- 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?
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!
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
Plot and Story Structure:
Figuring Out a Plot
How to Develop a Plot
Plot and Story Structure
Fleshing Out a Flat Character
Different Kinds of Antagonists
Strong Female Protagonists
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?
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
The Opening Line
Writing Process: Drafts
Suspense, Climax, and Ending
If you have any further questions, you know where to find me! :)
A GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA (FOR RP'ING PURPOSES)- requested by anon
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 Australia, Tasmania, 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)
SO YOU’RE MAKING YOUR RP BASED IN AUSTRALIA?
- The ever helpful wikipedia page which should include EVERYTHING you’d need to know before opening
- We have more cities then just Melbourne and Sydney.
- In fact here are the top 100 best towns in Australia!
- The Australian Calendar and dates to remember!
- The seasons go like this: December, January, February (summer). March, April, May (autumn). June, July, August (winter), September, October, November (spring)
- Things you probably don’t think are (or hope aren’t) stereotypes about Australia
- The school year goes a bit like this-
Starts: first week of February, goes for 10 weeks. Two week break. That is one term.
After two week term: another 10 weeks, or 8 weeks if you’re in year 11 or 12. Then another break, 2-4 weeks long. This concludes semester one.
After a fortnight/ month according to which year you’re in at school, it is then the start of a new semester. Which starts about mid July and is exactly the same as above. Two semester equal one year of school. Done and done
- Schooling is a bit like this (not so different from US schooling!): preschool, kindergarten, year 1, year 2, year 3, year 4, year 5 (all counted as primary school). Year 6, year 7, year 8 (all counted as middle school). Year 9, year 10, (high school) year 11, and then year 12 (college). Then you can choose to go to university or yadda yadda.
- 100 things you can only do in Australia!
SO YOU’RE MAKING AN AUSTRALIAN CHARACTER?
- 15 tips on what every Australian does/ knows
- A list of perfectly useable famous Australian FCs!
- Australian stereotypes you should probably avoid
The basics of eye shapes for writers.
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
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.
- 1990s Flashback
- 1990s News, Events, Popular Culture, and Prices
- ’90s 411
- American Cultural History
- Children of the Nineties
- The Nineties
- Welcome to the InThe90s
- Pretenders RPA makes a masterlist: The 90’s!
- ifyouwereborninthe90s (inactive)
Entertainment - Games
- 20 Great ’90s Board Games You (Probably) Don’t Remember
- 31 Board Game Commercials From Your Childhood
- The 1990s; The Decade that Changed the Video Game Industry
- The 30 Best Arcade Video Games of the 1990s
- The 50 Best Selling Video Games of the 1990s Worldwide
- Consoles of the ’90s
- Top 10 Video Games of the 1990s
- Video Game Console Library
- Video Game Design Between 1990-2008
- Video Games in the 1990s
- Wikipedia on 1990s in Video Gaming
Entertainment - Movies
- ’90s Movies and TV
- 18 Kids Movies From The ’90s You’ve Probably Forgotten About
- The 25 Greatest Kids Movies Of The ‘90s
- 50 Other Best Films of the 1990s
- The 100 Best Films of the 1990s
- 250 Underappreciated Movies of the 1990s
- Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award
- Most Popular Feature Films Released 1990 to 1999
- Movies in the 1990s
- Wikipedia on 1990s in Film
- Wikipedia on List of Children’s Films
Entertainment - Music
- 1990s-inspired playlists on 8tracks
- ’90s Songs & Music
- 25 Awesome One-Hit Wonders of the 1990s
- The Greatest Musical Artists of the ’90s
- The 10 Greatest Music Videos of the 1990s
- Music in the 1990s
- PCM’s Official List of 1990s Songs By Category
- Top Albums of the 1990s
- Top Songs of the 1990s
- Wikipedia on 1990s in Music
Entertainment - TV Shows
- ’90s Movies and TV
- 11 Best ’90s Sitcoms
- 18 Cartoons From The ‘90s You Probably Forgot Existed
- The 33 Best Forgotten Teen Shows Of The ’90s
- The 100 Greatest Moments In Television:1990s
- The Best Cartoons of the ’90s
- Game Shows of the ’90s
- Most Popular TV Series Released In 1990-1999
- Saturday Morning TV Schedules of the ’90s
- Top 20 Kids’ Cartoons of the 1990s
- TV Shows: 1990s
- TV Shows in the 1990s
- Wikipedia on List of Animated Television Series of the 1990s
- ohyeah90sdisneychannel (inactive)
Entertainment - Misc
- 1990s Fads and Fun
- ’90s Culture
- 10 Fantastic Fads of the 1990s
- 11 Worst ’90s Fads
- 25 Things Every ’90s Kid Wished They Could Do
- Fads of the 1990s
- The Top 30 Most Awesome Toys You Could Get for Christmas in the ’90s
- Sports in the 1990s
- Toys in the 1990s
- Toys in the ’90s
- Wonderful World of the ’90s
- Wikipedia on 1990s Fads and Trends
- Wikipedia on 1990s Toys
- 1990s Fashion History - The Mood of the Millennium
- 1999s Fashion History - Global Fashion Attitudes
- ’90s Fads (centered on fashion)
- ’90s Fashion
- ’90s Fashion
- ’90s Fashion Trends that Made You Cool Back in the Day
- ’90s Hairstyles
- The 25 Most Memorable Fashion Moments of the ’90s
- The 90 Greatest 90s Fashion Trends
- Fashion in the 1990s
- Fashion Styles from the 1990s
- Hairstyles from the ’90s
- Top 10 Most Popular Men Hairstyles of the ’90s
- Wikipedia on 1990s in Fashion
- 1990s Timeline
- The American Economy at the End of the 20th Century
- Economics of the 1990s and Beyond
- Historical Events for Year 1990
- History: USA
- Internet History
- U.S. Timeline
- Timeline Articles
- Timeline of the 1990s
- Wikipedia on 1990s LGBT History
- Wikipedia on 1990s History
- ’90s Hip-Hop Slang-tionary
- ’90s Slang Dictionary
- The 16 Best ’90s Slang Insults We All Need to Start Using Again
- Awesomely Outdated Phrases of the ’90s
- Terms of the ’90s, Slang of the Nineties
Science and Technology
- 1990s Internet and World Wide Web
- 20th Century Timeline
- Best Inventions of the 1990s
- Best Medical Inventions of the 1990s
- Cars in the 1990s
- The Forgotten Web Browsers of the Early 1990s
- The Internet
- The Internet Explained
- Our Favorite Gadgets from the 1990s
- Technological Advances of the ’90s
- Wikipedia on 1990s in Science and Technology
- Wikipedia on Timeline of Medicine and Medical Technology
I’m really, really sorry for the awfully long wait, but I hope that helps!
This checklist can be used during both planning and editing stages.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- What plants are able to grow in my climate?
- Caring for a houseplant
- Types of soil and plant growth
- Identifying plants database
- Useful tools for a new gardener
- Flowers + their meanings
//for a sick planty//
- Common plant diseases
- I over- watered my plant
- Identifying plant diseases
- My plant is wilting
- I can’t tell what’s wrong with my plant
//seasonal fruits + veggies//