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For all you writers out there. This is incredibly helpful. (By the way, I’m not taking credit for this. I don’t know who did this but they deserve all the brownie points.)
This is the site that my poetry professor showed us in class. You can read AND listen to poetry being recited by their actual poets since when sound was first recorded (we listened to some French one from the 1800s! Isn’t that cool?)
Backstory, or a character’s past, is often necessary to explain a character’s motivations. It can add insight on personality or create reader sympathy.
However, you should try not to present it in the first chapter. When opening a novel, your reader cares more about what’s going on right now than what happened in the past. At the start of a book, the reader isn’t invested enough in the character to care about what happened to them previously, but later in the story, the reader will be intrigued enough by the character to want to know. As a writer, you need to be careful when and how you bring backstory into the story.
When you do need to present backstory, there are several ways:
GETTING SO MANY CHARACTERS IT’S BECOMING MESSY? HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF THEM ALL? CAN’T KEEP TRAITS STRAIGHT AND JUST WHEN THE HELL WAS THAT ONE INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL BRO’S BIRTHDAY AGAIN?
CHARAHUB IS THIS AWESOME GIFT OF INTERNET GODLY FIGURES WHO…
Psychology for Writers: The Dark Side
(from the article by Carolyn Kaufman)
Why do we get so excited about things that focus on spooks, scares, and monsters?
Maybe because that creepy stuff calls to the dark side that resides in each of us.
Psychologist Carl Jung argued that everyone has a dark, repressed side, which he called the Shadow. More modern theorists claim that this Shadow is a reservoir for creativity. And when I look at the overwhelming popularity of a writer like Stephen King, I believe it. A King fan myself, I am fascinated by the way the author doesn’t just graze elbows with the Dark Side—he plunges head-first into the scariest situations he can think of. And his fans are riveted.
King realizes that, as Nietzsche claimed, ‘When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you’. In other words, one cannot interact with or fight monsters without awakening the monster that lies within. Like calls to like. Nietzsche also exhorted, ‘Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster’.
Years ago, someone else once gave me the same advice in different words. He said, ‘When we fight evil, we must take care not to become the very thing we hate’.
Let me give you an example: A year ago, a man in Zanesville, Ohio released 56 exotic animals from their cages and then committed suicide. Unfortunately, because it’s very hard to safely re-capture such animals, 49 of those animals were killed. Many people were outraged, and the authorities dealing with the situation began receiving death threats.
Stop and think about this for a moment, folks. These people are threatening to kill people because they disagree with the authorities killing animals. In other words, in their hatred, these ‘activists’ are becoming the very monsters they claim to be fighting. They kill because they hate killing. Their hatred has consumed their reason.
So spend a little time thinking about your Shadow, and your main character’s Shadow.
Ask these four questions:
- What does your main character hate and fear more than anything?
- What is he willing to do to exterminate the hated and feared thing?
- How can you make his interactions with the hated thing taint him?
- In other words, each time your character looks into the abyss, how can the abyss claim a little more of him?
From Writers Write
Seriously. Go to Rainymood.com and check it out. It adds the sounds of rain to your computer. It’s not a loop, by the way, it takes rain tracks from all over the world.
That’s it. This is the end of this post. Go on and checkout Rainymood.
What are you waiting for?
First, let me clarify one thing—this isn’t about designing systems of magic for your fantasy world. Whether your magical system has to pay attention to the fact that matter is neither created nor destroyed, or how to go about constructing spells…that’s not what we’re here for today. I’m talking about magic from a writers point of view, how it will affect your plot, your characters, your reader’s suspension of disbelief. And all the ways that beginning fantasy writers seem to blow it.
i found a rlly cool website that may help you bring your settings to life
it’s called homestyler and it lets you design a home, inside and out, with customizable furnishings and coloration, down to tiny details in the decor.
you can use both 2D and 3D views to create your floor plans and…
This was mostly a list for myself, but I thought it would be a good idea to share it here. I’m pretty sure all of these programs are free to download or references you can access whenever you want online. Enjoy!
Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up your whole screen to feature-packed mainstays like Microsoft Word, we’ve put together a guide to help you choose the writing software that’s right for you.
Want to improve your dialogue skills? This article looks at the mistakes writers commonly make.
I decided to add to my previous masterpost. Enjoy!
- Solve any math equation!
- Alternative to Wikipedia
- Studying Masterpost
- Surviving College
- Teaches Everything!
- Master page of learning websites
- Cheat (Answers to textbooks; cheaters never prosper!!!)
- Reward yourself with kitties!
- a way to high marks and be on tumblr the same time.
- science translated to english :)
- collection of studying mixes
- Selfcontrol and various pomodoro method site blockers are extremely helpful when you know you need to shut down your access to distracting websites
- Simplynoise, mynoise, rainymood, coffitivity, soundrown, simplyrain,naturesoundplayer, naturesoundsforme are good background voices
- Organizing your time, studying strategies.. etc
- Study skills
- How to google
- Learning how to revise
- Improving your revision skills
- Learn geography
- Shop books online
- Final exams guide
- Get motivated to study
- Tips for a productive study break
- When should I go to bed?
- Microsoft word equivalent
- Free online books
- More free books
- Can’t do your homework?
- “No homework” excuses
- How to get unblocked internet in school (chrome only)
- Words to make you seem more intelligent
- Write a kickass essay
New games to play (downloads/torrents/some online)
- Cave Story +
- They Bleed Pixels
- Don’t Starve
- I Wanna Be The Guy
- The Hobbit (SPOILERS for the movies!!)
- Potluck (Just a cute little game)
- Some Flash Games
- More Games (X)
- Cookie clicker (And cheat)
- Gameboy games with emulator!
- Sonny 2
- Cute ghost game
- Follow an extremely scary game’s updates before its release (brought to you by the creators of Resident Evil!)
- Stickman adventure
Want to Draw?
- FireAlpaca (FREE!) (More like PaintToolSAI than it is Photoshop)
- Paint Tool SAI (FREE!) (I personally prefer PS, but you guys use what you want!) (Other stuff included in the post)
- Drawing References (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X SAI exclusive) (X) (X)
- Brushes for SAI (X) (X) (X)
- Colour scheme designer
- Art Tutorials
- Images to alter
- Remove backgrounds from images online
- Photoshop masterpost (I’m sure there’s more resources than those online, but I just wanted to make it)
- Similar to silk weave
- Pastel colours
- Through interactive lessons
- Through tutorials (X)
- Have some reference (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X)
- How to make tumblr themes
- Theme hunter
- See your old themes
- A bunch of good sites for HTML
- Edit and tinker with these themes (X) (X) (X) (X)
- Make yourself something nice
- Cursor References!
- Master post
- Turn your URL into something suspicious!
Want to Write?
- Character Flaws
- Body Language (X)
- HUGE masterpost (X) (X) (X)
- Writer’s Block? No problem
- Writing a Death Scene
- Writing a BIO
- Music to help you write! (X)
- Prompt Generators
- Write an Interactive Book!
- Word References (X) (X) (X)
- Software to write with
- Giant Writing Reference Blog
- Remember your word!
- Random sentence/phrase/word/paragraph generator
- Linguistics master post
- Fiction writing resource
- Name Generator
- Emotions vocabulary
Movies I liked
- American Psycho
- Romeo + Juliet
- Cabin in the Woods (Warning: Scary)
- Evil Dead (Warning: Scary and possible trigger warnings of blood)
- The Fifth Element
- Repo! The Genetic Opera
- Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
- Old Boy
- The Addams Family
- Candyman (Warning: Scared me as a child)
- Pumpkin Head (Warning: Scary)
- Children of the Corn (Warning: Scary)
- Corpse Bride
- Hobo With a Shotgun
- Pulp Fiction
- Back to the Future , 2 , 3
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , Desolation of Smaug
- Shutter Island
- The Princess Bride
- Labyrinth (Warning: Might be scary?)
- Legally Blonde
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- School of Rock
- Tucker and Dale Vs Evil
- Donnie Darko
- Napoleon Dynamite
- Battle Royale
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Disaster Movie
- Stay happy
- Listen to the rain
- Stay calm
- Program to create MIDIs (Suggestion: use music box versions of the song or a simple 8Bit version if you want this to run smoothly. Otherwise, a lot of spare notes will be in the MIDI and will not play as it should)
- Convert to MP4, MP3
- Relax (X)
- GET HYPED
- Play piano
- Repeat your songs (just add the watch?v=XXXXXXX at the end or when at a youtube video, add -repeat after youtube; just showing you that the website looks like this and is in Japanese)
- Listen to several calming sounds at once (or even a coffee shoppe on fire!)
Want to Read/Need Textbooks?
- math textbooks
- gutenberg project
- Free audio books
- Compliments for you (X)
- If you’re having a bad day, check out this blog
- Quiet place
- Need a hug?
- Get inspired!
- Cut something that’s not real skin
- Talk to a robot for no reason
- Do something in real life to get it all out
- Make everything okay
- It is okay friend here is a happy manatee
- Make a comfort box
- Learn to cope with triggers
- Make some motivational text
- See something cute
- Learn to love yourself
- The Dawn Room (This is so nice, it made me tear up. If you need a reason to live, please look at this)
- Puppies on live camera!
- Teen hotline
- Cute pictures
- Ask/give comfort (X)
- Cute things falling asleep
- Cute masterpost
- Reminder that even videos are edited and even the girl in the magazine/video doesn’t look like that
- Even if you’re not sad, this is a good reference to help others who are sad
- Cute puppies!
- Funny valentines to cheer up a weary soul
- Make a font out of your handwriting!
- Arts and crafts stuff
- Learn Elvish!
- Make your own lipstick
- How to balance a checkbook
- Learn Korean in 15 minutes
- Learn another language
- Re-use old T-shirts
- Awesome things to do with old bottles
Hair, Makeup, and Clothes
- Messy bun tutorial
- Different ways to braid
- Three-braid updo
- Waterfall braid
- How to fishtail
- Romantic curls
- Braid + bun updo
- How to do pastel hair
- 8 ways to wear a bow
- 4-strand braid
- Braided bun
- Braided headband
- Dutch braid crown
- Pin curls!
- How to contour
- Everyday makeup routine
- Lipstick using crayons
- Eyeliner ref wow
- Filling in eyebrows
- Banana facial mask (moisturizes)
- Strawberry facial mask (for acne prone skin)
- Avocado facial mask (for dry skin)
- Yogurt facial mask (for sensitive skin)
- List of oils to add to your face masks
- Already made masterpost
- Clothing references
- Punk rock makeup
- Disney eye makeup
- Coverup tattooes
- How to apply blush
- 6 makeup tips
- Ombre eyeliner
- What makeup complements my complexion?
- What makeup suits you?
- Lipstick tricks
- How to do your makeup with a spoon
- Easy Makeup Tips You Never Knew About
- Fashion, DIY Videos, & Beauty by Ann Le
- Transform your scarf into cute dresses!
- DIY Skater Skirt
- How to Turn your Old Tights into a cute Top DIY
- Quick DIY beanie!
- DIY Acne Scar Fading Mask + Quick Acne Tips!
- DIY Bow Cut Out Leggings
- Bow Shorts Tutorial
- How to Get Rid of Dark Circles
- Make Your Own Pore Strips
- Hot chocolate using nutella
- 4 different smoothies
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Tastiest Starbucks drinks
- Best grilled cheese
- Winter sore throat tea
- Best chocolate cake
- Apple pies
- Extra fancy garlic bread
- French bread pizza
- Muffin in a mug
- How to make nutella fudge
- Lavender lemonade wow
- 15 pound homemade snickers bar
- Make candy crystal meth
- Macaroni and cheese in a mug
- Cheap & healthy snacks
- Every Starbucks drink and pasty
- Yummy recipes!
- Best brownie in a mug recipe ever
- Microwave Snack Hacks
- Waste some time (X) (X) (X) (X)
- Wikipedia Articles (X warning: creepy) (X warning: creepy) (X)
- How to be an adult! (Don’t worry, it’s not some stupid conforming bs. It’s a cheatsheet!)
- Fake Tweet Generator
- Have a stream of your old favourite shows from Cartoon Network
- Have a Doctor Who Marathon
- Look like a cool hacker in public
- Insult people in foreign languages
- Text Generator
- Wallpapers (X) (X) (X my collection; warning: unsorted and HUGE) (X) (X)
- Get more gifs
- Watch movies/draw/stuff with your friends!
- Weird photo thing using only your cursor
- Alternative to bookmarks
- My archive of reaction image
- Learn how things are made
- Mess with a live support team
- Tumblr Tags to check out
- How to Google correctly
- Major tag replacer
- 50 GB of online storage FREE!
- Cosplay molding stuff
- If you’re into kawaii things
Are you an aspiring writer who would love to take some university courses on writing, but don’t have the money to spend on classes?
Well don’t fear. Here is a list of ten universities who are offering free online writing courses to anyone who wants to through a program called the OpenCourseWare Initiative.
Though on their own they won’t give you any official credits, the courses offered are quite in-depth, some taking up to sixteen weeks to complete and are comparable to the classes one would take in a professional writing degree program.
If you go to the link above, you’ll get more detailed links on these writing courses. Listed below are the universities offering the free writing courses:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit.edu)
- Utah State University (usu.edu)
- Open University (open.ac.uk)
- University of Utah (utah.edu)
- University of Massachusetts Boston (umb.edu)
- Purdue University (owl.english.purdue.edu)
- Steven Barnes’ UCLA Writing Course (lifewrite.com)
- News University (newsu.com)
- E-Zine University (ezineuniversity.com)
- Wikiversity (wikiversity.org)
Feelings Extrapolated - The roots of your characters’ emotions.