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Mental Exhaustion in Writers
I get asked all of the time "why don't I have my fire for writing anymore?"
It's because you've 1. put so much pressure on yourself TO write 2. you've spent so much time putting down your writing and 3. you've made yourself feel inadequate anytime you couldn't write
So now you're over here, in this cycle of unhealthy mannerisms and thought processes about your writing when you should be having fun with it.
Ultimately, something about writing seemed fun to you when you started, right? Otherwise, why would you have started? Whether it was the idea of reading a story that didn't exist yet, whether you thought the act of writing or worldbuilding or character creation was fun, something about writing seemed fun and enjoyable to you.
But you twisted it and twisted it until it became a pretzel of self-sabotaging insults and pressure until now you've popped and all of that expanding air of excitement and joy you used to get from writing has released from your brain and now you're just mentally exhausted.
Take time to relax and to repair your bubble so that you can begin to expand and blow it up again.
You need rest after you've put yourself through so much. It's okay to take a step back for a bit, revitalize your brain, your creativity... it's okay. Take a little time away from writing.
You don't have to be writing 24/7 to be valid or good or even great.
You simply being is enough. Allow your brain rest sometimes.
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screnwriter · a day ago
Hi, I don't know if you've done this before but can you do a enemies to lovers with fake dating prompts? Thanks :)
enemies to lovers — fake dating prompts
“ you fucking hate me. “ “ hate is a very strong word. “
“ would you just do me this one favor? “
“ maybe this will be a chance for us to see that we're not so different after all. “
“ if you want to kiss me, all you have to do is ask. no need to orchestra this whole ordeal just because you're too afraid to admit what you want. “
“ it's one weekend. “ [beat] “ is the sight of my face really that repulsive? “
“ you're too much of a wimp to be honest about what you want. “
“ don't flatter yourself. you're simply nothing more than a means to an end. “
“ what better way to piss off my parents than to date the one person in this world they would actually consider driving over? “
“ with your mouth on mine, there's less bullshit coming out of it. so i guess there's that. “
“ don't fucking speak, or you'll ruin everything. just sit there and look pretty, and maybe hold my hand. “
“ don't be such a grump. you should be honored. “
“ considering how you treated me last night — you're lucky i didn't kill you, so unless you want that to happen, why don't you shut up, and do this one thing for me? “
“ remember that time you stabbed me, left me to die? yeah, you owe me one. “
“ clearly, you're desperate. otherwise you wouldn't be here. “
“ i can't stand the sound of your voice — let alone the thought of kissing you. “
“ if i give you ten dollars, will you do it? “ “ i think that's an entirely different service, but sure. “
“ just kiss me. “
“ you? protective? boyfriend? “
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dearwriters · 2 days ago
hi! any advice on the enemies to lovers trope?
Enemies to Lovers
Ah, yes. Enemies to lovers, great trope! It always reminds me about the concept of romance as braiding roses, I described it more clearly in this post.
The first advice I'd like to give is: off the top of your head, do a brainstorming session. What do you specifically love about the trope? Write it all down and add to it your research about the trope. This way you can get a good overview over the trope, its conventions and what is popular within it. Pick out all the things you love, leave the rest.
When it comes to constructing the relationship, think about it as it's own plot, with logical reasoning, conflict and consequences. Ask yourself some crucial questions to define the relationship:
Why are they enemies? The reason should be logical and impactful enough to merit the word "enemies". BUT take care not to burn the bridge completely. You don't want to set a foundation for a toxic relationship (I guess. Maybe you do! It's your story, I don't know what your plan is!).
Why do they forgive each other? The reason they set aside their differences needs to be even stronger than the one they hate each other for. Something your audience can connect to and understand as validation for the newfound trust.
What consequences are there to their former actions? Do they discuss the hurtful things they said/did to each other? Do they thouroughly clear the air between them and forgive? Old habits die hard, maybe there are things that take longer to be forgiven and change between them.
Do they become friends first or do they skip to the lovers part? This depends on how slow you want to go here, I guess. Many people like the progression from enemies to frenemies to friends to lovers! Here are some tips on writing slow burn (since enemies to lovers often tends to go in a slow burn direction)
Hope this helped a bit. Have fun writing!
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void-fireworks · 2 days ago
To all you authors out there, here’s a little advice that will help you so much. 
Do not write for other people. Yes, this sounds like classic writing advice, but I’m going to go deeper into it. Because I realized today what that actually means.
When you write for other people, you find yourself constantly being anxious over how they’ll perceive it. As you’re writing you’ll be looking at it like “there’s no way anyone will ever like this.” You’ll point out every flaw and that just makes writing a burden. You’ll get writer’s block or quit writing altogether, because it’s just not fun anymore.
So instead of doing that, just...turn off that part of your brain that points out the mistakes and tells you people won’t like it. Save that for later. It might be hard to do this, but you’ve got to understand that you’re telling this story for yourself, and that at this point it doesn’t matter if it sucks or not. That’s for your other drafts. 
Enjoy the writing. Smile when you make some cheesy joke, even if you know you’ll have to delete it later. Write out the parts that you like about the story, whether or not they matter to the plot.
Writing for other people has its place, but that’s for after you’ve written for yourself. 
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chaoschaoswriting · a day ago
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Romance
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Lust is about looks, love is about connection - romantic love, and romance, is somewhere in the middle. Creating this unique and potent experience as a writer is one of the most challenging parts of the craft (at least I think so). There are a million writing blogs, magazines, and gurus out there eager to tell you how to write better romance, but less information on how people most often go wrong.
The truth is that it's rarely down to writing technique. With the screams of legions of plummy literary types in my ear, I'll gently remind you that some of the most technically brilliant authors don't make a living from their books. That doesn't take away from their talent, of course, it's a symptom of one thing; they're writing for writers, most popular, widely loved authors write for readers. The very best, for example, Terry Pratchett and Barbara Kingsolver, do a bit of both. I'm boring you with this for a reason; the biggest mistake romance authors (or arguably any author) can make is to prioritize prose over storytelling.
The Importance of a (Good) Story
With the exception of very few, very esoteric, books which have gained cult acclaim, the majority of the novels you see in libraries and shops have a story. Storytelling is the heart of fiction writing, and in the romance genre, it is doubly important because the relationship is the story.
When writing horror, atmospheric descriptions may smooth some rough edges, in thrillers the plot is often an excuse for heart-racing action. In most novels, the story is the skeleton on which the book hangs - it's hard to have a firefight or a haunted night without the shadow of a story, after all. If the writing falls short, the plot will seem bare and lifeless, but the structural integrity should keep it upright... should.
In romance novels, the story is more of an exoskeleton, holding the writing, the imagery, the ideas, together. Take away the story and all you have is a pile of love-coloured goo - romance and lust are so integral to our lives that setting one up doesn't need the same rigmarole as setting up, for example, a zombie apocalypse. That's why each of these mistakes, at their heart, is a mistake that compromises the structural integrity, or even the presence, of the story. Read More on Vocal
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daily-fantasy-ideas · 2 days ago
CW: fighting, knives, blades, weapons, stabbing
Here's a neato idea for you to maybe do a variation on if you have a very strong and resilient character.
Have them be attacked by some sort of knife wielding adversary who gets real close to them before plunging their blade into their the characters body.
Only for said character to look completely unphased before saying something along the lines of "Oh buddy you've really gone and made an absolutely massive mistake" before grabbing the attacker and adding "you've gotten into my range" before swiftly suplexing them.
I mean it doesn't have to be even slightly close to that obviously, but the idea of a character being unaffected by an enemy attack before then using it as an opportunity to launch a far more damaging counterattack back is a pretty cool idea which you might be able to use.
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So I’ve hit a wall lol
My main characters are from a tribe with wings (think angels, wings from the back). Quite large ones.
How the HECK could they wear clothes???? All I’ve come up with are
1) holes in their clothes (horrible, can tear. Wings on display, and I don’t want that)
2) big-ass cloaks????? Could this work?
Help 🥲
Clothing with Winged Character
I think part of the problem is you're trying to imagine human-shaped clothing on wing-shaped people, but the reality is, these folks aren't shopping at The Gap. They've had thousands of years to design and perfect garments that accommodate their wings. I think if you wanted their wings on display, you could put them in what looks like regular human clothing, and you don't have to explain how it works or why the garments don't wear and tear where the wings come out.
However, if you want their wings to be folded up and covered, but still accessible, I think you'll want to look at a design where the front looks like "normal" human clothes, but the backs are relatively open to accommodate the folded and unfolded wings, but covered with a flap that the wings can unfold without tearing the garment. Drover coats, fishing shirts, and sailor shirts are a great example.
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Depending on how large/bulky the wings are, I think you could accomplish this without them having obviously hunched backs. Many creatures have very compact wings that are large when they unfold but are hardly noticeable when they're folded.
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I hope that helps! ♥
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Your comic is beautiful !!!! You do wonderful things, ask 👉🏼👈🏼 How did you go about creating Jade? 👁️👄👁️
AW Thank you!! (❁´◡`❁)
About creating Jade, I gotta admit a sin here because I actually use my OC Louisa Rosetta de la Aceline (she's a french princess in my own story) and Gallian Knight as the base for Jade and Ghost (ง ื▿ ื)ว
In a sense, they're my default characters, like If I read a reader insert I'd use Louisa in any fics, so yeah. Louisa's actually a character I made for my original story during junior high. Red haired, blue eyed, and likes to braid her hair!
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Left is Louisa, just green eyes, and erase the bangs (cuz Jade hates bangs), left to right parted hair, more muscles, and BOOM! Jade.
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Left is Gallian, right is Ghost (but imagine him kinda young. Gal's 25, and I head cannon Ghost as about 34). Change the blue to brown eyes, and that's basically it LMAO. I actually wanted to keep the scar but for my selfish reason I thought "Ghost's just Gal with brown eyes?? C'mon." So I erased the scar (ಥ﹏ಥ). And I was actually pretty lucky since Ghost's face in the comics are similar to Gallian, so there he is!
Jade's actually a character I made after going into CoDblr, and I got an idea about a prompt "pov you just saw Ghost's face for the first time", then this came out!
🥔 To create a character, I usually choose a color!
Yeah, it's weird way to create a character, but that's what I do. I choose a color, then decide her personality based off that color (Jade's green, and green are associated with kind, generous and compassionate, and then I made her that way!) You can google a color personality or psychology. Moreover, she's jade green, not absolute green, or yellowish green. Jade green as a little blue tinge to it, so she's actually kinda mellow, but still she tries to find the "bright yellow" in life by helping people and seeing others smile!
Then, give her a backstory that's inspiring, and it made her the way she is. She was an orphan who's raised by good people in the orphanage and church, so now when she's not an MI6 agent anymore, Jade still wants to help people like her when she was little, or help elderly people.
🥔 Another tips on creating a character, you can use Myers-Briggs and Enneagram!
These are what I use to make character stories. They're both personality types, but there's a difference :
Myers-Briggs is about HOW they function around other people, while Enneagram is about WHY they function.
This way, you can imagine how they interact with others, how they respond to others, and all other stuff! It makes OC's not only just a character design, but a real, walking, talking, living person in my own fantasy world.
Jade's an Enneagram Type 2 (The Helper) and INFJ (The Advocate)!
🥔 Also, give Them a hobby! :D
This is fun since we're humanizing these characters. Since we're still in the color Green, I make her love gardening, and she likes everything to do with hands. Okay, she now has a hobby.
NOW MAKE THE HOBBY RELEVANT TO THE STORY! This will make the readers hold onto something about Jade. Jade actually has a small table garden in her quarters in 141. It helps her relax and keeps her occupied while not doing anything.
-> Now since I want to make a romance story between her and Ghost, make them bond over something, and in this case, they bond over one particular flower 👀(spoiler for future comics LMAO).
WHEW THIS TURNED OUT LONG BUT YEAH I hope this answers your question (✿◕‿◕✿)
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Writing Tip#271
Dialogue in writing always serves a purpose. There is nothing more boring in fiction than exchanges between two people who are on the same wavelength. Now you can absolutely write conversations between two people who are not in conflict, but they should be talking about something important that drives the plot, and 99% of the time that will be some form of conflict.
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Healthy vs Unhealthy Comparing
Comparing yourself to another writer in a healthy way: gleaning inspiration, seeing ways to improve your writing, getting excited by the way they write and wanting to try out pieces of how they write in your own writing to see if it works with your style
Comparing yourself to another writer in an unhealthy way: putting your writing down, saying “I will never be this good,” getting discouraged, making yourself want to quit writing.
I understand it can be difficult not to fall under the unhealthy comparisons when you see a writer who just seems so far beyond you but remember: everyone’s been in your position at some point. Hell, for all you know, that person is looking at your writing, being like “damn I wish I could write dialogue flawlessly like them.”
Everyone has their vices with writing; everyone has that thing they do imperfectly, that brings them discouragement from time to time. That is just part of being an artist.
However, don’t let it stop you from your passion. Keep writing. Keep improving. You can and will be better, if you keep going.
Happy writing!
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screnwriter · 19 hours ago
hi! could you please make some dialogue prompts for the "one bed" troupe?
Only one bed prompts
“ it's just a room with a bed. “
“ i can't wait to spend the night with you. “
“ don't hog the blanket. “
“ there's only one pillow? “
“ are you sure you're okay with this? “
“ why don't you take the pillow? “ “ i can't... “
“ i can always take the couch. “
“ the couch isn't comfortable, but if you'd rather have me there... “
“ come on, let's not make a big deal out of this. “
“ it's just for sleeping, right? “
“ it's cold. “ “ c'mere. my arms are warmer. “
“ this is just.... i mean, of course there's only one bed. “
“ at least it's a king sized bed. “
“ you can't sleep on the floor, come on. “
“ we can share a bed. “
“ you're cute when you're sleeping. “ “ flattering, but creepy, put in the wrong context. “
“ this isn't so bad. it's quite cozy, actually. “
“ come on, we're friends. we've been through worse. “
“ hey, can we cuddle? i mean, seeing as we're here... might as well. “
“ what side are you taking? “
“ it's only weird if you make it weird. “
“ things could always be worse. “ “ you're right... “
“ this is awkward. “ “ i know. “
“ it's not like any talking's necessary. “
“ you're on my side! “
“ stay on your side, or so help me god, i will set this entire thing on fire. “
“ your feet are cold, move them! “
“ please, don't snore... “
“ you're snoring. it's annoying. “
“ you're snoring. it's cute. “
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"i'll get older but your lovers stay my age" alina starkov and"i'm a soldier who's returning half her weight" zoya nazyalensky and "you kept me like a secret" evelyn hugo and "i kept you like an oath" celia st james and "all i felt was shame" kaz brekker and "you held my lifeless frame" inej ghafa and and "you never called it what it was" severin montagnet alaire and "did the love affair maim you too" laila and "i'm in a new hell every time you double-cross my mind" helene aquila and "i'd like to be my old self again but i'm still trying to find it" laia of serra and "you lose the one real thing you've ever known" elias veturius and "check the pulse and come back swearing" roma montagov and "this thing was a masterpiece till you tore it all up" juliette cai and-
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mephisto-chapman · 2 days ago
Writer moods (whaaat part?)
When you write too much fantasy/sci-fi:
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When your writing ideas are too crazy:
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When you accidentally delete the chapter you just wrote:
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When my co-author finally agrees to write something with me (knowing it's not gonna end well):
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Me: "My characters are brave and ready to die for their kingdom!"
My characters:
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introvert-unicorn · 4 months ago
Words to describe facial expressions
Absent: preoccupied 
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
Beatific: blissful
Black: angry or sad, or hostile
Bleak: hopeless
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
Cheerless: sad
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
Mild: easygoing
Mischievous: annoyingly or maliciously playful
Pained: affected with discomfort or pain
Peering: with curiosity or suspicion
Peeved: annoyed
Pleading: seeking apology or assistance
Quizzical: questioning or confused
Radiant: bright, happy
Sanguine: bloodthirsty, confident
Sardonic: mocking
Sour: unpleasant
Sullen: resentful
Vacant: blank or stupid looking
Wan: pale, sickly
Wary: cautious or cunning
Wide eyed: frightened or surprised
Withering: devastating
Wrathful: indignant or vengeful
Wry: twisted or crooked to express cleverness or a dark or ironic feeling
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daily-fantasy-ideas · a day 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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writingquestionsanswered · 19 hours ago
So I'm writing a sci Fi story which has an absolutely brutal "fight" scene (more like a massacre) where this one robot character is ripping people apart, all while, in universe, the song "it's raining men" is playing, because I thought that would be really funny to have a sort of unusual song playing to a complete brutal massacre, how should I implement a song into a fight scene when it's an incredibly important part of the scene, and not just a "oh yeah a song is also playing"?
Implementing a Song into a Scene
Unfortunately, your biggest challenge here isn't how to implement the song, but the fact that you can't use any lyrics to a copyrighted son without obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, which is almost impossible to do. (And no, simply crediting the singer/songwriter isn't good enough.) Currently, any song written after 1924 is likely going to fall under copyright protection, which would certainly extend to Its Raining Men.
Now, the one caveat is that if you're writing this story for fun, not profit, you can probably get away with it. The copyright holder isn't likely to come after you if you or someone else isn't profiting off the story that uses the lyrics. (Though, they potentially could if you share it publicly, so bear that in mind...)
Quick caveat before we move on... I am not a lawyer and I'm not offering you legal advice. If you decide you want to move forward with this, you would definitely need to consult a lawyer.
For Profit Fiction
If you or someone else is going to profit from this story in any way, you can't use even a few lyrics without obtaining permission from the copyright holder. What you can use is the title and singer, so the best you would be able to do is mention that the song is playing. (And, actually, copyright protection is the very reason why you only typically see stories say, "And oh yeah, such and such song is also playing..." You can obviously get more creative than that. "Johnny threw the first punch just as the intro to Its Raining Men blared from the speakers."
Non-Profit Fiction (Or Non-Copyrighted Song)
If you're not going to profit from your story, or if you're using a song that's not copyrighted, you would still want to introduce that the song has started, but then you could incorporate lyrics in italics along the way. It might look something like this:
Johnny threw the first punch just as the intro to Deck the Halls blared from the speakers. Deck the halls with boughs of holly... His knuckles connected with Pete's jaw, and he reared back.
Fa la la la la, la la la la (fa la la la la, la la la la...)
"You mother fu--" Pete launched toward Johnny, bracing him by the shoulders, and headbutted him right in the forehead. 'Tis the season to be jolly...
Johnny took hold of Pete's forearms and swung him around, then shoved him into the display case. Fa la la la la, la la la la (fa la la la la, la la la la...)
But again, you don't want to attempt this using copyrighted lyrics if you or anyone else is going to profit on your story. That can include submitting it to published short story anthologies or contests, as well as posting it on a web site that gets money from ad revenue or subscriptions.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Luckily, you're right alongside everyone else with having to simply to mention the song and the singer. :)
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2soulscollide · a month ago
E.A. Deverell - FREE worksheets (characters, world building, narrator, etc.) and paid courses;
Hiveword - Helps to research any topic to write about (has other resources, too);
BetaBooks - Share your draft with your beta reader (can be more than one), and see where they stopped reading, their comments, etc.;
Charlotte Dillon - Research links;
Writing realistic injuries - The title is pretty self-explanatory: while writing about an injury, take a look at this useful website;
One Stop for Writers - You guys... this website has literally everything we need: a) Description thesaurus collection, b) Character builder, c) Story maps, d) Scene maps & timelines, e) World building surveys, f) Worksheets, f) Tutorials, and much more! Although it has a paid plan ($90/year | $50/6 months | $9/month), you can still get a 2-week FREE trial;
One Stop for Writers Roadmap - It has many tips for you, divided into three different topics: a) How to plan a story, b) How to write a story, c) How to revise a story. The best thing about this? It's FREE!
Story Structure Database - The Story Structure Database is an archive of books and movies, recording all their major plot points;
National Centre for Writing - FREE worksheets and writing courses. Has also paid courses;
Penguin Random House - Has some writing contests and great opportunities;
Crime Reads - Get inspired before writing a crime scene;
The Creative Academy for Writers - "Writers helping writers along every step of the path to publication." It's FREE and has ZOOM writing rooms;
Reedsy - "A trusted place to learn how to successfully publish your book" It has many tips, and tools (generators), contests, prompts lists, etc. FREE;
QueryTracker - Find agents for your books (personally, I've never used this before, but I thought I should feature it here);
Pacemaker - Track your goals (example: Write 50K words - then, everytime you write, you track the number of the words, and it will make a graphic for you with your progress). It's FREE but has a paid plan;
Save the Cat! - The blog of the most known storytelling method. You can find posts, sheets, a software (student discount - 70%), and other things;
I hope this is helpful for you!
(Also, check my blog if you want to!)
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skriveting · 2 hours ago
A bunch of different dialogue prompts #43
"All right, that's it! Your bloodline ends here!"
"This doesn't look very promising, does it?" "In my humble opinion? No."
"Is that mistletoe I see?" "I’m pretty sure that’s poison ivy, actually." "Well, I’m not picky."
"Am I crazy, or-" "Yes." "... You didn't even hear what I-" "Don't need to."
"I've loved you from the first moment I ever laid eyes on you." "Wasn't that at that party when I was hurling my guts out into the toilet?" "Okay so maybe not the very first moment,"
"Hate you." "Hate you too. Have a nice day, sweetie." "You too, babe. See you after work."
"You followed a recipe this time, right?"
"Are we really about to have this discussion again?" "Yes, and we will keep having it until you realize that I'm right and you're wrong!"
"How did you end up way out here?"
"Let me tell you something." "Hm?" "If anyone were ever to write a bibliography about you, it'd be called The Life of a Dumbass. And situations like this are the exact reason why!"
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Writing Tip #272
No matter what type of book you write, you will need to do research. Talk to the type of people you want to write. Do it respectfully and know that there are things to be learned from others. If you’ve never worked in a bank but are writing about a banker, you can google some things, but the details that will make it believable are best discovered by actually talking to people.
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bluebxlle-writer · a month ago
Writing fight scenes
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1. Pacing
A fight scene should be fast-paced and intense. Unless it's a final battle with numerous parties, a fight scene that's too long tends to take away suspense. To speed up your pacing, use active voice to describe movement and don't overdescribe your characters' thoughts. Excessive inner monologue will be unrealistic, as people usually have no room to think during intense combats.
2. Character mannerisms
Here's a point that people often overlook, but is actually super important. Through fight scenes, you should be able to reveal your characters' contrasting mannerisms and personality. A cunning character would play dirty - fighting less and making use of their opponent's weakness more. A violent character would aim to kill. A softer one would only target to disarm their enemies, using weakened attacks. A short-minded character would only rely on force and attack without thinking. This will help readers understand your characters more and decide who to root for.
3. Making use of surroundings
Not only the characters, you also need to consider the setting of your fight scene and use it to your advantage. Is it suitable for fighting, or are there dangerous slopes that make it risky? Are there scattered items that can help your characters fight (e.g. nails, shards of glass, ropes, wooden boards, or cutlery)? Is it a public place where people can easily spot the fight and call the authorities, or is it a private spot where they can fight to the death?
4. Description
The main things that you need to describe in a fight scene are :
• Characters involved in the fight
• How they initiate and dodge attacks
• Fighting styles and any weapons used
• The injuries caused
Be careful to not drag out the description for too long, because it slows down the pace.
5. Raise the stakes
By raising the stakes of the fight, your readers will be more invested in it. Just when they think it's over, introduce another worse conflict that will keep the scene going. Think of your characters' goals and motivations as well. Maybe if the MC didn't win, the world would end! Or maybe, one person in the fight is going all-out, while the other is going easy because they used to be close :"D
6. Injuries
Fights are bound to be dirty and resulting in injuries, so don't let your character walk away unscathed - show the effect of their injuries. For example, someone who had been punched in the jaw has a good chance of passing out, and someone who had been stabbed won't just remove the knife and walk away without any problem. To portray realistic injuries, research well.
7. Drive the plot forward
You don't write fight scenes only to make your characters look cool - every fight needs to have a purpose and drive the plot forward. Maybe they have to fight to improve their fighting skills or escape from somewhere alive. Maybe they need to defeat the enemy in order to obtain an object or retrieve someone who had been kidnapped. The point is, every single fight scene should bring the characters one step closer (or further :D) to the climax.
8. Words to use
• Hand to hand combat :
Crush, smash, lunge, beat, punch, leap, slap, scratch, batter, pummel, whack, slam, dodge, clobber, box, shove, bruise, knock, flick, push, choke, charge, impact
• With weapon :
Swing, slice, brandish, stab, shoot, whip, parry, cut, bump, poke, drive, shock, strap, pelt, plunge, impale, lash, bleed, sting, penetrate
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