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Description: The Basics
Sensory Details Descriptions are a way to suck your reader into your world. You tell them what’s going on in the world and you do it so well you make it real. In order to make it real, you need to make it feel real. You need to make your reader feel exactly what it is like in that scene. To do that,...
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Writing Pirates - A Resource List
A helpful list of resources for all your fictional victorian piracy needs, brought to you by writingandresources!  (The sources on this particular list is mostly relevant to European pirates of the 16th and 17th centuries only, not modern or Asian pirates. Some sources are from the Victorian era (18...
Female villains
Male villains come in the following flavors: Mad scientist Hideous monster (usually male because of gender pronouns, not male animal characteristics) Greedy CEO Dark lord Corrupted by power Criminally insane Antivillain with an interesting backstory Somebody who uses their incredibly destructive pow...
Character Flaws Absent-minded - Preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one’s immediate surroundings. Abstracted, daydreaming, inattentive, oblivious, forgetful. Abusive - Ch...
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Some Things I'd Like to See (Part II)
(character version to go along with plot version I did earlier) More POCs. Yes, very obvious, you say, but I don’t mean just POC protagonists or POC supporting characters, but also environments, cultures, or even worlds that are predominantly POC. More LGBT*QIA. With an emphasis on B, T*, I, a...
Sounds of Nature (Elements and Seasons)
Water Dripping water Trickling water River water Brook Rapids Waterfall Ocean waves Storm waves Tsunami Drizzle Mild rain Deluge Thunderstorm Being underwater Being underwater in rapids Being underwater in the ocean Air Breeze through the trees Gale Tornado Gust Dust Storm Earth Walking through leav...
Plant Symbolism
A Almond – monetary prosperity Aloe – healing, protection; grief, bitterness Alstroemeria – aspiring Alyssum – calms anger Amaryllis – drama Anemone – health, healing Angelica – inspiration; magic Apple – love; healing Arbor vitae – eternal friendship Aspen – eloquence Aster – love Amaryllis – pride...
Character Flaws
Bold the ones that apply to your character: absent-minded | abusive | addict | aggressive | aimless | alcoholic | anxious | arrogant | audacious | bad liar | bigmouth | bigot | blindly obedient | blunt | callous | childish | chronic heroism | clingy | clumsy | cocky | competitive | corrupt | coward...
How to Write Dialogue
Basic Structure There are a few ways to structure dialogue. These are the most common ways to structure a line, although I haven’t seen 7 in a very long time. “The dog’s outside. He’s finally stopped barking,” Anne said. “The dog’s outside. He’s finally stopped barking,” said Anne. “The dog’s outsid...
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Guide to Writing and Publishing a Book
Have you always wanted to publish a book, but don’t know how? That okay! I created a step-by-step guide that can help you put your story down on paper and get it out in the world. On my blog, I now have a Starter Kit for writing your first novel. I’ll take you through the following steps...
Wolf Body Language
Affection – nose-pushing; touching with forepaw; jaw-wrestling; cheek rubbing; facial licking Afraid – wolf tries to make their body smaller; ears flat on the head; tail tucked between the legs; arched back; whines or makes short, sharp barks; runs away with its tail between its legs Angry – ears er...
Writing the LGBT Community
Writing the LGBT community can be hard, especially if you don’t know what you’re talking about. So to start off this post, here’s just a few things that are easily confused both with writers and with society in general. Being gay is not a personality trait. This basically means no stereotyping. Don&...
Writing Tips #168:How to Make the Reader Give A Damn.
Tips by: NaomiOriginally posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek. Here’s the thing about Harry Potter. Sure, the magic is great, the villain frightening and the action hard to look away from. But, do you know what really made J.K. Rowling’s series sell billions of copies? We...
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