help for writing

These are the basic things you need to plan/ outline in order to have a clear idea of what your novel will become. Hope this is useful!

Point Of View

  • 1st Person {a literary style in which the narrative is told from the perspective of a narrator speaking directly about himself or herself}
  • 2nd Person {a pronoun or verb form in the second person, as the pronoun you in English, or a set of such forms}
  • 3rd Person {a pronoun or verb form in the third person, as she or goes in English, or a set of such forms}
  • Limited {In third person limited the narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character}
  • Omniscient {the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the story, as opposed to third person limited, which adheres closely to one character’s perspective}

Genre

The classic major genres of literature:

For a more in depth and extensive list, visit this site.


Continuity

  • Part of a series {1st book, 2nd book, 3rd book, etc.}
  • Stand Alone
  • Spin off

Characters

  • Protagonist, antagonist, or flat character
  • Name/Title
  • Description
  • Relationships

 Individual Plot Points

  • Purpose Serving The Plot
  • General Idea
  • Characters Involved
  • Point In The Story
  • Foreshadowing

Setting(s)

  • City/State
  • Country
  • Planet
  • Period/Era/Year
  • Description

Conclusion

  • Cliffhanger vs Complete conclusion
  • {Optional} Opportunities To Continue 
Creating Characters

Personally, I’m a firm believer that it’s the characters that make a story great. You can have the worst plot in the history of the universe, but if you have interesting characters, a reader can look past a boring plotline.

I am not a fan of listing off personality traits when you first start to create the character. I think it gives a very narrow definition of who the character is and doesn’t leave a lot of room for development and change.

To start, I come up with a simple phrase to describe their role in the story. Let’s say my character is Batman. I’d call him a “millionaire vigilante”.

Next, I think about where they come from. Where would the character have to come from in order to wind up in that place? Why would Batman become a vigilante? How did he become a millionaire? I would answer those questions. His wealthy parents were killed by a criminal, which left him with a strong opposition to crime and injustice.

Then, I fill in all of the holes in the story by asking myself more and more questions about the backstory. I add in an enormous amount of detail during this stage. Make the backstory as detailed as possible. Real people have detailed backstories and memories. The character should as well.

Next, I come up with a list of likes and dislikes. Now, I see people using a likes and dislikes list for food preferences and such. But, that is not what I mean here. Come up with a list of traits that they respect in other people. Come up with a list of traits they don’t like in other people. Keep their backstories in mind as you do this. Oftentimes, those would affect how they perceive the world and the people around them.

After this, I usually have a strong idea of who the character is, but they still do not have a voice. Every single person speaks in their own way. Some people try to be funny in every sentence while others are solemn. Some are quiet. Some never shut up. Think about the way they interact with people and hoe they’d want others to view them. Think about where they were raised and what sort of accent they’d have. Do they use slang? Are they loud? What type of sentence structure do they use? Are they precise or detailed? Do they exaggate? What about manneurism and body language? How does their communication change when their happy, sad, or angry? The more detail you put into this stage, the more unique dialogue and interactions you will get from the character.

After this point, I list off the traits. I make sure some of them are self-contradicting. It makes them more complex and, in turn, realistic.

Then, I try to take as many personality quizzes online as possible as the character.

Finally, I come up with the less important things like food preferences, favorite colors, and favorite animals, the more trivial aspects of a character. Still, creating them helps make a more realistic character.

cecilos is so good and such a great example of a healthy relationship I love them so much
I just thought about them being a cheesy old couple together and I’m on the bus to school and I just love them
I love their love so much

You Can’t Please Everyone.

We see this truth in goodread reviews and in the literary preferences of our friend groups, and lately I’ve seen it highlighted time and again during the beta reading process.

In most instances, for every person who finds a flaw in a scene, there are two or three other people who picked out that very thing as their favorite aspect of the scene. 

For every twenty people who profess their undying love for the protagonist, there will be someone who doesn’t like them. For every twenty people who connect all the dots, who manage to logic though the implied information to come to the correct conclusion, there will be one person who misses the point entirely. For every twenty people who think a scene is intense and intriguing and immersive, there will be one person who detached themselves from it, and grows bored.

Often that person will be the same person every time, the person who wants to be reading a different book entirely. But sometimes they will be someone who loved the rest of the book, and took issue with that one particular aspect for whatever reason.

You can always learn something from negative critique, and if the same critique comes from multiple sources, it’s likely a sign there’s genuinely something that needs fixing. But always remember you are crafting your book into the best version of itself. If the critique of one person isn’t mirrored by your general audience, analyze where it came from, and then ignore it. You can’t please everyone.

From books to foods to colors to art, for all good things in life there is going to be someone who dislikes it. If there are sane human beings who can dislike chocolate, then your novel is certainly not safe from negativity.

Don’t change your book for any one person, but instead, craft it into the best version of itself, a version as close to your vision as you can make it.

Create the  book you would give anything for the chance to read, and know that there are others who love the same books as you. 

They will love your book too, I promise.

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3.10 part 5 - Bånder: The three times Isak broke eye contact, closed his eyes, or averted his gaze + the three times Even doesn’t let Isak let go of him

0144 - playing this game

We’d been playing this game for a while.

I’d walk into class with a skirt on and I’d make sure to grab a seat on the front row. I’d open my legs so he could get an ample view of what was underneath. Sometimes there was frilly lingerie underneath, sometimes there was nothing underneath. He’d pretend he didn’t notice. You’d almost believe it too, if it weren’t for that tell-tale jaw clench and playboy smirk. It really turned him on when I looked as though I were listening intently, hanging on to his every word.

Finally, class would end. I’d take my time shoving the few books I had into my backpack, watching the students trickle out, until I was the only one left. He’d stride over to the door, shut it and lock it. He would rush over and run his large hands over the expanse of my body and whisper something deliciously devilish in my ear.

“Let’s see how those tiny panties would look around your ankles.” 

“I think my naughty girl needs a spanking.”

Well, he wasn’t wrong.

Otabek always thought he has everything under control. But now, lying on the sofa under the blanket, feeling tears running down his cheeks, he feels the pressure in his life is too much to bear.

Less than half year ago he was sure he choose right. He choose Russia. He choose his Yuri. He choose both skating and studying.

But with more and more excessive trainings and exams around the corner, he isn’t so sure anymore. He spends entire days skating; then entire nights studying. He barely remembers when was the last time he had the time to really talk to his boyfriend. Yuri wakes up later than him, and goes to bed earlier. Otabek misses the times when they have time only to sit together, watch stupid movies or go for a walk.
He sighs, closing his eyes; he knows he fails the exam he was taking this morning. Even with so much time spending with books, his tiredness and anxiety was enough to destroy his efforts.

He feels small droplets on his eyelashes again. He knows in a few hours he needs to go for a practice, than again, to books. He is too tired, and so very sad that he thinks about ending all of this and coming back to Almaty.

“Okay, get up”, he hears and opens his eyes. Yuri is standing in front of him, wearing shorts and his favorite, grey sweater (it once belonged to Otabek, too long and baggy for small features of Yuri), long hair tied in ponytail. Otabek does what he says, so Yuri sits and puts Otabek’s head on his knees.

With that, Yuri starts to comb his fingers in Otabek’s hair, moving them slowly, caressing his head. Otabek feels again as his tears are running down his cheeks, but he won’t wipe them away; he won’t be ashamed of his feelings next to his boyfriend, the most important person in his life.

Yuri sees him in every situation; he knows how emotional Otabek can be and he never shows any sign of hating it.

“My Beka”, he hears Yuri whispers, closing the distance between their faces. He starts placing gentle kisses from his forehead, by temple and cheek, to the jaw, at the same time wiping his tears. “My brave, smart Beka…”, he murmurs, leaving his tears and linking the fingers of his left hand with Otabek’s. “You are so amazing, you tries so hard… I am so proud of you, you know?”, he now kisses the rest of his face, not leaving any piece of skin untouched. Otabek feels like he’s melting. “You are my Beka, you are perfect and you always do your best and that’s why I love you. I just wish you could try and take care about yourself a little bit more, though”, he ends, and then Otabek opens his eyes.

Yuri is looking at him with concern in his beautiful, icy blue eyes. Otabek knows boy is worried about him, at the same time wanting to encourage him. And it works, giving the fact that Otabek feels warm now, and the anxiety disappeared, even if for a minute, giving the place to completely different feelings.

“Yura… Thank you. You are everything I need now”, he says, feeling how love towards that boy overwhelms him. “I love you”
Yuri smiles, and kisses him lightly on lips, then again and again, but with more force, till both of them are a little bit lost of breath. A moment later, they’re both lying on that sofa, looking at each other’s eyes, lost in the moment.

“Remember that I’m always here, next to you, whenever you feel it’s too much”, Yuri says lightly, stroking his boyfriend’s jaw. “Just… Don’t close for me like you did now. We can find some time for relax”.

Otabek knows it’s true. He also knows that he had never felt so much love towards other person like at that moment.

“I feel that if you’re with me, I can do everything”, he says, and boy’s face lightens up, so Otabek can’t help but kiss it, losing himself in that one peaceful moment.

anonymous asked:

hi!!! first I just wanted to say that your blog is lovely and I absolutely adore it. Also I was wondering if you could help me? I've been trying to write a story but everytime I figure out a plot sorta, I can't write the beginning. I'm also trying to make it flow correctly but it doesn't work out, do you have any advice? ♥

Hi! I’m glad to hear that about the blog :)

As for the beginning, skip it. Write what you can, write until the end if you want to. Then, go back to the beginning. Could where you started writing be the beginning? If not, can you add some clarifying details that will allow it? If that’s another no, figure out what does need to be in the beginning for the rest to make sense, and incorporate it into a hook. Be careful not to info dump. Readers don’t have to know everything right away, but also don’t let them still be confused about something mentioned in the beginning half way through the story.

A couple of articles that may help:

http://www.creative-writing-now.com/story-beginnings.html

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/write-first-chapter-get-started/10-ways-to-start-your-story-better


As for flow, imagine the story like it’s a puzzle. Everything has a place and fits together, even though pieces may be missing. Everything that happens should work together to form the final picture: the story.

On a sentence level, not varying lengths can inhibit flow. Think about this passage:

The man yawned. The day was tiring. He went to sleep.

It doesn’t sound good, does it? It’s annoying to read, and gives remarkably little description. Now read this one:

The man cracked both of his knuckles, regret flashing in his mind as he thought about premature arthrits, and stretched his back before opening his mouth in a loud, gaping yawn. The day had been exceedingly tiring and had even included a reasonable amount of physcial activity due to his sprint to the catch the terribly boring but necessary bus. He rolled into his bed and settled in his usual position with hands folded over his abdomen, legs crossed, and head tilted towards the navy ceiling but readjusted himself to a curled up, fetal positiom when he felt a chilly draft from the vent in the wall.

That wasn’t pleasing to read either. All of the sentences were long and carried too much detail. Here’s a healthy median that hopefully sounds the best:

The man’s yawn was gaping and noisy, testifying to his exhaustion. The day had been tiring. He’d had to sprint to catch the bus to work, and that was more physical activity than he was used to. Gratefully, he rolled into bed, curled up, and fell asleep dreaming of a better day tomorrow.

On a paragraph level, each should relate to the next one. If they don’t relate, or don’t end up tying back together on a paragraph or two, then maybe it’s time to start a new chapter. Using the paragraph above, here’s an example of a paragraph that could come next, no new chapter needed.

Unfortunately, his dreaming was interrupted by the blare of the fire alarm. Eyes flying open in surprise and terror, he stumbled out of his room, nearly forgetting to slip on hid sandals. There was no scent of smoke or sign of angry, red flames. Despite this, he ran faster than he had even yesterday and fled his apartment. Only when the alarms stopped did he realize that he had forgotten his key and was now locked out.

And here’s a paragraph that would best be the start of the next chapter:

The computer screen in front of him blurred across his vision. His sleep the prior night had been a steady stream of fruitless adjusting, trips to the bathroom, and staring at the empty refrigerator. Blinking rapidly to keep his eyes open, he started typing again. The last thing he needed was to lose his job.

I’m currently writing a book, and I usually use one point on my plot outline per chapter. Each point is related to the last and builds on it, adding more story to, well, the story. I’d try to avoid the day by day chapter structure. This breaks flow in my opinion and shows off a lack of events, detail in events, and/or continuity and relevance. I’ve had one day in a story last over 5 chapters. Again, a day stretching on for too long also becomes unrealistic and confusing.

In my experience, the best way to create flow is to have a plan. Know why you’re writing a scene or chapter, know how it ends, and know what it leads to.

Here are some additional articles that may help with flow:

http://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/five-ways-to-create-flow-in-your-writing.html?m=1

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1490862-how-to-make-your-story-flow

http://allwritefictionadvice.blogspot.com/2016/05/getting-your-story-to-flow.html?m=1

I miss Isak and Even so much I am actually this close to writing an evak wedding drabble.

Seriously I will do it. 

It would be so corny and bad tho

I think it’s best if you guys just send me some prompts instead. 

Something I want to see but never will: Starlight Glimmer and the Cutie Mark Crusaders discussing their cutie mark thoughts.

My writing process right now:

Me: Ok I need to write this fic for this other fandom so that I can be done and start my OT3 ones.

My brain: Bakugou Katsuki’s your favorite character and you need to think about that for the next 48 hours instead of writing this.

In short, I’ve been having trouble.