Hi, I'm planning on doing a story and the three main characters are genetically engineered. Do you have any resources or links to if this can have side effects or affect their traits???


I think this depends on what you are genetically engineering. Are you taking out things like genetic predisposition to illness or congenital diseases and disorders, going the “designer baby” route, or are you adding things like superpowers and science fiction fun? Or something else altogether?

Genetic engineering is still very much a new process, so a lot of how it works within your story could be up to you.


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POWERLISTING, a series of posts to help you decide what superpower is right for your character, or simply just to give you ideas of what you want in case your mind is blank (with links included for a more in-depth approach).

A E R O K I N E S I S(EHR-oh-kuh-knee-sis)
Definition: The ability to control/manipulate air (i.e. winds, air pockets, wind tunnels, etc.)

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Scenes make up the entire structure of your novel, so it’s important to know how to do this well. Very often, a new scene is identified by the start of a new chapter, but it can also be a few paragraphs/pages long. Identifying a scene is the first step.

Here is the…

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I made this chart a while ago and it was brought to my attention that I deleted it from my Google Drive where it was accessible by the entire Interwebs. Thus, I’m sharing it again!

WRITEWORLD EDIT: This is awesome! Thank you! -C

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5 Books on Writing That Every Writer Should Read
To be a better writer, there are really only things that you need to do: Read, and write. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t read about being a writer, and that having a well-rounded understanding of how writing “works” isn’t beneficial.
These 5 books were all assigned to me as a creative writing undergrad, and all have pieces of wisdom in them that have etched themselves so thoroughly into my consciousness that I feel like they’re all floating over my head while I’m writing.
While there are loads of other great books on writing, I specifically chose these because they aren’t all just saying “here’s how I write, you should do it too”—the topics of these books are very diverse!
1. Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose: Like I said, the best thing you can do to be a better writer is read. But what does that mean? What should you read? Francine Prose (yes, that is her real last name, if you can even believe it!) helps you answer those questions, and shows how looking for certain things while you read and reread can strengthen your own writing. Check it!
2. On Writing by Stephen King: This is the one book on my list that is saying “here’s how I write, you should too”. But Stephen King is basically the most prolific writer ever, so I was happy to listen to his advice. Two points of his really stuck with me: 1. Adverbs are lazy and 2. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a story is put it down for a long time—like, 6 months or a year—and come back to it with eyes so fresh that it’s like you’re editing someone else’s story. I’d be interested to know what points of his sticks with you guys!
3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: I posted about this the other day, but this book is like my writing Bible. In fact, a friend of mine who doesn’t even write got to reading it, and he loved it, too. Basically if you’re a human with a goal, this book will help you. And Anne Lamott writes kinda like this wise, kind mother who isn’t afraid to also tell you what’s up. Whereas a lot of other books on writing are about the actual storytelling, I like this book because it’s more about the writer’s “lifestyle”. Go get it now so that we can gush together!
4. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe: This is actually just an essay, but considering that Poe is often credited with being the inventor of the modern short story, I had to include it on this list. It’s in this essay that Poe famously defined a short story as one that can be told in one sitting. Whereas King’s On Writing is really “zoomed in” on topics like word choice, this essay is a high level, theoretical piece on what a story actually is. You can get it for 99 cents on Kindle, or, even better, read it as part of a collection of all of his stories… ugh, they’re SO good!!!
5. Elements of Style by Strunk & White: I cannot tell you how often I’ve received this little book as a gift—for high school graduation, for college graduation, and for many Christmases and birthdays. But it’s all good because it is kinda essential for a writer to have. Elements of Style is all about—gasp!—grammar. (I should probably give it a read-through again so that I can re-center and remember my grammatical skillz, actually!) Also, there are some cute versions out now that make it seem less snore-fest-y—I really want this illustrated copy!
If you read any of these books and post quotes from them on your Tumblr, tag them #yeahwritingbooks and I’ll reblog you!
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#9326 why I’m not writing right now: It is the most important thing I have to do right now, therefore I do not want to do it.

(hint: That’s why NaNoWriMo works. You constantly have “better” things to do, so you are constantly writing your novel as a way of procrastinating)

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Worldbuilding is the fucking best, no lie. It is also the fucking worst, no lie. Here is some advice from yours truly about worldbuilding, having written novels that are at times straight up love letters to the concept:

DO: Build an interesting world with lots of attention to…

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Do you have any advice for visually designing a character when you can't draw? Any writing tricks or notes I should make? Key visual points?



A lot of people use avatar/doll creation websites to design characters. Here are some for you:

People also use face claims, which is taking people from real life and basing your character’s appearance on them. Here are some more links:

As far as key visual points, I think these would be some important questions to ask yourself:

  • What sort of style does your character like? Do they prefer style or comfort? Do they prefer to stand out with their appearance or not attract a lot of attention? Is there any sort of material or clothing that they don’t like (I don’t like wearing wool, linen, or long sleeves, for example.)
  • What sort of accessories do they usually have with them? What’s the reason or the story behind them? (Examples: good luck charms, lockets.)
  • What sort of impression do you want your character to make with their design (physical description is not character development, of course, but what sort of impression do you want your character to make on other people when they first see them?)

Hope that helps, Anon~

- Pen

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Hi, I'm a wanna be sci-fi/fantasy novelist in college. Here I reblog quotes, talk about my writing, and talk about writing in general. Basically anything writing related with some unrelated quotes.

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