soooo i decided to create a list full of writing blogs/interesting masterposts/writing stuff/etc because it’s so hard to find something like that ;o; here we go!
thewritingcafe – character development/world building/publishing/history/weapons/genre/mythology/motivation/playlists/here you’ll find like EVERYTHING you need
howtofightwrite – fight/action scenes/characters/etc
fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment – plots/character development/planning/grammar/dialogues/povs/etc
- characterandwritinghelp – character development
- writeworld – character development/plots/formating/language/cliches/poetry
- occritiques – character development
- fixyourwritinghabits – because we all need a little motivation
- characterandwritinghelp – beginnings/endings/plots/characters/foreshadowings/structure/story arcs
- a guide to writing steampunk
- 8 tips every steampunk writer should know
- pros and cons of writing ya sci-fi
- 10 things that every sci-fi creator should know
- fifteenthousandusefulphrases – inactive but very cool stuff
- 10 rules for writers
- some ancient irish superstitions
- the 13 most common errors on a novel’s first page
some author blogs
- amandaonwriting (amanda patterson)
- austinkleon (austin kleon)
- authorsarahdessen (sarah dessen)
- bethrevis (beth revis)
- brandycolbert (brandy colbert)
- carrieryan (carrie ryan)
- cassandraclare (cassandra clare)
- chuckpalahniuk (chuck palahniuk)
- dani-greene (dani greene)
- danwilbur (dan wilbur)
- ehnlee (e. n. lee)
- elloellenoh (ellen oh)
- elsiechapmanauthor (elsie chapman)
- emmastraub (emmastraub)
- [rec] fishingboatproceeds (john green)
- hollyblack (holly black)
- jacquelinewoodson (jacqueline woodson)
- joehillsthrills (joe hill)
- katrosenfield (kat rosenfield)
- kierstenwhite (kiersten white)
- krisnoel-lionhead (kris noel)
- lauriehalseanderson (laurie halse anderson)
- maggie-stiefvater (maggie stiefvater)
- malindalo (malinda lo)
- marielubooks (marie lu)
- maureenjohnsonbooks (maureen johnson)
- maxkirin (max kirin)
- michellehodkin (michelle hodkin)
- nataliewhipple (natalie whipple)
- naturallysteph (stephanie perkins)
- neil-gaiman (neil gaiman)
- oatmeal (the oatmeal)
- penbitten (melissa anelli)
- rainbowrowell (rainbowrowell)
- ransomriggs (ransom riggs)
- rrriordan (rick riordan)
- sarahreesbrennan (sarah rees brennan)
- theartofnotwriting (veronica roth)
- thenerdwriter (evan puschak)
- veschwab (victoria schwab)
- zusakbooks and mzfaq (markus zusak)
(you can also check my writing tag)
i’ll be adding more stuff soon but feel free to add too! yayyyy x
For most writers, a little perfectionism isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The drive to create stories, poems, essays, and books that are perfect can propel a writer’s skills from “just okay” to “stellar”—and ultimately publishable.
But perfectionism also has a dark side: If you’re a perfectionist writer, you probably agonize over every word each step of the way. Your inner critic is an ogre. No matter how often you rewrite and revise, you’re unable to accept that a given piece is done, and so you don’t submit it for publication. Or maybe you shy away from sharing your writing at all, convinced of its inadequacies. The process that should be a fun, joyful, and creative experience instead becomes fraught with worry and imagined disapproval. When perfectionism is at its worst, it leads to writer’s block (Such as: If I can’t write anything good, I won’t write at all).
When the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming, try some of these encouraging techniques.
If you have problems focusing while you write, try using ILYS.
The site is coded so that you can’t see what you are writing, only the last letter, and you can’t edit anything until you get to your words goal.
This means you have to focus on writing and what’s on your mind, and not the editing of what you have written so far.
You have to write or you can’t edit.
Once you hit your goal you can edit and write normally, or go back and use ilys once again.
Since you don’t have to worry about editing, you can let your creativity flows.
It can be frustrating, but it’s also liberating because you have to let it go.
Write first, edit later.
Hiding information from your readers on purpose will help you create tension in your novel. I know this doesn’t work for every novel, but if you’re writing something with elements of suspense and mystery, hiding details and revealing them later will improve your story. This also helps add dimensions to your characters and explore their motivations on a deeper level.
Here are a few things to hide about your characters to create tension:
Whether or not your protagonist is lying
Even good characters lie, especially if they feel like it will protect other people in the long run. There are ways to hint that your character is hiding the truth without actually revealing what the truth is. If your protagonist gets nervous or changes the subject when they’re asked about a specific detail, this will help show your readers that something isn’t quite right. If your character’s deception is hidden and then revealed at the right time, you’ll be able to add exciting tension and shock value to your story.
Who the real villain is
Some of the best tension is created when we’re uncertain about who the real villain is. In mystery/crime novels, for example, there’s often evidence that points to one person who ends up not really being the one we need to worry about. If you hide this information from your readers, you keep them guessing throughout the course of your novel and this will aid in creating suspense.
The truth about their past
When you hide your character’s past from your readers, you have the ability to use it as an explanation for something important later on. For example, if you character has these mysterious powers they can’t explain, you can use their parents and back story in order to reveal later on why it’s happening. Revealing past details slowly over the course of your novel helps build the mystery.
What their secondary goals are
Sometimes characters will have goals no one else knows about but them OR they will have a false goal that their using to cover up their real goal. For example, a character might say they’re rescuing another character because they want to help, but it really might be all about finding some hidden treasure along the way. There are many reasons why a character might want to hide their goals. Explore character motivations on a deeper level and you’ll be able to realistically include this type of deception in your story.
Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. After all, many of us are looking forward to the last part of the trilogy - ‘The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Ar
If It Works, It Works
Are you worried about whether it’s okay to write a book with only one character? Or if it’s possible to kill off the hero at the end? Or if you can create horse-dragon hybrid?
Look, if it works for your story, it works. You are a writer. A creator. You’re supposed to be creative and daring and you’re supposed to put your passion into these stories. If you can make something work, for your story, then it works.
There is an Audience for Everything
There is literally an audience for everything. If you really love your idea about undercover robot lesbian cops who work in a coffee shop on a space station that serves thousands of aliens each day, then someone else will probably love it too.
You Have No Obligation
You do not have to show your writing to anyone, especially your first draft.
You do not have to publish all of your stories online or elsewhere.
You do not have to change the ending of your story if a disgruntled fan wanted something else to happen.
Your Story Will Have Similarities
True originality no longer exists and the obsession with originality will prevent you from getting any writing done. It will make your writing suffer. Do not let the fear of not being original enough stop you from writing a great story. All stories have similarities to each other, even when they are vastly different.
This is okay. This is normal.
Your First Draft is the Written Version of “I’ll Fix it Later”
The first draft is where you are allowed to procrastinate on the details. If you write a scene that isn’t well organized or a major info dump, just tell yourself you’ll fix it later. The only thing you have to do in your first draft is finish it.
Later drafts are where you clean everything up by rewriting the entire story.
Procrastination; the #1 enemy to writers everywhere. The #2 enemy? Writer’s block. (But we’ll discuss that later.)
Once we hit a high level of procrastination it can get extremely difficult to get back to writing no matter how much, or how little you’ve already written. You know exactly what you want to say, but as soon as the time comes to face those keys or pick up that pen you just… meh. You suddenly lose interest in your writing, and at this point you probably consider writing to be boring. So like any rational person, you decide to take a break.
Just a few days off to clear your mind.
And a few more days.
A week! Yes a week of writing rest, then we’ll be good to go!
Something very similar to this thought process crosses your mind, and before you know it, you’re sitting on the couch struggling to fit your hand down the end of a Pringles tube while binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix. You want to write, you really, really do. You just don’t feel like doing it RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT.
Time to kick yourself out of the procrastination funk! It’s not going to be fun, and later you’ll be angry at yourself for not starting writing again sooner, but with a few hints and tips, I may be able to help make it a little easier; What you need to do is start writing again.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but at the same time completely impossible. “That’s what I’m having difficulties with!” You may think to yourself. “I can’t just start writing again to start writing again! It doesn’t work that way!” Sure it does, you just have to be smart about it. Writing is something you need to be consistent about, even if you aren’t working on your original project, writing other small things can help you maintain a smooth rhythm so you’re still working. You can help with this by
- Writing in a Journal;
just a quick entry can help you regain confidence. Try to write an update about what’s going on in your personal life, (or simply just write about whatever you wish) at least once week to keep those writer muscles moving.
- Keep a Day-by-Day Word Count Goal;
This is an excellent and really simple way to make sure you keep writing with minimal distractions. Start with a low count goal, probably 500 or less. Once you’ve completed that goal, you’re done with writing for the day! As time goes on and you become a stronger writer who suffers from fewer distractions, you can up the word count. Just keep a mindset that you’re not getting anything else done today until you complete this word count.
- Find the Time to Write;
This is especially important, and can not only improve your writing efficiency but also your writing quality as well. You should have a 30-60 minute time period (at minimum) where you have no where to be, and nothing to do. Dedicate these precious time blocks as ‘writing time’, and use them as opportunities to chip away at your word count goal for the day. Some people like starting very early in the morning, when the stress of the day has not yet gotten to them, while others (myself included) prefer to practice their writing at night when the house is quiet and no one will come looking to interrupt me. Choose a schedule which works best for you.
- Find the PLACE to write;
Perhaps one of the most important for those who suffer from constant distraction; you need to find a place you can write which is quiet and lacking in Facebook updates and cute cat videos on YouTube. That’s right, for most of you, this means walking away from the computer and writing by hand, or at least turning off your WIFI. While the internet is intensely entertaining and educational, it is also dangerously addictive and can suck up all your plans to do anything productive today in a heartbeat. In fact, anything that you find distracting needs to be gone from your writing space. For most people these are of course internet, loud sounds, and loud and distracting environments. I know a lot of stereotypes show quiet, shy, people working on their screenplays in libraries and indie coffee shops, but those are really good places to work on your writing.
- If All Else Fails…
Work on a quick project which won’t consume much time or effort. Write a short story, song, or poem, and with that you may be back on track heading straight towards Distraction Free Land!
So, as a quick overview, my tips for battling procrastination are;
*Write in a journal at least once a week,
*Keep a daily word-count goal
*Set specific times throughout the day/week for writing.
*Find a room or area, completely free of loud or distracting sounds and environments.
*Work on a very short, easy project
I hope these tips help to improve your procrastination problems. If you have any questions or need some more advice or tips, feel free to shoot me a message any time!
These were the Writers Write posts you enjoyed most in August 2014.
- Eight Commonly Misused Words - Common mistakes made by writers
- Punctuation Personality Types - Which one are you?
- Why you need strong verbs when you write - Three ways strong verbs improve your writing
- 20 Literary Quotes About Cats - Writers have always been fascinated by cats
- What does it take to write a book? The five qualities published authors share
- Start here: Three things you need to do at the beginning of your novel
- Six Fascinating Character Types - Characters should be fascinating
- The Plot Maker - Create a rom com storyline in five easy steps
- Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
- Five Ways to Make Description Work in Your Novel - Description is a way to engage the reader’s imagination.
Reflection on how experience, rather than fuelling imagination, can stifle and smother it. The importance of imagination.
Powerful and impeccable writing skills are necessary for professionals across all industries to convey their messages to their audiences/customers. Even the most established writers constantly fine-tune and brush-up their writing skills to ensure that they communicate effectively. Whether you are writer, a lawyer, or an entrepreneur, some great tips will surely help you to produce high-end quality documents:
Practice is the Key to Perfection
If you are not sure how to bush-up your writing skills, know that practice is the most important component to master this art. You will find significant improvement just by keeping some time aside for writing regularly and sticking to this schedule.
Mix it up
The use of repetitive words and phrases can cause your readers to lose interest in your written document. Variety attracts interest; using a wide span of descriptive words and incorporating a number of various sentence structures can keep your reader focused and can produce a more interesting and persuasive final piece.
Less is More
Avoid unnecessary terms or vague verbiage. When a simple word can serve the purpose, do not make it complicated by using long words or phrases. Readers are more interested in getting to the point and do not want to waste their time on understanding unclear metaphors. This simple step can create a significant difference in your finished product.
Avoid Grammatical Errors
It is advisable to comply with the accepted rules of grammar in your piece of work. Grammatical rules are meant to enhance the clarity of your writing; avoiding these rules may create a negative impression of your language competence on your readers.
Consult the Experts
Even the most accomplished writers often need professional Proofreading advice on their work. It is advisable to consult an editor, or you can also attend a class in writing, to improve your writing skills.
Reading other materials occasionally and more often for pleasure can help you write fresh and relevant literature. Take some time out to read a novel, newspaper or magazine. These can provide exposure and can add new ideas and new phrases to your vocabulary that you can incorporate into your writing projects.
Do not be Afraid of Failure
Fear of failure is the biggest obstacle most writers face. Muster the courage to write and submit your finished work to an editor or proofreader. It will help you achieve success in your chosen field.
The best advice to improve your writing skills is to simply write more often. Most accomplished authors set aside a few hours from their schedule each day to practice their expertise. If you can inculcate this level of commitment in yourself, no doubt, you can improve your writing skills over time.
Proofread Many Times
Even the veteran writers can sometimes miss subtle grammatical errors. Academic Proofreading is the only way out to identify and rectify these errors. Do it as many times as you can to create a perfect piece, free from any grammar or spelling mistakes.
Well-read people are mostly great writers too, but the art of writing can also be mastered by following the above-mentioned tips. Doing so is a must for anyone who really wants to improve their writing skills.