Posts Tagged ‘writing reference’

writers:

Posted: May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized
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ironinkpen:

  • break up your paragraphs. big paragraphs are scary, your readers will get scared
  • fuuuuck epithets. “the other man got up” “the taller woman sat down” “the blonde walked away” nahhh. call them by their names or rework the sentence. you can do so much better than this (exception: if the reader doesn’t know the character(s) you’re referring to yet, it’s a-okay to refer to them by an identifying trait)
  • blunette is not a thing
  • new speaker, new paragraph. please.
  • “said” is such a great word. use it. make sweet love to it. but don’t kill it
  • use “said” more than you use synonyms for it. that way the use of synonyms gets more exciting. getting a sudden description of how a character is saying something (screaming, mumbling, sighing) is more interesting that way.
  • if your summary says “I suck at summaries” or “story better than summary” you’re turning off the reader, my dude. your summary is supposed to be your hook. you gotta own it, just like you’re gonna own the story they’re about to read
  • follow long sentences w short ones and short ones w long ones. same goes for paragraphs
  • your writing is always better than you think it is. you just think it’s bad because the story’s always gonna be predicable to the one who’s writing it
  • i love u guys keep on trucking
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firemoon42:

  • Do an
    outline,
    whatever way works best.
    Get yourself out of the word soup and know where the story is headed.
  • Conflicts
    and obstacles.
    Hurt the protagonist, put things in their way, this keeps
    the story interesting. An easy journey makes the story boring and boring is
    hard to write.
  • Change
    the POV.
    Sometimes all it takes to untangle a knotted story is to look at
    it through different eyes, be it through the sidekick, the antagonist, a minor
    character, whatever.
  • Know the
    characters.
    You can’t write a story if the characters are strangers to you.
    Know their likes, dislikes, fears, and most importantly, their motivation. This makes the path clearer.
  • Fill in
    holes.
    Writing doesn’t have to be linear; you can always go back and fill in plotholes,
    and add content and context.
  • Have
    flashbacks,
    hallucinations, dream sequences or foreshadowing events. These
    stir the story up, deviations from the expected course add a feeling of urgency
    and uncertainty to the narrative.
  • Introduce
    a new mystery.
    If there’s something that just doesn’t add up, a big question mark, the story becomes more
    compelling. Beware: this can also cause you to sink further into the mire.
  • Take
    something from your protagonist.
    A weapon, asset, ally or loved one. Force
    him to operate without it, it can reinvigorate a stale story.
  • Twists
    and betrayal.
    Maybe someone isn’t who they say they are or the protagonist
    is betrayed by someone he thought he could trust. This can shake the story up
    and get it rolling again.
  • Secrets. If
    someone has a deep, dark secret that they’re forced to lie about, it’s a good
    way to stir up some fresh conflict. New lies to cover up the old ones, the
    secret being revealed, and all the resulting chaos.
  • Kill
    someone.
    Make a character death that is productive to the plot, but not “just because”. If done well, it affects
    all the characters, stirs up the story and gets it moving.
  • Ill-advised
    character actions.
    Tension is created when a character we love does
    something we hate. Identify the thing the readers don’t want to happen, then
    engineer it so it happens worse than they imagined.
  • Create cliff-hangers.
    Keep the readers’ attention by putting the characters into new problems and
    make them wait for you to write your way out of it. This challenge can really
    bring out your creativity.
  • Raise the
    stakes.
    Make the consequences of failure worse, make the journey harder.
    Suddenly the protagonist’s goal is more than he expected, or he has to make an
    important choice.
  • Make the
    hero active.
    You can’t always wait for external influences on the
    characters, sometimes you have to make the hero take actions himself. Not
    necessarily to be successful, but active
    and complicit in the narrative.
  • Different
    threat levels.
    Make the conflicts on a physical level (“I’m about to be
    killed by a demon”)
    , an emotional level (“But that demon was my true love”) and
    a philosophical level (“If I’m forced to kill my true love before they kill me,
    how can love ever succeed in the face of evil?”)
    .
  • Figure
    out an ending.
    If you know where the story is going to end, it helps get
    the ball rolling towards that end, even if it’s not the same ending that you
    actually end up writing.
  • What if?
    What if the hero kills the antagonist now, gets captured, or goes insane? When
    your write down different questions like these, the answer to how to continue the
    story will present itself.
  • Start
    fresh or skip ahead.
    Delete the last five thousand words and try again. It’s
    terrifying at first, but frees you up for a fresh start to find a proper path. Or
    you can skip the part that’s putting you on edge – forget about that fidgety
    crap, you can do it later – and write the next scene. Whatever was in-between
    will come with time.

firemoon42:

  • Do an
    outline,
    whatever way works best.
    Get yourself out of the word soup and know where the story is headed.
  • Conflicts
    and obstacles.
    Hurt the protagonist, put things in their way, this keeps
    the story interesting. An easy journey makes the story boring and boring is
    hard to write.
  • Change
    the POV.
    Sometimes all it takes to untangle a knotted story is to look at
    it through different eyes, be it through the sidekick, the antagonist, a minor
    character, whatever.
  • Know the
    characters.
    You can’t write a story if the characters are strangers to you.
    Know their likes, dislikes, fears, and most importantly, their motivation. This makes the path clearer.
  • Fill in
    holes.
    Writing doesn’t have to be linear; you can always go back and fill in plotholes,
    and add content and context.
  • Have
    flashbacks,
    hallucinations, dream sequences or foreshadowing events. These
    stir the story up, deviations from the expected course add a feeling of urgency
    and uncertainty to the narrative.
  • Introduce
    a new mystery.
    If there’s something that just doesn’t add up, a big question mark, the story becomes more
    compelling. Beware: this can also cause you to sink further into the mire.
  • Take
    something from your protagonist.
    A weapon, asset, ally or loved one. Force
    him to operate without it, it can reinvigorate a stale story.
  • Twists
    and betrayal.
    Maybe someone isn’t who they say they are or the protagonist
    is betrayed by someone he thought he could trust. This can shake the story up
    and get it rolling again.
  • Secrets. If
    someone has a deep, dark secret that they’re forced to lie about, it’s a good
    way to stir up some fresh conflict. New lies to cover up the old ones, the
    secret being revealed, and all the resulting chaos.
  • Kill
    someone.
    Make a character death that is productive to the plot, but not “just because”. If done well, it affects
    all the characters, stirs up the story and gets it moving.
  • Ill-advised
    character actions.
    Tension is created when a character we love does
    something we hate. Identify the thing the readers don’t want to happen, then
    engineer it so it happens worse than they imagined.
  • Create cliff-hangers.
    Keep the readers’ attention by putting the characters into new problems and
    make them wait for you to write your way out of it. This challenge can really
    bring out your creativity.
  • Raise the
    stakes.
    Make the consequences of failure worse, make the journey harder.
    Suddenly the protagonist’s goal is more than he expected, or he has to make an
    important choice.
  • Make the
    hero active.
    You can’t always wait for external influences on the
    characters, sometimes you have to make the hero take actions himself. Not
    necessarily to be successful, but active
    and complicit in the narrative.
  • Different
    threat levels.
    Make the conflicts on a physical level (“I’m about to be
    killed by a demon”)
    , an emotional level (“But that demon was my true love”) and
    a philosophical level (“If I’m forced to kill my true love before they kill me,
    how can love ever succeed in the face of evil?”)
    .
  • Figure
    out an ending.
    If you know where the story is going to end, it helps get
    the ball rolling towards that end, even if it’s not the same ending that you
    actually end up writing.
  • What if?
    What if the hero kills the antagonist now, gets captured, or goes insane? When
    your write down different questions like these, the answer to how to continue the
    story will present itself.
  • Start
    fresh or skip ahead.
    Delete the last five thousand words and try again. It’s
    terrifying at first, but frees you up for a fresh start to find a proper path. Or
    you can skip the part that’s putting you on edge – forget about that fidgety
    crap, you can do it later – and write the next scene. Whatever was in-between
    will come with time.

melissie-owo:

laubhaufen:

traumbelrum:

ringo-obsession:

I discovered this by accident and I thought it was really funny and cute:

1. Download the template from MyScriptFont website

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2. Write out the alphabet and numbers in your style, using a black marker (felt pen). This is mine:

image

3. Scan the template 
4. Upload to the MyScriptFont website, name it, set the format and click “send file”
5. Download it to your computer and install

And check out my result!

image

reblogging for writers that want to invent their own font. 

Also great for (web)comicartists that want their own font for their comics! =D

@lilskullkid

Posted: March 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
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thewritershandbook:

© (c ) copyright 1990-2011 Rebecca Sinclair

See the original HERE

Posted: March 1, 2016 in Uncategorized
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maxkirin:

So, let me guess– you just started a new book, right? And you’re stumped. You have no idea how much an AK47 goes for nowadays. I get ya, cousin. Tough world we live in. A writer’s gotta know, but them NSA hounds are after ya 24/7. I know, cousin, I know. If there was only a way to find out all of this rather edgy information without getting yourself in trouble…

You’re in luck, cousin. I have just the thing for ya.

It’s called Havocscope. It’s got information and prices for all sorts of edgy information. Ever wondered how much cocaine costs by the gram, or how much a kidney sells for, or (worst of all) how much it costs to hire an assassin?

I got your back, cousin. Just head over to Havocscope.

((PS: In case you’re wondering, Havocscope is a database full of information regarding the criminal underworld. The information you will find there has been taken from newspapers and police reports. It’s perfectly legal, no need to worry about the NSA hounds, cousin ;p))

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Posted: February 22, 2016 in Uncategorized
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nerds-are-cool:

if you’re struggling for AU ideas take a look-see at this list i wrote for my friend who dubbed it “better than the 10 commandments" 

1)     Coffee shop AU

i)      
Barista and person who has a ridiculous coffee
order

ii)     
I’m worried about your coffee dependency

iii)    
you accidentally poured boiling hot coffee over
me so you’re responsible for taking me to A&E

iv)    
you give me a different fake name every time you
come into starbucks and I just want to know your real name bc ur cute but here
I am scrawling “batman” onto your stupid cappuccino

2)     
Flower shop AU

i)      
You buy a weird amount of flowers and I’m
concerned as to why

ii)     
I’m allergic to flowers but I work in a flower
shop – you’re a customer who’s very confused as to why I’d do that

iii)    
(this is also a good way to incorporate flower
meanings eg, buying certain colours/types for person to represent feelings etc.)

3)     
Library AU

i)      
You’re overdue on this book and I want it so I’m
tracking u the fuck down

ii)     
I work in the library and I’m a little concerned
for your health bc you never stop studying

iii)    
The library’s pretty empty save for you and me
and OH that couple making out loudly in the shelves somewhere

4)     
Awful first time meeting

i)      
I accidentally punched you in the face when I
was too overexcited about something

ii)     
I thought you were my friend who’s just done
something awful to me (read: cut my hair while I slept, dyed all of my clothes
pink, etc. etc.) because you look similar from behind so I stormed up to you
and shoved you from behind while calling you an asshole

iii)    
You get the gist to this one

iv)    
Oooh when you told me your name I thought you
were joking because it’s fucking awful and I made a joke about it and things
got awkward real fucking fast (perfect for a Hannibal au just saying)

5)     
Weird places to meet/awkward meetings in general

i)      
We live in the same block of flats but haven’t
ever talked and Sunday morning we were both doing the walk of shame and had to
stand in the lift together

ii)     
“okay I know that being in the woods at 2am is a
weird thing to be doing but my friend called me and- wait, why are you in the woods at 2am, fuck I’m going
to die aren’t I?”

iii)    
A personal favourite of mine – first day at a
new job and oh fuck my boss is the person I drunkenly hooked up with last
weekend/night

iv)    
We keep accidentally running into each other I’m
not a stalker I swear

v)     
You live across from me in our apartments and we
smile when we see each other but we don’t really know each other and oh you’re
the stripper at my friend’s stag do/hen night fuck this is really uncomfortable

vi)    
“My shower’s broken but I’ve got a date tonight
could I possibly use your shower please?” “Oh sure (neighbour that I’ve been crushing on for the past six months) of course you can use my shower to get ready for your date (fuck fuck fuck)”

6)     
Friends to romance – pining and all that
wonderful shit

i)      
You’ve got a date tonight and you asked for
advice on what to wear but I’m so in love with you and damn you look good in the outfit I picked out for you

ii)     
I really like you but you’re my best friend’s ex

iii)    
You’ve liked me for ages and were really obvious
about it and I didn’t like all the attention but now you’re over me I really
miss it and fuck I think I like you too?

iv)    
Somewhere along the way of getting into bar
fights together, staying up all night with movie marathons, other friendship
things, I’ve fallen in love with you but oh my god this could ruin EVERYTHING

v)     
Friends with benefits oh wait I like you

7)     
FAKE DATING HOLY SHIT I LIVE FOR THIS

i)      
It’s my highschool reunion and I need a hot date
so I can rub it in the faces of the people who hated me

ii)     
My homophobic parents are coming to visit will
you pretend to date me as an extra “fuck you”?

iii)    
There’s a person who won’t stop bugging me will
you pretend to be my partner so that they’ll fuck off?

iv)    
I told my sister I have a boyfriend so she’d
stop trying to set me up with people but now she’s coming to visit and I’m in
too deep I need a fake boyf ASAP

8)     
Soulmate aus

i)      
The first words your true love(s) will say to
you are tattooed on you and why the fuck are their first words something really
ridiculous like ‘I’ll pay you a tenner to punch me in the face’ or ‘quick
what’s your favourite animal’ or ‘fucking shit hell holy fuck wow oh my god
jesus h Christ fuck me’ etc. or even worse a really ridiculous song lyric like  the opening lines of uptown funk or a high
school musical song or smthing did you have to serenade me the first time you
saw me asshole?

ii)     
You get an ‘impression’ of your soulmate when
you turn 18 or something but all I got was a strong smell of bananas or an
overwhelming feeling that Thatcher was a good prime minister or an image in my
mind of a fucking unicorn

iii)    
The more ridiculous the better actually

iv)    
Something like whenever your soulmate sings a
duet you can’t help but join in and my fucking soulmate is in a goddamn band
but I can’t sing for shit

v)     
Or maybe something like soulmates always sneeze
at the same time and I cant be sure but me and this kid in my French class just
sneezed at the same time are we soulmates or was it a coincidence (proceed w
character trying to make themselves sneeze around said person to see what’s
what)

9)     
Alternate universes for real

i)      
Mermaids

ii)     
Siren and asexual pirate who doesn’t understand
why all his crew are losing their shit that person has a nice voice sure but
what the fuck is happening

iii)    
Hogwarts

iv)    
We live in a world where the greek gods are real
and you went and got yourself cursed and now I have to go on a fucking quest to
sort this shit out why do I love you again?

v)     
Pacific rim au (either they’re drift compatible
or one of them is a ranger and the other stresses constantly bc what if they
die yes I have read a fic like this no I didn’t come up with this one but it’s
fucking good) (also if you haven’t seen that film go watch it now)

vi)    
Literally any movie or book universe you like
tbh just go for it

10)  
Other aus that I like

i)      
I wanted to go on the ferris wheel but there has
to be two people to a cart come on random person let’s go oh wait are we stuck
at the top? Fuck

ii)     
We work in the same office and you have a
goddamn squeaky chair and you wONT FUCKING STOP SQUEAKING IT BECAUSE YOU KNOW
IT ANNOYS ME

iii)    
Our mutual friend set us up on a blind date and
I thought I’d hate it but you’re actually… kind of funny? But because I expected to hate it in no way am I going to let you change my mind just because you’re gorgeous and funny and intelligent oh no my friend is not winning this

iv)    
It started to snow and I’m the only one of our
friends who would go outside with you – I soon found out why none of the others
would go out in the snow with you (this works best if they’re new friends who
don’t know each other all that well) when you shoved a handful of snow down my
back and declared snow war

v)     
It’s nowhere near Christmas it’s literally still
November would you calm down about Christmas wait no why are you getting the
tree out no stop please stop (if you do this pre-relationship you can have the
grouchy one secretly finding the other’s excitement endearing and falling in
love with them actually that works for established relationship too)

vi)    
Current partner got a new job in America (or
other country far away) and we’re getting by on skype calls and emails but it’s
not easy and then I met someone new (can be poly or can be finding the OTP person)

vii)  
You want us both to get in shape and I hate
working out/running but your ass looks really good in shorts oh the things I do
for my friends and their nice asses

viii)  Carrying
on from 10.vii. you’ve caught me checking you out in what I thought was a
subtle way too many times and now you’re calling me out on it what do I do???

ix)    
You’re an actor/other famous person that I
really admire and I just saw you in the street and as I was debating whether or
not to say hi you came up to me and
started flirting what do I do??

x)     
You were waving at your friend behind me but I
got confused and waved back at you and now I’m dying of embarrassment but you
think it’s cute

xi)    
I sat down in the wrong class and I’m panicking
but don’t want to get up and leave because the class has started and you think
it’s hilarious and shut up you dumb fuck you don’t know me aahhh

xii)  
I’m a waiter at this wedding and you’re a drunk
guest who will not stop hitting on me please I’m trying to work no I can’t
dance with you omg let me find you some water

xiii)  Our
best friends are that awful ‘cute’ couple that make-out in public and call each
other “sweetie” and “sugar” and “babe” and god they’re awful let’s talk about
how awful they are – develops into “shit we’re the awful couple now”

xiv)  You
pissed me off in class so I threw a book at your head and now I’m in detention
and jesus fuck I hate you so much and the teacher made me apologise and wait
you’re cuter up close and the way you talk is kind of nice actually oh fuck no

Okay I could go on forever but this is over 1,500 words of
auing already I have too many ideas christ

send me some to @theskyis-forever