by Mark Schwahn. For the first two seasons, Burton said, she struggled against Schwahn’s efforts to gratuitously sexualize her character — fights that earned her a reputation for being “difficult.”

But after the show’s second season, according to Burton, inappropriate behavior by Schwahn that she and her costars dismissed as social awkwardness grew more intense.

“Things took a turn in season three,” Burton said. “That’s when Mark decided that I was his muse.”

Speaking to Variety, Burton recalled years of harassment and assault that she alleges Schwahn perpetrated against her and other women on the show. She claimed that Schwahn twice forced himself on her, kissing her on the mouth without warning and against her will. She said Schwahn touched her inappropriately while in the presence of his wife. All in all, she described a culture on “One Tree Hill” in which Schwahn pitted women against each other, was verbally abusive, and spread false rumors about physical relationships he claimed to have had with female cast members.

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

Cool Other Masterposts:

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


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


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

Tips on Writing Dialogue:

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

Tips on Writing Point of View:

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

Style & Craft of Writing:

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


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


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

Plot, Structure, & Outline:

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

Setting & Making Your Own World

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

Helpful Tools & Software:

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

Grammer & Revision:

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

Creativity Boosters:

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


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


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

Writing an Application:

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


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

anonymous asked:

What do you think it was that made Jaime confide his secret to Brienne? Was it just a breaking point for him and he would have spilled had it been someone else in Brienne's place

Someone else? No.

(just… imagine Jaime confessing to a naked-as-his-nameday Qyburn, I’m howling)

Like, of course he could have, because Jaime is a fictional character and he does what GRRM wants him to do. Which is precisely why his confiding in Brienne is such a BIG authorial decision, even if, in-narrative, it were completely random. But it’s not. Brienne is a huge part of what leads Jaime to that breaking point. The fact that Jaime makes this confession to her (and nobody else) is essential in understanding why he does it, why he kept that secret for so long, his troubled relationship with knighthood, and many other things about his arc.

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if rey isn’t a skywalker (or at least connected to luke in some way) then her entire story arc in tfa points to luke for no reason. that’s awful storytelling. there’s no reason for: 

  • her being left alone on a desert planet that’s basically a copy of tatooine around the same time luke disappeared 
  • “classified? me too, big secret.” this line only works in the sarcastic sense if rey is an actual secret… like she’s actually the hidden daughter of the most powerful person in the galaxy. 
  • rey’s face lighting up when she finds out luke skywalker is real while the shot zooms in just a bit to hint to the audience that there is more to the story. 
  • her leaving jakku to help return a droid to the resistance on the millennium falcon, exactly like luke did. 
  • the fact that every time someone asks who she is it cuts away to create suspense and the audience learns nothing. 
  • the lightsaber calling her to the basement. 
  • her entire vision that shows only scene’s that connect to luke’s past. (including yoda and obi-wan quotes, and a scene from the bespin halls where luke fought vader and his entire life changed)
  • maz speech is worthless. “that lightsaber was luke’s and his father’s before him and now it calls to you?!” 
  • “whoever left you on jakku is never coming back. but there’s someone who still could” “luke?”
  • rey dreaming of luke’s island to sleep at night
  • Witnessing the death of a mentor at the hands of kylo ren (much like luke witnessed obi-wan die at the hands of vader) 
  • The skywalker lightsaber flying past kylo ren, a confirmed skywalker, and into her hands while burning homestead plays in the background. 
  • all the musical cues used
  • hugging leia, even though she has no idea who she is. 
  • R2 waking up right after rey lands on base and just happens to have the rest of the map leading right to luke. 
  • leia sending rey to retrive luke, even though she has been looking for him for years. why would leia send rey if didn’t think she is the one that needed to bring luke back?
  • rey tearing up when she sees luke’s island for the first time
  • luke and rey’s emotional faces at the end of the film. why would they be so emotional if they aren’t related? 
  • and finally; why hire an actress who looks so similar to mark hamill that they look like father/daughter if the film didn’t want them to be in the first place. 

so rey SHOULD be a skywalker for her arc to make sense. feel free to add more i probably missed some. 

Let’s Blow These 8 Movies

Have you ever watched a movie and then you wondered what the hell actually happened there? You needed some times to think and concluded the story. Well, this shit hits me few times. I don’t know whether my brain which needs an extra time to dissolve it or it is the movie which actually stupid. Thus, I’ve found some movies that are not stupid and It is actually my brain which needs an extra time to dissolve them, I even sometimes google them… Here, I listed 8 movies that kept me wondering while I was watching them. Well, actually there are more, but these are my favorites. You can try them if you haven’t :D 

1. Silence of The Lambs (1991)

A treasure for crime genre lovers and also a treasure for any movie-genre lovers. Silence of The Lambs is absolutely stunning. I do really love the suspense created from the beginning to the end of the story. The story is about a young FBI cadet who is given duty to interview a cannibal serial killer in order to gain information about a now-wanted serial killer who skins his victims.

2. Se7en (1995)

Another treasure for crime genre lovers or maybe it can turn people into crime genre lovers. Se7en is an interesting movie which gives ‘fresh idea’ for the crime motive. It is about two detectives who are hunting for a serial killer. The serial killer commits murder based on The Deadly Seven Sins. That what makes this movies is interesting. 

3. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

This time is not about crime. It plays with psychological and supernatural thing. It mixes science and something that can not be easily accepted by our brain. The Butterfly Effect tells us a story about a man who is suffering from his trauma. But somehow, he can travel to his past several times and change his life. Different action that he takes at the beginning causes different life that he lives.

4. Shutter Island (2010)

THIS is the one that made me keep guessing and guessing about the ending. There were so many questions that I’d like to ask while watching it. Shutter Island tells about a U.S Marshal officer who goes to a hospital for criminal insane in a remote island called Shutter Island. He tries to uncover the ‘strange’ things happen there. Shockingly, he uncovers something worst about the hospital that turns back his mind.

5. Gone Girl (2014)

A FAB surprising plot. I was feeling like being turned upside down by it. Another awesome thinking poured into a story. Gone Girl is about a man who is trying to find his missing wife. He is being confused by things that indicate him murder his wife while his wife is actually still alive.

6. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals is a brilliant movie. It is different. I love how the story develops through its hidden messages. It feels like trying to understand a literature work. I was so mesmerized with the concept of the story. Nocturnal Animals tells a story about a rich gallery owner who receives a thrilling novel written by her ex husband, Through the novel, there is actually a revenge that her ex husband tries to reveal.

7. The Girl on The Train (2016)

A well-done plot twist. The Girl on The Train is definitely a good movie to watch. It will make you always questioning about what the hell is actually wrong with the protagonist. The Girl on The Train tells about a woman who has problem with her drinking (alcohol) and her previous marriage life. Those two really affect her life in the present days. She is often being played by her mind until one day, she witnesses something that change her life forever.

8. Get Out (2017)

2017 also has its own mind-thrilling movie. This movie is pretty unique because it involves race issue, crime, and science into one. The twist will entrance you; how humans can create such a thinking. What thinking? If I tell you it’s gonna be a spoiler, you had better go watch it to find out. Get Out is about a black man, Chris,  who is invited by his white girlfriend’s family. They seem so nice and friendly and also strange at the same time. It is not too late for Chris to realize what actually is going on, what secret is actually hidden there.

Action, drama, description!

The faster paced the scene, the more important it is to properly developed your setting ahead of time. 

The most common mistake I’ve noticed in the action scenes of not-yet-publish manuscripts isn’t overly long, bogged down scenes or badly written individual actions, but poorly developed settings. 

Where the hell are your characters?! If your reader is forced to re-visualize the surroundings at any point throughout the scene, then your suspense has been dropped a notch, and your reader de-immersed from the story.*

Every piece of the setting which will be used at some point within the action scene should be documented up front, with very clear respect to each other. That second part is the most crucial component.

Your reader doesn’t simply need to know that every part of your setting exists, but where each part exists in relation to all other parts. 

They need to know this clearly, definitively, instinctively. They need to have no question as to where all necessary objects are within space. Because when the subject creating the suspense bursts in through the left hallway, the reader must know how close Suspense Dude is to the main character – how immediate of a threat Suspense Dude poses. And when the main character throws a vase at Suspense Dude’s head, the reader must be more shocked by Suspense Dude’s reaction then they are about the fact that a random vase was floating on a random table they never realized were there.

The more complicated the setting, the more time you need to spend up front describing things. This will slow the story down. Sometimes, the best way to avoid confusion or stalled suspense, is to simplify your setting as thoroughly as you can.

The super cool setting you had in your head might look great in a movie, but unless the reader can picture all the necessary parts of it without being distracted by the unnecessary aspects, the super coolness of will melt into a chaotic mess of confusion.

Tldr: By simplifying your setting and using your powers of description, you can save your reader from confusion and boost your scene’s suspense level. 

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Late-night colour experiments ft. Soundwave looking to the right. 

There are a lot of ways for a novelist to create suspense, but also really only two: one a trick, one an art.

The trick is to keep a secret. Or many secrets, even. In Lee Child’s books, Jack Reacher always has a big mystery to crack, but there are a series of smaller mysteries in the meantime, too, a new one appearing as soon as the last is resolved. J. K. Rowling is another master of this technique — Who gave Harry that Firebolt? How is Rita Skeeter getting her info?

The art, meanwhile, the thing that makes “Pride and Prejudice” so superbly suspenseful, more suspenseful than the slickest spy novel, is to write stories in which characters must make decisions. “Breaking Bad” kept a few secrets from its audience, but for the most part it was fantastically adept at forcing Walter and Jesse into choice, into action. The same is true of “Freedom,” or “My Brilliant Friend,” or “Anna Karenina,” all novels that are hard to stop reading even when it seems as if it should be easy.

—  Charles Finch, in his round up of the summer thrillers in the New York Times Book Review. Just clipping this into the Tumblr, because I thought it was such an elegant formulation… the trick vs the art. The whole piece is worth a look for people who need a warm weather fix of suspense.

Calling all theorists! Gather around the table as we do one collective theory on this scene that is coming up in 7x19 and it’s possible placement. I’ve done the liberty of providing Vodka soda and butterscotch to get us in the mood because this right here folks makes NO SENSE.

First and the biggest WTF is Alison writing Mrs. Rollins. There is no reason on God’s green earth why she would refer herself as Rollins. Some say that maybe because of the investigation, she wrote it to seem less guilty. If I were a detective, that would make Alison seem EVEN MORE guilty. She made her dislike for Archer clear, why claim him and his fake name again?

Secondly, after what we saw in 7x18, to see Aria with the group again is head-scratching because after her exposure, they banned her from their lives it seems like. Is MK & Co. going to show the liars mad at Aria for a day and then embrace her again right after? She also says “He is coming for you” and Alison turns around in fear. She clearly knows who “he” is but who is he?? We’ve been thinking it was Marco with all the work he’s been doing but in 7x18, Marco left and Tanner is back. What man are the girls afraid of because I can’t think of anyone. Unless it’s Peter’s golden schlong searching for another victim…

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punkrocknerdfighter  asked:

rickon's story is a shaggydog story? can you explain more how his story fits into that framework?

A shaggy dog story, for the unfamiliar, is a kind of joke wherein the (deeply meta) humor derives from the lack of punchline. They’re typically meandering and long-winded, creating suspense not with the content of the story itself but the sense of a Chekov’s gun waiting to fire: this has to pay off! The joke is that it doesn’t. The story just ends, usually with an anticlimax or non sequitur, and the laughter comes from the realization of how long the storyteller had you on the hook. 

And that sure sounds like Rickon and Shaggydog to me! IMO it’s some of the least subtle foreshadowing in the series, if you go in knowing what a shaggy dog story is. 

it’s amazing what baking can do

Okay so, this is my first attempt at writing and I’m not even sure myself what is going on here but anyway here it is. A massive shoutout to @elsaclack and @peraltiagoisland for being incredibly supporting and encouraging and for helping me and letting me yell about this.

(Title from “what baking can do” from Waitress)

Amy’s reading is interrupted by a loud clashing sound coming from the kitchen. She looks up from her book and listens, wondering what Jake could possibly be doing. They rarely cook anything, most of their meals consist of takeout or whatever Charles brings them, and when one of them does cook, or at least tries to, it usually ends in complete disaster. It is quiet for a bit so she decides to pay no mind to it and continue with the book as it is finally getting interesting.

No more than five lines later she hears the noise again, this time followed by what sounds very much like Jake cursing. She sighs and puts the book down. It is better to check what he is doing before he can make a mess, or break something, or hurt himself.

She is too late, though. Almost every single pot they own is on the counter, along with some bowls and plates of different sizes. The mixer is there too, all ready to be used, and is that the flour container by the coffee maker? He’s too focused looking for something in the fridge to notice Amy standing in the doorway.

“What are you doing?” she asks.

It is only after he found whatever he was looking for, took it out, and placed it on the counter (how he found free space to put it, she has no idea) that he finally turns to her.

“It’s Boyle’s birthday tomorrow,” he says, matter-of-factly.

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thelittlestboychildthing  asked:

I have something to ask... Do you know how to describe a person's past without making it seems weirdly written in a story? I've been having trouble with this for a very long time.


What you have to do is work it into the story like it’s always been there – act like it’s a natural part of the story, because it is. If you mean that you’re writing your character’s backstory out, don’t do it – you can as a character-building exercise (we’ll get to that in a second), but don’t include it in your story. Readers don’t want a bunch of exposition – they want action. They want to see how the story’s main conflict is going to progress, and looking at the past doesn’t give them that.

However, of course, the past influences both the present and the future, so backstory is important. Basically you need to know your characters’ backstory inside and out, so that it works its way into the story naturally through your dialogue and through your characters’ thoughts. For example, if you’re trying to make your way through the house of someone you don’t know and it’s pitch black, you’re going to stumble and bump into things – nothing about it will be natural or easy. However, if it’s your own house you’re trying to navigate, it will probably be a lot easier, because it’s familiar. It’s the same thing with backstory – you need to make yourself familiar with it, so it will come out naturally. You can do this by – this is going to sound horrible and like a lot of work, and it is, but it will pay off – literally writing the entirety of your characters’ lives out, and figuring out everything of significance that happens to them before your story starts. I don’t mean every little detail – I mean the big stuff, the milestones and the memories, good or bad, that stick with them.

To reiterate: don’t include a ton of backstory in your story, because the reader wants to focus on the present, not the past. I understand that, depending on your plot, certain scenes and issues from your backstory may come into play, and may need to be expanded on – that might call for a flashback, but I would advise you to use those very sparingly, because they can get boring fast, and if done incorrectly, they can get cringy fast. In my opinion, a flashback is employed best when it’s employed to alleviate suspense – the character’s been hiding something throughout the story, and the flashback finally brings it to light. For example *SPOILER ALERT!*, in Stephen King’s short story “The Library Policeman”, Sam (the main character) was molested when he was a very young child, and has blocked the memory out. However, the memory is crucial to the plot, so nothing can be resolved until he remembers and conquers his trauma. Throughout the story we know Sam is hiding some kind of traumatic memory, but we don’t know what it is until the tail end of the story. Stephen King withheld Sam’s memory to create suspense, and when it was needed, he employed the flashback to alleviate that suspense and turn us toward the final conflict between the protagonists and the antagonists.

To help you if you decide to use flashbacks, here’s a post with some general guidelines for them, another post with some other guidelines for flashbacks, and yet another (image) that narrows down how flashbacks should be used.

So, to sum it up:

  • Familiarize yourself with your characters’ backstories, so that it will seep naturally into your story
  • Don’t put much backstory into the story itself – it will bore your readers
  • If a scene from your character’s past is vital to your story, a flashback is a good method to employ, but use flashbacks sparingly and follow strict guidelines to make sure they’re done correctly

I hope this helps! If you need anything else, please feel free to ask. - @authors-haven