Crafting Future From Ruins: A Writer's Guide to Designing Post-Apocalyptic Technology
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Crafting post-apocalyptic tech involves blending creativity and realism. This is a guide to help you invent tech for your post-apocalyptic world:
Tinker, Tailor, Writer, Spy: Start with modern tech. Take it apart (conceptually or literally if you're feeling adventurous). Using the basics, think of how your character might put it back together with limited tools and resources.
Master the Fundamentals: Understand the basic principles underlying the tech you're working with. Physics, chemistry, and biology can be your best friends. This understanding can guide your character's resourceful innovations.
Embrace the Scrapyard: The world around you has potential tech components. Appliances, vehicles, infrastructure - how could these be deconstructed and repurposed? Your characters will need to use what's at hand.
Cherishing Old Wisdom: Pre-apocalypse books and manuals are the new internet. A character with access to this knowledge could become a vital asset in tech-building.
The only writing advice that matters is this:
Against all odds, despite doubt and scorn, with joy in your heart,
Fly in the face of common sense and refuse to grow old where it matters most - your mind and soul.
[FREE] The Writer's Workbook
Hello hello, it's me! Hope you're doing well.
Today I am announcing a project I've been working on and is finally ready for you guys to download (for free!)
So, what is it, you ask me.
It's a digital WORKBOOK with over 90 pages to help you develop your new novel!
With clear instructions, plenty of examples, and helpful resources, I designed this workbook to be easy to use and accessible for writers of all skill levels. It has plenty of worksheets and templates to help you organize your ideas and plan your novel!
Over 60 exercises
Worksheets and templates
A comprehensive list of additional resources to help you continue your writing journey
You can download it as a PDF and use it digitally or print it out!
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I hope this is helpful <3 have a nice day
It’s time to release that heartache, honey. You deserve to be more than the blood you have bled.
• Quote by Caitlin Conlon (@cgcpoems)
me writing a new fic:
I am a writer.
Reach out to me. It doesn't matter if we are mutuals, or if you've never even so much as Liked one of my posts before. It doesn't matter if you're an experienced author, or just writing your very first poem.
Nerd out to me. About your stories, about mine. About your characters, about mine. About the histories and religions of your world, or mine.
Gush at length about how much you love the dynamics between two characters, or the subtext of a moment. Vent about how frustrated you are at the lack of conclusion, or the need to continue.
Tell me your favorite and least favorite things, what you loved, what you hated, what you want more of, what you want less of.
Tell me you loved my work, or hated it. Tell me you liked it, or struggled to get through it.
Tell me you adore your worlds, or want them burned. Tell me you can't wait to write more, or how much you dread it.
Reach out to me, call on me. Use me as a resource for feedback, a receptacle of knowledge, of information, of ideas, for you to bounce off of.
I will listen. I will talk. I will offer advice or consolation. I will do whatever is needed of me to help you, to motivate you, to answer your questions and satisfy what curiosities I can.
I am a writer. That means I will never turn away an opportunity to share what exists in my mind. If you need comfort, conversation, education, or just want someone to share your thoughts with, I am here.
I am a writer. That means I will never refuse a person their chance to share what exists in their mind. If you need to explain, exposit, elaborate, educate, or just want to ramble about the ideas flying through your head, I am here.
And I am not alone.
I am not the only writer available.
There are others, all around the world, all around the internet, and a great many of them exist here in Tumblr. People who will listen. People who will help.
I am not alone.
And neither are you.
I am a writer. And so are you.
We are writers. And we stick together, because at the end of the day, when all is said and done, and the ink stains our fingers and our clothes, when the pen lays at rest and the words coat the page...
The only ones who can truly, fully understand the depth of our minds are those who know it themselves.
We are writers. And we are at our best together.
My favourite thing about the moon is how I can profoundly stare at it without consequences. There’s a price to pay for admiring the sun.
– Abdulsamad S. M.
loving yourself is a ride
It’s not you,
it’s the program.
They made hating yourself fashionable.
when you find out
there are no superheroes,
no sorcerer to take you under their wing.
we really do have to stick up for ourselves.
Books to read in autumn
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: England in the 1520s
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: Building the most splendid Gothic cathedral the world has ever known
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: A back-in-time Scottish romance
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland: A novel of the plague in the year 1348
The underground railroad by Colson Whitehead: Enslavement of African Americans through escape and flight
The God of small things by Arundhati Roy: A family drama in the 60s located in India
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: A powerful reminder of the horrors of world war II
A Game of thrones by George R. R. Martin: A Fantasy epic run by politics, strong families, dragons
Red rising by Pierce Brown: A dystopian science fiction novel set in a future colony on Mars
Babel by R.F. Kuang: Student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree: A fresh take on fantasy staring an orc and a mercenary
Jade City by Fonda Lee: A gripping Godfather-esque saga of intergenerational blood feuds, vicious politics, magic, and kungfu
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: A tale of hope and magic, with brave maidens and scary monsters
The Atlas six by Olivie Blake: A dark academic sensation following six magicians
Mysteries & Horror
The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror by various authors: Short stories perfect for the Halloween mood
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon: The story of Vern, a pregnant teenager who escapes the cult Cainland
The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher: A noted cultural critic unearths the weird, the eerie, and the horrific in 20th-century culture through a wide range of literature, film, and music
Holly by Stephen King: Disappearances in a midwestern town
Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas: Supernatural western
The good house by Tananarive Due: A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey: The trail of America's ghosts
What moves the dead by T. Kingfisher: A gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry: A journey through the history, rituals, and landscapes of the American South—and a revelatory argument for why you must understand the South in order to understand America
All the living and the dead by Hayley Campbell: An exploration of the death industry and the people―morticians, detectives, crime scene cleaners, embalmers, executioners―who work in it and what led them there
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter: Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more
More of a reintroduction if I'm honest but hi writeblr! Been a good while since I've made an original post, and that's because well - I stopped writing for awhile. I felt embarrassed by that fact & not part of the community.
But I'm back with a newish project, working on a college degree again, and ready to start anew! Next original post will be my current WIP intro.
Would love if you would reply or reblog this post if you're a writeblr as well, whether new or old, so I can get that writing content back on my dash!
P1 -Types of Scarcity in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction: A Comprehensive Guide to Survival Elements in Dystopian Worlds
Understanding the Types of Scarcity
Material Resources: First, start with food, water, fuel, and ammo. Once you have the basics, move to less commonly thought-about things like batteries, clothing, scrap metal, and wood.
Skills and Knowledge: Doctors, engineers, survival experts, and mechanics would be some people worth knowing or being in a post-apocalyptic world. What if there were none?
Emotional Resources: Once the world goes to hell, trust and community become resources. Surviving sometimes means getting along with others; you'll want all parties to mean it. Getting fed to a zombie so someone can escape sounds like no fun.
Information: Who are you going to let hold the map for you? Things can get harder on your team if it gets stolen, left behind, or destroyed. In a world without GPS, information is a resource; let's face it, you must trust its handler.
This is part one of a five-part writing guide to post-apocalyptic scarcity. Tune in next time for a more in-depth breakdown of scarcity and who makes the decisions? Not me, that's for sure. I'd probably be the one used as zombie bait first.
Want more advice? Check out my other articles!
flirting in violet
her lips are purple, i think
to myself. i wonder if they
taste like home, like elderberries
and monsoons. if so, i don’t
think i’d mind drowning.
10 underrated tips to become a better writer
hello hello, it's me again!
today i want to share some tips to improve your writing!
1. write in a different style
sometimes it's important to step out of our comfort zone, especially when it comes to writing. the next time you sit down to write for a bit, try to do something different from usual... try poetry if you always write prose; try fantasy if your thing is mystery; try adventure if you only write romance. it's up to you, just do it! who knows if you discover a new passion while trying this exercise...
2. write from a different point of view
i know it can be tempting to always write from a certain point of view, or to always use the same narrator voice, but (like on the first topic) sometimes change is needed to improve. you'll see things from another perspective, and maybe you can have a brilliant idea!
3. write with music
this one is one of my favorites! i love music, my spotify is full of playlists, one for each mood. try to create different playlists for your stories, and pick songs that motivate you, or that make you feel like you're one of the characters of your novel. this will not only give you a boost to write but also make you feel inspired.
4. set a timer
i always do this! it's a life changer. i started doing the pomodoro method to study and realized how effective it is. it's the same when it comes to writing: set about thirty minutes to write (it's up to you, depending on for how long you can be productive) and ten to fifteen minutes to relax. you'll see how much more work you can do with this method!
5. use prompts
you know how much i love prompts! i think they're so useful and help us so much to become more creative. they are a great way to step out of our comfort zone and develop someone else's idea in a span of a few minutes or hours.
oh, and if you're feeling adventurous, try this month's writing challenge!
6. write in a different place
guys! change your writing environment sometimes, especially when you're feeling overwhelmed or drained. i know it can be tempting to always sit on your sofa / bed / favorite chair, but sometimes we get so accustomed to the same place, that our creativity slows down, as well as our motivation. try to go outside to a park or a café, it can be so fun and you'll feel like the main character. or maybe, if you don't want to be in public, try another room in your house! just make sure you feel comfortable and don't have distractions around you.
7. change your writing support
do you always write on your computer? try to disconnect for a while, grab a pen and a paper, and let your imagination flow. it can be so freeing to write by hand sometimes, especially when you're plotting a novel! how cool it is to draw a scheme to connect all the characters and locations, and to doodle...!
8. find a writing buddy
personally, i don't have one, but i know it can be such a fun way to keep you motivated and to keep yourself (and the other person) accountable. it's great to have someone to share your ideas with, to give and receive feedback, and to lift you up to write when you don't like doing so.
9. write yourself a letter
trust me, it's amazing. it can be to your present self, past, or future, it's up to you. tell yourself what your writing goals are, what you are writing, how you see yourself in the future, what you're satisfied with your writing style, etc. just let it flow and re-read it whenever you feel unmotivated.
10. write with a sense of humor
i know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it can be so fun sometimes. try something less serious when you don't feel like writing. try to come up with a joke mid-dialogue, write a fun scene or re-write a serious scene in a less serious way. this exercise can be great to see things from another perspective, to try a different style, or to lift up your mood.
i hope this was useful! have a nice day!
I carry a piece of everyone I’ve ever loved deep within me. Good and bad. Memories upon memories upon memories. I have been forever altered by how I have been loved and how I have given love in return.