Pros of focusing a story around friendship instead of romance


  • Less danger of writing awful purple prose
  • Friends can survive without constantly being around each other
  • Friendships are really cute
  • It’s easier to write healthy friendships
  • Somebody can be friends with two people without it turning into an annoying “friendship triangle”
  • Positive female-female friendships are underrepresented
  • Female-male friendships without romantic undertones are underrepresented outside of children’s books
  • Most people don’t collapse into irrational heaps of strong emotions whenever they see their friends, which makes it way easier to fight off attacking ninjas
  • More stories about online friends would be nice
  • Friends don’t have to be conventionally attractive in order to sell books
  • Did I mention the cuteness factor?

Resources: Writing a Novel - Masterlist of WQA Posts


Anonymous asked: Hi. This might be long. I’m writing a novel for the first time ever and I have so many questions. How to give my characters realistic backgrounds and futures, how to create a fantasy world, how to introduce my novel without sounding like a complete idiot. I don’t want to write, I want to create and I’ve got ideas I just can’t get a story. Have you got anything that might help me with creating characters, a world, and starting the novel? Thanks.

Congratulations on starting your first novel! Very exciting!

Here are posts I’ve made with lots of tips and links to help you out!

Getting Started:

Plot: Brainstorming for Ideas 
Outlining and Planning a SeriesFinding Focus During a Storm of Ideas
Beginning a Novel
Creating the Perfect Writing Space
Finding the Time to Write
Turning Ideas into a Story
Research Tips

Plot and Story Structure:

Figuring Out a Plot
How to Develop a Plot
Plot and Story Structure

Character Development:

Character Authenticity
Fleshing Out a Flat Character
Different Kinds of Antagonists
Strong Female Protagonists
Name Resources

Fantasy World Building:

Establishing a Non-Traditional Fantasy Setting
Creating a Fictional Calendar
Creating a Language
Telling Time Without Clocks
Going Too Far with Fantasy?

Everything Else:

Should I Cut My Prologue?
Chapter Titles and Endings
To Kill or Not Kill a Character
What to Do When Your Story Stalls
How to Make Simple Writing More Vivid
How to Avoid Forced Romantic Sub-Plot
Cliffhanger Endings
The Opening Line
Writing Process: Drafts
Suspense, Climax, and Ending

If you have any further questions, you know where to find me! :)



Firstly, the BASICS when it comes to Australia:

  • The capital of Australia is not Melbourne or Sydney. But Canberra. (Where i live and it’s awful)
  • The temperature is not always hot, and the beach isn’t around every corner. Especially where i’ve been- the temperatures can be humid, moody and irregular. The weather reports are never taken seriously. 
  • Whilst being a highly multicultural continent- Australia is still racist. It is not as laid back as most people perceive it.
  • It is not like USA. This needs to be emphasised. I thought Australia was just like USA and then when i went to USA it was… intimidating. USA is huge, it is like one big city, even the ‘country side’ is bigger then most would think. In Australia there are many nooks and crannies where there is literally just dirt for miles. Or roads. Nothing else. 
  • Most words you spell with ‘ize’, we spell with ‘ise’. E.g emphasise, categorise.
  • It has two World Wonders currently: The Sydney Opera House and The Sydney Bridge
  • We’re not really good at any sport except Cricket? We love Cricket for some reason
  • We have a sport called AFL. Australian Football League. It’s just like NFL except there’s no tackling. Lame.
  • New Zealand is the equivalent to Australia as Canada is to the US.
  • It is one of the smallest continents in the world- which includes Main land AustraliaTasmania, New Guinea as well as many other neighbouring islands!
  • Australia has six states (five in the mainland, Tasmania counting as the sixth)
  • 88 Random fun Facts about Australia
  • Australian currency is called dollars as well, and it’s made out of plastic. Therefore it is almost entirely impossible to counterfeit. 
  • The Australian Dollar is surprisingly strong
  • Everything in Australia is expensive. People say England is expensive but after visiting London, i can honestly say that Australia and England both have the same price for clothing and such. Everything is super expensive. Therefore, if you live in Australia you’re probably at least a tiny bit well off
  • Australia does not have a lot of homeless people or poverty, not compared to America at least
  • Some people you probably didn’t know were Australian


  • Australia actually took the land from the Aboriginals and Indigenous People, led by Arthur Phillip (who was from Britain)
  • The ‘Stolen Generation’ was a movement that was then led in 1909 till 1969. In which the English came and stole indigenous children from their homes to put them into schools were they would learn how to be white. These children were abused physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually and a lot of families were damaged due to this. Even today.
  • In 2012, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued an apology to all those that were part of The Stolen Generation. 
  • In 1915, Australia fought in Gallipoli. And lost. Many soldiers were killed in battle- it was one of Australia’s greatest defeats. This War is still remembered, even today in Australia, it’s a great day of respect.
  • The Gold Rush was where pretty much everyone went gold mining and it was extremely dangerous being around that much coal and a lot of people died but a lot of gold was also found. Which apparently made the death toll okay?
  • This is pretty much all that you learn in Australian Schools about Australian History in 12 years of schooling.


  • Everyone, or at least most people in Australia, are politically aware, especially nowadays
  • We do not have a President. We have a Prime Minister. What’s the difference?
  • Our current Prime Minister is Tony Abbott. Who 98% of people hate because of his opinions on sexuality, women and people of colour as well as the carbon tax.
  • We had our first Female Prime Minister ever just a few years ago who was named Julia Gillard. Who you might remember tripped over when she visited India
  • We have two major political parties- The House of Representatives (green) and the Senate (red)





The basics of eye shapes for writers.

My sources are probably better than I am (more photos, longer descriptions), so here they are: [x] [x]

Anonymous whispered:
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."


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
Anonymous whispered:
I'm writing a novel that's set in the 90s and I was born in the 90s but I was looking for more information, not just from my own personal experience of growing up during this time. Thank you! :)


First off, what’s your setting? For me, I lived both in the Philippines and American during the 1990s. In both countries, my family was considered to be middle class, and yet my life was completely different in the Philippines compared to America. In the Philippines, my family rented a two-story, two-bedroom house, had a tire store of sorts, and could afford a live-in yaya (nursemaid in English, I think?); however, we had no healthcare insurance and we depended a lot on relatives (while other relatives depended on us and lived with us, meaning bedrooms were always crammed). In America, even if everyone but my brother and I work, my family could only afford a tiny one-bedroom apartment (two parents in bed, brother and I on the bedroom floor, and two grandparents in the living room); however, healthcare is much better, and there is little ageism when it comes to applying for jobs. Also, racism was not as apparent in America than it was in the Philippines, mainly because America is more ethnically diverse (at least where I came from).

tl;dr, Setting is very important, and will affect almost everything in your story.

Secondly, you’re welcome to ask me about my experience of the ’90s~ It’d be best for you if you talk to multiple people (of different ages, too) about their experiences.

Now for links, which will be centered on American culture due to the lack of a specific region or location in the ask. tumblr blogs are in italics.


Entertainment - Games

Entertainment - Movies 

Entertainment - Music

Entertainment - TV Shows

Entertainment - Misc




Science and Technology

I’m really, really sorry for the awfully long wait, but I hope that helps!

Anonymous whispered:
Hello, I am writing on a story which revolves around homeless teenage runaways. Do you have any idea where I could research/find information about living on the streets etc.?


Here, here, and here.

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Basic checklist for your story


This checklist can be used during both planning and editing stages.

Your Protagonist

  • Does your protagonist have a personality beyond being heroic and nice?
  • Does your protagonist have agency?
  • Does your protagonist’s personality change?
  • Did your protagonist have a life and relationships before the events of the story?
  • Does your protagonist have flaws?
  • Is your protagonist active as opposed to passive or reactive?

Your Setting

  • Is your setting described well enough that readers can imagine themselves there?
  • Is your setting used or described differently than similar settings by other authors?
  • Do readers have a sense that your world extends outside the events of your story?
  • Does your setting have its own unique atmosphere aside from being a backdrop for your plot?
  • Is it important that the events in your story take place in this setting and not another?

Your Romantic Subplot/Plot (if applicable)

  • Does the relationship have flaws?
  • Does the relationship take time to develop?
  • Does the love interest have their own personality beyond their romantic traits?
  • Does the love interest have agency both inside and outside the relationship?
  • Does the love interest have flaws?

Your Major Non-Protagonist Characters

  • Do your major characters have varying opinions on your protagonist?
  • Do your major characters have traits outside of their relationships with the protagonist?
  • Do your major characters have varying gender identities, races, ability statuses, and sexual orientations, unless there is a good plot reason otherwise (such as the story taking place mainly at a male prison or a gay bar)?
  • Do your major characters have different worldviews and senses of morality?
  • Do most of your major characters have agency?
  • Do your major characters have flaws?
  • Do all of your major characters need to be there?
  • Do most of your major characters’ personalities change?

Your Minor and Background Characters

  • Do most of your minor characters have something that makes them interesting and memorable?
  • Do your minor characters have varying gender identities, races, ability statuses, and sexual orientations, unless there is a good plot reason otherwise (such as the story taking place mainly at a male prison or a gay bar)?
  • Do all of your minor characters need to be there?

Your Antagonist

  • Does your antagonist have a reasonable motive for their actions?
  • Does your antagonist have agency?
  • Has your antagonist done enough to be taken seriously?
  • Does your antagonist have good traits?
  • Does your antagonist have traits outside of their relationship with the protagonist?

Your Plot

  • Do your scenes flow logically?
  • Are all of your questions either answered or left unanswered for a reason?
  • Are there too many coincidences?
  • Does your plot begin at the perfect spot?
  • Does your plot end at the perfect spot?
  • Is there conflict?
  • Are there any scenes that could be left out?
  • Does your plot happen because of the actions, reactions, and decisions of your characters?

Your Mechanics

  • Are there any spelling or grammatical errors?
  • Are there any sentences that could be left out?
  • Are most of your sentences active instead of passive?
  • Do you use mostly strong verbs (ex: drank, ran) instead of weak verbs (ex: was, did)?
  • Do you use too many adverbs?
  • Are your sentences varied in structure?
There are only two important elements to a great novel. The first is an interesting character. A character that you thoroughly know and feel will go a long way toward attracting a readership.

The second element is an interesting problem. —Walter Dean Myers, with advice for a young writer. (via lettersandlight)



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