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Just wanted to let everyone know that there’s an Instagram account for The Writers’ Helpers. This account will mostly be posting the prompt challenges with a link back to the tumblr in the description. I know I use Instagram quite regularly so I thought it’d be a fun way to have a second source to remind me about prompts.



anonymous asked:

Hello. In my novel I have a character that's a butler and is absoulutley in love with his lady and I was wondering if there was anything in butler etiquette that would reffer to how a butler should act in a situation like that. I tried finding it on the internet but with no luck so I was wondering if you could help

Originally posted by rachelsharpie

One thing that’s going to make a huge difference here is time period. If this is a more current situation it’s going to be handled differently than if this was happening farther in the past. I was able to find some resources about butlers currently as well as bits about being a butler through history.

Also where does this butler work? I’m asking so you can take into account how highly ranked the employer of this butler is. The higher the ranking the more coveted the job is and therefore the more there is to lose. This can help with conflict as far as inner conflict, scheming from outside parties, and what sort of credentials the butler has in order to have the job. It might be a deep struggle for the butler to confront their feelings if they’ve sacrificed and worked for the position for a really long time and have a lot at risk.

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lilithbarnes  asked:

Hey do you guys know any writing blogs that could help me figure out what the genre of my book is? Because I have no clue whatsoever as to what it would mainly fall into.

Here are some links that I’ve found for you. I think they’re pretty solid.

Originally posted by just-usmadd

anxiousgoldengirl  asked:

Hi, I just wanna know if it's OK to submit the storys and shit having a poor writing in English? ):

Having poor writing in English is totally alright. Everyone has to start somewhere. We will still take those submissions. I would like to offer you a suggestion though. Use these submissions for practice. Reach out to friends/family/strangers/other writers for suggestions and positive critiques. Read books and articles on strengthening your writing. There are so many good resources for improvement. If you can’t find anything or feel overwhelmed send us another message and we’ll figure something out to help! That’s what we’re here for!

Originally posted by ungifable

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm writing a story that takes place in an art school but I have no idea how art schools work, the many different majors and subjects, materials, situations one can encounter there, etc. Do you know any references? Thank you!

First I would ask a few questions. I know you can’t answer me because this is an anon so I want you to write the answers as part of how you structure your story.

Also to anyone reading this post with any experiences or things to add PLEASE feel free to reblog this post and add your thoughts!!

Originally posted by geometricstars

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anonymous asked:

How can I introduce a fantasy mythology with a large set of gods in a high fantasy novel? I don't want an information dump. Thanks!

One of your greatest allies here will be your setting, Anon.  As a rule, people love to paint, sculpt, draw, embroider, dye, and sew depictions of religious icons into the fabric of their culture.  You’ll find the likenesses of holy figures sculpted into architecture as statues or cameos, set into churches as glass windows, programmed as background images on religious websites, and carved into jewelry.  Your setting is what makes your world come alive and what ties your characters together: there’s a reason your story is happening in this place and not somewhere else.  The most prominent way to introduce your pantheon, then, is through the environment.  

Remember, too, that it’s often more effective to draw out the introduction of a large group of characters - in this case, your fictional culture’s gods.  A character might see a statue or painting of one god and have just enough time, for example, to read their name on a plaque and that they’re part of a pantheon of gods before the plot comes back and rushes your character along.  In this way, you can spatter information throughout the story at relevant moments and gradually deepen your readers’ understanding.  Learning takes time; familiarization takes time.  This applies as equally to your characters as it does to your readers.

Also, as a footnote: people LOVE to talk about their religions and beliefs if you give them a chance.  Whether your character sits down with an aged scholar to discuss the divine for hours in search of a miraculous plot device or whether they’re hurrying through a marketplace with a novice preacher rambling at their heels, chances are you’ll have plenty of opportunities to give these people their moment of exposition.

So, Anon, my task for you is to go out and spend some time wandering around your town - or, if that doesn’t work for you, do a little exploring online.  What evidence of religion can you see around you?  How might that evidence translate into your fictional culture?  Are there similarities, differences?  What evidence of the pantheon will your characters see, touch, hear or smell?

Good luck writing, and have fun, Anon!  – Senga

postcoffeepoop  asked:

In order for the prompts to be counted, are they required to be submitted to the google docs page or does it count if they're posted under the writing challenge tag on tumblr?

Originally posted by malfiosa

Great question!

Your responses have to be submitted on the google docs page in order to count towards the challenge. I will say though… it’s awesome when people also post their responses under the writing challenge tag. It’s really fun getting to read what other people write. You guys are pretty darn talented and wonderful. It’s cool seeing your pieces poppin up under the tag. 

Oh look! A deadline update post!

We have officially posted the last prompt for January. Which means we’re starting the February prompts. This will cover days 32-59. Normally for any given month the deadline is the first day of the next month. Taking into consideration that you’re getting the first prompts of February a little later than normal we’ve changed the cut off day for February to adapt. The deadline for the February prompts will be March 5th. This gives you a few extra days to get caught up.To recap:

1. All January prompts will be accepted until February 28, 2017

2. All February prompts will be accepted until March 5, 2017

Also there will be a new link on the prompts for February. Make sure you submit your prompts to the right place.

Thank you to everyone participating! It’s going to be a great month!

anxiousgoldengirl  asked:

Hi, can I still participate from February month?

Originally posted by animatedtext

Why yes you can! All of the prompts posted so far (Prompt 1 to Prompt 27) are not due until February 28th! There’s 19 days for you to get caught up to where we are now and we’re still going. I know it might seem a little overwhelming but I believe in you! Also this is a write everyday challenge but if you can’t write for every prompt that’s ok too. Competition wise It’s about seeing who can get the most prompts by the end of the year. You never know. We will see at the end if the winner even got all 365 prompts written. Writing wise we want to provide a prompt challenge that pushes people to write more than they normally do. So I the end if you don’t win but get in the habit of writing more… then you’re still a winner! We would love to see your submissions!

Good Luck!


Side note: If your question was asking if you can have February’s prompts then I apologize but they’re not here yet. Give us a few days and they’ll start poppin’ up. We have almost cleared January. *muaw*

larz3n  asked:

Do you have any advice for someone who's been writing for a couple years but is starting to lose confidence in their writing/ability to improve their writing?

Hey, larz3n!  Something that always helps me is to think of my creativity and writing as cyclical, like seasons.  There are naturally going to be periods of time where you don’t produce as much or don’t feel capable of improving.  Instead of worrying over it, remember that all living things need rest sometimes, and sometimes for writers that need for rest ends up looking like self-doubt and lack of productivity.  That’s ok.  It could be that you are simply in a season of hibernation right now, and that your “groove” will come back to you in its own time, if you let it.

I’ve been where you are quite often, especially with art.  I love to draw and design my own characters for my stories, but I frequently feel like I’m making no progress and when I look back over what I’ve done, I even feel like I’m worse than I used to be.  What I’ve learned is that usually, when I’m pessimistic about my art, it’s because I’m noticing mistakes and inaccuracies that I wasn’t able to notice before.  That means my eye is actually getting better, not worse, and sometimes it just takes a bit for my hands to catch up to where my brain is.

Improving your writing - or any skill, really - is a long-term journey, not just something you have or don’t have at any given time.  Just relax and have faith in yourself, and keep trying a little bit every day if you can.  Build good writing habits so that you become used to practicing even when you’re not motivated, and eventually what you produce through those habits will help build a stronger foundation for the skills you want.

Good luck, friend!

– Senga

darlings-and-deaths  asked:

How do I decide what genre-thingy/setting my story is going to take place in? I've been having major trouble, because at first the setting would be in an epic fantasy world, but now I'm seriously considering a modern day setting. I just can't decide on what it's going to be. Do you guys have any tips for that? (I love your blog. It's been incredibly helpful to me!)

Anytime you’re met with two completely conflicting, plot-changing options like this, you’ll need to look at both sides and decide which will work best for you, the author. 

If you’re a planner, think about how the story would change given each choice. In the case of the asker, how would the plot progress if it was an epic fantasy world vs. a modern day setting? What conflicts could only arise in one and not the other? What potential is there for characters to grow in each setting? Would the goals be different? How would the change of setting affect the back story of your characters? Apart from these exploratory questions, are you able to think of advantages or disadvantages to either one? Is one outside of your comfort zone? If so, are you willing to challenge yourself, or are you already challenging yourself with other aspects of the story?

If you’re a pantser, aka “fly by the seat of your pants,” then experiment with one of your options. Just start writing it. Is it easy? Is it fun? Does it inspire you? If you love the first approach you try, then keep at it. If it’s a bit of struggle, then try writing with the other option. Is there a difference? 

Don’t let a huge decision like this hold you up for too long. Get yourself planning or writing in one direction and see where it takes you. If it’s not working, try going the other direction. Writing isn’t about getting it right the first time. Keep experimenting until you land on something that works for you. 

Good luck!


curiouscheetah  asked:

How do I start my novel? I've tried so many times, as I have my characters and plot laid out... But I can't seem to write a compelling beginning!

Don’t start with the beginning. Start with the part of your novel you most want to write, and dive in. Then just keep going in whatever way works best for you. There is no rule that says you need to start at the beginning and go through to the end. You can jump around as much as you need to, and then put it all together once it’s drafted. The important thing is to start writing.

Hope this helps!

- O

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I was wondering if you'd have any tips on writing mute characters. Thanks in advance!

Writing mute characters forces you to focus on body language and actions. There’s also the option of using sign language, which is a relatively unused mechanism in mainstream fiction, which you can either describe (if you know sign language) or establish that what you put in speech marks is actually said in that way.  If you’ve decided against using sign language, the best thing to do is concentrate on showing your reader what certain things mean. Speech isn’t our only form of communication, in fact it constitutes a surprisingly small percentage of what we do to communicate with other people. Research body language extensively and look at non-verbal forms of communication (gestures, personalised signs, signalong, sign language, PECS, TaSSeLs [Tactile Signing for Sensory Learners], etc.). It’s vital that you remember to involve personal relationships as much as you do formal systems that we all recognise. The longer we spend with people, the more they understand us, whether we speak or not.  This is another situation where you’re actually just looking at communication, the rest of the character is intrinsically the same as the rest. A mute person needs precisely the same kind of time and devotion you’d give to other characters, you just need to try to understand how the experience of being unable to speak affects them. Be sensitive to the issues that they’re facing in the time period you’re writing about (this will take some research on your part).  With the technical aspect of writing, teach your reader what each non-verbal cue means as you go, then by the time you come to the important scenes, the physical responses of your character will show their feelings and responses for them.  You really need to avoid the (frankly insulting) pattern of having another character who can miraculously understand the thoughts of their mute companion. Some people do have translators, but in fiction, the problem is that you wind up effectively conveying what the mute person wants to say, but through another character. That character then takes on a dual persona rather than the mute person having defined themselves as a person in their own right. You must ensure that they have their own identity, and the only way you can do that is by letting them get on with it.  I received a question on my own blog about showing ‘quiet’ characters’ responses and I think it might be useful here. So, click here -> and hopefully it’ll be useful when it comes to technical writing.  Hope that’s useful.  -House of Fantasists

anonymous asked:

Hi, I was wondering if you have any tips on writing immortal characters? I've been getting inspiration from characters such as the Doctor from Doctor Who and Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon A Time, but I'm still looking for information on how to write one into a book, rather than onscreen, since it's so different, if thanks makes any sense. Thank you for your time and for running a great resource!

“Immortal” really is a broad descriptor for a character, and there are boundless examples. 

If you’re talking gods/demigods, there are all kinds of mythological beings from the Greek and Roman gods/titans to the ancient Egyptian gods to Viking gods and their modern-day fictional descendants like the Asgardians in comics, Neil Gaiman’s Endless family, etc. Not to mention entering the realm of angels/demons.

If you’re looking for more human-type immortals, like those you mentioned, here’s a brief list of other references:

Vampires (Dracula, Lestat, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, Anita Blake, etc.)

Tolkien elves (Arwen, Legolas, Elrond, Galadriel, etc.)

‘Highlander’ Immortals (Connor and Duncan MacLeod, Methos, Amanda, etc.)

Dorian Gray

Peter Pan

Comic characters: Logan/Wolverine, Hellboy, Deadpool


Jesse Tuck

As you’ll see, this is an extremely wide variety of characters. Immortality as a qualifier is just one facet of a character. Reading and watching some of these can help give you an idea of how different people handle immortality, but ultimately your characters are your own and their dealings with immortality will depend on how such a facet is approached in the world they inhabit (is it common? unusual? unheard of? — are there other immortals, and if so, do they know them?), how their immortality was obtained, and how the characters as individuals cope with it. 

Hope this helps! 

- O

anonymous asked:

Hello! I used to read a lot (really, a lot), and to start writing a lot of stories. Nowadays, I'm stuck. It became really difficult for me to finish the books I started and I abandoned every story I had in my mind. It makes me really unhappy, because I really need stories in my life, I need my mind to keep active and it's like my head is dry. Can you help me? Thank you so much, really.

Blocks and periods of time where we just fall off the reading and writing wagon happen sometimes. The first key is not to beat yourself up about it. Know that it is natural and sometimes happens for concrete reasons, and sometimes no reason at all.

Getting yourself out of these funks can take some work, but if you’re dedicated to getting things done, you can do it. It sometimes may seem like you’re sucking the joy out of it when you’re just starting to get back into it, but eventually you’ll find your groove again.

For writing, try these suggestions:

  • Use writing prompts. Take characters you have in unfinished stories and use the prompts to put them in different scenarios. Don’t worry about writing a complete story, just exercise your brain to get used to your characters again and the story should follow.
  • Do some world building exercises. Explore a part of your story you haven’t yet. Write about a different location in your world, or a different character in the same setting who is unrelated to the rest of your characters.
  • Set aside fifteen minutes a day to work on a story. No matter how much of a slog it seems at first, just do it. Write. It could all be crap at first, but you’ll soon fall back into the story just by sticking with it, and you can always fix the crap parts in editing. Sometimes you just need to finish something to get you working on stories again.

For reading, try these tips:

  • Audiobooks. Sometimes listening to a story rather than reading it can help you get back into things.
  • Read in a new place. Find a park or a library or a cafe somewhere new to read. If people noise distracts you, try a library to start or use your headphones and a white noise app or music.
  • Set aside fifteen minutes a day to read. Start with short stories and/or an anthology, so you complete stories in 1-2 sittings. Again, sometimes just pushing yourself for a few minutes a day can help get you back into the habit more naturally over time.

Also, in both cases, don’t be afraid to give a story a chance for a few days and move on to something else if it’s not working. Explore something new and different that you wouldn’t usually read or write. Give it a week. Even if you don’t like it, the exercise of it may lead you to new ideas for your current projects or lead you back to the kind of stories you do like reading.

Hope these help!

- O

anonymous asked:

What advice do you have for new/amateur writers?

This is my personal advice so, grain of salt because we have to each choose what works best for us. However, these tips are pretty straightforward for anyone who wants to write (and is generally applicable to the creative arts as a whole):

- Read. Read until you think your brain will explode. Read everything you can get your hands on. Figure out what you like and don’t like and analyze why. Give things a chance, but don’t be afraid to abandon a story if you can pinpoint why it isn’t working for you. Challenge yourself with reading subjects that mystify and concern you. Read.

- Set up some type of writing schedule. It doesn’t have to be all day every day. It can be ten minutes every day. Thirty minutes every other day. Whatever works for you. The key is discipline. If you want to create, you have to dedicate the time to it and practice. Practice as much as you can. If you can’t come up with ideas, scribble nonsense. Write lists. The words will come when the discipline is in place.

- Always keep something on your person to write on/with. Your phone or a tablet. A notebook and pen. A crayon and construction paper. Whatever works for you — just keep something at hand.

- Try not to get too bogged down with what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be writing. Just write. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, but also don’t allow yourself to get penned in by one style or format or subject or genre of writing. Fanfic makes you happy? Write it. Long strings of dialogue really get you going? Pontificate for days. The more you write what you like, the easier it will be to write some of the things you find challenging as you go on — it’s a mixture of discipline and self-reward. Write what you like now, and make yourself do the difficult, less-engaging-to-you parts later.

- Don’t give up. If you’re dedicated to becoming a writer (or artist or musician or performer), you have a very difficult life ahead. It is not an easy calling to follow. It’s just not. The more you accept that when you start, the better your mindset will be when faced with seemingly endless setbacks later in your journey. If this is what you really want, then you have to commit to it, discipline yourself to do it, and never stop learning and growing.

Hope this helps!

- O

anonymous asked:

Hello! So I am writing a bisexual (male) supporting character who, over the course of three books, eventually ends up with a woman. Now, I know the whole point of bisexuality is the attraction to both sexes, but do you think this is advisable? Should I go to the trouble to make him bisexual then have him end up in a "straight" relationship, or should I just keep him straight all along? Thanks in advance for your answer. xx

I am gonna stop you right here because I think it’s clear you need to do a bit more research before you write this character! I don’t mean to be harsh or berate you but please hear me out.

1. Read this post about the definition of bisexuality by bisexuals. It is much more than “attraction to both sexes” which is a really restricting, dangerously simplified way to define it.

2. A bisexual person who is in a male/female relationship continues to be bisexual aka continues to have no connection to heterosexuality as an identity, meaning it’s inappropriate to call the relationship “straight,” even if you put quotation marks around it. 

3. “Should I just keep him straight all along?” kind of implies that bisexuality is on the same playing field or on par with heterosexuality, which it isn’t because it’s an entirely separate identity and one that heterosexuality has power over. If you’re thinking about having a bisexual character, you should do it; it just means more LGBTQ+ representation for your story and representation is an awesome thing. The phrasing here, like I mentioned, implies that there would be no difference in if your character was straight or bi just because he ends up with a woman. While m/f and same gender relationships will have different experiences respectively, it’s unfair and wrong to imply that the experiences of bisexual people in m/f relationships are even kind of the same as straight people in m/f relationships. 

In short: yes write this bisexual character he sounds awesome but also please do some more research. Google is your friend. 

Good luck!!! Thinking about having LGBTQ+ representation in your story is already a very good start even if you still have a ways to go in doing it accurately and positively. -T (who is a lesbian and hopes she got this stuff right) 

anonymous asked:

Hello, I have been on a very long break from writing, for well over a year now. As I entered into my last year of high school I got too busy to even think about it. But now I've graduated, and I really want to get into writing again before uni. But I have NO IDEA how to start again. Any advice for someone trying to break a long-term writing dry spell? Thanks :)

Step 1:  Sit down at your computer (or notebook) and give it a good long stare.

Step 2:  Remind it that everything you put on the page belongs wholly to you.  You are the master.  Tell it that you cannot be intimidated by anything you create because it’s YOUR creation and you have the power.  Say it out loud - especially if you’re unsure.  Your computer (or notebook) will not be able to tell if you are lying and will begin to cooperate.

Step 3:  Start small.  Write little things that can’t intimidate you or scare you away.  Proceed to write whatever beautiful prose or randomly-generated garbledygook you wish to write.  Write it even if it feels weird.  It’ll get you in the habit, and your bigger projects will thank you for it later.

Step 4:  Do this every day.  Write a bit and, if you want, show it to a friend or two.  Having people ready and waiting to receive the table scraps of your grand work read your writing can help motivate you to continue.

Step 5:  Water the plant until it grows.  Keep growing it.  Do not stop watering it.  Remember, your writing is a beautiful small poppy seed that wants love and will wither away sadly without your devotion.

You have your friends, your family, your activities, your studies, the weather outside your window, your favorite shows.  Your writing has only you.  Love it every day.

Godspeed, Anon! 

– Senga