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Ooooh.
remember, most things are social constructs. Invent your own for a totally original world!
And if the earth features, think about how that impacts things


This stuff also applies to writing comics.  So I thought I’d reblog it for you.

comicartcorrections:

tygermama:

the—-cat-is-called-hamish:

clevergirlhelps:

Biology

Constructed Language (Conlang)

Culture Guides

Economy

Everyday Life

Government

Read More

Ooooh.

remember, most things are social constructs. Invent your own for a totally original world!

And if the earth features, think about how that impacts things

This stuff also applies to writing comics.  So I thought I’d reblog it for you.

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amandaonwriting:

The storytelling elements:
1. The Contract

In the very beginning, you have to make a promise. Will this be violent? Scary? Fun? Tense? Dramatic?

2. The Pull

Keep it light in the beginning. You don’t want to scare people away by being too dense — you must trust The Contract.

3. The Incident

This is the event that sets everything in motion. Should occur early and keep the story together.

4. The Reveal

Just before the Point Of No Return, the main character learns what the story is really about.

5. Point Of No Return

The forces of good are faced with an impossible decision that concerns fear, safety, love, hate, revenge or despair.

6. Mini-Climax

Sorry, but you must allow the the forces of evil to have an epic win.

7. All-Is-Lost Moment

The moment where all is lost. You must portray the deepest despair for the forces of good.

8. News Of Hope

This is the possibility for one of the side characters to shine. A light that shines into the total darkness of the moment.

9. Climax

The shit hits the fan and the good puts everything at stake and overcomes — despite impossible odds.

10. The End

Public displays of relief and happiness, love and forgiveness. It’s great! We also learn that the hero has evolved.

Article from Doktor Spinn written by Jerry Silfwer aka Doktor Spinn

amandaonwriting:

The storytelling elements:

1. The Contract

In the very beginning, you have to make a promise. Will this be violent? Scary? Fun? Tense? Dramatic?

2. The Pull

Keep it light in the beginning. You don’t want to scare people away by being too dense — you must trust The Contract.

3. The Incident

This is the event that sets everything in motion. Should occur early and keep the story together.

4. The Reveal

Just before the Point Of No Return, the main character learns what the story is really about.

5. Point Of No Return

The forces of good are faced with an impossible decision that concerns fear, safety, love, hate, revenge or despair.

6. Mini-Climax

Sorry, but you must allow the the forces of evil to have an epic win.

7. All-Is-Lost Moment

The moment where all is lost. You must portray the deepest despair for the forces of good.

8. News Of Hope

This is the possibility for one of the side characters to shine. A light that shines into the total darkness of the moment.

9. Climax

The shit hits the fan and the good puts everything at stake and overcomes — despite impossible odds.

10. The End

Public displays of relief and happiness, love and forgiveness. It’s great! We also learn that the hero has evolved.

Article from Doktor Spinn written by Jerry Silfwer aka Doktor Spinn

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disneysmermaids:

cherribalm:

site that you can type in the definition of a word and get the word

site for when you can only remember part of a word/its definition 

site that gives you words that rhyme with a word

site that gives you synonyms and antonyms

THAT FIRST SITE IS EVERY WRITER’S DREAM DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE TRIED WRITING SOMETHING AND THOUGHT GOD DAMN IS THERE A SPECIFIC WORD FOR WHAT I’M USING TWO SENTENCES TO DESCRIBE AND JUST GETTING A BUNCH OF SHIT GOOGLE RESULTS

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Yes, it does say “pornographer” in the header.

claracaverly:

Yes, it does say “pornographer” in the header:

I don’t really get enough questions on Tumblr to make an FAQ, but there is one question I do get frequently, and it’s this:

“Why do you call yourself a pornographer? What you write is really more erotica!”

I’ll be honest, this one kind of flummoxes me,…

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WHY DOES NO ONE UPDATE THEIR FANFICTION. I'M ABOUT TO WRITE MY OWN FUCKING FANFICTION BECAUSE NOBODY UPDATES. *cries silently*

Anonymous

snapslikethis:

I am probably the wrong person to ask this, anon, because I don’t have much sympathy for this type of complaint.

I’m going to gently (but not too gently) correct the mistaken assumption you have that authors owe you fanfiction in what you perceive to be a timely manner.

Let me tell you, as a fanfiction author, that I wish I could give you all a new one-shot every other day and a multi-chap update every week.

I know many others who wish the same, but can’t.

Because, you know, we have lives.

Real lives. Like in the real world. With real commitments - school to graduate, jobs to go to, both of which we need our sleep for. We have families and boyfriends who demand (and deserve) our time and attention. We have sports teams we may be committed to, projects we’re involved in, or organizations we ally our time and resources with.

And sometimes, an author may have a free day and just wants to sleep in.

Because fanfiction writing is a hobby.

A cathartic and fun one, yes, but a hobby just the same. 

And as such, that hobby, therapeutic and fun though it may be, doesn’t get first priority. Or second. Or third. Or sometimes fourth.

I’ve known one author who basically left the fandom because of the pressure to update quickly and how aggravating that sense of entitlement, I know another who almost left, but didn’t, aun I see asks for the big fandom authors (Jules and BC) weekly asking when will you update? next chapter? how far along are you? spoilers?

For the most part, authors are all super gracious and kind. Because no fanfiction author is hoarding a completed chapter and deliberately withholding it to be mean. Readers are awesome and bringing happiness to someone else’s day-that’s the best compliment, right?

But to get an anon asking where in the hell the update is….that doesn’t help at all. It actually sucks the joy out of writing. And when there’s no joy, it usually—well, it usually sucks.

I’m not telling you how to feel about the subject, but really?

Please, do go write a fanfic. Come up with a plot or a concept, write a rough draft to flesh it out, edit it, maybe rewrite it, find a beta and send it to them, get it back, look at their suggested changes versus your suggested changes, edit it again, send it back to the beta again, maybe scratch entire scene or plotline,  make sure your characters are in character and saying and doing the things they ought to be doing in a way that makes sense and is also compelling to read. Do all that, and post them and maybe get no reviews, or bad reviews. And do it again anyway, because you enjoy doing it.

But you will very quickly see how long it takes—how involved the process can get—because most of the people I know want to want to post work they are proud of, work that takes effort, and can’t (and shouldn’t) be whipped up overnight.

In terms of word count-a hundred thousand words-which is what most multi-chapter fics are-those take real time authors, who do it for a living as their primary income, months and years to complete. And that’s with a fleshed out concept, dedicated time to complete it, and an editor to help the process along.

Your favorite author may be stressing about finals, or working on the third draft of a chapter that just isn’t coming together right, or god forbid, having a relaxing day in the sun.

Like that’s her choice and she will post it when she can and she probably wants it posted, too.

So patience, dear. Have some patience. And go write a oneshot.

I'm not a Mary fan, but I totally get why people would enjoy her character. I feel like there are actually two Mary's - the one from TEH and TSoT, and then the second one from HLV -- which I think many share this idea. I liked the first Mary, I was sick at the second one. However, I am 100% fine with people writing fic about either Mary, shipping anyone with anyone, and enjoying any part of fandom that appeals to them. Everyone should write what calls to them and ENJOY it. Go forth and write. :)

alexxphoenix42

Yes, exactly. I’ve talked about my Mary issues on threepatchpodcast several times, but as I tried to explain in the Elephant roundtable in episode 23, I completely understand how it is that people have different perspectives on that character. I get that some people hate her and some people love her, and others feel ambivalent and still others are sick of hearing about her.

I have certain things I prefer to avoid in fanworks, and I’m sure that the stuff I write is exactly what some folks want to avoid. And that’s fine. In fact, it’s great! None of us should feel obligated to read fic or meta or view art that makes us uncomfortable. We don’t all have to agree in order to enjoy being in fandom. It’s perfectly fine to blacklist things and avoid the parts of fandom that are making it not fun for you. Some people enjoy arguing about these things, but I am not one of them. And that’s okay too.

100% of what I’ve written involving Mary so far has been set before HLV or alternate universes in which certain events in HLV didn’t necessarily happen. I’m just now embarking on writing something set after HLV, and it’s sooooo much harder. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all turns out. :-)

Avoiding the White Savior Cliche

writeworld:

Anonymous asked: At one point in my story a character of color is assaulted and nearly dies. He is saved, however, by a white character. How can I write this without treading into White Savior territory?

The first step is knowing that you can easily fall into writing the White Savior cliche. I see that you are aware of this, though I still recommend that you read TVTropes’ posts on Mighty Whitey and White Man’s Burden. You might also read Does My Hero Look White In This: Hollywood’s White Saviour Complex by Katherine Kingsle.

I think what’s important is that you write a person helping another person, not a character who is white saving a character of color. The character of color doesn’t need saving because they are not white, right? Even if they’re assaulted for being a person of color, they don’t need saving because, owing to their non-whiteness, they cannot otherwise help themselves… right? Well, then don’t write that! 

I think there must be a sense of agency from the perspective of the character of color. If the character of color is hopeless or too “overcome by their own prejudices and circumstances to help themselves” (x) and requires the white character to swoop in all idealized and shiny to save the character of color from their problems, then you’ve got a White Savior situation on your hands. Time for a rewrite.

Also, this rescue scene might take refining from you during the editing process. You might want to have some of your non-white writer friends take a look at it for potentially problematic writing. 

I’m sure other writers will want to weigh in on this topic with their own tips and resources. We will add any helpful comments we receive to this post.

Thank you for your question!

-C