Readymades: Hallmarks of Lazy WritingReadymadesReadymades: Hallmarks of Lazy Writing1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Hallmarks of Lazy Writing
ShadowedAcolyte here for projecteducate's Prose Basics Week. I decided to tackle "lazy writing" as a topic, because they always say "write what you know" and boy, do I know laziness. Then I realized there were dozens of ways to be a lazy writer, so I heroically narrowed the scope of my article down to one broad topic: readymades. After talking about what a "readymade" is, I'll explain why they should be avoided in writing prose*, and I'll finish with some tips to help you avoid using them yourself.
Before we go any further, I should note that the term is not a technical one. It is the word I was taught to use to identify a set of common problems with weak writing, so it's the word I use. I hope you'll find this article helpful, but it's not a textbook.
*I say "prose" because it's Prose Basics Week, but readymades infect poetry as well. If you're more a poet than a prose
Batman Original Character!Hey-o, everyone! I have this Batman character that I've been working on for a while and if anyone of my friends and watchers who are into Batman wants to roleplay with her using an OC or a Canon charrie then feel free to post a comment here. However, I'd greatly appreciate it if the posts are three sentences or more with good gramma and spelling and, most importantly, show, don't tell. I'd appreciate it if people gave me constructive criticism as well. Anyway, here is my original character:Batman Original Character!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Name (last, first middle): Sinnet, Mallory
Age: Mallie looks twenty-five. She is actually thirty four. The Wendigo has its possessed age slowly so that it may last longer. The Wendigo's age is unknown, but it is quite ancient.
Gender: Mallie: Female. Wendigo: None.
Height: Mal: Five feet. Wendigo: Five feet, eight inches.
Jeff the Killer X Reader pt.28Jeff the Killer X Reader pt.281 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Alexis nodded and pointed at the leader coming your way and has his 'gang' behind him. You looked at Jeff and you saw him giving them a death glare and put his hand in his pocket to grab his knife.
"Jeff..." you said.
"I have to (Y/n) and you can't stop me..." he said.
"Actually I was going to say to call BEN and Jack to help you.." you said.
"Why them?" he whined.
"Because, you can't fight them by yourself, you need back-up.." you sighed.
He got up and walked down the ramp but you grabbed his wrist.
"Jeff, I wouldn't...." you said.
"(Y/n), he going to get killed. You know the leader doesn't do fist to fist, he'll just shoot him...." Alexis said.
"I know but Jeff..." you said.
"(Y/n), don't worry...I'll be fine....." he said before he kissed your forehead and left.
You sighed and looked at Alexis
"He's a dead man.." Alexis said.
"I wouldn't say that.." you said.
"Why? Does he keep a weapon with him too?" she said.
Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?At this point, you've all had awesomesauce articles on word choice, varying sentences, dialect, and dialogue. Which is great, because it cuts my job down to five minutes of nattering on about how you bring all these elements together to create that elusive thing people always go on about: VOICE.Prose Basics: What is Voice, Anyway?11 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Voice is the personality of the book.
You know that thing about avoiding cliché except every single plotline ever has been done and has the TVTropes article to prove it and OH GODS WHY?!?!
Voice solves 97% of that. It lends originality to your story by tossing a filter over the whole thing. 'The Shining' needed that kid-voice so readers could stare in horror over his shoulder, understanding things like the dark cloud of suicide in his father's head without having his reaction ruin half a page of ominous build. 'Dir
How to Plot Like a GrimIn ten simple steps, you too can plot like a Grim.How to Plot Like a Grim2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
1. Get an idea
This can be a brief snippet of dialogue. Or an ending that just seems perfect. Sometimes it's just the concept of what I'd like to see a character go through. I write that down. Usually it doesn't see the cold light of day for at least a couple months, but when I've thought about it long enough and can't seem to get the idea out of my head, that's when I sit down and start plotting things out a bit.
2. Work out the basic plot
Now that I've got the idea, I need to work out the basic details. But how do I do that? Well, I write it down. Then I think about the different angles to get to that idea. I write those down. If it's dialogue, who's talking? What do they feel? Who are they talking to? If it's a snippet of a scene, who's in the scene? Why are they there? What are they doing? What's going on outside of that scene?