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hermionerpc:

HERMIONE HELPS YOU - Moodboard Psd One

Character moodboards are really trendy right now, and I know many people aren’t quite sure how to make the layouts, so here’s a psd template to help! All sections should be clearly labeled and easy to understand. Please note that this is a base; all colors, fonts, and sections are completely customizable. In fact, it’ll look so much better if you change it around to match your character. So do whatever you want with it. Here is an example of a completed moodboard.

No credit is necessary, but a like or reblog is certainly appreciated. Please do repost, redistribute, or claim as your own. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Also, thanks to icarus-writes and asheathes for inspiration.

Go here to download.

A mini-tutorial is under the cut. Please read this first before asking any questions.

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Signal Boost

hawkeyehelps:

The lovely VeritasRPG has had their bios stolen. Somebody has been applying as an OC to multiple RP blogs, using a bio written by the Veritas admins. The person has so far applied to a number of blogs under the names of Austin, Nolan, Chelsea and Trent. There is reason to believe that this individual was a former member of Veritas.

Here is the original bio, Kenneth Brenau with FC David Lyons. Here are the screenshots of three different roleplays that all received this bio as an OC app, with slightly different names and faceclaims (Kenneth Brenau with FC Francisco Lachowksi, Kenneth Brenau/Finn Koehler due to a really shit copy/paste job with FC Douglas Booth, and Finn Koehler with FC Aaron Tveit).

Anyway, if you get this bio as an OC, please, please let Veritas RPG know. stealing is a super shitty thing to do!

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a masterpost for how to write dystopian novels

bibliophylum:

dystopian novels are always fun to write, but they can sometimes be hard too. there are a million different things that can go wrong in society, but how exactly should they go wrong? what are realistic effects? hopefully, you’ll find everything you need here. of course, there’s only so many tips i can find, so if you know a good source of information, feel free to add your own links below!

general

a dystopia database

5 tips to writing a dystopian noviel

cliches to avoid in ya dystopian novels

more tips on how to write dystopian novels

characteristics

characteristics of a dystopian novel

more characteristics

elements and characteristics

features of dystopian fiction

how to build a dystopia

dystopia adopt a plot (nanowrimo)

random dystopia generator

what to think about when creating a dystopia

the making of the world

other

cliches to avoid

the writing cafe dystopian novel post

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Finding Inspirations from Sources Other than Writing

quirkliterary:

 To achieve a well rounded novel, short story,  or thing that you use words to create, you have to do this. Writing tutorials are nice and so are author inspirations. That only gets you so far. I have mentioned before that writers have to experience life (and as a writer who exists in the world right now, you probably “get” that). The things that you find in life can find their way into and inspire your writing just  as much as your favorite writer, if you distill the “style” and feeling out of these places into your writing.

 This might work because writing is an art and art’s…interchangeable. You can get so moved by a sculpture that you write a poem about it, for example. That’s being human. I have listed below a few sources for you to check for inspiration, should you find yourself in a writer’s block, but the list doesn’t end there. Let ideas come to you from anywhere. If luck’s on your side, they’ll come.

 You still have to write if they don’t, though.

Music.

 This is probably one of the  more common inspiration sources out there. I have seen authors even thank certain musicians in the acknowledgements (…or the dedication) because without the imagery that the music gave them, a certain character of theirs wouldn’t have grown into the depth they  have today.

 Having inspiration come from music means many things. It could mean that while you’re writing, you listen to a certain genre of  a song because the rhythm puts you in the mood for a battle scene, or a death scene, or a scene where everything’s eating cherry pie  and all is well. It could also mean that the lyrics have this raw feeling in them that helps you write your character’s personality.

 Here’s how I like  to see  it: music evokes emotion, so it inspires your novels by drawing the emotion you feel in it as you  write. No more, no less.

 Just don’t  actually  put the lyrics of the full song in. That’s bad taste, boring, and also copyrighted (you laugh, but I have seen it done many a time).

Art.

 The artistic inspiration goes faaaar beyond middle school English class, when your teacher gave you  a painting and told you to “write a story about it”. That can be useful if done right, yes, but I want to make it known that there’s more  than one way to get inspiration from art.

 Just as writers have different styles, so do artists. You probably know this, but have you ever  thought  that they have similar styles? Some writers slam their words on the keyboards, just as some  painters sling their paints on the thing-that-they-sling-paint-on (canvas??).

 Certain art styles will draw you in. It’s your job  to peg why they draw you in,  exactly, and infuse that intrigue into your writing. Without copying them. Please do not paint your manuscript.

People.

 Besides for character development, I mean.

 Pay attention to people, both literary and  non. Pay attention to the guy at the grocery store. Pay attention to that political figure you hate on tv. Pay attention to musicians.

 People can help inspire  you  to see  the world  differently. People are opinionated; they do things based of their opinions. Watch them,  see where it leads them, listen to them, and learn from them. Put the perspectives you learn in your writing.

 See?  Not just useful for character development.

Science.

You don’t have to  like chemical equations to be inspired by science. Luckily. Or else I would throw science out  the window and stomp on it and never let it near my writing.

 But the study of science is fascinating; maybe you feel  positively about it already, maybe not, but I suggest you don’t think of it as homework. Find your niche of science that you enjoy reading about and read about it. You never know what inspiration you’ll find from  it—not just for your sci-fi stories, but for anything literary!

 Science increases your knowledge about the way the world works. Since you’re writing about the world in some shape, I invite you to at least try a science magazine out. You never know what inspiration waits for you.

Basically anything in the world,  so long as you learn from it.

Feel the world around you and turn the emotions into inspiration. If a film evokes interest to you, see what components it’s made of—maybe you liked the pacing in it. Take that pacing and use it. You’ll find writing a lot more enjoyable and depth-y.

 Don’t plagiarize, though. Inspiration and copying are two separate things and you’ll know darn well when you’re falling trap to the latter. Tell things in your own voice…if your inspiration doesn’t encroach on that, then you’re good.

  Continue to analyze the world around you, my fellow  writers, and keep writing.

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betterbemeta:

These are some of my girl rules when regarding and writing female characters:

  • Girls have authority. Show leaders that are female and show leaders that aren’t female taking advice from women and girls. Every other piece of media and the world around us is sure to impress that girls don’t have authority- we don’t need it in media we create.
  • Girls are subject to reality. There are enormous expectations on girls every day in every way, but our media tends to omit everything but an image of what girls ‘should’ be. For every beauty queen, there is their time spent and money devoted to makeup and clothes. For every lifestyle, there is the support of said lifestyle. Girls have homes, have chores, have jobs, have families, have triumphed, and have made mistakes. They pay understandable penalties for their actions, and enjoy success as applicable. They have a context just like male characters and we need to show it, because for some reason in much of our media girls seem to emerge from the ether fully formed, fit, toned, shaved, styled, with money in a wallet, super awesome karate powers, nice clothes— and no shown lifestyle or background to support it.
  • Girls defy gendered expectations. In light of the above, we also have to identify what actually isn’t ‘reality,’ but society and what we feel is normal but is not set in stone. Girls can have any job and any background boys can, can look the same or have the same body type as any boy can, can perform any feat a boy can. There are female firefighters and female wrestlers and female loggers and female construction workers— and they are just as good at their jobs whether or not they have the same body type as their male peers. I don’t want to see any more women put on a cool crime fighting team and said ‘well they can be the spy or the scout because women are smaller than the muscular men.’ Women don’t have to be small, spies can be large, and a small woman can use her body to achieve the same results as a male bruiser. The same goes with women in any other profession- what qualities aren’t actually reality, but are just our expectations?
  • Girls define themselves. In our culture, femininity is often perceived as a lack of, or a contrast to, masculinity— but this is a terrible idea and renders female characters dependant on male ones to have an identity. If a character says she’s a girl, no matter what she looks like, sounds like, seems like, she is a girl, and her traits are traits that belong to a girl. We can categorize traits as traditionally typical for cis males and cis females (‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’) but traits that belong to a character, are the property of that character. Girl power is just as much butch as it is hard femme. Girls define themselves, and are not to be defined by others.
  • Girls have agency. Girls want stuff, and girls get stuff. They aren’t along for the ride, or are just one of a set: they have their own strong opinions and motivations for their actions. They’re able to decide what they want and to change their situation without judgement or being thought of as ‘inconvenient’ or ‘a nuisance’ by others. If they need something, they should be allowed to seek it or ask for it or even demand it, without being considered a burden. Girls can say ‘no’ to anything, at any time, and not have that be taken as a reflection of their worth, or an opinion to be persuaded.
  • Girls are not mysterious. There is nothing mystical or wondrous about femininity. It is an identity. Girls do not act in ‘mysterious’ ways, there is no ‘female intuition,’ and women are not ‘impossible’ or ‘unfathomable’ or more difficult than men are. When we respect the ideas, the feelings, the speech, and the motivations of others, these ‘mysteries’ of women vanish entirely: a falsehood enforced by male privilege not understanding that women face different realities, implications, and social problems than men. We shouldn’t enforce a ‘mysterious’ or ‘mystical’ or ‘special’ femininity in our media, either- women are half the human population, not puzzles or unicorns.
  • Girls are not tools. No plot should depend on someone being female. A female character can have something depend on her abilities (a cis woman’s ability to bear a child, for instance) but that says nothing about her femininity- no more than her ability to win a tournament or lead an army.
  • Girls are not limited in their interactions. Girls talk with girls about anything they want. Girls talk with boys about anything they want. Girls talk with anybody of any gender or lack thereof about anything they want. They are not merely conjured up when they have something only the designated girl can say, or when they plot demands girly things. There’s no reason for girls not to be present at all times, involved in any conversations nearby. They don’t go on a shelf while others are talking.
  • Girls are fun. They’re fun to be around, are interesting, are clever, are animated, and they have a lot to say that’s both meaningful and entertaining. Too often female characters and their arcs are more detailed, yet also more ‘serious’ or ‘tragic’ than the arcs of some of their peers. Often this seriousness has to do with a male character’s influence, arc, or demise. No thanks! 

Of course, these rules apply to any gender, and nongendered individuals too. But female characters are often denied these things in media that we both consume, and media we personally create. Coded cis male characters do these things constantly, at length. Non-males? Not so much.

EDIT: I forgot a rule. It’s here.

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CC’s #1 Pet Peeve in Fiction

thecharactercomma:

CPR.

You guys.

If you’re doing CPR correctly, you will usually break their ribcage to literally pump their heart for them. This is not something the patient will magically wake up from after a minute or two of compressions. Well, probably not. It can happen, but it is extremely rare for someone with no pulse to wake up with just CPR and no defib.

You should only do CPR on someone when they meet these three requirements:

  • Unconscious
  • Not breathing
  • No pulse

The brain can last 4-6 minutes without oxygen—any longer, and you’ll die. And around that 6 minute mark, the unconscious person will probably be waking up with brain damage. CPR is intended to pump the patient’s heart for them to keep blood and oxygen flowing until they can be resuscitated. Until they can be resuscitated. It can happen (like, in the single digits percentage-wise), but patients rarely wake up when someone just performs CPR on them. They wake up when they receive an electric shock from a defibrillator—hopefully. A defib, also known as an AED is that whole electric shock thing to restart the heart. Basically, you perform CPR until someone with a defib arrives. That should be your #1 course of action before starting CPR—call for help.

Often, CPR is taken as the course of action for drowning victims. In that case, your goal is to get the water out of their stomach and lungs. Their heart is probably fine, and they’re just passed out from lack of oxygen. They might still have a pulse. And if they have a pulse, don’t pump their heart for them.

Hollywood is ridiculous in their misrepresentation of CPR. So please, for my sanity, write it correctly. :)

—E

In case you’re curious my pet peeves #2 and #3:

#2: Thinking “up” and “upon” are synonyms.

#3: Incorrect and gratuitous semi-colon usage.

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felinavondraco bitched: I do not like romance novels mainly because of how cliche and obvious the characters can be about their affections for one another. In something I am working on I have two characters that will eventually show a liking/love for each other. However, I want this to be as unexpected as possible but will make my readers enjoy it when it happens. Have any advise?

characterandwritinghelp:

There is a distinction between a relationship development that is unexpected and one that is out of character. As long as the characters’ relationship developments are in line with who they are as people, a romantic relationship should be enjoyable.

Characters can get together romantically and surprise the viewers, but this is not always a good or enjoyable thing. Maybe the surprise comes from the fact that they had no interest in each other until now, or maybe it is because they are desperately incompatible with each other.

Two exaggerated examples: 

  • If the two characters are the bitterest of archenemies who routinely try to throw each other off of cliffs out of sheer hatred, sending them out on a date is unexpected but not necessarily good because it is out of character. This throws out their existing character development and erases their history with each other in favor of sticking them together in a romantic relationship.
  • If the two characters are coworkers who see each other at work and do not interact outside of the office, sending them out on a date is unexpected, but could work if this decision is in character—maybe one of them keeps talking about how bored they are on the weekends when everyone else is out on dates, or one of them mentions getting back into dating. Whether or not this relationship comes across as a good development depends on how in line with their existing character development the new relationship is.

Completely disregarding character development in order to pull off a twist or unexpected event progression can make readers feel like the twist was just there to be a twist rather than to serve any point in the story. Twists can be great, but they can backfire if mishandled or stuck in a place they should not be.

-Headless

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nightcall | a cyberpunk / 80’s winter soldier fanmix | listen

Q: Did you have any rituals while putting on the costume, that helped you get into character? Sebastian Stan: “I played a lot of sound tracks from different movies. Also Daft Punk was huge for me and David Bowie and The Terminator soundtrack, believe it or not. I love music. You know, I’ve always wanted to do an ’80’s movie! I love that music!” (x)

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delinquentwriter:

Delinquent Writer PSD: Place For US

Inspired by kstewrpc’s character PSD “Glory and Gore,” this graphic was briefly used by me in a short lived town roleplay a few months ago. It is a fairly simple PSD, and very easy to use. Please like or reblog if you download, as the link will be taken down if the number of downloads doesn’t match the notes on this post. In addition, while credit is not required, please do not claim the graphic as your own.
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delinquentwriter:

Delinquent Writer PSD: Place For US

Inspired by kstewrpc’s character PSD “Glory and Gore,” this graphic was briefly used by me in a short lived town roleplay a few months ago. It is a fairly simple PSD, and very easy to use. Please like or reblog if you download, as the link will be taken down if the number of downloads doesn’t match the notes on this post. In addition, while credit is not required, please do not claim the graphic as your own.

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Vampires: How to Avoid a Sucky Story

thepenspointofview:

Anonymous asked:

i just started following so i don’t know if this has been covered or not but vampires? please and thianks :)

Ah, vampires!  When it comes to writing, that’s a subject that’s super difficult to sink your teeth into.  *gets shot in the nose for such terrible punmenship*

Anyway, all jokes aside, this is a topic that’s been tried and tried again and pounded into the dirt by the beefy champions of cliché.  Vampires have drifted into the group dubbed “commercial literature”, which is great if you’re only out to make money, but not so great if you’re really looking to tell a good story.

It is, however, possible to tell a fantastic story, even with vampires!  It’s just a little tricky.  Here’s some guidelines to get you started:

Don’t focus so much on the mystical aspect of being a vampire.

Too many vampire stories make the conflict quite literally: “EGADS!  I CANNOT LIVE, FOR I AM A CREATURE OF THE NIGHT!” Yes, being a vampire can be inconvenient, but it doesn’t always have to be filled with angsty darkness because of the character’s condition.  A good way to make your character deeper than their paranormal self is to chart them out as a human, first.  What are their likes?  Their dislikes?  What are they scared of (that doesn’t have to do with the authorities wanting to shove a wooden stake through their hearts)?  Do they have a pet?  Family?  Even little things like their favorite color help develop them.  (For more character development exercises, we have a post here)  After that, add the fangs—but still remember that (in most cases) they’re still partially human.  Which leads us to our next point…

Bond human struggles with vampire-based struggles.

What would it be like to get braces fastened on vampire fangs?  For a bloodsucker to sponsor a blood drive to win a scholarship?  To have your character dress up as Batman for Halloween, just to hide the fact that they still can’t control their transfiguration yet?  Adding vampire quirks or even conflicts to everyday human issues makes your character more relatable as well as more unique.  You can even incorporate their “condition” into their job (bat tender at the zoo, cavern tour guide) or even their relationships (can you imagine a vampire father calming his adopted human daughter when she gets blood drawn?) Decide whether you want your character to be more of a monster or more of a human, but beware.  Making your character a creature uncontrollably ravenous for food and psychopathic at the sight of a blood cell can get a bit unrealistic if you’re not very careful.  After all, if you are going the human route, nobody gets that crazy and desperate about what they eat…unless it’s me with chicken wings.

Avoid the cliché!!!!

Most vampire, as well as many other supernatural stories, get swallowed by the flames of literary hell because of this.  Many of these clichés lie in folklore-based stereotypes, such as:

  • Burning in the sunlight
  • Being vulnerable to garlic
  • Being immortal
  • Super duper extreme hunger for blood
  • Superhuman abilities
  • Wooden stake through the heart (but as Dracula said in Hotel Transylvania, who wouldn’t that kill?)

Some common cliches that don’t have to do with folklore basically lie in the dark, brooding attitude of many vampire characters, or the entire idea of “don’t come near me, I’m a monster! *dramatic face shield*” Don’t worry, though!  You can still include some of these traits!  Just try and twist them so they’re unique, in ways they’ve never been done before!  Many writers of vampire-themed literature, including Stephanie Meyer, have tried to do this—and some have succeeded.  However, so, so many vampire stories have one fatal flaw, which leads us to our final point…

Never neglect the rest of your plot just for the vampire storyline!

Yes, I understand the story may actually be about how tough it is to be a vampire.  And that’s ok!  But if your vampire’s saving the world or falling in love on the side, you can have the most interesting, non-cliché character on the planet, and it won’t matter.  Why?  Because you’ll still have a flat story overall.  Brush up on rules of avoiding cliché in plots overall—romance is an especially hard one—and eventually, you’ll be able to juggle both your bloodsucking baby and everything else going on in the world around them.

Above all, make sure whatever you write, it’s for you.  The major error in vampire-themed commercial literature is that they write vampires only because they’ll sell, not because it’s what their heart is set on.  If this is really what you want to write, then by all means, do it!  And during the process, don’t let people dictate what your character(s) should or shouldn’t do and have in their lives.  Don’t be afraid to fail, either!  Stories like this have been tainted and even teased a lot in society, which makes it hard to break through the barriers that the bookstores have built.  But eventually, you can do it, if you try again and again.

 Lastly, don’t be afraid to take risks!  Vampire or none, this is your story.

Don’t let it drive you batty.

(Oh, and by the way, welcome to thepunspointofview thepenspointofview)

~Jessica


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