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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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thewriterswitch · 5 months ago
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Me: Opens document with unfinished writing
Me: Yep, it still exists *closes document*
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thatwritergirlsblog · 2 months ago
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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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Master Prompt List
Romantic Prompts
Romance Story Starters
Romantic Questions Prompts
Romance Prompt List Part I + Part II + Part III + Part IV
Bad ones, unrequited, break-up Part I + Part II + Part III
Flirting - Successful and unsuccessful Part I + Part II
Two smart and also stupid people in love
Push and pull romantic prompts
Unrequited Love Prompts
Dramatic/Break-up Dialogue Prompts
Jealousy + Things said during sex prompts
Flirting Prompts - Oblivious and flirty
Teasing Prompts
Romantic One-Liners
Smutty One-Liners Part I + Part II + Part III
Physical One-Liners Part I + Part II
Love Language - Showing, not telling love
Love Language - Showing you care
Romance Dialogue Prompts – Uncomfortable with affection
Love confession - screaming at each other
Love Confessions
OTP Christmas Prompts
Milestones in a relationship
Moving in together
Introducing partner(s) to family
Honeymoon
Fluffy kiss scene
Prompts about kissing
Kisses
Physical Reactions
Romantic, non-sexual intimacy prompts
Romantic Fall Date Ideas
50 Cute Date Ideas
Forbidden Romance
Love-hate relationship
Enemies to lovers (1 + 2)
Lovers to enemies
Co-workers - Hate to love
Best friends to lovers Prompts
Matchmaking Prompts
Accidental Marriage Prompts
Fake Dating/Marriage/Engagement Prompts
Fake Dating Dialogue Prompts
Fake Dating AUs
Fake Dating Prompts
OT3 Prompts
OT3 Ideas
Love Triangle Ideas
Ways to say ‘I love you’
Second chance trope
Fluffy/Family Prompts
Giving the reader butterflies with your characters
Domestic fluff prompts
Fluff Prompts
Found Family Prompts
Siblings and Parents Prompts
Enemies to Siblings
Siblings Prompts
Hand-holding
Touching
Hugs
Casual Affections
Touches Ask Games
Things to do at a carnival
Step-Siblings Prompts
Befriending Sibling-in-Law Prompts
Cooking/Baking Dialogue Prompts
 Hurt/Comfort Prompts
Hurt/Comfort Dialogue Prompts
Hurt/Comfort Prompts
 Angsty Prompts
Angsty family/platonic dialogue
Angsty Questions Prompts
Angsty/Fighting Dialogue Prompts
Concerned/Angsty Question Prompts
Reunion Dialogue Reactions
 Friends Prompts
Platonic activities for friends
Online Friends Prompts
Group of Friends AU Prompts
Opening Sentences (Friend group in NYC)
Road Trip Ideas
Party Games Prompts
 AU Prompts
AU ideas
Royalty Prompts - Loyal companion/princess romance
Royalty Prompts - Prince/ss x Commoner - Revealing royal heritage
Royalty Prompts - Princess x Knight Prompts
Forbidden royal love prompts
Arranged matrimony for royalty
Fake Dating Royalty Prompts
OTP Meeting – Royalty Edition
A Queen’s Assassination Plot
Victorian AU Prompts
Historic Prompts - 1800s Ball Prompts
Roommates Prompts
Roommates to lovers - Spending time together
Roommate AUs
Boarding School Prompts
College/University AUs
Professor/TA Romance
Co-workers - Hate to love
Colleague AUs
Neighbor AUs (1 + 2)
Fan x Celebrity Prompts
Gossip Girl/Rich AUs
Coffee Shop AUs
Flower Shop AUs
Bodyguard AUs
Firefighter/Police AUs
Pirate Prompts
Spy Prompts
Soulmates AUs
Lifeguard AUs
  Supernatural/Mystery/Thriller/Crime Prompts
Inconvenient things a ghost could do
Mermaid Prompts
Guardian Angel Prompts
Werewolf Prompts
Spooktober 2020 Prompts
Thriller/Mystery Prompts
Murder Mystery Prompts
Mystery Plot Prompts
Partners in Crime – Meeting again
Fantasy/Sci-Fi (1) – Magical Creatures (Part I + II)
Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2) – Magic
Fantasy/Sci-Fi (3) – Time Travel
Fantasy/Sci-Fi (4) – End of the World
Fantasy/Sci-Fi (5) – Superheroes (and Villains)
Fantasy/Sci-Fi (6) – Mystery/Supernatural
Fantasy/Sci-Fi (7) – Others (Pirates, Warriors, Royalty, …)
Causes for the apocalypse
 Holiday/Seasonal Prompts
Halloween Throwbacks
Spooktober 2020 Prompts
Christmas AU (1 + 2)
1. Advent Special Prompts
2. Advent Special Prompts
3. Advent Special Prompts
4. Advent Special Prompts
New Year’s Eve Prompts
Valentine’s Day Prompts
Fall AUs
Birthday AUs
Birthday Prompts
Summer Vibes
 Monthly Prompts
October Prompts 🎃
November Prompts 🍂
December Prompts 🌟
January Prompts 🎉
February Prompts 🌹
March Prompts 🍀
April Prompts 🐞
May Prompts 🌺
June Prompts 🌼
July Prompts  🌴
Ranked Prompt Lists
Best Prompts of 2020!
Top 20 Most Popular Prompts (1 + 2)
Top 20 Submissions (1 + 2)
Various Prompt Lists
Contemporary/Realistic Prompts (1 + 2)
Random Questions Prompts
Favourite Tropes
Prompts about cats
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o-writers-woes · 5 months ago
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🥺 Got a laptop full of them, and will probably never finish most of them! 🥺⠀
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homesteadchronicles · 2 months ago
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In case you need to hear it from someone: you have my full permission to enjoy works of media that are not considered “good”.
Not everything we love has to be of the highest quality. If that low-budget, slapped-together, hot mess of a story/show/etc. hits home with you? Love it. Talk about it. Be unapologetically thankful for it! 
And for us creators? May we remember that even our worst works can still be beloved by someone who needed them.
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50 Cute Date Ideas
taking a rain walk
going to a library and showing each other their favourite books
visiting a waterpark together
taking a walk through a park or a forest and admiring the colors
going to the zoo and pointing out the coolest animals
playing disk golf together
doing a scavenger hunt for cute little trinkets
visiting a museum about something you know nothing about
going to a bookshop and selecting books for each other
having a picknick with lots of seasonal food
visiting a brewery and doing a tasting
going to a café with an amazing tea selection
watching movies together while it storms outside
visiting a park and playing basketball or football together
going on a bicycle tour and finding new places
making pottery together and carving in their initials as a memento for the cute date
playing board games in a small café
going thrift shopping together or checking out a flea market
getting trash bags and cleaning up a public place together
going on a night hike and enjoying the dark and silent world with just each other as company
singing karaoke together
going inline skating and trying not to fall too often
swimming in a lake together
visiting some old castles/churches/etc. they’ve always wanted to check out
going to a fair and playing games and going on the Ferris wheel
picking apples together
taking a painting class and gifting each other the painting they made
going to a concert of their favourite band
playing paintball as a team or against each other
going to the movies and buying their favourite treats
watching the sunrise or sunset together
cooking for each other and judging each other’s food like they’re on Top Chef
going on hayrides
visiting an escape room and trying to solve the puzzles
going camping nearby and enjoying the time without distractions
visiting an amusement park and going on all the fun rides
going to a restaurant they’ve never been to and trying new food together
trying to learn a new skill together
doing a movie marathon with childhood favourites
checking out all the wonderful plants in the botanical garden
visiting an old cemetery and making up stories for the different graves
going to a trampoline park together
watching a drag show together
renting a paddleboat and seeing how far they can go
checking out lost places together
doing a photo shoot at a cool location
taking dance lessons together
going on a guided city tour even if both grew up there
doing a pub crawl and trying different drinks
volunteering together for something that’s important to both of them
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homesteadchronicles · a month ago
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One of the best feelings is when something finally clicks with a character you’ve struggled to write and you’re just like “oh, so THAT’S who you are!”
It’s like recognizing that - surprise! - the alleged stranger in front of you is actually an old friend you’ve known your whole life. Now you know how to tell the world all about them.
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Casual Affections
Showing that they care.
smiling at each other from across the room
randomly texting a gif or emoji
laying their hand on the other’s leg
kiss to the side of the head
squeezing the other’s shoulder
fixing the other’s clothes
guiding them with a hand on the small of their back
embracing them from behind
ruffling their hair
placing their chin on the other’s shoulder
calling them nicknames
winking at them
teasing each other good-naturedly
putting an arm around the other’s shoulder
washing the other's hair
taking a photo of the smiling or in their element
looking in each other's eyes
putting a blanket on them
tugging at the other's clothes to keep them close
making them food they like
laughing at their jokes
placing a hand on the back of the other’s neck
brushing strands of hair away
patting their head
sharing an umbrella
bumping shoulders into each other
randomly face-timing just to hear their voice/see their face
pressing their foreheads together
nudging them to show they are right beside them
laying their head on the other’s shoulder
Love Language Part I | Part II
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writing-ideas-inc · 3 months ago
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Prompt
“The best course of action is to join the two kingdoms in an alliance, bound by marriage,” the advisor said.
The queen pondered this. “Then I shall marry their queen. I’ve heard she dislikes her suitors, and I can assure you I am more charming than them.”
The advisor gaped at her. “I was going to suggest you marry the prince, the queen’s brother. As tradition dictates.”
“I don’t want to marry a prince. I am a queen, and I will have someone of my station. Besides, I’ve met the prince. He’s dull.” The queen rose, staring down at her advisor. “She and I will make history together, in more ways than one.”
- Lynn
Request for LGBT+ royalty
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homesteadchronicles · a month ago
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If you’re getting overwhelmed with the scope of your artistic endeavors, ask yourself: does it have to be this big?
Ask yourself whether your story needs to be that long, whether your artwork needs to have all these components, whether your dish needs all these embellishments. Small does not mean insignificant. Basic does not mean bad.
Manageable can be masterful.
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June Prompts 🌼
Word prompts to use for doodling or writing
fairytale
garden hose
fruit stand
radio
block party
tattoo
ice cream
postcard
festival
skating
barefoot
night walks
pride
fries
stream
flower crown
outdoors
cocktail umbrellas
playing cards
sailboat
karaoke
dandelions
buttons
pearls
midsummer
universe
neon sign
dragonfly
birch tree
peaches
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writingdotcoffee · a month ago
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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
Somerset Maugham
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samantha-evergreen · a month ago
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THIS!!
post by @bauliy
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