Country: USA Province/State (former or current residence): California, USA Ethnicity: Filipnio Say something nice about another ethnicity: I like the Irish blessings Languages: English, Tagalog Religion: Novus Ordo Mass-going Catholic Favorite subject in school: English Preferred form of government: Catholic Monarchy Favorite ruler: St. King Louis IX Favorite philosopher: St. Aquinas Favorite composer: i have terrible music taste Destinations traveled: SF, LA, Reno, Las Vegas Games (former or current): Wii Sports team: not a sports person tbh Food: crab cakes Who/What red-pilled you: college economics class and just learning about Catholicism
I’ve been tagged on a few and never respond because I don’t like the questions, so I’m making my own:
Country: USA Province/State (former or current residence): Alabama (former) Ethnicity: Most British (mix of Anglo/Scot/Irish) and very little German & Cherokee. Say something nice about another ethnicity: I’m beginning to appreciate the Spanish empire, which is always overshadowed in the Anglo’s mind by the British Empire. And I enjoy the passion and spirit of Latin America (or at least what I’ve viewed from a distance). Their music is fun. Languages: English, Greek (ancient), French (reading, not conversing), Spanish (very poor), German (attempted), Latin (attempted) Religion: In flux. Raised Baptist. Large and growing influence of history & tradition. Favorite subject in school: Physics & Math
Preferred form of government: Theocratic (Christian) Monarchy
Favorite ruler: Alfred the Great of Wessex Favorite philosopher: Plato (I know this is a standard answer, but he really is great. Also, by Plato, I include the “Socratic” dialogues) or Marcus Aurelius. Influential theologian/religious: St. Augustine Favorite composer: Mozart (again, a standard answer, but after much consideration of others) or Tchaikovsky. Destinations traveled: England (London, Canterbury), France (Paris, Reims), Italy (Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Milan), Romania (Bucharest), Morocco (Fez) Games (former or current): Yoshi’s Island, Settlers of Catan, League of Legends Sports team: Ole Miss Rebels (American College Football) Food: Fried Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese Who/What red-pilled you: Growing up a religious conservative definitely laid the foundation. I felt the sway of the naive compassion in college. My redpilling started on Youtube with Paul Joseph Watson –> Sargon of Akkad –> The Black Pigeon Speaks and then following the general stupidity of my friends on Facebook plus my liberal coworker’s responses to the 2016 election, I was recommended to try out tumblr and you all made my journey toward the dark side complete.
What sort of questions should I be asking my beta readers?
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR BETA READERS:
When I send out my chapter to be read over by my beta readers, I always include a set of questions typed out at the bottom, grouped into different categories such as: plot, pacing, character, setting, etc.
You might want to tailor the questions depending on the genre or which chapter it is. For example, if it’s the first chapter you’ll want to ask them about how well your story managed to hook them, or if they managed to easily get an idea of the world you’ve introduced them to. If it’s the climax you might want to ask if the action scenes are fluid, and if the plot twist/s were predictable or surprising.
Here’s some example questions that you could use:
What is your first impression of the main character? Do you find them likable? Annoying? Boring?
After reading it for the first time, what is your first impression? Was it cohesive and compelling? Boring and confusing?
Did the first sentence/paragraph/page efficiently grab your attention and hook you in?
If you were to read this chapter in a bookstore/library would you be convinced to buy it? Or would you need to read further before deciding? Why or why not?
Did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, what’s going on, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, what were you confused about at the beginning?
Does the first chapter establish the main character efficiently? Do they feel believable?
Could you clearly imagine what the characters looked like? If not, who?
Who was your favourite character and why? Has your favourite character changed? (if this hasn’t changed feel free to skip this question)
Are there any characters that you do not like? Why do you not like them? (Boring, annoying, problematic, etc.)
Was there ever a moment when you found yourself annoyed or frustrated by a character?
Could you relate to the main character? Did you empathise with their motivation or find yourself indifferent?
Were the characters goals/motivations clear and understandable?
Did you get confused about who’s who? Are there too many characters to keep track of? Are any of the names or characters too similar?
Do the characters feel three-dimensional or like cardboard cutouts?
How familiar have you become with the main characters? Without cheating could you name the four main characters? Can you remember their appearance? Can you remember their goal or motivation?
Did the dialogue seem natural to you?
Was there ever a moment where you didn’t know who was talking?
Were you able to visualize where and when the story is taking place?
Is the setting realistic and believable?
How well do you remember the setting? Without cheating, can you name four important settings?
Did anything about the story seem cliche or tired to you? How so?
Did anything you read (character, setting, etc.) remind you of any others works? (Books, movies, etc.)
Do you feel there were any unnecessary scenes/moments that deserved to be deleted or cut back?
Do the scenes flow naturally and comprehensively at an appropriate pace? Did you ever feel like they were jumping around the place?
Was there ever a moment where you attention started to lag, or the chapter begun to drag? Particular paragraph numbers would be very helpful.
Did you ever come across a sentence that took you out of the moment, or you had to reread to understand fully?
Was the writing style fluid and easy to read? Stilted? Purple prose-y? Awkward?
Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in facts, places, character details, plot, etc.?
What three things did you like? What three things did you not like?
Can you try predicting any upcoming plot twists or outcomes?
Was there ever a moment when your suspension of disbelief was tested?
Is there anything you’d personally change about the story?
Was the twist expected or surprising? Do you feel that the foreshadowing was almost nonexistent, or heavy handed?
Feel free to tailor these to your needs or ignore some of them if you don’t think they’re useful. Basically, your questions are about finding out the information about how others perceive your own writing and how you can improve your story.
What are some good tips for getting started with writing a book? I have a concept but i can't put it into place.
Getting Started with Your Story
There’s no one way to start writing a book. For some people, it’s enough to just jump in and start writing to see where the story takes them. If you’re not too keen on that idea, then here is oneprocess (as in, not theonlyprocess) that might help you move beyond your concept.
Concept ≠ Plot
Many writers mistake concept for plot, but they’re actually two very different things. A world where everyone grows up with superpowers is a concept; the plot is what you decide to write about within that concept - the specific characters and what happens to those characters; who your antagonist is and what conflict arises when that antagonist goes after what they want. All of these things contribute to your plot.
So first, define what it is you actually have at this particular point. Do you just have a concept? If so, you’ll need to take the necessary steps to develop that concept into a plot.
Concept >>> Plot
If you’ve decided that all you really have is a concept, then how do you take it and turn it into a plot? You brainstorm. All brainstorming really amounts to is expanding your ideas. All you’re doing is asking questions about the concept and delving deep into the answers.
The most simplistic way to start this process, especially if you’re struggling, is to ask one of two questions (or both, if applicable). These two questions: What could go wrong? What could go right?
Going back to my example about a world where everyone grows up with superpowers. If I were to ask the question “what could go wrong,” I’d end up with a whole list of possibilities.
The powers suddenly disappear
People start abusing their powers
Someone figures out how to steal powers
A hierarchy of strong vs. weak powers develops, creating superiority/inferiority dynamics
Someone is born without a superpower
There are many more possibilities I didn’t even think of here, but any one (or more) of these could become a plot. Choose one that sounds interesting, and then ask yourself “and then what?”
Say I choose: Someone figures out how to steal powers. Then what does that person do? Do they recruit people to do the dirty work for them? Do they work alone? Do they hoard these powers and barter them for other goods? Do they attempt to enslave people? Do they attempt to take control of institutions? What do they do?
Your goal is to take your ideas and turn them into actions taken by characters. People doing things. And each piece you add will usually lead into another. If you went with the idea that this character is stealing powers and essentially selling them for other goods, you’d have to ask yourself follow-up questions. First, who are they selling to? Why would anyone buy a new superpower if they already have one? What uses would they have for additional ones? What is the key demographic that this person is trying to reach? Secondly, what are they selling them in exchange for? Money? Favors? Souls? What is this character getting in return?
Now that you’ve examined potential actions that the character takes, you’ve also exposed potential new characters.
People they’re stealing from
People they’re bargaining with
People that try to police these crimes
People that try to copy this character’s process
At the beginning of this section, I talked about using “what could go right” as another optional jumping off point. This is a good path to follow if your concept is already really negative. For a concept where someone is killing people for some pointed reason, you might ask “what could go right” and explore ideas where the killer is caught and brought to justice.
The point of all this is to think about change as a means of taking your idea from concept to plot. A concept is static - it doesn’t move, evolve, or change. By developing a plot, you’re forcing the concept to be challenged in some way. If you think about it that way, you’ll be able to formulate conflicts, and the people that orchestrate and fight against those conflicts.
On that note, I think we’re ready to move onto the third piece of my graphic above.
Plot = Character Actions and Consequences
At this point, you have sketches for characters. You’ve got this nameless, faceless person that is stealing the powers, and all these other nameless, faceless people that I listed above. In essence, we have character concepts. And just like we turned our initial concept into a plot, we have to turn these character concepts into actual characters.
The basics are the easiest way to start. You figure out their name, their gender identity, their age, their appearance, some brief backstory and personality traits. I personally prefer the simplest questionnaire that I put together back in the early days because it hits on the poignant pieces of a character without overwhelming you with 100s of questions.
Now that you’ve given your character concepts names and faces and potential behaviors, you start to consider how one character’s view of the world inspires them to take certain actions, and you then think about how those actions affect your entire story.
We already kind of talked about the motives of the power thief in our example, but definitely delve deep here. On the surface, this character seems bad - stealing from people and then selling what they steal. But depending on what it is they’re getting in return, could we not argue that this character is a supernatural Robin Hood? Maybe instead of selling, they’re giving, and maybe the characters they’re stealing powers from are people that abuse and misuse their powers. Character motives can take a plot and turn it on its head, forcing you to reconceptualize everything. And that’s okay! That’s part of the process.
But separate from that idea, if we have a character concept of someone whose powers were stolen, and after developing their basic backstory, we discover that person’s name is Rose, and she has an especially close relationship with her brother. So when her powers are stolen, how does this affect her life? Was she using her powers to keep her brother alive and protected? What she using them to keep a roof over their heads? Was she using them as part of her job, as a means of providing? What happens to her life when her powers are stolen? And what will Rose do about it? Whatever Rose does will impact the story. If she does nothing to get her powers back, how does she solve her problems and does that make for a good story? If she does decide to act, then you’ve moved onto a new plot point to dive deeper into.
My point is, character concepts come from plots, but characters themselves often create plot, as their decisions and mistakes and successes create new outcomes. So if I could modify my original flow chart:
Before you develop something, you conceptualize it. You have a concept, then you make it a plot. You have concepts for characters, then you make them characters. And those characters end up driving your plot, to the point that this happens:
Plot inspires character. Character inspires plot. And it just keeps going around and around and around. Breaking it down into these pieces helps organize the process, but developing a story is rarely this neat and tidy. You’ll get ideas that don’t make sense, ideas that aren’t cohesive, characters you don’t need, characters that piss you off, problems you can’t solve, or plot points you’ve committed to that you no longer like…it will be messy. But it’s your mess, and the more you work on developing your own process, the more it’ll make sense to you. And it’ll become easier to know how to go about fixing it when something’s not right.
Have fun with this process! It’s supposed to be fun. When the pieces start to become clearer, you’re able to put them together in a rough outline. And once you have a rough outline, you can start writing, and really see it take shape.
1. What’s your favorite candle scent? 2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister? 3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother? 4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married? 5. Do you know a hoarder? 6. Can you do a split? 7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike? 8. How many oceans have you swam in? 9. How many countries have you been to? 10. Is anyone in your family in the army? 11. What would you name your daughter if you had one? 12. What would you name your son if you had one? 13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test? 14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child? 15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight? 16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series? 17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent? 18. Did your mother go to college? 19. Are your grandparents still married? 20. Have you ever taken karate lessons? 21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is? 22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to? 23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in? 24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray? 25. Is your father bald? 26. Do you know triplets? 27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook? 28. Have you ever had Indian food? 29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant? 30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden? 31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)? 32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender? 33. If you have a nickname, what is it? 34. Who’s your favorite person in the world? 35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs? 36. Can you whistle? 37. Do you sleep with a nightlight? 38. Do you eat breakfast every morning? 39. Do you take any pills or medication daily? 40. What medical conditions do you have? 41. How many times have you been to the hospital? 42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo? 43. Where do you buy your jeans? 44. What’s the last compliment you got? 45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning? 46. What flavor tea do you enjoy? 47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? 48. What religion will you raise your children to practice? 49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real? 50. Why do you have a youtube?
I present you, the most important questionnaire on the internet. This started as a silly joke between my lesbian friends and I, but I wanted to gather more data (still, as a joke).
“Why just lesbians?” it’s a joke, nothing deep in it. At most it’s just that because lesbians aren’t attracted to men, but we often like fictional men because of internalized lesbophobia. But mostly it’s just for fun. If you want a similar questionnaire for a wider/different audience, you can make one.
Original Character ask meme – Psychology edition #2
1: What does your OC feel is important to be talented at? 2: Does your OC adapt easily to changes in life or do they have a hard time getting accustomed? 3: Does your OC struggle with any type of addictions? 4: How does your OC behave typically under severe stress? 5: What calms your OC down the best under severe stress? 6: Does your OC have an unrealistic view of some area of their life or worldview? 7: What does your OC hate and like about themselves? 8: What does your OC hate and appreciate on others? 9: What maladaptive behavioral models in your OC’s personality do they have to struggle with the most? 10: What type of people does your OC idolize the most? 11: What makes your OC feel most guilt in their life? 12: Is your OC mature or immature for their age? 13: How independent is your OC for their age and life situation? 14: Where and what from does your OC seek most typically comfort from? 15: Is your OC afraid of confrontation or do they seek to lay things down on open? 16: How openly does your OC show their emotions? 17: What does your OC do when they’re dealing with intense emotional pain? 18: What aspect of your OC’s personality or essence do other people usually have a problem with? 19: Is there anything others often admire about your OC? 20: Do other people have misconceptions about some parts of your OC’s personality? 21: How much of an attention seeker is your OC? 22: Does your OC believe in something supernatural or not scientifically proven? 23: Does your OC have a criminal record? 24: Does your OC have any sexual deviances or kinks? 25: How does your OC see their own value in comparison to other people? 26: Does your OC live in self-denial about anything? 27: What does your OC think about the concept of love? 28: Is your OC loyal or more prone of take advantage of people close to them? 29: Is your OC wild/ reckless or do they tend to stay on the safe side inside their comfort zone? 30: What could make your OC cry?
1. What’s your height ?
2. Which season is your favorite ?
3. Writing, art or chatting ?
4. Pokemon, long live, Digimon, YoKai watch, Barbie, Doraemon ?
5. Burgers or pizza ?
6. What’s your sexual orientation ?
7. If you could change 3 things in the world, what could they be ?
8. Any fictional character that you will love to cosplay ?
9. Do you sleep with any stuff toy by your side ?
10. Do you live alone ?
11. Describe the surroundings around your home.
12. What will be your dream profession ?
13. Which vegetable you HATE the most ?
14. Which vegetable you LOVE the most ?
15. Ever eaten bitter gourd ?
16. Strawberries or blackberries ?
17. Number of friends on tumblr.
18. What’s is the one thing that you want to change in yourself ?
19. Ever went underwaters ?
20. Mom or dad ? With whom you’re much bonded to ?
21. Number and age of siblings ?
22. Ever met any actor or actress in real ?
23. Who you want to meet NOW ?
24. What are your casual wears ?
25. What was the one embarrassing moment in your school life that you won’t forget ?
26. Are you curious about certain anons ?
27. What’s the one thing that you’ll always regret for ?
28. When you’re excited, which word you speak out mostly ?
29. Had crush on any of your friends in school life? Is he/she still your crush ?
30. Do you celebrate Halloween ? Which costume did you wore last time ?
31. What’s your lucky number and lucky color ?
32. What never bores you ?
33. What you hate the most ?
34. Do you believe in ghosts and spirits ? Want to meet one ?
35. What’s a common name that you’re often called from ?
36. In your eyes, who’s the most popular blog irrespective of the number of followers it has ?
37. Do you know languages other than English ?
38. What’s the thing you’ll always cherish ?
39. Describe your personality in 5 words.
40. Your Myers Briggs personality type ?
41. Introverted, ambiverted or extroverted ?
42. Are you left-handed, ambidextrous or right-handed ?
43. Do you use alarm clock to wake yourself up ?
44. Read newspapers, magazines ?
45. Ask any question…
No, this one is not BTS related, but I can’t help myself from making this one.
I think I’m PMSing and about to start my period and that’s why I’ve been so annoyed and making rants lately.
Now, I know things can’t be 100% accurate, and I’m not directing this towards any one specific person except Stephanie Meyer since this pet peeve started with Twilight
If you are going to write about a certain topic, or include something in your writing, please do at least a minimal amount of research.
The amount of people who will write about something they know nothing about, and refuse to google it saddens me.
This goes for multiple topics.
As a child development major, this irks me more than it does most people, and as I said, I know things can’t be 100% accurate, and that since not everyone studies child development, there are things they can’t know, but there are somethings that’s just common sense.
Like it’s common sense that a 4 year old will not still be teething.
It’s common sense that a 2 month old will not be sitting up on their own.
It’s common sense that a 1 and a half year old will not be speaking in full grammatically correct sentences.
Onto pregnancy, why does everyone seem to think that you find out the sex of the baby on the first doctor’s appointment? Like, no. The genitalia begin to form at 6 weeks and aren’t finished until 14 weeks. The majority of people have their first appointment during that time frame, meaning it’s impossible to know anyway.
Also, morning sickness does not only happen in the morning, it’s just more common. The amount of times I’ve seen people writing fics about pregnancy, only for something to be wrong with the girl, and when someone questions her she says it’s just morning sickness, “but it’s not the morning”, please stop that.
Also, people will write about a bump at 2 months. If it’s the first pregnancy, like how it is in most fics, a bump usually won’t form until the 2nd trimester, which is 4 or 5 months. Maybe 3 months in some women, but not 2 months.
Okay, say it with me: the butt hole is not a vagina
The amount of gay smut where they talk about how “wet” the hole is getting when there is no lube or saliva involved, or the amount that says it’s painless without any lubrication. I’m a heterosexual female and even I know that’s not how it works.
Second, girls do not orgasm the same way guys do
A female orgasm is an overwhelming feeling of pleasure followed by sensitivity. There is no “flow of juices” and certainly no “white substance dripping down her thighs”. When “juices” do come out of her, that is called squirting, and only happens very rarely, some women never being able to at all. And after a women squirts, she can be very dehydrated and exhausted, and definitely not ready to go a second round, like described in quite a few fics. There are some women who can squirt quite often, however, they are in the vast minority, and therefore it should not be included in every. single. fanfic. Rarely do I see a fic that accurately describes a female orgasm.
This one really hits home to me, and quite a few others, as I suffer from mental illness, and have for years.
I would really appreciate if the people who don’t have a mental illness, but choose to write about it would do adequate research about the mental illness they have chosen.
I could go on about all the mistakes people have made about many mental illnesses, but I’ll focus on anxiety right now as that’s what I have and is the most common mental illness since it comes in many varieties.
The one that I notice the most is the misrepresentation of Social Anxiety.
In most of the fics I have read that have incorporated Social Anxiety, they always describe it as feeling uncomfortable around strangers, but it is way more than that.
Social Anxiety is:
constantly feeling like everyone in the room is watching you and scrutinizing your every movement
not being able to eat at someone’s house or at a party because your stomach hurts so much that the thought of food makes you want to throw up
wanting to cry when you’re forced to sit close to people you don’t know
being almost 20 years old and not being able to order for yourself at a restaurant
thinking that sitting alone in the car is a better option than having to go inside a place you’ve never been
It is so much more than being uncomfortable around people you don’t know. The feeling I get can’t even be described using the word “uncomfortable”. If you are not actually having anxiety over the situation, it is not anxiety.
Another thing that people don’t research with this is how you get diagnosed. I always see it described as they went to their normal doctor the second they started to have issues, told them they had it, and they automatically get a prescription for medication, and they’re done in 10 minutes. That is not how it happens.
I had been living with anxiety for at least 5 years before ever even going to be formally diagnosed. I didn’t bother with telling my mom I thought I needed more help than just her, who also has anxiety, until after I was tempted to remove the blades from my razor and slit my wrist to where they couldn’t sew it back up.
I had to have suicidal thoughts before realizing “woah I need help”. After that, my mom had to make an appointment at a psychological assessment center, not my regular doctor. That first appointment, it was me, my mom, and a therapist. There was no official diagnosis of that. All it was was the three of us talking, with me and my mom telling her about the struggles I had been having, how long it had been happening, how it gradually got worse, and so on. Then she gave my mom a questionnaire to fill out about what she has observed about me, and gave me one to give to one of my teachers at school to fill out.
A week later, I went back and spent two hours being tested in different ways. They varied from “what do you see when you look at this picture” to testing my memory skills. Two hours. And that wasn’t even the day I was diagnosed.
My mom and I went back a week after that to meet with the therapist, and that’s where she gave me the official diagnosis, the degree it was to, and then discussed treatment options. Then she had to send my regular doctor the results so that she could write a prescription.
It was two more weeks before my doctor got around to it and I was able to start on medication.
It is way more than “oh I’ve been feeling this way”, “okay, here’s some pills to pop”.
If you’re going to write about a mental illness without having it, then at least have the courtesy to research it.
Then comes to the idea that it can be cured and one day they won’t have it anymore. I don’t know how many fics I’ve read where it ends with a completely happy ending in the main character no longer has the mental illness.
That is complete and utter bullshit. Mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, and those can’t be fixed easily. There is no “cure”, you just get to the point where you can handle it better. There are people with depression who can go years without and episode, then wake up one day with no motivation to even roll over in bed. My mom has some of the worst social anxiety, yet she’s a hair stylist, meaning she has to constantly be around and talk to people she doesn’t know. She has overcome her illness enough that it doesn’t get in the way of her job, but she’s still on medication and she almost had a panic attack when she had to walk me up on stage for the Senior Walk at my final orchestra concert.
Mental illnesses do not have a cure. You just get better at being able to live without them getting in your way.
There are a few authors and works out there that do a great job of trying to be accurate in the topics they write about, but they are sadly outnumbered by the people who just do not care.
So please, if you read this and want to write a fanfic or regular fic about a topic you’re not to sure about, please do at least a minimal amount of research before rather than bullshitting it like Stephanie Meyer did when she decided to write about vampires.