micaxiii:

deductionfreak:

hazelguay:

The most valuable chart…

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yes thanks for colouring it I had a hard time reading that

Anonymous whispered:
So I'm sure you have gotten this ask before but I am thinking of starting a fantasy novel because I have always been fascinated by them but I don't want to get sucked into the cliche fantasy world that every author has already done. Any tips on how to keep my novel original and possibly some other tips ?

thewritingcafe:

Here. Also check the fantasy and cliche tags on the tags page and read as much fantasy as you can.

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characterdesigninspiration:

Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).

What’s up with the semicolon?

theyuniversity:

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Good question, Anon.

Let us first answer your question, and then other readers can peruse the rest of this post about semicolons.

In your example, we wouldn’t use semicolons. There isn’t much room for confusion, so we would simply use commas:

  • She went to New York, Brick, NJ, Forks, and LA.

For the sake of parallel structure, we would also rephrase it in one of two ways:

  • She went to New York, Brick, Forks, and Los Angeles. (Now the list only includes the names of cities.)
  • She went to New York, NY; Brick, NJ; Forks, WA; and Los Angeles, CA. (We used semicolons there because commas would have been too confusing.)

Those of you who are wondering what is going on can refer to the “mega comma” point below.

Now, without further ado, on to explaining what a semicolon is—and does.

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The semicolon is one of the most misunderstood, misused, and underappreciated punctuations.

This famous quote from Kurt Vonnegut might have something to do with it:

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On the other hand, standardized tests (especially the ACT and SAT) insist that you know how to use a semicolon properly. Many esteemed newspaper editors also endorse the semicolon.

Kurt Vonnegut’s diatribe notwithstanding, let’s examine what a semicolon is and does:

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In other words, a semicolon combines two sentences together, and in doing so, connects their ideas more closely.

Therefore, there is one important caveat to consider when using a semicolon as a period:

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In other words, a semicolon can prevent this: I’ve seen Katy Perry perform in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, and San Diego, CA. #CommaOverdose

It is possible to overuse semicolons; combining sentences in close proximity with semicolons can make your writing seem endless; therefore, use semicolons when they’re needed (and effective). #SeeWhatWeDidThere

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Cheers.

(Alice in Wonderland GIF source: The Daily Clog; Supernatural GIF source: The Dreamer)

maxkirin:

So, someone wanted some tips on planning/outlining their novel and instead I made this. It kind of happened.

If you’re new to my silliness let me introduce myself.

My name is M. Kirin and I write books. If you’re interested in writer resources, inspiration, and the adventures of a dork, you could do a lot worse than me :3

graphitedoll:

"True Love comes in many forms"

since i’ve equated a few of my favorite dreamworks movies to celestial bodies, i wanted to do something similar with a few disney/pixar movies that i love and love seems to be just the right theme !!

remember to buy gifts for your mom! there’s only 1 week left to prepare !!

pretendersrpa:

Below the cut you will find my masterlist of negative personality traits, as requested by jemmarps:

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What’s up with “into,” “in to,” “onto,” “on to,” and “unto”?

theyuniversity:

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Let’s begin with “in to" vs. "into”:

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Before this adorable little pig turns into bacon, let’s enjoy this cute GIF.

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Here is the difference between “onto" and "on to”:

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On to" is similar to "in to”: “on" is an adverb and “to" is a preposition. It often appears in idiomatic and casual expressions:

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Lastly, “unto” is an old, now rarely used, preposition that can basically be replaced by “to" or "until.”

One of the most famous sentences that uses unto is what is commonly known as the Golden Rule:

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The Golden Rule uses “unto” in place of “to.”

Here is an example of “unto” in lieu of “until”:

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Unto death” (until death) is one of the most common phrases in which “unto” is used.

Anonymous whispered:
How can I make my writing sound less... boring? I also have trouble with using the same words over again, so on one page the same word describes the same action twice or more.

thewritingcafe:

Let’s look at what might make your writing boring:

  • Style: If your writing reads as “this happened and then this happened and then this happened”, if you’re not rewriting anything to improve it, or if you’re using redundancies, your style is the problem. There is a style tag on my tags page that can help you with this, but you can also look at the description tag.
  • Plot: Sometimes the plot can be boring without the story being boring, but the characters need to be superb in those stories. If your story is not heavily character driven, your plot can’t be boring. Make sure there are risks. Let your characters lose every now and then. Make it interesting. The plot and plot development tags on the tags page can help with this.
  • Too Much Detail: Unless it’s important, you don’t need to describe your characters making breakfast or getting dressed. It adds too much unnecessary detail. Ask someone to read over your writing. Have them highlight or underline everything they skip over or have them mark the places where they start to skip parts of writing. Get rid of those parts or rewrite them.
  • Pacing: If you have slow pacing where slow pacing is not needed, the writing will come off as boring. Too much description and too slow of a transition from one idea or event to the next can slow down your pacing. For tips on this, check the tags page for the pacing tag.
  • Long Paragraphs or Long Sentences: If most of your writing is a string of long sentences and long paragraphs, it can come off as boring. Add some variety in sentence length. Make sure paragraphs aren’t too long. People tend to get bored when a long paragraph is coming up.
  • Too Formal: Creative writing does not have to exist within the rules of academic writing. You can start sentences with “because” and you can write a paragraph that is only one word long. Mix it up. Find your writing style.
  • No Devices: Try using metaphors, similes, foreshadowing, allusion, symbolism, and other literary devices to deepen your writing.
  • Glue Words: This ties in with style. Glue words are words that can be taken out of the sentence without losing meaning. They’re words like: on, out, up, through, after, before, in, but, the, etc. Instead of “He came into the room through the door.” you can say “He came into the room.”
  • Character: It’s easier to write a boring story if you write in first person because the reader is then closer to this character. If a character has a boring voice, the story will be boring. Check the style and voice tag for help with this.
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