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mashuheartwrites · 1 day
Hiiii… Active writeblrs?
hi there. just curious about what u guys are writing about. u can link ur work here if u wanna. tell me about the new character, the plot, the vibes. go ahead :) reblog if u like (I also wanna follow some active writeblrs, go ahead and like this/reblog if ur doing ur thing)
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hayatheauthor · 17 hours
Blog Posts Masterlist
Here are all the blogs I've written sorted according to six categories.
Getting Published/Querying:
How To Get Published As A Minor—A Step-By-Step Guide
How To Get Out Of The Slush Pile And Make Your Agent Say Yes
How To Answer Some Common Literary Agent Questions
Ten Dos And Don'ts Of Worldbuilding
How To Name Your Characters
How To Hook Your Readers With Your Chapter's Starting And Ending
How To Write And Create A Sub Plot
How To Immerse Your Readers With Indirect Characterisation
Genre-Based Advice:
How To Build A Realistic Magic System
How To Get Away With Murder...As An Author
How To Get Away With Murder Part Two: Writing Murder Mysteries
How To Build Tension And Make Your Readers Feel Scared
Character-Based Advice:
How To Write POC Characters Without Seeming Racist
How To Write An Antagonist
How To Create Realistic Book Characters
How To Write Mythical Creatures Without Sounding Redundant
How To Write A Compelling Character Arc
How To Create A Morally Grey Character
How To Write A Disabled Character: Ten Dos And Don'ts
How To Write A Plot Device Character
How To Develop A Memorable Antagonist
How To Write And Research Mental Illnesses
Scene-Based Advice:
How To Build Tension And Make Your Readers Feel Scared
Four Tips On How To Make Your Plot Twist Work
How To Set The Scene Without Info Dumping
How To Accurately Describe Pain In Writing
How To Create A Well-Written Fight Scene
Writing A Creepy Setting: Tips And Examples
The Ultimate Guide To Writing Persuasive Arguments
Forgining Epic Battles: Techniques For Writing Gripping War Scenes
Websites And Writing Apps Every Author Needs in 2023
Seven Blogs You Need To Read As An Author
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theplottery · 1 day
How to inspire readers with your book
Everyone writes in order to make readers feel something, right? Of course, this is a completely subjective task, so there is no one-size-fits-all! But here are some things to make those chances higher.
🦋 Find your purpose
Understand why you want to inspire your readers. What message or idea do you want to convey? You should always know the purpose behind each project you write, the thematic question you are asking or the idea you’re challenging.
🦋 Develop relatable characters
Create characters that your readers can connect with on an emotional level. Make them relatable by giving them strengths, weaknesses, and compelling backstories. Readers often find inspiration in characters who face challenges and overcome them.
🦋 Use universal themes
Incorporate universal themes that touch on the human experience. Themes such as love, resilience, courage, or the pursuit of dreams can resonate deeply with readers and inspire them to reflect on their own lives.
🦋 Detail over complexity
It’s tempting to go into your project wanting to describe a big emotion and a huge impact. Killing off characters, making big speeches, or emotional internal monologues.
But more often than not, it’s the small details that will bring your readers to tears. A simple line, the smell of the same shampoo, a tiny trinket with symbolism.
🦋 Focus on the journey, not just the destination
Emphasize the process of personal growth and self-discovery. Show how characters evolve throughout the story and highlight the lessons learned along the way. They don’t always have to achieve their goals, but the growth on their journey can be inspiring enough in itself.
Did you hear my first book is coming out soon? It’s my writing craft guide! If you enjoy my free daily writing posts, then this book is a great way to support the free tips and get a structured plan as a beginner writer.
You can pre-order it now through the [link here] or below!
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raineandsky · 2 days
“I’m in love with you.”
The words weren’t meant to come out. They just did.
The villain managed to push the hero into a wall, pinning her steadily to the surface, and something in their closeness made the words tumble out without her usual filter. The hero’s staring at her like she just got stabbed—startled and hurt.
It’s too late to take it back. “I’m– I’m in love with you. I think.”
The villain’s confession is met with stark silence. She can hear the whirring of rush hour traffic blitzing down the road behind her, louder than either of them dare to be. She can hear it so well that she momentarily thinks the hero might’ve stopped breathing.
“I can’t love you back,” the hero says into the quiet after a moment.
“No, I know, but—”
“No, no, I can’t.” The hero’s voice rises slightly in despair. “You don’t get it, [Villain], you never will—”
A nervous laugh escapes the villain accidentally. “No, I do get it, I don’t know why that came out.”
“Just shut up a second, please,” the hero cries, and the villain backs off slightly in surprise. “It’s not because of what you think. You– I think you’re genuinely really nice. I do. Redeemable, even. I just physically can’t.”
The villain frowns slightly, completely lost as to what she’s getting at. “So it’s… not a difference in morality?”
The hero snorts, almost amused. “No, it’s not that.” She heaves a deep breath, equally tired and anxious. Her eyes lower to the ground at her feet. “I don’t like people. I’m aromantic. It’s not just you.”
Her confession doesn’t get a reply for a moment. When she finally finds the courage to glance at the villain she’s staring past her, the slightest crease in her brow. “Okay…” she says slowly after a moment, and the hero feels like admitting anything was the wrong choice. “So you don’t… date people.”
How is she meant to explain this to someone who doesn’t understand? “Well, I do, but I always want to make sure people know what to expect from me. I like doing the relationship stuff but I don’t get feelings beyond, like, intense affection.”
The villain lights up slightly. “So you would theoretically go on a date with me?”
The hero can’t help but laugh. “Yeah, I guess.”
Her nemesis nods quickly, clearing her throat like she’s about to monologue like she always does. “Okay, then, [Hero],” she opens dramatically, “I was hoping I could take you out sometime. Beyond taking you out in dark alleyways, at least.”
The hero hums like she’s thinking, but a slight, traitorous smile cracks on her face. “I’d like that.”
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ninasdrafts · 2 days
You know the saying "home is not a place, it's a feeling". But what if it's a person? What if I've been told all my life not to make a home out of people but I never listened? Worse - what if I failed miserably every time? What if I told you I got used to taking up residence in chests and lungs and hearts? That I learned how to fall asleep with someone else's bones wrapped tightly around my own? No home of mine has ever been permanent. Safe. I've had roofs collapse beneath torrents of rain, had windows shatter in the middle of winter. Walls I'd thought stable turned out to be built on shaky foundations and crashed down around me. But even when I was left in the ruins of what once was, it never took me long to open another set of doors. To move into a new home, not caring if it was temporary, abandoning my baggage in the hallway. And that's what makes it so dangerous, I think. That's what sets us up to fail. I can no longer be alone with my thoughts. With myself. But what am I supposed to do? I've never felt at home in any place, I think. Not if it wasn't filled with people I love.
what if home is a person? / n.j.
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I had a dream last night.
I walked up the steps of a house I’d dreamed of — hoping, praying, for the day I’d make it my own. A little haven (full of peace and laughter and always enough doughnuts for everyone.) 
I touched the door and passed through.
I knew she wasn’t here. She was traveling 
My older self — so she had made it. Ah, but I was proud…it was quiet and dim, waiting for its owner. Its’ friend. Full of books and the art she loved, the rugs and the flowers and the messy pictures of a life worth staying for. I walked to the kitchen. There was tea on the counter, the kind we loved. It smelled just the same; rich, fragrant, full of promise. I cupped the warm mug in my hands. I knew she wouldn’t mind. I could stay as long as I liked. 
I crossed the porch, one of her blankets around my shoulder. It smelled like home. I sat on the steps and the tea tasted like falling in love
Not with a person. A place. A state of being.
I sat on the steps and the sun was rising 
And I knew it was almost time to go, but not for long. 
One day, I will be thirty. I will pause at my door—
About to leave, to travel, to adventure and experience. But first 
I will turn back to the kitchen; take down my favorite mug and leave out some tea. 
The kind we love.
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bebx · 1 day
me looking at the word count of my fic while writing, begging for it to move up faster, while at the same time I keep looking at it instead of actually writing anything
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novlr · 2 days
“Writing is not a matter of time, but a matter of space. If you don't keep space in your head for writing, you won't write even if you have the time.” ― Katerina Stoykova Klemer
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minutiaewriter · 10 hours
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Fellow writers and artists, are you more of a Hayao Miyazaki or a Junji Ito?
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Love Thy Enemy Part Five
<<First, < Last, Next >, *Master List*
“What did you do?” Pin’s nimble fingers expertly navigated the knot of chain links and hair, freeing strands bit by tedious bit.
“I couldn’t see,” Vorrin defended half-heartedly. He rubbed his hands over and over each other as if he could wipe away the memory of the knife in his hands. Even now, it burned a hole beneath him, stuffed in a slit he'd cut into the front side of the mattress. He tried to make it look as rough and handmade as possible. If anyone happened to see the hole, they may think it another casualty of yesterday's rage, and not suspect him of carrying a weapon.
A weapon. He was carrying, concealing, a weapon.
He'd denied it at first. Tried to explain that there was no way he could keep the knife on him, but the assassin had insisted. A precaution. Maybe something Vorrin would never use. But maybe, just maybe, if he never had another chance at a weapon... It made a dangerous sort of sense.
"You probably tried to yank it out before unbraiding it," Switch said, gathering up the contents of Vorrin's not deflated pillows feather by feather. He probably had 100 little downy fluffs stuffed into the makeshift basket of his tunic.
"I did not," Vorrin said though he honestly didn't remember. The undoing of a hairstyle was a small blip in the overwhelming events of last night. "Why are you gathering those anyways? You could sweep them."
"With the dust?" Switch stared at him incredulously.
"They're being thrown out anyway, aren't they? Wait. You're not about to stuff them back into my pillow are you?"
First, Vorrin wasn't certain he was allowed to have pillows returned just yet. Second, it seemed like an awful lot of unnecessary work when they could easily be replaced with one of the wool ones from the barracks. Surely those were still lying around.
"Not your pillow," Switch affirmed. "I couldn't in good conscience give the royal consort anything that had been on the floor. But there are a number of servers who wouldn't mind a bit of dirt."
Vorrin blinked. "Is that allowed?"He hated out snobbish it sounded out loud and quickly amended, "I mean it's a great idea, but would Empress Callista allow it?"
Switch, and even Pins, looked at him strangely. "The waste and excess always goes to the lower classes. It's the law."
"You mean the scraps?"
"No," Switch said disapprovingly. "Well, yes. The excess."
Vorrin nearly commented that fancy wording did not change the intent, but he stopped as he remembered that King Duras had never done any better. In fact, he taxed the people to buy an excess which he then threw out. He would have flogged a servant for attempting what Switch did now, justifying it as the servant trying to "rise above their station."
"Well. I hope you, or whoever uses them next enjoys them. Personally, they put a crick in my neck."
"Apparently you prefer none at all," Switch snapped then immediately froze, biting his lip savagely as if to latch his mouth shut. The young man habitually scolded like a mother hen, but it had never sounded so directly reproving. So bitter. And from the widening of his eyes, he'd definitely surpassed his station with that jab, and they all knew it.
"You really should be more careful," Pins said much more casually and offhanded, smoothly transferring the attention away from his mortified coworker. He tilted his head sideways to get a better angle at the tangles. "The Empress has a well of patience, but it may not stay full forever."
Good. That was what Vorrin wanted to say. Would have said yesterday. But defiance couldn't be his motive anymore.
"I'll be more careful," he said instead, then wryly, "Couldn't leave you boys unemployed, now, could I? You wouldn't know what to do with yourselves."
"Well, I wouldn't mind passing up this hair job." He leaned in closer, eyes narrowed, frowning deeply. "You really got it tangled--"
A knock interrupted Pins's complaint, quickly followed by the inward swing of the door and the proud clack of boot steps.
The empress surveyed the room, already tidier than last night, courtesy of Switch. Vorrin's neck prickled, the hidden blade suddenly seeming so obvious in its nook. Was she going to search the room? Did she know?
Pins immediately leaped back from Vorrin's hair, speaking a little too loudly. "It is certainly stuck. Forgive me Royal Consort, but I'm not authorized to help."
“No, you may continue." Empress Callista's tone washed over them in a way Vorrin had never heard before. Gentle. Her eyes fixed on Switch, frozen with his shirtful of feathers on the other side of the bed. "Would you be so kind as to find the Royal Consort something to wear?"
"Of course, your majesty." Head down, Switch slunk quickly past her.
Vorrin was glad he'd had the good sense to redress in yesterday's ruined clothing before the empress could arrive, but that didn't change the fact that the air had suddenly become acutely cold as it slipped through the large rip running down his chest. He expected a discomforting comment on the exposure, but instead, the Empress stepped across the room and, taking his bruised hand in hers, met his eyes.
Vorrin tried not to flick his gaze toward the hiding spot, tried not to show deceit in his eyes.
Pins slowly stepped back toward the bed, as if expecting a rebuke any moment. When it didn't come, his fingers returned to the remaining not, moving a little less confidently than they had before.
“I believe I was harsh on you," Empress Callista said, thumb stroking over the purple running up the side of his fist. "I still do not regret my actions in the city, but my treatment of you afterward did not fit the standards of care an empress should have toward her consort. I have not gone about this correctly. I was impatient for peace, and I expected too much of you too quickly. And for this I am sorry."
Vorrin blinked up at her in shock. Several things came to his mind all at once. 'You're right, you haven't gone about anything correctly', 'I wasn't on my best behavior either', 'Do you really expect me to accept an apology from you?', 'So even the great Empress Callista has a heart.'
Instead what came out was, “And Emil’s mother?”
The empress needed no explanation as to who he referred. “Tried and released. And much happier now that she’s seen her son.”
"You let her go?" Vorrin couldn't keep the astoundment from his voice.
"It was a first offense. For many, a night in the dungeons is all it takes to awaken someone to their mortality. Besides, she had a good ally backing her." Empress Callista smiled, a real one, softening the sharp edges of her features and traveling up into her eyes. The amber didn't glint with its usual wolfishness, instead lighting entirely, like rich sunlight. But just as quickly her lips pulled down again, returned to their proud line. "Though she will not get off so lightly a second time."
Vorrin nodded, gluing his eyes to the smooth pink of her nailbeds--how did she fight and still keep them so perfect?--forcing his reply up his throat. "I suppose...I was difficult."
"That's one word for it."
"That's another."
"Impertinent? Bull-headed? Psychotic?"
"Look at all those words you know," the empress said, as if praising a child. She caught herself. "I'm sure some of those describe me as well." She squeezed his hand a little tighter, twisting it to interlock fingers. "I'm going to fight for you, Vorrin."
Vorrin shivered at the casual usage of his name. It was usually "General" or something mocking like 'darling' or "love." She had never addressed him so personally.
"This kingdom needs balance. For that I need you. So if it means winning you first, so be it."
"And how do you intend to do that?" He probably should have simply agreed, but he was honestly curious.
"By taking even better care of you. Spending time together. Any meals I can spare. Day trips too if you behave. You may also have access to the armory and training grounds under supervision."
It still felt like the treatment of a pet or maybe a child, but he bit his tongue. He couldn't have asked for a better start into the empress's good graces. He sighed heavily.
"Thank you. I know I've been resistant to this whole thing...but I'll try. " Careful, not too much. "For my people." Better.
"Aren't you cute when you're agreeable."
Vorrin flushed, gritting his teeth. "Don't expect me to like any of it."
Empress Callista released his hand with an aggravatingly disbelieving smirk. "Wouldn't dream of it."
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author-a-holmes · 2 days
Reddit Cozy Fantasy Tournament 2023
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Congrats to all the authors who made it into the Semi-Finals of the Reddit "Cozy Fantasy Tournament 2023"... but especially to the lovely @ashen-crest!! I've already cast my votes for the semi finals, but if you've read A Rival Most Vial, go and help her out by casting your vote HERE And if you haven't read A Rival Most Vial yet... well... what on earth are you waiting for? It's fantastic!!
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hayatheauthor · 2 days
Forging Epic Battles: Techniques for Writing Gripping War Scenes
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I want to start this post off with sort of an author's note: this is a long one! I tried to keep my detailing to a minimum but I guess this topic Is just so vast I couldn't help but pour it all out. This really is sort of an ultimate guide and I hope it helps! Also, it was requested by @xweirdo101x (if you want to request something just send me an ask)
War has long captivated readers' imaginations, evoking a sense of grandeur, sacrifice, and the clash of ideologies. As writers, we have the power to transport our readers to the frontlines, immersing them in the chaos, drama, and emotion of epic battles. 
Crafting gripping war scenes requires a delicate balance of research, skillful storytelling, and an understanding of the human experience in times of conflict. In this guide, I will explore various techniques that will help you create dynamic and compelling war narratives, transporting your readers to the heart of the action and leaving them breathless.
Setting the Stage: Creating a Compelling War Setting
When it comes to writing gripping war scenes, creating a vivid and immersive setting is paramount. Whether you are crafting a historical war or inventing a fictional conflict, the setting serves as the backdrop against which your characters and their stories unfold. Here are essential steps to help you create a compelling war setting that captures readers' imaginations:
Research Historical Context or Build a Fictional World:
For historical wars, immerse yourself in research to understand the time period, social dynamics, and political climate surrounding the conflict. This knowledge will lend authenticity and depth to your narrative.
If you're building a fictional world, establish the rules, geography, and cultural aspects that shape the war. Consider the unique elements that set your world apart and make it feel real to readers.
Describe the Physical Environment and Atmosphere:
Depict the landscape, whether it's a war-torn city, a rugged battlefield, or a desolate wasteland. Pay attention to sensory details—sights, sounds, smells—to transport readers into the heart of the war.
Convey the atmosphere of the setting, capturing the tension, fear, or anticipation that hangs in the air. Is it shrouded in darkness and despair, or does a glimmer of hope persist? Use descriptive language to evoke the desired emotional response.
Incorporate Cultural and Societal Elements:
Explore how the war has affected the culture and society within your setting. Are there new traditions, rituals, or customs that have emerged in response to the conflict?
Consider the social dynamics at play—class divisions, power struggles, or the impact of war on marginalized groups. These elements add layers of complexity to your setting and provide opportunities for conflict and character development.
By carefully constructing your war setting, you transport readers into a world brimming with authenticity and intrigue. Whether it's the trenches of World War I, a futuristic intergalactic battle, or a mythical realm engulfed in strife, the setting sets the stage for compelling storytelling.
Building Conflict and Tension
In the realm of war fiction, conflict and tension are the driving forces that propel your narrative forward and keep readers captivated. From the clash of opposing ideologies to the internal struggles within characters, here are essential techniques for building conflict and tension in your war scenes:
Establish Clear Goals and Stakes for Characters:
Define the objectives and desires of your main characters within the war. What are they fighting for? What personal or collective goals are at stake?
Create conflicts of interest between characters, where their motivations and objectives may diverge, leading to tension-filled interactions and confrontations.
Introduce Opposing Forces and Ideologies:
Develop compelling adversaries that challenge your protagonists. These opposing forces may represent different sides of the conflict, ideologies, or even personal vendettas.
Explore the contrasting beliefs, values, and philosophies driving each side, heightening the ideological clash and intensifying the conflict.
Utilize Internal Conflicts within Characters:
Explore the internal struggles and moral dilemmas faced by your characters. How does the war affect their beliefs, principles, and sense of self?
Delve into the emotional turmoil and psychological toll of war, showcasing the internal battles characters face as they navigate the chaos and make difficult choices.
By effectively building conflict and tension, you create a dynamic and engaging narrative that keeps readers invested in your war story. The clash of goals, the ideological friction, and the internal struggles of your characters add layers of complexity and depth to your storytelling, drawing readers deeper into the heart of the conflict.
Developing Dynamic Characters
In the realm of war fiction, dynamic and well-developed characters are essential to breathe life into your narrative and create an emotional connection with readers. By crafting relatable protagonists and antagonists, you elevate the impact of your war story. Here are key considerations and techniques for developing dynamic characters within the context of war:
Crafting Relatable Protagonists:
Give your main characters depth and complexity by exploring their backgrounds, motivations, and personal histories. What drives them to participate in the war? What are their hopes, fears, and vulnerabilities?
Develop relatable goals and desires for your protagonists that resonate with readers. Show how the war impacts their lives and pushes them to grow, change, or make difficult decisions.
Creating Compelling Antagonists:
Craft antagonists who are more than just one-dimensional villains. Give them their own motivations, beliefs, and reasons for engaging in the war. This adds depth and complexity to their characters, creating a sense of empathy or understanding.
Explore the potential for redemption or transformation within your antagonists. Are they driven by misguided ideals, personal vendettas, or the pressures of their circumstances? Allow their development to challenge readers' perspectives.
Conveying the Psychological Impact of War:
Explore the emotional and psychological toll that war takes on your characters. Depict their fears, traumas, and inner conflicts as they grapple with the horrors and realities of the battlefield.
Show the evolution of their beliefs and perspectives as they confront the brutalities of war. Allow their experiences to shape their character arcs, highlighting the resilience, resilience, and vulnerabilities that emerge in the face of adversity.
By developing dynamic characters in your war narrative, you create a multi-dimensional and emotionally resonant story. Readers will become invested in their journeys, experiencing the triumphs, losses, and personal transformations that unfold throughout the war.
Writing Action-Packed Battle Scenes
Action-packed battle scenes are the heart of war fiction, where the intensity and stakes are at their highest. These scenes immerse readers in the chaos, danger, and adrenaline of the conflict. To craft gripping battle scenes, consider the following techniques:
Structuring Battle Sequences for Maximum Impact:
Begin with a clear sense of purpose for the battle scene. What are the objectives? What is at stake? Establish the goals and set the stage for the conflict.
Build tension gradually, starting with smaller skirmishes or encounters that escalate toward the climactic moments. Consider pacing, alternating moments of heightened action with moments of respite for emotional impact.
Balancing Fast-Paced Action and Descriptive Details:
Use concise and vivid language to convey the fast-paced nature of battle. Focus on capturing the essence of the action, highlighting key movements, and sensory details that immerse readers in the experience.
Strike a balance between brevity and providing enough detail to engage the reader's imagination. Avoid overwhelming readers with excessive description, ensuring that every word serves a purpose and contributes to the overall impact.
Using Sensory Language to Immerse Readers:
Engage multiple senses to transport readers into the battle scene. Describe the sights, sounds, smells, and tactile sensations to evoke a visceral experience.
Leverage sensory details to enhance the emotional impact of the battle, capturing the fear, adrenaline, and urgency felt by characters and evoking a similar response in readers.
Good action-packed battle scenes bring the war to life on the page, immersing readers in the heart-pounding action. Remember to focus not only on the physical aspects of combat but also on the emotional and psychological experiences of your characters. 
Conveying Emotional Resonance
In war fiction, it is crucial to convey the emotional impact of the conflict on both individual characters and the larger society. By tapping into the raw emotions experienced during times of war, you can create a profound connection with your readers. Here are key techniques for conveying emotional resonance in your war narrative:
Show the Human Cost of War:
Portray the personal sacrifices, losses, and tragedies that characters endure in the face of war. Highlight the emotional toll on their relationships, families, and communities.
Explore the range of emotions experienced by characters, such as fear, grief, anger, and resilience. Through their struggles, allow readers to empathize with the profound impact of war on the human psyche.
Engage the Senses to Evoke Emotion:
Utilize sensory language to evoke emotions within readers. Describe the sights, sounds, smells, and tactile sensations associated with war to create a vivid and immersive experience.
Connect specific sensory details to the emotions they evoke. For example, the acrid stench of smoke may elicit a sense of danger or the distant cries of anguish may stir feelings of sorrow.
Develop Authentic and Complex Relationships:
Showcase the bonds formed and tested amidst the chaos of war. Explore friendships, romances, and the camaraderie among soldiers to highlight the connections that sustain characters in the face of adversity.
Depict the conflicts and tensions that arise within relationships due to the strain of war. This adds layers of emotional complexity and authenticity to your narrative.
By effectively conveying emotional resonance, you invite readers to experience the human side of war. They will connect with the characters on a deeper level and become emotionally invested in their journeys.
Navigating Moral and Ethical Dilemmas
War is often accompanied by moral and ethical dilemmas that test the values and principles of individuals and societies. As a war fiction writer, it is important to explore these complexities and shed light on the difficult choices characters face. Here are key considerations for navigating moral and ethical dilemmas in your war narrative:
Present Conflicting Perspectives:
Introduce characters with differing moral viewpoints and beliefs. Show the diversity of perspectives within the war, whether it's among the protagonists, antagonists, or the larger society.
Challenge readers to contemplate the gray areas of morality and the complexities of right and wrong by presenting conflicting viewpoints and the reasons behind them.
Highlight the Consequences of Choices:
Illustrate the consequences of characters' actions and decisions. Showcase how their choices ripple through the narrative, affecting themselves and those around them.
Explore the moral dilemmas characters face, such as choosing between duty and personal convictions, sacrificing the few for the many, or grappling with the aftermath of their actions.
Offer Reflection and Discussion:
Provide opportunities for characters to reflect on their choices, engaging in internal dialogue or discussions with others. This allows readers to contemplate the moral implications alongside the characters.
Invite readers to reflect on their own moral compass and engage in discussions surrounding the ethical dimensions raised in your war narrative.
Navigating moral and ethical dilemmas makes your war fiction go beyond the surface-level action and delve into the deeper questions of humanity. It prompts readers to question their own values, moral boundaries, and the intricate web of choices that arise in times of conflict. 
Research and Authenticity in War Fiction
For war fiction to have a lasting impact, it is crucial to conduct thorough research and strive for authenticity in your narrative. By grounding your story in accurate details and historical context, you enhance its credibility and immerse readers in the world of war. Here are key considerations for incorporating research and authenticity in your war fiction:
Study Historical Events and Settings:
Research the historical events, conflicts, and time periods that serve as the backdrop for your war narrative. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the context, including the political, social, and cultural factors that influenced the war.
Dive into the specifics of battle strategies, weaponry, and tactics employed during the time period. This knowledge will help you create authentic and realistic war scenes.
Explore Personal Accounts and Memoirs:
Read personal accounts, memoirs, and interviews of individuals who have experienced war firsthand. These sources provide invaluable insights into the emotions, challenges, and nuances of the human experience during wartime.
Pay attention to the details of daily life, the physical and psychological tolls, and the individual stories of courage, sacrifice, and resilience. Incorporate these elements into your narrative to add depth and authenticity.
Consult Experts and Military Advisers:
Seek guidance from military advisers, historians, or experts in the field to ensure accuracy in depicting military operations, protocols, and terminology.
Engage in conversations or interviews with individuals who have expertise in areas relevant to your story, such as veterans, soldiers, or scholars. Their perspectives can offer valuable insights and help you portray the realities of war with authenticity.
Strive for Emotional Truth:
While research and accuracy are crucial, remember that emotional truth is equally important. Balance historical accuracy with the emotional resonance of your characters and their experiences.
Capture the human aspects of war, such as the impact on relationships, the psychological trauma, and the bonds forged in the face of adversity. Connect readers to the emotional core of your story.
By incorporating thorough research and striving for authenticity, you create a rich and immersive war narrative that resonates with readers. The combination of accurate historical details, personal accounts, and emotional depth brings your story to life.
War fiction is a genre that holds immense power to captivate readers, evoke emotions, and shed light on the complexities of human nature during times of conflict. Through the techniques and considerations I have explored in this guide, you have the tools to craft compelling war narratives that resonate with authenticity and engage your readers on a profound level.
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How to Write Character Description in Your Novel
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Creating compelling characters is the backbone of any successful novel. A well-written character can make readers laugh, cry, or even rage along with them. In this blog post, I'll help you all delve into the art of character description and how to craft three-dimensional characters that readers will love. We'll explore the importance of showing vs. telling and avoiding stereotypes and clichés when describing your characters. So, whether you're an aspiring writer or a seasoned novelist, let's get started on writing characters that readers won't forget!
Mastering the Art of Character Description in Your Novel
As a writer, creating memorable characters is one of the most important aspects of your craft. Character description is an essential part of a novel and can make or break the reader's experience. It's important to strike a balance between revealing enough about the character and leaving some mystery for the reader to uncover. A well-crafted character description should give readers a clear picture of the character's physical appearance, personality, and backstory.
The Importance of Creating Three-Dimensional Characters
Two-dimensional characters are not only boring to read, but they can also ruin the credibility of your story. For a character to be three-dimensional, they must have a past, present, and future as well as flaws and motivations. A well-crafted three-dimensional character will evoke emotions in readers and make them invest in the story. One way to develop a three-dimensional character is to give them a unique personality and voice. This can be achieved through their dialogue, actions, and even their thoughts. It's important to avoid stereotypes and cliches, as these can make a character feel flat and uninteresting. Additionally, allowing a character to grow and change throughout the story can add depth and complexity to their character arc. By creating fully-realized characters, you can elevate your story and keep readers engaged from beginning to end.
Crafting Believable and Compelling Characters for Your Story
Believability is key when it comes to character creation. Characters must act and react like real people, even if they are in an extraordinary setting. Compelling characters are relatable to readers and feel like they have a purpose in the story.
This is why it is important for writers to really understand their characters, their backgrounds, motivations, and flaws. By doing so, they can create well-rounded characters that readers can connect with on a deeper level. A character's actions and decisions should also align with their personality and past experiences, rather than being forced to fit the plot. When characters are believably written, readers will become invested in their journey and care about the outcome of the story.
Understand characters' backgrounds, motivations, and flaws
Ensure characters' actions and decisions align with their personality and past experiences
Create well-rounded characters that readers can connect with on a deeper level
Showing vs Telling: The Key to Bringing Your Characters to Life
Showing is a powerful tool that writers use to bring their stories to life. It allows readers to experience the story as if they were right there with the characters, feeling every emotion and witnessing every event. When a writer shows, they use a combination of actions, thoughts, and feelings to create a vivid and engaging scene. This helps to make the story more immersive and memorable. On the other hand, telling is simply conveying information to the reader without much detail or description. While telling can be useful in some situations, it is generally considered less effective than showing because it doesn't allow the reader to fully engage with the story.
When it comes to showing, it's important to strike a balance between being descriptive and not overly so. If a writer is too descriptive, it can bog down the story and make it difficult for the reader to stay engaged. However, if a writer isn't descriptive enough, the story can feel flat and uninteresting. This is why it's important to find the right balance between showing and telling.
Creating well-rounded characters is also essential when using showing in writing. By using a combination of actions, thoughts, and feelings, a writer can give their characters depth and complexity. This helps to make the characters more relatable and memorable, which in turn makes the story more engaging for the reader. When showing a character's actions, it's important to think about why they are doing what they're doing and how it affects the story as a whole. By doing this, a writer can create a character that is both believable and interesting.
In conclusion, showing is a powerful tool that writers use to create engaging and memorable stories. By using a combination of actions, thoughts, and feelings, a writer can bring their characters to life and make their story more immersive. However, it's important to strike a balance between being descriptive and not overly so, and to create well-rounded characters that are both believable and interesting.Tips and Tricks for Describing Your Characters Without Resorting to Clichés
Avoid using stereotypes and clichés, as they can make your characters seem unoriginal. Use unique details that reveal something about the character's personality or backstory. Consider using comparisons or metaphors to create a vivid image of the character.
Character Motivation: It's More than Just Wishes and Desires
Character motivation is an essential element in any story, serving as the driving force that propels the plot forward and creates conflict. Without a clear and compelling motivation, a character's actions can feel arbitrary or unconvincing, leaving readers or viewers feeling disconnected from the story.
A well-crafted motivation should be specific and personal to the character, rooted in their backstory, personality, and desires. It should be something that the character cares deeply about, something that they are willing to fight for, even if it means sacrificing other things they value.
One of the most interesting things about character motivation is how it can change and evolve over the course of a story. As the character faces challenges and obstacles, they may discover new aspects of themselves or find that their initial motivations are no longer relevant or compelling. This evolution can add depth and complexity to a character, making them feel more realistic and relatable.
When writing a story, it's important to consider the motivations of each character and how they interact with one another. Conflicting motivations can create tension and drama, while shared motivations can bring characters together and create alliances. By understanding the motivations of your characters, you can create a more engaging and compelling story that will keep readers or viewers invested from beginning to end.The Dos and Don'ts of Writing Effective Character Descriptions
Do give enough detail to create a clear picture of the character.
Don't rely on physical descriptions alone.
Do make sure the character's description serves a purpose in the story.
Creating Empathy: How to Make Readers Care About Your Characters
Empathy is what makes readers care about the characters and their story. Create empathy by giving the character struggles that readers can relate to. Don't make the character perfect; flaws and vulnerabilities make them relatable.
Going Beyond Physical Descriptions: How to Capture Your Character's Essence
A character's essence is what makes them unique. Essence can be revealed through actions, thoughts, dialogue, and interactions with other characters. Essence should be consistent throughout the story.
The Importance of Creating Three-Dimensional Characters
Two-dimensional characters may be easy to create, but they are not interesting to read about. In fact, they can ruin the credibility of your story. Readers want characters that they can invest in emotionally and root for. Creating three-dimensional characters is critical in achieving this.
A three-dimensional character must have a past, present, and future, as well as flaws and motivations. This makes them more believable and relatable to readers. Without these elements, characters can seem one-dimensional and unrealistic.
Building a well-crafted three-dimensional character can evoke emotions in readers and make them invest in the story. The emotional connection a reader has with a character is what keeps the story alive long after the last page has been turned.
Crafting Believable and Compelling Characters for Your Story
Creating characters that readers will care about is one of the most challenging aspects of novel writing. Here are some tips for crafting believable and compelling characters:
Believability is key
One of the most important aspects of character creation is believability. Even if your characters are living in an extraordinary setting or time period, they still need to act and react like real people. This means that their dialogue, physical actions, and emotional responses should ring true to readers. If your characters feel authentic, your story will feel authentic.
Compelling characters have a purpose
Compelling characters are ones that readers can relate to and care about. To make your characters compelling, it's important to give them a purpose within the story. This could be a goal they're trying to achieve or a conflict they're faced with. Whatever it is, it should be something that readers can root for or against.
Avoid stereotypes and clichés
When creating characters, it's important to avoid falling back on stereotypes or clichés. These can make your characters seem unoriginal or even offensive. Instead, focus on unique details that reveal something about the character's personality or backstory. Consider using comparisons or metaphors to create a vivid image of the character.
Flaws make characters relatable
Finally, remember that flaws and vulnerabilities make characters real and relatable to readers. Characters who are perfect in every way are often boring and uninteresting. Give your characters flaws that they need to overcome, or vulnerabilities that make them more human.
By following these tips, you'll be able to create characters that feel authentic and compelling to readers. And once you have characters that readers care about, they'll be invested in your story from beginning to end.
Showing vs Telling: The Key to Bringing Your Characters to Life
One of the biggest mistakes that writers make when it comes to character description is telling the reader instead of showing them. Telling simply informs the reader, while showing allows the reader to experience the story through the character's actions, thoughts, and feelings. When you show, you need to be descriptive but not overly so. A balance between showing and telling is essential for creating well-rounded characters.
For example, instead of telling the reader that a character is sad, show the reader through their actions and dialogue. Maybe they slump their shoulders, speak in a monotone voice, or avoid eye contact. This not only gives the reader a more vivid picture of the character's emotional state, but it also allows the reader to connect with the character on a deeper level.
Showing can also be effective when it comes to describing physical characteristics. Instead of listing every detail about a character's appearance, choose unique details that reveal something about their personality or backstory. For example, instead of saying a character has brown hair and blue eyes, you could say they have hair that falls over their eyes and only tucks it behind their ear when they're nervous.
Remember, showing not only brings your characters to life, but it also makes your story more engaging and memorable for the reader.
Tips and Tricks for Describing Your Characters Without Resorting to Clichés
When it comes to describing your characters, it's important to avoid clichés and stereotypes that can make them seem unoriginal and one-dimensional. Here are some tips and tricks for creating unique and compelling character descriptions:
Avoid using physical descriptions that rely on tired cliches like "tall, dark, and handsome" or "blonde bombshell."
Use unique details that reveal something about the character's personality or backstory.
Consider using comparisons or metaphors to create a vivid image of the character. For example, instead of saying someone has "deep-set eyes," you might describe them as having eyes that looked like "cavern pools reflecting a starry sky."
Show, don't tell. Instead of saying "She was shy," show the character's shyness through their actions and dialogue.
Think about the character's profession, hobbies, and interests, and use these to create a unique description. For instance, a firefighter might have calloused hands and a strong, muscular build, while a writer might have ink stains on their fingers and a thoughtful expression.
Consider using sensory language to bring the character to life. What do they smell like? How do they sound when they speak?
Remember that your character's description should not only be unique but also serve a purpose in the story. It should reveal something about the character's personality or backstory, or help move the plot forward. By following these tips and avoiding clichés, you can create character descriptions that are both memorable and effective.
Character Motivation: It's More than Just Wishes and Desires
Character motivation is what drives the story forward and creates conflict. It's what gives the character a reason to act and make decisions that move the plot forward. Motivation should be specific and personal to the character, and it should be something that readers can understand and relate to.
For example, a character might be motivated to seek revenge for a loved one's death, or they might be motivated by a desire for wealth. But it's important to remember that motivation can change and evolve throughout the story. As the character faces new challenges and experiences, their motivation may shift or become more complex.
In addition to being a driving force for the plot, character motivation can also add depth and complexity to your characters. By understanding what motivates your characters, you can create more realistic and compelling portrayals that will resonate with readers.
The Dos and Don'ts of Writing Effective Character Descriptions
When it comes to creating compelling characters in your novel, character descriptions play a crucial role. Here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind:
Do give enough detail to create a clear picture of the character.
Readers should be able to visualize your characters, so it's important to provide enough physical detail. However, avoid going overboard and describing every little feature – leave some to the reader's imagination.
Don't rely on physical descriptions alone.
While it's important to give readers a clear picture of your characters' physical appearance, it's equally important to describe their personality, motivations, and backstory. This will help readers connect with your characters and invest in their journey.
Do make sure the character's description serves a purpose in the story.
Every detail you include in your character description should serve a purpose in the story, whether it's revealing something about their personality or setting up a future conflict. Avoid including unnecessary details that don't add to the story.
Creating Empathy: How to Make Readers Care About Your Characters
Empathy is an essential aspect of making readers invested in your characters. They need to care about the character's struggles and root for them to succeed. Here are some tips on creating empathy:
Give the Character Struggles Readers Can Relate To
Your character should face obstacles and challenges that readers can understand. Whether it's dealing with a difficult boss, struggling to make ends meet, or battling personal demons, the character's struggles should be relatable. This helps readers see themselves in the character and feel empathy towards them.
Show Their Vulnerabilities and Flaws
No one is perfect, and your characters shouldn't be either. Showing the character's vulnerabilities and flaws makes them more relatable to readers. Whether it's a fear of failure, a tendency to be too trusting, or a past mistake that haunts them, flaws make the character more human and worthy of empathy.
Avoid Making the Character Too Perfect
Readers don't want to read about a character who always makes the right decision and never faces any challenges. This type of character is unrelatable and can come across as annoying. Make sure to give your character flaws and struggles so that readers can empathize with them.
By following these tips, you can create characters that readers will care about and root for throughout your novel.
Going Beyond Physical Descriptions: How to Capture Your Character's Essence
A character's essence is what sets them apart from other characters and makes them unique. This essence is what captures readers' attention and makes them invest in the story. Here are some tips for capturing your character's essence:
One of the most effective ways to reveal a character's essence is through their actions. What they do and how they do it can reveal a lot about their personality and motivations. For example, a character who is always helping others might have a strong sense of empathy, while a character who takes risks without hesitation might be adventurous or impulsive.
A character's thoughts can also give readers insight into their essence. What a character thinks about and how they think about it can reveal their beliefs, values, and fears. For example, a character who is always questioning authority might have a rebellious streak, while a character who constantly worries about the future might be anxious or cautious.
What a character says and how they say it can also reveal their essence. Dialogue can show their intelligence, sense of humor, or empathy. Speech patterns can also be revealing, such as a character who talks fast and interrupts others might be impatient or impulsive.
Interactions with Other Characters
A character's interactions with other characters can reveal their essence in how they treat others. Do they treat others with kindness or aggression? Are they loyal or do they betray others? How they interact with others can reveal their values and beliefs, as well as their flaws.
By using these techniques, you can capture your character's essence and make them more interesting and compelling to readers. Remember to keep their essence consistent throughout the story and make sure it serves a purpose in the plot.
Mastering the art of character description in your novel is no easy feat, but by creating three-dimensional, believable, and compelling characters with unique details, specific motivations, and relatable flaws, you can make your readers care deeply about your story. Remember to show, not tell, and capture your character's essence through their actions, thoughts, and interactions with other characters. With some practice and patience, you can create characters that will stay with your readers long after they finish your novel.
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theglitchywriterboi · 10 months
I hope every writer who sees this writes LOADS the next few months. Like freetime opens up, no writers block, the ability to focus, etc etc you're able to write loads & make lots of progress <3
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foxtomes · 2 months
on the topic of not using AI for research, also be aware of using automatic Google results because they rely on AI too and don't ACTUALLY know what they're talking about
case in point: oh let's Google what flowers are safe for cats!
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Google: lilies! source? trust me bro
You mean perhaps the most poisonous plant for cats there is? that can cause sudden Organ Shut Down and Death? Thanks Google! Good thing I can rely on your handy suggestions so I don't have to click on any actual websites and read to make sure your information is correct! (Also tulips and daffodils will also definitely Smite your cat but I'm not sure about the other flowers)
remember just because Google or an AI is telling you something confidently doesn't mean it actually knows what it's talking about
I trust no seasoned writer or researcher does this but this is more a message to newer or younger writers or anyone with less experience with Google and how it works
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