illusory-lights asked: "Hey I just want to ask you if you know anything about balls which are held in Europe during the winter? Because I have this character who takes on a holiday with a few family friends. I thought of Vienna State Opera Ball but are non-debutante teenagers allowed there? Sorry to bother you with the questions but I've done my research and found none. Thanks in advance! :))"

Are we talkin’ modern day or sometime in the past? I shall assume modern day.

*Googles*

I found this calendar of Vienna Balls that might be helpful if you’re kickin’ it modern day. Also, there was a ball in Great Britain in 2012 hosted by The Ireland Fund called Winter Ball at the iconic Savoy Hotel, London which boasted a Camelot theme. Apparently it’s an annual thing. So that’s groovy.

You could research “annual balls in Europe,” or by country like “annual balls in France,” or by city like “annual balls in London.” You could also look up “charity ball,” “winter ball,” “regency ball,” “military ball,” “debutante ball,” “viennese ball,” “victorian ball,” ”fundraising ball,” “masquerade ball,” “gala event,” etc. Sometimes balls might have titles like “party,” “fete,” “dance,” or “celebration” as well, so be on the lookout for fancy events with those words in their titles.

Charities, corporations, or individuals will sometimes throw a ball (or gala) as a one-time thing to support or raise awareness for a cause. You can do some research on that and come up with your own cause if you like.  

Also, there are certain venues, like palaces, hotels, and museums, which often host balls or galas. You might target of a few of these locations and see if they have an events calendar you can check out. 

Okay, and one more thing. I found this website called BallTrotter.com that helps people find “the most prestigious and glamorous balls worldwide.” That might be useful.

I don’t know what research you did before asking this question. I’m sure it was extensive. We must have been typing completely different things into the Google machine, though, because I found a ton of information on balls and galas throughout Europeway more than I expected to, actually. It could be that you were unsure how to research this topic effectively. In which case, I invite you to check out our research tag for guidance. 

And though I found this topic interesting enough to dig into a bit myself, I’d like to also call your attention to WriteWorld’s Research Rule. Please bear it in mind as you ask questions in the future. 

I think that’s everything. Happy hunting, fellow writer, and thank you for your question!

-C


dingle-dangle asked: "I've recently happened upon an opportunity to have a story of mine turned into an animated short film, and the people producing it have asked me to name my own price for rights (just production rights, and it'd be free to view online upon completion). I have no idea what to ask or if there's even an industry standard when it comes it this. Any advice?"

Oh, yeah no I don’t know much about this at all.

Question 1: Have you spoken to an entertainment lawyer about this, or perhaps your agent? Or both? This is your intellectual property, after all, and you’ll want to be sure that you are protecting it. I strongly recommend talking to a professional before you sign anything. (I don’t care if these people are friends of yours or whatever. This is business, and business is business. Do your research.) 

Question 2: Do you know of other writers who have done something similar? Whether or not you’ve met them personally, it might be worth it to try and contact them for information. If any of our fellow writers can help, I’m sure they’ll chime in with advice.

Thanks for your question, and I wish you all the best!

-C

Advice from a very helpful anon: In response to the writer whose work is being to turned to animation, another thing you would want to do is find out the production value of the film. How much are THEY going to spend to produce this? Will it be done right? As the answerer said, this is YOUR intellectual property, you want it done right. And production value can give you an idea of this. This coming from a filmmaker.


Anonymous asked: "Hiya! Just thought you ought to know that your background for your "Toolbox" page is busted (the background pic is no longer being hosted or something). Cheers!"

Oh, that’s fun! Well, it should be fixed now.

Thank you, kind stranger!

-C


theboywhowilllive asked: "Do you know why some people hate adverbs so much?"

I think it’s because some people find them lazy or redundant. 

Example!

The rudely part is implied, not only in snapped but possibly also in the exclamation point and from the context of the dialogue—the second speaker just interrupted the first. In this example, rudely seems redundant.

Another example!

This is unquestionably a style choice, but Said Lovers tend to dislike adverbs after their saids because they think of said as an invisible word, like a point of punctuation. People tend to read over the word said as they would read over the word the or and unless they are emphasized. Since adverbs modify or qualify verbs (as well as adjectives, other adverbs, or word groups), they would tend to add unwanted emphasis.

The other issue with said quietly that you’ll hear is that you could easply find a word that means said quietly. Whispered and murmured both work. The argument there is that said quietly could be said more simply and that when you can simplify, you should. This is a matter of opinion, of course.

For the most part, people tend to limit their hatred of adverbs to -ly adverbs, so that’s some consolation, I guess. They certainly catch the most flack, though you’ve probably noticed I don’t have a problem using them.

We actually have a whole tag devoted to adverbs! I think reading through the posts you find there could really help you out, especially these three:

Thanks for your question!

-C


ladyherondale asked: "sorry, I'm on mobile and can't see if this has been addressed in the FAQ, but do you have any resources or links/blog buddies for writing lyrics or poetry? Thank you."

Totally cool! No need for apologies! And anyway, I don’t think we have much of anything on this yet. 

If anyone would like to be a resource or blog buddy for ladyherondale regarding lyrics or poetry please respond to this post.

Thank you!

-C

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Anonymous asked: "Have you got any tips on planning plot?"

We actually have tags devoted to both planning and plot. You can find links to both in our Toolbox!

Thanks for your question, anon! 

-C


Anonymous asked: "For a while now, I've been working on a novel. I've had some help from my sister. She let me bounce off ideas and such things. She hasn't written a word of it, and doesn't want to even look at any version of the drafts until it "completely done." If I'm lucky enough to have it published, she expects a co-author credit and half of anything that comes in from it. That doesn't seem right to me. Do you have any advice on what I can do?"

Oh, anon. I sympathize. Whenever money and credit are in the picture, things are bound to get complicated, not to mention how family ties can muddle a working relationship. 

Have you pointed out your concerns to your sister? I feel like that’s the first step. Do you want her to be more involved? If so, say so. If not, explain why. 

Remember, your relationship with your sister is more important than this book. Be open. Be kind. But be honest. 

Best of luck to you!

-C


Anonymous asked: "Hello. Some friends and I were going to co-write a book together & I was reluctant cause I knew there would be issues: 1&2 are passive, 3 emotionally volatile and throws tantrums over nothing, and 4 has no patience. In short, I was thrown out the project because of an irrelevant issue that doesn't even concern me, I was just a good outlet, then asked back. I don't feel like I can though bcs even with an insincere apology, how can I be assured the same thing won't happen again? What should I do?"

Short answer? You can’t be sure your working relationship with these other writers will pan out. And that’s okay. 

Co-authorship can be hard to negotiate among friends, especially if these friends are not disciplined writers. It is often difficult to keep work and friendship separate. If you or your friends lack commitment and discipline, the project is doomed. 

It sounds like you’ve got some anger directed toward these other writers regarding this project. Since they’re your friends, I recommend that you talk to them and work on repairing your friendships before you commit to the project. After you’ve come to some resolution in your personal life, then, if you still want to, you can move forward in working with them.

Some unsolicited advice: as you repair your relationships, be sure to imagine your friends complexly (as people rather than actions or emotions, for example). I’m sure you’re aware that your friends are more than just passive and emotionally volatile and lacking patience. The urge to oversimplify others, especially when we are angry with them, can muddle our perspective.

Friends are respectful, open to understanding, and practice active listening. It may be true that they forgot these things when they asked you to leave the project before, but that doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten. I know you’re upset now. Trust me, being open with your friends can go a long way in repairing the damage done to your relationships. 

If you decide to continue work on the project, be sure to establish strong, open lines of communication among your co-authors. Work on creating timelines or other thresholds of achievement. Be open to others’ ideas and share your own. Be honest about your commitment to the project and try not to hold grudges if others are not as disciplined. Remember, the goal is to complete the project with your relationships intact, but the relationships are more important than the project itself. If things get rough again, put your friendships first. 

Other advice from around the Tumblr writing community on collaborating:

Thank you for your question, and I hope my rambling was helpful to you. Best of luck!

-C


Anonymous asked: "I journeyed to Tumblr from Blogger, and I've noticed that the majority of "blogs" on here consist of pretty pictures and people (most of which aren't original material) - 'reblogging?' really? o_o - so are there bloggers who actually post interesting thoughts, both personal & writing-related? I want to make lots of writer friends & talk about each other's novels and ideas, etc. Idek, the spirit of blogging doesn't seem to exist here on Tumblr, which is extremely sad. :c"

Hey there, former Blogger! Welcome to Tumblr, land of eccentric photo rebloggers and emotional gifers! We are a visually-inclined bunch, that’s for sure, but, as with all things worth exploring, there’s more to Tumblr than meets the eye.

Rest assured that there are tons of writing-centric blogs on Tumblr. I bet a few of them would be willing to show you the ropes!

So, how about it, Tumblr writers? Is anyone interested in making a new writer friend today? They might be anonymous, but leave a comment on this post and maybe they can get in touch that way. 

Thank you to the anon for their message, and to everyone else for being such an awesome community of writers, readers, and everything in between!

-C

Anonymous said: Hello there! I’m not going to argue with what last anon said, but yes, Tumblr is very different from Blogger, which is, well, the reason why Tumblr exist since why have two sites that work the same way? Tumblr isn’t Blogger, after all, but even though a good majority (I guess?) do /reblog/ content, there are also the ones who own art tumblrs and writing tumblrs, of course. I hope anon can find what they’re looking for. Don’t get discouraged!

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