Blood Spatter: Patterns

fuckyeahforensics:

This is all text, but really great info

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Polyamory for Writers

aithne:

Every so often, the cry goes up: “Fewer love triangles and more threesomes!” But what if you’re a writer who wants to write some polyamorous relationships, but you’re not sure where to start?

This article is here to help.

Please note that this is not a guide about how to be in a polyamorous relationship. That ground has been covered by other people in more depth and detail than I will ever be able to manage. (I have some good articles for you to read at the end of this piece, should you be looking for that.) This is a quick guide about writing polyamorous characters, how poly relationships work, and special concerns writers need to watch out for. This is not a comprehensive post, but it should give you a place to start.

(As for why I wrote this: I am a writer who has identified as poly for her entire adult life, and have been in a number of different varieties of poly relationships over the years, including a committed triad. I have a lot of experience with poly relationships—including messing them up. I figured that if anyone’s going to write something like this, it’s going to be me.)

Ready to go?  The good stuff is under the cut.

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amandaonwriting:

Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.

by Amanda Patterson

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wordsandchocolate:

I made a slideshow about how to create a fictional character… I got most of the information from the ‘start writing fiction’ (free) course on the OpenUniversity website and found it incredibly useful so here’s a visual version for you :)

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wordsandchocolate:

I made a slideshow about how to create a fictional character… I got most of the information from the ‘start writing fiction’ (free) course on the OpenUniversity website and found it incredibly useful so here’s a visual version for you :)

marley93:

kafers:

fuckyeahbookarts:

Designing a Journal by smallestforest

*drools everywhere*

I’m crying because I want this

Curse Words 

thecharactercomma:

Ooh, a hot topic. As such, I’ll present a variety of (hopefully unbiased) viewpoints and arguments for and against cursing in a novel, followed by my own opinion on the matter.

This isn’t a “yes you should” or “no you shouldn’t” or “you can but follow these rules” post….

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Anonymous ASKED:
I'm trying to come up with a story and I've come up with some ideas for interesting characters but now I'm sort of stuck. What can I do?

characterandwritinghelp:

(Stay tuned, tumblbud, there are some posts queued up for the next few days that you should love.)

Some writers start with characters rather than plot, and that’s fine. It can work. Let me recommend you this book, which is my number one go-to for when I have trouble with plots. Looking at common plot types can help you figure out what roles your characters are suited for, as well as what conflicts can drive them together/apart/to do things.

Think about your characters, too. What do you know about them? What pieces of their backstories speak to a larger story at play? Which of them is protagonist material for an epic quest? A character-driven drama? Do you have an antagonist in mind? What is the WORST thing you can do to these characters? Perhaps you’ll find your plot at the end of questions like these.

Some resources for you:

Let us know if you have other questions.

-Headless

Writing Realistic Injuries 

seeingteacupsindragons:

One of my favorite writing reference sheets on the internet.

Creating a Character from Scratch 

thecharactercomma:

The technique is highly variable between writers, so please don’t take this as a rule book.

This is my way of creating new characters, as much as I can track it. While creating a characters, I basically bring up a ton of ideas and play with them in my head for a week+…