August 23, 2014

Anonymous said: Any advice for writing a sensitive character. Not as is someone who cries at the drop of a hat, but someone who is very empathic and still endearing (ex: sees someone sad and it makes them upset inwardly, rather than them being openly sad)

I have a few links that will hopefully help you on your writing endeavor:

link 1

link 2

not about writing, but helpful, link 3

August 22, 2014

Anonymous said: How do I make a reader care about a character very quickly?

thewritingcafe:

Take away something at the beginning. I saw a comic on Tumblr a long time ago about a woman who discovered she wasn’t real. The comic was short and it was just her inner thoughts. Just a few panels of her inner thoughts were able to make the reader sympathetic because something so integral to her was taken away and now her identity is shattered while everyone around her has something that she doesn’t. Do that to your character. Take something away from them that makes the reader feel bad for them.

It can be difficult to do this with everyday situations unless you show what it was like before that something was taken away. You can show your character in “the everyday world” at the beginning of the story and the inciting incident can happen right away. A common theme that makes readers care for a character is loneliness.

Give them something at the beginning. Or you can do the opposite. Show your character in a situation that makes the reader pity them and then fix it in a way that makes the reader feel happy for them. Again, a common theme for these situations is loneliness. The lonely rejected kid on the playground who is approached by another reject kid is a familiar scene that achieves this.

Introduce an antagonist. If you introduce an antagonist that the reader ends up hating right away, they’ll be more inclined to side with the protagonist.

Make them relatable. It’s quite difficult to make a character that almost anyone can relate to, but you can make a character a good chunk of people relate to from the very beginning. Think about the age of your character and relatable problems that surround that age. For example, identity, individuality, and relationships are important to teenagers. Introducing a character dealing with one of those issues from the very beginning can draw readers within that age group into the story.

Torture your character. Put them in a physically and/or emotionally painful situation at the beginning of the story. The trick is to make the scene honest and genuine enough that the reader wants this character to come out victorious. 

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August 13, 2014
"But", "therefore" "and so": keep conflict in your plot

writeworld:

A lack of conflict is a common problem in the work of many beginning writers. There are a number of ways to effectively add conflict to your novel and keep your readers turning pages.

It may help for you to think about conflict as complications. One problem many writers run into when they begin to write their novels is that they have an idea about the main conflict, but it is too easily resolved. For example, maybe the story is about a woman, Andrea, whose dream is to open her own Italian restaurant, but she lacks the funding and experience to do so. Then she meets an Italian chef whose brother wants to invest in a new restaurant, and before she knows it, she has her own restaurant and an experienced chef who can teach her everything she needs to know.

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August 7, 2014

goldenheartedrose:

falconwhitaker:

bookgeekconfessions:

I wanted to double check that “The Cherry on Top” was a short novel or novella and I found this on uphillwriting.org. I think it’s very informative and hopefully you guys will find it useful!

Good friends, this list is wonderful, but it’s missing something!

Internet Articles

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OOH.

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August 7, 2014

harmonyinkpress:

englishpracticenow:

commonly misused words - learn the proper usage of these words to get your way up to any English proficiency exams - IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, etc.

This is beautiful.

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August 7, 2014

I think my asks are getting eaten because I get notifications, but nothing is there.

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August 7, 2014
5 Ways to Intentionally Improve Your Story's Quality

You can edit your book — or you can intentionally improve it’s quality by focusing on the deeper aspects. How can you use emphasis effectively? What word should you choose to convey the action? Why shouldn’t you dilute your story with adverbs? All these questions and more are answered here.

July 29, 2014
The problems of writing

clevergirlhelps:

  • Having a Beginning
  • Having an Ending
  • But WHERE’S THE MIDDLE?!?
  • HOW DO I GET TO THE ENDING
  • WHAT IS A PLOT
  • WHAT ARE PLOT DETAILS
  • WHAT IS WRITING

And most importantly:

  • HOW DO I TITLE

FRIENDS

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July 26, 2014

maxkirin:

Hello, writerly friends~ ♥︎

You asked for a Writing Advice Masterpost, so here it is! Below you will find a collection of the best questions and answers from the last two years. Not only that, but they are also organized so you can find the answers to your questions quickly and get on with writing.

But wait, there is more!

This post is more than just a collection of advice, it’s a nexus for writing advice, resources, and information! That’s right, this post is going to grow over time. I will be updating this masterpost WEEKLY with new answers, writing advice videos, playlists, and more! So, make sure to bookmark this page and follow my blog (maxkirin.tumblr.com) so you don’t miss a thing~ ♥︎

Prompts

Virtual Writing Academy

Motivation & Inspiration

Planning, Outlining, and Getting Started

Dialogue

Editing & Revision

Hot Button Issues

General Advice

Publishing

Writing Music & Playlists

Miscellaneous

Last Updated: 07-26-14. Click HERE to see the latest update. Latest posts are in Italics.

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July 26, 2014
Staying Focused When Writing

whataboutwriting:

Also, do you have any tips on staying focused when writing?
  • Find a workplace. Some people can only work efficiently in certain places. Certain environments will boost your productivity, while others will completely ruin it. Find the places where you’re the most creative and/or when you can find staying focused easier. A place with little distractions will often work better, which brings me to our next point.
  • Eliminate all distractions. We live in a world where there’s too much happening, everywhere, at all times. Make sure you turn off the world while you’re writing. Turn off your phone, turn off the TV, put that book you’re eager to finish away from your sight. Stop checking Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, whatever. StayFocusd is a great tool for this. Check it out.
  • Make time for writing. If you are in a hurry, you’ll be so worried about when you have to go that you won’t be able to concentrate. If necessary, create a schedule and decide on the times you can dedicate exclusively to writing and don’t have to be in a hurry to anything after that. If this works for you, make sure you get done with all your obligations before you sit down to write again.
  • Does music help? It doesn’t help everyone, but it’s useful for some people. There are sounds that help you concentrate and even create a peaceful environment that gets you in the perfect mood to write. Here’s a playlist and here’s a website full of sounds that can work as ambient music. 
  • Take breaks. Studies show that people who take breaks can be a lot more productive, as concentration sort of wears out after a while if you don’t rest. Don’t try to write everything at once. Find how much time you can write without feeling tired and, when you do, don’t be afraid to take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. 

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