Think of This..You want to end it?
Think of this.
You write your suicide note... And you set it on the table.
You take your razor, your silver, two inch razor. And you start to slide it across your wrist. You barely feel a thing. After all, the pain of life is more than the pain of the blade.
And you take that belt you never wore, the one that was too tight, the one you starved yourself to fit into. And you wrap it once, twice around your neck... and you pull it tight.
Barely breathing, you put the ends of the belt on something to hold you up.
Something to strangle you.
Something to kill you.
And you die.
And that's the end, right?
So, so wrong.
Your younger brother, the four year old little boy that you loved so much. He walks into your room, only to find you hanging there, lifelessly. Only to find you with dried tears on your pale face. Only to find your suicide note... the one you left right before you died.
And so he runs in tears to your mother. And she reads the note, barely able to brea
A Tutori-scussion DraftsFirst drafts are fun. Don't look at me like that, they are. Just putting your words down on paper, letting the story escape from your brain and actually exist on paper? That's brilliant. Now, if you get hit by a car or fall into a coma or something, the words are still there. The story didn't die with you.A Tutori-scussion Drafts1 year ago in Other More Like This
Of course, that's just as long as you know what's going to happen. The second you reach a scene that you just can't figure out, everything goes downhill. When you hit that glass wall in your brain where suddenly nothing wants to make sense anymore, or that technical detail you've been putting off dealing with because you'll figure it out when you get to it (oh wow you got to it time to figure it out), it gets a lot less fun.
And that's the hard part about first drafts. There's nothing more terrifying than a blank page when you have no idea what to put on it. I imagine that this is particularly difficult for writers who have already been published and have contracts
Bonus Tip for Dynamic DescriptionsCharacters feel, hear, see, and watch things all the time. But to strengthen your descriptions, try to use those verbs (and those like them) as little as possible.Bonus Tip for Dynamic Descriptions7 months ago in Writing More Like This
She felt his fingers caressing her cheek.According to my research, this is not actually passive voice, but it sure as heck reads like it. The action in the sentence is the caress, and it's weakened because we're focused on the verb directly related to the subject: felt. It's the way we read the English language; the emphasis is always placed on the subject and the companion verb. In this case, "She felt." But "she felt" is not what's important in this sentence.
He caressed her cheek.Much more dynamic this time. We're now focused on the pertinent action. It's cleaner, easier to read.
And get this: readers are smart. We know that she felt it. Unless she is completely paralyzed from head to toe, she's going to feel when so
NAPOWRIMO 30 Days of PromptsDay 1: I am a poet.NAPOWRIMO 30 Days of Prompts2 years 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
Basics: The Art of ImmersionEverything we do as writers is about engaging the reader—from a well-chosen narrative, to simple mechanics like proper grammar, to believable characterizations, to an enthralling plotline. But perhaps nothing has as much ability to truly envelop a reader like dynamic descriptions.Basics: The Art of Immersion7 months ago in Writing More Like This
You know what I’m talking about; you’ve read them in your favorite stories. Where you can smell the damp metallic air just before a thunderstorm, taste the molten smoke and oak in a sip of whiskey, hear the crashing roar of a waterfall, or touch the smooth, supple skin of a newborn babe. Or maybe your heart pounds in terrified anticipation as a character rounds a corner in a haunted mansion. Or is it that first kiss that sends your synapses into overdrive as you read it? Or have you held your breath, lungs burning in hope and fear, as you race through a battle scene?
This is the power of well-written descriptions. And today, we’re going to add that skill to our writing repertoires.
Basics: Well-Written DialogueI’m not a big connoisseur of young adult fiction; typically what I come across is foisted upon me by my teen daughters. I do get excited when one of the books they recommend turns out to be just the right blend of prose, plot, and characters for my personal tastes. There was one series I was forced to read which had a fantastically unique premise, wonderfully fleshed-out characters, and deliciously smooth prose.Basics: Well-Written Dialogue8 months ago in Writing More Like This
But the dialogue. Oh, the dialogue.
Each time the protagonist opened her mouth, I groaned. It wasn’t horrible, per se, just off enough that I’d pop out of the story with a frown. “Wait, that’s not how an 18-year-old talks. That’s not how this 18-year-old talks.” Not compared to the character exposition that the author used for the story, anyway. It was a mild hiccup in the grand scheme of the story—not enough to keep me from reading—but it was a hiccup. Those are never good.
As you guessed, today w
Basics: Your Narrative VoiceWhen I took my first serious steps on this wild and challenging journey called Writing, I was one hundred percent confident as to what kind of author I was going to be (if not entirely certain yet that I had the chops to do it). I was a sci-fi writer with visions of epic space battles and imaginative alien species. Action/Adventure, here I come! (Romance? Meh. Pass.) All told in the narration of third person limited, deep character point of view—past tense, thank you very much.Basics: Your Narrative Voice8 months ago in Writing More Like This
Ah, what wondrous, naïve times those were.
I believed that I had to find my One True Style and One True Genre before I became a real author because that’s what all the published writers I loved seemed to have: a niche. And I tried my very best to find mine. Oh, I was so diligent in sticking with my original plan!
And then I had a fit of whimsy and wrote a parody. Just a nothing little thing. I thought the urge to deviate from my carved-out section in the world of ficti
Basics: Paragraph StructureI love North & South. It’s one of my all-time favorite classic novels (and yes, Richard Armitage in the BBC adaptation is yummy). I love that it’s not only a romance, but an eye-opening social commentary of the industrial age in England. Mad props to Elizabeth Gaskell for producing a mini-epic which has stood the test of time.Basics: Paragraph Structure8 months ago in Writing More Like This
What I don’t love about North & South, however, is the odd mega-long paragraph every couple of chapters. My little eyeballs have a hard time keeping up with the narration without the much needed breaks.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, has been attributed with the quote: “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” He’s not wrong. Writers need more than a grasp of grammar, characterization, and plotting. There silent details to consider as well which, if overlooked, could trip up your readers. And if your readers stumble too many times, they will back away from the story for good. Ev
Basics: Creating 3-Dimensional CharactersBack in my high school days, I fell in love with theater. I have fond memories of trust exercises, dialect lessons, and shenanigans at award ceremonies. I also recall an assignment that my first theater teacher had us do on characterization. We were paired up and given a choice of scenes. After we picked our roles, we were to write down our character’s internal thoughts for every single line of dialogue in the scene and for any blocking (stage direction for the character) written into the script.Basics: Creating 3-Dimensional Characters8 months ago in Writing More Like This
“All of this is vital,” my instructor said. “What your character thinks and feels affects their interactions with the other characters. It’s written in their face, in their movements, in the tone of their voice. Make your character real.”
The same is true of the characters we writers create in stories.
Sometimes we do okay with the main character—especially when writing in first person or deep character third person. But to create a rich story
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 Character2 years 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
Basics: Passive VoicePassive voice is, perhaps, one of the more difficult concepts for new and not-so-new writers to grasp. This was a toughie for me—even when my first mentor tried to explain it a dozen different ways. And apparently there have now been actual scientific studies proving that some people have trouble processing stuff written predominately in passive voice. (Which is probably why politicians routinely use it.)Basics: Passive Voice8 months ago in Writing More Like This
Believe it or not, it’s not as complicated as you might think.
What Passive Voice Is
First, I want to dispel the myth that passive voice is not grammatically correct. It is. It just happens to be the weakest way to compose a sentence—at least, ninety-nine percent of the time (I’ll address that one percent in a bit).
Now, onto the nitty gritty.
The basic sentence is structured with a subject (person or object) and a predicate (the action). In active voice, the subject performs the action.
Sarah closed the door.Sarah has the starring rol
How to Alienate Your Readers in 12 Easy StepsWARNING: There be snark ahead.How to Alienate Your Readers in 12 Easy Steps2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Disclaimer: These steps assume that you have an intriguing premise for your story. If your premise is boring, overdone or just plain pointless, then you needn't bother with the following advice. You've already successfully alienated readers. Congratulations!
1. Grammar? Spelling? Ha! Who needs it?
Okay, so it's fanfiction. I mean, fanfiction for crying out loud. Why should grammar matter, right? because, srsly, its like noone expects this tobe the next great american novel or anything like that, i mean i'm just, writing a story about characters from a movie or tv show or whatever and my plot is super good so ppl will totally love it and not care if i mispel a word or something and who cares about comas or semicolons or stuff like that;and i no the readers will leave me lots and lots of awesome reviews cuz my story is badass take that bitches!!1!
2. The full page paragraph total
Pieces of ProseWhat to Write?Pieces of Prose4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writing up a story or roleplaying, and not sure what to talk about next? Use this list as a guide to help build your prose.
What does the place look like?
Describe the weather or climate
What time of the day is it?
Where is the place located?
Describe the sights, sounds, smells, textures, tastes
Describe the history of a place or how it came about.
How is the place decorated? Which objects occupy the place? What are they made of?
What kind of activity is going on?
Describe any unusual or special objects that stand out
Describe an incident that happened in the past relating to the area
Describe the current happenings and circumstances
Briefly describe the events that took place prior to the scene
Explain the cause of the circumstances
What are the current complications, limitations, misfortunes, or discomforts?
What are the current advantages, pleasures, or good fortunes?
What's one of the worst things that could happen now?
Describe a pas
Reading as a WriterHave you ever set down a book for good because you found something in it you don’t like? If you want to write, I suggest that bad habit end now.Reading as a Writer1 year ago in Writing More Like This
Why, you ask? Because everything you read—and I mean everything–has positive value for you as a writer. Stephen King, and any author worth his or her salt, is a huge advocate of writers reading massive amounts.
Again you ask, why? How can everything be useful? There are a number of reasons and I’ll cover as many as I can.
Reading bad literature teaches you about yourself and shows you what to avoid—or at least how not to do something—in your own work. If you run across something that you don’t like, stop and ask yourself why you don’t like it. Is it just a personal preference? Was it out of place or poorly executed? Does it contradict something from earlier? As soon as you figure out the “why” of something’s badness, you learn a little about yourself and you