suggestions for a young writer? im 15 and i just started seriously writing about a year ago~ since then I’ve written mostly poetry but I really write other stuff like short stories or plays too! but i always have trouble making my ideas ideas into something and just deciding how or what i want to write. and i get so worried that i lose motivation! i think that i first want to tackle trying to make characters/a simple short story. advice, tips, or tricks? thank youuu!

Hi! I’m glad you’re ready to get started! Being eager about writing is the best. Writing a poem is a lot like writing a short story, so you’re on the right track. Good writing is precise and almost lyrical. It… Read moresuggestions for a young writer? im 15 and i just started seriously writing about a year ago~ since then I’ve written mostly poetry but I really write other stuff like short stories or plays too! but i always have trouble making my ideas ideas into something and just deciding how or what i want to write. and i get so worried that i lose motivation! i think that i first want to tackle trying to make characters/a simple short story. advice, tips, or tricks? thank youuu!

I’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

fixyourwritinghabits: You must remember that the Bechdel test is not the height of everything and on top of that you are writing a romance, where your main focus is going to be on said romance. In order to meet the… Read moreI’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

I’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

fixyourwritinghabits: You must remember that the Bechdel test is not the height of everything and on top of that you are writing a romance, where your main focus is going to be on said romance. In order to meet the… Read moreI’m writing a NA romance, and I just realized I may be straining to meet the requirements of the Bechdel test. I have several female characters, including my protagonist, but so much of the plot revolves around her relationship with men. Do you have any tips? Should I maybe add an unrelated subplot?

Learning the Essentials of Plotting Your Novel

fictionwritingtips: I get a lot of questions about plotting, so I figured I’d write up some tips on getting started. Learning how to plot your novel can be difficult, but it’s really all about knowing what your characters want and… Read moreLearning the Essentials of Plotting Your Novel

Learning the Essentials of Plotting Your Novel

fictionwritingtips: I get a lot of questions about plotting, so I figured I’d write up some tips on getting started. Learning how to plot your novel can be difficult, but it’s really all about knowing what your characters want and… Read moreLearning the Essentials of Plotting Your Novel

I need to kill of a character to advance the plotline. However, I’m worried about it being written off as manpain. It was just the character’s time to die. The character is going to have flaws and such (I’m in the beginning stages of writing&planning), so they are definitely not going to be a Mary Sue. Advice?

legit-writing-tips: It’s not just about whether they have flaws or not, or whether they’re a Mary Sue. What’s important is to consider whether this character has their own arc. You say it’s this character’s time to die – so why… Read moreI need to kill of a character to advance the plotline. However, I’m worried about it being written off as manpain. It was just the character’s time to die. The character is going to have flaws and such (I’m in the beginning stages of writing&planning), so they are definitely not going to be a Mary Sue. Advice?

I need to kill of a character to advance the plotline. However, I’m worried about it being written off as manpain. It was just the character’s time to die. The character is going to have flaws and such (I’m in the beginning stages of writing&planning), so they are definitely not going to be a Mary Sue. Advice?

legit-writing-tips: It’s not just about whether they have flaws or not, or whether they’re a Mary Sue. What’s important is to consider whether this character has their own arc. You say it’s this character’s time to die – so why… Read moreI need to kill of a character to advance the plotline. However, I’m worried about it being written off as manpain. It was just the character’s time to die. The character is going to have flaws and such (I’m in the beginning stages of writing&planning), so they are definitely not going to be a Mary Sue. Advice?

catherynbrained: writeinspiration: It is okay to start writing even if you don’t have a clear vision of what you are going to write. This is my problem, I’m someone that needs a well thought out perfection piece – that I… Read more

catherynbrained: writeinspiration: It is okay to start writing even if you don’t have a clear vision of what you are going to write. This is my problem, I’m someone that needs a well thought out perfection piece – that I… Read more

11 Plot Pitfalls – And How to Rescue Your Story From Them

thewordriven: Source: [X]By: Laura Whitcomb We’ve all been there: basking in the glow of a finished manuscript, only to read it over and realize something is wrong with the plot. Finding ourselves unable to identify the problem only makes matters… Read more11 Plot Pitfalls – And How to Rescue Your Story From Them

11 Plot Pitfalls – And How to Rescue Your Story From Them

thewordriven: Source: [X]By: Laura Whitcomb We’ve all been there: basking in the glow of a finished manuscript, only to read it over and realize something is wrong with the plot. Finding ourselves unable to identify the problem only makes matters… Read more11 Plot Pitfalls – And How to Rescue Your Story From Them

I desperately want to write something with length and arcs and things like that but the disdain for my characters and my indifference to the situations I put them in has me at a loss. I imagine this might just be a failing of mine, and nature’s way of telling me to stick to shorter stories where all involved die at the end. Or maybe I’m missing something?

Okay, so I sort of address some of your issues in this post–and at the very least, the links I include in said post may be quite useful for you: http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/139214012689/hi-so-i-finished-most-of-my-nanowrimo-novel-but I think the most important thing is to figure… Read moreI desperately want to write something with length and arcs and things like that but the disdain for my characters and my indifference to the situations I put them in has me at a loss. I imagine this might just be a failing of mine, and nature’s way of telling me to stick to shorter stories where all involved die at the end. Or maybe I’m missing something?

I desperately want to write something with length and arcs and things like that but the disdain for my characters and my indifference to the situations I put them in has me at a loss. I imagine this might just be a failing of mine, and nature’s way of telling me to stick to shorter stories where all involved die at the end. Or maybe I’m missing something?

Okay, so I sort of address some of your issues in this post–and at the very least, the links I include in said post may be quite useful for you: http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/139214012689/hi-so-i-finished-most-of-my-nanowrimo-novel-but I think the most important thing is to figure… Read moreI desperately want to write something with length and arcs and things like that but the disdain for my characters and my indifference to the situations I put them in has me at a loss. I imagine this might just be a failing of mine, and nature’s way of telling me to stick to shorter stories where all involved die at the end. Or maybe I’m missing something?

hi! so i finished most of my nanowrimo novel but i’m really struggling with the ending now. i had an outline when i started but the novel has changed so much as i wrote that the ending i had originally doesn’t really fit and i almost feel like my conflict has no real solution now. i’ve tried giving my novel space and i still feel just as lost. any advice to solving a conflict that seems unsolvable? thanks!

Hi! That’s actually a problem that a lot of writers have at some point in their career, so try not to feel too bad about it, okay? There are a lot of different types of conflicts, but they can be… Read morehi! so i finished most of my nanowrimo novel but i’m really struggling with the ending now. i had an outline when i started but the novel has changed so much as i wrote that the ending i had originally doesn’t really fit and i almost feel like my conflict has no real solution now. i’ve tried giving my novel space and i still feel just as lost. any advice to solving a conflict that seems unsolvable? thanks!

hi! so i finished most of my nanowrimo novel but i’m really struggling with the ending now. i had an outline when i started but the novel has changed so much as i wrote that the ending i had originally doesn’t really fit and i almost feel like my conflict has no real solution now. i’ve tried giving my novel space and i still feel just as lost. any advice to solving a conflict that seems unsolvable? thanks!

Hi! That’s actually a problem that a lot of writers have at some point in their career, so try not to feel too bad about it, okay? There are a lot of different types of conflicts, but they can be… Read morehi! so i finished most of my nanowrimo novel but i’m really struggling with the ending now. i had an outline when i started but the novel has changed so much as i wrote that the ending i had originally doesn’t really fit and i almost feel like my conflict has no real solution now. i’ve tried giving my novel space and i still feel just as lost. any advice to solving a conflict that seems unsolvable? thanks!

Romance: You Still Need a Plot

writing-questions-answered: Anonymous asked: Hello! I have a problem when writing romance stories. I can’t seem to develop my characters so they realize they love each other because I feel as if I should rush their love to make the story… Read moreRomance: You Still Need a Plot

Romance: You Still Need a Plot

writing-questions-answered: Anonymous asked: Hello! I have a problem when writing romance stories. I can’t seem to develop my characters so they realize they love each other because I feel as if I should rush their love to make the story… Read moreRomance: You Still Need a Plot

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ijustreallylovedaredevil: Looking for a random cause of death for a character? Click here. Looking for a random city? Click here. Looking for a random city that people have actually heard of? Click here. Need a random surname for a character?… Read more

I was writing out an idea for a story, but there are a lot of complicated twists right at the end, and even writing the idea down got me confused, and I’m worried the readers will get confused too. should I keep the twists in or take some of them out? any advice on how to write shocking twists without them being cliché? thank you!!!!

Hmm, this is an interesting dilemma! Twists have to do one thing for them to work: they have to make sense. If I re-read your book, can I see all the little things that subtly hint toward your twist? If… Read moreI was writing out an idea for a story, but there are a lot of complicated twists right at the end, and even writing the idea down got me confused, and I’m worried the readers will get confused too. should I keep the twists in or take some of them out? any advice on how to write shocking twists without them being cliché? thank you!!!!