How to Write About VampiresHow to Write About Vampires
There are a lot of stories out there about Vampires. But not too many of them make their characters touchable or human. The characters are usually so out of touch with their humanity that the reader really cannot connect with the character. That happens to be one of the main sticking points.
How can I make my Vampire more human?
Well for the Vampire, dont make them too into themselves. Vampires cannot see themselves in a mirror, so how can they be vain? Believe me, if you ever read any of the classic horror novels and do you see any vampire with the ability to see themselves in the mirror? No you dont, so please dont make a vampire vain. Vampires still have their human vices when they turn, yet they can only either recall bits and pieces of their human life or in some cases, they can remember all of it.
What all characteristics do typical Vampires have?
All vampires dont run ar
How to Write About WerewolvesHow to Write About WerewolvesHow to Write About Werewolves7 years ago in Writing More Like This
There are a lot of stories out there about Werewolves. But not too many of them make their characters touchable or human. The characters are usually so out of touch with their humanity that the reader really cannot connect with the character. That happens to be one of the main sticking points.
How can I make my Werewolf more human?
Werewolves cannot remember their moonlit feedings when they are in human form. They are still human yet it is not very obvious that they have an issue. They still have the ability to love, hate, etc that a human can have just that when the moon is out, they cannot recall anything from during the day. That means that anyone is a free meal.
What characteristics do all Werewolves have?
In werewolf form they have the body hair, bigger muscles, longer teeth and faster speed. They are more animalistic than human. They can also walk on all fours or on two legs. Depends on what
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 Dialogue4 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 music of everyday conversation. This exercise asks you to do this more formally, but generally speaking it's helpful to develop your ear by paying attention to the way people talk.
2. Not Exactly like Real Speech.
But dialogue should read like real speech. How do you accomplish that? Alfred Hitchcock said that a good story was "life, w
Character Flaws - EmotionalEmotional flaws are an integral part of making your character likeable to your readers. Believe me when I say, the more perfect your character is, the more your readers are going to be turned off by him or her and the more likely they will be to drop the book and never read it or another one by you again.Character Flaws - Emotional6 years ago in Writing More Like This
The reason is: they won't be able to identify with the character. No one in this world is perfect. If you make a perfect character, your readers are going to feel inferior to that character and hate him/her. They're not going to like the fact that s/he is always right, always wins, always knows everything, always says the right thing, etc., etc.
A character should always have at least two flaws. Especially a main character. This way, your reader can watch them grow and grow with them. If you have a series, I would choose 5 flaws so once your character defeats one flaw, they can start working on the next, just like in real life. Choose one flaw to be the maj
How to name your charactersHow to name your characters7 years ago in Writing More Like This
NAMING YOUR CHARACTERS
There are many problems that a writer can come across when selecting a name for a character, here I hope to deal with some of the major pitfalls, and hopefully give some useful tips
~ Unique and different names are not an excuse to ignore good characterisation. Would you take these characters seriously?
Southern. D. Wattserfield
These are all names that I came up with off the top of my head or based on words about my desk. It is not difficult to come up with a new, unique name. But that doesnt instantly make your character interesting or cool.
There is nothing wrong with an unusual name (something my parents have told me for years), but if your story is chock full of unique and different names then many established readers and writers may not take your work seriously.
I once read someone
TCM- 10 tips for bad-guysATTENTION: This was written several years ago, I've learned a lot since then, TAKE EVERYTHING WITH A GRAIN OF SALT I APOLOGIZE FOR FALSE INFORMATION OR THINGS THAT MAY ACTUALLY IN FACT HARM YOUR WRITINGTCM- 10 tips for bad-guys6 years ago in Writing More Like This
I'm currently working on a new series of writings on... writing.... that I will be posting soon. Thank you, Casti out.
Hello, folks, and welcome to Episode 2 of The Castaway Method!
In this episode, we will be covering what it takes to make a good bad guy.
1) Being a "Good" bad guy, does not mean you are actually on the Main character's side, and are only pretending to be bad. That is stupid, cliché, and boring. If your main bad-guy is actually a Good-guy, where's the plot? Your Bad-guy must be evil. Pure evil. So evil, that if I took a photo and ate it, it would taste like evil with a dashing of awesomeness.
2) But, how do you make your character evil? Don't give him a conscience, whatever you do. If your bad-guy has a conscience, he can't be pure
Voices... For and About KidsVoices in Writing For and About KidsVoices... For and About Kids6 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Well, the title of this piece promises a guide to writing for and about kids. This is an all-encompassing phrase that, I hope, will grab anybody who wants to write for or about any characters between the ages of about nought and eighteen. So, is this the part where I reveal that this guide is actually more limited than that? No it is not! At least, I have done my very best to cater to all possible needs, with the following handy headings:
Issues and Obstacles
The Voice of the Child: Advice on Writing Dialogue
Childrens Literature and the Narrative Voice
Young Adult Fiction and the Teenage Voice
I admit it: this guide is not going to be short, and while it is not going to be excessively long either, it will try to answer every question I have been able to anticipate.
Issues and Obstacles
Picture this. You have s
How to Read Science Fiction"The science-fictional world is not only one different in time or place from our own, but one whose chief interest is precisely the difference that such difference makes."How to Read Science Fiction7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Carl Freedman, Critical Theory and Science Fiction
At its heart, the central tenet of science fiction is the question: "What if?" Despite or perhaps due to its wide-ranging themes, the genre provides the perfect platform for exploring that most fundamental of ideas: the human condition.
The main difference between science fiction and related genres (such as fantasy) is that sci-fi deals with the possible if not always the plausible. But the basics of storytelling remain the same, regardless of category: the author must establish the status quo, introduce the characters, and provide a conflict to be resolved.
The freedom of science fiction is in broadening the author's options, often with the intended goal of highlighting a current social concern (e.g., controvers
An Essay on Naming CharactersWhat's In a Name?An Essay on Naming Characters9 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
An Essay on Naming Characters
By Kate Logan
When it comes to character creation, be it for a story or an illustration, choosing the proper name for a character is vital. All too often do I see characters with poorly thought-out names: the chivalrous knight Darren Starhawk; the sweet, innocent Lady Elvira; or the rough-and-tumble brawler Poindexter. On their own, these names are fine (even Starhawk, if you're going for a sci-fi flare), but they simply don't work with the characters they are describing. No one is going to take poor old Poindexter seriously, no matter how big his muscles are. To remedy this catastrophe, here are a few tips and guidelines when naming characters.
First, a little game. Below is a list of several of my characters and a brief description of each, all mixed up and out of order. Try to correctly match the name to the character description. The answers are at the end of this essay (no peeking!).
1. Senshi Meijin
Tips for Writing Writers 1Tips for Writing Writers 16 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. How to Make Great Characters
How do you create great characters? Well you have to make us sympathize with them; give us a reason to care when they are in danger. There are many ways of doing this, but here is just a few:
Help them stand out:
No they do not need to be a super hero or have the weirdest clothes, but it is good to have something that makes them...well...them! For an example you could have a cheerleader who practices kickboxing, a guy bad tough cop with poor people skills who has a kitten, or maybe the girl who is forced to be perfect by her parents has a secret comic book collection under her floorboards.
Habits are another way of making someone stand out. Someone could have a habit of blowing bubble gum bubbles, while another could touch a necklace or bite a lip when they are worried.
No one likes to read about a perfect character; that would just be boring. Instead make your character seem more human with flaws. You could make them scared
Guide to SymbolismI have searched the wonder that happens to be the internet to provide you with his guide to symbolism.Guide to Symbolism4 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 information, the hero passes into a real or figurative hell from which he may emerge after he discovers the blackest truths of himself
The hero falls to a lower level from a comparative heaven after a loss of innocence and happiness because of a transgression, a wrong.
Death and Rebirth
Usually a metaphorical death,
Getting to Know Your CharacterGetting to know your character(The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)Getting to Know Your Character6 years ago in Writing More Like This
As mentioned in the filled-out character sheet, the first best way to get to know your character is to write down everything you can about them in a character sheet.
This includes, but is not limited to, their personal history (whether it will appear in the story or not), the names of their family members, their physical looks, their personality, and so on and so forth.
The second best way is to write about them. Put them into all sorts of little-bit situations so you know how theyd react to something. For instance, my Character Milan is an in-training scientist. We know, from the character sheet, that she carries weapons and has very little association with her mothers side of the family and the only people she knows about on her mothers side of the family are her grandmother Rant and her grandfather, Maren. Shes adventurous and loves anything that has to deal with the distant past.
Punctuation BasicsPunctuation Basics7 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writing is like math. If you dont follow the right formula, you end up in a state of mass confusion. Synonymously, punctuation is like following a map. If you miss the street signs, youll end up completely lost. The following is a list of common English punctuation marks and their most basic functions. Contrary to popular belief, there are no exceptions to these rules. Breaking them has never been in style.
The most common English punctuation marks include the following:
. = period
? = question mark
! = exclamation point
, = comma
= quotation marks
; = semicolon
: = colon
- = hyphen
( ) = parentheses
. . . = ellipse
Wow, thats a lot of symbols! So, how do you use them as you write? Here's a quick and dirty list.
1) Every sentence must end in a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
2) A comma signifies a pause, distinguishes betw
Types of WritersThe first mistake that most writers and teachers make is to think there is only one way of writing--their way. Because of this, it often leaves beginning writers feeling cold and confused. However, this is a huge myth.Types of Writers5 years ago in Writing More Like This
As there are as many writers in the world there are different ways to write. (I use them all.) However, prose writers tend to fall into these categories... (as other writers have pointed out).
The way one writes: Improvisation, milestone, outline
Order in which a person writes: linear (forwards), skip around, backwards.
Projects at one time: Multi-project, targeted project, single project
Of course when one does the research, before, after, during and other factors also contribute. Also if the writer thinks they are "character-driven" "plot-driven" or "story-driven" makes differences too. These categories are more on the line of seeing what kinds of writing is produced.
THE WAY ONE WRITES
You go by the seat of
The Epic Journey ChecklistI always love those epic stories where we follow a group of characters, travelling around a world (either real or imaginary). Where these characters encounter new trials in a different country/land/location every episode/chapter we tune in. This is a little checklist I made for making "journey" or "travelling" stories.The Epic Journey Checklist4 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. A hero We need a primary character to tell the story through. This character does not have to be "the hero" of the story, but they should play a significant part in the journey.
2. A supporting cast Allies, mentors, a leader (of course, if the hero isn't the leader) and people with special skills that will be of value to the leader. These characters not only support the story and provide alternative points of view, but they can also provide a shoulder for the hero to lean on.
3. A backstory Characters should have their own history and unique traits that you find out over the story as you get to know them.
4. A mode of trans