1. maxkirin:

    So, someone wanted some tips on planning/outlining their novel and instead I made this. It kind of happened.

    If you’re new to my silliness let me introduce myself.

    My name is M. Kirin and I write books. If you’re interested in writer resources, inspiration, and the adventures of a dork, you could do a lot worse than me :3

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  2. This is my first story. It would be nice if you would read it. :)

     
  3. thewritewire:

    I’m not a big fan of adjectives, but it’s food for thought.

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  4. astronomeralways said: I have a character explaining something to another character. But what he's saying is very long, almost like a speech. I'm worried about that being distracting or annoying to the reader. Do you have any advice about characters having sudden, long dialogues?

    whataboutwriting:

    • Don’t forget who’s speaking… I think that one of the most common mistakes I’ve seen done in fiction, when it comes to situations like the one you described, is that writers tend to forget who is speaking because of the long chunks of information. We tend to see explanations like these happen as though the narrator was speaking, instead of the character, even if they are the same person. If your character is known for overusing a certain word, or speaking in a specific style, or having a particular accent, make sure those are found in this explanation as well.
    • …And that they are speaking! Remember that the spoken language is often different from the written one, and if you want your readers to be reminded that this is something that’s being said to another character and not just something the narrator’s telling the reader, make sure you use the spoken language. Try watching videos of people saying long things to each other, or simply eavesdrop on conversations at public places (be discreet!), and you’ll find that people will leave sentences unfinished, repeat themselves, use slang and contractions, lose their train of thought, have to pause for a while to catch some breath, etc. If you write this explanation as though the narrator was giving the readers an information and nothing more, your readers are likely to be confused or distracted.
    • Don’t forget that there’s someone listening. Even if it might seem like a monologue, this should still be a dialogue. When you’re listening to someone saying something long to you, you’re likely to show emotions through your facial expressions, or try to interrupt them to ask something that confused you or show signs of impatience, etc. Little interruptions (even if the other character shuts them up and asks them to wait until they’re done talking!), as well as bits of information on how the explanation is being received by the other party might be good ways for your readers to keep in mind this is still a dialogue and to be less distracted. 
    • Avoid anything unnecessary. These explanations are often necessary, and they happen in real life, so don’t have a problem including them in your writing if you feel like you ought to. However, try not to get too carried away. If there is anything you think isn’t 100% crucial for the sake of the conversation and/or your plot, consider leaving it out. The more information you have, the harder it is to keep it sounding realistic to your reader.
    • If possible, act out this explanation. I know this may seem a bit ridiculous, but listening to yourself saying the things you wrote will give you a better idea on whether you’re actually doing this well or not. If anything sounds forced, or like it wouldn’t be something “real people” would say, consider changing the way it’s worded. 

    Try not to worry much about it. There’s also this little note on how to format long dialogue, which you might want to check out. Good luck!

     

  5. fauxrebel:

    my problem with writing stories is that i’d rather imagine it and play it out in my mind than actually put it into words 

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  6. Anonymous said: Hi, I'm editing a book and I'm currently using Word, but I think it has limited features for the task, and I wanted to know if you know of any software I can download for free that would have more features then adding comments and highlighting [like letting me change the color of the comment box, and such]. Thank you ♥

    thewritingcafe:

    These are helpful:

    • StyleWriter 4 is fantastic. It’s an add-on for Microsoft word and has a 14-day trial period. It goes through your text, picks out “glue words”, misspellings, long sentences, homonyms, passive tense, shows your reading grade level, and more.
    • Editminion *FREE* checks for adverbs, weak words, passive voice, cliches, and homonyms among other things.
    • Pro Writing Aid is another online editor. It is mostly free, but offers more features if you pay.
    • AutoCrit offers free analysis for under 500 words, otherwise you have to pay for more text and more editing features.
    • Paper Rater offers a free service for editing, but it is designed for essays.

    But they’re mostly for spelling and grammar. I don’t know of anything that allows you to add more comments and stuff, unless you have a tablet, a tablet pen, a pdf version of your manuscript, and a program that allows you to draw on it.

     
  7. moderncurrent:

    hope-in-every-book:

    svyalitchat:

    The #SVYALit Project: Using YA Lit to talk about sexual violence and consent in the lives of teens. Here are a few book lists and book reviews.

    Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault  
    Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence)
    Take 5: Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys  
    Book Review: The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely 
    Thinking About Boys, Sex, and Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian 
    What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton 
    Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
    September Girls by Bennett Madison  
    Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien
    5 Reasons I Loved Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
    Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen
    The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
    The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
    Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt
    Killer Instinct by S. E. Green

    Live Through This by Mindi Scott

    Sex/Consent Positive Titles: Karen’s List Christa’s List Carrie’s List

    See the complete #SVYALit Project Index Here: http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2014/02/svyalit-project-index.html

    This is important. Could very well help those struggling to read these books. Don’t leave anyone in the dark.

    because it is always important for us to know that there are authors out there writing about these issues.

     

  8. Anonymous said: How would you write about pregnancy? I have one character who is only slightly pregnant, and in this story only her and her brother knows. The thing is that the group of characters they are with are travelling from one place to another. Could you help please?

    clevergirlhelps:

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  9. characterdesigninspiration:

    Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

    Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

    To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).

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  10. wingedbyday:

    //Absurdly helpful for people writing royal characters and/or characters who interact with royalty and members of the nobility.

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