this mom's whirled world

Jul 24

10 Ways to Kick-Start a Stalled Story

writingbox:

  1. Introduce a new character
  2. Kill off an existing character
  3. Throw an unexpected obstacle in the path of your character
  4. Edit your opening
  5. Let your character go somewhere they’ve never been before
  6. Write from another character’s point of view
  7. Let your character discover a secret
  8. Let your character share a secret with someone else
  9. Let your character fall in love
  10. Start an argument between two characters
Jul 24

8 Character Roles →

writingbox:

Protagonist: the central character tied into the main storyline. Their goals fuel the action and their own personal journey.

Antagonist: the character whose goals directly oppose those of the protagonist. They are not necessarily an ‘evil’ character or ‘the baddie’, but their journey towards…

Jul 24

quote Keep it simple. Trust your imagination. Discover what is unique about your imagination. Don’t simply read a story and copy it.

— Clive Barker (via writingbox)
Jul 24

Word List: Onomatopoeia →

writingbox:

Onomatopoeia: words that sound like the sound they are describing.

These are really handy words for writers, allowing you to appeal to your reader’s sense of sound, to let you story come alive in their ears. Plus, they’re good fun.

Here’s some to start you off:

  • bang
  • bark
  • beep
  • boing
Jul 24
victoriousvocabulary:

CLEMENCY
[noun]
1. the quality of being clement; disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy.
2. an act or deed showing mercy or leniency.
3. (of the weather) mildness or temperateness.
Etymology: Latin clēmentia.
[Paul Romano - Consequences We Have Paid]

victoriousvocabulary:

CLEMENCY

[noun]

1. the quality of being clement; disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy.

2. an act or deed showing mercy or leniency.

3. (of the weather) mildness or temperateness.

Etymology: Latin clēmentia.

[Paul Romano - Consequences We Have Paid]

Jul 24

Tone/Attitude Words →

writeworld:

  1. accusatory: charging of wrong doing
  2. apathetic: indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
  3. awe: solemn wonder
  4. bitter: exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief
  5. cynical: questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
  6. condescension; condescending:…
Jul 24

characterdesigninspiration:

Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).

Jul 24

mashup idea…

can someone point me to a mashup with Deadmau5 and Deee-lite? for some reason “Sofi needs a ladder” gets tangled up in my head with “music selector is the soul reflector” every time I jam to either of those songs. can someone make this a real mashup? the songs would be great together IMHO

Jul 24

lucifer-take-the-wheel:

WRITER TIPS.

Jul 23
of course you do…

of course you do…