The birth of the chosen one shall mark a time of war.
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me when i have a vague idea of two characters and half a plot:
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being a writer is hard
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injury reveal + sentence starters
“ how bad is it? “ “ it’s bad. “
“ let me have a look… “
“ how long have you gone like this? “
“ i need to show you something. “
“ don’t freak out. “
“ are you okay? “
“ is that blood? “
“ holy shit... how long have you gone like this? “
“ who did this to you? “ [silence] “ hey, look at me. look at me. who did this to you?
“ tell me who did this to you. “
“ i'm not sure what happened. i woke up and it was there. someone must have gotten to me while i was sleeping. maybe an animal, or something. “ “ really? that's the excuse you're going for? “
“ let me look at you… “
“ i'm sorry that i didn't tell you. “
“ someone needs to take a look at this. “
“ this doesn't look good. “
“ does that hurt? “
“ are you okay with me touching you? “
“ oh my god… are you hurt? “
“ does that hurt? can you feel your fingers? “
“ let me know if there’s anything i can do. “
“ looks pretty rough to me. “ “ i’ll manage. “
“ it's nothing. hurts like hell but -- i've dealt with worse. “
“ do you need any help? i'll bandage that up for you. “
“ let me clean that for you... “
“ i've got a survival kit in my car. let me go grab it. “
“ i can't believe you kept this a secret for so long... how come nobody noticed? “
“ hey, let me take a look... “
“ are you equipped to deal with this? “ “ absolutely not. “
“ it's more or less healed up. “ “ are you sure? it looks infected to me... “
“ you need to see a doctor. “
“ it doesn't hurt. i don't know if that's a good thing. i might be numb from the pain. “
“ i'll take care of you, all right? i've got some bandages in my car. “
“ don't touch it! “
“ how did this happen? “
“ be prepared. this'll sting like a motherfucker... “
“ i injured myself. it's completely my fault. “
“ you don't need to do this, seriously. it's just a scratch. i'll be fine. “ “ yeah, but out here, you get that thing infected, you're dead before next week. “
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me explaining to my mom that I can't take out the dishes right now because some writer somewhere on tumblr needs me to cook up a prompt list of random sentences between two fictional characters to help them get over their writer's block
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Clothes. We wear them every day, or at the very least most days.
It’s one of the first things we usually describe in a character, you go over hair, eyes, height, facial features, body build and clothes.
Often, only the first outfit gets mentioned, maybe a ball gown or a uniform might come up? But it’s less common.
So we usually are quite picky about that first outfit. It has to say something about the character, bring that initial description together. That’s a lot of pressure to put on some material we use to cover our bodies.
It can be difficult to choose the right outfit. Most YA fantasy novels I read tend to go with something plain, simple and comfortable. And that makes sense, it’s easier to imagine a main character doing adventures in those clothes. Sometimes if it’s royalty they get some cool dress.
I think perhaps the outfit that stands out the most in my mind, at this very moment, is the uniform in Convenience Store Woman, I know, I know, not my genre, but it was simply such a vital part of the story. I urge any aspiring authors to read this book, not much happens, it’s just an example of amazing writing and descriptive text.
Another think is, what if your character doesn’t have a specific way of dressing? What if your characters enjoys switching it up? Well, you can’t just change their outfit a million times, all that description of clothing would bore your reader!
There’s so much to think about when it comes to clothing and outfits.
So, here’s some quick things to think about:
1.- If you’re going to change up the outfit often, just be vague about it. Jeans and a tshirt, a summer dress, a black suit… unless it’s a ball gown for an important event or a specific item of clothing with plot relevance, you can be vague and let your audience fill in the details. Nobody will get angry at your for changing their outfit ten times if you don’t waste barely a sentence.
2.- Be practical. I know my main character is most comfortable in a yellow dress she can twirl and show off. Honestly, so would I. But the same way I throw on jeans and a tshirt to go to university, so does she. Not university. But at the beginning of the book when about to go on a trip she’s shown changing into more comfortable and practical clothes.
3.- Try not to bother with too many details, especially those that will get in the way. For example, if you give a character a hat, there are a million things that can happen to hats, they fall of, blow away in the wind, mess up your hair… if your character is going on adventures with a hat and you just forget about it and your audience does not, that is a stupidly unimportant problem, but a problem nonetheless.
4.- You can show of a character’s personality through certain parts of an outfit. Do they take the extra time to put earrings in? What designs does their tshirt have? Are their shoes comfortable or fashionable? Does their dress have pockets? Please, more pockets.
5.- Remember colours!
6.- Also, what materials are the clothes made out off? Could that be relevant for some reason? This may seem weird, but the fact my main character has fireproof clothes is a really important part of my story. I’ve also seen a lot of people use the material of clothes as a way to signify class.
7.- Remember pijamas! Does your character have a night gown? Fluffy pijamas? An old tshirt? Maybe I’m just silly but I really like knowing what character’s wear to bed. It can also be a sign of class. I certainly can’t afford pijamas, old tshirts it is for me.
Anyway, that’s all I can think to say about clothes for today.
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What’s your favourite outfit? What’s your favourite fictional character’s outfit? Doesn’t have to be a book. I think my favourite going of the top of my head is Mabel (from Gravity Falls), she changed her outfit yet it also never changed, it was always a sweater and skirt and I just loved it. Great, now I miss Gravity Falls again.
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Some idioms and phrases you should know about part I
Salt of the earth: a very good or worthy person.
Gut-wrenching: making you feel very upset or worried.
Make a spectacle of yourself: to do something that makes you look stupid and attracts people’s attention.
Pass muster: be accepted as adequate or satisfactory.
Putty in someone’s hands: easily influenced by someone else, excessively willing to do what someone else wishes.
Look before you leap: carefully consider the possible consequences before taking action.
Set the wheels in motion : to do something that will cause a series of actions to start.
Off the books: without being included on official records.
A long Haul: something that takes a lot of time and energy.
An end in itself: a goal that is pursued in it’s own right to the exclusion of others.
Night owl: a person who prefers to be awake late at night.
Kick the Bucket: to die.
Alter Ego: a person’s secondary or alternative personality immediately or extremely quickly; at once.
Freak of Nature: something or someone that is unusual, rare, or abnormal in some way / To avoid attracting attention to yourself.
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Resources for Writing Injuries
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Diffuse Axonal Injury
Blunt cardiac injury
Pneumothorax (traumatic pneumothorax, open pneumothorax, and tension pneumothorax)
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**feel free to reblog for your own use**
1. "Here, let's share the blanket."
2. "Don't get up - I'll do it."
3. "I think I love you."
4. "Let's go home. You're freezing, and I don't want you catching a cold."
5. "Stop moving, I'm almost done!"
6. "I'll find my way back to you."
7. "This sounds selfish, but I don't care about the world. I only care about you."
8. "If you keep looking at me like that, I'm going to have to kiss you."
9. "I like the way your hand fits in mine."
10. "Your lips are really warm."
11. "My friends get so annoyed by how much I talk about you, sometimes."
12. "You don't need to leave so soon."
13. "I love you from the bottom of my heart, but I don't trust your cooking."
14. "I will protect you with my life."
15. "I fall more in love with you every time I look at you."
16. "Hey, I'm with you, okay? Always."
17. "I've seen the way you look at me when you think I don't notice."
18. "You are the most idiotic but adorable human on the planet."
19. "I'll be here as long as you need me."
20. "No, I'm not letting you go. It's too early to get out of bed."
21. "Spend the night with me."
22. "Say the words and I'm yours."
23. "Maybe we should be more than friends."
24. "I'll take care of you."
25. "You're so perfect, and I'm so lucky."
26. "Don't smile at me like that. You know it drives me crazy."
27. "Do you want to watch the stars?"
28. "There's nothing I wouldn't do for you."
29. "You can trust me."
30. "I believe in you."
31. "I'm yours. I've only ever been yours."
32. "Go back to sleep. I'm right here."
33. "Would it be okay if I kissed you?"
34. "My future has you in it. Everything else is just a bonus."
35. "I picked these flowers for you."
36. "Part of me wants to keep the promise I made to myself, but the other just says 'screw it'."
37. "I'd fight the whole world for you."
38. "Even in a room full of people, it feels like it's just the two of us."
39. "I could never say no to you."
40. "You're an angel."
41. "You can call me whenever you want, even if you don't have a reason to."
42. "Wait... don't pull away, not yet."
43. "You came back."
44. "I wish I had a camera to capture how perfect you look in this moment."
45. "I couldn't let you leave without telling you how much you mean to me."
46. "Can I sleep with you? I need someone by my side."
47. "This is all I could ever hope for."
48. "You'd stay for me?"
49. "If I do it, you have to promise to kiss me."
50. "I've been in love with you for... Well... Longer than I can remember, apparently."
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kissing your lover's knuckle before a dance
during the dance's climax, you and your lover lock eyes, and your lips met
place a kiss on your lover's nape after taking off their necklace
kissing your lover in the shower, water running on your face
your lover leans in for a kiss, but they just kiss you tenderly and pull back to see your reaction, only then to crash their lips against yours passionately
alternatively, your lover places a small kiss on the corner of your mouth before their mouth lands on yours hungrily
kissing your lover in a completely dark room, their hands in yours. no light will get in, it's only us here
your lover kisses you goodbyes as usual, but when they start going towards the door, you run towards them and give them another deep kiss
your first passionate kiss with a person. you touch your lips absently, feeling the phantom of your lover's lips
your lover ate all the caramel tartlets, so you pushed them on the couch to jokingly kiss them, and god their lips are sweet
kissing in the rain, where your hair is an entangled mess, but you both don't care. you have each other and that's enough (bonus point if it was during a thunderstorm and you cup your lover's face to make them look at you)
imagine this you had covered your lover against the enemy's arrows while they were unconscious. your back is scarred and you tried to hide it from them. but then your lover discovered it and they go feral like "why did you do this, i am not worth it" and they proceed to land soft kissed on each of your scars.
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Words to describe someone’s voice
adenoidal (adj) : some of the sound seems to come through their nose.
appealing (adj): voice shows that you want help, approval, or agreement.
breathy (adj): with loud breathing noises.
booming (adj): very loud and attention-getting.
brittle (adj): if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry.
croaky (adj): they speak in a low, rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat.
grating (adj): a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying.
gravelly (adj): a gravelly voice sounds low and rough.
high-pitched (adj): true to its name, a high-pitched voice or sound is very high.
honeyed (adj): honeyed words or a honeyed voice sound very nice, but you cannot trust the person who is speaking.
matter-of-fact (adj): usually used if the person speaking knows what they are talking about (or absolutely think they know what they are talking about).
penetrating (adj): a penetrating voice is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable.
raucous (adj): a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough.
rough (adj): a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to.
shrill (adj): a shrill voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant.
silvery (adj): this voice is clear, light, and pleasant.
stentorian (adj): a stentorian voice sounds very loud and severe.
strangled (adj): a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it.
strident (adj): this voice is loud and unpleasant.
thick (adj): if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion.
tight (adj): shows that you are nervous or annoyed.
toneless (adj): does not express any emotion.
wheezy (adj): a wheezy noise sounds as if it is made by someone who has difficulty breathing.
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things that make a monarch powerful and successful besides war?
How to Write a Good Ruler
There’s more to leading than just winning wars.
Throughout history, many empires were forged with blood by powerful warriors, who pushed their countries’ borders by slaughtering everyone in their paths. However, many of them never lasted very long in the grand scheme of things, because there’s more to running a country than simply having good military power.
This post isn’t about how to write a good ruler character, this post is about the qualities of being a good ruler. Making someone a perfect, immaculate ruler doesn’t necessarily make them a well-written character (and just because a character is a good ruler doesn’t have to mean they’re a good person) so you have to take into consideration basic concepts of character building, which you can find on my FAQ.
Now, I can’t possibly outline every single aspect of a good ruler within a single Tumblr post, so take this list as a kind of bare-bones guideline meant to boost your inspiration and give you a bit of direction.
1. A Good Ruler is Honorable
If you want your character’s subjects to respect them, then they must be a respectable person.
If your character goes around spending thousands on lavish treasures and banquets while their country starves, then they're probably not gonna have the best Yelp rating from their subjects.
A good ruler is respectful, honest, and treats not only the nobles of under their rule with respect, but also the commoners. They spend tax money on infrastructure, food, and charity. They follow proper etiquette and set an example for those who look up to them. And they spend their time working--hearing petitioners, filing paperwork, holding diplomatic meetings, signing trade agreements, strategizing battles, etc.--rather than making merry.
Benevolent rulers in fiction are often the embodiment of honor and goodwill...which is why they die so frequently within the story--to serve as a symbol of the "death of good" that the villain has brought to the land.
2. A Good Ruler is Just
One of the main jobs of a ruler is to pass sentences (or in most cases, have their courts pass sentences on their behalf). If your character acts on a “guilty until proven innocent” basis and executes fifty people a week, they’re probably only a ruler because everyone is afraid of them...not because they’re actually a “good ruler.”
They should be open to acts of mercy without teetering into “pushover” territory, and never allow wrongdoing to go unpunished.
This way, with their strong moral compass established, their subjects can all concur that anyone who gets executed under your character’s rule must’ve deserved it due to your character’s just nature.
3. A Good Ruler is Always Looking to Improve
Despite boing born into a lifestyle where you’re practically revered as godlike, a good ruler doesn’t think they are the end-all-be-all of everything. They often seek counsel from both their advisors and their subjects, and take criticism in stride rather than executing anyone who may dare to defy them.
In fact, a good ruler always knows when to ask for help, especially when it involves something that they have no prior experience with. If you want your young character to be a good ruler, then they most definitely must have a strong group of advisors such as noblemen, spiritual guides, generals, bankers, and other such people at their back to help them manage their kingdom.
4. A Good Ruler Knows When to Be Fierce
Though this may sound a bit harsh, part of the reason why anyone is ever a ruler (or in a position of power) at all is because the subjects are a little bit afraid of them. If your character has all of these other attributes, people will serve them willingly and this fear shouldn't necessarily be required, but think about it; why do we follow the law? Why do we allow our country to be run by people, some of whom we may respect but most whom we find intolerable?
A good ruler knows when to make an example out of people. No matter how amazing this ruler is, there will be people discontent under their power. There will be assassination attempts, coups, and rebellions. Allowing these things to slide without punishment will open up the doors for the ruler to be deemed “weak” and lose respect, so in these situations you should allow your ruler character to bring down the gavel…and some public executions may be in order.
Examples of Good Rulers in Fiction
Ned Stark, Game of Thrones
Ned Stark is the paragon of an even-tempered, moral leader within the Game of Thrones series and novels, and is revered by many characters within the story due to his stoic, honorable nature. One of the primary examples of his righteousness is his motto: “Whoever passes the sentence must swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
Aslan, The Chronicles of Narnia
Although you may poke fun at the fact that Aslan is a lion, there is no doubt that he is one of the wisest and bravest rulers in literature. He is fierce and dangerous, but unquestionably good, and all of his subjects have steady faith in his abilities. He is willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of his people, even if it is just for a single one.
Aragorn, Lord of the Rings
Despite being reluctant to take up the throne, Aragorn overcomes his hesitancy and assumes his role as rightful king so he can lead an army of the undead into battle against Sauron. Aragon is a man of the people, and possesses unwavering bravery and nobility, which is no doubt why he is so respected by the fellowship and by his people.
T’Challa, Black Panther
T’Challa often questioned himself and his decisions as ruler of Wakanda, but there is no doubt that he is a level-headed and well-spoken ruler who tries to do the best for his people. He was able to overcome the vengeful nature that consumed him after the death of his father, and went on to help not only his country, but others around the world.
Hope this helped, and happy writing!
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You are a writer. Whether you write every day or not, you are a writer. Whether you write five hundred or five thousand words a day, you are a writer. Whether you’re full of creative ideas or not, you are a writer. Being a writer requires one thing: loving what you do.
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A bunch of different dialogue prompts #33
"So, yeah, anyway. Where was I?" "You'd just killed your brother with a teacup." "Right. So, he comes back to life-"
"Boy, have I got news for you!"
"According to my sources, that's a load of bullshit." "What sources?" "How about my common sense?"
"Never you mind!"
"I'm not mad, she had to do what she had to do." "She kidnapped your mom!" "I'm just saying,"
"I'm not so sure about this..." "That's why you're not the one in charge!"
"Suck it up buttercup, we've got work to do."
"That's interesting, but have you considered this..." "... what?"
"I'd like to suggest a heart-to-heart conversation about this, but considering you don't have one, that'd be difficult." "Quite."
"What happened here?" "I-" "No, stop, I don't want to know."
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