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Damn you x-kit! Meant to reblog a bunch of stuff to my personal and ended up reblogging it here. If it happens again, just know that I will realize it and go back and delete stuff.

-Amanda

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If you’re a writer and you see this post, stop what you’re doing.

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WHENEVER YOU SEE THIS POST ON YOUR DASH, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WRITE ONE SENTENCE FOR YOUR CURRENT PROJECT.

Just one sentence. Stop blogging for one minute and write a single sentence. It could be dialogue, it could be a nice description of scenery, it could be a metaphor, I don’t care. The point is, do it. Then, when you finish, you can get back to blogging.

If this gets viral, you might just have your novel finished by next Tuesday.

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On Research…

Research is important. I’m just saying. If you don’t research properly, the writing gods will smite you. I don’t make the rules.

So here’s a play by play about how I get research done;

1. Spend 20 minutes carefully making a playlist for whatever you’re writing/researching. This includes scouring 8tracks for themed playlists.

2. Open Google up in a tab, but switch over to Tumblr and complain to your writing friends/followers about how much you hate researching. 

3. Google a vague, generic term and get mad when Google doesn’t give you what you ask for. 

4. (Actually Research)

5. Research so far beyond what you need to know that you end up watching an hour long documentary from the nineties about fully rigged ships. (I just recently did this)

6. Apply your newfound knowledge to your writing and cry over the fact that you’re probably info dumping because you know so much about the subject that you feel that you need to include every detail you learned. 

But no really, just keep it simple and try not to get too caught up in your research. With fiction, you have a little leeway to not know every single fact that ever was about your topic. Don’t get in over your head like I did and send frantic text messages to your significant other/writing friend and cry over how much there is to know. 

In summary, learn from my mistakes.

Thanks, Amanda.

“No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing… is to write, not to think.” — Finding Forrester (2000)

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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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commonly misused words - learn the proper usage of these words to get your way up to any English proficiency exams - IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, etc.

2,000 notes.

JERKING OFF TO THIS

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