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- Evolution (and Space)
- Flora and Fauna
- Inventing Species
- List of Legendary Creatures
- Night Vision/Color Vision
Constructed Language (Conlang)
- Basics/Phonology (2) (3)
- Conlang Guide
- Conlang vs. English
- Creating a Language (Revised)
- Culture + Language
- Curse Words
- How to Create Your Own Language
- How to Create a Language
- IPA Pronunciation
- Making Up Words
- 7 Deadly Sins
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- Alternative Medieval
- Avoiding Cultural Appropriation
- Avoiding Medieval Fantasy (2)
- Avoiding One-Note Worlds
- Avoiding Utopia
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- Static World
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- Basic Economics
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- Current Global Economies
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- Economics (1500-1800 AD)
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- Economics for Dummies
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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!
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!
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.
- Do Girls of Color Survive Dystopia?
- A Short List of Great Resources for Racial Diversity in Young Adult Sci-Fi
- Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens (Zeta Elliott and Ibi Aanu Zoboi)
- Two YA Authors Explore Life After the Bomb (Ellen Oh and Julianna Baggott)
- Race & Body Issues in Nalo Hopkinson’s “The Chaos”
- Send in the Clones: Two YA Novels’ Treatment of Race, Gender, and Cloning
- YA Book “What’s Left of Me” is a Dystopian Take on Nationalist Fervor
- Can a Society Run by Women Still Be a Dystopia?
- Reading “Tankborn”— A YA Book About Race, Class, and Caste
- Dystopian Book “Partials” Imagines a Society of Forced Pregnancy
- New Book “Orleans” Imagines a World Where Blood Type Matters More than Race
- Dystopian Book “Shadows Cast By Stars” Revolves Around Aboriginal Race and Identity
- Finally! In “Immortal Rules,” One Girl of Color Survives Dystopia
- A 15-Year-Old’s Vision of Public School Dystopia
- Reading Race in Marie Lu’s Dystopian YA Hit “Legend”
- What if Cinderella Wasn’t Straight and White?
- Young Adult Books Too Often Present a World Without People of Color
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)
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.
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.
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.’
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:
Here are the results for the fantasy section of the survey.
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
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.
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!