this is how you write your female characters

5 Signs You Treat Your Reader Like an Idiot

(1) Overusing Adverbs

For Example: “Get out, Michael. I swear to God, get out before I try to kill you. I wasted two years of my life on your pathetic cheating ass. Get out!” Tara yelled angrily.

Adverbs are, more often than not, useless additions to your writing. Looking to the example above, adding “angrily” to the end of the line tells the reader nothing new. The reader knew Tara was angry, because Tara is clearly yelling at Michael. The dialogue alone is enough to portray this, and I’m sure with the full scene, the reader doesn’t need any extra help. Adverbs clutter up your writing and weaken your writing. Trust the reader to catch on without the adverb.

(2) “As if” Phrases

For Example: Mrs. Winters lingered over Bryan, her stern face glaring down at him, as if daring him to speak out again.

You don’t need to explain why characters are doing what they do. “As if” phrases are explanations we don’t need. Your writing needs to be strong enough to portray that Mrs. Winters wants Bryan to shut up.

(3) Exposition in Dialogue  

For Example: “Hello, Bridget, my ex-girlfriend who cheated on me with Brad”.

I wrote a whole post on this last week, because exposition in dialogue is absolutely terrible, but I will say it again. Using dialogue to explain things is usually just lazy writing. Dialogue needs to sound the way that people actually talk. Keep in mind that the characters know more than they say, and rarely need to explain it.

(4) Lazy Research

For Example: The curtains opened and Jared lifted the wand. With a wave, he instructed the winds start playing. The hall filled with the melody of flutes, clarinets and trumpets.

To the untrained eye, Jared is a decent conductor, and is doing a fine job leading the orchestra. To a musician, this scene would come off as weird. The stick a conductor uses is a baton, not a wand. Trumpets are not wind instruments. These details aren’t enough to completely ruin a story, but if you have a character interested, you need to do research. Know what you’re talking about. Using the right words, terms that are only used within the community (for this example, words like staccato or laccato tell musicians how to play a note).  If you have a character who is a musician, learn about music. If you have a character who does ballet, learn what a pliée is, and what an arabesque is. Don’t assume your readers won’t notice if you mess up on small details. The small details matter.

(5) One Dimensional Characters

No matter how minor a character is, it is your job to make them matter. Every character should have some sort of story. It might go untold, but characters need to be people in the universe you created, not plot devices there to guide your main character to what they need to do. This is especially true when writing women. Many female characters are written with the purpose of being a love interest to your main character, and they deserve more than that. 

isabelsummer27  asked:

Hi Cassandra! My name is Isabel and I'm a feminist. I love your books so much and I absolutely love how strong the female characters you write about are, they've shaped me so much as a person while I grow up. In TDA you have some amazing female characters like Emma and Christina but I was wondering if you could share if there will be any more powerful woman that we will meet in Lord of Shadows?

Hi! There are a few new female characters in Lord of Shadows, but what we really do there is expand on and get to know more about the characters we’ve already met but not explored. We’re going to see a lot more of Diana, who has a strong POV in the book. She’s one of my favorite characters. We’ll see a lot more of Dru and Livvy and dig into more of who they are. And Emma and Cristina continue to be their badass selves, with both of them having lots of POV and kicking ass. :)

arielslion replied to your post “why are women treated as symbols in writing and not………people..”

what do you mean? this isn’t meant as rude i just don’t understand ;u;

fictional female characters just constantly kick the bucket either sacrificing themselves for male protagonists or are murdered to shake up the protag (women in refrigerators) for the manpain. so what you get is them just like,,being martys symbolic of innocence/purity to ‘reflect on’ how ‘deep’ it is

and type 2 of woman is the sinful non-virgin, bonus points if she too becomes ‘good’ and later dies a martyr for it.

essentially so many are just written as selfless plot tools as opposed to a fleshed out character who has their own goals and ambitions

How to hate on Gency 101

1. Be disgusted by the erasure of sexual orientation. Find out that many Gency fans are not straight. Call them “straighties” anyway.

2. Find out that many Gency shippers ship homosexual ships as well, such as Mchanzo and Pharmmetra. Call them homophobic anyway.

3. Understand that Gency is an interracial ship and that Asian men are rarely paired romantically with white women in American culture. Ignore these merits and call the ship racist anyway.

4. Agree that writers shouldn’t necessarily give into pressure based on fans flooding them with comments and popularity polls. Many writers have made unpopular decisions that you agree with like killing off a character or making a lead in their next work female. Ignore this and get mad that Michael Chu won’t make ships canon based on popularity anyway.

5. Be a huge advocate against racism. Believe Michael Chu identifies as Genji just because they are both Asian anyway.

6. Tag Gency hate in the Gency tag and write long posts about how terrible the fans and ship are. When Gency fans respond, call them “toxic” anyway.

7. Rage about your ship not being canon. When a Gency fan responds, say, “The straights are angry” anyway. Return to ranting a minute later.

8. Love that Michael Chu and the writers made Overwatch’s mascot character a lesbian. Treat Michel Chu like a homophobe anyway.

9. Understand that Mercy is no longer Genji’s doctor. Treat it as an unethical doctor x patient relationship anyway.

If you’ve managed all nine steps then… CONGRATULATIONS! You are ready to take your hatred for Gency to the next level. 

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Resource Dump: Creating Characters!

Primary Characters

  • Your Hero: Top Ten Rules
  • 10 Traits of a Great Protagonist
  • 4 Steps to Creating a Truly Active Protagonist
  • 20 Tips for Creating Relatable Protagonists
  • How to Center your Story
  • How to Create Unforgettable Protagonists
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Protagonists
  • Creating Memorable Characters
  • Creating Strong Female Protagonists
  • Creating Dynamic Protagonists
  • How to Create Characters
  • Inner Dialogue - Writing Inner Character Thoughts
  • 25 Things a Great Character Needs
  • 5 Ways to Create 3D Characters

Secondary Characters

  • 10 Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Supporting Characters
  • How to Write Effective Supporting Characters
  • Question to Ask (& Strengthen) Your Minor Characters
  • 5 Tips for Developing Supporting Characters
  • Techniques for Creating Great Secondary Characters
  • 5 Steps to Dazzling Minor Characters
  • 3 Ways to Create Stupendous Supporting Characters
  • Creating Memorable Secondary Characters
  • 5 Archetypes for Supporting Characters
  • Your Map to Creating a Memorable Minor Characters

Names

  • Top Ten Tips
  • 8 Tips for Naming Characters
  • 7 Rules of Naming Fictional Characters
  • Name that Character!
  • 6 Creative Ways to Name your Character
  • Naming your Characters
  • A Guide to Naming Characters
  • Female: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Male: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Alien: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
  • Surname: 1 | 2 | 3 
  • Unisex: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Traits

  • List: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
  • Developing Character Traits
  • How to Create Good Personalities for your Characters
  • Develop Memorable Personalities
  • Give your Character Personality
  • How to Create a Character’s Personality
  • How to Make Sure your Character’s Personality Shines
  • 5 Building Blocks of your Character’s Personality

Appearance

  • Appearance Generator
  • Your Character’s Physical Appearance
  • How to Describe a Character’s Looks
  • Describing a Character’s Appearance
  • Character Description Resource
  • Examples of Physical Characteristics
  • Describing the Physical Attributes of your Characters
  • How Great Authors Describe Character Appearance
  • Ultimate Guide to Nailing your Character’s Appearance
  • Describing Clothing and Appearance
  • Character Appearance Help
  • Character Description Resource
  • Describing People: A Person’s Physical Appearance
  • Describing the Physical Attributes of Characters

Speech

  • Talking About your Character: Speech
  • Variety in Character Voices
  • All your Characters Talk the Same
  • How to Create Distinctive Character Voices
  • How to Create Characters Who Don’t Sound like You
  • The Art of Voice in Fiction
  • Create Varying, Yet Realistic, Speech Patterns
  • The Art and Craft of Dialogue
  • Writing Character Voice
  • Creating Differences in the Speech Patterns of your Characters
  • Style: Person and Speech
  • Dialects: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Backstory

  • Building Better Backstories
  • Basic Tips to Create Better Characters with Tragic Backstories
  • How to Write a Backstory
  • Writing Characters Using Conflict and Backstory
  • Backstory Description Generator
  • Questions to Create Character Backstory
  • How to Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character
  • Nail your Character’s Backstory
  • How to Write Backstory Without Putting your Reader to Sleep
  • How to Write a Killer Backstory

Diversity

  • How to Make Young Adult Fiction More Diverse
  • Writing People of Color
  • A Few Tips and Resources for Writing Characters of Colour
  • Writing Characters of Colour Tastefully
  • Writing With Colour
  • 7 Offensive Mistakes Well-Intentioned Writers Make
  • Writing Characters of Colour
  • Describing Characters of Colour

Gender

  • Female: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
  • Male: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
  • Transgender: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
  • Non-Binary: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Sexuality

  • Main Character Sexuality
  • On Writing LGBTQ Characters: 1 | 2
  • Writing Gay Characters
  • Guide to LGBT YA
  • Avoiding LGBTQ Stereotypes
  • Writing Bisexual Characters: 1 | 2
  • Writing Asexual Characters: 1 | 2
  • Pansexual & Demisexual Characters
  • How to Write Gay, Bisexual and Pansexual Characters

Introduction

  • Introducing a Character
  • Introducing your Main Character
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Introducing your Protagonist
  • First Impressions
  • How to Introduce a Character
  • How Not to Introduce a Main Character
  • Introducing the Protagonist

Development

  • Character Development
  • 9 Ingredients of Character Development
  • Characterisation 1 - Character Development
  • How to Develop a Character for a Story
  • Character Development
  • Character Development Drives Conflict
  • Developing your Characters and Making them Interesting

Relationships

  • How to Write Strong Character Relationships
  • Character Relationships
  • 3 Keys to Developing Character Relationships
  • The Secret Behind Great Character Relationships
  • 3 Tips for Character Relationships
  • Building Believable Relationships
  • Sibling: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  • Platonic: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Romantic: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Strengths

  • Identifying your Character’s Strengths
  • Character Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Introducing the 24 Character Strengths
  • Character Strengths and Virtues List
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • A Balance of Strengths

Flaws

  • 123 Ideas for Character Flaws
  • DarkWorld RPG Flaws List
  • Character Flaws
  • Ten Ugliest Character Flaws
  • The Four Types of Character Flaws
  • On Giving Flaws and Weaknesses
  • Character Flaw Index

Goal

  • Why your Character’s Goal Needs to be 1 of these 5 Things
  • Goals Define the Plot
  • Goal Setting for You and your Character
  • How to Explore you Character’s Motivation
  • 4 Ways to Motivate Character and Plot
  • Motivation

By Genre

  • Fantasy: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Sci-Fi: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  • Romance: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  • Thrillers: 1 | 2 
  • Horror: 1 | 2 | 3

Heroes

  • Your Hero: Top Ten Rules
  • How to Write your Own Hero Story
  • What Makes a Great Hero?
  • Creating Heroes and Heroines
  • Write a Story about a Hero
  • How to Create an Antihero that Readers Love
  • Heroes vs. Anti-Heroes
  • Create a Super Hero
  • How to Create a Brand New Iconic Hero or Villain
  • What Makes a Hero

Villains

  • How to Create a Credible Villain in Fiction
  • How to Make a Purely Evil Villain Interesting
  • 9 Evil Examples of the Villain Archetype
  • How Not to Create a Villain
  • Creating Villains People Love to Hate
  • 3 Techniques for Crafting a Better Villain
  • Basic Tips to Write Better & More Despicable Villains
  • Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain
  • How to Create a Great Villain

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Do’s and Dont’s of Writing a Good Character
  • How to Create a Character
  • Characterisation Dos and Dont’s
  • Female Characters of Do’s and Dont’s
  • Do’s and Dont’s of Dialect

Helpful Writing Blogs

  • fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment*
  • writeworld
  • referenceforwriters
  • thewritingcafe
  • aquestionofcharacter *
  • writingwithcolor
  • fuckyeah-char-dev
  • dailycharacterdevelopment

Clichés

  • Characters and Cliches
  • Top 10 Character Cliches
  • 7 Lazy Character Cliches 
  • 10 Most Cliched Characters in Sci-Fi
  • Four Worst Character Cliches
  • Female Character Cliches
  • Character Cliches to Avoid
  • The Cliche Character Test
  • How Cliches Can Help You Make Great Characters

Templates

  • How to Create a Character Profile
  • Writing Character Bios
  • Character Sheets and Character Creation
  • Gender/Sexuality Generator
  • Extremely Detailed Character Template
  • Writer’s Resource: Character Template
  • Character Description
a psa for writers out there

fans who use the “poc fans alienated me from x-ship because they expected quality content” are the definition of privileged ignorance. can you imagine going up to a black person and saying “well i used to like black characters, but black people being critical of how black people are written in media just really alienated me from liking black people” and then acting shocked when you get called a racist. 

people have a right to be critical of how they are portrayed in media, and yes that includes fanfiction. i know, fucking shocking. 

if a black fans tell you to stop writing black characters using racist tropes, then learn from it instead of playing victim because the “mean fans alienated me from famdom”.

if a gay man tells you to stop fetishing gay relationships, stand back and create better content instead of playing victim because the mean gays are oppressing your kinks.

if someone tells you to stop using their culture as an aesthetic….you guessed, stand the fuck back and listen to them. 

i am tired of seen white cis female fans using the “oh but our sexuality was oppressed for years, we just want to enjoy ourselves”, as an excuse to throw everyone else under the bus.  

Sleep (Bucky X Fem!Reader)

Characters: Bucky X Fem!Reader

Universe: Marvel, Avengers

Warnings: Mention of violence and fighting

FLUFF

Request: (Another request!) Can you do a Bucky x fem! Reader where the reader kinda acts like a cat and is constantly tired, no matter how much sleep she gets! Thanko! XD Oh, and if you don’t mind, can the reader have aerokinesis (if thats how you spell it XD). Thank you so much!


Originally posted by its-buckyy

Originally posted by picture--sex

Fury had took you in as an agent because of your ability to manipulate the air around you. Though others didn’t think it was a big deal and not that impressive, Fury had a use for your powers.

You were useful for making attacks of large groups of enemies slower, by increasing the speed of the wind pushing against them. If the Helicarrier had a problem with it’s rotors and the ship was losing air, you could use your powers to keep it over ground till the engines could be fixed. You could use your powers to fly and you had even trained yourself to be able to break the sound barrier with your powers, which came as a good distraction for the rest of the team to use to their advantage.

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░ ✩ ❝ * as promised, here’s the massive writing/character development masterpost !! ❞  

i’m going to put this under a ‘read more’ && i MAY post a part 2 if it ends up getting too long. here it goes !! enjoy. PLEASE LIKE/REBLOG IF THIS WAS HELPFUL TO YOU
**THIS IS WAY OVERDUE AND I APOLOGIZE. it got lost in my drafts but i’m finally coming around to it

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#MyMuseIsNotAFleshlight

I am not here for smut. I don’t mind writing it on occasion, but then it’s under certain conditions:

A well developed relationship between our muses
Both muns being interested (not just you)
Being able to actually do meaningful threads with you

I’ve been asked far too many times, across my blogs, “How do you feel about NSFW?” or “Can we ship?”

When those are the first questions you ask, the answer will be NO!

I want the relationship to develop naturally
Not to jump straight into a ship with no forethought as to if they would even work together

I’ve even deleted blogs because the character was nothing but a sex toy to my RP partners

My female muses are not fleshlights, and my male muses are not dildos

I write them as real people

And I want them treated as such.

Other RP blogs, feel free to reblog if your muse, also, is not a fleshlight.

Viva la fluff

How to love female characters

All fandoms struggle with sexism towards female characters. These are just a few tips I’ve come up with to help you enjoy and appreciate female characters more!

  1. Rewatch/read/listen to the original content from the female characters’ perspective: Often the best way to engage with characters is to immerse yourself in the actual canon content. Try and watch that show, read that book, listen to that podcast/musical again but this time around, focus on the female characters you’re having a hard time with. What’s their story? Did they get character development? Did their actions make sense in context? What are their strengths? What are their flaws? How would you define them? You might find that they have more complexity and are easier to understand than you initially found.
  2. Forgive female characters: This one is the toughest. It is ingrained in us that women’s flaws are gaping, that they have to be perfect and hyper compassionate and always at other people’s disposal, and when a female character doesn’t fit that narrow model of the ideal woman, we tend to hate her. In addition to that, particularly in fandom, we tend to ignore female characters who we don’t deem as interesting as male characters by default. If you think poorly of a female character, try to look at her actions from her perspective, understand why she did them, and forgive her for it. Forgive the female characters for not being perfect. If a female character did something, has a particular trait that you wouldn’t mind on a male character, forgive her for it. If a female character has a quirk that you would love on a male character, love her for it.
  3. Headcanon around female characters: In fandom, we tend to express our love for characters by expanding our perceptions of them through headcanon. If you’re struggling with loving a particular female character, try to think further than what canon gives you. What are her hobbies? What are her favorite things to do when she’s on her own? What are her relationships to other people like? Describe her past, her future. What does her room look like? Try and gain a full vision of the character based on what canon gives you and how you perceive her.
  4. Expand your shipping horizons: Often, we tend to consider that women’s relationships are less deep than men’s relationships, that their feelings are more shallow and less interesting to explore by default. If there’s a pairing in canon with a female character you have a hard time loving, try and see why the other part of the pairing loves her. If all your ships are between male characters, try and find a female character that a male character is close to and imagine what they would be like in a pairing, or even try and imagine two female characters in a relationship. You might find dynamics you really enjoy!
  5. Consume fan content around female characters: If you’ve found a pairing with a female character (or two!) that you enjoy headcanoning around, try to find fanfiction or fanart of that particular pairing. Fanartists are usually very emotionally involved in the pairing they’re producing content about and will be very receptive to your comments and appreciation. Leave comments on the fics centered around female characters, reblog the fanarts, find other fans to talk with about the female characters. Partake in the community.
  6. Create fan content around female characters: Now that you’ve reached this point of getting invested in the female characters of the media content you consume, appreciating the ships they can be part of, engaging in the fan content, why not make your own? If you can draw, try to doodle a few sketches of the female characters. If you can write, try to write a drabble or two about female characters, just to give it a try. If you can’t write, yes you can, give it a try. You might be really into it and want to create even more. The only limit is your imagination. Give the female characters some love!

These are just a few ideas on how to give female characters equal space in fandoms! Please give female characters a chance.

Impossibility [Prince Sidon/Reader][Request]

Title: Impossibility
Pairing: Prince Sidon/Reader [you]
Summary: Through the words of a medic, it is revealed that you are with child. And yet, your joy is numbed by the “how” in all of this.
Note: the reader-character in this is more or less implied biologically female, however, in typical style, i did not specify pronouns.

a/n: before you jump into this all weirded out, it was fun to write, don’t look into it. take it for what it is and if you enjoyed it, i implore that you leave feedback!

this was a response to a request. if you have any, please feel free to leave me one.


“How is this possible?”

“You’re asking me?”

There was an edge to your voice as you turned a sharp glance towards your lover, watching him reel back at the slightest. Often times when your anger would fester and ooze like a sore, you found yourself drowning in regret and profusely apologizing to him, yet you couldn’t be bothered to do so this time.

Whether it was by the blessing of Hylia or a sort of unnatural occurrence, a child to be born between a hylian and a zora was enough for anyone to do a double-take and wonder whether their ears were clogged. It was unmistakable, beyond a shadow of a doubt, and irrefutably proven that you were with a child–as paraphrased from the medic who attended to you following multiple bouts of nausea and vomiting. Although, it wasn’t until Sidon caught sight of you clasping the railing to steady yourself subsequent to a rush of lightheadedness that you had found yourself in the medic’s care.

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Giving shit to creators and authors about the direction episodes/chapters went is what causes the stop of content flow and abruptly ends stories.  

You attack them for no real reasons anymore too. You do it because your fictional ship didn’t become canon and another one did, or because a certain character wasn’t pure and innocent and perfect and has actual flaws, makes awful choices and does awful shit, or how the creator is female or male, is heterosexual or homosexual, and shouldn’t be writing/creating certain things because of that– like, really? 

You get upset when mentally ill people aren’t portrayed as cute and adorable and endearing all the fucking time, where creators try to accurately portray that we struggle to meet society’s social interaction norms and mannerisms, that we don’t always make the correct choices when it comes to ourselves and those around us, we can break and lose it, and impulsively let our emotions, pain, and illness control us, that we don’t always seek out the best company(this is specific on how tumblr fucking romanticizes and forces the idea mental illnesses are cute and easy to handle, when no the fuck they aren’t and can be devastating) and a long list of other shit that many people like to ignore or not acknowledge about mental illnesses and how difficult is it to handle them. It does not demonize mentally ill people when shows or stories do this, portray a mentally ill person mentally ill as accurately as they can, it’s bringing to light to what it really is and how badly it can affect us.

You whine and bully over anything, instead of being grateful that the authors and creators fucking pay attention to you, the fans, and try to be kind and answer questions and interact with you.

I finally read the Jedi Apprentice series (if you are a Star Wars fan/Obi-Wan fan GO READ THEM its worth it) and so I thought I’d post my thoughts on the little things I love about the series:

-Obi-Wan has apparently always been a little sassafras (soooo much sass and salt)

- The sheer level of “give no f*cks” Qui-Gon has reached

-The friendship with Obi-Wan, Bant, Garen, and Reeft

-Little Obi has too many problems

-Xanatos “I burned a hole in my face for the aestheitc” du Crion 

-Basically the entire Melida/Daan story arc hoo boy

-How often Qui-Gon uses mind tricks

-TAHL AND QUI-GON ARE IN LOVE

-Obi-Wan’s New Alien Friend™ every book

-How “amusement” apparently equals “dragging my 16 year old padawan out at the crack of dawn to go climb a treacherous mountain populated by bloodthirsty beasts” in Qui-Gon speak

-Obi-Wan’s sweet tooth

-That Qui-Gon literally said “I don’t need a plan” at one point

-Obi-Wan giving his lightsaber to Qui-Gon- his life and trust

-When Qui-Gon was complaining about how reckless Obi-Wan had been disobeying orders and Adi Gallia was just like “yeah you taught him well”

-How the Jinn/Kenobi team gets into awful trouble EVERY SINGLE TIME even when they just go visit a friend or something

-The bounty hunter with the whip

-The fact that there was actually a decent amount of well written and interesting female characters

-”Qui-Gon is tall” jokes

-Obi’s “My place is by your side” line

-That one time when Obi-Wan was injured so Qui-Gon just picked him up bridal style and ran off with him (not even kidding)

-Even though the writing is pretty simplistic, it will still hit you with a boatload of feels

-Like when Qui-Gon was meditating about Obi-Wan and was sad and confused when he couldn’t see a vision of them working together as Jedi Knights

-New alien species!

-”In the life of a Jedi, things seldom go according to plan.”

-The flashback special books when we get to see padawan Anakin too

-When Obi-Wan said “Jedi do not threaten. We inform” to Anakin when literally 10 seconds earlier he was like- get tf over here and talk or I’ll blow you out of the sky

-More Jedi telepathy through force bonds

-ALL THE FORESHADOWING

anonymous asked:

Im thinking of writing a fanfic! Do you have any suggestions on how to make it as good as possible?

yay anon! I’m happy new writers are still coming in. Um, I’ve only got experience in very specific genres but I guess general tips I try to use myself are:

🍓 Write for yourself and a few friends. Seriously this sounds trite but if you just focus on what you want to read (or what your friends want to read) then you’re less likely to get stressed about being a crowd pleaser. When i first started, I was obsessed with being “deep” and stylistically “high brow”. It was AWFUL. my writing was pretentious and shit AF.  Hopefully ti’s not like that now haha…

🍓 have a rough plan to avoid plot holes and inconsistencies.

🍓 try to have rational motivations and avoid lazy plot devices - e.g. conflict due to 2 people refusing to communicate for no apparent reason. 

🍓 avoid cliches & sexism - e.g. The Female Character That Comes Between The OTP, dead wives/girlfriends, sexist Omega verse dynamics. These reduce your characters to flat 2D things i feel.

🍓 avoid templates and archetypes in characterisation. 

🍓 avoid describing characters by their appearance - e.g. “The platinum haired man said _____”. oh god. just please don’t do this. 

🍓 avoid expositions unless absolutely necessary.

That’s all i can think of off the top of my head right now. What about you guys? Do you guys have any writing tips? Please leave me a reply!! I think the hardest thing for me to master is pacing and konwing how to write fast paced without being choppy. Don’t know how to do that…

pretending kairi is the most precious perfect character and the strongest girl to ever exist in the KH universe is not progressive. blindly accepting kairi and her canon characterization just bc of a few headcanons circulating tumblr doesn’t make up for how square treats her as a plot device and a sexual fantasy for purity and innocence.

by accepting kairi’s canon characterization and not discussing the extreme flaws in the canonical writing of her character lets square get away with this mistreatment of a female character yet again. they’re just gonna keep making female characters like kairi. kind of like aerith: square reduced aerith to basically nothing and they are continuing to do this with her character in KH but fans either pretend that she’s always been like that or that nothing has changed. either way, it’s still ignoring the problem. 

just bc kairi and aerith are women and characters that you personally love doesn’t mean you can’t talk about the flaws square forces on them. ignoring these flaws does not make you a beacon of progression. tumblr is making it seem regressive if you don’t accept every female character that steps out of the tired old gendered stereotypes machine square uses to create their female characters. this taboo that tumblr has placed upon discussing flaws in female characters needs to stop. advocating for a female character is not defending everything about her while applying headcanons to her story (or lack thereof).

loving a female character who happens to have these flaws is not the problem. the problem is accepting this to be a female character’s fate and resigning to writing headcanons about her to give her some actual characterization. and that said, writing headcanons about kairi having actual characterization is not the problem - it’s just kind of sad that we as fans have to make up for shitty canonical writing. but headcanons on tumblr do not and will not make this mistreatment go away. square will continue to damsel kairi (and who knows if we’ll ever see aerith’s weapon again) bc fans are letting square know that they’re okay with it by ignoring the problems in these female characters. also, not being able to talk about this on without being labeled misogynistic is the problem. calling out these flaws in a female character is not hating on her because she is a woman - it’s standing up for her. no longer blindly accepting that aerith’s weapon and characterization vanished into thin air is way more progressive than just blindly accepting an aerith that has been reduced to nothing but a mother complex.

square will not change the treatment of kairi if fans continue to act like she’s perfect. to square, that means kairi is perfect bc she holds her hands out to the sides and cocks her hips when she’s supposed to be just standing normally. to square, perfection is the box of dainty flower persona they’ve shoved kairi into alongside basically all their other female characters. to square, kairi is perfect bc she swung her keyblade once, fell down and cried for sora. to square, it’s perfectly fine for sora to pick up a keyblade and instantly be able to use it, but not kairi. to square, it’s okay for kairi to have no personality of her own bc she giggled once and fans fell in love with her and deemed her precious. it’s fine for kairi to be a plot device bc it’s not like square has very many women in the plot anyway so we as fans are gonna accept what we can. all of this can also communicate to other fans that because this is acceptable to you then it’s fine. like, “this one feminist blog i follow is fine with it, so it must not be a problem” (your headcanons aren’t always transmitted to other fans).

loving kairi as a character is not the problem. having her as your favorite KH character is not the problem. having headcanons about her to make up for shitty writing is not the problem. the problem is not discussing the huge flaws in her characterization bc tumblr has made it taboo. the problem is acting like kairi is the greatest character in the world just bc you feel like you have to since KH doesn’t have very many women. telling other fans that they’re misogynistic for pointing out these flaws is the problem. acting like you’re the best KH fan bc you picked all the female characters to be your favorite yet ignore how they’re canonically treated is the problem. it’s not progressive in terms of feminism to blissfully ignore how kairi is treated canonically, and it’s not progressive to the fandom either. just bc there aren’t very many women in square games doesn’t mean you have to accept the scraps they throw at you. love kairi, and let square know that this treatment of her is not okay. demand more from them. demand more from her. don’t let square continue this mistreatment of female characters just bc you want to love more female characters. love them by demanding a better canonical treatment.

My Savior

Pairing: Bellamy Blake X Reader
Requested: Yes
Warnings: lightly sexually explicit
A/N: Exams are coming up so I haven’t been writing as much as I like to but please keep sending in requests!!
Word Count: 1464

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“Y/N! Look out!” You heard Bellamy yell, but it was too late, an arrow had lodged itself into your thigh. You tripped over a root face planting into the ground.

In the short seconds before a grounder would come up and kill you, you took this time to contemplate your decisions. Earlier that morning Finn had invited you to go out with a hunting party. Everyone knows your knife throwing skills are up to par with Bellamy’s, so it’s no surprise they wanted you with them. Usually you were cooped up in one of the tents helping sort food, since you weren’t good with a gun and didn’t know anything about medicine. You had thought the change of pace would be good, so you accepted his offer and off you went.

Now you wish you had stayed at camp. Everything was going perfectly normal. It only took about ten minutes for Finn pick up a boar’s tracks. Then the group had been following them for a good fifteen more minutes. It was you, who had realized something was off. The woods were almost silent, there were no birds in the trees, and these tracks were the only ones Finn had been able to find.

“Something’s wrong,” you whispered to Bellamy as he came to walk by your side.

“What makes you say that?” His voice was strong and serious. His leader facade was in place.

“These have been the only tracks I’ve seen for the past five minutes. Plus they’re leading us farther away from camp,” your eyes were scanning the trees, your knife drawn and in hand. Finn noticed you and Bellamy lagging behind the group, so he joined the conversation.

“Don’t be so ten-” Finn started to say but was cut off by a scream. The three of you whipped your head toward the noise, just in time to see one of the girls get impaled by a spear. You throw your knife with deadly accuracy hitting the grounder in the stomach. Unluckily he wasn’t the only one, six more dropped from the trees. They easily outnumbered your remaining four members.

“Run!” Bellamy screamed and everyone turned taking off back the way you came.

So that’s how you ended up here, on the ground with a knife in your leg. Suddenly there’s arms picking you up and helping you run. You turn your head and see the person is Bellamy. Up ahead you see a knife, like the one lodged in your leg, fly into a boy’s back. Together you and Bellamy run for awhile– but it’s no use the grounders will catch up soon and you’re still a long way from camp. An idea pops into your head.

“This way!” You tell him veering off to the right. Your eyes trail to where the others are running up ahead, “Everyone scatter! Find shelter!” You scream at them. They all give you a quick glance before running in different directions.

“Where are we going?” Bellamy questions you.

“Finn and I found an abandoned car out here,” you say only having to run a few more steps before dropping to the ground and prying open the hatch. Bellamy drops in first and grabs your waist helping you down gently before slamming the door shut. You put your fingers to your lips in a ‘sh’ motion. It doesn’t take long for you to hear boots clattering on the ceiling, and a voice yelling words you didn’t understand in a language you didn’t know. Placing your back against the wall behind you, you slide down so your legs are splayed in front of you.

“We have to get that knife out,” you hear from above you. Your eye glance up and roam over Bellamy’s tall frame. His hair was disheveled, skin glistening with sweat, and the jacket he had been wearing was now on the ground next to him.

“Yeah,” a sigh escapes your lips, “I know it’s just gonna hurt like a bitch.” A breathy chuckle leaves his lips at your elegant description. Then without any hesitation Bellamy is lifting his shirt over his muscular frame. Too stunned at the sight of his toned stomach you can’t say anything, your mouth is probably hanging open as you stare at his shirtless form.

“Close your mouth, you don’t wanna catch flies,” the smirk is evident in his tone and as your eyes trail up to his face you see it planted on his lips. “But sweetheart I didn’t take my shirt off so you could ogle at me,” he says as he sits on his knees in front of you.

“Well if I knew all it took to get you shirtless was a knife in the thigh I would’ve helped Murphy with target practice a lot more,” the comment stills his methodical movements of tearing his shirt into one longstrip. Then he’s back to work and shaking his head at you.

“I’m gonna need you to take off your pants,” his voice is low as he looks you in the eyes.

“I- uh, what?” Your voice betrays the cool and collected vibe you were trying to portray.

“Your wound, it can’t have fabric fibers in it, you’ll get an infection.”

“Oh yeah, that makes sense,” you go to unbutton your jeans and as you try to pull them down you wince in pain. It’s then you realize you’re going to need help to get out of them. “Um, Bellamy, I can’t get them off myself,” your voice is tiny, timid, something that doesn’t happen often.

“I, uh, sure, of course I’ll help you,” he swallows and clears his throat before continuing, “I’m going to have to pull the knife out first, okay?” You take a deep breath in and nod. He quickly pulls the weapon out in one fluid motion you only let a grunt of pain pass your lips. He quickly gets to work shimmying your pants down your thighs, carefully over the wound, then tugs them completely off of you. Leaving you in only your pair of black underwear. His hands then start to wrap your laceration in his shirt and finishes by tying a tight knit on top of it.

“Thanks,” you breathe out as he finishes. “You’re my savior, you know that, right?” You tell him quietly. He looks up from his position in front of you on his knees. You draw your legs to your chest giving him enough room to sit down in front of you. He’s so close you can feel his legs pressed against yours through the fabric of his pants.

“Don’t say that-” you cut him off in the middle of his sentence.

“If you hadn’t come back for me– I don’t even want to think about what would have happened. You saved my life,” with each word you had leaned your head closer to his. Now your lips were only a few inches apart. His eyes glance down at your lips and back up to your eyes. Tilting his head he closes the gap between you two melding your lips together. One of his hands finds its way to your hair and tangles itself at the back of your neck. While the other finds your waist and tugs you so you’re straddling his lap. Your hands are on his broad shoulders. They move down feeling his toned chest, and when they come to his hips they slip under his shirt to feel his smooth skin against your palms.

A moan leaves your lips as he disconnects from your heated kiss to lick a stripe down your throat. Then he peppers kisses back up along your now wet skin. He nibbles on the spot right below your ear.

“Does this mean you’re mine now?” He whispers in your ear. His hands have both moved to your waist where he brings you back to look into your eyes, searching for an answer.

“Bellamy Blake, I have always been yours, you’ve just been too blind to see it,” you whisper, resting your forehead against his.

“Y/F/N Y/L/N, I’m glad you’ve opened my eyes then,” a smile graces his swollen lips.

He moves you off of his lap and lays you down next to him. Grabbing his discarded jacket he folds it into a pile and places it under his head as a pillow. He then positions your head so it’s against his chest and his arms are circled around your waist. That’s how you two sleep that night, entwined in each other. Actually that’s how you sleep every night from now on, because after that you moved into his tent, officially becoming the queen to his king. Which, if you’re being honest, is what you’ve wanted since the first day on the ground.

MY WRITING MASTERPOST

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

General:

  • 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 

Characters:

  • 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

Content:

  • 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 

Revision:

  • 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
  • Bubbl.us - 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

Improvement:

  • 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?

Motivation:

  • 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

Prompts:

  • Drabble Stuff
  • Prompts List
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myinkiscaffeinated  asked:

All your characters are incredibly unique and diverse, which is something I really admire in your writing. How do you keep from accidentally repeating a character? And how do you create them? Thank you, and it's so cool to see my favorite childhood author on tumblr! (My dad extends the same exclamations of fangirling in the background, and a thanks for creating so many good female heroes and just heroes in general.) (And White Tiger was great!!)

Well, I often start with a picture. I sometimes worry about secondary and minor characters getting repetitious. But the major ones, I can always go back and look and check against the newer characters and see if I’m repeating myself. The problem is, after a certain number of books, they do start to wrap together. Fortunately that’s what I have editors for!

I start with a picture, and actor, an artist, someone I know. Once I have the right name (it has to be the right name), I know who they are. That’s not very helpful, I know. That’s why basing them on a real person whose movie or video or personal visits I can go back to helps.

I don’t think that the “mumbo jumbo sexual shit” is in itself the problem, but rather how it is used (or more accurately misused) in a lot of writing.

Character’s descriptions, like anything else in your writing, needs to match a certain tone. Having a POV character helps since you can describe other people’s appearances based on how they see them, what they notice. This is what I tried to do in my story. It had a fluffy nervous tone to it, and I focused on what Hailey noticed of Samantha.

Sexual descriptions of characters can be fine just as well when the tone and content of your writing matches. If you’re going for a raunchy or downright smutty tone, then it makes perfect sense to describe characters in terms of sex appeal.

The problem happens when characters, particularly female characters, are described in sexual terms in stories that otherwise have no sexual theme to it. Like if a scene is of a woman waking up and going through her morning routine, but the description focuses on her breasts, butt and thighs.

When writers do this, it gives off the message that they want the reader to think of this character in terms of sex appeal not because of her role in the story or the tone of the plot, but because that’s how the writer views women in fiction (and maybe in real life too).

anonymous asked:

Hello can I request hc of RFA+V and Saeran (i'm sorry if it's too much) on yandere MC, like she turns really scary when she's jealous and threating people. Thank you I really like your blog so much~

It’s not too much at all! I love the concept of a yandere character so this was a lot of fun to write! I hope that you enjoy!~


Yoosung

  • You and Yoosung had decided to go to the mall to buy some matching outfits
  • As you went into the changing room, one of Yoosung’s female classmates noticed him and went to say hi
  • You came out just as she was hugging Yoosung telling him how good it was to see him and how they should hang out together sometime
  • Your eyes become dark and you fake smile, prying the girl off of your boyfriend saying to her “Maybe we could all hang out together and look at my knife collection. I could even show you some of my favorites up closely.~”
  • The girl laughed nervously as Yoosung seemed blissfully unaware of what you actually meant as he went to go look at another shirt
  • Before the girl could leave, you grabbed her arm telling her “If you ever think about touching my Yoosung again, there will be consequences, got it?”
  • The girl nodded in terror as you finally let go of her and Yoosung came back with another shirt for you to try on
  • “You’re such a yandere MC, and that’s one more reason why I love you.” Yoosung said with his own dark smirk forming on his lips
  • You never realized that Yoosung knew what yandere meant, but assume he knew because of all of the games that he played
  • The two of you walked out of the store, hand in hand, becoming the couple that everyone knew not to mess with

Zen

  • Zen got you front row seats to his newest musical, a production about a murder mystery 
  • Your boyfriend performed flawlessly as usual, but it was his co-star that made you rage on the inside
  • She was his literal partner in crime for the production and the two of them had some intimate moments together
  • After the show was over, Zen invited you backstage to show you around
  • His co-star came up to him, telling him that his performance was amazing
  • Of course being the narcissist that he is, Zen took the compliment and focused all of his attention on her
  • You casually went over to pick up one of the prop knives and smiled cheerfully as you swiftly put the fake knife against the girl’s throat
  • “Looks like I could be a great murderer huh?” You said happily as the girl completely tensed up
  • Zen laughed awkwardly as you pulled the knife away from the girl’s throat only to press it against her stomach
  • “I think that if you don’t leave my Zen alone, then I may just end up having to get a real knife and slice you up.” You told the now terrified girl
  • You removed the fake knife from the girl as she ran out of the stage area
  • Zen blinked a couple of times in confusion asking “Um what was that all about MC?”
  • You batted your eyelashes innocently saying “It’s just that I wanted to be the one to tell you how amazing you performed tonight and not her but she ruined it. You were absolutely perfect Zen, the greatest performance I’ve ever seen.”
  • Zen smiled with pride as he completely forgot what just happened and started telling you how great he was
  • You smiled and nodded, mainly because you knew that nobody was ever going to mess with your Zen ever again

Jaehee

  • You and Jaehee decided to go to try out a new restaurant in town for a date night
  • It was a fancy place so you and Jaehee got extra dressed up for the special occasion
  • You noticed that the waitress would always smile at Jaehee and be extra kind to your girlfriend
  • As the night went on, Jaehee seemed to be talking more with the waitress than with you, making you very upset
  • Once the waitress was about to pass by, you stuck your foot out making the young girl trip and fall
  • Jaehee gave a worried look but you only smirked as the waitress tried desperately to clean herself up
  • She wondered out loud how she tripped and you replied “I stuck my leg out in front of you idiot.”
  • The waitress looked surprised and you got up out of your seat, kneeling down to be face to face with the scared girl telling her “And if you keep flirting with my girlfriend like that, then I’ll do something much worse than trip you.”
  • The girl quickly got up and bolted out of the room, much to Jaehee’s shock
  • “MC what were you talking about? Were you serious?” Jaehee asked as you took her hand and led her out of the restaurant
  • “Of course Jaehee! I can’t have anyone else trying to get close to my amazing girlfriend.” You told Jaehee as she blushed brightly
  • You smiled and kissed her cheek, vowing to yourself that if anyone ever tried talking to Jaehee like that again, you’d make sure they would never walk again

Jumin

  • Jumin had dragged you to yet another business party
  • At first, you didn’t like going to these boring parties but you soon realized that they were a great opportunity to make sure Jumin wasn’t being harassed by any other girls
  • You were about to go get the two of you some drinks when you noticed a young woman going up to Jumin and talk to him
  • As the two of them chatted away, you grabbed two drinks, but not for you and Jumin
  • You walked up to the snobby woman and she looked you up and down muttering “Not very impressive.”
  • You simply smiled as you poured both of the drinks over the woman’s head
  • She shrieked, saying that she couldn’t breath but you only giggled
  • “The next time you ever think about talking to my Jumin, I’ll push you over a lake instead of just pouring some drinks over you. So back off. Now.” You practically growled the last part
  • The woman ran away and you turned to a very amused Jumin
  • “MC, what kind of emotion was that? I must know.” Jumin asked as you wrapped yourself around him
  • “That’s just my way of showing my love for you Jumin. Now lets go home and I can show you how much I really love you.” You said to Jumin as you lead him out of the party room
  • Jumin still was unsure what he had witnessed but you knew that if any other girl would try and get close to them that you would simply toss them out of the way

Seven

  • You had finally convinced Seven to take you out on a date and he decided to go to the movies with you
  • It was a sold out show but the two of you didn’t mind and went anyway
  • Your seats were towards the back, next to a couple of girls who eyed you and Seven up
  • Seven sat down next to you and you snuggled up against him, hoping that the girls would get the point
  • But they must have been oblivious and one of them came up to Seven telling him that he was cute and his glasses were adorable
  • Seven smiled sheepishly but you got up from your seat and pushed the girl down on her own saying to her “Leave my boyfriend alone or else you will pay. Severely.”
  • The couple of girls looked scared out of their minds and left the movie theater
  • You smiled as you went to sit back down next to Seven again
  • He put his arm around you and whispered “That was the coolest thing that you’ve ever done. I love you MC.”
  • You kissed him on the cheek and cuddled closer to him, ignoring the movie as you kept thinking about how you would always protect Seven from anyone else who would even dare to say anything to him

V

  • You and V took evening walks in the park almost ever night since he found it relaxing
  • You were use to people offering to help V because of his poor eyesight and for the most part, you didn’t mind
  • Until one evening as you and V took your walk, holding hands as you helped guide him
  • Someone called you on your phone, making the two of you stop for a minute
  • You stepped only a few feet away to take the call but as soon as you finished up, you saw some girl clinging onto V’s arm
  • She was insisting on helping him since he couldn’t see well but he was politely declining
  • You stomped over to the two of the them and ripped the girl away from your boyfriend’s arm
  • “Unless you want to become blind like my boyfriend, I suggest that leave us alone. Right now.” You said in a sinister voice to the now scared
  • She tried to come up with a weak excuse about how she was only trying to help V but you walked over to her and looked her straight in the eyes saying “If you don’t leave right this second then I’ll not only blind you, but I’ll shut up that little mouth of yours.”
  • The girl ran away too scared to even try and argue with you
  • You smiled triumphantly as you walked over to a very confused V
  • “M-MC… Were you… Was that…” V tried to say but you only grabbed his hand again and continued to walk down the pathway
  • “Don’t worry about anything V, I’ll make sure to always protect you from any unwanted visitors.” You said happily to the still confused V
  • But no one, and you mean no one, would ever lay a hand on V ever again unless they wanted to be dead

Unknown

  • Saeran was still going to therapy to try and become a functional member of society again after he escaped Mint Eye
  • He was making great progress thanks to your help and encouragement and he was honestly so grateful to have you in his life
  • You always met up with Saeran after his sessions to go to the ice cream shop and enjoy each other’s company
  • It seemed like any other day until you both got to the ice cream shop
  • The two of you ordered and were happily chatting until a girl came up to Saeran and told him that she’s seen him around there a lot and wanted to get to know him better
  • Saeran gave her a “No thanks” and continued to talk to you
  • But the girl was persistent and asked for his phone number so she could call him sometime
  • Saeran was about to tell her to leave until you got up from your seat and grabbed the girl’s shirt saying “He said no. If you keep bothering my boyfriend then I will make you pay, limb by limb.”
  • The girl became confused and terrified and bolted out of the shop
  • Saeran smirked at you as you happily finished your ice cream
  • As the two of you were walking home, Saeran said “I never knew that you could act like that MC. I kind of loved it.”
  • “Anything to protect my Saeran!” You said as you smiled and he smiled, grabbing your hand
  • That was the first time in a very long time that you saw Saeran smile so you secretly decided to act that way all of the time, all for your Saeran

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