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Genre Help: Horror
Hey, y’all! How’s that writing coming along? Today in Genre Help, I’ve compiled a list of links to help further understand and write HORROR (Wiki page definition). (With some appropriate music~ X) — SUB-GENRES Gothic Lovecraftian Noir Post-Apocalyptic Erotic Dark Fantasy Psy...
Outlining your Novel
Now that NaNoWriMo is getting closer, it’s time to start thinking about planning and outlining. While this is a strategy that doesn’t work for everyone, it’s undeniable that it might come in handy when it comes to writing a novel. If you’re still deciding whether outlining is...
Writing Tips #96: How To Write A War or Battle Scene in Your Novel
Tips by Stephanie J. Hale Originally posted on stephaniejhale.wordpress.com Writing about war in a novel can seem pretty daunting – especially if you haven’t experienced it yourself. War may be the main theme of your book; or war may be a just small part of your story. Even if you haven’t had dire...
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Writing References
I decided to make a reference post on most of the writing topics I’ve covered so far. If you’re looking for something specific, this might make it easier. Hope this helps! General writing posts— http://tmblr.co/Zq1MFwdYP2Q_ Ideas Worth Your Time http://tmblr.co/Zq1MFwd5V0q_ Antagonists http://tmbl...
I Got 99 Problems (and Cliches in Epic Fantasy are all of them)
PROPHECY AND DESTINY Women as setting pieces or rewards Blind mimicry of J. R. R. Tolkien without the work Tolkien put in “The Chosen One” Soul mates Infodumps Blatant moral lessons Good vs. Evil The father is always the mysterious and/or missing parent Good = modeling agency hot. Evil = ugly, missh...
Editing Checklist
Editing Software: StyleWriter 4 is fantastic. It’s an add-on for Microsoft word and has a 14-day trial period. It goes through your text, picks out “glue words”, misspellings, long sentences, homonyms, passive tense, shows your reading grade level, and more. Editminion *FREE* check...
Writing dialogue is one of those key elements of fiction that a lot of writers struggle with. Here are 5 ways to write realistic dialogue. Never use dialogue as an information dump...
Writing About Immortality
ORIGIN Granted Immortality – the character is given immortality. Gods and other high-magic beings will gift their mortal friends or pawns. Or perhaps the character has found a magical artifact or spell that will make them immortal. In other words, the character is born mortal, but becomes immortal. ...
1. Characters describing themselves in mirrors2. Broadcasting an upcoming plot twist3. Blaming bad behavior on bad parenting4. Too many inside jokes/references5. The chosen one6. C...
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...
100 Exquisite Adjectives
Adamant: unyielding; a very hard substanceAdroit: clever, resourcefulAmatory: sexualAnimistic: quality of recurrence or reversion to earlier formAntic: clownish, frolicsomeArcadian: sereneBaleful: deadly, forebodingBellicose: quarrelsome (its synonym belligerent can also be a noun)Bilious: unpleasan...
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
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,...
Common and Over-the-Top Plot Devices
We see the same plot devices used over and over again on television, in movies, and in the books we read, but a lot of them work—which is why we use them all the time. However, there are some common and/or over-the-top plot that should be cut from some stories, unless you’ve found a clever way to re...
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Blood
The average human body has about 1.3 gallons (5 L) of blood It accounts for 7% of total body weight Veins are large blood vessels carrying deoxygenated blood to the lungs. The lungs oxygenate the blood with oxygen from the air. Then, the blood goes into arteries. Arteries are large blood vessel...
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