I mean, you WILL have bad days. That’s a given. No matter what you do, there will always be bad days. BUT you can’t let those bad days be your breaking point or final straws. If I’ve learned anything, you just have to accept the good with the bad & try your best not to let it get to you. I’m not saying we’re in similar situations, I’m only saying you’re better than your bad days love.
—  lex-smex, literary hugs
The Origins of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

In 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora plunged parts of the world into darkness and marked a gloomy period that came to be known as The Year Without a Summer. So when Mary and Percy Shelley arrived at the House of Lord Byron on Lake Geneva, their vacation was mostly spent indoors. For amusement, Byron proposed a challenge to his literary companions: Who could write the most chilling ghost story? This sparked an idea in 18-year-old Mary. Over the next few months, she would craft the story of Frankenstein.

Popular depictions may evoke a green and groaning figure, but that’s not Mary Shelley’s monster. In fact, in the book, Frankenstein refers to the nameless monster’s maker, Dr. Victor Frankenstein. So tense is the struggle between creator and creature that the two have merged in our collective imagination.

The book traces Dr. Frankenstein’s futile quest to impart and sustain life. He constructs his monster part by part from dead matter and electrifies it into conscious being. Upon completing the experiment, however, he’s horrified at the result and flees. But time and space aren’t enough to banish the abandoned monster, and the plot turns on a chilling chase between the two.

Shelley subtitled her fireside ghost story, “The Modern Prometheus.” That’s in reference to the Greek myth of the Titan Prometheus who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. This gave humanity knowledge and power, but for tampering with the status quo, Prometheus was chained to a rock and eaten by vultures for eternity. Prometheus enjoyed a resurgence in the literature of the Romantic Period during the 18th century. Mary was a prominent Romantic, and shared the movement’s appreciation for nature, emotion, and the purity of art. The Romantics used these mythical references to signal the purity of the Ancient World in contrast to modernity. They typically regarded science with suspicion, and “Frankenstein” is one of the first cautionary tales about artificial intelligence. For Shelley, the terror was not supernatural, but born in a lab.

In addition, gothic devices infuse the text. The gothic genre is characterized by unease, eerie settings, the grotesque, and the fear of oblivion - all elements that can be seen in “Frankenstein.” But this horror had roots in personal trauma, as well. The text is filled with references to Shelley’s own circumstances. Born in 1797, Mary was the child of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Both were radical intellectual figures, and her mother’s book, “A Vindication of the Rights of Women,” is a key feminist text. Tragically, she died as a result of complications from Mary’s birth. Mary was haunted by her mother’s death, and later experienced her own problems with childbirth. She became pregnant following her elopement with Percy at 16, but that baby died shortly after birth. Out of four more pregnancies, only one of their children survived. Some critics have linked this tragedy to the themes explored in “Frankenstein.” Shelley depicts birth as both creative and destructive, and the monster becomes a disfigured mirror of the natural cycle of life. 

The monster, therefore, embodies Dr. Frankenstein’s corruption of nature in the quest for glory. This constitutes his fatal flaw, or hamartia. His god complex is most clear in the line, “Life and death appear to me ideal bounds which I should first break through and pour a torrent of light onto our dark world.” Although he accomplishes something awe-inspiring, he has played with fire at his own ethical expense. And that decision echoes throughout the novel, which is full of references to fire and imagery that contrasts light and dark. These moments suggest not only the spark of Prometheus’s fire, but the power of radical ideas to expose darker areas of life.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Everything you need to know to read “Frankenstein” - Iseult Gillespie

Animation by Silvia Prietov

I love you like
I love cigarettes.
Cigarettes, oh how I depend on them,
Like I did on you.
You were
My every pack,
My every Marlboro.
I inhaled,
Til my voice becomes husky and rough.
But I tightened my hold onto you.
So penetrate and destroy my lungs.
I’m gonna die anyway.
So kiss me,
Despite of the nicotine.
Make me feel alive,
Before killing me.
I exhaled,
And once in a while,
Dumbly swallow the smoke.
But I kept you cuddled with my lips.
So burn my throat with your I love you’s,
And let me smoke out my I love you too’s.
So light me,
At least light me,
Before hitting my eyes with the smoke,
Before crushing me with your shoes.
Ruin me.
And burn me.
And throw me.
Cause you love me,
Like you love cigarettes —
Used cigarettes.
You loved me,
Like you loved cigarettes
Before they die in their own ash.
And maybe that’s the difference between us.
I was more addicted
Than you were.
I was a chain smoker,
And you were a social smoker.
You were gone,
And I craved.
I was gone,
And you forget.
I breathe you in,
And you breathe me out.
And my every puff
Speaks a smoky poetry,
While your every drag
Was filled with chemical.
You were my every new cigar,
And I was your every thrown one.
You were my every lit stick,
And I was just another empty pack.

— Fray Narte | Take out with full credits! Check out Flowers on your Grave for more. xx

An Animator’s Take on Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

We’re honestly just so wowed by the beautiful backgrounds in our recent lesson, Everything you need to know to read “Frankenstein”, that we wanted to share some of the background and atmosphere designs with you!

Above is the house of Lord Byron on Lake Geneva, where Mary & Percy Shelley spent their vacation in 1815. This was shortly after the eruption of Mount Tambora that plunged parts of the world into darkness and marked a gloomy period that came to be known as The Year Without a Summer. So, the three were stuck indoors in this house and gloom that screeaaammsss ghost story, right? Lord Byron actually proposed a challenge to his literary companions: Who could write the most chilling ghost story? 

18-year-old Mary set off right away on her ghost story, which would later become “Frankenstein”. Above is an image of Shelley diligently writing. We love the composition and the use of color and shadows in this overhead shot of Mary Shelley penning her famous novel. 

Mary was heavily influenced by the art and literature of the Romantic Period. Above, director Silvia Prietov uses the only somewhat sunny colors in the entire animation to describe the Romantic’s appreciation for nature, emotion, and the purity of art. This scene starkly contrasts the otherwise gloomy house and the fierce & fiery colors of the scenes in Frankenstein’s lab.

And finally, above is a delicate design depicting Mary Shelley at the window as we learn more about her life and past leading up to writing “Frankenstein”. We’re swooning over the details hiding in the shadows, the color choices, and the mood created in this scene, that just invokes a pensive, rainy day.

To see all of the lovely art from this lesson, and to learn about the origins of “Frankenstein”, check out the TED-Ed Lesson Everything you need to know to read “Frankenstein” - Iseult Gillespie

Animation directed by Silvia Prietov, Designs by Andrés Felipe Landazabal

So I recently finished the complete works of Sappho and in the afterward–which was a ton of historical reference, literary analysis, and tribute writing about Sappho and her work– I found repeatedly that she was referred to by many as “The Manly Sappho of Lesbos” or just manly Sappho. Plus all physical descriptions of her say that she was short, dark skinned, had short hair, and was not very feminine or attractive.

So my point with all this is, Sappho was one of the first butch woman of color loving other women who didn’t conform to conventional beauty standards and I just am so much more grateful to have her as our sapphic saint after learning this.

She isn’t pretty, she is disastrous.

She wasn’t the muse novelists would write about, for she looked more like a walking travesty — smudged eyeliners, hollow orbs, black lips, and an empty chest.

She wasn’t the sunny days of your summer, for she was a storm encased in a skin, and her heart is where thunders and lightnings reside.

She wasn’t the smooth sea waves that will kiss the shore and tickle your feet, for she was a whirlpool who trapped sailors in a vortex — she was unrestrained even by the sea god.

She wasn’t the peaceful night sky you’d admiringly gaze at, for she was a black hole exploding in space, invisible to the naked eye. She perishes to oblivion and you’d only see the falling stars, for they were her tears.

She wasn’t the gentle breeze that would caress the softness of your hair, for she comes in overwhelming cyclones and hurricanes, and the howling winds were her screams.

She is everything wrecked and destructive. She wasn’t the paradisal beaches of Maldives, for she was the Atlantis — long sunken and forgotten. She wasn’t Pandora who was sculpted to beauty, for she was just another sadness taken out of the box.

Your smile isn’t the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow. Your love isn’t her light; her darkness will swallow it. The romantic serenades you compose? Keep them for she only listens to lonely melodies sang for lonely people who want to die. And the butterflies you try to give her? They will only be killed by the wasps in her tummy.

You’d think someday you’d roll on your bed at 5 a.m. to hug her, but she’d be sitting and breaking down on the bathroom floor with a broken glass on her hand ready to slice her wrists. You’d think her eyes would sparkle when you give her roses, but you’d only see emptiness in them for she is a wasteland — a place unfit for gardens to grow in. You’d think she’d someday fight for you, but the only fighting there is, is her fight against her thoughts and depression during the night. You’d think someday she’d be making you a coffee, and you’d surprise her with a romantic candlelit dinner in the balcony. You’d think you’d be her life, that you’d make love all night. You think she’d come home to you, but those were all images in the sky, for she is already home in her desolation, and never in your arms.

You think you’d save her, but you won’t.

She is broken, and she doesn’t have to try to be whole again just so she could suffice your need for love. She is a time bomb waiting to explode, and she doesn’t have to reduce herself to a tiny ball of light and happiness just so you could have her in your hands. She is an ear-piercing sound, like nails scratching a chalk board, and she doesn’t have to pretend as a classical music just so you could sleep in peace. She is a lethal toxic gas, and she doesn’t have to try hard to be a sweet-smelling perfume whiff just so can you indulge in her scent.

She will to be too much to handle, and too complex to contain. She was a pyramid, and you would leave. You would leave just so you can break her. You’d try to disassemble her brick by brick, stone by stone, hoping her ashes would crawl to you, because you can’t own her — because she is a breathing reminder of your failure in attempting to save her — because she defies your illusions of happiness with her. You’d think she’d get broken for you. You’d think it would plant sorrows in her mind. You’d think it would make her heart cold, but it won’t, for it is already voided to begin with. You’d think it would devastate her, but that’s where you’re wrong, for she is already ruined enough and beyond repair. She is sad, and you wouldn’t make her hate her sadness. She is already in the deepest sorrow even before you dropped her there. She is already miserable even before you try to make her feel so.

You forgot that you can’t break and destroy someone who excels at being broken and destructive.

You forgot that you can’t get her lost in the darkness, for it is her friend and her home.

You forgot that you can’t terrify her with demons, for she danced with them all her life.

You forgot that she is a disaster herself, and somehow, she will survive.

— Fray Narte |  Take out with full credits! See Flowers on your Grave for more!

Asexual english major problems

Why is modern lit so obsessed with sex. Sexuality as a literary device. Metaphors for sex. Discussions of arousal for no apparent reason other than the Thirst points. For once I would like to read a book about the human condition and not have to think about/do literary analysis of/write essays on sex. Holy shit it makes me so uncomfortable.


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


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  • Prompts List
  • Writing Prompts
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  • 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
How I know I'm in the right major

I legit get an adrenaline rush from writing literary analysis essays.

Maybe it’s all the coffee I drink, but I legit get such a thrill when I finally find that one quote I’ve been looking for to back up my argument. Or when I read through everything I have so far and it flows so smoothly.

Ugh, it feels great, man.

Whatever You Do, Don't Write That

You’re going to have a lot of people telling you what to write and what not to write. Mostly, I suspect, you’ll have people telling you to write the “next Harry Potter/Twilight/Divergent.” Or to write romances, because those are “easy.” You may have a few snobs telling you to write something literary and inaccessible. There will even be well-meaning people who tell you to write more of x book which you already had a moderate level of success with.

Here’s what I think: 

Write something devastating.Write what you’ve never written before.Write what people tell you not to write.Write what no one else has ever sold before.Write what will make people mad.Write what hurts to talk about.Write what proper people would never say.Write messy things that have no solutions.Write because you’re bleeding inside and writing is the only way to bleed outside.

People told me not to write The Bishop’s Wife. No one wants to read about Mormons. It would get me in trouble. It would make people mad.

Maybe I’m contrary or maybe I just needed the reassurance of believing no one would ever read something so scary to write. But the more people told me not to write it, the more I felt like I had to.

It was MY story. There is a transgressive pleasure in writing something that you’re told you’re not allowed to write about. But there’s also a drive to write the truth you’re not supposed to speak, the reality that is perhaps yours alone. You have to write it to make it real, to make other people look at it and acknowledge it.

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, consider that it might be because you’re not allowing yourself to write the book you need to write. If you’re not excited about your work or are thinking about quitting, maybe give yourself permission to write one last book just for you, and make it a doozy.

I really wish people on here would notice that the people making valid literary critiques about rick’s writing in his newer series about how they’re more rushed or may not be as well written as the pjo series aren’t attacking rick for his use of minority characters. 


How to Write a Literary Analysis Research Paper

 Part One: Notes

Part Two

Notes are a daunting part of reading a book for school, and, whenever the teacher doesn’t require it, most skip out on taking them. They’re annoying and mostly seem pointless until you are left scrounging for pieces of evidence the night before the paper is due. However, most people don’t know how to take notes. That’s why I’m here. 

1. Literary Devices

First, whenever you notice a literary device being used, such as foreshadowing or symbolism or the like, mark it with a tiny flag. Then, when you’re doing your notecards you can find what you need easily. My friend Emily was calling me her savior when she was using my notes to find last minute quotes for her note cards because they were so organized. They’re so easy to take and so helpful. It would be lazier to not take them in all honesty. I used flags like these.

2. Questions

The next thing to do is ask yourself questions while you’re reading. You ask these in your head easy enough, now just write them down. They will jog your memory later when you need to remember what was going on in that part. And they’ll help you come up with a topic of discussion for your paper. You can write these on your flags or your regular old run-of-the-mill post-its. You can even use questions from movies and other books. My essay was titled ‘Who is the Monster and who is the Man,’ which came from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It kept running through my head as I was reading the book so I smacked it down onto a sticky note, and then it was the center of my paper. 

3. Thoughts

I had to take notes like this anyways, but sometimes it’s nice to just put what exactly you’re thinking onto paper, no matter how ridiculous the ideas are. They make for an interesting read when you go back through for quotes, and they can even help you to understand what exactly is going on. I had several sticky notes about his poor brother Ernest, and he wasn’t even important. I would summarize the plot on some, I would yell at Victor on others. I would write down whatever I really wanted to and then some. These are the notes most teachers want, and they’re not that hard to take. 

Notes may seem daunting, but there’s nothing to them. Don’t let them scare you, and don’t let them seem like too much work. They’re so useful when it comes to writing your paper.

So go out there, and take some good notes!

All it takes for someone to come running back

Is the sudden realisation that they can’t have you. 

That you’re no longer available to them. 

They run up a fever and wake up in cold sweat because…actually, there is an expiry date on your love and it’s now way past its sell-by date. 

But thing is: this person don’t really want you. They just want to know that they can have you. They want to hear “I forgive you” or “I’ll give you one more chance” so they can relax. 

And not giving them that is what fucks them all the way up. 

Someone needs to write a literary piece on this. About me. For me.