Anonymous asked: "Um... just a question. On the writers block thing you do, I see you posting the same one like all the time? The "Music is love in search of a word." thing. I'm sure you have to know that you post it a lot since you're obviously the one posting it haha. I'm just wondering why?"

Hey there!

The types of Blocks you’re referring to are, I think, our Music Blocks. They normally look like this:

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These prompts are songs that we embed into a text post using code from Grooveshark, which is where we make playlists and just generally keep track of the songs we’ve used for Music Blocks. 

Grooveshark’s code isn’t compatible with most phones right now, so people viewing these posts from a phone might not see the embedded song. They might not see anything except the text. This is unfortunate, but it would be difficult to transfer to another Grooveshark-type website now, so we’re sort of stuck with this awkward coding issue for the time being.

I’m very sorry for the confusion and the inconvenience. If you want to listen to the Music Blocks, I think you’ll have to view the post directly on our blog and not through your dashboard. 

Thank you for your question!

-C


Anonymous asked: "I send you sentence blocks and you NEVER post them! I want a thank you message, too... :'("

This message is anonymous, so there’s no way for me to look in the queue or the ask box to make sure we are getting your submissions.

I hope you’ll contact us using your url so we can sort this out!

-C


Normally I would advise you to do your own research, but this topic struck my fancy, so I’ve compiled some interesting resources for you. I would, however, like to stress that these links are a starting point for you, not the endpoint of your hunt for information. If you want to know about twins, I think it’s probably best to talk to twins. Hopefully, we will be able to provide you with some volunteers. 

At the bottom of the post, I will compile any further resources, including fellow writers who volunteer to answer questions for you about twins. 

So, without any further ado…

Twinspeak, also known as cryptophasia, is a type of idioglossia, or a language spoken only by one or a few people. Here’s a bit more about twinspeak.

Here are a few general but interesting article on twins.

And here are a few IAMA Reddits for twins.

If you are a twin and you would like to be a resource for tangosvu, please respond to this post and I will add you to the list.

Thank you!

-C


Anonymous asked: There are quite a few books out now about dystopian governments. Do you personally think, or any of your followers think, a book about a cult would be interesting? The dynamics of a cult are similar but different from a government, so it could be the main form of leadership. It would be a young adult type novel. I’m just curious to see what other people think about the idea or if it would be interesting to anyone else.

Maybe, maybe not.

Plots are vague. It’s very hard to tell whether a story will be interesting based on its plot.

Take Italo Calvino’s story “A King Listens.” The story is about a king sitting on his throne, listening to the sounds of the palace.

That’s it. Not exactly a thriller, I’d say.

But it’s super interesting because of the way it’s told (it’s in the second person, which is fun), and the way the king theorizes about the different sounds around him.

Here’s another example: there are lots of stories about detectives. Some of them are more interesting that others, at least to individual readers. Detectives aren’t automatically interesting, but they can be interesting.

Long story short, your cult story might be interesting. It also might not be interesting. It depends on how you write it.

- O


Anonymous asked: I wanted to write about a (somewhat minor) character that was suffering from insomnia. I have an idea of what it’s like but I’m not entirely sure. Can you help?

Check out this IAMA Insomniac from Reddit. Also:

These resources should supplement or kickstart your research, not be the sum of it. If you hope to portray diagnosed insomnia accurately, you will need to seek advice from a health care professional and/or expert in the field of sleep disorders. It might also help to talk to a person with insomnia to gain their perspective.

A few fellow writers with insomnia may volunteer to be a resource for you. If they do, we’ll list their urls here.

Thank you for your question!

-C


February 23rd, 2014 — March 1st, 2014

The Weekly Round-Up is a collection of questions from our inbox which can be answered in one hundred words or fewer. These posts are intended to keep your dashboard clutter-free while we address a few of the anonymous questions we receive each week. If you don’t want to see these at all (understandable) then blacklist the tag “writeworld weekly roundup”. 


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Anonymous asked: "If I use one of your sentence blocks, do I need to credit you? And what if I change it around a little so that it sounds different?"

You don’t need to credit us, no, but if you’re writing to one of our prompts, it would be cool if you tagged us (we track “writeworld”) in your post so that we could read it. 

And you can definitely change the sentence. It’s just a sentence for inspiration. Do with it what you will!

Thank you for your question!

-C

neilfarrellwrites said: I have written three or four short stories now that related directly to images or sentences but it doesn’t seem like there’s any benefit to tagging writeworld…? Do you reblog or critique anyone’s work?

No, we don’t often have time to critique the posts in the writeworld tag, and we don’t reblog any of the posts either. However, we did provide you with a service by posting the prompt. Maybe there’s no direct benefit to you, per se, but it just feels like good manners to tag us. 

I don’t know. You don’t have to tag us, I guess, but we want to read what you’ve written based on our prompts, and I’ll admit that it’s nice to get that tiny bit of acknowledgment for our tiny bit of contribution to your writing. 

As you wish.

Also, neilfarrellwrites, your ask box isn’t working. Thought you ought to know.

-C


Anonymous asked: Does a story have to contain a definitive protagonist and antagonist? I would like the entire point of my story for the reader to ask what is wrong and what is right by presenting it from two different sides in which the other is made to appear in the wrong…but I worry that this will make it unappealing.

A story does not have to have a defined protagonist or antagonist, and the protagonist and antagonist do not necessarily represent Goodness/Badness or Wrongness/Rightness in a story. (Notice the prominent capital letters; these words stand sentinel over big ideas. Beware.)

It seems like what you’re describing is a situation where there is Wrong and Right, but again, there is no rule that you must represent these concepts through your protagonist and antagonist.

An antagonist opposes the protagonist, the leading character of a story. That is all that is required of that role, and it can be filled by one character or many characters or natural disasters or institutions or some dark creature manifesting itself in the protagonist’s soul. Your call.

But representing Right and Wrong in your story? That is one of the timeless aims of storytelling. (Not for every story, mind you, but it’s definitely a prevalent theme.)

To address whether what you write will be unappealing, this is a matter of subjectivity. Many people might read your story, and many of them might love it or hate it or feel altogether meh about it. What you can do is research your intended audience, and really put your back into writing the story as well as you can, and editing it as well as you can, and finding people who love it and will represent it to the world as well as they can. That might be the best case scenario. Whether or not your style or the story itself is appealing in the end is up to individual readers to decide.

Learn more about protagonists and antagonists, and also about morality stories!

Thank you for your question!

-C


accordingtodomi asked: "If you're writing a sex scene, do they have to be necessarily long or just enough to get your point across?"

I recommend that you write exactly enough to get your point across.

Sometimes that’s a chapter length’s worth of skoodilypooping, sometimes it’s a single sentence. I think it depends on what you feel your story needs.

You can find more of what WriteWorld and others have to say about sex scenes here.

Thank you for your question!

-C


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Anonymous asked: Hello! I’m roleplaying a character who has Borderline Personality Disorder because of mental (and somewhat physical) abuse from his father in his childhood. I’ve done a bunch of research about BPD, but it doesn’t seem to be clicking on how to write it correctly. Any tips? Thanks!

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This is actually a very offensive and ignorant, and downright albeist. All of the “symptoms” listed are exaggerated and over the top, theres more to the illness than just being an apparent horrible person that no one should be around.

This is a very nasty stereotype, just as bad as saying all people suffering with schizophrenia are serial killers.

I hope no one actually used this to write a person suffering with BPD. It’s also a little disconcerting that all the sources are essentially word-of-mouth from other tumblr users. Look it up on the NHS website, even wikipedia uses correct sources and isn’t completely biased and judgmental.

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback stating concern as well, which I’ll add here:

I think it’s worth comparing Quel’s post with Wikipedia and the NHS. You can read Quel’s post under the Read More above, and I have taken a little blurb from Wikipedia and the NHS website for comparison, which you can find below.

From the Wikipedia article on Borderline Personality Disorder:

Other symptoms may include intense fears of abandonment and intense anger and irritability, the reason for which others have difficulty understanding.[1][2] People with BPD often engage in idealization and devaluation of others, alternating between high positive regard and great disappointment.[3] Self-harm and suicidal behavior are common.[4]

From the NHS.uk article on Borderline Personality Disorder:

BPD can be a serious condition and many people with the condition self-harm and attempt suicide. It is estimated that 60-70% of people with BPD will attempt suicide at some point in their life.

However, for many with BPD, the outlook is reasonably good over time, and psychological or medical treatment may help.

Not to be contrary, but I feel that what Quel had to say about BPD is, while a bit abrupt, totally in line with the sources you mentioned. I don’t think she meant for her post to be anyone’s sole resource when learning about BPD, though perhaps we should have outright stated that on the original post. I appreciate your pointing that out.

I encourage anyone learning about a mental disorder to do lots of research using several sources at least, and to find someone with that mental disorder to interview. You can read more on what I (C) think about writing characters with mental disorders here.

As suggested, I am more than happy to add a few sources outside of Tumblr to this post, so let’s list those now:

If anyone would like to suggest a resource for this post, please submit it here.

Below is a list of people who have been diagnosed with BPD and who have volunteered as resources for writers. Please be respectful.

(Hopefully more will come forward in the fullness of time.)

If you have been diagnosed with BPD and would be interested in becoming a resource for writers, please reply to this post. We would like to add your url to this post so that writers may contact you directly with their questions. Thank you!

Thank you for your input, everyone, and I hope we will be better able to serve the needs of our fellow writers in the future. 

EDIT: Quel took another look at her previous post on BPD and decided it could be improved upon. We have replaced the original content with her updates. Thank you to Quel for her help!

-C


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