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
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 Drafts3 months 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
Help! I have a Mary Sue!Help! I have a Mary Sue!4 months ago in Writing More Like This
You know that you have a Mary Sue when she upsets the monochromatic color scheme of my Writer's Guides.
Mouse over blue text to see a note.
Internet communities often lash out at writers who create Mary Sues. Declaring the writing to be below their standards, they proceed to punish the creators. They mock the characters, verbally abuse the writers, and write hyperbolically about how much they wish the characters would die.
Bullying writers (who may be very young) is only going to make them afraid to write—and therefore improve—or share their work. Not only that, but it discourages other writers from speaking for fear of public mockery, and it may silence the voices that could someday become great.
If you've directly or indirectly suffered from the abuse of such individuals, let me first apologize on their behalf. I don't care if your story stinks so much that it can be smelled from fifty miles away; mocking you for it is cyberbullying. If you find people who try to h
Writing Lesson: Your Character's Parents While I am not a professional by any means, I have been writing for many years and, more recently, beta-reading as well. In all of my experience, I've noticed that a lot of to-be authors follow the easy trends and miss out on some great story telling opportunities. Hopefully this guide will help you improve your story and learn that the easy way out isn't always the best! If you would like more writing guides and tutorials, check out the description below.Writing Lesson: Your Character's Parents1 year ago in Writing More Like This
For this "Quick Tips" entry, I'm going to focus on an important part of back story: parents.
*Please note! I understand that, unfortunately, not everyone reading this has parents. If your parents have passed away or are otherwise absent, please forgive anything written here that might be considered upsetting. These scenarios are for fictional parents only and when I say "dead", I do not mean it to sound nearly as insensitive as it
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
Types of Mary-Sue'sAngsty Sue: This type of Sue is created for people to feel bad for because of some dark past. Every other character in the story (unless they're mean or spiteful) will always make the Sue’s angst the biggest issue in the story and the fact that she constantly dwells in her own self pity will be considered a “natural reaction”. If two characters both have traumatic experiences, the Sue will receive more attention no matter what. The main goal of these is often to have the OC cuddle with a canon character.Types of Mary-Sue's3 weeks ago in Writing More Like This
Example one: Fred has just had his leg chopped off and will die if he does not receive medical attention immediately, but Mary-Sue is crying because of her daddy issues so everyone is busy comforting her. When Fred tries to call attention to the fact that he’s dying, the others will call him selfish for not caring about Mary-Sue.
Example two: Best friends, Lucy and Mary-Sue were both kidnapped. Lucy was raped, and Mary-Sue witnessed it. W
Ultimate Character ProfileGeneral Profile Info:Ultimate Character Profile4 years ago in Other More Like This
Nickname(s) (if any):
Occupation (how do they feel about their job?):
Economic Status (now and in the past):
Environment (how has it affected them now and in the past):
Religious Beliefs (how important is it to them?):
Body Type (endomorphic, ectomorphic or mezomorphic):
Hair (colour and style):
Accessories/Weapons (if any):
Powers (if any):
Magic and Powers:
Does this character know magic (spells, etc)?:
Does this character possess any kind of superpower?:
What are the limitations of this magic or power?:
What are the weaknesses of this magic or powe
Ultimate Species ProfileI tried to cover everything possible, but there were so many questions that fit into more than one profile sheet. This was ultimately designed for developing a creature of your own (that is not a real animal or well known fantasy creature) to the point where it has its own civilisation. If your creature was intended to be just an animal in your world, then ignore all the complex civilisation questions. I intend to make a profile for societies and world/planets later on.Ultimate Species Profile4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Age (how long has the species existed?):
Defence Mechanisms/Strategies (how do they protect themselves against predators?):
Locomotion (how do they move? Eg. humans walk, snakes slither):
Herbivore, Carnivore or Omnivore?:
Diet (specifically what they eat):
Illnesses (any unique diseases that the species is vulnerable to?):
Problems (any p
Simplified Character ProfileThis is a stripped down version of my previous character profile. Use it to simply develop a personality (the heart and soul), and then you can reuse it in various stories under different character names.Simplified Character Profile4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Self Description (who the character believes they are):
Virtues (good personality traits):
Vices (undesirable personality traits):
Personality flaws (I guess this could also fit under vices):
Most common emotions:
Emotions they try to block or hide:
Personal Values (moral values/ethics, personal outlook on life, etc):
How does the character feel about themselves? (things/aspects/features about them that they like, dislike, reject or would change if they could):
Ambition (what they ultimately want):
Motive (why they want the ambition and how they plan to get it):
Any conflicting desires? (one desire preventing the obtaining of another):
Problems (both internal and external, things
Ultimate Scene ProfileI decided to do another one. Use this profile to flesh out the scenes you want to include in your story.Ultimate Scene Profile4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Basic scene details (what characters are doing, what happens, etc):
What purpose does this scene serve to the story as a whole? (if a scene has no purpose and is just in there because you like it, it's a darling, and we must kill our darlings):
How does this scene affect the overall plot of the story? (if you've already explained this, no need to repeat yourself):
What is the main conflict in this scene (the characters' problems, conflict between or within the characters):
NOTE: This section requires other readings. If you don't have knowledge of the hero's journey or the three act structure (two popular plot structuring devices used in countless films), then ignore this part.
At what stage of the hero's journey does this scene take place? How does it fit into this stage?:
In which act of the story does this
How to avoid creating a Mary-sueHow to avoid creating a Mary-sue OC.How to avoid creating a Mary-sue6 months ago in Writing More Like This
Ever read a story containing a freakishly perfect character? These are some steps to avoid it:
1.) Know what you’re writing about.
Don’t start writing about something you don’t know too much about. Do some research (that’s why google exists!!! Duh…)
2.) Give them an obvious flaw.
Everyone has at least one flaw in their personality, and doesn’t get it perfect the first time round. Make them impatient (just an example) or make sure if they’re good at something they don’t get it right first time round.
3.) Make them share the ‘spotlight.’
Make sure you don’t make your OC be the center of the universe! Seriously, that doesn’t seem realistic… Make them be part of a group. Let the other characters (from the anime/manga/whatever you’re writing a fanfiction about) have moments when their minds aren’t flooding with thoughts of your OC.)
4.) Take things slow. (*laughin
Character Bio TemplateCharacter BioCharacter Bio Template11 months ago in Literature Templates More Like This
Meaning of Name:
Nickname(s) [If Any]:
Height & Body Type:
Type of Dresser:
Hair Color & Style:
Interests (different than likes and dislikes. What does your character have a passion for?):
Self-Image (how does your character see him/herself? Is he/she confident, or are they insecure?):
Weakness (Must have at least one):
Popular(extravert) or Loner (introvert):
15 Writing Prompts15 Writing Prompts15 Writing Prompts5 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. The sky was darkening when two young girls started to dance. Peoples jointed then and others started to sing. He then started to sing along.
2. I couldnt believe I was finally there; that all this time spent traveling to that city had come to and end. Of course I was happy, but it was Not what I excepted. Slowly, I realized that I was disappointed.
3. Death is a weird thing, life is even weirder. They both inspire a question who is simple and complex at the same time: Why?
4. I want to save you but I dont think I can, so Ill try until the last hope has faded away.
5. Kat started to unpack her things as I was studying her. She didnt look like the girl that I remembered. In my memories, she had blond hair but hers was brown. Kat had changed, but I was happy to see her again anyway.
6. The fire alarm was screaming, men were running but the two teens couldnt stop themselves from staring at each other. The girl took a deep bre
Nobody Loves My Character!Nobody Loves My Character!2 years ago in Writing More Like This
On making characters lovable, in your story and online
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Disclaimer: This is a troubleshooting guide, and it doesn't necessarily cover every possible solution. It's based on my own experience, and not every idea may fit every character or work. Please use your common sense and personal taste when applying this information. Thanks for reading!
It's every writer's nightmare: your characters, after all the things you've put them through and all the months or years they've inhabited your head, have been eagerly displayed to the public and received an unenthusiastic response. Your audience has not been enchanted. They do not drool, fall hopelessly in love, or draw fan art in droves. They don't even pick favorite characters or whine for more information! You've failed. Nobody understands your characters. Nobody understands you.
...Wait a second. Try again?
Deviants who regularly post OC stories and art are lucky: their relationship with their audien