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What not to write in fantasy.

I’ve seen some posts going around on what not to write in fantasy, many of which amount to:

  • Don’t write evil kings.
  • Don’t write people who are evil for the sake of evil.
  • Don’t write bullies.
  • Don’t write villains at all actually.
  • Don’t write mentors.
  • Don’t let your characters learn how to do hard things on their own though.
  • Don’t write people on adventures.
  • Don’t write people fighting evil governments.
  • Don’t write any fantasy species ever written before.
  • Don’t write any fantasy trope ever written before.
  • Don’t write any fantasy plot ever written before. 
  • Just… don’t fucking write fantasy I guess??

And this is such utter bullshit, my friends.

We do need more originality and diversity in fantasy, but we don’t need to remove everything that fantasy is and has been in the process.

(Especially, especially, when diversity is being included in traditionally cishet white male protagonist fantasy stories.)

Maybe the chosen one with special magic powers and a royal bloodline going on a quest with a group of friends to defeat the evil king has been done before with a white cis man a thousand times over, but how many times has a black trans woman got to go on that adventure? 

Maybe elves and orcs have been written into the dust, but they still make great templates on which to tell stories with original twists, and there’s nothing about them that stops a good, emotional story from hitting you straight in the heart.

Maybe dragons have been done by every writer ever to write fantasy, but you know what? Dragons are fucking awesome, my dudes. Many readers are always gonna love them.

Maybe we have told the same fantasy stories over and over again, but every step you take away from the known template is a step you have to spend more and more exposition on before the reader will understand your original creation.

So don’t let anyone make you feel like that your (inclusive) fantasy story is too ‘traditional’ to be good. As long as you produce a well written story you’ve put your heart into, it’ll be a story many readers will love. 

i want to hear something new from yanan, like i know its his time to rest and healing but i missing him sO EXTREMLY MUCH. i want to know if he’s happy, spends time with lovely people around him, if he can take care about himself enough good; someone can understand his feelings and needs with whom he honestly talking to about everything. i really want to see yan an again with this puppy smile and with his shyness almost before everything. 

Sweet Tooth [2]

Three Months

Character Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Female Reader

Word Count: 2,447

Warnings: 18+ NSFW! Oral (female receiving), fingering, sexual innuendos and language.

A/N: I know… I can’t make up my mind. But writing is helping with the rough days right now. Reminder: I don’t run a tag list anymore! BUT, I have a writing side blog where I reblog all of my fics! So, head on over to @thor-stormbreaker-odinson to give it a follow and set it up for notifications to stay up to date! Enjoy!

The First Date - Three Months - Six Months - One Year

“The last day always makes me sad.”

You sent a smile Sarah’s way as she came up beside you. “It does me too.” Then you bumped her hip with hers, “But then I get excited because the holidays are coming up and that means I get to bake all the fun holiday goodies!”

She laughed and then pouted, “I get to help the hubby get the farm ready for winter.” She cringed, “Long days ahead of us.”

“But you are forgetting about the pumpkin patch!” you said excitedly. “You guys have the best one around.”

Her brow quirked as her frown lifted into a smile, “You are correct there.” She nodded her head and propped her arms on his hips like Superman, “Blue ribbons for the past five years.”

“And you already know I am going to need like a zillion of them,” you joked. “A lot of pumpkin pies to be baked!”

Something caught Sarah’s attention before she could reply. She smirked as you looked in the direction she was.

Bucky was making his way through the crowd. He looked yummy in a red henley, dark jeans and a black leather jacket. He had his hair secured in a bun, but the wind had shook loose some of the shorter strands. You couldn’t see his eyes behind his sunglasses but you could feel him looking at you.   

“I can not believe you haven’t slept with him yet,” Sarah remarked with a long sigh. “God, he’s just down right sinful.”

Keep reading

You’re healing every time you

  • get out of bed because there’s something you’re excited about.
  • don’t think about people who left.
  • clean the clutter in the room and dishes in your sink.
  • smile at yourself and random people.
  • do something kind and out of the blue to make someone happy.
  • work out or meet with friends even though you have no energy to.
  • calm yourself down when your thoughts race.
  • remember to drink water.
  • don’t dwell on things you can’t control.
  • do things good for yourself, even though you have no motivation.
  • tell yourself that you’re growing from this, and you won’t feel like this forever.
Symbolism

I thought I might not be the only writer out there who likes to put symbolism in their stories so I found some things and what they represent!!

Animals

  • Alligator - stealth, survival
  • Ant - diligence, industry, community, remarkable strength, hard working, success, patience
  • Antelope - action
  • Armadillo - boundaries, self protection
  • Badger - aggressiveness, passion and drive
  • Bat - rebirth, longevity, joy, good luck
  • Bear - gentle strength, dreaming, introspection, power, protection
  • Beaver - builder, accomplishing goals
  • Bee - divine messenger, love, service, gathering, community
  • Bird - enlightenment, perspective, swiftness, vision, prophetic knowledge
  • Boar - nature-based wealth, prosperity, success, protection, courage
  • Buffalo - prayer, abundance, survival needs met, good fortune, healing
  • Bulls’ horns - a good symbol in meditation for motivation
  • Butterfly - rebirth, the soul, transformation, the three phases of life
  • Cat - feminine energy, mystical power, used to keep the wearer safe in travel, wholeness
  • Chameleons - ever-changing future, inconsistency
  • Cheetah - speed, focus
  • Cougar - power, swiftness, balance
  • Cows - red cows are a symbol of hope, inspiring symbol for nurturing efforts
  • Coyote - trickster
  • Crane - longevity. A pair of cranes symbolizes “Long Marriage”
  • Cricket - good luck charm, singing, Spring, fertility
  • Crow - sacred law, gateway to supernatural, shape shifting, illusion
  • Deer - graceful gentleness, sensitivity, compassion, kindness
  • Dog - companionship, health, service, loyalty, protection, future prosperity
  • Dolphin - manna, joy, childlike play, helpfulness, breath of life, harmony, intelligence, self connection
  • Donkey - fertility, easy childbirth, efficiency, health, well-being, and luck
  • Dove - peace, innocence, fidelity, love, gentleness, kindnes
  • Dragonfly - good fortune, magic, vision, dreams, luck, and ancient knowledge, illusion
  • Dragon - wisdom due to long lives and potent magic, royalty, Emperor, eternity, courage, strength, rain, Spring
  • Eagle - courage, spirit, bravery, strength
  • Elephant - commitment, strength, astuteness
  • Elk - stamina, pride, power, majesty
  • Fish - miracles, providence, sea/water magic, good luck and prosperity, foresight, fortune, salmon in particular, are associated with knowledge
  • Fox - camouflage, adaptability, integration, tricksters, shape shifters, and possessors of great magic
  • Frog - healing, cleansing, messages, health, honesty, fluidity, purification
  • Gazelle - awareness
  • Giraffe - grounded vision
  • Goat - tenacity, diligence, can help to achieve goals, endure criticism, and stay safe. Goat’s fur or foot - an anti-evil talisman.
  • Goose - safe return, love of home
  • Grasshopper - nobility, prosperity
  • Hawk - nessenger, strength, foresight, truth
  • Hippopotamus - emotional depths
  • Horses - power, stamina, speed, transportation and communication - A black horse with a white marking on its forehead is lucky
  • Hummingbird - joy, pure love, celebration of life
  • Ladybug - delight, trust
  • Lamb - filial piety (dutiful respect or regard for parents).
  • Lion (baby) cubs - inspire mercy and gentleness.
  • Lion (grown) - inspire strength, courage
  • Lions - pride, nobility, cunning, courage, just laws, fairness, the sun, images can protect sacred ground.
  • Lizard - dreaming, foresight, ancient secrets
  • Lynx - secrets
  • Monkey - benevolence, drives away evil
  • Moose - self-esteem, assertiveness
  • Mountain Lion - wisdom, leadership
  • Mouse - frugality, rebirth, scrutiny
  • Opossum - strategy, diversion
  • Otter - medicine (woman), balanced feminine energy
  • Owl - deception, wisdom, clairvoyance, magic
  • Ox - evil spirits that disturb lakes, rivers, and seas
  • Peacock - wholeness, dignity, beauty, recognition, self assurance, pride
  • Pig - rebirth and rejuvenation
  • Porcupine - innocence
  • Rabbit - fear, fertility, moon magic, speed, swiftness, longevity, courage, strength
  • Raccoon - dexterity, disguise
  • Raven - magic
  • Robin - growth, renewal
  • Rooster - courageous, warlike disposition, warmth and life of the Universe
  • Scorpion - the “fire within” that often needs careful tending
  • Seal - inner voice
  • Sheep - sacrifice
  • Snake - cunning, evil, supernatural power
  • Spider - destiny, fate, weaving
  • Squirrel - gathering
  • Swan - grace
  • Tiger - courage, bravery, fierceness, strength, being in the now
  • Turtle - mother earth
  • Weasel - stealth
  • Whale - record keeper
  • Wolf - teacher, A Guide to the Sacred
  • Zebra - Individuality

PLANTS

  • Aloe- Healing, protection, affection
  • Amaryllis- Pride
  • Anemone- Forsaken
  • Angelica- Inspiration
  • Apple blossom- Preference
  • Arborvitae- Unchanging friendship
  • Aster- Symbol of Love, Daintiness
  • Basil- Good wishes
  • Bay- Glory
  • Begonia- Beware
  • Bittersweet- Truth
  • Black-eyed Susan- Justice
  • Bluebell- Humility, kindness
  • Candytuft- Indifference
  • Red carnation- My Heart Aches, admiration
  • - White carnation- Innocence, pure love, women’s good luck gift
  • - Pink carnation- I’ll never forget you
  • - Yellow carnation- Disdain, disappointment, rejection
  • Chamomile- Patience
  • Chives- Usefulness
  • Chrysanthemum- Cheerfulness
  • Clover, white- Think of me
  • Coreopsis- Always cheerful
  • Coriander- Hidden worth
  • Crocus- spring, Youthful gladness
  • Cumin- Fidelity
  • Cyclamen- Resignation and good-bye
  • Daffodil- Regard
  • Daisy- Innocence, hope
  • Dill- Powerful against evil
  • Edelweiss- Courage, devotion
  • Fennel- Flattery
  • Fern- Sincerity
  • Forget-me-not- True love memories
  • Gardenia- Secret love
  • Geranium- oak-leavedTrue friendship
  • Gladiolus- Remembrance
  • Goldenrod- Encouragement, good fortune
  • Heliotrope- Eternal love
  • Holly- Hope
  • Hollyhock- Ambition
  • Honeysuckle- Bonds of love
  • Horehound- Health
  • Hyacinth- Games and sport, playfulness, rashness
  • – Blue Hyacinth- Constancy of love
  • – Purple Hyacinth- Sorrow, forgiveness, regret
  • – Yellow Hyacinth- Jealousy
  • – White Hyacinth- Loveliness, prayers for someone
  • Hydrangea- Gratitude for being understood; frigidity and heartlessness
  • Hyssop- Sacrifice, cleanliness
  • Iris- A message
  • Ivy- Friendship, continuity
  • Jasmine- white- Sweet love
  • Lady’s-mantle- Comforting
  • Lavender- Devotion, virtue
  • Lemon balm- Sympathy
  • Lilac- Joy of youth
  • Lily, calla- Beauty
  • Lily, day- Chinese emblem for mother
  • Lily-of-the-valley- Sweetness, purity
  • Lotus Flower- Purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth
  • Magnolia- Love of nature
  • Marjoram- Joy and happiness
  • Mint- Virtue
  • Morning glory- Affection
  • Myrtle- Good luck and love in a marriage
  • Nasturtium- Patriotism
  • Oak- Strength
  • Oregano- Substance
  • Pansy- Thoughts
  • Parsley- Festivity
  • Peony- Bashful, happy life
  • Pine- Humility
  • Poppy, red- Consolation
  • Rhododendron- Danger, flee
  • Rose, red- Love, I love you.
  • Rose, dark crimson- Mourning
  • Rose, pink- Happiness
  • Rose, white- Purity, heavenly, I’m worthy of you
  • Rose, yellow- Jealousy, decrease of love
  • Rosemary- Remembrance
  • Rue- Grace, clear vision
  • Sage- Wisdom, immortality
  • Salvia, blue- I think of you
  • Salvia, red- Forever mine
  • Savory Spice-  interest
  • Sorrel- Affection
  • Southernwood- Constancy, jest
  • Sunflower- Adoration
  • Sweet pea- Pleasures
  • Sweet William- Gallantry
  • Sweet woodruff- Humility
  • Tansy- Hostile thoughts
  • Tarragon- Lasting interest
  • Thyme- Courage, strength
  • Tulip, red- Passion, declaration of love
  • Tulip, yellow- Sunshine in your smile
  • Valerian- Readiness
  • Violet- Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness, modesty
  • Wallflower- Faithfulness in adversity
  • Willow- Sadness
  • Yarrow- Everlasting love
  • Zinnia- Thoughts of absent friends

Color

  • Red: Excitement, energy, passion, love, desire, speed, strength, power, heat, aggression, danger, fire, blood, war, violence, all things intense and passionate, sincerity, happiness (Only in Japan)
  • Pink: love and romance, caring, tenderness, acceptance and calm.
  • Beige and ivory: symbolize unification. 
  • Ivory: symbolizes quiet and pleasantness. 
  • Beige: calm and simplicity.
  • Yellow: signifies joy, happiness, betrayal, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold, philosophy, dishonesty, cowardice, jealousy, covetousness, deceit, illness, hazard and friendship.
  • Dark Blue: Symbolizes integrity, knowledge, power, and seriousness.
  • Blue: Peace, tranquility, cold, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, loyalty, sky, water, technology, depression, appetite suppressant.
  • Turquoise: calm. 
  • Teal: sophistication. 
  • Aquamarine: symbolizes water. 
  • Lighter turquoise: a feminine appeal.
  • Purple: Royalty, nobility, spirituality, ceremony, mysterious, transformation, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, honor, arrogance, mourning, temperance.
  • Lavender: femininity, grace and elegance.
  • Orange: Energy, balance, enthusiasm, warmth, vibrant, expansive, flamboyant, demanding of attention.
  • Green: Nature, environment, healthy, good luck, renewal, youth, spring, generosity, fertility, jealousy, service, inexperience, envy, misfortune, vigor.
  • Brown: Earth, stability, hearth, home, outdoors, reliability, comfort, endurance, simplicity, and comfort.
  • Gray: Security, reliability, intelligence, staid, modesty, dignity, maturity, solid, conservative, practical, old age, sadness, boring. Silver symbolizes calm.
  • White: Reverence, purity, birth, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, humility, precision, innocence, youth, winter, snow, good, sterility, marriage (Western cultures), death (Eastern cultures), cold, clinical.
  • Black: Power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, fear, evil, unhappiness, depth, style, sadness, remorse, anger, anonymity, underground, good technical color, mourning, death (Western cultures), austerity, detachment.

ATTENTION WRITERS

Google BetaBooks. Do it now. It’s the best damn thing EVER.

You just upload your manuscript, write out some questions for your beta readers to answer in each chapter, and invite readers to check out your book!

It’s SO easy!

You can even track your readers! It tells you when they last read, and what chapter they read!

Your beta readers can even highlight and react to the text!!!

There’s also this thing where you can search the website for available readers best suited for YOUR book!


Seriously guys, BetaBooks is the most useful website in the whole world when it comes to beta reading, and… IT’S FREE.

Your First 5 Pages

When you send a novel to an agent or publisher, they normally ask for the first five or ten pages, just so that they can gauge your writing skill. If those pages don’t grab the reader, it won’t sell.

As an editor, I read thousands of stories a year, and it would be difficult to tell you all of the ways that you can go wrong, or all of the things that you can do right. But let’s hit some main points:

1)    From the very first sentence, I want to see that you’re not just a competent writer, but a skillful one. I want to see that you have a way with words, so that I feel as if I’m in the hands of a professional storyteller. That means that I won’t feel confused, and I won’t get tripped up by typos or beginner’s mistakes. Indeed, I want to see that you’re talented right from the first sentence. Half of the editors and agents say that they look for a great voice right out the gate, whether it be the voice of the narrating character or of the author.

2)    I want to know (or at least have some great hints) where and when the story is taking place. It helps if the setting is intriguing and beautifully drawn. Of course, when you bring that setting to life, you should appeal to most of the senses quickly—sight, sound, smell, touch, taste.

3)    I want to know who the protagonist is and I want to see you handling the viewpoint properly. This means that the protagonist moves, has an emotional state, and thinks, so that we aren’t seeing the tale from a camera’s point of view, but from a real person’s. More than that, it is often helpful if the character is likeable or interesting or even both.

4)    In the opening five pages, I must see a hint of an intriguing conflict, one that is already building toward a climax. To get that in quickly, this means that you almost need to start the story in media res.

5)    In my business as a science fiction and fantasy editor, I want to see some novelty—something that tells me that your work is original, that you’re capable of coming up with something new.

Now, that’s my short list. I could go on and suggest that I want to see that you know how to construct a scene, that you can dazzle the reader in subtle ways that most pros know, that you know how to construct a plot, that you tastefully insert the emotional draws your audience is hoping for, that you are a pro at constructing believable dialog—and a dozen other little things.

But as you can see, for the first five pages, I can only hope for so much. All that I really want is to be convinced that you’re one of the greatest discoveries that I’ve ever made. If you think that an agent or editor wants anything less, you’re mistaken. The truth is that every editor and every agent who reads your manuscript is hoping that your tale demands to be published

Things to distract you from feeling sad:

  • make playlists of songs that make you happy 
  • eat some fruits and mix them in yogurt
  • have a long cry if you’ve been holding everything in
  • don’t go on your phone, brew some tea, sit in a warm comfortable spot and read a book 
  • don’t stay in bed too long
  • write a list of things that make you excited or happy
  • listen to music and go for a walk if it’s sunny
  • watch a feel-good movie and drink a mug of hot chocolate
  • reminisce good memories, they’re proof that life can be lovely
  • spray some perfume
  • read posts or quotes that inspire you

Making your angst hurt: the power of lighthearted scenes. 

I’m incredibly disappointed with the trend in stories (especially ‘edgy’ YA novels) to bombard the reader with traumatic situations, angry characters, and relationship drama without ever first giving them a reason to root for a better future. As a reader…

  • I might care that the main siblings are fighting if they had first been shown to have at least one happy, healthy conversation. 
  • I might cry and rage with the protagonist if I knew they actually had the capacity to laugh and smile and be happy.
  • I might be hit by heavy and dark situations if there was some notion that it was possible for this world to have light and hope and joy to begin with.

Writers seem to forget that their reader’s eyes adjust to the dark. If you want to give your reader a truly bleak situation in a continually dim setting, you have to put them in pitch blackness. But if you just shine a light first, the sudden change makes the contrast appear substantial.

Show your readers what light means to your character before taking it away. Let the reader bond with the characters in their happy moments before (and in between) tearing them apart. Give readers a future to root for by putting sparks of that future into the past and the present. Make your character’s tears and anger mean something.

Not only will this give your dark and emotional scenes more impact, but it says something that we as humans desperately, desperately need to hear. 

Books with light amidst the darkness tell us that while things are hard and hurt, that we’re still allowed to breathe and hope and live and even laugh within the darkness.

We as humans need to hear this more often, because acting it out is the only way we stop from suffocating long enough to make a difference.

So write angst, and darkness, and gritty, painful stories, full of treacherous morally grey characters if you want to. But don’t forget to turn the light on occasionally.

Support Bryn’s ability to provide writing advice by reading their debut novel, an upbeat fantasy about a bloodthirsty siren fighting to return home while avoiding the lure of a suspiciously friendly and eccentric pirate captain!

Hijab- Fun Facts for those who don’t know how to create/write hijabi characters

From your local ex-hijabi and someone who lived in a country that enforced mandatory hijab.

1. Hijab is not just necessary for a woman. Hijab also includes men, who have to wear modest clothing, cover their arms, and grow a beard.

2. No one wears their hijab when they get inside the privacy of their home. Wearing hijab, especially if you wear it tight or its really hot out, can get uncomfortable so often times I would just whip it off.

3. We don’t wake up and put the hijab on, it’s only to be worn around men who are not close-relatives (husband and son) or children. Some people don’t follow this to a T and that’s ok.

5. Being a hijabi doesn’t mean you understand the dynamics and philosophy of islam. It just means you want to wear the hijab and took that step. Hijabs dont make you Holier Than Thou.

4. Hijab is not only a headscarf, but it’s literally a dresscode. You can’t wear a hijab with short shorts and your whole tit hanging out. You need to cover up to your wrists, ankles and neck area— clothes should be baggy and not tight. Once again, some people don’t follow this to a T, that’s fine.

4.5. Hijabs are suppose to cover the ears, hair, and neck.

6. “Can I draw this character without their hijab in the privacy of their own home?” Yeah it’s fine, no one wears hijab in their house unless they have guests.

7. Hijab means different things for different people. They can mean security, they can be a means of achieving confidence. They can also have absolutely No Reason for wearing the hijab besides that they want to.

8. At the end of the day Hijabis are still human beings, and often times they’re treated like aliens and it’s not okay. They’re a human who is wearing a headscarf for religious reasons. There’s nothing “exotic, ethnic” or “mysterious” about that. It’s like considering anyone who wears a hat to be some weird foreign creature.

There’s a bunch of other things but stop treating the hijab as a personality trait for your muslim characters. Hijab has nothing to do with your personality, at all, ever. I’ve seen timid hijabis. I’ve seen hijabis who were starting fights with authority (I being one myself). I’ve seen hijabis skateboarding, drinking, smoking, because guess what; it doesn’t define who we are.

You know, I think what makes Papyrus and his boastfulness so endearing, despite egoism usually being a negative and unappealing character trait, is the fact that his self-confidence does not exist at the expense of others. He doesn’t build himself up by putting other people down; he thinks highly of everyone! He can consider himself great and admirable while still genuinely being impressed by the people around him and celebrating their accomplishments.

Papyrus understands that greatness is not a competition; it’s something everyone can win at! And even if he is the greatest, it’s only so that he can show everyone else how to recognize their own inherent value.

Papyrus believes in himself! Papyrus believes in me! Papyrus believes in you, too!

small writing exercises

  • make up an origin and meaning of a name
  • write a family history going back centuries
  • pick a character and make them ramble about their favorite thing
  • make up a fable, pretend it’s as famous as the Grimm fairytales. how does this fable affect the world and what would people reference from it? (i love this one because it can be as crazy and silly as you want)
  • make a commercial for something that really shouldn’t be sold at all. try to convince people to buy it.
  • ACRONYMS. but, like, try to have it make sense
  • make a poem about your story/something in your story
  • rewrite a classic but put your own twist on it
  • make up a detailed recipe
  • make a monologue with a plot twist or punchline in the end
  • create a ridiculously detailed timeline for a character
  • childhood memory (real one or make it up!)
  • improv rap lyrics
  • the story behind an inside joke
  • make up a mythical creature
  • pretend to be a commentary youtuber and pick a topic
  • the what if? pick a story and create an alternate ending to it
  • pick one scenario and several characters. how different are the reactions based on their personalities?
Words that describe someone’s voice
  • Adenoidal: adj: if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through the nose
  • Appealing: adj: an appealing look, voice etc. shows that you want to help, approval or agreement
  • Breathy: adj: with loud breathing noises
  • Brittle: adj: if you speak in a brittle voice, you would sound as if you’re about to cry
  • Croaky: adj: if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low rough voice that sounds as if they have sore throat
  • Dead: adj: if someone’s eyes are dead, or if their voice is dead, they feel or show no emotions
  • Disembodied: adj: a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see
  • Flat: adj: spoken in a voice that does not go up or down
  • Fruity: adj: a fruity voice or laugh is deep and strong in a pleasant way
  • Grating: adj: a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying
  • Gruff: adj: a gruff voice has a rough low sound
  • Guttural: adj: a guttural sound is deep and made at the back of your throat
  • High-pitched: adj: a high pitched voice or sound is very high
  • Honeyed: adj: honeyed words sound nice, but you cannot trust the person who is speaking
  • Hoarse: adj: someone who is hoarse or has a hoarse voice speaks in a low rough voice
  • Husky: adj: a husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse often in an attractive way
  • Low: adj: a low voice or sound is quiet and difficult to hear or deep sounding
  • Matter-of-fact: adj: used about someone’s behavior or voice
  • Monotonous: adj: a monotonous sound or voice is boring and unpleasant because it does not change in loudness or become higher or lower
  • Nasal: adj: someone with a nasal voice sounds as if they are speaking through the nose
  • Orotund: adj: an orotund voice is loud and clear
  • Penetrating: adj: a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable
  • Plummy: adj: this word shows that you dislike people who speak like this
  • Quietly: adv: in a quiet voice
  • Ringing: adj: a ringing sound or voice is very loud and clear
  • Rough: adj: a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to
  • Shrill: adj: a shrill noise or voice is very loud, high and unpleasant
  • Smoky: adj: a smoky voice is sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way
  • Silvery: adj: a silvery voice or sound is clear, light, and pleasant
  • Singsong: adj: if you speak in a singsong voice, you voice rises and falls in a musical way
  • Small: adj: a small voice or a sound is quiet
  • Strangled: adj: a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it
  • Strident: adj: a strident voice or sound is loud and unpleasant.
  • Taut: adj: used about something such as a voice or expressions that shows someone is nervous or angry
  • Thick: adj: if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion
  • Tight: adj: a tight voice or expression shows that you’re annoyed or nervous
  • Thin: adj: a thin voice or sound is high end unpleasant to listen to
  • Tremulous: adj: is it not steady for explained, cause you’re afraid or excited
  • Throaty: adj: a throaty sound is low and seems to come from deep in your throat
  • Wheezy: adj: a wheezy noise sounds as if it’s made by someone who has difficulty breathing
  • Wobbly: adj: if your voice is wobbly, it goes up and down, usually cause you’re frightened, not confident or you’re going to cry

and no matter
how much
you miss a toxic
person


for fuck sake
please


don’t call
don’t write letters
don’t buy flowers
don’t stop the wedding
don’t get into a relationship.


allow yourself to heal.


travel.
find yourself.
consider counseling.


true love will find you someday.

—  juansen dizon, it’s going to be okay
Top 10 Tips for Actually Writing

for the writer who can’t seem to write.

  • Buy a pencil and paper. Get a writing program and a keyboard.
  • Spill all your ideas into a notebook that will never see the light of day. Write down literally every idea you have that even sort of relates to the scene/chapter/book that you want to write until your thoughts converge on a pointed attack.
  • Quality vs. Quantity? No competition. Quantity all the way. The more you write, the better you will know your story. Worry about Quality LATER.
  • Think about where the idea came from. Go there. Set up a cardboard box and live there. This is your home now.
  • What is the coolest, most self-indulgent thing you can think of? That’s what you want to write at this point, until you get some steam.
  • Short-term goals, my friends. And by short-term, I mean a minute from now, ten seconds from now. What are you going to do to write RIGHT NOW? Stop thinking about an hour from now, stop thinking about a day from now.
  • This is not a book. This is not a book. You are not writing a book. You are writing a story. A story is much easier to take bites out of than a book. A book is a big, scary, colossal thing. Stories are fun and carefree.
  • Get yourself a writing friend. A cactus, an old bottle of nail polish, a fish in an appropriately sized tank, etc. Make them hold you accountable.
  • Set crazy low goals. Promise yourself you will write ten words today. Ten words and you will be the Best Writer in the Entire World to Ever Exist. Accomplishing things is a morale booster and will urge you to write more.
  • Just keep writing. I believe in you.

I am a True Believer in outlining before you write.
(At least, so long as an outline doesn’t debilitate your writing.)

But I think some people don’t understand what that means to me. 

To me, an outline means that I know: 

  • Where the story is going. 
  • What beats it’ll take getting there. 
  • The major content I know I want to write.
  • How that content can be reasonably connected.
  • Where character development decisions should take place.
  • What the climax will entail.
  • What choices the characters will be forced to make during the climax to fulfill or deny their developmental arc.

It also means that along the way I might…

  • Randomly move multiple scenes to a completely new settings.
  • Rearrange scenes to make for better pacing.
  • Throw in conversations I never imagined the characters would have.
  • Completely change one of my main character’s voices in the third chapter.
  • Have a random side character mysteriously foreshadow grudges certain characters are holding.
  • Realize certain characters have legitimately been holding said grudges.
  • Add in new character arcs for said characters to get them to work through their grudges.
  • Watch as the main ship progresses way faster than intended.
  • (Cry over the main ship.)
  • Let the protagonist chose to go by an alias because he’s more insecure than I thought.
  • Watch as his brother ruins his alias attempts four chapters later.
  • Create an entire new arc that revolves primarily around the protagonist wanting to sleep in a proper bed after camping for three weeks. (And do a lot of last minute plot adjusting to make the pacing still work for this bed-related arc.)
  • Forget one of my main characters exists for five chapters.
  • Suddenly add her into an arc she wasn’t supposed to be in, to make up for it.
  • Be bamboozled as the love interest refuses to sit still long enough to let their leg heal and ends up with a permanent injury. 
  • Flat out re-outline entire chapters because the new idea worked better with the character development or pacing.
  • Realize that the symbolism I had for a certain thing has actually meant something different all along.
  • Add in a motto I didn’t realize was a huge part of two of the main character’s lives in the previous book.
  • Take about ten thousand notes on what needs to be adjusted in the next draft.
  • Cry because I think the novel will be too long.
  • Cry because I think the novel will be too short.
  • Cry because I love it too much.
  • Cry because it’s definitely the worst thing ever written.

So, when I say I’m a True Believer in outlining, I don’t mean that I’m a believer in never letting your story’s surprise you, or never making last minutes adjustments, or never throwing out huge parts of your outline for something better.

I mean that I’m a true believer in letting your story have a foundation before you write it, because any large or complex story built on a weak foundation, like a castle built in the sand, will need to be re-built later.

But the stronger a foundation you build for it, the easier it is to make changes without your entire structure falling apart.

#This is not saying that some writers don’t do better just rebuilding the castle later or that all stories are complex enough to warrant outlines. #Please do not take my post about what outlining means to me and attempt to writer’splain to me how some writers can’t use outlines. #I literally put that disclaimer right below the title. #Read and think before you reply.

Dos And Don’ts Of Dialogue

Dialogue: either you’re great at it, or it’s your worst nightmare. Writing dialogue can be difficult, confusing, and frustrating. Here are some tips to clear the air when it comes to dialogue!

DON’T overuse dialogue tags

Originally posted by realitytvgifs

From the very beginning, writers are often told not to overuse “said”.  While this is sound advice, it can create the false notion that “said” is never to be used.  This simply isn’t true!

Stay away from repeating creative dialogue tags one after another, especially if it’s redundant.  For example, if there’s an exclamation point after a sentence, you don’t need to say that the character exclaimed or yelled.

Often, a dialogue tag isn’t even needed.  Just end the dialogue without a tag.

DO use “said”

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Repeat after me: IT IS OKAY TO USE “SAID”!

I’m guilty of this one as well.  The urge to not use “said” too often becomes a habit of never using it and replacing it with unnecessary dialogue tags.

Just use said!  It will make your writing seem far more mature than if you used something like “growled” or “stated”.

DON’T go on tangents

Originally posted by onlydisney

Dialogue should be realistic.  If you have a character that is known for going off on tangents, then by all means do so.  If you’re going on a tangent to seem “artistic”, you might want to cut it off there.

My biggest pet peeve with modern young adult literature is that writers try to combing their need to prove they can write beautiful prose with dialogue.  Don’t.  In the end, it’s just unrealistic and a cheap way of trying to show your talent.  Leave the long-winded metaphors for your narration, please.

DO use unique speech

Originally posted by bodes08

Everyone speaks differently.  This could mean accents, slang, catchphrases, or misused words.  Include this in your dialogue!

Colorful dialogue creates colorful characters, and allows the reader to be able to easily distinguish who is speaking (without dialogue tags!).

DON’T overuse phonetics

Originally posted by usedpimpa

Though accents can be a great way to create colorful dialogue, phonetically spelling every word according to the character’s accent can get annoying fast.  Stick to spelling out the most important words.  After a while, the reader should be able to read that character’s dialogue with their accent in mind anyway.

DO show, not tell

Originally posted by samisoffthewall

Every writer has received this advice at one point or another, but with good reason.  Dialogue is the best way to put “show, don’t tell” into practice.  However, writers often think that dialogue itself counts as showing.  Though dialogue is a better tool than description in these instances, it doesn’t completely serve as a way to show on its own.

Telling: “Hey, calm down.  You look nervous.”

Showing: “Hey, calm down.  You haven’t stopped tapping your foot since we got here.”

DON’T repeat names too often

Originally posted by invisibletoeveryoneelse

I too fall into the trap of constantly clarifying who is speaking.  When you’re writing, it feels natural to say things like “’How are you doing, Jim?’ ‘I’m doing well, Pam.’”, but the reality is that no one speaks like that, especially to people they’re close to.

Most of the time, you should use names in dialogue tags and greetings. Otherwise, use names sparingly.