Publishing: How Much Will Be Changed?

writing-questions-answered:

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http://vincecarters.tumblr.com/post/95414863028/aerynlallaboso-reached-for-the-last-snack-item

aerynlallaboso:

  • reached for the last snack item at the same time au
  • accidentally ‘borrowed’ their towel at their gym au
  • saw their number graffitied on a toilet stall au
  • "which asshole hasn’t returned the dvd i want yet" au
  • parents signed them up for the same shitty art/science program…
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writewild:

by Dangerdust
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bleedforyourtypewriter:

Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:
Coggle 
Lucidchart
Mural.ly
Blumind
MindMeister
Mindmaple
Mindomo
NovaMind
Popplet
Scapple
Tree Sheets
Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)
XMind
FreeMind
Oak Outliner
Work Flowy
The Outliner of Giants
Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:
Gedit
Google Docs
Kate
LibreOffice
Microsoft Word
My Writing Spot
NoteTab
Open Office
Quabel
Ted
Vim
yEdit
Making notes? Here you go:
CintaNotes
Evernote
KeepNote
Memonic
MS OneNote
Scribe
SuperNotecard
Tomboy
Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:
Aeon Timeline 
Dipity
Preceden
Tiki-Toki
Timeglider
Timeline
TimelineJS
TimeToast
Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:
Liquid Story Binder XE
LitLift
PangurPad
Scriptito
Scrivener
Writer’s Café
Yarny
yWriter
Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:
Dark Room 
FocusWriter
JDarkRoom
Momentum Writer
OmmWriter
Q10
Writemonkey
Zen Writer 
Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:
Cold Turkey 
FocalFilter
Freedom
InternetOff
Keepmeout
Nanny
Productivity Owl
RescueTime
SelfControl
SelfRestraint
Simple Blocker
StayFocusd
Strict Workflow
Time Doctor
Waste No Time
Website Blocker
So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 
AutoCrit
EditMinion
Grammarly
LyX
SlickWrite
SmartEdit
After the Deadline
All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:
Acrobat
InDesign
Calibre
CutePDF
Jutoh
Mobipocket Creator
PagePlus
PageStream
PDFCreator
Scribus
Sigil
I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:
750 Words
One Page per Day
Oneword
Penzu
Write or Die
Written Kitten
Focus Booster
Spaaze
AutoREALM (Map building software)

Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.

bleedforyourtypewriter:

Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:

Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:

Making notes? Here you go:

Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:

Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:

Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:

Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:

So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 

All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:

I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:

Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.

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WRITING REFERENCE

moriarty-has-the-impala:

Okay, you know how hard it is to make those side characters in your writing? There is a website that allows you to create different random identities for all types of characters.

This website literally generates an identity for a fictitious person and makes up…

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toastyhat:

mugumugu:

fuckyeahreferences:

sirmuarjo:

I’m… dying…EEWW is definitely the best one

Kinda interesting :D

Does anyone know which Scott Mccloud book is this from?

This probably got a ton of answers already but for my followers’ benefit it’s Making Comics and trust me, you want to read the rest of it!!

toastyhat:

mugumugu:

fuckyeahreferences:

sirmuarjo:

I’m… dying…
EEWW is definitely the best one

Kinda interesting :D

Does anyone know which Scott Mccloud book is this from?

This probably got a ton of answers already but for my followers’ benefit it’s Making Comics and trust me, you want to read the rest of it!!

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writewild:

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 

1. What am I trying to say?

2. What words will express it?

3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?

4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

And he will probably ask himself two more:

1. Could I put it more shortly?

2. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?

- George Orwell

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Friends, not love interests

thecharactercomma:

There’s some saying that no matter what, when you put two people in a room together, people will want them to fall in love. Tumblr is proof that they don’t even need to be in the same room. So no matter what you do, if you’re writing two people as friends and not romantic…

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rebornica:

" If you’re going to keep complaining about how the hole keeps getting deeper, then stop digging the hole and make an effort to start filling it in!

-Artman

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Anonymous asked

I want to write a character (or characters) that is genuinely unlikable, like Walder Frey from Game of Thrones or Hans from Frozen. The kind of person people will read about and think, "Douche."


clevergirlhelps:

Incorporate some of the Universal Douche Behaviors:

  • Betrayal/broken promises
  • Having fun at the expense of other people
  • Not being considerate of others’ wishes or rules (e.g. listening to music without headphones in a library, bouncing a tennis ball when someone has asked you to stop)
  • Manipulating someone for personal gain
  • Hogging things (the ball in a game, the shower, someone)
  • Acting entitled
  • Petty thievery
  • Refusal to take responsibility for one’s actions
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TRYING TO COME UP WITH NAMES FOR MY FANTASY CHARACTERS

howdoiputthisgeekily:

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nytylys:

kill the idea that openly caring characters are boring

set on fire the line of thought that dictates that altruism is a bad thing and that selfishness/sassiness is an inherently more appealing and ‘intricate’ quality than an affectionate nature

smash and bury the concept of the false equivalency between angst and complexity

kindness and empathy are not synonyms for “blandness” and “lack of personality”

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21 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Depressed

characterandwritinghelp:

slitheringink:

I get asks occasionally related to the Depression Guide I wrote to help you guys write more realistic characters, and I wanted to say from personal experience that this Buzzfeed article really resonates. I normally disagree with points on their lists, but for this one, everything is completely correct to the point where I wonder if there’s a mini reporter in my head relaying that information to their writers. It’s actually kind of creepy.

Anyway, helping you guys makes me happy, so hopefully this is helpful.

-Morgan

I’m going to cosign this as another person living with depression. This is remarkably spot on.

-Headless

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Anonymous asked

In reference to a previous post about women having an advantage over men with the same training due to lower center of gravity: Does this apply to all hand to hand combat styles across the board? And does the male's longer reach factor in, or would his greater ability to be knocked off balance end the fight more quickly than he could employ his reach? How long would might the fight last, would you think, before he was knocked down?


howtofightwrite:

The difference in reach is actually minimal. It’s enough to say, it’s there, but not enough for it to actually matter in a fight. I think, in the past, we’ve said you need about an 18” difference in height before the difference in reach will be enough to matter.

So far as that goes, with most hand to hand styles, reach is a lot less important than non-combatants tend to think. It does matter in sword combat, where an inch of reach is enough to kill. But, for hand to hand, an inch of reach is enough to tickle someone…

I’m going to grossly oversimplify here, but unarmed strikes work on transmitting force into the body. You can’t do that at the edge of your reach. So you need to be much closer to make your connecting strikes do anything.

-Starke

Starke is right. Hand to hand combat happens in very tight corners. So tight that a single step forward is all it takes to switch from hand range to grabbing/grappling range. Any attempt at connecting with your opponent is going to bring them into range for blocking, grabbing, or outright attacking.

This isn’t true of kicking forms like taekwondo, where reach does come into play. The legs are longer than the arms and someone with greater proportion in their legs will reach farther. However, a kicking technique requires you to go forward, which (If the opponent doesn’t back up) brings the attacker into hand range, hand range becomes grapple range, and finally it all ends on the ground. Also, kicking takes a great deal more energy than punching. Outside a sparring arena, a dedicated kicker must finish the fight quickly or end up sapped. They also have to deal with different rules, fighting on the street is different from fighting in an arena.

So no. Worry less about statistical differences. Folks who have never trained have a habit of trying to break it all down into numbers like a video game. Physical strength doesn’t really mean much compared to the ability to use your body to generate momentum, an understanding of how to manipulate joints, and where to hit.

What matters most in combat is mental preparation. Facing someone significantly taller than you is intimidating, that nervousness is debilitating. (To someone used to fighting taller opponents, this is overcome via practice.) If you honestly believe a man has an advantage over you, that he’s going to be better at hurting you because he is a man, then in your mind you have given him the advantage. When we believe we are going to lose, then we will lose.

What is most important to writing a female fighter is getting over the societally ingrained belief that men are superior. Whether it’s physically, mentally, or charismatically, when we talk about women facing men, we treat men like they’re bogeymen. Like they’re supernaturally endowed and women must be spectacular in order to beat them.

It’s not true.

The person who puts the most time and effort into their training is going to be the one who is best at it. Talent can be squandered, physical advantages can become weaknesses (both for men and women), it’s easy to rest on the laurels. Many female trainees go into their training believing that they are inferior, this pushes them to work harder, by working harder they become better than many of their male training partners and highly respected members of their martial arts groups, often going on to become instructors themselves.

Yes, men have natural advantages. Women have natural advantages. In the grand scheme, natural advantages are nice but mean squat.

Men develop strength faster in their upper body.

Women develop strength faster in their lower body, they also develop endurance faster, and are naturally more flexible. Most women find it easier to build up muscles faster in their core.

We can go round and round on what men can do and what women can do, but really it’s what the individual can do. How much do they want it? How hard are they willing to work? Do they believe in themselves? Has their training given them confidence? (Yes, always.)

Can a girl? Yes. Because she’s a girl? Stop. Does she need different equipment because she’s a— No. Okay, she can forgo the cup (a knee to the groin still hurts). If it’s a weapon like a sword then it’s a weapon designed with you in mind will always be a better fit than a generic one size fits all. She doesn’t need a special weapon or a specially made weapon to be able to compete with the boys. No special tricks are needed. The only special considerations required are common sense ones like a flight suit that accommodates peeing with a vagina.

Remember, you’re never fighting “men” as an amorphous group. You’re fighting one man and the sooner you start thinking of him as a person with flaws, who can be defeated (and not by cunning, guile, or treachery), the better off you and your story are going to be.

-Michi

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TDK