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  • deardragonbook
    23.10.2021 - 8 minutes ago

    Sad things you can do in a book other than killing of a character

    Character death is sad, but it also has huge consequences on your plot that can’t be reversed. Not to mention, depending on your genre, character deaths are often reserved for later in the series as a way of telling the reader that things are getting serious. 

    So, until that moment, here’s a quick list of things you can do to tug at your readers emotions: 

    1.- Destruction of an item of value. For this to work you’re going to have to set this up early on, it could be a childhood toy they need to sleep at night, a necklace they swear gives them good luck, and old family trinket or any number of things. The important thing is you show just how important it is to the character, make them happy and excited just to talk about it. Later on your character will feel loss and so will the audience. 

    2.- Arguing. Two characters with a strong bond arguing can be heartbreaking, even if you know the argument is going to resolve itself eventually, going from cuddles and banter to cold looks and the silent treatment, can easily hurt the audience just as much as the characters. 

    3.- Betrayal. When well done, it’s worst than character death. When you as a reader fall head over heels in love with a character, only for them to betray the rest, it’s heartbreaking, especially if when you read back the foreshadowing was there. It was so obvious yet you were all so blind! As blind as the other characters. Also, unlike character death, they’re still there, there to taunt you with their mere existence. 

    4.- Failure. We have probably all felt that emptiness, that feeling as the world crumbles around us, haplessness, when we failed an exam in school or just couldn’t get the house clean in time for that visit. Take that feeling and reflect it into your characters, it doesn’t have to be an exam, it can be anything, a task they’re parents asked them to do and they tried their best, a mission, anything. Just let them fail and feel the world crumble. 

    5.- Being forced to stay behind. Following from point four, if a character is not good enough they can be left behind, perhaps it comes from a place of love, an attempt to protect them from enemies too strong, yet it still hurts. Perhaps they haven’t failed, perhaps they are left behind for another reason, because they are “too valuable”, or because they’ll be more useful back home. Either way, watching those close to you go of to fight for what you believe in, without you, can be painful. 

    6.- Finding out something they believed in was a lie. It can be something relatively insignificant, an assumption they never bothered to question. Or something world shattering. Allow me to offer up an example with an unimportant spoiler from my second book (it’s not even out yet but oh well): in this book, while talking about some law, Henry realises his daughter believes he and her mother were married. This is an assumption Itazu made and never questioned. It affects nothing, nothing changes, yet finding out her mother and her father were not the happy married couple she’d always pictured, it’s painful. 

    This could also be something huge, finding out you’re adopted for example. 

    7.- History. Oh, history, how depressing it can be. And if you have a fantasy world you have many opportunities to go into this. From slaughters to slavery, finding out how society got to where it is, the base on which it is built. Well, it’s pretty depressing. Obviously be careful how much inspiration you take from real world history and always be respectful and do your research! 

    8.- Scarring. An injury can be painful, it can be scary. And depending on what caused it, leave you with traumatising memories. Now add to that a physical visible reminder on your skin you can never remove. Well, that can be pretty horrible. Imagine the scar came from a battle the protagonist longs to forget, but can’t because every night before going to sleep they can’t help but glance at their arm where the nasty scars forever lies. 

    As usual,  check out my book, stories I’ve written plus other social medias: here.

    This another post I could probably do a part two on someday. Can you think of any books where any of these are done effectively? Do any of these happen in your owns book? Please tell me! I love hearing from you all. 

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  • raayllum
    23.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    if i made a twitter or tumblr specifically about writing / writing advice, would anyone be interested? i have 10+ years of formal creative writing experiences from courses (as well as familiarity in both fanfiction & original work, specifically fantasy) and 4+ years of formal academic writing, and have been a volunteer and then professional tutor for three years.

    #dragons rambles#twitter#tumblr#writing advice #also learning a far bit about the publishing process now
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  • itachiyama
    23.10.2021 - 1 hour ago
    #love letters #no return address #i think i’m the last person you should ask for writing advice from #BUT I HOPE THAT WAS AT LEAST SOMEWHAT HELPFUL SOBSOBSOB
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  • rachywritessomething
    23.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    I would like to point out that liberation in writing comes when you embrace "any."

    Write everyday? No. Write ANY day because there should be no sacred day for writing and doing it every single day is a lot to commit to. Any day is a writing day, not EVERY day.

    Allow yourself to write at any time. Can't manage big blocks of time? Write a few minutes here and there. Write any time you feel like it.

    But Rachel, I don't have my super special notebook or my laptop at any time of day!

    Yea, that's why you've got to let yourself write on ANYTHING. Scraps of paper with a crayon, the notes app of your phone, a napkin and a pen you borrowed from your barista. Write it down, get it started, move it someplace special later.

    You can write anywhere too. Jot things down on the bus, while you're waiting in line at the grocery store, or in those five minutes in the parking lot before work.

    This isn't to say write ALL THE TIME on EVERYTHING no matter where you are. This is permission to write... any time you can and want to. Writing is an art form that can to fill the gaps left by the mundane if you let it. So embrace "any."

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  • canwrites
    23.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    Canwrites’ Writing Tip Of The Day (But Not Daily)

    Writer's block is one of the most complained about topics in writing, probably the most if I'm really thinking about it. If you search for writing memes, confessions, or stories there is an 98% chance the writer will be moaning about their two month writer's block. Funnily enough, I'd say writer's block is one of the fundamental reasons the writing community exists. It's a common, universal experience which really every writer goes through. Which means that it's something that is important to address in these writing tips. A lot of writing tips are specific to certain writers, such as genre-specific tips or writing format specific (such as poetry vs prose tips). Tips on writing block, however, are useful for any and all writers due to how prevalent it is. So, today we're going to be talking about it!

    I can't really talk about the nuances and details of writer's block because there's just so many specific topics related to it I can go into. Why writers get it, how to avoid it, how to get over it if you have it, etc. So instead, I'm going to be sharing some tips about what to do if you currently have writer's block.

    Take a break: but not a long break. The longer you stop writing, the harder it will be to start again. I'd say the break should be, at maximum ... 5 days?

    Use writing prompts: these are a great way to spark ideas when you can't come up with any. If you've gotten writer's block because you're stuck on your WIP, sometimes it's helpful to leave it alone for a bit and try to write something else in order to get your creative juices flowing again.

    Read: especially in your favorite genre! Reading usually inspires me to keep working on my story. It could also help to watch favorite movies and tv shows and to play favorite games.

    Talk to other writers: other writers will definitely understand and sympathize with your writer's block, and might also have unique cures for it. Most of all, talking with other writers about writing might spark some motivation for you!

    Use a random word generator: like writing prompts, this is a great way to provide inspiration when you lack it. Random word generators are even better because they force you to be even more creative and to think a lot harder.

    Daydream: daydream about your WIP. That's it. Act it out in your head. Focus less on the words involved and more how things look, feel.

    Thanks for reading!


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  • doug-lewars
    23.10.2021 - 2 hours ago


    Searching through Wikipedia or on the internet in general to find mythological critters to populate your fantasy stories works well; however, sometimes you might want something entirely of your own. One way of producing such a critter is to take a spreadsheet and populate one column with animals, a second with insects and a third with plants. Then use a random number generator to select one of each. Take some properties from each, add in a little description of your own and possibly a bit of magic and you have a brand new species native to the world you are building. Here’s an example:


    Shaped like a human heart, it has the head of a husky, wings like caddis flies, and a body seemingly composed of rice. It is a herbivore and therefore not dangerous.  It has the ability to divine the future but its prognostications are not always reliable or so vague as to be useless. It does, however, provide comfort to those in the general vicinity who might be distraught for any reason.

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  • writerthreads
    23.10.2021 - 4 hours ago

    The Top 10 YA Tropes & How to Avoid Them

    by So You Want to Write


    “I’m not like the other girls”

    The world just doesn’t, like, get her. Maybe she’s awkward, weird, or super-smart. She reads Proust and only eats dry toast. She’s definitely not a cheerleader and has maybe one close friend (who’s also not cool).

    How to avoid it:

    Don’t be afraid to write a protagonist who’s popular, who moves between social circles, or who is perfectly average (except for, you know, being thrust into this fantastic adventure.)

    (If you want to know more about why you should avoid this trope, read my essay on this in one of our earlier posts.)


    “They died in a horrible golfing accident…”

    Or, dad skipped town, and mom works late at 3 jobs, 7 nights a week. Your main character’s an orphan? Never heard that one before. Do your characters come home after a 2-week odyssey without a, “Where the hell were you, the police have been looking for you!?” That’s weird.

    How to avoid it:

    It’s not impossible to imagine a wild, supernatural, dangerous and epic adventure in which the protagonist has regular parents. Heck – maybe they even aid the good guys in some way? Or maybe they’re just comic relief.


    “Did your mom pass out drunk on the couch again tonight?”

    Sure, some young readers are angst-y tweens who get their kicks from reading about parents getting their comeuppance, but we’d wager that most of the ones who are reading have a fairly decent rapport with ole’ mom and dad.

    How to avoid it:

    Let’s see some adult characters with agency for a change. It’s possible to build a world where the teenage protagonist is a formidable force and who also plays well with adults.


    “Hi, I’m Cheng, and I’m really good at math.”

    Daily, YA readers come into contact with friends who have a different skin colour, culture, disability, family arrangement, and sexual orientation from them. They are surely capable of relating to a story involving non-white/handsome/fit characters. Publishers are clamouring for this kind of diversity, but don’t be the cautionary tale that writes in a token character for the sake of it!

    How to avoid it:

    Write diverse characters, but make them believable. Do you research: talk to someone of that lived experience. Your characters should talk, act, and even think the way that someone who is X would. Don’t force it.


    “Hey do you mind just leading this insurgency for a quick sec?”

    War. Really Bad War. Everything’s different now, bad different. This government sucks bad, gotta start a rebellion. Nope, it can’t be done peacefully – gotta be overthrown. Sure, this was an interesting premise in The Hunger Games, but nobody wants to read 50 books with that same basic plot.

    How to avoid it:

    Ask yourself – what is the story that only you can tell? Start with the problem or challenge your protagonist is facing, and then write out 25 ideas for the basic structure of your world (Hint: it doesn’t have to be all bleak and broken.)


    “I’m just an ordinary Hollywood girl making $20 mil a picture”

    She’s the family favourite and has a line up of guys at her locker. She volunteers at the orphanage and is at the top of her class. But she’s modest. “Oh, who, little old me? I’m nothing special.” She goes through the book seeing herself as a wilting wallflower despite her incredible feats – until some guy shows her how special he is by falling for her. Please – spare us the 20th-century prince charming thing.

    How to avoid it:

    Show us a girl (or guy) that doesn’t need rescuing. Write a character who is actually quite comfortable in her own skin, thank you very much. She can still fall in love, but she doesn’t need


    “Whoa, you have a hot tub, dude?”

    I did actually throw a party EVERY time my mom left town. But the house never got trashed and nobody ever got pregnant. That scene where everyone’s arriving at the upper-middle-class mansion, the protagonist not sure if he’s going to go in, and some kind of conflict ensues, has been done. While we’re at it, nobody wants to read about prom again.

    How to avoid it:

    Put your characters in one of the billion other settings that a teenager might find himself in: stuck at a little brother’s birthday party? Being the elderly neighbour’s dance partner for $5 an hour? Identifying bodies at the morgue? Get the story out of the parents’ liquor cabinet.


    “There’s something about the way your abs are glistening that makes me want to have your babies”

    Have you read a story where a character serves absolutely no purpose except to look pretty and be some kind of one-dimensional love interest for the main character? That’s the calling card of a lazy author.

    How to avoid it:

    By all means – write romance into your character’s life, but his beau doesn’t need to be a walking mannequin. Think about how this other person can drive the plot, or aid the protagonist. You can steer right around the “love at first sight” angle. While we’re at it, let’s drop the “best friend turned lover” trope.


    “Flunked algebra, but I’m going to defeat the greatest evil the world has ever known”

    Main character is just a REGULAR GUY™ but finds out TERRIBLE SECRET™ revealed by FATALISTIC PROPHECY™. Protagonist may or may not have SPECIAL POWERS™ that must be used to SAVE THE WORLD™. Oh, and he finds out in the last chapter he’s of royal blood. Your readers are already considering suicide by paper cuts.

    How to avoid it:

    If you really need to use this trope (since it works so well) don’t just write another Harry Potter; come up with an interesting variation on the theme. Maybe your protagonist’s uniqueness is ordained not by fate, but because he trained his whole life in a special skill?

    And the Top YA Trope Award goes to…


    “Betty or Veronica?”

    Your main character needs to find the Trident of Poseidon to complete the 12 Tasks of the Merovingians, aligning the Stargates and thwarting the Arachnid invasion. Also: hormones. Should she go for the guy with the 6-pack or 8-pack? The popular blond athlete, or the brooding brunette anarchist?

    How to avoid it:

    Love triangles are the most overused YA plot device by an order of magnitude. Unless this unholy trinity is integral to your plot (and why would you do that to your book?), don’t force it into your story. Your story might not even need any romantic sub-plot, but if you choose to include one, it need not be this dusty has-been. Get creative.

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  • randombreadtheory
    23.10.2021 - 5 hours ago

    "But even just ten minutes leave the feeling of having achieved something, of having been active and creative."

    ("Aber auch nur zehn Minuten hinterlassen das Gefühl, etwas geschafft zu haben, aktiv und kreativ gewesen zu sein.")

    - Leben Schreiben Atmen (by Doris Dörrie)

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  • skriveting
    23.10.2021 - 8 hours ago


    A few songs to inspire some writing, set a tone, or anything else:

    🔪 Cutthroat, by Imagine Dragons (2021)

    MASSIVE duel vibes


    fight-to-the-death vibes

    👑 The Tradition, by Halsey (2021)

    Grimey, bleak, dark

    Gives me protagonist fighting the system-vibes

    It's a tough world out there, you have to do what you have to do to survive

    🦇 Is She With You?, by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL (2016, Instrumental)


    Big drums, fast tempo

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  • ameliaarrows
    23.10.2021 - 13 hours ago

    E5: How to Thematic World Build

    E5: How to Thematic World Build

    Gosh, it has been ages! I am back at school which explains the lack of posts recently! While I haven’t posted much on my blog, I have updated my podcast since school started! Back in September I released How to Thematic World Build by examining Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe The thing is world building is more than how you develop your world, its class system, laws, religions etc. It is…

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  • strangelock221b
    23.10.2021 - 15 hours ago

    I am so, so sick of writing "advice" that tells writers not to use certain words or phrases. (This is not directed at the people putting those posts on my dash but at the OPs of those posts.)

    You wouldn't tell an artist to never use a certain color, would you?

    Wait, I bet some of you would, and you'd be wrong then too.

    Writers, find your own voice, your own style. Use whatever words or phrases you want, the "experts" be damned.

    Adverbs, passive voice, filler words, and everything else "experts" want you to stop using, all of them have their place in English, it's why they still exist.

    Experiment. Figure out what works for you and what doesn't.

    Give me "am," "is," "are," "was," "were," and especially "said."

    Give me all the adverbs. Stephen King can just bugger off.

    But most of all, give me you, the real you, when I read your works, not what some "expert" wants you to write.

    #writing#writeblr #writers of tumblr #writing advice #the kind of advice that tells you to chuck everything else you've heard in the garbage
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  • lovebarefootblonde
    23.10.2021 - 16 hours ago
    #writing is hard #writing advice#writing fanfiction #do the outline #get thee an enabler
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  • letusdanceunderthesilvermoon
    23.10.2021 - 16 hours ago
    #terrible writing advice #writing advice#self care #writers self care #parody #i have been called out
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  • raiy-yn
    23.10.2021 - 17 hours ago

    Note to self, focus on how the pain feels when you create art. Write what you know about suffering not why. Forget why you felt bad but make art out of how you feel bad, it’ll feel better when you have some sketches. The why doesn’t matter yet

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