15 Day Story Writing Challenge

heckyeahtumblrchallenges:

1. Develop Main Characters

2. Pick a Character to be the main character/narrator, elaborate as to why. 

3. Plot specific scenes with detailed descriptions. 

4. Develop Minor Characters 

5. Pick 3 Characters (Major or Minor) and write a poem from their point of view on one of the specific scenes 

6. Pick the overall setting of your story. 

7. Draw or take a picture that represents one of your main characters.

8. Explain a hardship your character deals with, do some research. 

9. Elaborate as to which characters you would most likely get along with. 

10. Write a rough draft. 

11. Read and post your thoughts on your rough draft.

12. Decide which characters and settings need more research, Post these places and characters and write 5 new details you didn’t apply before. 

13. Revise all mistakes to your rough draft and repost. 

14. Make a title cover for your story and explain why your picked this picture. 

15. Write and Post your FINAL draft.

by tonyintheskywithdiamonds 

To-do list for the summer!

prompts-and-pointers:

spookyjoel:

HEY WRITER FRIENDS

there’s this amazing site called realtimeboardwhich is like a whiteboard where you can plan and draw webs and family trees and timelines and all that sort of stuff. you can also insert videos, documents, photos, and lots of other things. you can put notes and post-its and, best of all, you can invite other people to be on the board with you and edit together!! 

this is really really awesome and a great tool for novel planning, so if you’re doing nanowrimo…. this could be good for you!!

This is a great website and helped me to lay out so many things. Use it. It’s beautiful.

(Source: joelmillers)

teachingliteracy:

amandaonwriting:

How to end your novel

The Dos and Don’ts By James V. Smith Jr.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t introduce any new characters or subplots. Any appearances within the last 50 pages should have been foreshadowed earlier, even if mysteriously.
  2. Don’t describe, muse, explain or philosophize. Keep description to a minimum, but maximize action and conflict. You have placed all your charges. Now, light the fuse and run.
  3. Don’t change voice, tone or attitude. An ending will feel tacked on if the voice of the narrator suddenly sounds alien to the voice that’s been consistent for the previous 80,000 words.
  4. Don’t resort to gimmicks. No quirky twists or trick endings. The final impression you want to create is a positive one. Don’t leave your reader feeling tricked or cheated.

Dos

  1. Do create that sense of Oh, wow! Your best novelties and biggest surprises should go here. Readers love it when some early, trivial detail plays a part in the finale. 
  2. Do enmesh your reader deeply in the outcome. Get her so involved that she cannot put down your novel to go to bed, to work or even to the bathroom until she sees how it turns out.
  3. Do resolve the central conflict. You don’t have to provide a happily-ever-after ending, but do try to uplift. Readers want to be uplifted, and editors try to give readers what they want.
  4. Do afford redemption to your heroic character. No matter how many mistakes she has made along the way, allow the reader—and the character—to realize that, in the end, she has done the right thing.
  5. Do tie up loose ends of significance. Every question you planted in a reader’s mind should be addressed, even if the answer is to say that a character will address that issue later, after the book ends.
  6. Do mirror your final words to events in your opener. When you reach the ending, go back to ensure some element in each of your complications will point to the beginning. It’s the tie-back tactic. Merely create a feeling that the final words hearken to an earlier moment in the story.

By James V. Smith Jr.

Source for Dos and Don’ts. Visit Writers Digest for more.

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

Hey guys! Sorry its been so inactive around here. I’m slowly but surely getting finished with my finals.

Anyway, I found this and thought I had to share. The way body language can tell how a person is really feeling is something that I consider very interesting. I think it would be a great way to show, in a subtle way, how a character is really feeing.

Hope its useful! And good luck with finals! Hopefully, this place will be a bit more active once summer kicks in.

This was FYCD’s most popular post, so I think it would be nice to see it again.

Fuck Yeah Character Development!: Joss Whedon's Top 10 Writing Tips

quietworld:

“Joss Whedon is most famous for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spin-off Angel and the short-lived but much-loved Firefly series. But the writer and director has also worked unseen as a script doctor on movies ranging from Speed to Toy Story. Here, he shares his tips on…

Fuck Yeah Character Development!: Writing Character Bios

writeworld:

Anonymous asked: Hi there! I was wondering if you guys could help me with something. I’ve been having a bit of trouble writing character biographies for a story I’m writing. Do you have any tips on how to make them longer? My writing always seems to end up shorter than most. I…

Fuck Yeah Character Development!: Introducing Your Character(s): DON'T

writ-write-wrote:

A story without characters isn’t a story. There has to be at least one character, be it a person, animal, plant, alien, or mountain.

With that said, however, your characters can’t just randomly poof into the story (… unless they really do poof), or be treated as if…

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Fuck Yeah Character Development!: Likable Villains

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

We’ve gotten quite a few Asks regarding making a villain or antagonist a likable, sympathetic, or relatable character. So we’re making you a master post. Enjoy.


Sympathetic Characters:

What makes readers feel sympathetic towards a character?
The best, most genuine way to write a character…

Fuck Yeah Character Development!: 15 Day Story Writing Challenge

heckyeahtumblrchallenges:

1. Develop Main Characters

2. Pick a Character to be the main character/narrator, elaborate as to why.

3. Plot specific scenes with detailed descriptions.

4. Develop Minor Characters

5. Pick 3 Characters (Major or Minor) and write a poem from their point…

Fuck Yeah Character Development!: Self-Publishing

thewritemotive:

Let’s say you’ve already finished writing your work, and now it’s wasting away on your computer or collecting dust while it becomes gradually buried on a shelf. Perhaps you’ve sent it out and been rejected one too many times, or you’re afraid of receiving those rejections….

pagalini:

the third in a series of presentations I did about Creative Writing for students in my school who were interested in it (I’m in the business, so I was asked to talk about the things I’ve learned since my work was noticed). 

I’m willing to send my presentations to those who want them :) apart from this I did one on creative writing in general and one on character crafting. 

I’m also willing to answer questions about what it’s like to work with an editor and what kind of things will be asked of you.   ^____^

Fuck Yeah Character Development!: Character Development: The Heroes

thewritershelpers:

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and personalities.

First, you need to decide what your Hero is.

  • Typical Hero

Typical Heroes are the traditional Knight in Shining Armour types. They won’t harm innocents if they can help it, will always stay on the noble path, but…

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Fuck Yeah Character Development!: Neutral Evil

fuckyeah-char-dev:

Neutral Evil is called the “Malefactor” alignment. Characters of this alignment are typically selfish and have no qualms about turning on their allies-of-the-moment. They have no compunctions about harming others to get what they want, but neither will they go out of…