This is my personal advice so, grain of salt because we have to each choose what works best for us. However, these tips are pretty straightforward for anyone who wants to write (and is generally applicable to the creative arts as a whole):
- Read. Read until you think your brain will explode. Read everything you can get your hands on. Figure out what you like and don’t like and analyze why. Give things a chance, but don’t be afraid to abandon a story if you can pinpoint why it isn’t working for you. Challenge yourself with reading subjects that mystify and concern you. Read.
- Set up some type of writing schedule. It doesn’t have to be all day every day. It can be ten minutes every day. Thirty minutes every other day. Whatever works for you. The key is discipline. If you want to create, you have to dedicate the time to it and practice. Practice as much as you can. If you can’t come up with ideas, scribble nonsense. Write lists. The words will come when the discipline is in place.
- Always keep something on your person to write on/with. Your phone or a tablet. A notebook and pen. A crayon and construction paper. Whatever works for you — just keep something at hand.
- Try not to get too bogged down with what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be writing. Just write. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, but also don’t allow yourself to get penned in by one style or format or subject or genre of writing. Fanfic makes you happy? Write it. Long strings of dialogue really get you going? Pontificate for days. The more you write what you like, the easier it will be to write some of the things you find challenging as you go on — it’s a mixture of discipline and self-reward. Write what you like now, and make yourself do the difficult, less-engaging-to-you parts later.
- Don’t give up. If you’re dedicated to becoming a writer (or artist or musician or performer), you have a very difficult life ahead. It is not an easy calling to follow. It’s just not. The more you accept that when you start, the better your mindset will be when faced with seemingly endless setbacks later in your journey. If this is what you really want, then you have to commit to it, discipline yourself to do it, and never stop learning and growing.
Hope this helps!
Anonymous asked: Is there a way to make the orphan cliche not a cliche? My main character is an “orphan” but her father is actually alive. Is there any way to make it original?
The orphan character is actually not a cliché, it’s a trope. There are many different orphan tropes, some of which have been used over and over again, but that isn’t the problem. The problem is when you don’t have a reason for making the character an orphan. For example:
1) You made them an orphan because you didn’t feel like taking the time to figure out or write a background for them.
2) You made them an orphan because you thought it would make them interesting.
3) You made them an orphan so the reader will sympathize with them.
4) You made them an orphan so they can go off on an adventure without having to worry about their family holding them back.
5) The fact that they are an orphan is in no way important to the story or the character arc.
Based on the fact that your character’s father is still alive, it sounds like you have given her background some thought and that her orphan past may be important to her character arc if not the plot. That’s a good first step in avoiding a cliché. Give your audience other ways to sympathize with her, other reasons to find her interesting, and other ties to complicate her call to adventure (if she has one). If your plot closely fits any of the common orphan tropes, you can look for things you can do differently to subvert your readers’ expectations. Do all of this, and you should be safe from cliché territory. :)
1. Apps that help you focus
Cold Turkey (for Windows) and Concentrate (for MAC) allow you to block websites that distract you from your tasks, which in our case is writing our novel. You choose how long certain websites are going to be blocked. Cold Turkey is actually so genius that you can’t reset your settings, which means you can’t cheat.
2. For Poets
Poetreat helps you to find the right words depending on the rhyming theme you choose. Welcome to the future!
I’ve already talked about this app but it’s really perfect, which is why I’m repeating myself. It’s like a virtual notebook that helps you to organize your whole life and your stories.
4. Get Encouraged
Ever heard of Help Me Write? It’s very simple: you add your writing ideas and your audience will help you decide if you should pursue that idea by saying if they’d like to read that.
5. For Radicals
Write or Die is an evil little app that will punish you if you don’t achieve your goal. You set how many words you want to write and choose what kind of ‘punishment’ you want, should you not succeed.
6. Get Help - literally
Poetica is a community of writers who are willing to put their work up for editing by anyone who is a member. Unfortunately it’s not open to everyone yet, but you can subscribe to their mailing list and wait. I think it’s worth it!
7. Organize Your Brainstorming
8. Name Generator
If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with names. I choose names carefully because I believe that names influence the story a lot (this might be silly, but I can’t help myself). I used to stare into nothing for ten minutes trying to come up with good names for side characters and then started a 30 minute Google search and then all of a sudden I was on tumblr and…yes, exactly. I lost track of what I was actually doing: writing. So this name generator that I found really helped me.
What are your favorite apps and websites? Please share them with us!
(SOURCE) Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue. Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Practice precision when you select words. Here’s a list of adjectives:
- Adamant: unyielding; a very hard substance
- Adroit: clever, resourceful
- Amatory: sexual
- Animistic: quality of recurrence or reversion to earlier form
- Antic: clownish, frolicsome
- Arcadian: serene
- Baleful: deadly, foreboding
- Bellicose: quarrelsome (its synonym belligerent can also be a noun)
- Bilious: unpleasant, peevish
- Boorish: crude, insensitive
- Calamitous: disastrous
- Caustic: corrosive, sarcastic; a corrosive substance
- Cerulean: sky blue
- Comely: attractive
- Concomitant: accompanying
- Contumacious: rebellious
- Corpulent: obese
- Crapulous: immoderate in appetite
- Defamatory: maliciously misrepresenting
- Didactic: conveying information or moral instruction
- Dilatory: causing delay, tardy
- Dowdy: shabby, old-fashioned; an unkempt woman
- Efficacious: producing a desired effect
- Effulgent: brilliantly radiant
- Egregious: conspicuous, flagrant
- Endemic: prevalent, native, peculiar to an area
- Equanimous: even, balanced
- Execrable: wretched, detestable
- Fastidious: meticulous, overly delicate
- Feckless: weak, irresponsible
- Fecund: prolific, inventive
- Friable: brittle
- Fulsome: abundant, overdone, effusive
- Garrulous: wordy, talkative
- Guileless: naive
- Gustatory: having to do with taste or eating
- Heuristic: learning through trial-and-error or problem solving
- Histrionic: affected, theatrical
- Hubristic: proud, excessively self-confident
- Incendiary: inflammatory, spontaneously combustible, hot
- Insidious: subtle, seductive, treacherous
- Insolent: impudent, contemptuous
- Intransigent: uncompromising
- Inveterate: habitual, persistent
- Invidious: resentful, envious, obnoxious
- Irksome: annoying
- Jejune: dull, puerile
- Jocular: jesting, playful
- Judicious: discreet
- Lachrymose: tearful
- Limpid: simple, transparent, serene
- Loquacious: talkative
- Luminous: clear, shining
- Mannered: artificial, stilted
- Mendacious: deceptive
- Meretricious: whorish, superficially appealing, pretentious
- Minatory: menacing
- Mordant: biting, incisive, pungent
- Munificent: lavish, generous
- Nefarious: wicked
- Noxious: harmful, corrupting
- Obtuse: blunt, stupid
- Parsimonious: frugal, restrained
- Pendulous: suspended, indecisive
- Pernicious: injurious, deadly
- Pervasive: widespread
- Petulant: rude, ill humored
- Platitudinous: resembling or full of dull or banal comments
- Precipitate: steep, speedy
- Propitious: auspicious, advantageous, benevolent
- Puckish: impish
- Querulous: cranky, whining
- Quiescent: inactive, untroublesome
- Rebarbative: irritating, repellent
- Recalcitant: resistant, obstinate
- Redolent: aromatic, evocative
- Rhadamanthine: harshly strict
- Risible: laughable
- Ruminative: contemplative
- Sagacious: wise, discerning
- Salubrious: healthful
- Sartorial: relating to attire, especially tailored fashions
- Sclerotic: hardening
- Serpentine: snake-like, winding, tempting or wily
- Spasmodic: having to do with or resembling a spasm, excitable, intermittent
- Strident: harsh, discordant; obtrusively loud
- Taciturn: closemouthed, reticent
- Tenacious: persistent, cohesive,
- Tremulous: nervous, trembling, timid, sensitive
- Trenchant: sharp, penetrating, distinct
- Turbulent: restless, tempestuous
- Turgid: swollen, pompous
- Ubiquitous: pervasive, widespread
- Uxorious: inordinately affectionate or compliant with a wife
- Verdant: green, unripe
- Voluble: glib, given to speaking
- Voracious: ravenous, insatiable
- Wheedling: flattering
- Withering: devastating
- Zealous: eager, devoted
This graphic is fabulous. It represents a tiny crash course in rhetoric. Learn these things. Put them on your wall. Whisper them into the breeze. These are THINGS TO KNOW.
Bookmark this shit and the next time someone begins gobbling nonsense at you on a social network, instead of engaging, point them to this handy chart. Also useful: Thought Catalog’s “How To Have A Rational Conversation" flowchart.
A small collection of links I’ve amassed for a small idea I’m currently nursing:
That post was something that I reblogged from someone else, not my own original post. I’ve just looked over the post and the original poster admits that they’re not the best with grammar. It’s just to show you all that there’s a resource out there.
Grammarly is an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach. Correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors.
As you guys know my grammar sucks. So, when I got an email from Grammarly, I did some research. I have yet to use it, but it is highly recommended by blogs, etc all over the internet and I thought it would be helpful to you guys.
If they’re both underage, it’s likely that after a few days their missing persons case would turn into one of a high-profile. All it takes is one person seeing the teenagers go into a store or see them through the car window to call the police and give a tip as to their whereabouts. That’s the most realistic advice I can give you!
If anyone else has any suggestions, feel free to reply to this message.