Anonymous ASKED:
What are the steps to designing a fictional disease?

characterandwritinghelp:

LET’S INFECT SOME PEOPLE.

Inside this post: Not so much a step-by-step, but a bulleted list of things to consider when creating a fictional disease, sickness, infection, illness, or ailment, as brought to you by someone who is not a doctor and knows very very little about actual, real medicine. Anyone with better information and more knowledge is absolutely free to correct and add to this post. -Headless

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Guide: Describing Clothing and Appearance 

writing-questions-answered:

When Describing a Character

DO:

  • provide enough detail to give the reader a sense of the character’s physical appearance
  • highlight details that serve as clues to who the character is and perhaps what their life is like
  • describe clothing to establish character or when relevant to scene

Guide: Describing Clothing and Appearance 

writing-questions-answered:

When Describing a Character

DO:

  • provide enough detail to give the reader a sense of the character’s physical appearance
  • highlight details that serve as clues to who the character is and perhaps what their life is like
  • describe clothing to establish character or when relevant to scene

clevergirlhelps:


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.

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clevergirlhelps:

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.

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disneyland24-7:

mydollyaviana:

Literary techniques explained by Disney - from Buzzfeed

This makes me very happy

realrandomsam:

smaugnussen:

goddessofsax:

Hair color reference chart. It’s not perfect, but from what I could gather it’s pretty accurate.

dont let the fanfic writers see this

You forgot titian.

POSTED July 21, 2014 @ 00:17 WITH 142,223 notes
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So maybe you’re a writer or maybe you’re in a fantasy RP group, maybe you just want to make maps. Either way, with the right guidance the process is pretty easy. Here’s some Photoshop and research resources I’ve compiled to make your life easier.

WORLD MAPSHow to generate a map in Photoshop (video)How to create (mountain) brushes (video)How to create trees (video)How to create mountains and hills (video)How to create swamps and deserts (video) Tolkien-Style Map Brushes (1)(2) Parchment Textures (1)(2)(3)Calthyechild’s Fantasy Map Tutorial & Resources World Maps to inspire you (1)(2)(3)(4) 
CITIESCity Map GeneratorClevergirlhelps’ Brilliant Post on City PlanningThewritingcafe’s Brilliant Post on City PlanningStreets VS MonumentsHow to create a grid in PhotoshopCity BrushesCities to inspire you (1)(2)(3)(4)MISC.Ship PlansHow Geography Affects ClimateHow Streets Evolve as Cities GrowHistory of Building MaterialsClimatesR. Steves’ Europe (Videos) NEED A NAME? Location and Setting name generatorPirate Ship name generatorShip name generator

So maybe you’re a writer or maybe you’re in a fantasy RP group, maybe you just want to make maps. Either way, with the right guidance the process is pretty easy. Here’s some Photoshop and research resources I’ve compiled to make your life easier.

WORLD MAPS
How to generate a map in Photoshop (video)
How to create (mountain) brushes 
(video)
How to create trees 
(video)
How to create mountains and hills 
(video)
How to create swamps and deserts 
(video)
Tolkien-Style Map Brushes (1)(2)
Parchment Textures (1)(2)(3)
Calthyechild’s Fantasy Map Tutorial & Resources
World Maps to inspire you (1)(2)(3)(4)

linestorm:

200 words that describe light

POSTED July 04, 2014 @ 22:02 WITH 37,196 notes
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Anonymous ASKED:
I have no idea what my story's plot is. I can't even summarize it--I just have all of these ideas swimming in my head! What should I do?

thewritingcafe:

Here are some ideas:

  • Write out the entire story as a synopsis. Try to keep it under ten pages. Write out your story as you have it now, in chronological order, with all the plots and sub plots. If you have sub plots or ideas for scenes and you’re not sure where to put them, write them anyway and try to place them somewhere.
  • Write out the synopsis for one character. Once you have all of your ideas written down, choose one character (start with the protagonist), and write out their entire narrative. Write the synopsis with only them in mind. Then do it with another character. Soon you’ll have the character arcs and narratives of your major characters and you’ll be able to see where their stories overlap.
  • Write your ideas on note cards. Write down sub plots, plots, scenes, etc. and put them on note cards. This way, you can rearrange them as you please to see what works out. You can use online applications like bubbl can be helpful if you don’t have note cards.
  • Just write. Sometimes if you just start writing, it’ll come together. Jump right in and see where it all goes.

You can also answer these questions from my planning page (as part of my How to Write and Publish a Book guide) to get the outline of your main plot and to make sure that you have a full plot:

  • Who is the protagonist? To have a story, you need a protagonist. The protagonist does not have to be a hero and does not have to be the point of view character, but should be the center of the story.
  • What is the protagonist’s motive? The protagonist needs a motive. This is what drives the plot forward.
  • What is the main conflict? The protagonist has a motive, but there is conflict that prevents that motive from being reached.
  • Who is the antagonist? The antagonist is the character who opposes the protagonist and the protagonist’s motive. The antagonist does not have to be a villain or even a character, but should still have a presence.
  • What is the climax? The climax it when the protagonist is put up again their motive and all the story has been leading to. 
  • Does the protagonist succeed or fail? The protagonist must either succeed in reaching their motive through the climax, or fail.
  • How does the protagonist change? How does the outcome of the climax change the protagonist? Characters need to change over time or they’ll be static.

Too Many Ideas Syndrome

Finding Focus During a Storm of Ideas

I Have Too Many Ideas

Reverse Snowflake Method

concernedresidentofbakerstreet:

fuckyeahvintage-retro:

Blouse Collars, 1940s-50s - By Charlotte Dymock.

there was a lot of bullshit in the forties and fifties but the style was not part of it