"i don’t need to write that down, i’ll rememb—" 

do NOT

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This is me

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remember, most things are social constructs. Invent your own for a totally original world!

And if the earth features, think about how that impacts things

Very helpful resources for anyone trying to create a world for their story!

When are you going to realize that nobody’s going to swoop in and save you?


Writer’s Block

In one sentence is the spark of a story. Ignite.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a memory about this sentence. Write something about this sentence.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!


Bitch Magazine Series: Girls of Color in Dystopian YA Fantasy Literature

This current guest series by Victoria Law includes book reviews, analysis of race and tends in YA literature, questions about race and gender in Dystopic narratives, interviews with authors and more.

WriteWorld: Writing Drunk Characters


anon asked: How do you write for a drunk person realistically when you have never been drunk yourself?

How do you write a death scene if you’ve never died? You pretend, imagine, and do your research.

But, since you asked about drunkenness specifically, we’ll tackle some of…



Priamo della Quercia, Dante Alighieri

Dante and Virgil from The Divine Comedy

Italy (c. 1444-1450)

Illuminated Manuscript

What you’re seeing is one of the original manuscripts of The Divine Comedy, sometimes referred to as “Dante’s Inferno”. The Black man in the pink robes is Virgil (Vergil), Dante’s guide and educator in the land of the dead and the circles of hell. He’s one of the more important characters in this masterwork of Medieval literature, and represents the early Renaissance revival of Classical values and virtues. In the fifth image, you can see Dante being introduced by Virgil to the great poets of Antiquity.

It’s also notable that the cast of characters present in this Medieval book represent a variety of skin tones and hair textures. In fact, this tome from 1444 boasts more diversity than many modern printings and illustrations for the same book today.

Virgil was noticeably whitewashed in Gustav Dore’s engraved plates from the 1830’s, which can be viewed here, and from the website:

Gustave Doré’s (1832-1883) illustrations and Dante’s Divine Comedy have become so intimately connected that even today, nearly 150 years after their initial publication, the artist’s rendering of the poet’s text still determines our vision of the Commedia.


It just goes to show that history is not a linear progression from “worse” to “better” in regard to racial diversity in the arts and literature.

And yes, according to Suetonius’ Life of Virgil, he was ‘dark of complexion’.

You can view all of the Illustrations for this book here at the British Library’s Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts.

1. Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil being rowed by Charon across the river Acheron, by Priamo della Quercia, from Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia, Italy (Tuscany or Siena?), between 1444 and c. 1450, Yates Thompson 36, f. 6

2. Detail of an historiated initial ‘N’ of Dante and Virgil in a dark wood, with four half-length figures representing Justice, Power, Peace and Temperance.

3. Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil standing before the gates of Hell, with the three sainted ladies, Beatrice, Lucia, and Rachel, floating in clouds above, in illustration of Canto II.

4. Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil in the vestibolo, in illustration of Canto III.

5. Detail of a miniature of Virgil introducing Dante to the poets of antiquity, Homer, Horace, Ovid and Lucan, in illustration of Canto IV.

6. Detail of a miniature of Virgil addressing Paolo and Francesca, as Dante swoons in horror, in illustration of Canto V.

7. Detail of a miniature of Virgil flinging earth in the jaws of Cerberus, in the third circle, that of rain, hail, wind and snow, in illustration of Canto VI.

8. Detail of a miniature of Virgil holding Dante’s eyes to prevent him seeing the Gorgon pass, and Virgil and Dante entering the city of Dis, in illustration of Canto IX.

9. Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil walking between the walls and the tombs in the city of Dis, and Dante conversing with Farinata degli Uberti and Guido Cavalcanti, who are in their sarcophagi, in illustration of Canto X.

10. Detail of a miniature of Virgil speaking to Geryon, and Dante speaking to three souls standing under a shower of flames in the compartment of the usurers, in illustration of Canto XVII.


How to Stop Procrastinating And Write Something Every Day

Want to learn how to stop procrastinating - discover the best productivity tips of comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

The way to be a better comic is to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes is to write every day.

Get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step is to get a big red magic marker and for each day for your task of writing, get a big red X over that day.

After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.

James Clear

If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.
— Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)

Character Flaws


When developing your characters, they should have both positive and negative traits. To avoid being a Mary Sue (in the sense that your character is perfect and always does the right thing), your character needs to have flaws. These flaws are usually what prevents them from getting what they want, NOT necessarily the antagonist. The antagonist can stand in your character’s way, but most main characters usually have to contend with their flaws before they can overcome any adversity. Accepting and working with your flaws is usually a major part of character development.

I know a lot of people ask what to do to prevent your characters from being too perfect, so I thought this was a good post to help you determine what character flaws to include. You need something more than “he doesn’t like washing his hands” for it to even matter, so you need to get to the core of your character. Here are a few common character flaws that might work:

Shyness. Being too shy, and not in the cutesy I’m so awkward way, can be a major character flaw. Some people are naturally shy or introverted, but if being shy constantly prevents you from getting what you want, it could be an obstacle your main character has to deal with. We often see main characters getting stepped over because they can’t or won’t speak up. Remember, being shy isn’t necessarily a flaw, but it could be an obstacle.

Defensiveness. A character that doesn’t want to be wrong or has trouble taking criticism could also be a major obstacle. Defensiveness doesn’t allow for your main character to learn and grow, which is an interesting character flaw. Exploring this flaw and having your character discover that they don’t always need to be this way will create character growth.

Entitlement. If your character has a serious sense of entitlement, this is a character flaw. They might believe they deserve everything and get seriously disappointed when they don’t get it. This could also be combined with selfishness or self-centeredness, which could create an interesting in-depth character flaw. Your character would need to understand that they don’t always get or deserve everything they want or need.

Dishonesty. Making your main character dishonest or unreliable is a great character flaw to explore. A dishonest character will not be trusted over time and they will have to learn that lying has caused distance between them and other characters. Gaining trust and learning not to deceive will be an obstacle.

Self-Deprecation.  Main characters disliking themselves so much that they have trouble believing in themselves is a major character flaw. Your character needs to believe in themself and turn that into something positive if they want to succeed.

Here are a few more resources that might help you:

Character Flaw Index

Character Flaw Generator

-Kris Noel


Here are the results for the fantasy section of the survey.

Some notes on the 18th century in England



Because it seemed like a thing that might be useful.

The 18th century was a rowdy, rowdy time on a personal level. A huge amount of popular misconcepetions about the era come filtered to us through the Victorians, who spent a whole lot of time cataloguing - and…





will you marry me = a marriage proposal
will, you, Mary, me = a foursome proposal

Will you, Mary me = Cavewoman Mary helps Will recover from his Amnesia

Will, you marry me. = Will’s time-traveling partner

And people keep trying to tell me that punctuation isn’t important

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Wendy, tired of London life, cannot believe her eyes when she spots the Jolly Roger docked on the Thames.  Using her wit, and her gun, she persuades Hook to take her back to Neverland with him; not for Peter, but to seek the fortune she’s sure the tales she read growing up are concealing.

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Today is the last day to submit to “Lit!”

So now’s the time to get your works in!

-The theme for this issue is “Time.” Feel free to interpret that however you see fit!

-You do not have to live in the Atlanta area to submit. Any middle or high schooler from anywhere in the world is eligible.

-Writing can be submitted in any category, including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

-The deadline for all submissions is March 14, 2014.

-You can find the guidelines for submissions as well as how to submit your writing here.

We look forward to reading your work!

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