Guide to Better DialogueWriting dialogue -- realistic dialogue, anyway -- does not come easily to everyone. Done well, dialogue advances the story and fleshes out the characters while providing a break from straight exposition. However, just as realistic dialogue is one of the most powerful tools at a writer's disposal, nothing pulls the reader out of a story faster than bad dialogue. It takes time to develop a good ear, but noting these simple rules and obvious pitfalls can make a huge difference.Guide to Better Dialogue3 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Listen to How People Talk.
Having a sense of natural speech patterns is essential to good dialogue. Start to pay attention to the expressions that people use and the
Guide to SymbolismI have searched the wonder that happens to be the internet to provide you with his guide to symbolism.Guide to Symbolism3 years ago in Writing More Like This
The search for someone or something that will restore rightness to the hero's world that involves hardships, monsters, or riddles (literal or figurative in nature like all of these)
The hero must perform a deed beyond the norm.
The Initiation or Transformation
The hero undergoes a hazing to pass from ignorance and immaturity to social and spiritual adulthood. It usually occurs in three stage: separation, transformation, and return and thusly may include the fall and death/rebirth
In search of informatio
Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt2Character Archetypes part 2Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt23 years ago in Writing More Like This
I have searched the wondrous load of random crap that is the internet to give you this list of hero archetypes. I tried to give examples and decent definitions of each archetype.
This hero is the quintessential alpha hero. He might have been born to lead, or perhaps he conquered his way to the top, but either way, he's tough, decisive, goal-oriented. That means he is also a bit overbearing and inflexible.
This man tends to be at the top of his career field maybe the CEO of a major corporation, or a prince. If he's not already number one, it's only a matter of time.
Some examples of Chiefs:
Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt3The Perfect Woman. How much time do we spend striving to be that elusive creature? You know the woman, or at least imagine you do. She is brilliant in the boardroom, passionate in the bedroom, and puts Martha Stewart to shame when entertaining.Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt33 years ago in Writing More Like This
She's the star of all our favorite romances, because she's the woman we all want to be.
Hmm. Wait a sec. I don't want to be like that. And that wasn't the lady who accepted the proposal of the dashing hero in the Regency I just put down. In fact, I am not sure I have ever read a romance in which the heroine was so darned wonderful that all she had to do to find happiness everlasting was straighten ou
Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt1Guide to Character Archetypes Part 1Guide to Char. Archetypes Pt13 years ago in Writing More Like This
I made a list of basic character archetypes. There are plenty more, and you can scour the internet looking for them. But I wrote the most common, and some odd ones you've probably never thought of.
The protagonist on a literal or figurative journey often from childhood to adulthood, innocence to experience.
The antagonist or character blocking the hero's path.
The hero's inner evil, the dark side of his psyche that makes success difficult or impossible unless accepted.
Mother and Father
Yup, the parental units are near and dear to our hearts and especially our minds because o
I Am An Indigo ChildI was told that I was special at a young age.I Am An Indigo Child3 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Before I could remember, I was taken to a metaphysical show by my family. One of the people read my horoscope, I had my first numerology reading, my family was told I was an "old soul". My grandmother smiled and nodded. She knew. They said I was calling for a brother. That brother would be my worst enemy and my closest friend.
Years after that fateful day, I began to signs of how special I was. I had many "friends" and no one but me knew about them. I could see monsters. They scared me and they wouldn't go away, even when dad bought me a nightlight. I would scar my mother. I use to tell my mothe
HowTo Write a Good Fight SceneWriting action is one of the hardest things for a writer, and writing the pinicle of action - fight scenes - is obviously virtually the hardest. Everybody loves a good bloody fist fight, lots of gore and punching and general violence. But acheiving the dream of creating the perfect fight scene is a lot more difficult than meets the eye.HowTo Write a Good Fight Scene3 years ago in Writing More Like This
There isn't going to be much talking going on here. You can shove in a few "Ow"'s and "Ugh"'s here and there, but do not have your characters talking all throughout. It's not going to be very exciting if you characters are having a friendly little chat whilst trying to maul each other.
To the Demonic AngelYou can't see it,To the Demonic Angel2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Her bright glow.
But I can!
You can't hear it,
There's a softness in her voice.
But I can...
Dear Fallen Angel,
Heed my words.
I can see, I can hear it...
You will one day see,
This smile you put on her face.
You'll see that cute,
Bounce to her step.
Dear Fallen Angel,
I have seen and heard,
She is mine to protect,
Mine to guide.
I'm her teacher,
And my sister I always wanted.
Dear Fallen Angel,
Hold her heart firmly,
I plead with you,
I do not want to see her hurt.
I'll tell you why,
Her little flame is weak.
try to ignite it, not snuff it.
History of the PentacleThe History and Lore of the Sacred StarHistory of the Pentacle2 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The terms pentagram and pentacle are sometimes used interchangeably. However, I believe that the most common precise meanings are, the word pentagram comes from the Greek pente meaning five. And gram comes from the Greek verb graphein, to write. The same ending is found in such words as telegram. Thus, pentagram refers to a five pointed star, or any figure of five lines. It is most often used to refer to a symmetrical, five pointed star, with equal sides, drawn either with a single line or with two closely spaced parallel lines. Their overall shape is like the decoration on the top of many C
A True WitchThe witch greets the dayA True Witch4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A candle is lit
With peace and gratitude
In meditation she sits
She plans the day
By the phases of the sacred moon
She sweeps out the old
To make room for the new
She sweetens the air
With incense and oils
She cares for her herbs
And waters the soil
Because she listens
She is given answers
There are things she knows
When she works her magick
The people she loves
In her heart she holds true
She only sees the right
In all that they do
The seasonal Sabbats
Are festive and fun
A feast of celebration
To honor the sun
In the Esbat circle
She draws down the sacred moon
At the midnight hour