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 I made a post a couple of days ago saying my 25th follower would get a 2k fic from me and you are that person! So check out the post and send this blog a message with your preferences!

Thanks!

-Amanda

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OH GOD LESS VERSUS FEWER THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING MY PERSONAL GRAMMATICAL VENDETTA.

By accident. On purpose. Never on accident.

ALSO, ‘amount’ and ‘number’ follow the same rules as ‘less’ and ‘fewer’, respectively. it’s not an ‘amount’ of people, it’s a number of people; by contrast, it IS an ‘amount of water’, etc.

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This blog is almost up to 25 followers, which is exciting because I wasn’t sure if this was going to go anywhere, so the next person to follow this blog gets a fanfiction written for them by me! :D

  • Can be for any fandom/pairing, but if it’s something I’m familiar with, it’s obviously going to be better. You can send me a list and I’ll pick whichever I know best and go with that, or I can write you a short story about something else if we don’t share any interests
  • It’ll be about 2k because I am a busy, busy girl.
  • I’ll probably message you from my personal (mandapandaaaaaaa) because I don’t think I can from this blog since it’s a side blog? I don’t know how Tumblr works. :/ 
  • I will not do real people fics. I don’t feel comfortable with it.
  • Also no incest or bestiality. 

May the odds be ever in your favor. ;)

-Amanda

On Plot…3/3

Here it is guys, the final installment of my piece on plot! Get hyped! Do keep in mind that this post in particular is only applicable to fantasy/sci fi/action-y genres for the most part.

So today we’re going to talk about the conclusion of the story. Where the big bad gets defeated and everyone goes home happy…or do they?!

I’m not saying that stories where everything ends with sunshine and rainbows are bad, but I am going to say that stories where it doesn’t are better. Nothing in life is free, especially victories. 

So when plotting out your big finale, think about what price your hero/heroine will pay for their victory. Will they lose a comrade? Or perhaps become disabled in some way? Even if you’re writing for a somewhat juvenile audience and you don’t want to introduce them to the horrifying pain of major character death, (Special thanks to J.K. Rowling for ruining my childhood) you can still make your story realistic; {THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD} i.e. Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon-movie) loses his foot in the big boss fight and then has to work around his disability, which is also awesome for character development, I might add, especially if you’re planning on doing a sequel.

So here’s a basic formula for a boss fight/climax.

1. Set up the scene. Your entire story has led up to this point; the boss music is playing and your characters know something big is coming (or maybe they don’t. Oooh, plot twist!).

2. It’s time to engage with the enemy. Preferably with some witty dialogue. This is your prelude to the fight, the cutscene, if you will. (Please excuse my video game references.) 

3a. The fight: this is the hardest bit for me as I am a wimpy nerd girl and I don’t know the first thing about fighting/weaponry. This is where research comes in handy. Watch YouTube videos of choreographed fight scenes (keep it realistic), look up weaponry if applicable as well as videos of people using those types of weapons. If it’s hand to hand, get up from your computer/notebook and act it out yourself. You’ll feel a bit silly, but it really helps with being able to visualize fight scenes. I am also a huge advocate of empty paper towel roll swords. I’ll probably do a post later about fight scenes specifically. 

3b. Don’t make it so that your protag wins automatically, although most people know that they’re going to make it out in the end (unless you happen to be HRH George R.R. Martin), you want to put a seed of doubt in the reader’s mind that maybe they will lose. It engages the reader a bit more and will hopefully make them care more about the outcome of the fight. MAKE THEM SUFFER.

4. Wrap it up. When you feel that the protag and antag have parried back and forth enough, end it. Strike the killing blow, or if you’re a fan of the Disney method, have them trip and fall of a cliff. I don’t care how you do it, just win. OR don’t win and make HRH George R.R. Martin proud. 

5. Clean up. Here is where you’re going to reveal your price for the victory, bandage your wounds and tie up any loose ends, eventually leading to your conclusion or a set up for a sequel.

Yay! Now go write!

-Amanda

On Plot… 2/3

Alrighty, this is a follow up to the first plot post, so go read that if you haven’t. Or I guess you don’t have to. It’s your life. I’m not gonna tell you how to live it.

So today, we’re going to talk about what to do after you’ve got all the exposition and story set up out of the way.

This middle bit is going to be the longest part of your novel, where quite a bit of action and character development is going to happen. It’s very easy to just ramble on and on and on and have nothing happen here, but that makes for a very, very boring read. You want to move things along, but you also don’t want to skip over pertinent details. Like so many things in life, it’s about achieving balance. 

So before you go into this part, (or even before you start writing) you need to decide how your character/s are going to develop. It’s super lame if they don’t undergo any mindset changes throughout the novel. Most people seek self improvement throughout the course of their lives and so should your character. If they’re impatient, put them in situations where they will need to exercise patience AS WELL as push the plot mobile forward. You’ll want to build relationships between your character/s whether they be romantic or platonic. No relationship is perfect and it never will be, but you want to push your character in that direction. Or if you’re like me, DESTROY EVERYTHING THEY LOVE. Either works, but there needs to be some impact on their relationships somewhere or else zzzZZZZZ.

The whole time you’re writing, you want to be leading up to your climax. Get the giggles out of the way. I’ll wait. 

Okay, now that we’re all being mature adults here, everything you do is leading up to the big moment, the boss fight, etc. This is when Simba takes Scar down and reclaims his kingdom. (Lion King is my favorite Disney movie, idc)

But I’ll tell you how to do that in part 3 which will be up eventually!

-Amanda

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Random tip…If you’re feeling uninspired or unmotivated to write, bring up your photoshop or paint or whatever and make the shittiest book cover you can come up with. I used an Ariel brush, the Twilight font/Comic Sans and a shit ton of gradients to make a monstrosity that made my girlfriend keyboard smash and laugh her ass off. It helps. Welp, I’m off to write now. :) 

-Amanda

On Plot…1/3

Every story has a beginning, middle and end, right? Riiiiiight. But that’s not enough. Sorry to burst your bubble like that. Everyone, I’m sure, has read a story where things just kinda die for a little while. It’s boring and a struggle to get through and the whole thing just seems so pointless. I’m going to reference one of my favorite books here and just keep in mind that despite this, I still love it for the good parts, so don’t yell at me. In Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, there are a lot of parts where Elphie just isn’t doing anything of consequence to her story and it just seems so freakin’ pointless. I skip over those parts when I reread the book now. Once was enough and they aren’t crucial to the plot at all.

My job is to teach you how to write a book that readers will either a) not quit reading because they’re bored or b) skip over certain parts during rereads, so let’s get cracking. THIS IS GOING TO BE A THREE PART POST, SO STAY TUNED FOR MORE. 

Beginning:

The beginning seems like the hardest place. You’ve got a blank page with a huge, ornate header and some doodles, or you’ve got that infernal blinking “I” thing on a blank word document mocking you. It’s a problem we’ve all experienced—especially me, so here are some tips to get started and to make it interesting…

1. OUTLINE. I can feel the eyerolls already. Stop that! I hate outlines. I really do. As a creative brained person, they drive me up a wall, but I’ve learned that without an outline, I ramble and do stupid things BECAUSE I’m creative brained. So just make an outline, please. It won’t hurt too bad. You don’t have to outline all the way to the end, but you need to figure out where your story is going and how you’re going to get there.

2. KEEP IT SIMPLE. In the beginning of any story there’s a lot of exposition while you’re introducing your character and setting up the story. You don’t need to do all of this in the first chapter, as it’s overwhelming and obnoxious. Don’t just write two or three paragraphs describing the situation. You want to distribute details lightly, like a wee fairy flying through a meadow and sprinkling fairy dust on flowers to make them grow. That’s a crap metaphor, but it’s four-thirty in the morning while I’m writing this, so give me a break. You want to think of yourself as a delicate fairy, sprinkling details throughout your story. Fairies don’t just dump a whole pound of fairy dust on someone or something. It’s not practical or efficient and neither is three+ paragraph exposition.You need to save some for later. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

So here are some things you want to flesh out in your first chapter.

1. Narrator/Main character’s name. 

2. A tiny bit about their physical appearance. Be careful with mirrors. It’s overdone and lazy.

i.e. "I looked in the mirror, wide blue eyes staring back at me, my freckled face haloed by frizzy copper colored hair."

Been there, done that, seen it a thousand times. Yawn. Try describing your characters relatives and mentioning similarity, or having another person make a comment about their frizzy red hair etc. Seriously, the mirror thing….pet peeve. I will put a book down if it starts with a character staring into a mirror. No joke. Try something like this instead.

"Honey, can’t you do something with your hair?" my mother asked me, as i tried to slip out the door. I sighed, debating just walking out and saving both of us the fight. I would never be able to get my mother’s sleek copper coif to work for me, a fact that aggravated her daily. I picked at the peeling red skin on my arm, waiting for her inevitable next comment. 

"And what have I told you about sunblock!" she shouted, coming over to me now, snatching my hand away from my arm to stop me from peeling it myself. "Do you want more freckles?”

Obviously, I kinda crapped this out in a few seconds, but what did we learn here? We learned that she has red, messy hair she’s obviously pale or doesn’t tan easily as she has a sunburn and she has freckles. We learned the same thing, more or less from the mirror scene, but there was an added dynamic: Her mother. Having another person there, interacting with our character gives them more dynamic. We learn that she has a strained relationship with her mother because she’s not living up to her mother’s expectations about her physical appearance. Cool, huh!?

3. Introduce your character’s relationships and through that, your character’s personality will shine through.

 As I mentioned before, you don’t have to throw every detail you have about the character or the plot out in the first chapter. Tease your audience, sure, but avoid direct exposition. 

Thanks. Part Two will be up soonish.

On protecting your work…

Today we’re going to have a talk about protecting your work, as something has recently come up in my life where 2-3 years of writing could have either been stolen from me or gone missing. 

1. So first off, basic protection. Cloud storage is awesome. Use it to your advantage. Google’s cloud is awesome, so go ahead and use Drive to back up your documents because if your computer crashes or is stolen, you may not be able to recover those items. Also, back up onto a USB drive or external hard drive regularly. That way if something goes wrong with whatever cloud storage you’re using, you still have copies of your hard work. I’m talking character notes, maps, etc. You want to back everything up. It sounds like a lot of work, but if something happens, you’ll be prepared and it’s so worth it.

2. Some people, like myself, have others edit or beta for them and this is all well and fine, but I highly recommend only using people you trust for original works. However, that can be tricky. It’s nice to think you can trust everybody and that nobody will steal your writing or ideas, but that’s not realistic. Be choosey.

3. If you cowrite with someone, again, make sure you trust them. If it does come up where you have a falling out or you’re no longer writing with them, there’s not much you can do other than pay for a copyright.***

So in summary, be careful and always back up!

***I’m not a legal expert so there may be something you can do about that, but I never found anything other that the copyright thing when I Googled it. Feel free to send me a message if I’m wrong and I’ll correct this post.

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