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puzzlepeacenotart  asked:

Do you have any tips for writing villains turning good? I'm having trouble thinking of valid ways for a bad person to have a change of heart that don't feel abrupt or unnatural.

Hello puzzlepeacenotart,

A villain switching sides can be a very satisfying character arc when done well. In movies and books the ways in which this is presented can vary, but the two ones that seem to be the most effective are:

A) The slow change, after a series of events

This is the classic “redemption plot” (a while back I talked about the different standard plots when asked about there being “no new plot-lines” to write. This was one of them I spoke about). Think stories like: Scrooge, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (apparently xmas is a good old time to change), and one of my all time favourites: Mean Girls.

In these stories the Villains: Scrooge, The Grinch, Regina George, all start out “evil” their motives are selfish, and they want to hurt others. It’s not but for a slow series of events: A visit from three ghosts, the realisation that xmas is in people’s hearts, or the loss of ones “Hot Body”, “Hot Boyfriend”, and “Army of Skanks” that one can the see true change in their hearts.

I get the feeling this is more the way you want to go with your villain character. I understand you don’t want it to be abrupt, which means you will have to give the villain “small loses” throughout the story. Think of what your villain values the most and take that away from them. Think of what your villain would dislike as an outcome to a scene, and have their lowest desire come to be. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. For this to work well, you should do a thorough character profile. Knowing them inside and out would be the best way to know how to change them.

B) The villain was always a secret “goody” we just never got to see and evidence of that.

This plot twist always makes me smile for a while when done well. Think Snape, or Darth Vader.

In Harry Potter, there is so much evidence against Snape being good. I mean, the guy killed Dumbledore FFS. Though, we know the acts to be evil, the reason behind them wasn’t always evil. Their true stories are often revealed through subplots and with revelation lines: “Luke, I am your father.” or “After all this time?” “Always.”

I think these are satisfying because they make everything change, including the past as we know it, when revealed.

Happy Writing :)

-NV

eli-with-the-questions  asked:

Do you have any tips for writing fight scenes? I also have a bit of trouble describing my settings. I think I confuse people when I try to describe the actions and placement of people and their environments.

Hello eli-with-the-questions,

Great question.

Some general things to keep in mind before you write the fight scene:

Every fight should advance the plot: This means that the fight should be both necessary in the story and the aftermath should show a difference from before the fight (a shift in power or values between two characters, a resolution of tension)

Not all fights are physical: Verbal fights can pack a powerful punch (I’m punny) in upping the tension and stakes. Just because these are mostly dialogue driven, doesn’t mean we can ignore actions. Body language is an essential component in a scene like this. 

Reveal your characters through their actions: Ya know the whole “Show Don’t Tell” rule? Well, when it comes to how a character fights, this is what they are talking about. You can show me that your character is a peacemaker if you have them try and break up a fight, a lot more effectively than if you wrote “Danny is a peacemaker”. Just saying.

Now for “Stage Direction” this question actually touches on a fight scene rule: Basically don’t worry about it too much. Let the reader fill in the blanks of where someone is standing etc. This will make the pace work best and made the reader feel respected. Honestly, you don’t need to describe very much about the physical scene. It’s amazing how much our heads fill in those blanks. Books are like a road map to our imagination, so we readers love to use minimal direction so we can choreograph the action ourselves.

I’ll lay it out for you:

Ken barreled towards Adam, his eyes screaming that Adam was going to get it.  SMACK! One giant yelp. Adam’s eye was red, it was going to be a shiner. Ken, rubbing his fist, exhaled.

Vs.

Ken ran towards Adam, his face was angry. Adam was standing in the corner of the room. Ken lifted his left arm and punched Adam in the eye. Adam yelped. Adam’s eye was red. Ken backed up, rubbed his left fist, and exhaled.

Both very similar but the first one has less description yet seems the most vivid scene.

Happy Writing :)

-NV 

astronomutual  asked:

Do you have any tips for writing a book with two main characters, the both of which tend to be in the same scene a lot?

Hello Chemistreat,

There are a lot of bonuses to writing a book with two character perspectives. It can be tricky if they are in a lot of scenes together, but you can use it to your advantage.

The big thing to consider is “Who’s perspective is more important right now?”

It might be prudent to map out all the key scenes that you already know of before you get to writing. This map would be useful in deciding from who’s POV you will be writing in.

Even though they are both in a lot of scenes together, changing up the perspective based on who’s POV is more relevant in that moment could be a nice way to move the story along in a more colourful way.

If you come across a scene where you’d like to portray both POVs there are a few options. You can either have one character in the scene as the present day perspective, then later on, have your second character recall the events to the reader.

Eg: Jack: “Jane and I are on our first run down the slopes. I feel myself slipping, oh the pain! My ankle!”

  Jane:“Jack and I had so much fun skiing until he fell and broke his ankle”

Another option would be to have both character POVs bouncing back and fourth.

Eg: Jack: Jane and I are on the chair-lift. I want to kiss her.

 Jane: Jack is looking at me like he wants to kiss me. The problem: we are almost at the top of the hill and I need to keep my eyes out.

When pulled off well, the experience for the reader can be pretty great. One of my favourite books (Eleanor and Park) uses this device so smoothly that I can’t imagine ever reading it any other way (though I’d happily read the entire thing again with flipped POVs)

Happy Writing :)

-NV

anonymous asked:

Hi! So I'm an amateur writer and I was looking for good apps that could help me to improve my story, character planners or something that Do you know any good ones?

Here are some apps that are free (with the possibility of in-app purchases):

*Draft (this one is a web app)

*Evernote

*Dragon Dictation

Here are some writing apps that you pay to use:

*MindNode

*The Brainstormer

*Ommwriter

Here are some articles I found that have app and computer program suggestions:

https://www.experteditor.com.au/blog/the-top-55-apps-for-writers-in-2016/

http://lifehacker.com/the-best-apps-for-any-kind-of-writing-1563998071

https://prowritingaid.com/art/26/10-Free-Writing-Apps-and-Tools.aspx

If anyone has any other suggestions or have had a good or bad experience with any of these apps or programs please feel free to share on this post.

-A-

Can I Create Emotionally Complex Characters if I Don't "Get" People?

Hey there, community.  Recently we received an anon message asking an extremely important question: could they, a person who is terrible at understanding people, still create emotional depth in characters?  The more I thought about it, the more I realized this anon couldn’t be the only person worrying the same thing: is the development of my story dependent on my interpersonal skills?  If I don’t understand people, am I bound to create shallow characters?  With that on my mind, I decided to answer by speaking to you all in article form, since this is a widely-applicable concern.  Anon, I hope this is helpful to you.

I’ll be speaking from the perspective of my own autism and the struggles I sometimes have with empathy.  Bear in mind, followers, that there are many, many reasons people might struggle with interpersonal empathy and that everyone’s experience is vastly different, so take what you will from this and run with it.  I mean to speak to as broad an audience as possible.

Character Development as a Codependent Process

So:  Is it possible to improve your own understanding of people to improve your character development, and does the development of characters depend on this?  Or is characterization a separate process entirely?  The answer to both of those questions is yes.  It is possible to improve interpersonal skills and learn how to understand people; there are a variety of ways to go about it.  Often, you can use your character development as an exercise in teaching yourself how to understand people in real life.  For me, a highly analytical person, that process has involved lots of reading, lots of thinking about why I love the characters I love, lots of character meta from other people talking about the characters they love (thanks, Tumblr), and a lot of long dinner conversations with my writing partner about how our characters respond to the environments we put them in.  You’ll notice that most of those things have highly constructive elements.  For me, the key to deepening my understanding of my characters - and therefore to creating emotional landscapes inside and between them - lies in treating them as complex, 3-D puzzles where every piece affects several other pieces and chain reactions are part of the norm. 

It may seem contradictory, but the more I treat them objectively in terms of cause and effect - in other words, the more I think of them as intricate machines - the more organic my understanding becomes of how they think and feel, and why it matters.

So on one hand: yes, you can improve those skills, and you can even use your craft to help yourself do that.  On the other hand, the mindset of using character development as a tool in that way necessitates a pre-existing mindset that character development, like our anon suggested, is its own process entirely. 

Character Development as an Independent Phenomenon

Here’s what I mean:  I spend a lot of time thinking about character development, psychology and interaction.  I spend a lot of time talking about it.  I’ve learned a lot about how to piece those things together to a) understand what makes my favorite characters tick and b) create realistic human impressions when I write about my own.  In theory, I have emotional connections to those characters and an intimate understanding of how they work.  Yet at the same time, I do not understand people in real life.  I struggle to find empathy for people around me unless they’re already very, very close to me.  My first reaction to other people is usually a negative one - I see only the very shallow, the very obvious, and the very stereotypical assumptions that are often made during flash judgements, and for me that’s usually as far as I get.  That says nothing about my desire to get to know people or to show compassion for them; it just means that in day-to-day life, I don’t really understand them.

Does that affect my ability to create sympathetic, relatable, fascinating characters?  Not really.  The reason is because there is a fundamental difference between the spontaneity of our own human interactions and the scenarios we create for ourselves as we work.  The first environment is real life: unplanned and uncontrolled, with lots of different wills bumping up against one another and no time for analysis.  The second environment is where we hold all the strings.  When we write, we enter a laboratory where every variable can be analyzed, understood, duplicated, altered and controlled by us and only us.  Nothing happens that we don’t authorize.  No character acts outside the bounds of our own understanding.  In short, it’s a safe environment to explore in, and there’s no opposing consciousness to take control from us.  That means replicating human empathy is a far easier, more foolproof, less time-sensitive endeavor.

And Here’s a Reminder:

You will gain points of emotional reference as you go about your life.  Just as you develop an understanding of what types of things affect your characters emotionally, things will come along to affect you.  To illustrate my point, here’s a personal example: six months ago, I learned what it meant to loathe someone so much it made you want to rip out fistfuls of their hair, claw their faces with your fingernails, and throw them out into the snow.  From the same incident, I learned that I am far more easily angered when my friends are hurt than when I myself am hurt, and that my aggressive streak is the most dangerous when it comes to protecting people I love.  Previously, I just thought I was an aggressive, vengeful prick who obsessed over people I didn’t like for far too long.  The more you know, huh?

Most importantly, that incident gave me firsthand knowledge about how those emotions feel.  The next time I sit down to write about an angry character, I know I’ll have new material to draw from.  I’ll have better words to use and a more realistic end goal in mind.  I’ll have an emotional experience I can manipulate to fit the needs and circumstances of whichever character is angry.  And that’s the heart of what character development is, when you get down to it: it’s taking what you know of the human condition and pulling it apart to see what works (or what doesn’t).  And just like we writers are always looking for new ideas, we should be keeping our eyes out for our emotional experiences, as well. 

To summarize:

Yes, improving your empathy towards other people is possible.  It takes practice and exercise, like any muscle, but for most people it is possible.  And yes, it is also possible to experience the emotional development of your characters in a completely independent context.  You can even have both happening at the exact same time, as I tried to illustrate above.  How these processes manifest depends entirely on your experiences as a person and the methods you’ve developed so far as a writer.

Don’t forget, you’re still living.  Experiences will come to you that will shape and deepen your understanding of people.  You still have a lot to live and learn from - we all do.

So good luck to all of you writers out there, especially those of you who, like me, struggle with empathy.  I have every confidence that with time and practice, you’ll come to your own understandings and find ways to think about these ideas that work for you.  Now go out there and get developing!

–Senga

bookcaseninja  asked:

Do you have any tips for rewriting a fairytale?

I personally love a good fairytale retelling. I feel like this is a theme that’s a little more popular especially in fan fictions and YA books. I remember when Wicked first came out there seemed to be a flood of stories that started surfacing because people love seeing classics re-imagined. There are a few key elements that can help your story stand out.

Originally posted by heartsnmagic

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anonymous asked:

Please could you show some writings celebrating trans women for women's history month? :-)

Most definitely! I have some excellent posts planned. The trans community is very near and dear to my heart and I want to make sure to celebrate trans women. I would really love some asks with suggestions if anyone has any ideas. I have posts I’m working on but I’d love to know what our followers would love to see.

-A-

djclapyohandz  asked:

Hi! I'm trying to find a quote about writing, I think specifically writing fantasy stories (I'm sorry if this isn't the type of question you answer, please disregard if so) but it was a lovely quote about how the story's external forces should mirror its hero's inner struggles. I know it's a classic fantasy trope (the mythical mirroring man's inner desires, blah blah) but it was more about how to write a good fantasy story rather than ruminate on human nature - would you have any idea? Thanks!

I don’t think any of these are the quotes you were looking for. I tried my best, I ended up finding a few good quotes. If you or anyone happens to find the quote we’re looking for, please leave it in the comments or message us. If anyone has any other amazing fantasy writing quotes please share those too.

-A-

anonymous asked:

Do you have any resources for writing characters on the autism spectrum?

Hello Anon,

Some of my most beloved characters in recent history also happen to be on the spectrum. Who comes to mind: Don Tillman of The Rosie Project/Effect, Christopher Boone of The Curious incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and Marcelo Sandoval of Marcelo in the Real World.

One thing I noticed right off the bat about all three is the books are written in the first person POV of these characters. This POV is always the most effective way of gaining insight and understanding to your protagonist. No matter what, this intimacy between a reader and the protagonist will take away having to explain “why someone does what they do" and fills it in with how they feel about a matter.

If you are considering writing a protagonist on the spectrum this POV is worth considering. I have no further knowledge on the topic but there are wonderful articles listed below, that do a much better job of advising:

This is a thoughtful article to start with:

http://nitzthebloody.blogspot.ca/2010/03/how-to-write-autistic-characters-with.html

This article does a wonderful job of comparing behaviourizing vs. Humanizing approaches:

http://disabilityinkidlit.com/2015/04/14/writing-autistic-characters-behaviorizing-vs-humanizing-approaches/

This one has a good analogy for a neurotypical person to gain insight:

http://clevergirlhelps.tumblr.com/post/103027186242/so-you-want-to-write-an-autistic-character-part-i

Here is a list of characters on the spectrum to take a further look at:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_characters_on_the_autism_spectrum

Please note. This is an incredibly brief overview of sources to get you started. I strongly suggest you do further research. Just like with any character you would want them to be unique, compelling and relatable first. If you approach this by attempting to create a relatable character, who happens to be on the spectrum, you are on a good track.

Happy Writing :)

-NV

inactive-tumb1lr-deactivated201  asked:

How do you do camp NaNoWrimo and a full time job at the same time?

Short answer: The way you pursue any passion with a full time job – you find the time.

(much) Longer answer: Full time jobs nowadays are different than they used to be. Full time used to mean 40 hours a week with infrequent overtime, and unless you worked education, retail or food service, your schedule was pretty set. If you have a job like this, it’s still a time suck to pursuing your passions as even jobs we enjoy are mentally draining, and many people have lengthy daily commutes. All this to say, everyone’s ‘full time’ means something different in today’s world, so more traditional methods of ‘making time’ for passion projects don’t always work. Still, it can be done. Here’s a few things that work for me/folk I know (your mileage may vary):

Use the commute to your advantage. If you take public transit, use that time to write. If you have to drive, get a dictation app for your phone (along with a dash holder) and ‘write’ while you drive. It can take some getting used to, but it’s also a great way to utilize that time to do something you want to be doing.

Write during breaks. I’m not saying don’t take a break to get some fresh air and/or eat. Eat. Drink water. Take care of yourself. But bring a notebook to work and take ten minutes of a break to scribble half a page. These little bursts of time add up.

Schedule dedicated writing time and keep it sacred. This one can be really hard. You’re purposely saying to yourself, and the world: this is what I want to do with my time, and it has value to me and so I’m going to do it. It’s a discipline, pure and simple. It’s also giving yourself the permission and freedom to pursue something you want more of in your life (at least we hope you want to write more; that’s kind of why TWH exist…). That can be as terrifying as it is exhilarating, and only you can train yourself to stick with it.

One of the great things about Camp NaNo as opposed to its November counterpart is you set your goal. You control what you think you can accomplish in that month. Say you only think you’ll have time for 500 words a day, that’s still 15,000 words by the end which is major progress. 1,000 words = 30,000 (my personal goal), which once you find a routine, may only take you an hour a day to accomplish.
As we frequently say, you know you best: your needs, your passions, your goals, your life, your story. Only you can decide how much time you have available to dedicate – but the time is there. You may have to give up a show you watch for a month, or stay off twitter (or tumblr) at night, or get up fifteen minutes earlier to scribble some sleepy notes, all until you hit your word count goal for the day.

Also, check out forums on the Camp site and connect with other folk. Most people participating are either working or in school full time. Sometimes both. Everyone struggles with finding the time and motivation to write at times, but those who succeed are the ones who find ways to push through the slumps and stop making excuses for not doing and just do. Ultimately, only you can figure out what works best for you, but hopefully this gives you a starting point for methods to try!

- O

ree-the-dooter-deactivated20170  asked:

I've always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo, and to be honest I'm quite nervous. Do you have any advice?

Originally posted by emzie-boy

I understand the nerves. The first time I had heard of NaNoWriMo was through a friend and I talked myself out of it. I had months to decide if I was going to do it and in the end I was afraid of not writing enough, I also was scared of what would happen if I was suddenly struck with writer’s block. I was putting so much pressure on the event because writing means a lot to me. All I could picture was the ways I was going to fail miserably. I was working through my writing fears when someone told me something I’ll use as long as I live.

When something scares you, it means it’s worth doing. The nerves are because you know there’s potential and that call to action is scary.

The biggest thing to remember is that it’s ok if you don’t finish in that month. Not everyone gets their novel done in one month. It’s awesome to try. Also you can set your own goal so there’s room for adjustment if 50.000 is too much. It gives you a great start that you can work on after the month is over. The best part is the resources! There are so many helpful tools via NaNoWriMo as well as posts from people who have benefitted from participating.

I’m answering this question now for a few reasons. Yes there’s still 8 months until November but there are things you can do now to prepare yourself and take some of the pressure off.

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thediffernetgirlontheblock-deac  asked:

Hey so I've just started writing fairly recently, first I found a love for reading then I tried writing and I loved it. My problem is I have great ideas but execution is a huge problem. I write a few chapters then I have writers block then I doubt myself, would people like it? Is it even good? You know stuff like that? This has lead to me deleting multiple books that I've started to write some almost complete but never published or anything.

Hello thediffernetgirlontheblock,

This is something every freaking writer on the planet, from King to Rowling has gone through. The only difference is they did it anyway. They got their butt in their chair and wrote despite themselves. I know self doubt can be overwhelming, and the entire writing process can feel big, but this is where it’s best to take a step back and just focus on the step in front of you. That’s all.

Two things popped out to me off the bat: You started as a reader, and you can write.

You started as a reader: This is great. The best kind of writers do it for the love of reading or their love of the written word. Your passion for reading will directly feed your passion for writing, but reading can fuel self doubt at times. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Nobody writes like you, so it’s really a moot point. The only person you are in competition with is yourself and you always want to beat yourself at your best.

If you think your writing sucks, you have good taste: Honestly that’s all it is. You know there is a better way of saying what you meant and you WILL get there with practice. Bad writers don’t think their writing sucks, they don’t know any better. You already are winning half the battle when you doubt yourself.

Give your work some air…some room to breath: I just last week looked at my nano project from last year. At the end of November I would have probably deleted the whole thing right there. It was shaky and full of rambling and had a ton of embarrassing things that made me want to punch my couch when I read it fresh. Since I gave it time, things look more redeemable and now I at least have a crap first draft to work with. It’s much better than staring at a blank page.

Don’t erase anything: I mean that. You can hide it so it never sees the light of day again but don’t erase it. It doesn’t do you any harm being there. It’s still progress. Just remember that nobody has to see it until you’re ready and that is the truth. I can’t remember where I heard this, but some of the best advice I’ve used: Write drunk, edit sober. Who cares how your writing is a first. You can edit it as much as you need to to get it there.

Remember traditionally published books weren’t written alone: Every book has gone through several editing processed before making it’s way to a shelf. An agent and several different types of very experienced editors have given it the hacking. Don’t compare your work to pub novels it’s simply unfair.

You can write: I mean that. I’ve only read this question and as a short as it is, it’s still enough to know you can form a sentence and structure a paragraph (very well). You should continue to write. If you are having trouble with the execution you can maybe try plotting more. Another option: try writing your idea out like a synopsis/jacket cover way from start to finish. You can then worry about the line by line writing, the sub-plot and the character depth et. al. One you have a solid foundation story down. This will help you stay encouraged and continue writing. I hope you do.

Happy Writing :)

-NV

anonymous asked:

So I have severe depression, attention issues and executive dysfunctions. I lost interest in writing little ago, particularly bc I wasn't getting as many feedback as I wanted to and I felt incredibly discouraged (like, not getting any comments feels like nobody likes my writing to me). I recently began a story whoses concept I love, but not only do I update at a terribly slow pace; I want to give up. I'm not motivated at all. (Please, no "get writing!" advice.)

The first thing to address? Take care of yourself. Do what you need to do to feel OK about who and where you are and how you feel. The whole tortured artist stigma is one that really needs to be addressed more and broken down. Whether it’s your writing, your school work, your work work, or just life in general, the more you have a basic, day-to-day understanding and acceptance of who you are, what gets you out of bed and motivated to keep going everyday, what you need to do to take care of yourself when you’re feeling good and even more what you need when you’re not feeling good, the better you will be as a person and by extension a creator. 

If you’ve lost interest in writing because you’re just not feeling it, that’s OK. It happens. You may drift back to it someday if you find you need it or want it in your life. You may not. Either way, you’ll eventually find you do it because you love it, or because you need to do it for yourself. 

For yourself. Let’s address that. While sharing your work can have great benefits, we’re in a culture where more than ever we can feel pressured to share ourselves and our work even when we’re not ready to, or not comfortable with it, and feel beholden to (often) an unseen, unknown audience and their desires. Obviously your work will only be known once people see it, but releasing it should be on your terms, not others. (This applies when we’re talking about personal, not for paid and on deadlines, work, obv.) And once that work is out there in the world, you have absolutely no control over other people’s reaction to it.
Once more, for everyone: ONCE YOUR WORK IS OUT IN THE WORLD YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER OTHER PEOPLE’S REACTION TO IT.
You can’t control their reactions, only your own. Learning to deal with that, learning how you cope and process that feedback and then get on with your life is a process. It’ll take time, but the sooner you accept and continue accepting the simple fact that once you finish something and put it out for the world to see it’s out of your hands how it’s received, the easier it will be to create work without fear of, or dependence on, others’ reactions. 

Do you keep going? Do you give up and move on to something else? That’s something only you can answer, a decision only you have ultimate control over and no amount of advice in the world will be responsible for what you ultimately decide. You decide. You know what is best for you – and if you don’t know that, maybe it’s time to schedule in a little exploratory self-care time and figure it out. 

Hope this helps!

- O

emigracion  asked:

hi guys, sorry to bother, but could you tell me if this sentence makes sense and if it is grammatically correct? "Just a few seconds to the end of a much-delayed hug, some quiet guitar strings bubbled through the surface as a way to seal old wounds." thanks in advance!

When I want to check if something is grammatically correct I usually go to

http://www.grammarcheck.net/editor/

I found that site when I was using wordcounter.net and it’s helped me quite a bit since starting this challenge. I ran it through the site and was told there were no errors. I would say as a personal preference that I’d probably tweak a thing or two.

If I was editing this sentence I would make the following suggestions:

(I would add “For” to the beginning) Just a few seconds, (insert a comma for parenthetical punctuationto at the end of a much-delayed hug, some quiet guitar strings bubbled through to (the word through kind of takes me out of the moment in the sentence because I’m thinking “wait… wouldn’t it be bubbled to the surface”) the surface. (I think this would be a good place to end the sentence) The notes helped mend the old wounds. (Personal style choice on the wording here).

“For just a few seconds, at the end of a much-delayed hug, some quiet guitar strings bubbled to the surface. The notes helped mend the old wounds.”

You have a great sentence and these are my suggestions as to how you could improve it. You can take whatever you’d like from these suggestions. The beauty of a beta reader is they’re a second opinion that you can take a little, a lot, or none of the advice from.

Originally posted by geekylaugifs

If anyone else has something to say please feel free to chime in! Sometimes I think the more eyes on a piece the better. It’s always good to get a few opinions.

kingoftheregime  asked:

What kinds of scenes could I include in my story that would involve developing character relationships? I have this problem of having characters seemingly pop into the plot when the scene calls for it, but then they disappear for long periods of time, and these characters SHOULD be seen more often than they are. What can I do to involve my characters more?

Hello Kingoftheregime,

I have this problem often after my first draft is complete. In an effort to get all the info down for plot I have the characters appear/dissappear in some pretty random ways. 

One way I find that helps to fix this (as well as makes the whole story more colourful) is to give them roles as “extras” throughout the book prior/after them being needed for the plot. I could have them be associates of the key characters in a scene: On the same team/club/coworker/classmate/on the bus with etc.

They could work in the background of the scene: Waiter at a restaurant, cashier that helps out a key character in the scene, etc. 

If you have a random “non-character” do something like fight with a character or tell them a joke–why not make it the character that you need later on?–this can also lend to thickening the plot

I don’t tend to worry too much about incorporating the characters more until after the first draft is down. I then go in and mark scenes where we could use someone we know to fit the role (my macro edit). This technique works well for me because I’m not bogged down forcing characters to fit into scenes I may not need and I can make a smoother second draft. This is only what works for me–of course :) 


Happy Writing :)

-NV

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.

http://www.rockyourwriting.com/2013/06/how-to-figure-out-your-books-genre/

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/05/where-does-my-book-fit-figuring-out.html

http://www.rachellegardner.com/identify-your-novels-genre/

Originally posted by just-usmadd

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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anonymous asked:

I've been struggling with Writers Block for awhile, I'm currently doing an RP with two of my friends and a cowriting a story with another. While our story is still going strong; with several chapters and backstories added every week, the RP has been at dead since September, I feel this is my fault. Is this a common problem for writers, the inability or lack of inspiration to write, but only for one story? The feeling that compared to my friends, my writing sucks, even when I'm assured it's not?

Getting stalled in a story and feeling inadequate with your writing in comparison to others – is it a common problem?

Originally posted by batwarriordiet

Let’s take these one at a time: Getting stalled on a story is natural. Happens all the time. Whether you have only one story in progress or a dozen, it just happens sometimes that our brains have difficulty focusing on a particular project. There are tools and tricks you can use to inspire yourself – using prompts, having a writing session with your co-writers, giving yourself permission to write something for a different story for a week then making yourself go back to this one, etc. Ultimately, the only true manner of working on a piece is just doing it, whether you feel ‘inspired’ that day or not. And the more you write anything, the easier it gets to commit yourself to focusing on one project – but that stalling will happen time and again. It’s the discipline of holding yourself accountable to your writing and knowing what tricks work for you that will make it easier to keep going over time. 

As far as comparison, we can fall into that trap in anything we do. Here’s the thing, though: no one has your voice, your perspective, your personal influence and thoughts and feelings and knowledge and interpretations. No one. So even when you feel like someone else’s skills might be stronger, remember that your contribution is unique and that skills can be learned – you just have to trust yourself to strike out on your own path, not follow someone else’s. 

Hope this helps!

- O

hatressoflore  asked:

Hi, I'm at the planning stages of something and really getting my teeth into the world and characters - but I have one huge prblem - the starting to never finish problem.With fanfiction, either I get negative reviews and fade out, or I get a feeling in my bones that the story's bad and take it down - the same thing happens with my original work. Any tips for overcoming this crippling perfectionism? I say I love to write but never actually finishing anything makes me feel I'll never be a writer.

Here’s the thing, Hatressflore. If you’re writing and do it because you enjoy it, then you’re already a writer.

We all experience those problems as some point in our lives. Where the editor comes out far too early and fills us with doubt before we can even get the finished work. I do have a few suggestions, and I encourage everyone to join in with them.

1: Work on the piece everyday: It can be two words, it can be an entire page, it can be more. It could simply be you reading through and fixing things. Its just important that the work stays as a constant reminder.

2: When you’re writing, turn off spell check: There’s fewer things more distracting than that little red line. And seeing it takes your focus off your work and onto the editing, which then adds in the doubt and makes you think you’re doing something wrong. It breaks the flow.

3: If you don’t like what you’ve written, fix it: It is absolutely never too late to fix something you’ve written. Even when its published on a website, you can go back in and replace a chapter with a revised version. Don’t think in the terms of “this sucks, I’m the worst.” Try “this doesn’t work. Let’s do it this way instead!” If you don’t like something but have no idea how to change it, you’re allowed to walk away and come back later. In some cases, that’s even your best option. Just remember to go back so you can look at it from a new perspective.

4: Use those negative reviews: There are two things negative reviews will be. opinions of that particular reader and actual critiques. If there’s nothing you can get out of the review to help you grow as a writer, then it’s someone shouting their opinion at you. You’re not going to please everyone with your writing and not everyone is going to take that gracefully. It’s just the way of the world, especially with the internet making it easy to forget that’s another person with their own thoughts and feelings.

5: Do not beat yourself up: I cannot stress this point enough. Probably one of the most dangerous things about creating something new is that nagging feeling that you’re doing it wrong. In turn, there will be moments you’ll want to listen. Don’t fall into the cracks and tell yourself you’re worthless because you haven’t written or you can’t bring yourself to finish a work. That’s only going to further your own self-hatred and cause you to work on it even less.

Always remember there is no such thing as the perfect writer. All the mistakes you make are simply you learning what doesn’t work so you can better figure out what does.

This is all the advice I have for now. I hope I was able to help! Happy Writing!

-Jay