These Hands Are So Red...These Hands Are So Red...
These hands are now red and so slicked with this blood,
I can't even wash it in a basin of mud...
As I scrape at the skin of those demons I chase,
I am left with a smile mixed with pain on my face.
Since I swore I would savour this blatant disgrace,
Let perversion be writ in these scars I will trace.
From the tip of my shoulders to the base of my tongue,
Are the names of those sleepers so cold and so young...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 15th March 2013
Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character Your character's name is one of the most important decisions you have to make when writing a story. There are tons of resources for naming your characters (baby name websites being my personal favorite) but there are also many things you should take into consideration. Here are some do's and don'ts in no particular order.Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character10 months ago in Writing More Like This
Similar names for twins I read an article on names recently that expressly forbid the use of matching or similar twin names because it was "overdone". While yes, naming your twins Jayden and Kayden can be a bit tacky sounding, the truth is that people do it. A lot. I've personally met a pair of identical twins named Kirsten and Kristen. Do I think their parents are crazy? A little, but when you're choosing names for your twins, it's hard not to look for rhyming or alliteration. For writers, my only suggestion is to make them visually different enough that readers can tell them apart. Jace and Jackson are easy tw
NAPOWRIMO 30 Days of PromptsDay 1: I am a poet.NAPOWRIMO 30 Days of Prompts1 year ago in Literature Templates More Like This
Day 2: I own my flesh.
Day 3: Tell a lie.
Day 4: Love through letters.
Day 5: A thousand kisses deep.
Day 6: Monochromatic fears.
Day 7: You have 7 days to live.
Day 8: Glow in the dark stars
Day 9: Misplaced bones
Day 10: Write as if you are a body part.
Day 11: Wake the dead.
Day 12: Love bites
Day 13: I never think about ____ anymore.
Day 14: Find me.
Day 15: 7 Deadly Sins
Day 16: 3AM coffee
Day 17: Kiss the stars on her arms.
Day 18: ‘Last night—’
Day 19: What is your sign? Write about it.
Day 20: Galaxy skin
Day 21: What is tangled up in your heartstrings?
Day 22: A fight in a stairwell
Day 23: A forbidden desire
Day 24: Stitched the words into my heart
Day 25: Cross-hatched skin
Day 26: Artist fingers
Day 27: Holding up the universe
Day 28: Dig deep
Character Bio TemplateHeadline:Character Bio Template8 months ago in Literature Templates More Like This
(A piece of text that your character has physically spoken that somehow relates to them)
Full Name: (The character's full name)
Also Known As: (Any aliases or nicknames, no need to say who gave them)
Age: (The number of years the character has lived. It would be helpful to include the aging system if character is otherworldly or ages unusually)
Gender: (Birth sex of the character. If transgender via surgery, make that known)
Sexual Orientation: (Homosexual, Heterosexual, Bisexual, or Asexual. I don't personally place Bi-curiosity, or pan-sexuality here, as pansexuality would fall under bisexuality, and bi-curiosity, if one has yet to engage in a relationship with the opposing sex yet, isn't solidified at the time. Both of these can be further explained in the Relationship or Trivia sections anyway.)
Marital Status: (Single, Dating, Married, Mated Pair, or Uninterested. I reserve "Uninterested" for
Creating a New WorldCreating a New World3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Please copy and paste this into a Word document or deviation. Then highlight the information after the colons and type over it.
Time/Era: Exact year or approximate time
Name of Country: For fun, you could alter the name of an old empire. For example, the Assyrian Empire (Mesopotamia, BC) was particularly brutal, so a twist off of that name could be interesting for more educated readers. Readers love to be in on jokes like that. Oh, and don't steal Asrian Empire. I already called it.
Geography: I recommend you draw a map (it doesn't have to be exact; it's for consistency)
Landscape: Trees, soil, water, buildings... Imagine you were flying over the place in an airplane. What would you see down below?
Housing: How big are the houses that the people live in, and what are they made of? If they're members of a migrant tribe, what do they use for shelter, and how do they transport their shelters? (If that last question is an issue, l
A Guide to InspirationDo you ever sit at your computer, staring at a blank screen? You want to add a chapter to your novel, add another verse to your poem, or draw a beautiful landscape, but you can't get yourself to do it. Your hand won't sweep that pencil over the paper. The words won't flow from your keyboard to your computer screen. It happens to everyone.A Guide to Inspiration2 months ago in Other More Like This
But fear not! I will share the many ways to gain inspiration and battle artists/writers block.
Music is good for the soul, and therefore one of the key ingredients to gaining inspiration. Whether it be Mozart or Lincoln Park, your favorite music can send you to different worlds if you let it.
But don't be boring and just listen to songs you've already heard! Experiment! Take a look at the suggested videos on Youtube (but be careful). Maybe listen to a song you've never heard, but that was written/performed by a favorite band of yours. Chances are, you'll run into a song you adore.
Once you've done that, just listen to i
100 Writing Prompts100 Writing Prompts100 Writing Prompts2 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. It's like a riddle, you see.
2. Rain was falling in the street.
3. They say a monster lives in those hills.
4. I tried opening it, but it's like it was locked.
5. The sky was so heavy I could almost touch it.
6. Why did he bring me here?
7. I keep having the same dream.
8. I always knew this would come back to haunt me.
9. How did the windows get so dirty?
10. I don't think they've mowed their lawn in weeks.
11. That's what happens when two people like that meet.
12. He really had to borrow a cup of sugar.
13. The water stopped flowing from the tap.
14. That old tree finally fell last night.
15. Maybe tomorrow he'll come.
16. I can't believe it's Saturday!
17. Did I ever tell you about the footprints?
18. You told me to look for the red teacup, but it's not ther
Tips and advice for writing better angstBefore you start writing the most tragic back story ever for your character, I’d like to point out that not all good characters need angst. Its best if used sparingly and not the main focus of the plot. Also, just because someone’s OC has an angsty past, does not immediately make said character a Mary-Sue. If they have angst for all the wrong reasons, then they are a Mary-Sue.Tips and advice for writing better angst2 weeks ago in Writing More Like This
If you are writing certain types of trauma (rape, child abuse, ect.) try to include a trigger warning, unless it is a fanfiction of something that possesses the same exact type of trauma.
Part one: Writing Angst in General
First decide why you want to give this character angst in the first place. If you don’t what your character to be seen as a Mary-Sue, than you must have a good reason for their suffering. A good reason for angst might be to show why your character is the way they are today. Some bad reasons for trauma would be to make people feel sorry for your character, o
Warrior cat namesHow to Make a Warrior name that does not FAILWarrior cat names3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Things to remember.
Warriors are named at birth. That is they are given a prefix based on tarts apparent when they are born. Some things to think of are. What colour is my cat? What size are they? What gender are they? What sort of fur do they have? Once you have taken these into account you give your kitten a kit name.
Things to keep in mind.
1) Naming a kit for their eyes. Kits are born with their eyes shut. They cannot see, and when their eyes do open a few weeks later they are blue. So naming a kit after their eyes is not done.
2) Naming a Star, Paw or kit. This goes without saying. These are saved for prefixes to indicate rank.
3) Remmeber, the mother does not know what the kit will do in life. So naming it after skills should be avoided. Say a mother named her kit Healingkit and be became a jerks warrior? He'd look pretty foolish. Nor does she know a kit's future personality. Gentlekit is not a good idea. However this is not a hard an