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July 2014
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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 

July 2014
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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)
July 2014
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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.

July 2014
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This is a neat little program that all you writers out there should take a look at.

I’ve only used it a little bit myself, but I can see how helpful it can be in writing a story. It provides a place for you to write down your characters, all your plot points, your chapters, settings, story lines, and any other ideas you come up with while writing, amongst other things. I don’t think I can really explain it best so I’ll leave it to the website to explain its features:

Storybook comes with 4 views:

  • The Chronological View shows the scenes sorted by date. Each strand has it’s own column.
  • The Manage Chapters and Scenes viewshows all chapters and their assigned scenes. Scenes can be moved and renumbered by Drag-and-Drop.
  • The Book View shows all chapters and their assigned scenes sorted by chapter and scene numbers, as you would read it in the final book.
  • The Reading View (a mode of the Book View) shows the text as in a final book. Strands can be shown or hidden.

Storybook helps you to keep the overview, especially helpful for complex stories with two or more plot-lines (strands). Imagine it as a kind of a interactive, dynamic mind map.

  • Strands (Plot-Lines): Each scene belongs to a primary strand. Optionally, other related secondary-strands can be linked to a scene.
  • Characters: Add, edit or remove characters and assign them to scenes. A character’s gender can be male or female, or you can add your own genders, too.
  • Locations: Add, edit or remove locations and assign them to scenes.
  • Tags and items: Tags and items can be assigned to scenes, locations and characters. The time frame can be defined by setting a start scene and end scene. A table overview shows all assigned objects.
  • Chapters: Define your chapters and assign scenes to them.
  • Parts: Large projects can be split into well-arranged parts.
  • Object Tree: A hierarchic tree shows all characters, locations, tags and items as well as chapters and their assigned scenes. Below the tree all important information about the selected object is shown. If scenes are missing or exist twice, a warning informs you.
  • Global Ideas: While writing authors have all kind of ideas that come up suddenly. No more Post-it needed! With the “Global Ideas” feature, you can save your ideas anytime and assign them to the levels “Not started”, “Started”, “Completed” and “Abandoned”.
  • Adjustable view: All views can be re-sized to fit to screen or to get a better overview. Even more working space is available if you hide the information panel with a simple click on the tool bar.
  • Task List and Navigation: The task list shows all scenes with a status other than “done”. With the “Go to date” respectively “Go to chapter” navigation you can easily jump to the desired date or chapter-number.
  • Spell Check: Your text can be checked for spelling. New words can be added to your personal user directory.

Visit the website and check it out!

aaah cool! I use Scrivener for bloody everything but this looks like it has a few interesting features too.

July 2014
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Write Rhymes finds rhymes for your words while you write and takes the weirdness out of poetry and scheming.


Write Rhymes finds rhymes for your words while you write and takes the weirdness out of poetry and scheming.

July 2014
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Hello, writerly friends~ ♥︎

You asked for a Writing Advice Masterpost, so here it is! Below you will find a collection of the best questions and answers from the last two years. Not only that, but they are also organized so you can find the answers to your questions quickly and get on with writing.

But wait, there is more!

This post is more than just a collection of advice, it’s a nexus for writing advice, resources, and information! That’s right, this post is going to grow over time. I will be updating this masterpost WEEKLY with new answers, writing advice videos, playlists, and more! So, make sure to bookmark this page and follow my blog (maxkirin.tumblr.com) so you don’t miss a thing~ ♥︎


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Last Updated: 07-11-14. Click HERE to see the latest update.

July 2014
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Anonymous asked

I have no idea what my story's plot is. I can't even summarize it--I just have all of these ideas swimming in my head! What should I do?


Here are some ideas:

  • Write out the entire story as a synopsis. Try to keep it under ten pages. Write out your story as you have it now, in chronological order, with all the plots and sub plots. If you have sub plots or ideas for scenes and you’re not sure where to put them, write them anyway and try to place them somewhere.
  • Write out the synopsis for one character. Once you have all of your ideas written down, choose one character (start with the protagonist), and write out their entire narrative. Write the synopsis with only them in mind. Then do it with another character. Soon you’ll have the character arcs and narratives of your major characters and you’ll be able to see where their stories overlap.
  • Write your ideas on note cards. Write down sub plots, plots, scenes, etc. and put them on note cards. This way, you can rearrange them as you please to see what works out. You can use online applications like bubbl can be helpful if you don’t have note cards.
  • Just write. Sometimes if you just start writing, it’ll come together. Jump right in and see where it all goes.

You can also answer these questions from my planning page (as part of my How to Write and Publish a Book guide) to get the outline of your main plot and to make sure that you have a full plot:

  • Who is the protagonist? To have a story, you need a protagonist. The protagonist does not have to be a hero and does not have to be the point of view character, but should be the center of the story.
  • What is the protagonist’s motive? The protagonist needs a motive. This is what drives the plot forward.
  • What is the main conflict? The protagonist has a motive, but there is conflict that prevents that motive from being reached.
  • Who is the antagonist? The antagonist is the character who opposes the protagonist and the protagonist’s motive. The antagonist does not have to be a villain or even a character, but should still have a presence.
  • What is the climax? The climax it when the protagonist is put up again their motive and all the story has been leading to. 
  • Does the protagonist succeed or fail? The protagonist must either succeed in reaching their motive through the climax, or fail.
  • How does the protagonist change? How does the outcome of the climax change the protagonist? Characters need to change over time or they’ll be static.

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July 2014
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People say to write about what you know. I’m here to tell you, no one wants to read that, because you don’t know anything. So write about something you don’t know. And don’t be scared, ever.


Toni Morrison (via ktempest)

Haha I feel like this is something one of my creative writing professors would’ve said. He once made us write a reportage piece about someone who had to be older than 30 cause he was like “you kids don’t know shit”.

(via yeahwriters)

July 2014
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