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ruf1ohn1tram: 123 Ideas for Character Flaws rambeltilx: amandaonwriting: Character Flaws Absent-minded - Preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one’s immediate surroundings. Abstracted, daydreaming, inattentive, oblivious, forgetful. Abusive - Characterized by improper infliction of physical or psychological maltreatment towards another. Addict - One who is addicted to a...
Word of the Day: Decathect
writeworld: decathect \dee-kuh-THEKT, verb: To withdraw one’s feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss: He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death. Freud argued that grieving involved a process of remembering and reflecting upon all the memories associated with the deceased in order to sever an emotional connection, or...
Hmm only hit 5,649 words this year… I blame the heap of schoolwork that got in the way at the end of the month. Here’s to writing more in December and beyond.
Wooo! Time to start the second chapter!
Woo! I wrote my first 75 words!
Working Title: The Shopkeeper Genre: Adventure/Fantasy Projected Word Count: 50,000 AT THE START DO YOU: Have an outline? Yup! Well sort of…still working on it! Scene-by-scene? Like above I’m still working on it. Know how itstarts? Yes! Thank goodness. Know how it ends? Ahh…no. Have your climax in order? Not really. Have your main characters yet? Yes, though I still got to add more to...
Going to clean up this blog for the coming of Nanowrimo. Reblogged too many things that I should have just bookmarked.
Some Writing Prompt Generators
needlekind: Serendipity (names, places, mapbuilding, etc.) Quick Story Idea Full Story Idea Writing Challenges General Character Quick Character really just all of Seventh Sanctum RPGesque generators Writing Prompts Inspiration Finder Story Arc Fantasy Story Situaton Adventure Chaotic Shiny is just really good in general Random Plot
How do you plan a novel?
thewritingbug: You’re hit with a spark of inspiration. It’s a good one, too, something you can really work with, something with a lot of potential. How do you proceed? Everyone has different views on the pre-writing process. For some, there is no pre-writing process. You get that spark, you sit down at your keyboard, and you start writing it out. The first draft will be messy, but it serves a...
Make your reader root for your main character
keyboardsmashwriters: This possible series will expand upon this post, where I had slapped down some ideas to consider in regards to hitting your reader in the gut. Number one reads like this: Make your reader root for your main character(s). Make your character stretch out their arm toward their goal, as far as they can to reach, until their fingertips barely brush it. Make your character want...
Things to keep in mind when writing dialog
fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment: shannahmcgill: Yesterday, I got rejected by Space and Time. Soon after the e-mail came in, I took a good, hard look at my short story to see if I could improve anything for the next magazine I submitted it to (Lightspeed Magazine). It mostly looked good, but one thing I noticed was that when I wrote the dialog between the two main characters, I wasn’t keeping...
21 Ways to Nurture Ideas →
amandaonwriting: 1. Create an idea saving system. Find tools that work for you, Moleskine or Evernote anyone? 2. Be ready to capture ideas anywhere. J.K. Rowling tells the story of how Harry Potter “fell into her head” on a train journey. 3. Step away from the computer. Pick up a pen, doodle, mindmap, take photos. Use both sides of your brain. 4. Understand your creative process. Be aware of...
A Word Processor with a Fangirl Incentive every... →
SFWA: How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to... →
fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment: robersonvivian: By Rachel Aaron I love this advice, especially since my writing schedule tends to fluctuate like crazy. Definitely going to implement these tips in the future! Guys, this isn’t some dumb little tip for something like NANO. This is how to improve your writing efficiency and not waste time.
A Writing Tip for My Fellow Writers: Word Chain
fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment: jessemmckeown: This is just a useful tip that I learned from taking my creative writing course in school. My professor, during a free writing session, told us to create a word chain and keep it going until the time allotted was over. What I mean by a word chain is starting with a word and creating another word using the last letter of the first word as the first...
Character Prompt: Doppelgänger
fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment: Your character has an encounter with their doppelgänger, which “is a paranormal double of a living person, typically representing evil or misfortune. In modern vernacular it is any double or look-alike of a person.” (Wikipedia) What sort of things ensue? Is the doppelgänger friendly to your character, or does it have some sort of ill-intent? Maybe the doppelgänger...
Time to Write
Time to write again. it’s a special occasion that I wish could last forever. If only it does. I’m always stuck in my mind. The only way it becomes reality is by writing. A physical sheet of paper with mispelled words printed with scratchy handwriting or a computer screen with a blinking line telling you that you are not done A random musing, a thought or two or a grand story with...
Time’s Lesson Time is truly a deceptive creature It gives as it takes, moments flash before Us. Seconds, minutes seem like mild features Upon its innocent face, left no more Interval to spend our days in pure bliss It holds us in its jaws with golden teeth, In its eternal grip. We reminisce Of all those lost minutes placed underneath Layers of memories, never to be Relived. Time can...
Okay, finally time to write my short story...
Me: *looks at clock*
clock: 3 AM
Me: Well I swore it was 10 pm five minutes ago.
nanowrimothings: so awhile ago someone asked me to go through process/resources for what i do when i write. this isn’t for everybody, everybody has different motivators. but some of these links have been useful for me in the past. typing speed test - warm up your hands writing ergonomics - take care of yourself writing for long periods music to write by - put on a soundtrack that won’t...
A Tip a Day Keeps Writer's Block at Bay
Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action. -Kurt Vonnegut
Currently reading Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
eternal-reverie: Pacing is very slow in the beginning. I’m already in the 100 page mark and this is when Beauty finally meets the Beast. There’s so much description and not enough dialogue. Don’t get me wrong, it’s written wonderfully, but there’s the whole too much of good thing sentiment. Hopefully it gets better later on. So far, I enjoyed more the first retelling that McKinley wrote.
Platonic Love or Romantic Love: Ways to Tell
nanowrimothings: This can be especially helpful if you plan on including a love story in your novel. Read More
Anonymous asked: Where do you find all of that wonderful music? How did you discover it?
Tomorrow and hopefully the rest of this week I can dedicate more time writing my novel. Still thinking about whether or not to start script frenzy yet.
Hopefully when NaNoWriMo comes around again, I would be able to complete that goal of 50,000 words. Just to get a story finished is one of my biggest dreams. I look forward to publishing in the possible future, but right now I want to focus on this goal.
After much thought I decided to post what I had...
It’s only the introduction of the main character and her situation. Here it is in it’s terrible, unedited form:[[MORE]] Chapter 1 - The Lone Shopkeeper Dawn was approaching, as a middle aged man on horseback was traveling upon the dirt road through a grove. He was mentally and physically tired from the night full of travel. He had to get to the city, soon, for a big event was...
Day 2 ~ An Ode to a Cherry Blossom Tree An explosion of beauty, so much to take in for such a short time. You’re shy, aren’t you? To come out only once a year with your delicate perfumes and pink blush on your soft petals. Only to shed them away in a couple of days. I plead, stay longer! But that is a promise never kept. Your beauty fades and dies ‘til the next...
The writer learns to write, in the last resort, only by writing. He must get...– Paul Johnson (via the-lovelyblue)
Just read through what I wrote for my NaNoWriMo...
It’s only 1,475 words, but it seems I rushed through so much of the description. The sentences are really horrible. I really did take their advice to just write and not revise through every single detail. I hope that I can work on it again soon.