"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” - Gary Provost
Reading this was so satisfying woah
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
I can’t remember the last time my desk has been this clean.
They called her quietly beautiful. Sitting in her designer peacoat with red-stained lips and nails, she dressed for no one’s pleasure but her own. She spoke only with her eyes, which snapped a blunt, “please fuck off and kindly leave me alone.” Worked like a charm every time.
A soft smile came to her lips each time it rained, for it was the rare reminder that the world reflected what dwelled inside of her.
quantumflex said: Regarding female led superhero media: I don't think that women actually deserve equal representation in fiction. The vast majority of heroes in real life, like soldiers, police officers or firefighters, are men. So if women want to be at least half of the heroes in fiction, they need to step up their game. That's only fair.
It must be personally embarrassing for you, living in a world where only men are heroes, to have turned out to be such a fucking idiot.
soulshaping said: 10, 12, 19, 22, 37, 44, 50, please. :)
Already done 10 and 50, but I’ll answer the rest!
12. Who is your favorite author?
A constant tie between Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. I love their writing and their take on satire and both of them have influenced me heavily. It’s hard for me to choose <3
19. Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
Computer. Oooooooh my god, computer forever. I get hand cramps way too easily and I type so much faster than I’d ever write.
22. Do you start with characters or plot?
It honestly depends on the story. The current series I’m working on, I had about 60-70% of the characters mostly figured out before I figured out the plot. Most of the time I’ll figure out the plot first, though. Though I might start with a vague idea for a story and then have a character idea for it explode in my head. It’s fun times.
37. What’s your oldest WIP?
I… have no idea. I’m not really working on anything from pre-college, which would’ve been the only time I would’ve written anything. A lot of my ideas and stories from back then have matured and transformed into other ideas, but for WIP, the only thing I really have is my current series. And I guess those two novels I did for NaNo a while back, but I honestly have no intentions now of publishing those.
44. What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
Not novel related, but I know for a Shadowrun (tabletop rpg) campaign, I once made a mage, who graduated from nursing school and had all this debt and became a runner to pay off all said debt. Like… EVERYONE ELSE had characters that were all, “I was born on the streets and the streets raised me, so I became a runner,” and my bubbly, optimistic character was all, “I have student loans to pay off! :D” It was fucking hilarious when the group finally realized why she was a runner. Oh my god, I miss her. She was great.
purplecatsjetpacks said: 10, 11, 42, 50 !! :)
10. What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
By far it’s when I read these articles or posts that are like, “don’t do this, this or this or else you won’t get published.” Things like don’t write prologues or start with the protagonist waking up or some other dumb crap. AND THEN. I read some book that’s either wicked popular or on the NYT best selling list and they do all the things everyone else is told not to do. Really? Really? Clearly SOMETHING is working.
11. What’s your favorite book cover?
I have two for very different reasons. I really love covers with good typography and are wicked simple. I also love covers that make me go OMG IT MAKES SENSE NOW after I’ve finished reading. So with that in mind, my favorite covers are of my high school copy of 1984 and The Killing Joke.
42. Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
Yesssss. Oh my god, yes I do. And if my characters don’t go through physical/emotional/psychological trauma, then they’re probably the one doing it to other characters.
50. If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
The world of Ephemera in Anne Bishop’s books Sebastian and Belladonna. There are different dimensions, so to speak, and what you desire in your heart is where you go. So if you’re on a roadtrip to work, but you really want to go to Disney World and you go through one of the portals, boom, you’re in Disney World. Except it’s all fantasy stuff, but still. And worlds can be created and tended through gardens AND IT’S JUST FUCKING AWESOME OKAY.