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casualwriter · a day ago
Dialogue Prompts: “Again…”
1. “You’ve done this before.”
“Then you know what my reasons are.”
2. “You again?”
“The universe sure wants us to meet, huh?”
3. “So… we’re stuck.”
“It’s your turn to come up with a solution.”
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dk-thrive · 2 days ago
When I rely on my imperfect memory, the pieces are free to move.
When I’m putting together a novel, I leave all the doors and windows open so the characters can come in and just as easily leave. I don’t take notes. Once I start writing things down, I feel like I’m nailing the story in place. When I rely on my imperfect memory, the pieces are free to move. The main character I was certain of starts to drift, and someone I’ve barely noticed moves in to fill the space. The road forks and forks again. It becomes a path into the woods. It becomes the woods. I find a stream and follow it, the stream dries up, and I’m left to look for moss on the sides of trees... Putting together a novel is essentially putting together the lives of strangers I’m coming to know. In some ways it’s not unlike putting together my own life. I think I know what I’m doing when in truth I have no idea. I just keep moving forward. By the time the book is written, there’s little evidence of the initial spark or a long-ago conversation in California Pizza Kitchen. Still, I’m able, for a while at least, to pick up the thread and walk it back. Everything looks so logical going backwards—Yes, of course, that’s what we did—but going forward it’s something else entirely. Going forward, the lights may as well be off.
—  Ann Patchett, "These Precious Days: Essays" (Harper, November 23, 2021) 
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daily-fantasy-ideas · 2 days ago
CW: Ghosts, slight discussion of ableism
What if a character had their soul ripped out by accident as a kid and as a result they've just had to live and adapt to not having anything there without it being much of a big deal.
Perhaps a few people could get real dramatic when learning about it saying stuff like "Oooh that's so sad you poor thing, I don't know how I could keep on going if that happened to me" in a pitying and slightly condescending tone (y'know a bit like how some people react to learning about other's disabilities), just for the character being condescended at to call them weird and annoying before walking away.
Also the whole lack of a soul thing could allow for the character to captures ghosts and spirits inside the void where the soul would be letting them use the captured entities powers and abilities as their own.
Oh and maybe you could also have a scene of your characters talking with someone who's just had their soul rip out and who's rightfully a bit stressed and traumatised about that experience. Only for the character who hasn't had a soul for most of their life to say "eh you'll get used to it" before receiving shocked and confused expressions and exasperations from those who don't know about said absence of a soul.
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officialleehadan · 2 days ago
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Commander Auton was not happy about the dragon in his auditorium.
To be fair, Cass wouldn’t be happy about having a dragon in his auditorium either, but if he had to pick someone to be unhappy, he was picking anyone other than Saathr.
He also wouldn’t pick himself, all things considered, but that was a different problem. He was less likely to star eating people and raining fire, so if he was picking between himself and Saathr, he would rather it was him unhappy, and not her.
Of course, she was already pretty unhappy, so that was maybe a lost cause.
He was working on it.
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londonfromparis · 22 hours ago
I couldn't help but feel stupid. Technology today makes it so easy to reach one another - I mean, we all literally live with our phones glued to our hands. Yet still, he didn't call, he didn't text, he didn't reply. All it would take is the tap of a few buttons - and he wasn't even doing that. Any sane person would take the hint, but here I am, staring at my phone willing it to ring.
He isn’t going to call. // 12/2/21
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writingdotcoffee · a day ago
Hey, I used Writing Analytics the whole of NaNo (and won!!) and I know the free thing expires December 4th, does that mean I won’t be able to copy my drafts off it anymore?
Hi Anon!
🎉🎉🎉 Massive congrats! 🎉🎉🎉
Writing 50,000 words in a month is a huge achievement! And thank you for using Writing Analytics to do it 🙏.
When your account expires, you'll have access to all your drafts and stats as usual — you can copy them out anytime. You won't be able to add new words. To continue writing, you can re-subscribe at any point in the future. You can also always delete your account entirely (just keep in mind that deleting is irreversible).
You can also back up all your drafts from the Account page. Scroll all the way down and click Download:
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That will create a ZIP archive with all your drafts in one place for your peace of mind.
And of course, to get your 50% off for a year, email me your winner's certificate at, and I'll be happy to add it to your account!
Best of luck with your novel! I hope that we'll get to see it on a shelf in a bookshop one day :).
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thatwritergirlsblog · 6 months ago
Tips for Writing a Difficult Scene
Every writer inevitably gets to that scene that just doesn't want to work. It doesn't flow, no matter how hard you try. Well, here are some things to try to get out of that rut:
1. Change the weather
I know this doesn't sound like it'll make much of a difference, but trust me when I say it does.
Every single time I've tried this, it worked and the scene flowed magically.
2. Change the POV
If your book has multiple POV characters, it might be a good idea to switch the scene to another character's perspective.
9/10 times, this will make the scene flow better.
3. Start the scene earlier/later
Oftentimes, a scene just doesn't work because you're not starting in the right place.
Perhaps you're starting too late and giving too little context. Perhaps some description or character introspection is needed before you dive in.
Alternatively, you may be taking too long to get to the actual point of the scene. Would it help to dive straight into the action without much ado?
4. Write only the dialogue
If your scene involves dialogue, it can help immensely to write only the spoken words the first time round.
It's even better if you highlight different characters' speech in different colors.
Then, later on, you can go back and fill in the dialogue tags, description etc.
5. Fuck it and use a placeholder
If nothing works, it's time to move on.
Rather than perpetually getting stuck on that one scene, use a placeholder. Something like: [they escape somehow] or [big emotional talk].
And then continue with the draft.
This'll help you keep momentum and, maybe, make the scene easier to write later on once you have a better grasp on the plot and characters.
Trust me, I do this all the time.
It can take some practice to get past your Type A brain screaming at you, but it's worth it.
So, those are some things to try when a scene is being difficult. I hope that these tips help :)
Reblog if you found this post useful. Comment with your own tips. Follow me for similar content.
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thewriterswitch · 2 days ago
It’s okay if your story isn’t as good as you want it to be
It’s okay if you’ve been procrastinating on writing
It’s okay if you haven’t written anything in a long time
Writing is hard enough without feeling stressed, so take a deep breath and relax. This hobby is hard enough without pressure. Don’t make it harder by feeling bad about any failures you feel you’ve made.
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casualwriter · 14 hours ago
Dialogue Prompts: “Progress…”
1. “There’s been a development.”
“Oh, good!”
“I think we should evacuate.”
2. “Well. It’s progress.”
“No, that’s not what this is called.”
3. “I’ve made progress. You’ve got to admit that.”
“I admit it. Now you admit at what cost.”
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2soulscollide · 3 months ago
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writingdotcoffee · 3 months ago
…fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gift of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.
Neil Gaiman
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moonlit-sunflower-books · 5 months ago
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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