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Cover image for the first issue of EROS Magazine! A little literal, but I’m still kind of proud with how it turned out. 

Cover image for the first issue of EROS Magazine! A little literal, but I’m still kind of proud with how it turned out. 

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herondales-shadowhunter:

books

herondales-shadowhunter:

books

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Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.

 - Ray Bradbury. (via ac-z)
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characterandwritinghelp:

How to write an irresistible book blurb in five easy steps

amandaonwriting:

Your blurb will be an important part of your marketing. It is vital to get a reader’s attention. To write a good blurb, you have to make it short. Cut out sub-plots. Add tension to make it dramatic. Try not to mention more than two character’s names, and promise your audience a read they won’t forget.

I’ve come up with this easy acronym to help you create a blurb. I call it SCOPE. Follow these five steps and see if it works for you.

Setting
Conflict
Objective
Possible Solution
Emotional Promise

  1. Setting: All stories involve characters who are in a certain setting at a certain time. 
  2. Conflict: A good story places these characters in a situation where they have to act or react. A good way to start this part of your blurb is with the words: But, However, Until
  3. Objective: What do your characters need to do?
  4. Possible Solution: Offer the reader hope here. Show them how the protagonist can overcome. Give them a reason to pick up the book. Use the word ‘If’ here.
  5. Emotional Promise: Tell them how the book will make them feel. This sets the mood for your reader.

I saw The Edge of Tomorrow today, and I decided to write a blurb using this formula.

Example

  1. London. The near future. Aliens have invaded Earth and colonised Europe. Major William Cage is a PR expert for the US Army which is working with the British to prevent the invaders from crossing the English Channel. Battle after battle is lost until an unexpected victory gives humanity hope.
  2. But the enemy is invincible. A planned push into Europe fails and Cage finds himself in a war he has no way to fight, and he dies. However, he wakes up, rebooted back a day every time he dies.
  3. He lives through hellish day after day, until he finds another soldier, Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who understands what he can do to fight the enemy. Cage and Vrataski have to take the fight to the aliens, learning more after each repeated encounter.
  4. If they succeed, they will destroy the enemy, and save Earth.
  5. This thrilling action-packed science fiction war story will show you how heroes are made and wars can be won. Against the odds.

SCOPE will work for any blurb. Why don’t you try it?

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

© Amanda Patterson

If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy How to write a query letter in 12 easy steps and How to write a one-page synopsis

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When in doubt, the rule of threes is a rule that plays well with all of storytelling. When describing a thing? No more than three details. A character’s arc? Three beats. A story? Three acts. An act? Three sequences. A plot point culminating in a mystery of a twist? At least three mentions throughout the tale. This is an old rule, and a good one. It’s not universal — but it’s a good place to start. –

 - Chuck Wendig (via writingquotes)
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maxkirin:

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing, a remake of this post. Source.

Want more writerly content? Make sure to follow maxkirin.tumblr.com for your daily dose of writer positivity, advice, and prompts!

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vulcains:

my first submission for the scilesreversebang

thank you so much to the author who picked me, no-appy-polly-loggies! the fic will be revealed later today @ scilesreversebang and on ao3 here so y’all should check it out ♥ ♥ 

t-shirt design 

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The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

 - Maya Angelou (via writingbox)
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ectoplasmicdragon:

The Four Temperaments: Melancholy, phlegmatic, Sanguine, and Choleric.

The four temperaments is a system that describes a person’s overall attitude.These can be very useful for character development and personality.

You can read all about them here.

And you can take a test to find out what are here.