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Xtreme Culture Questionnaire
For anyone doing some hardcore world-building. Religion What - if any - deities are there? What do they do? Is there an important manuscript? How did the world begin? What - if anything - happens after death? What - if anything - will end the world? Are there holidays? How do people worship? Where...
Information on Panic Attacks
How to write panic attacks if you have never experienced one? I understand the symptoms, but trying to get into the mind set is a lot harder than just understanding what is meant to be felt. - Anonymous  I understand what you mean, specially since you can’t always trust the information you ...
Dialogue and the "said" rule
By  Martyn V. Halm The main reason for the ‘said’ rule, is that 'said’ is invisible.  If you write a whole page of dialogue, readers need to be able to distinguish between the speakers. There are several ways of doing that: Action tag: Peter threw the mug across the kitchen. &ldqu...
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5 Tips for Creating Metaphors (Which Are Like Similes)
Aaaah, metaphors: they can be a writer’s best friend, or worst enemy (see what I did there?). When done well, they can add a whole other dimension to your writing. But you can’t necessarily just compare sadness to road kill and be on your merry way. Metaphor creation is a honed writing skill. Befor...
How to Create Characters That Are Believable and Memorable by Glen C. Strathy
If you create characters from the outset who will fulfill the dramatic functions of your plot (see Archetypal Characters ), you will have saved yourself a considerable amount of rewriting later on. Assuming you read the previous article and have now created characters (or at least ideas for characte...
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One of my most frequently-offered pieces of writing advice
“The equine steed haughtily crested the gently-rising berm.” No. The fucking horse came over the fucking hill. If that isn’t interesting enough within the context of your story, your story cannot be rescued by savaging a perfectly innocent thesaurus to death and cannibalizing its c...
Writing Tips: Pacing your Story
Be aware of how syntax can affect a story.  Longer sentences that flow and offer a ton of imagery tend to be slow and at times, even lulling. Shorter sentences tend to come across as swift and brisk. Keep in mind that sentence variation is always critical in a story, but be aware of how shifting th...
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21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors
A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist. Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf ...
How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals
James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares ideas about using behavior science to improve your performance and master your habits. For fresh ideas on how to live a healthy life — both mentally and physically — join his free newsletter. We all have goals and dreams, but it can...
Character Flaws Absent-minded - Preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one’s immediate surroundings. Abstracted, daydreaming, inattentive, oblivious, forgetful. Abusive - Ch...
Submitting a Manuscript: Writing a Covering Letter
Many writers aspire to have their novel released via a publishing house after or instead of self–publishing, but have no idea how to approach the subject appropriately. When submitting your manuscript, it’s necessary to write a covering letter that is sent either before or alongside your work. It’s ...
The Middle Child Syndrome In Stories
I have this problem with my characterization and storys arcs, where I’ll think of a very definite starting and ending point for my ideas, but once all is said and done and I go back to edit, it always seems rushed, like I’ve skipped all the middle stuff and just gone straight to the e...
Basic Horror Writing Guide
Genre: What is Horror? Horror is a genre with the intention of scaring the reader. Sub-genres: Aliens: Think Signs or The Fourth Kind. This genre crosses over with science fiction, but is primarily horror because it focuses on the fear people have for the extraterrestrial. Creepy Children: As the t...
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...
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How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc
Stasis Trigger The quest Surprise Critical choice Climax Reversal Resolution Follow the link to get all the goodies.