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The Journey Story: Writing the Boring Parts

Anonymous asked: “In a part of story I’m writing currently, the characters are doing a lot of… walking. So aside from letting them stop and rest occasionally, or just throwing enemies at them or just simply I don’t know - writing about the environment, could I instead spice up the story with POVs of characters in different places and/or make the time pass faster by introducing character relevant stories/flashbacks? Or would it just make it too chaotic at this point?”

Inevitably when writing a journey story, you’re going to hit a few dull bumps where the characters are just en route. When it comes to writing these scenes, the important thing to remember: be frugal. A little walking goes a long way. In fact, the reader will assume a lot of walking and tedious travel is happening with just a few sentences a few times and maybe one scene that involves walking. I’m generalizing, but a good rule to go by is “less is more.”

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trashlandlord  asked:

Hello! I'm writing a mystery about a teenage girl who lives in a small, rich beach town and a bunch of girls her age are going missing. To prevent this from happening to her, she tries to get involved and try to find out who is doing this. How can I make this mystery more exiting and leave the reader on the edge of her seat? How can I make it original? And what are some good title names? Thank you! 💕

Well it already seems like you have a very interesting and engaging premise! A good place to start now is to research the tropes of the genre. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid everything on this list, of course, but it does mean that readers of the genre will expect these things, so to surprise them the most, you will want to avoid as many as possible. Some other things to help would be:

  • Leave hints throughout the story, but don’t be heavy handed. Make sure to leave things out–the reader shouldn’t know everything you know.
  • Give clues that are open ended: meaning they can point in many different directions or towards very different people so the reader is left wondering who the bad guy is or how the missing people disappeared. Don’t make them false clues, however; don’t lie to your reader. 
  • Make sure the bad guy, if there is one, has a good motive and a unique one at that. Researching tropes again will help. Think of yourself like a detective: who do they always suspect first in a murder? The husband? The secret boyfriend? Then make sure your bad guy isn’t either of those. 
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As for titles, generally you want the title to be referenced in the story, either a quote that someone says once (for example: “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is the title of a novel and a description the narrator says once about the characters near the end) or a description of the story over all (which may or may not include their name: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”). And here are some more resources: 

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So summer is coming

Don’t be afraid of wearing cropped tops, shorts, bikinis or anything else reveling in public. Trust me if people are gonna judge you then it’s their issue not yours.

Also don’t be afraid of eating sugary foods like ice cream and drinking stuff like alcohol and soda…forget calories and enjoy the taste

anonymous asked:

I have failed my lasts exams, and I don't know how to accept it. I am completely demotivated, but my final exams are in a week. How can I motivate me to study? Do you have any study tips? Thank you

Hey babe! One thing I always say is to completely forget about motivation. Pretend it doesn’t even exist, because if you’re always waiting around to feel like doing something it’s never going to get done. Instead, make a schedule for when you need to study. Give yourself some wiggle room, but be specific (12:45-1:20 – review biology chapter 4.2 notes) and make yourself do it. Discipline is the most important part of getting good grades, so set a reminder on your phone and as soon as it goes off get to work!

Try not to worry about your previous grades, and instead focus on thinking positively about how well you’re going to do on your finals. Best of luck!

Writing a cover letter to an agent

An agent gets over a hundred. submissions per week. With that many submissions, a bad cover letter can be enough to get you thrown into the trash pile without the agent even reading your story.

On Tuesday I had a lecture by three agents, who told us a little bit about how to write your cover letter. I am going to share the tips with you.

*Get the names right. This sounds basic, but you’d be surprised how many get this wrong.

*It should contain three chapters of your story. Unless you are writing non-fiction, in which case they want a chapter breakdown as well. There is no point in sending in a script if your whole novel isn’t finished. They won’t take you on.

*The synopsis is not important. They just want a short summary of the story.

*If you are in a writing group, writing class, etc. Mention it. They like to see that you are serious about your writing.

*State which genre you are writing in.

*If you can, compare your story to other successful novels.

*Number your pages.

*Don’t try to be funny.  And no gimmicks.

*AVOID sending your script in April and December. These are busy months, and they don’t have time to read a lot.

I hope this was helpful. Good luck with your writing! Follow me for more tips. <3

anonymous asked:

Hi! I've recently gotten into sugaring, and have so far just been accepting cash. I've been talking to a POT who wants to do deposits, and you've mentioned making a separate paypal account so that they don't find out your real name. How do you get around the linking to a bank account?

You just don’t link the sugar account to a bank. As soon as he sends it there transfer it to your real account, and on to your bank. That’s what I did and it worked for me.

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anonymous asked:

Is there a limit of made up names that you should have? Someone said to have a balance, but then there are some fantasy books out there that have lots of created names (like Game of Thrones), so...

Name rules are kind of hard because there are always going to be some writers who ignore them and some readers who are more bothered by names than others. For some readers, made up names are simply a no-go and they won’t read anything that has too many. That’s not going to change, but that’s just their personal taste.

Yes, ideally it’s nice to have a few that people can recognize, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have books where they are all made up- yeah, like Game of Thrones. Wildly popular, and I still can only name like, three characters, max. And don’t ask me to spell them.

The thing that really bugs readers about made up names is mostly just pronunciation. For example, think of Hermione. Before the movies came out, no one really knew who to say that. (And it’s not even “made up.”) Everyone said it differently, and it just kinda read like mindless buzzing until she finally included Hermione teaching Viktor Krum to say it in like, book four. Now imagine how annoying that would be if every single character was a “Hermione.” However, some made up names, like Tirion or Legolas, are fairly phonetic. And that’s all good! Have as many of those as you want!

Short answer, nah. Get creative. But keep in mind your readers and try to be courteous. Keep the Mfiananfdkajhfjkas to a minimum. 

~Penemue

Dating Lucifer would inclube:

•getting use to his sassy remarks
•loving his dark humor
•tickle fights
•pillow fights
•him being increased
•having to stop him from bothering the Winchesters
•him complaining about Sam saying no to being his vessel
•jealous sex
•angry sex
•keeping him in line
•hair pulling during sex
•spankings during sex
•him having a daddy kink
•him ranting about heaven
•having to groom his wings
•shower sex
•him being bipolar one minute he’s happy next minutes he’s angry
•whining…….so much whining from him
•calling him out on his bullshit

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