Writing Lesson: Writing ConversationsWhile 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 make some really silly, simple mistakes. In an effort to help out, I'm going to be putting up a few "Quick Tips" that might help you improve your writing and get more readers.More Like This
For this "Quick Tips" entry, I'm going to focus on conversation and the use of quotations. Here we go
Punctuation in Quotations
When a character is speaking, their statement is often followed by, "she said" or, "he mumbled". However, you have to keep in mind that this is still part of the sentence!
Incorrect: "Wait, I have to tie my shoe." she said.
Correct: "Wait, I have to tie my shoe," she said.
Even though her statement ended, the sentence carried on to tell the reader that it was she who spoke. That's how it works with a period, but with exclamation marks and question marks, many people choose to ignore t
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If you are like me, you are someone who finds a lot of benefit in making lists and keeping a lot of notes. This has naturally lead me into developing my own system in organizing my numerous story projects, in a way that keeps them easily accessible, clear, and able to hold any and all Information I need.
World building and Plot making are sometimes time-intensive processes. They can be spread out over long distances of time, or larger chunks of building sprees. Whatever works for you is great! If you aren't sure, listen to your whims. This is a very flexible and customizable system that can flow however you do. This method however is not for everyone, if you are not a list oriented person, this may seem more like a chore. If you are unsure, give it a try and see how well it works out for you.
This entire system centers around using and modifying a basic template. I use this templat
Love your verbsWrite five paragraphs without using adverbs. The goal is to remember to use strong verbs in the first place.More Like This
Randomness, to get you started
-Lying there, I pondered my situation.
-At that moment, I swore my eyes were lying to me.
Words: Dreams, warehouse, Rain
September, Guns, Wishes
Flies, old books, shoes
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· General Personality Description: Inquisitive, up beat, puts a lot of energy into what he commits to, yet rarely has a down to business attitude but a carefree almost joking one. But he tries his best to be reasonable when things get out of control. If I had to classify him under the four Greek elements, he'd be air with some water. He calculative, but more like an engineer than a mathematician. Looks to the future frequently.
· Interests: Is curious about everything in phases but especially mechanics. Hasn't gotten to have much of an outlet for that. Most of his gets absorbed in school work and helping his mom with her work (ie public appearances for political campaigns). He is allowed to choose his own curriculum and pick his own private tutors. His mom's influence in the classes he takes ends at four areas being required: history, literacy, math, science. Joined a mechanics club in the last 2 yea
World Building Formula pt. 1-2World Building FormulaMore Like This
Section 1: Real Life Influences
Before we delve into creating an imaginary world, we must understand the importance of using real life influences as a base. No one can imagine anything not based on real life.
The best way to start creating or to fine-tune an imaginary world is to find influences from our world to be inspired from.
If a fantastical world has cargo full of imaginary species and magic or alternate laws of physics, the reader needs something, at least a few principles, that are the same as Earths so that they have grounding in your story. Theres a fine balance, as many wise writer types will say between patronizing and keeping your audience in the dark enough that they want to know more. The correct balance allows them to understand without confusion while being drawn on through the book by suspense.
Section 2: Nature
Reality, or at least what we perceive as reality, is probably the most key factor in what w
Overview of the Kingdom of SericanaThe United Kingdom of Sericana is an absolute monarchy situated on the western part of the eastern continent of Levans (Nemansh for “rising”, stemming from the fact that the sun rises from the East), traversed by the Siber River and bordered by the Cerenarius Sea on the west, the Kingdom of Marsoire on the east, the Taiffarate of Jeffrenia to the northeast, the Kingdom of Casardur to the northwest, with the Kingdom of Asur and the Black Nations along its southern border.More Like This
It is the largest, wealthiest and most powerful of the Seven Nemansh Nations and holds considerable influence over them, rendering effectively as satellite states. It is currently ruled by King Napoleon the First, of the House of Astrae.
Sericana is widely recognized as the known world’s foremost land military power and one of the two so called Paramount Powers, the other being the city-state of Naupactus, across the sea. These two states and their respective allies and vassals have been involved in a