The journal of Isabella's attempts to write


Reblog if you are a writer of any kind and want to be asked these questions

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

If you see this post on your dash, put one of the following letters in the person’s ask box!

A: What do you write?  Fanfiction, original fiction, nonfiction, articles, songs, poems, essays, plays, what?

B: How often do you write?

C: Who is your favorite character of your own?  Who is your favorite character created by somebody else?  Why?

D: If you had the choice of going without writing forever or going without dinner forever, which one would you choose?

E: Have you ever participated in National Novel Writing Month or any of its variations?

F: What’s your favorite book? Favorite author?

G: What’s your least favorite book?  Least favorite author?

H: How long have you been writing?

I: What grades do you/did you get in English class?

J: What does writing mean to you?

K: Share an old, embarrassing work?

L: What advice would you give to other writers?

M: How do you feel when somebody gives harsh yet constructive criticism?

N: Which writing blogs and writing help blogs do you follow?

O: What motivates you to write?

P: What are your goals for things to happen to your writing? (Getting published, getting a good review, having a fandom, etc)

Q: How do you get through writer’s block?

R: What genre do you write in?

S: Would you let a stranger off the streets read your first drafts?

T: What’s your favorite part of the writing process?  Why?

U: What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?  Why?

V: What do you listen to when you write?

W: What’s your biggest pet peeve in writing?

X: (Leave a prompt in the person’s ask box)

Y: How would you describe the perfect prose?  How would you describe your own prose?

Z: How often do you read?

-Shannah

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girlwhowouldbeanauthor:

Describing hair in writing can be a challenge. You don’t want to go overboard on details, but sometimes you feel like people won’t have a good grasp of the character or the society they live in if they don’t know what their hair looks like. Here are some tips on that!

Just describing a color…

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How to Care for an Introvert

psych-facts:

onlinecounsellingcollege:

1. Respect their need for privacy and to spend time on their own.

2. Be careful never to embarrass them in public.

3. When they are in a new situation, allow them to stand back, and watch what’s going on.  

4. Allow them time to process what you’re asking or saying. Don’t demand an answer right away.

5. Be patient if they hesitate to find the right words – and never interrupt while they are speaking.

Read More

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Problems Editing Work

sunscraps:

First, I want you to remember three things:

You are not a bad writer. Editing is painful for everyone. It is painful for me, it is painful for you, it is painful for every writer you’ve ever liked or admired. Despair in the face of editing is not uncommon. Don’t feel alone.

Your writing is not shit. Your drafts are a deluge of ideas and enthusiasm. They are messy, incomplete things full of your wildest potential. They are supposed to be messy. I want you to try to look at it and think ‘this may not look good right now, but it doesn’t mean I’m not good. It’s a work in progress.’

Your ideas are worth writing. You had a reason to write these things. They were important to you. They were so important that you had to write them down. They’re important enough to edit, even if it’s hard. Your ideas are important. Your ideas are worth the effort.

Now, I’m going to suggest a few different things, some of which I’ve tried, some of which I want to try. Please don’t feel discouraged if they don’t work right away.

Take a break from your work. From the sound of it, you’ve already done this. Try adjusting the length of your break. Make it shorter, when the idea still excites you.

Don’t take a break from your work. Edit as you go; stop at the end of the chapter, the scene, the day. Make little adjustments that will make you feel better when you look at it later. Tweak some dialogue. Write notes. Highlight what makes you unhappy, but can’t be fixed right now. This will make a world of difference when you come back to it.

List what bothers you when you try to edit. Make generalizations. Is your dialogue flat? Your description needs work? Take that stuff and check your favorite writing blogs or books for advice. These are all concrete issues with real solutions! You just have to find what work for you.

List what you like about your story. Super important! Don’t not do this step! Highlight awesome dialogue. Make notes of what works. You need to remind yourself that there’s a reason you wrote this to begin with.

Google that shit. Your favorite writers probably have some advice when it comes to editing. There may be a phrase or a list out there that’ll help you go go go.

Team ‘You.’ To borrow from Captain Awkward, you need to rally your support. Get your friends together, consider joining a writing group or getting a writing partner. None of this means you have to show them your work. But Team You can encourage you and act as sounding boards. Stephen King would have given up if not for his wife. People need support. Find people to cheer you on.

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archetypesandallusions:

 This is a free site that one can use to create floor plans for buildings. I thought that it would be useful for those that need/want to visually create what you are writing. 

Happy writing!

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Thinking of starting a writing prompts blog…

Would anybody be interested in co-admin? I could probably use one.

Just hit me up if you’re interested!

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I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo!

Can’t wait!

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"You must write every single day of your life. You must lurk in libraries to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world."

—Ray Bradbury

(August 22, 1920 - June 5, 2012)

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Screenwriting Tip #1007

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

screenwritingtips:

Good exposition is like a clandestine drug deal: deliver the goods as quickly as possible, then get out — no standing around.

Great advice for any writer!
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amandaonwriting:

27 Secrets to Writing like Hemingway
“There is nothing to writing” he wrote. “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

If that advice isn’t giving you the breakthrough you’re looking for, here are 27 other gems from Hemingway on writing:
1. Start with the simplest things
2. Boil it down
3. Know what to leave out
4. Write the tip of the ice-berg, leave the rest under the water
5. Watch what happens today
6. Write what you see
7. Listen completely
8. Write when there is something you know, and not before
9. Look at words as if seeing them for the first time
10. Use the most conventional punctuation you can
11. Ditch the dictionary
12. Distrust adjectives
13. Learn to write a simple declarative sentence
14. Tell a story in six words
15. Write poetry into prose
16. Read everything so you know what you need to beat
17. Don’t try to beat Shakespeare
18. Accept that writing is something you can never do as well as it can be done
19. Go fishing in summer
20. Don’t drink when you’re writing
21. Finish what you start
22. Don’t worry. You’ve written before and you will write again
23. Forget posterity. Think only of writing truly
24. Write as well as you can with no eye on the market
25. Write clearly – and people will know if you are being true
26. Just write the truest sentence that you know
27. Remember that nobody really knows or understands the secret
The tips, suggestions, ideas and writing advice are culled from Ernest Hemingway On Writing, a selection of material from Hemingway articles, interviews, letters and books.
by Joanna Paterson 
Article: Confident Writing
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21 July is Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

amandaonwriting:

27 Secrets to Writing like Hemingway

“There is nothing to writing” he wrote. “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

If that advice isn’t giving you the breakthrough you’re looking for, here are 27 other gems from Hemingway on writing:

1. Start with the simplest things

2. Boil it down

3. Know what to leave out

4. Write the tip of the ice-berg, leave the rest under the water

5. Watch what happens today

6. Write what you see

7. Listen completely

8. Write when there is something you know, and not before

9. Look at words as if seeing them for the first time

10. Use the most conventional punctuation you can

11. Ditch the dictionary

12. Distrust adjectives

13. Learn to write a simple declarative sentence

14. Tell a story in six words

15. Write poetry into prose

16. Read everything so you know what you need to beat

17. Don’t try to beat Shakespeare

18. Accept that writing is something you can never do as well as it can be done

19. Go fishing in summer

20. Don’t drink when you’re writing

21. Finish what you start

22. Don’t worry. You’ve written before and you will write again

23. Forget posterity. Think only of writing truly

24. Write as well as you can with no eye on the market

25. Write clearly – and people will know if you are being true

26. Just write the truest sentence that you know

27. Remember that nobody really knows or understands the secret

The tips, suggestions, ideas and writing advice are culled from Ernest Hemingway On Writing, a selection of material from Hemingway articles, interviews, letters and books.

by Joanna Paterson 

Article: Confident Writing

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21 July is Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

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