do you have any tips for combining horror, romance, and an eventual happy ending?

justawritingaid: This is an interesting combo because you have two genres with conflicting goals: Horror is focused on instilling fear in the reader, is more plot-oriented, and at most has a bittersweet ending. Romance is an idealistic genre that has… Read moredo you have any tips for combining horror, romance, and an eventual happy ending?

prokopetz: Based on a survey of Tumblr users’ professed career ambitions, I’ve concluded that our ideal occupations are: writer lighthouse keeper specialty bookstore clerk patent examiner ornamental hermit surveillance drone operator hunter-gatherer sign painter web designer circa 1996 that wild-eyed… Read more

How can I get more plot material?

justawritingaid: Technically this general post exists already, but it’s simplistic and on my list for rewrites. But, if you mean “more plot material” like any of the following points, then take a look at the Plot and Story Structure tag because… Read moreHow can I get more plot material?

The biggest mistake you can make is assuming that creativity will hit you all at once and the muse will carry you to the end of the book on feather wings while ‘Foster the People’ plays gently in the background…. Read more

Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight Gotta kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight from “Lovers in a Dangerous Time,” by Bruce Cockburn, covered by Barenaked Ladies (via christenkimbell)

givethispromptatry: “I’m afraid that one day I’ll wake up back in that place. I’m afraid that I’ll wake up and realize that this was all just a fantasy, that I wasn’t rescued.” “That’s why you won’t sleep?” “Yes.” “Then let… Read more

pascalcampion: October 10, 2019Mental Health day. A very simplified version of a very serious, very complex matter. #pascalcampion

anniespositivity: starrythomas: It’s okay to give up on things that are no longer working for you, or that you are realising have never worked for you. It’s okay to give up on things. Sometimes it is when we finally let… Read more

Life is not about who you once were. It’s about who you are right now, and the person you have the potential to be. Unknown (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the same place in a year from now. Unknown (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

lsleofskye: Nightsky | Florian Kunde

christenkimbell: hunterinabrowncoat: alexazombie: squeeful: attackofthebteam: attackofthebteam: unpopular opinion but i think the film and tv industries should have better labor laws even if it makes it harder or impossible to depict certain things i dont care if it makes it… Read more

Plot A Month W1D4: Backstory

fixyourwritinghabits: Horrible fact of writing: you are going to know a lot more about your character than will ever be put on the page. This also drags writers down, because often they’re so exciting about their characters, that they want… Read morePlot A Month W1D4: Backstory

caffeinewitchcraft: Hey listen, I’m totally on the bandwagon of mocking the Male Novelist TM who writes very 2d, objectified female characters and finds his story much more important than anyone else’s because he’s in it and scoffs at any genre… Read more

nachashim: like i quite literally have never been more passionate about anything than i am about the human race’s invariable desire to tell stories and the fact that we always find a way to do it, through spoken language and… Read more

How is your personal process for coming up with a book title?

writingquestionsanswered: Guide: Coming Up with a Story/Book Title It’s funny you should ask this now, because normally I’m someone who tends to come up with titles, or title possibilities, fairly easily. If anything I may have to tweak a title… Read moreHow is your personal process for coming up with a book title?

art cheats

endless-cats: frostje: frostje: hello i am here today to not lose track of the art cheats i have discovered over the years. what i call art cheat is actually a cool filter/coloring style/way to shade/etc. that singlehandedly makes art like… Read moreart cheats

So idk if you’ve ever expressed your opinion on this (I’m new :) ) but how do you feel about a 3p pov backstory at the beginning of a book (ex. the first chapter of harry potter if I remember right) I think my WIP could really benefit from it since it’s such a complicated world building piece so a explanation of how everything came to be might be more helpful than the readers learning with the MC but I know some people are like super against that so I just wanted to know your thoughts personally

writingquestionsanswered: Backstory at the Beginning of a Book Part of why this method worked with Harry Potter is because things were actually happening. It wasn’t just exposition dumped into the reader’s lap by a narrator or any number of POV… Read moreSo idk if you’ve ever expressed your opinion on this (I’m new 🙂 ) but how do you feel about a 3p pov backstory at the beginning of a book (ex. the first chapter of harry potter if I remember right) I think my WIP could really benefit from it since it’s such a complicated world building piece so a explanation of how everything came to be might be more helpful than the readers learning with the MC but I know some people are like super against that so I just wanted to know your thoughts personally

fictionadventurer: I think there’s a tendency for some writers to fall into the mindset that a good story has to have All The Things. Unique and nuanced three-dimensional characters, a completely immersive setting, a structurally flawless plot and pristine prose… Read more

whatnameshallitake: writersung: How To Write an Amazingly Evil Villain Villains are addicting. Now, we all love our heroes. They’re strong, passionate, and especially the well-written ones that actually have to struggle to reach their goals, but sometimes, a villain ends… Read more