Anonymous
I recently sent a couple short stories of mine to a close friend who is very very good at writing. He suggested I send them, and I did after feeling extremely anxious about what he might think. I put hours into my stories and after I sent them to him he didn't say a thing. I know he received them. I feel very hurt by this. Do you think he thought I was a bad writer?

writing-questions-answered:

If I had a penny for every time someone said, “You’re a writer? I’d love to read your work!” and I sent them a manuscript only to never hear another word about it, I would be able to buy myself a very nice sushi dinner. This is a pretty common peril of being a writer. Friends enthusiastically offer to read what you’ve written, and either they didn’t really expect you to take them up on it or it just isn’t a priority for them. It could even be that they just discovered they’re not into the genre you write and are afraid to tell you. In any case, I honestly wouldn’t take it as a commentary on your writing. If it was a quality issue, since he’s a writer himself he probably would just tell you, “Okay, it’s a good start but it needs a lot of work,” and then offer some tips if you wanted them. Don’t let it spoil your confidence. :)

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 with 30 notes REBLOG
writerhelp:

One thing I’ve always noticed is how some people find it amazingly difficult to write pregnant characters. A couple of months ago I wrote a full story about a pregnancy, and I did my research. So I might be able to help.
» Make sure you want to do this
Keep in mind that a pregnancy isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It takes doctor appointments, a lot of exhaustion, sickness and, most importantly, time. If you didn’t know, it takes about nine months for a baby to be born. That’s almost 275 days. That means that you should only go on if you really want to create a baby in your story, because you can’t skip too much time - it isn’t like the movies where in one scene the lady’s finding out she’s pregnant, and in the other, she’s already in labor.Here’s a tip: if you really want to make your characters happy and thrilled with the news of baby, but you can’t afford the time and sweat that it takes to cook one, you have from 21-23 weeks to write a miscarriage.
» Pre-Pregnancy
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the conception. Even if you don’t write any kind of smutty scenes, you should let the reader know when and where the pregnancy started.
Unprotected Sex: think about how you’re going to put this in your story. If your characters are usually responsible, they won’t simply forget wearing a condom. Think about what is going on: are they completely sane? Are they under the influence of alcohol? Are they high (which, I must say, wouldn’t exactly make your characters irresponsible - it would either get them too horny to care or even more responsible than they already are)? Or are your characters already drowned to each other in a way that they can’t think of anything else? Are they married and actually planned on having this baby? All of this will have an influence on how the pregnancy will flow, and how it will affect people around it.
» The Symptoms
Don’t think your character is going to find out she’s pregnant a week after the conception. It takes some time even for the baby to start, and if you remember biology classes, it’s not a simple process. It will take weeks, maybe months, for the woman to realize that she might be pregnant, and not all of the symptoms come in the first trimester. Usually, the first thing to warn her is that she is free of the devilish blood lost that comes once a month. Here are some symptoms that basically everyone gets:
Absence of Period: every women keeps track of her monthly blood lost, even if not strictly. Of course your character might find herself way too busy or stressed and that will cause her not to realize that it’s been a week, a month, two months without it, but, eventually, she will notice. From the conception until birth.
Small bleedings: sometimes, a woman might bleed a little when she’s in the first weeks or months of pregnancy. It’s nothing much and it doesn’t happen for too long; so it might cause some scare if she already knows she’s pregnant, or some relief if she was only suspecting. Either way, it doesn’t mean she’s not pregnant. It’s completely normal for a woman to bleed in her first weeks. From the first week until the end of the first trimester.
Cramps: every woman has it - which can also cause confusion if she doesn’t know she’s pregnant or is only suspecting it. As you may know, some people experience menstrual cramps before, during or after their periods, and the same happens during pregnancy. From the first week until the birth.
Breasts Increase: it might happen during the first few weeks, but after maybe one month, there will most likely already have a difference. A woman might notice something weird maybe not because they’re growing, but because they’re hurting. Your character’s breasts should get more and more painful at touch. As the pregnancy goes, they will continue to get bigger and bigger, and that might alert other people if she still hasn’t realized she’s got one in the oven. From the second/third week until birth.
Dizziness and Sickness: some movies make it seem like a woman can’t eat, smell or sleep through a whole night without throwing up. The morning sickness will come after some weeks, and it will be a pain in the ass, but not like the television shows. Sometimes it’ll be the middle of the night and your character will wake up to vomit, or it’ll be the middle of the afternoon. Of course she will have a regular time where she will feel sick (when I say that, I mean as around 8am, for example, she feels like she needs to throw up) and in some mornings she will have it, and in others she won’t. Another thing that also is a bitch to pregnant women is that some scents will make them extremely dizzy and even feel the urge to vomit. Remember that it will not happen with everything and your character can easily go through a meal without feeling a thing, and ten minutes later she will sense a perfume that will set her off; other women don’t even feel dizzy about smells at all. Usually from the first couple of weeks to the second trimester.
Stomach Swollen: not like a baby growing, obviously. All of the woman swells and her hands, finger, arms, everything will get bigger. It’s not like she’ll notice it when she wakes up, but when her ring starts to get too small, it’s because something’s not right. From the first couple of weeks until birth.
Urge to pee all the time: this is something your character will need to get used to. It doesn’t only start after she already has a big belly, actually; even from the first weeks of pregnancy, she already needs to go a lot more often than she’s used to, and with a big baby pressed upon her bladder, she’ll barely be able to hold herself together. From the first month to birth.
Tiredness: after a few weeks into the pregnancy, your character should get tired more easily and feel sleepy all the time. It’s not like she won’t have the energy to do anything, but if you’re writing a woman who is usually out in an adventure, she will get exhausted from something she’s used to do and sleep for more time and more often. From the first week to birth.
Cravings: for some reason, people think that cravings only appear after the baby starts to show. To be honest, it depends from woman to woman, but some feel the urge to have something even from the early weeks of pregnancy. Keep in mind that it doesn’t always have the be the weirdest things, but pregnant women aren’t intimidated by something most people would find disgusting. From the first/second month (might be only after the second trimester) to birth.
Change of taste and smell: a woman will become more critical of what she eats when she’s pregnant, sometimes even changing her palate. She’ll also develop her sense of smell, which might cause some dizziness. From the first month to birth.
Gases: don’t laugh. It happens to every pregnant woman, just as the peeing factor. There’s a baby pressing her organs, be nice. From the first couple of weeks to birth.
Mood Changes: it increases as the pregnancy goes on, but your character might experience it since the first weeks. That’s one of the things that will get people to notice how different she is. From the second to the third trimester, she could become so bipolar other people might not even stand being around the pregnant lady. From the first couple of weeks to birth.
Acne: don’t forget the hormones of a woman are all over the place when she’s cooking another human being. It’s the teenage years all over again. It can come in any moment during the pregnancy.
Baby Belly: this one is pretty obvious. The biggest thing to point out is that your character won’t start to show after a month or two in the pregnancy, no matter the whole “it varies from woman to woman” stuff. The baby will only start developing once it has formed organs and stuff, and that usually around the third month, in the beginning of the second trimester.
» Finding Out and Gender
This is something you and only you can define, but there are only a couple of ways for your character to find out she’s pregnant: she will either go to the doctor and be examined, or she will take a pregnancy test.Please keep in mind that pregnancy tests aren’t always right and even if they come off negative, your character can still mark an appointment with her doctor because, really, if she’s not pregnant and is presenting the first symptoms of it, something’s wrong and she must go the a hospital. There is a hormone called HCG, and it is what will tell the doctor if the woman is pregnant or not. There are two different types of exams, the Qualitative, which will only point positive or negative, and the Quantitative, which will not only say if your character is pregnant, but also how far along she is. The level of HCG doubles after 48h into the pregnancy, so the doctors recommend to only take the test after a week of being late, and sometimes a woman might need to do it twice. If the result shows below 50mUl/ml, there isn’t a baby, and until 100mUl, it isn’t determinate. Above it, the woman is pregnant.The gender of the baby will only be available after ten to twelve weeks, and that’s when most of the doctors can identify twins.
» Consequences
Getting off the technical pregnancy issues, you should go back to your story. Think about everything a baby means.
How is your character going to take the news? Sometimes, unplanned pregnancy isn’t welcomed too well, not even by the mother. Your character could easily decide to abort without a second thought or she might just go with it, even if she’s not exactly happy, because it’s her baby and she wouldn’t kill it for nothing in the world.
Think about the father: Is he a decent man? Does he have something going on in his life which doesn’t allow him to be a dad right now? Will she stick with the mother, even if it was just a one night stand, even if he isn’t happy about the baby? Will he be a complete asshole and push the mom to abort?
Think about what will happen to the baby: What if your characters don’t want to kill their kid, but also can’t be parents right now? There is always the option to give the baby away to someone who can and wants a baby. Or what if your characters do abort? Or the woman has a miscarriage? There are different ways to run from an unplanned pregnancy, such as there are ways to make it work. Okay, so maybe the baby wasn’t planned. Maybe it’s what came from a drunk one night stand between two people who hate each other, but it’ll bring those two together. Always create a pregnancy with a reason in mind. There’s not need to get a woman knocked up just for the sake of it.
How are they going to tell the news and how it will affect people around them? A baby isn’t only the responsibility of two people. Don’t forget that this baby has grandmothers and grandfathers, and maybe an uncle, or a borrowed aunt. What if the place where the mother works can’t have a pregnant employee? What if the father is engaged to someone and just found how he’s gonna have a kid? I don’t think a fiancée is fond to the idea of sharing her husband-to-be with a mistress and a baby who isn’t even hers. 
» Abortion, Miscarriage, Stillborns and Teenage Pregnancy
I needed to touch the subject. I’m so sorry to whoever gets triggered with this kind of stuff, but… It can happen.
Abortion: not all countries allow it. For example, I live in a country where the clinics only perform abortions in people who will die from the pregnancy or who were raped (I think there’s something more, but.) Do your research. If the story is going on in the country you live, it’s easier because you know how the thing works. Don’t think abortion is the simplest thing to do. If you’re getting your teenage character an abortion, please notice that most clinics would need parents’ consent. So your girl would end up in an illegal clinic and God knows what can happen from there. As it varies from country to country, it needs proper research.
Miscarriage and Stillborns: a baby dying is only considered miscarriage if it happens until around the sixth month (23-24 weeks.) After that, a baby who dies inside the mom is called a stillborn. Miscarriages vary from woman to woman, and it’s more likely to happen during the first trimester, which is why your character shouldn’t get too focused on building a nursery or anything like that during that time. Your character might bleed the fetus all at once or at different times (it could even take a few days), which, during the first trimester, could be easily confused with the normal bleeding. After the third trimester has begun, a baby who dies is a stillborn, and your character might not even notice it if the baby doesn’t usually kick or move much.
Teenage Pregnancy: a pregnancy is already complicated between two married adults, so imagine between two teenagers who don’t even know what they’re doing. A baby around that age affects a lot more than an adult, not only because neither the girl or the boy are ready to take care of another life, but also because there is school, the social pressure, the parents and the risks. Teenage pregnancies have more risk on miscarriages than normal, so if your character actually wants her baby, she better lay down and take care of herself really well. When you’re writing a, I don’t know, sixteen year old girl getting pregnant, think about yourself when you were sixteen and how frightened you would be. Someone around that age can’t even take care of herself alone, so she needs the support of other people. If the father isn’t willing to compromise (which is more likely to happen if he’s older or the same age, because a baby at a teenage age can ruin the chances of chasing dreams and going to college or whatever else), your character needs to find other people. Don’t try to create a tough girl who can do all of this by herself, because she’ll need to be a lot extraordinary not to break down. She won’t be able to go to school if she doesn’t have people to take care of the baby, and later college, and later work. Teenage girls are scared of taking care of another life, so the parents are a wall of support she can have. Don’t shut her down to friends and family.
» Labor and C-Sections
So you’ve gotten this far (let me applaud you, because damn.) Your character has survived nine months of making a baby and it’s time for her to pop.
Going Into Labor: the first thing that will happen to your character when she goes into labor is her water breaking. She might spill a lot of water or just a few drops, which might not alert her very soon, but - believe me - she will notice when the contractions start. A woman can bleed a little when she’s going into labor either because she’s already too dilated or because the water broke with a little bit of blood spilling, it doesn’t mean much. The contractions should start when the water breaks, and they’re painful as f*ck. Some women describe labor as the worst pain they’ve ever experience, and just a few can’t even feel the contractions until they’re too close and the baby is almost coming.
Labor: I’m not going into details because what you should know is what you learned in health class and if you want that scene to be described really well, you do your research. What you need to know is that once a woman goes into labor, she’ll start getting contractions which are basically her body making path to the baby. It might be the most painful part of the process for some people, but once a woman is settled into a hospital and is dilated enough, doctors will give her a shot that will relieve the pain. Finally, when your character is 10cm dilated, the final process will begin and it’s time for the famous pushes and stuff. I would recommend someone to be with your character because, honestly, it will hurt a lot and she will need someone by her side in case of any complications or anything like that. Labors can variate from just a couple of hours to days (some women take a long time to get the 10cm dilated).
C-Section: your character can choose to have a C-Section if she doesn’t want to go through the pain of the natural birth, so remember that if you want her to do that, she should book a date with the doctor. It can also be arranged if there are any kind of complications either for the baby or for the mom (like, let’s say the umbilical cord is wrapped around the little one’s neck). It is more risky for the baby if there wouldn’t be any problems with the natural birth, so your character will be warned if she chooses C-Section just so she won’t feel pain. What happens during the procedure: your character won’t feel pain because she will be anesthetized from the waist down, but she will be awake to hear the baby crying and even hold it in her arms.
My God, I think that’s it. I hope this was helpful (and for the amount of hours I spent researching, it better be) for the one who were wondering what happened during a pregnancy.
Posted on Aug 1, 2014 with 4,097 notes REBLOG

the-right-writing:

the-right-writing:

Writer Beware makes posts on which publishing houses to avoid at all costs, which words to look for and which words to watch out for in contracts, and several other things that will keep you in control and knowledgeable about the publishing process.  I’d suggest reading through the website if you want to avoid getting ripped off, cheated, or scammed.

I’m just going to reblog this every so often because it’s a site that every writer needs to see.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 with 7,345 notes REBLOG

thedevilsbartender:

  • approve of it
  • am romanticizing it
  • have a kink with regard to it
  • think it is okay for anyone to ever do ever

because sometimes my character does things that I absolutely cringe at and which are almost painful to write.

but my writing a villain does not make me a villian

understand that it is fiction and I do not condone the wrong actions that sometimes are written out on my blog for in-character purposes.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 with 40,150 notes REBLOG
Heeeey, so I'm writing a story that I really love, but I've hit a road bump. There's a scene that I have to write that is crucial to the plot, but from a writer's (and likely reader's) perspective, the scene is boring. Do you have any advice on spicing up important but dull scenes???

maxkirin:

Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎

I like you, because this is a question I have been meaning to tackle for ages! I’m super excited to finally get a chance to talk about this :D

Before we begin, though, I want to give the usual disclaimer that the following is not gospel. It’s just my take on this situation. Consider this advice as building blocks. Take the ones you like, play around with them, and make them work for your own writing style~ ♥︎

And, with that out of the way, let’s take it from the top!

There’s a scene that is crucial to the plot, but it’s boring to write. How do I deal with this?

Well, those of you who have been following my blog for a while know my stance on writing— and that it should be FUN. If you (as the writer) feel like what you are writing is boring, then your readers will most likely agree. Just ask your English teacher if they can tell when a student actually enjoyed writing a paper c;

But, what if this scene happens to be important to the plot? Well, I think that there are two ways to go about this, but before we talk about them— I need you to be honest with yourself.

Is this scene really that important?

Seriously. Take a deep breathe. Step out of your story, and look at it objectively. Do you really need to have that scene? If you were looking at it as a movie, would this scene make it to the final cut, or would it end up as a ‘deleted scene’? I have an example of this that I have been using for ages, so let’s look over it again c;

Barry Prespen is a Wizard working for the San Francisco Police Department as a freelance Detective.

In Barry’s world, there are lots of supernatural creatures bumping about in the night.

The Elves and the Vampires don’t like each other, they are going to hold a council to talk about a possible peace treaty. The writer of this story knows that this scene is important, because it will show the Elves and Vampires trying to find a happy medium but ultimately ending in bloodshed. This scene is important, as it will strike the match that sets the plot in flame (if you may c;).

The problem? The writer finds this scene to be incredibly boring to write. Who wants to listen to a bunch of old men talking politics for 30+ pages? Nobody, that’s who.

So, the writer finds himself at a fork in the road.

☆ One way to fix this: “Get To The Point” ☆

What I generally do in a situation like this is to define the point of the scene at hand. In the example above, the whole point of that scene is to show that the Elves and the Vamps where unable to reach a happy medium and that the bloodshed has launched the entire supernatural world into an all-out war. Now, take a deep breath, and consider the following:

"How can I give the reader this information, without boring them?"

Seriously, it’s as simple as that. Find a way to give this information to the reader, and then go about with your job (which is to tell the story c;). In the example above, the writer decided to do this:

The next morning, just as Barry wakes up from a horrible hangover— he gets a call from his contact in the Elven District. Barry’s jaw drops to the floor. The Vampire and Elven negotiations ended in the death of the Elven Prince. Shit just hit the fan. Barry picks up his coat and heads out the door, head spinning as he takes a cab to the Elven District.

Boom. Done. I’m glad we didn’t have to spend 30+ pages listening to old men talking about politics (of all things, politics). Now the writer get’s to do what they like the most— write about Barry trying to get himself out of yet another rut with the supernatural creatures of Chicago, er I mean, San Francisco :p

But, that is not the only way to go about solving this problem…

☆ The other way to fix this, “Make It Fun” ☆

Now, let’s say that you still think the scene needs to happen. What do you do now? You have a scene that you don’t find fun to write, but you must write it… so, why not MAKE IT FUN :D? Seriously. Step aside. Take a deep breath, and ask yourself: what would make this scene more fun to write? Here’s what the writer of the example story would do:

Barry is at the pub, drinking away the night after another shift of battling supernatural creatures… when suddenly a member of the Elven court taps on his shoulder. Barry is taken by force to the Vampire/Elf negotiations to act as a mediator. Barry of course tries to not get involved, but as the only person to effectively interact with all the leaders of the supernatural clans… he’s actually the most qualified person to be the mediator. Barry stands in the middle of the council room, Elves on one side and Vampires on the other. He does not know it yet… but the fate of two clans, and the people of San Francisco, balance on his ability to keep these supernatural creatures from killing each other.

Now, THAT is something that sounds fun to write. The writer loves putting Barry in horrible situations and watch him struggle to find a way to save his ass. This is exactly what the writer needed. He gets to show the death of the Elven Prince— except now the entire Elven clan will blame this on nobody but… our unfortunate protagonist!

Oh, can you taste the drama? I love it!

PS: If you’re looking for more advice on making a scene fun, I have an old video just about that c;

Sorry for the long post! I hope this helps~ I really do feel that, ultimately, writing should be FUN. You don’t have to write boring scenes. Seriously. Either do away with them— or find a way to make them fun. If you have any more questions, make sure to send them my way!

Want more writerly content? Make sure you follow my blog for your daily dose of writing advice, prompts and writerly inspiration: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 with 313 notes REBLOG

annabunches:

childhoodreclaimed:

nerdy-trans-girl:

dont-be-stupid-friend:

This is a simple text based game where you play as a young trans person trying to buy some underwear. I made it with the intention of showing cis people what it’s like to be trans. You can play as a trans girl, trans boy, or a nonbinary person. It’s short, so you can play it multiple times for different paths. There are several paths, some better, some worse; if you’re easily triggered by dysphoria or transphobia, you may want to avoid this game. Some paths are safer than others, depending on how well you pass (surprise, surprise). TW for homophobic/transphobic slurs, transphobia/transmisogyny, slurs, misgendering, and possible violence.

I did this just to see how relatable it was, and holy shit it was like someone put me back in the spots i was in only a year ago.  My heart is racing shit. 

ow… my everything hurts…

Hey all my cis followers: this is instructive. Go play it.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 with 30,642 notes REBLOG

amandaonwriting:

“Every story is first person, whether the speaker identifies himself or not.” James Moffett

Just as you recognise a good friend’s laughter across a loud and crowded party, readers instantly recognise your voice in a story or novel. Your writing voice is unique. It stands out.

Sometimes readers will say they like your style—what they’re really saying is they like what you have to say. Is it fun? Radical? Full of hope, or edged with darkness?

Portraits and landscapes

In first person stories, you character will take on your unique voice in his throat—in his narration, his dialogue, everything. In third person, you as the author step outside the frame of the story and let the characters carry your voice from page to page. It is still your voice. Think of it this way. Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear would be first person and Starry Night would be third person. Both remain unmistakably Van Gogh pieces.

Deep power

When you write in your real voice, it has power. The writing flows better. It makes people sit up and take notice. When you write a story or a novel, you’re really just having a conversation with them. It won’t matter if you use first or third person if you don’t have anything to say.

Join us for A View to a Skill - Viewpoint Made Easy - A Writers Write Workshop on 22 June 2014

Watch out for Part 2 of our Viewpoint Miniseries on next’s weeks blog. 

by Anthony Ehlers

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 with 175 notes REBLOG
robyn-larue:

I love my notebooks.
Posted on Jul 30, 2014 with 371 notes REBLOG

lettersandlight:

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Hey Campers,

In April, around this same time of the month, I offered you a no-nonsense, no-metaphors pep talk. The idea was to stop messing around and get that writing done, no matter where you were in the process.

What I didn’t include in that letter was exactly how to make it happen—the concrete steps you can take over the next two days to hit your word-count goal and rejoice like whoa.

I baited some NaNoWriMo counselors with bug juice, and here are a few tips we came up with:

1. Be a marathoner.

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Posted on Jul 30, 2014 with 76 notes REBLOG
amandaonwriting:

Using Myths for Writing Prompts
Writing prompts are an excellent way to stay in good writing shape. We post a daily writing prompt on our Facebook page. It is also available on our Creative Blog. 

If you’re looking for some inspiration, you may enjoy an article I wrote last year about using Lyrics as Writing Prompts. I am always looking for new writing exercises, and I wanted to explore the concept of myths as prompts. I think this could be a great exercise for your writing group.

What is a myth?
A myth is a traditional, usually ancient story involving supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes. It is used to explain aspects of the natural world or to show the psychology, customs, or ideals of a society. Myths exist in every culture across the globe. Examples include Eros and Psyche, the Myth of Creation, Daedalus and Iccarus,Noah and the Great Flood, the myth of Arthur and Camelot, and The Rain Queen.

Why don’t you write a myth using one of these ideas as inspiration?

by Amanda Patterson
Posted on Jul 29, 2014 with 2,879 notes REBLOG




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