1. thisisnotpsychology:

    Thirty years ago, Paul Ekman did cross-cultural research and identified seven basic human emotions. He identified the seven basic emotions through facial expressions. No matter where in the world, what culture, class, race, gender, or lighting, these seven facial expressions were identified across the board.

    Micro expressions occur when a person is trying to suppress or repress an emotion. Have you ever tried to not smile, or not look angry? In the show Lie To Me, the main character deals with people who are constantly trying to hide their emotions.

    (via writinghelpers)


  2. 55 Words to Describe Someone’s Voice


    I was sitting on the computer last night trying to be productive and actually write something. My first sentence included the character listening to a voice through an intercom and my first thought was, “What kind of voice is it?” 

    So, naturally, I found myself googling the different ways to describe a voice. I present to you my findings! I hope you all find it useful. 

    • adenoidal (adj): if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose
    • appealing (adj): an appealing look/voice shows that you want help, approval, or agreement
    • breathy (adj): with loud breathing noises
    • brittle (adj): if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry
    • croaky (adj): if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low, rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat
    • dead (adj): if someone’s eyes or voice are dead, they feel or show no emotion
    • disembodied (adj): a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see
    • flat (adj): spoken in a voice that does not go up and down; this word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region

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  5. We Need Diverse Books: Why Diversity Matters for Everyone


    Throughout October, we’ll be partnering with We Need Diverse Books to bring you a series of blog posts full of helpful advice, tips, and suggestions for writing diversity convincingly and respectfully in your fiction—from people who know what they’re talking about. Today, Marieke Nijkamp shares why diversity matters for everyone:

    Why does diversity matter? The answer to that question should be simple and straightforward: because everyone deserves to be a hero. Because everyone deserves to be seen. Because representation matters.

    Junot Díaz famously said: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.”

    Yet this is exactly what the vast majority of our stories does, whether intentionally or not. In a time when—in the US—more than half of the children born will be non-white, less than ten percent of books published are about characters of color or written by people of color. And while one out of five teens will deal with a serious debilitating mental illness, perhaps only one out of twenty books even recognizes mental illnesses exist…

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  6. tashabilities:




    More info on artbecomesyou.com


    Where was this in 2007 when I was struggling and looking grey :/

    Dark with warm undertones in the house!

    (Source: darkchocolatecreatures, via characterandwritinghelp)

  7. 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

    (via worldweaving)


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

  9. thewritewire:

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

    (via thewritershelpers)


  10. 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?


    • 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!