@bighobbitfeet Hey! ^_^ Idk? Sometimes it’s a tick, and I do try to edit excess tags, but I miss things, it’s true. I edit fast these days lol. Tho if your question is just about the word choice, I pretty much only use “said” in tags and always have. I learned that “said” is best. I also personally find other, more fancy tags to be distracting. I usually try to imply the quality of a line of dialogue through actions, observations, or the dialogue itself, not via tags.
Though I should probably cut down my tags in general. I’ve been trying to replace them with more actions lately!! Writing is a journey lol. We are always finding things to work on. I hope it’s okay I answered this in a separate post!! ❤️
Nearly everyone wants a story with a happy ending.
The fact of the matter is, few true endings are happy ones. So the reality is that few people want authentic stories from beginning to end.
Most people want a story unraveled like a ball of ribbon and then cut off somewhere in the middle and tied up in a neat little bow. A blonde ponytail of curls. A drawstring at the V of a plunging neckline, holding everything together.
I’m not sure if that’s what I want to offer anymore, or if I even have that capacity. Do I?
What if I want to just tug, and let it all fall open? What if I want to sluff off every stitch of fabric and let it spill in a puddle on the floor? What if I allow a beloved character to slip, bury her face, and drown in her own nakedness — uncurled, loose, and free?
How beloved would she be then?
The voices are so quiet now. I feel somewhat lost.
speaking on writing and stylization, i feel like a lot of people are fixated on writing in a signature style (similar to art where people want to attain a signature look) but in reality, it is 100% okay to change your style especially if it fits the narrative better. do not box yourself into a certain genre & experiment, people!!! seriously. write for a character that you hate and try to make the audience fall in love with them. try a different perspective, change in tense, or a genre you’ve never written for before. try abstract instead of feeding the reader every single detail.
i highly, highly recommend experimenting with different styles and not limiting yourself to just one!!!
More than anything else I Stan a beautifully formed and developed character arc. Like, has this character significantly grown and changed as a person since the beginning of the story? Has she achieved her ultimate “I want”-driving motivation, or come close or is it still right outside of her grasp?
Doesn’t matter what the outcome is. If she achieves her ultimate goal or comes close to it, fabulous, great, wonderful. That’s nice, sweet, so fantastic.
And if her character development is no longer driving the plot forward, I want you to kill her. Right in front of the protagonist.
Let me be very clear on this point. Don’t do this just for the shock factor or just to sock your readers right in the gonads. Do it only if it makes sense, and it drives the story forward. And I don’t want it to be some sob story, bittersweet, poignant death telegraphed well in advance where she knowingly sacrifices herself to protect the hero/heroine and gets to have one last sweet swan song speech before dying.
I want it to be a totally seemingly accidental, unexpected death that happens so suddenly and mundanely that it rocks you like a sucker punch. If her death results from the protagonist’s honest-to-God-or-whatever-else-chosen-deity-or-lack-thereof mistake or character flaw, even better.
Because as you and I know, in real life death is not a choreographed, satisfying meaningful ending to a story. Most of the time it’s random, boring and meaningless, and it rips your heart out through your mouth. Why should art not imitate life in this case?
Creative Writing. Creating worlds with our fingers and bringing characters to life with just our imagination.
However, creative writing it’s not a term everyone is familiarized with—so let’s see what this is about. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of Creative Writing is:
“The activity of writing stories, poetry, etc., or the stories, poems, etc. that are written.”
Now, how does creative writing differ from other types of writing?
The most remarkable difference lies in the content.
Creative writing could also be broadly defined as the pursuit of artistic ends through the written word—like fiction, non-fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, prose poem and memoir. However, it does not include any writing that goes inside the bounds of a normal professional writing like academic, journalistic or technical forms of literature.
In other words, this is the kind of writing that explores the imagination and creativity of a writer. But creative writing is so much more than we may actually think.
The possibilities for the form that a writing and its message may take are infinite. And so can be your writing. As a creative writer, it’s important to develop your own toolbox of strategies, skills and styles that are going to define your writing and make it stand out.
However, learning to write is not formulaic, like Larry Brooks establishes in the first pages of his book Story Engineering, and so is the process of writing in general. It’s not like learning how to build a machine or how to use a specific tool like a screwdriver. There are many books that explain and help you to write a book, for example, Stephen King’s On Writing or Lisa Cron’s Story Genius, but this is a process that’s learnt through practice, success and failure.
An analogy for this process can be learning how to cook. When you learn for the first time how to cook, it could have been through three possible ways: you were taught by someone else, learnt it from a book recipe or just mixed the ingredients together in an attempt to make something from memory. Your first tries aren’t going to be the best ones (unless you’re really lucky or meticulous) and that’s something to be expected, but with practice you can make it taste fine! But then, there’s a phase when you try to make it taste different, you experiment with other ingredients and have your own homemade recipe.
Creative writing is to show emotions, to show emotions or to tell a story. Citing again the Cambridge Dictionary, a story is defined as: “a description, either true or imagined, of a connected series of events.”
But there are vast ways to define what is a story.
“Story is character. Story is conflict.Story is narrative tension. Story is thematic resonance. Story is plot.” (Larry Books, Story Engineering)
“A story is first of all a chain of events that begins at one place and ends at another “without any essential interruption.” (Randall Jarrell)
Writing is not an easy task that’s done in a day or in a few weeks. It takes dedication and effort. But it’s something everyone can do if they propose it to themselves. The reasons to write are so diverse; they go from simple enjoyment to do it for money! But it’s important to know what you are doing.
The most important things you could take into account if you are going to start creative writing are:
Motivation (or why)
Why do you want to write? For fun? To put into words the dream you had last night? Or do you want to make money with your creativity?
Of course there can be so much into motivation, but the thing lies in knowing the reason why you want to do it. Writing is a way to convey or feelings and dreams, it’s a place where we have total control on, but think it thoroughly.
Literary Genre(s) (or what)
Do you want to write a novel, a poem, or a memoir? Romance, drama or historical fiction?
There are so many things you could write about. This point is closely related to the previous one, and it’s important to have it clear as day, because both will motivate you to write!
Visualize yourself (imagine)
Do you see yourself writing? Sitting in front of a desk or laying in your bed with the computer? Visualizing yourself it’s part of the process; imagining yourself doing it before actually doing it.
It’s never too early nor too late to start learning and writing! Its always up to you when or how to begin.
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“I was blissfully alone most of the time and writing like my hands were on fire. Loving friends and befriending lovers and avoiding my housemates. I wrote odes to the house. Breakup poetry and love songs. Prayers upon prayers for better times. / I remember. I wanted to die.”
It has a beginning, a middle and an end … what’s so powerful about the National Museum of African American History and Culture is that you enter into this beginning at the bottom and you rise up through the structure. And as you rise, we start to see the present day, and I think that’s true in our everyday experiences, but I don’t think we’re always able to see it so visually as the museum provides. And I think that’s a part of what a good poem does. It enacts meaning. And you’re not just watching someone describe to you meaning, you’re feeling meaning happen for you.
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Truth for anyone is a very complex thing. For a writer, what you leave out says as much as those things you include. What lies beyond the margin of the text? The photographer frames the shot; writers frame their world.
As a creator, I don’t understand how creators can be against their fans interacting with their creation in whatever way their fans like. You sent that creation into the world to be interacted with. The moment you sent it out, it wasn’t only yours anymore. How can you be angry at your fans for, I don’t know, shipping certain characters together? Even if you yourself don’t like it and wouldn’t have done it yourself, how can you condemn your fans for it? It makes absolutely no sense to me
I hit 80k! I originally thought that would be enough but I think there are at least 10k more words to gotil I have something that I can call a “complete first draft.” It’s going to be very rough, but I’m excited to sit back and say “done!” Even if edits loom on the horizon.
i’ve read a couple things on bad habits that you can pick up writing fanfic but i don’t think anyone’s talked about how common it is to just see characters talking openly about how they’re feeling all the time? i mean, i get the impulse to do it, because it feels like since you’ve figured out the character’s motivation, you can turn it into dialogue, but it’s MUCH more interesting to leave that kind of thing as subtext that influences their actions rather than to have them say it outright. one technique i’ve heard of to avoid this is that you write the thing you have in mind, but then, don’t put it in your finished piece. just keep it for yourself.