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Save Your Computer
I have the worst luck. I’ve broken five computers and four laptops but I’ve finally learnt my lesson. After losing my work so many times, I have been great at rewriting because I’d never backed anything up. Take it from me: Even if you backup your work in one external source from your computer, back...
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&...
Guide: Timelines
Anonymous asked: You suggest a timeline a lot but how would one actually look like? You can do timelines several ways. One is to actually draw out a line and plot dates on it. You can make them online at sites like this one or in a program like Liquid Story Binder. Liquid Story Binder does a ta...
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 masterpost
Here are some links (everything will open in a new tab): Genre characteristics I he/ard you/’re stru/ggl/ing with names Is that illegal? Looking for that word? Latin words Greek words Greek mythology Roman Culture Legendary creatures Inspiration website 'Not so legal' post Images: ...
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Beginning Your Story Without Info Dumps
I have a story that I dropped for a little while, but I want to pick it back up. The reason I dropped it was because I was having a problem with too much information. I have so much information that needs to go into the story for people to understand, that I’m having trouble starting it. I tr...
Overcoming Self-Doubt
I may have written a post about this in the past. If I have, I’m writing this again because you’re always going to come across self-doubt, but you’re going to learn new ways of coping with it, of understanding how it has improved you as both a person and writer. Self-doubt is ridiculously common amo...
On Food
What do your characters eat? While you don’t necessarily need to show them eating at great length (or even at all), it’s important to think about what your characters’ diets are. Diet influences a lot of things, from mood to health to stamina. Food is culture, and how your characters get their food...
The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that l...
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...
Fair Use in Novels
I often get questions from Anons asking me what is appropriate to use in a novel, from song quotes to character names of wildly popular characters from other books (names that are obviously more unique than just Sarah or Alice or Amelia). So I’m going to lay the groundwork of what writers can ...
Describing Feelings
How can I describe my characters feelings? - Anonymous Since your characters aren’t exactly real people your readers can talk to and get to know in real-life manners, their feelings and emotions and thoughts are what lets your readers connect with them. These things are what make your charac...
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...
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My Characters Got Knocked Out - The Annoyingly Convenient Plot Device
Have your characters been knocked out, chloroformed, or gone into some state of unconsciousness in your novel?  Well, isn’t that convenient, interesting, exciting?! Eh… I don’t know. I never say don’t do something because there’s always a case where it actually works,...
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Writing Characters That Make Your Story Come Alive
Writing characters is tough. Writing the right character for your story is even tougher. Here’s a few quick tips to kick your characters into high gear: Don’t plan too much. Sure, it’s great if you know your character’s favorite color, but over-planning in my case has always lead to failing characte...
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How to Get Back to Writing-
Now this is straight from experience. If you haven’t written anything in a little while it is hard to get back in the swing of things. Everything you write feels a bit contrived, a bit desperate, but you know what, that’s okay. I had to take a few weeks off while traveling and when you go from writi...
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...