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etho-slab-time · 2 days ago
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One thing i think is most interesting about 3rd life and last life is that u get a Really Good understanding of different content creators' editing styles and a little bit of, like, their personalities, honestly. I just think its neat :)
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ardley · a month ago
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ARDLEY LR Presets 2021
I’ve put together my top 20 landscape presets that I use regularly to begin my creative process. I’ll be adding to the collection over the next few months. These are all brand new and are compatible with Lightroom for iOS.
www.freddieardley.com/presets
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theliteraryarchitect · a month ago
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Quick editing tip: Passing time
Hey all, here’s a quick tip about showing the passage of short amounts of time in a scene. I see a lot of beats like this:
She hesitated
He paused
A few seconds later
There was a long silence
He waited for her to answer
She didn’t respond
Instead of telling us there’s a brief moment of silence or pause in your scene, try showing us by creating the feeling that time has passed through action, description, or inner monologue. Here are a few examples.
Before:
“Are you coming or not?”
He waited for her to answer, but she didn’t respond.
“Clare? Did you hear me?”
“Huh?”
After:
“Are you coming or not?”
Clare scrolled through her phone, her face illuminating with a eerie blue glow.
“Clare? Did you hear me?”
“Huh?”
Before:
Jared lingered at the suspect’s front gate. If this guy didn’t answer Jared’s questions, he was screwed.
“Hey you!” a voice shouted. “Get off my property!”
Jared hesitated. Finally, he turned to face the man. “I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
After:
Jared lingered at the suspect’s front gate. If this guy didn’t answer Jared’s questions, he was screwed.
“Hey you!” a voice shouted. “Get off my property!”
Jared patted his holster. He had a gun, but he certainly didn’t want to use it. Taking a deep breath, he turned to face the man. “I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Not only does creating a pause instead of describing a pause allow your reader to feel the moment more vividly, it gives you a chance to explain what exactly that pause is about. People hesitate, pause, don’t respond, etc. for all kinds of reasons. Give us as much insight as you can into your weird quiet moment.
Of course, you don’t need to do this every single time. Sometimes it’s fine to say “he paused” or “the room was quiet for a moment”—it could be the best choice for that scene. But look back through your draft and see if you’ve used those “telling” descriptions more often than you needed to. If so, try to create the feeling of a pause—perhaps one that gives the reader a bit more information—using these techniques.
Hope this helps!
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onlybayonetta · 28 days ago
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Bayonetta - The glasses are part of the looks
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philomena-famulok · 5 months ago
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©Philomena Famulok
mixed media, 2021
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kelieah · 8 months ago
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normalize not writing everyday.
normalize losing motivation.
normalize smaller blogs.
normalize less notes and reblogs.
normalize lack of inspiration.
it’s okay if you don’t write, post or publish everyday. it’s okay if you don’t feel like finishing that work in progress. it’s okay if you can’t mentally or physically come up with something. it’s okay if you don’t have this many followers, notes, or reblogs. any of this does not define your worth. your value. your talent.
golden rule, support and love others as you’d want to be. don’t be afraid to reach out and self-promote. it’s okay. it really is.
writing, editing, or creating in general is a hobby for most, maybe a future career. but regardless, it should be enjoyable. make it enjoyable for yourself. you have that ability to.
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mjmnorwood · 3 months ago
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One thing people don’t tell you about editing is how freeing it can feel to make cuts. A lot of editing advice goes on about how hard it’ll be to make big cuts, kill your darlings etc. but I think that’s unhelpful framing. It makes writers afraid of this part of editing, when polishing your manuscript should be a joy!
So here’s my hot take: it should feel good to make cuts. Over my last couple of rounds of edits on ‘The Perception of a Poison’ I’ve got rid of over 8000 words—taken out an unnecessary subplot, pruned excess scenes, and trimmed over-clarification, and I’ve got to say, I feel light as air! Of course, cutting things sometimes doesn’t feel good at first (I agonised over that subplot), but you can come round to the idea, and if you still feel bad days or weeks after making a cut, it was probably something that actually needed to stay in the manuscript!
Because people always talked about how hard it is to cut down, I used to think I wasn’t doing enough with my edits, but I realised that was because it felt good, while I’d been conditioned to think it was horrible.
So go on, shape your writing like topiary, and have fun doing it :D
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myjetpack · 5 months ago
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My cartoon for yesterday’s @guardian review
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theliteraryarchitect · 10 months ago
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Fiction Writing Advice Posts
Hey all, Some of you know that in addition to this Tumblr blog I also keep a blog on my website. A lot of the posts overlap, but not all of them, so I’ve made this list for your reading pleasure:
How to Control Your Pacing
How to Write During a Pandemic
How to Read Like a Writer
What if Your First Draft DOESN’T Suck?
How to Do World-Building Research
How to Properly Format a Manuscript for Submission
10 Questions to Ask an Editor Before Hiring Them
Creating Character Arcs with the DCAST Method
How to Choose the Right Point of View for Your Story
A Beginner’s Guide to Multiple Point of View
Show Don’t Tell? Not Always. Here’s When to Use Summary
8 Ways to Improve Your Fiction Writing
How to Spot Bad Writing Advice: 6 Red Flags to Look For
5 Reasons to Kill Your Critique Group
Are You Using Too Much Stage Direction?
Why Nobody Cares About Your Plot
How to Use Adverbs Like a Pro
How to Activate Your Passive Characters, One Verb at a Time
3 Easy Ways to Transform Boring Descriptions
3 Ways to Increase Conflict in Your Dialogue
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Killer Feedback from Beta Readers
How to Know What Kind of Editing You Need
10 Best Books About Fiction Writing
How to Spot an Info Dump
Dealing With Procrastination
Want to make sure you never miss a new blog post? Sign up for my writing advice emails and get a new blog post sent straight to your inbox about once a month.
xoxo
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onlybayonetta · a month ago
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Bayonetta 3 - Coming in 2022
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writers-hq · a month ago
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fuck you sir
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Proposal for the writers of tumblr:
What if we had a "Writing Network" on discord to help us stay in contact with each other while also reaching out to readers, potential publishers, editors, cover designers, etc?
This discord would include:
a channel for writers to share the books they've published
a channel for tiktoks, tweets, etc that authors want help sharing (fight the algorithms!)
the ability for users to join as a writer, reader, publisher, cover artist, editor, etc
users can say whether they're willing to beta read in their introduction
also in their introduction, writers can link to Amazon author profiles, Goodreads profiles, websites, etc
A place for writing resources, tips, etc
And a place to share recommendations, for example: "I hired person A to edit for me and they did a really great job! 10/10 would recommend!"
There could also be a section for Adult books, so that writers who have ✨spicy✨ content in their books can feel comfortable promoting to 18+ individuals only
Please tell me your thoughts! And, if you think this is something you'd be interested in, reblog this post to help spread the word! (And save it somewhere so you can check the notes for a link to the discord if it ends up being made!)
Oh, and one more thing, if you're really passionate about this idea and want to help moderate the discord, message me/reach out to me and I'd be happy to make you a moderator! Thanks!
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wordsmithic · a year ago
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Don’t attack me like that
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relatablegenzwriter · 5 months ago
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any tips on editing?
Editing! So exciting!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I have never known a writer without a strong opinion on editing. Some people love it, some hate it. I’m hoping these tips might slowly push you to the latter.
Disclaimer: I don’t do a ton of editing. I spend most of my time trying to get my novel ideas to actually work on paper, and haven’t made it to that point yet. However, I have made it there with a few short stories, and while most of the advice probably transfers over, take this with a grain of salt if it doesn’t work for your particular wip.
Without further ado, here are some of my tips on editing your writing!
First, get rid of the idea that editing = trashing your work. Lots of writers are afraid of editing because it’ll make them realize everything they don’t like about their work. In reality, we edit our work to improve it and help it grow, not to criticize our first draft, which is undoubtedly not going to be the best work we’ve ever produced.
Whenever possible, always do your first bits of editing on paper. There’s definitely a psychology behind scribbling all over your manuscript and how it helps you make more thorough edits. If you don’t have access to a printer, try an annotation app on a computer or tablet.
Before an editing session, make a list of the things you want to accomplish in that session. “Add more physical description”, “enhance the relationship between chars. A and B”, and “break down chapter 4” are all examples of notes I wrote to myself while editing this year. That way, you’ll know what to keep an eye out for while rereading.
Split it up! Especially if you’re writing a longer work, editing can be really intimidating. Go chapter by chapter, or give yourself ten pages at a time. It’ll feel a lot more manageable.
Along with that, take your time. Depending on how thorough you are, this can be a painstaking process. This is why books take so long to come out! It’s supposed to take a long time, so don’t stress about getting it done quickly.
Do multiple sessions. Don’t expect to edit your work once and have it ready for print; you’ll need to go through it quite a bit. This is normal! Some authors have revised their books 50 times. You probably won’t need that many times, but don’t be surprised if this takes longer than it took you to write your first draft.
GET A BETA. This is probably the best advice I can give you. A beta will give you a fresh set of eyes, as well as a person to bounce questions off of (see my suggestions here). Your beta reader can be a writer friend, a non-writer friend (more opinions here), someone you meet in an online writing community… as long as they know what they’re in for (and you’re willing to compensate them for their work!), anyone will do.
Break it up. Editing is exhausting sometimes. Have another writing project going that you can work on in between sessions to prevent burnout.
Retype. This is controversial, and believe me, it is a PAIN IN THE ASS. But it’s also one of the most useful editing techniques I’ve encountered. Pull up your manuscript and a blank document side-by-side, and retype it. You’ll find yourself correcting typos, adding and removing details, and editing without really realizing it. I don’t know if I would recommend this for novels unless you really wanna put yourself through that, but I would absolutely recommend for flash fiction, short stories, and individual scenes and chapters that are really giving you a hard time.
Show some love! To keep your morale up, try editing as if you were editing a friend or classmate’s work. Instead of scribbling out that really frustrating paragraph and writing “THIS SUCKS”, mark it with a “having trouble understanding this part”. Instead of just pointing out everything that’s not working, also note where it is! Highlight your favorite snippets, characters, dialogue, etc. Yeah, you have a lot of work ahead of you, but look at all the great work you’ve already done!
Happy editing! (And please send me more questions about writing!!)
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