“You said you’d free him!”
“I did. I freed him from the burden of living. Oh - was that not what you meant?”
“And you should have been more specific, my dear.”
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A short story I wrote 🤍
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Words to describe facial expressions
Agonized: as if in pain or tormented
Alluring: attractive, in the sense of arousing desire
Appealing: attractive, in the sense of encouraging goodwill and/or interest
Black: angry or sad, or hostile
Blinking: surprise, or lack of concern
Blithe: carefree, lighthearted, or heedlessly indifferent
Brooding: anxious and gloomy
Bug eyed: frightened or surprised
Chagrined: humiliated or disappointed
Cheeky: cocky, insolent
Choleric: hot-tempered, irate
Darkly: with depressed or malevolent feelings
Deadpan: expressionless, to conceal emotion or heighten humor
Despondent: depressed or discouraged
Doleful: sad or afflicted
Dour: stern or obstinate
Dreamy: distracted by daydreaming or fantasizing
Ecstatic: delighted or entranced
Faint: cowardly, weak, or barely perceptible
Fixed: concentrated or immobile
Gazing: staring intently
Glancing: staring briefly as if curious but evasive
Glazed: expressionless due to fatigue or confusion
Grim: fatalistic or pessimistic
Grave: serious, expressing emotion due to loss or sadness
Haunted: frightened, worried, or guilty
Hopeless: depressed by a lack of encouragement or optimism
Hostile: aggressively angry, intimidating, or resistant
Hunted: tense as if worried about pursuit
Jeering: insulting or mocking
Languid: lazy or weak
Leering: sexually suggestive
Mischievous: annoyingly or maliciously playful
Pained: affected with discomfort or pain
Peering: with curiosity or suspicion
Pleading: seeking apology or assistance
Quizzical: questioning or confused
Radiant: bright, happy
Sanguine: bloodthirsty, confident
Vacant: blank or stupid looking
Wan: pale, sickly
Wary: cautious or cunning
Wide eyed: frightened or surprised
Wrathful: indignant or vengeful
Wry: twisted or crooked to express cleverness or a dark or ironic feeling
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No writer has all three:
A good relationship with reality
A socially acceptable search history
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what people think writing is: worldbuilding, churning out entire chapters in one sitting, metaphors, character building, finishing novels, flawless plotlines
what writing actually is: random 1 am thoughts, zoning out into fictional worlds, associating songs with characters, writer’s block for six weeks at a time, coming up with plot twists at the most inconvenient times
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Tips if you're struggling to write or are feeling discouraged!
Figure out where you write best! For example I found out that I can only really write and focus when I write on a desktop computer at a desk. I can write on a laptop but I succumb to distractions much easier and like having a larger screen. Maybe you do better with a laptop or even pen and paper.
Know what environment you write best in! I do my best work when its quiet and calm and inside. I cant focus with music or if someone is in the room watching a loud video or something. Maybe you do best listening to music or with someone to bounce ideas with. Maybe it's in your bed or on the couch or even outside. Move around and see what works best.
READ! I used to be a big reader in middle and high school until I graduated and went to college. I also worked full time and didnt want to waste my limited personal time reading. It was much easier to just watch a show on TV. So if you're like me it might take some time to get back into it but I promise it helps. I found it easier to get back into reading by finding people who write similar to my own writing and then branch out to other styles. I also found I really can only read hardcover books. Dont know why but the odds of me reading and finishing a book are higher when its hardcover. Reading makes writers better and is recommended by many authors such as Stephen King.
Don't believe you have to write every day! Just like the saying absence makes the heart grow fonder sometimes the best thing to do when you hit a wall is to just stop writing and take a rest. Do that thing all writers love and just think about your story or don't! Taking time away from your story can help you come back to it refreshed and excited to start again.
Don't beat yourself up for not writing large chunks of story every time. If all you can write is a paragraph then all you can write is a paragraph. Some days you may be able to pop out 10 pages others barely a page. All that matters is you sat down and wrote something.
Stop discouraging yourself for choosing yourself over writing. Chances are you arent a writer full time and have to work and go to school. Maybe you have kids or obligations that take time and energy. Life happens and it takes a lot out of you. If writing is making you stressed or even depressed similar to a normal job then stop. Take the time you need to feel better and come back to it when you're ready. Writing is HARD. And it takes a lot more effort and energy then most people think. Writing should be a fun and exciting thing but if you arent getting anything positive from it then its okay to stop and take care of yourself.
Encourage yourself and other writers! We're all in the same boat and we're all evolving and getting better at the art. Not everyone has supportive friends and family to cheer them on and give encouraging feedback. Help each other out and let someone know if you like their work. It may be what they need to keep on going and improving.
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How to write softness
(if reposting, please use @irbelletti)
If you’re writing a book with a lot of action, battles, death, and blood, you should definitely add a little softness!
But how should you do it?
I gathered here a couple tips from great books I read that portray softness beautifully.
1. Get contrast
If your characters are grumpy and generally aggressive or cold, a fluffy moment is guaranteed to MELT the reader. Believe me, it does.
Make your characters show softness only in specific moments if they’re not super warm people, and only towards specific friends, members of their family, or their significant other.
It will give your story a lot more depth and will make the reader yearn for more.
2. Decide the degree
A little stroke or a full blown eight-minute hug?
Make sure the softness is appropriate to the moment (for instance, it’s weird for two people to start embracing and kissing if they’re in the middle of a literal war) and if it’s in character.
Remember that for colder characters a simple arm caress shows a lot, and will never be forgotten by either the other character (the reiver) and your audience!
Ideas for gentle softness can be:
Ask for consent to touch the other (meaning to caress them or kiss them)
Brushing leg against leg (or elbows, shoulders, arms)
smiling encouragingly from afar
asking if they’re okay
moving closer without saying anything
resting their arm on the other character’s shoulder
protecting [keep reading]
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Please don't worry if you write slow in comparison to others. 100 words a day? 50 words a week? 5 words an hour? Those are all words that weren't there before and that's so great.
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Me: Oh, I'm working on a book!
Random Human: That's great! How far are you?
Me: Well, technically page two, but in scattered scenarios in my head, I'm practically done!
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New year writing goals
Trying to write more often is self-care. We write because we love it. Let's not make it a chore.
There is more to writing than getting words on the page. Research, plotting, outlining, daydreaming, making moodboards... all that is writing.
Not being able to write some days is NOT failure. Breaks are essential to refill your creative energy. Maybe just listen to your writing playlist and relax a bit or read a book or watch a show that inspires you.
Word counts are not absolute. If you realize you can't achieve your word count in the set timeframe, revise it. It's NOT failure, it's being efficient and aware of your own energy.
Be kind to yourself. Not finishing your goal is okay. Just engage with your creativity. Your mental health is more important.
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If I pick up a book and the first line is solid but the rest of chapter one doesn't interest me, I'll put it down.
If I pick up a book and the first line is basic, I may hop to line two just in case, and line three if nothing bothers me, and soon I might be into chapter two.
A great first line is a goal, not a requirement.
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Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out
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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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On all levels except physical, I am writing
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how to finish your wip really fast
stop scrolling through tumblr
turn on your laptop
open a google doc
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Ideas for Writer’s Block📚
Search Pinterest for photography relevant to your WIP. I find “nature” and “character inspiration” help a lot. Visualizing your character, their house, their car, can really help you break through writer’s block as it opens your mind to detail. You can just start describing what you see!
Listen to music. This often sets the “mood” for writing. Not for everyone, but definitely works for me! I like to pretend my character is the voice singing and then ask questions, why, what, where, and who.
Read, read, read books. I find that reading gets me in the mood for writing. I’ve gone through months of writer’s block and then the moment I pick up a book and start reading, I’m like “okay, where’s my laptop?”. And then a whole novel is spat out in a matter of days.
Newspaper. Sounds old and boring, but I tried it the other morning and it worked. Just read through the columns and see if anything stands out. A lot of times, I use them to help me think up book titles. Magazines work just as well.
Just let it flow and don’t stop. Don’t overthink it. Set a timer for 30 minutes and just write until the timer goes off. Sometimes we get caught up trying to make each sentence immaculate. That’s what editing is for later. The longer you hang up on a chapter or scene the worse is gets. Just write. Move past it. And don’t look back.
I hope these tips helped! Good luck! If you’d like to share your tips for writer’s block, please feel free in the comments below. ❤️
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You’re allowed to enjoy your writing.
You’re allowed to be super passionate about your story.
You’re allowed to fall in love with your characters.
You don’t have to hate your writing or be ashamed of liking your own work. It’s your blood, sweat and tears. Your ideas, and this magnificent creation that you made.
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Marty and George talk about writing.
(from Back to the Future, 1985)
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some writing advice
you don’t have to write everyday. writing everyday works for some people, and if you’re one of those, great! keep doing it! but if you struggle to write everyday, remember that you don’t have to. forcing yourself to write can quickly turn your passion into a responsibility that you never asked for. instead, experiment to see what works best for you. set yourself some deadlines; choose a day or two a week and dedicate them to writing; or just write whenever you feel like it. there are no rules. just try not to let that week of no writing turn into a month into a year.
write down every idea you have whenever you have it. in your notes, in your journal, on the nearest piece of paper, on your palm. ideas come and go, and if you don’t write them down, you might forget them.
a bad page is better than an empty page. the moment you feel the need to write, or have a bit of muse, start writing. you can edit a bad page, but an empty one won’t write itself.
even if you don’t know how to start a chapter, write anyway. i’ve noticed that ideas come to me when i finally put my hands to work. i’ve written scenes that i thought of on the spot; i gave characters some personality traits that i never thought of before. the words will come to you.
submerge yourself in your world. insert yourself in the story, even if it’s in a third-person pov. picture it as a movie. picture it the way you’d want your readers to. completely let yourself go and drown in your work.
solidify your characters. even side characters, give them personalities. try to picture them a certain way, and even better if you have a specific actor or model in mind for them. picture how they dress, how they move, how they talk, do they have messy hair, do they wear glasses, are they loud, are they soft-spoken? what’s their favourite movie, favourite book, favourite music genre? do they wear their seatbelt? do they lock their bedroom door, do they sleep with the lights on or off? do they prefer tea or coffee? maybe both or neither? write it down. you don’t have to include all of it in your book, but write it down for yourself. the more you know about your characters, the easier it will be to write dialogues and come up with scenes.
show, don’t tell. avoid using adverbs. sometimes they’re necessary, but when you can, describe the action instead of telling it, describe the scene. don’t tell readers that a character is angry, show them that they’re angry.
let the characters tell the story. the moment you let the narrator explain everything, your book will turn from a story to something that resembles a lecture. let the characters discuss things, let someone ask a question and the one with the information answer. let your characters take matters into their own hands, let them explore their own world with the reader. they’re just as new to it.
don’t dwell on big, colourful words and neglect the story itself. beautiful prose won’t make up for the lack of a good substance. the story should be good enough to stand on its own. beautiful prose is a bonus. and besides, too many big (unnecessary) words can be hard for some readers. re-read what you wrote: does it make sense? is it easy to understand? if the answer is no to both, simplify it.
eyes on your own paper. don’t compare yourself to others, especially successful authors that have been in the industry for a while. instead, learn from them. they were in the same position as you once.
read, read, read and treat that as some sort of research and a form of learning. pay attention to punctuation, word flow, paragraph spacing, beginnings and endings (both of books and chapters). implement what you like and avoid what you don’t like (but don’t steal; just take inspiration from them). include something that you were looking for in books but never found.
turn off your inner editor. stop trying to make sure that one single line or paragraph sounds good before moving onto the next. when you start writing, just keep going. on and on until you run out of ideas. then go back and proofread, edit, replace words with better-sounding synonyms. the more you stop to make sure something is ‘perfect’ the more time you’ll be wasting.
better done than perfect. finish your first draft. worry about whether it’s perfect or not later. and truth is, nothing is ever perfect. we’re all learning and growing, and the more you write, the better you’ll get at it. by the time you finish your first draft, you’ll have grown and changed some of your writing style and will be able to easily edit what you don’t like.
and finally, enjoy writing! there are no rules. take what you like from this list and ignore what you don’t. add some advice of your own. write at your own pace, in your own style, and stick to what works for you.
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no matter how much i try, the first method never works for me.
and yes, i did make this meme. that's why the quality is questionable.
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