August172014

How MBTI Types Approach Rules →

lukemerren:

ENTJ: I make the rules.
ESTJ: I’ve written down the rules and made copies for everyone.
ESFJ: I’ve bent over backwards to fulfill all the rules.
ENFJ: Rules are great – they help us be better people.
INTJ: I’ve discovered all the inconsistencies with the rules and therefore consider them void.
INFJ: These rules are not benefiting me. I’m making up my own rules.
ISTJ: I’ve completed everything according to the rules.
ISFJ: These rules suck!!! *goes along with the rules*
ENFP: Ooops! I didn’t realize there were rules!
ENTP: I’ve discovered these rules are not actually fulfilling their purpose, let me explain why.
ESFP: Is there a fine for breaking the rules? I’ll just pay that.
ESTP: Watch me break the rules!!!!!
INTP: I’ve figured out a way to bend each rule.
ISTP: These rules are important for others, and if I feel like it I might follow along.
ISFP: I’m breaking all the rules, but it’s okay because I don’t think anyone noticed.
INFP: Completely unaware that rules exist, worried about why everyone seems so stressed.

(via thewritersramblings)

August22014
thequeen117:

Some links I have found in various Tumblr Posts that I have saved on my computer. I do not take credit for collecting all these links. Unfortunately, I did not have the mind to save/note where these various links come from. Thank you to whoever compiled these links together.
General Writing Tips, Guides and Advice

How to be Confident in Your WritingStart Your Novel Already!Why First Chapters MatterHow to Outline a NovelIncorporating FlashbacksWord Building 101Common Mistakes in WritingTips on Getting StartedWhat Not to Do7 Tips to Become a Better Writer from Stephen KingHow to Use Reading to Become a Better WriterWhy Writers Must ReadHow to Finish What You Start: A Five-Step Plan for Writers31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing10 Tips to Write FanfictionWriting a Blurb10 Writing TipsPerfecting DescriptionPoint of ViewSpeed Up Your WritingRecieving Bad NewsUseful Writing AppsAvoiding ClichésWriting LessonsFinding Inspiration

Plot and Conflict

What is Conflict?Where’s Your Conflict?Adding Conflict to Your ScenesGuides for Using Inner Conflict That Makes SensePlotting Your NovelInternal and External ConflictThe Top Ten Plotting ProblemsThe Elements of Plot DevelopmentPlot HelpWriting a Plot Your Own WayPlot DevelopmentDevelop a PlotTension and ConflictYour Plot, Step by StepPlot vs. ExpositionPlot and Conflict

Character Development
How to Describe the Body Shape of Female Characters
Character Apperance HelpWords to Describe VoiceBody Language Cheat SheetCharacter Development Exercises101 Character Development QuestionsArt of Character DevelopmentIntroducing CharactersCharacters You Need to ReinventMaking Characters LikeableHeros and VillainsDescribing ClothingUnderstanding Body Language100 Positive TraitsMental Illness in WritingConflicts and CharactersIndifferent, Distant CharactersBitchy CharactersDescribing VoiceBeing a BitchHeartless BitchWriting Nice CharactersCharacter QuestionnaireMental DisordersWriting Characters with Mental IllnessWriting Male CharactersPlaying Male CharactersBreaking SterotypesCharacters with GlassesRebellious CharactersWriting Female CharactersWriting Intriuging Male and Female Characters

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Placement of Speech Tags
Grammar and SpellingGrammar Slammer!American vs. British GrammarHyperGrammarGrammar GirlPunctuating DialogueHow to Use the SemicolonIntroduction to the Basic Rules of PunctuationComma 101All About Dialouge11 Grammar TipsComma UsageCorrect Use of ApostropheProofreadingTransition Words40+ Tips to Improve your Grammar and PunctuationBetter Writing: Grammar & SpellingSemicolons and ColonsUnderlining and ItalicizingDashes and ParenthesesHyphensApostrophesThe EllipsisList of 1000+ Adjectives

All About Names
List of Names
100 Most Popular NamesSci-Fi Names Sci-Fi Names Part 2Name BerryBehind the NameFantasy Name Generator20,000+ Names From Around the WorldVictorian Era NamesHow to Choose a NameNaming Your CharactersGive Your Character the Perfect NameName that Character!10 Tips to Name Your Character

Genre Based
20 Tips to Writing Love Scenes
On Love And SexAll That Sex!Writing “Real” Men in Romance FictionKissingHow to Write a Kissing Scene: Valentine EditionHow to Write a Kiss? And Should You Write Sex?The Keys to ConflictWriting Gender-Specific DialougeThings Smut Writers Should KnowHow to Write a Sex Scene3 Secrets to Writing SexWriting Love ScenesWhy You Should Write Love StoriesHow to Write HorrorHorror Sub-GenresHorror Plot Cliches25 Things You Should Know About Writing HorrorPlot and Character in Horror Fiction7 Laws of Comedy5 Secrets for Improving Comedy WritingHow to Break into ComedyHow to Be FunnyMystery Writing Lessons10 Rules for MysteryMystery Writing


Other
Word Count
Story Starters & idea GeneratorsFifty Quick Writing PromptsWrite or DieWriting Prompt GeneratorDictionary.comThesaurus.comOxford DictionarySpanish DictionaryMedical DictionaryYour DictionaryA Bunch of Character Questionnaires

thequeen117:

Some links I have found in various Tumblr Posts that I have saved on my computer. I do not take credit for collecting all these links. Unfortunately, I did not have the mind to save/note where these various links come from. Thank you to whoever compiled these links together.

General Writing Tips, Guides and Advice

How to be Confident in Your Writing
Start Your Novel Already!
Why First Chapters Matter
How to Outline a Novel
Incorporating Flashbacks
Word Building 101
Common Mistakes in Writing
Tips on Getting Started
What Not to Do
7 Tips to Become a Better Writer from Stephen King
How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer
Why Writers Must Read
How to Finish What You Start: A Five-Step Plan for Writers
31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing
10 Tips to Write Fanfiction
Writing a Blurb
10 Writing Tips
Perfecting Description
Point of View
Speed Up Your Writing
Recieving Bad News
Useful Writing Apps
Avoiding Clichés
Writing Lessons
Finding Inspiration

Plot and Conflict

What is Conflict?
Where’s Your Conflict?
Adding Conflict to Your Scenes
Guides for Using Inner Conflict That Makes Sense
Plotting Your Novel
Internal and External Conflict
The Top Ten Plotting Problems
The Elements of Plot Development
Plot Help
Writing a Plot Your Own Way
Plot Development
Develop a Plot
Tension and Conflict
Your Plot, Step by Step
Plot vs. Exposition
Plot and Conflict

Character Development

How to Describe the Body Shape of Female Characters

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Placement of Speech Tags

All About Names

List of Names

Genre Based

20 Tips to Writing Love Scenes

Other

Word Count

(via wtffanfiction)

3PM
clevergirlhelps:

Includes:
200 male, 200 female, and 200 unisex names
Common and unusual names
Definitions and nationalities
Pronunciations for Irish/Scottish Gaelic names
English, Arabic, Japanese, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Greek, German, Latin, French, American, Spanish, Scandinavian, Hebrew, Turkish, Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Iranian/Persian names
** denotes a name heavily associated with a preexisting entity, fictional or real
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clevergirlhelps:

Includes:

  • 200 male, 200 female, and 200 unisex names
  • Common and unusual names
  • Definitions and nationalities
  • Pronunciations for Irish/Scottish Gaelic names
  • English, Arabic, Japanese, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Greek, German, Latin, French, American, Spanish, Scandinavian, Hebrew, Turkish, Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Iranian/Persian names

** denotes a name heavily associated with a preexisting entity, fictional or real

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June22014

Writing Research - The Middle Ages

ghostflowerdreams:

Middle Ages (or Medieval period), lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the three traditional divisions of Western history: Antiquity, Medieval period, and Modern period. The Medieval period is itself subdivided into the Early, the High, and the Late Middle Ages. [1] [2]

Names

Society & Life

Commerce

Entertainment & Food

Hygiene, Health & Medicine

Fashion

Dialogue

Justice & Crime

(via thewritingcafe)

7PM

Writing Research - Viking Age

ghostflowerdreams:

The Viking Age is the period from 793 AD to 1066 AD in European history, especially Northern European and Scandinavian history, following the Germanic Iron Age. It is the period of history when Scandinavian Norsemen explored Europe by its seas and rivers for trade, raids and conquest. In this period, the Vikings also settled in Norse Greenland and Newfoundland, and present-day Faroe Islands, Iceland, Normandy, Scotland, Ireland, Russia and Anatolia. [1]

Names

Society & Life

Commerce

Entertainment & Food

Hygiene, Health & Medicine

Fashion

Dialogue

Justice & Crime

(via clevergirlhelps)

May192014
vilarps:

        A MASTERLIST OF MYTHOLOGY AND DEITY RESOURCES

After having compiled a still-growing list of resources for one of my rpgs, I thought it might help anyone looking to do some research for themselves, or a character, or anything else. Below, you’ll find links to search engines, blogs, other master posts, and some guides on various myths and mythologies from cultures throughout the world and throughout history. If you want to add anything to this list, don’t hesitate to send me a message to let me know.

Read More

vilarps:

        A MASTERLIST OF MYTHOLOGY AND DEITY RESOURCES

After having compiled a still-growing list of resources for one of my rpgs, I thought it might help anyone looking to do some research for themselves, or a character, or anything else. Below, you’ll find links to search engines, blogs, other master posts, and some guides on various myths and mythologies from cultures throughout the world and throughout history. If you want to add anything to this list, don’t hesitate to send me a message to let me know.

Read More

May182014

Writing Research - Ancient Egypt

referenceforwriters:

ghostflowerdreams:

Ancient Egypt was an ancient civilization of Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern country of Egypt. Egyptian civilization coalesced around 3150 BC (according to conventional Egyptian chronology) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh. The history of ancient Egypt occurred in a series of stable Kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as Intermediate Periods: the Old Kingdom of the Early Bronze Age, the Middle Kingdom of the Middle Bronze Age and the New Kingdom of the Late Bronze Age. [1]

Names

Society & Life

Read More

(via writeworld)

May172014

the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to an endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.

photos from spellbound waitomo tours, forevergone, blue polaris, and martin rietze. (more cave photos) (more bioluminescence photos)

(via cleolinda)

May162014
May12014

Anonymous said: Do you have any tips for writing power hungry characters? (Btw, I love the blog! :) )

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

This is all I have so far…

General Traits

This list doesn’t mean your character should have every single one of the traits on it, but they’re strong ones to consider. Pick and choose the ones that fit your character best from these:

  • ambitious
  • manipulative
  • dedicated
  • ruthless
  • intelligent
  • dishonest
  • calculating
  • decisive
  • immoral
  • controlling
  • pragmatic
  • aggressive
  • disillusioned
  • inspiring

You may be able to think of more…! Either way, it’s important that you keep this character balanced. It’s too easy to attribute too many negative traits to power-hungry characters. So here’s how to round them out…

Question Time

The key things you want to know are:

  • Why does your character want power? How have their current circumstances influenced that desire? What do they stand to gain, and what do they stand to lose? This is where you can really get to understand your character. Ask them ‘why?’ until they can’t answer you any more. They should have a clear reason for striving towards their goal, after all.
  • What kind of power are they aiming for? Do they want to become the head of an important company, or are they looking more at ruling the country? The world? Think hard about the extent of the power they’re after. If they did ever achieve the top spot, what kind of things would they be capable of, or be allowed to do?
  • Who is in the way? To get power, you have to take power. So who is your character up against in their quest for more influence?
  • When did they become power hungry? In other words, what is the catalyst to their ambition? People don’t seek further power without a real reason; there are plenty of people in the world who are happy to accept where they are, and what they are allowed to do in that position. There is generally an awakening moment when the person thinks, ‘actually, I don’t want to live this way any more’ and so they seek a way to change their circumstances.
  • How do they gain power? What kind of behaviours are they willing to carry out in order to get their way? What obstacles do they have to clear? Think about their path to power and how it shapes them.

Basic Formula

The Catalyst

We’re not born with an inherent need to take over the country we live in, or to lead a business or beat the whole class in academic exams. Something makes us decide why we want those things. Your character needs a catalyst to their desire for power, too.

Either they’re pushed into it, they decide they want it or they are taught to strive for it.

The Path to Power

You need to think about when your character sets their plans in motion, and what kind of things they do as they climb up the ladder. Nobody goes from the very bottom to the very top overnight. Treat each rung like one major event in the timeline until you get to the end.

Gaining power requires a lot of groundwork. Some things to consider:

  • The friends they make;
  • The enemies they make;
  • How the one currently in the position of power views them (do they admire your character or distrust them? What kind of things might they do (either intentionally or unintentionally) to allow your character to creep closer to the top?);
  • What your character does to gain trust/likability;
  • What your character does to gain control/fear.

Evasive Maneuvers

Achieving power is one thing, holding onto power is another. What does your character do to protect their place? Who threatens their position? This is when your character becomes desperate to justify their actions, and when they may consider behaviour they previously thought immoral (or never considered before).

At this point, your character may be ruthless. What is the worst thing they are prepared to do in order to keep their power?

Support and Protest

Of course, other people keep this character in power in two ways:

  • Through support;
  • or through silence.

What happens to those who don’t keep silent? What kind of things do the supporters have to do to retain their power? Additionally, how much support is there, and how much protest? What kind of things do the protesters do to affirm their beliefs?

The Fall

Nothing stays the same forever. Either power is ripped from your character or they pass on the power to somebody else, beginning a whole new era. Think about what kind of end would suit your power-hungry character.

I think that’s about it…

History has some of the most fascinating and awful tales of people rising to power. Even if you’re not writing a character aiming for a throne or to rule a kingdom, country or world, understanding real people is a good step forward when it comes to basing characters on them.

I hope all of this is of some actual use, ha ha… ;;;;; (Btw, the blog loves you, too!)

- enlee

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