Advice: How not to write action scenesThe cafeteria was not a good place to be for anyone who didn't want to spend the rest of the day smelling like mystery meat.
Caroline watched the food fly as she poked her head up. She could make a run for it-
Caroline spun as someone yelled "Hey, Jackson!" There was Destiny, her arm cocked back, an open Snack Pack in her hand, and a smile on her face.
Oh, for - she was still salty about that stupid puddle?
Caroline ducked as Destiny threw, and there was the sound of a wet splat, followed by a gasp. Who did it-?
Priya Chaudhri, as it happens. And more importantly, it hit her very, very expensive-looking cashmere sweater.
The bright yellow pudding lemoned down the black wool as the Indian girl looked down. Drip...drip...
Her teeth gritted and her eyes narrowed as she looked up.
"This," she said, as she picked up her yogurt, "is Dior."
See what I did t
Writing Advice: How not to write in first person“Dude,” said Lexie. “Is that a real gun?”
Her roommate, Jay, looked up; he was thumbing shells through the loading gate of a shotgun. A handgun was tucked into his waistband, and his face had a hard cast to it, like a man about to set off on some desperate mission.
“Yeah,” he said. “Yeah, it’s real.”
“Sweet! Why didn’t you tell me you had that?”
Jay raised an eyebrow.
“Right, right.” Lexie scratched her stomach absently. “Hey, is there any pizza left? I got the munchies somethin' fierce.”
By the time she had finished reheating the triangle shaped wedge of grease and heartburn, Jay had finished gearing up. He paused on the doorstep as she collapsed onto the couch in a cannabis-fueled haze.
“Look, if the cops come looking for me-”
“He was a nice guy, kept to himself, paid the rent on time. I never thought he was som
Writing Advice:How not to write group dialogue"All right, team, let's huddle," Dad said.
They huddled, made their voices low and quiet.
"Junior, you keep him busy, keep him distracted," Mom said, as one hand fiddled with her pearl necklace.
"Got it," the elder son said.
"Gladys, beans and macaroni and sausage for dinner. When it's time for bed, read him a story," Dad said.
"Right." Grandma nodded.
"I get to stay up watching television, and I get two deserts," Junior said.
"One desert," Dad said.
"One and a half deserts," Junior said.
"This is not a negotiation." Dad pulled back the cuff of his suit, and said "We have to be there in...twenty minutes."
"So...What you're saying is that you don't have time to argue," Grandma said.
Her daughter rolled her eyes. "Don't take his side, Mom. You're not the one who has to deal with him when he's bouncing off the walls," she said.
"You know that's a myth, right? Sugar doesn't really make kids hyper," Junior said.
"Quiet, you," Dad said
April 2017 Publishing OpportunitiesHappy Spring, here's some interesting ones for you!
Confused about what magazine to go for? Need help decoding the jargon? Check out our Publishing Primer:
Also I feel I must make this clear here - I am listing the majority of the specs for these mags, you need to go to their website to see the FULL LIST of guidelines - sometimes they are very specfic about font, format, or what they are looking for in terms of content. This is just a basic overview, do not submit without reading the publication's page.
American Short Fiction
American Short Fiction Short Story Contest
The American Short Fiction Prize—a contest for stories between 2,000 and 6,500 words—is now open for submissions.
15 Tips for Writing Horror15 Tips for Writing Horror
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 6 “Horror"
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
“[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
― Clive Barker
Horror is a genre which plays upon the emotions of the audience, but it does so for very specific reasons. We may not always analyze why we are made afraid by a sotry, but there are usually specific reason for our fears, a specific nature to them, and a specific way in which we can make fear more effective. So today, we are going to take a look at the things that scare people the most by learning the Ten Sources of Horror.
From Super Speed to Slow-Mo - Style and Pacing Use Writing Style to Control Your Story's Pace
By :iconc-a-harland: C-A-Harland and :iconilluminara: illuminara
Last time, we talked about the big things that affect the pace of your story, but now we’re going to focus on some of the smaller details the control the pace of your narrative in a bigger way than you might realize. Everything from sentence structure to dialogue influence pace on a micro level, so they’re important to consider while you’re crafting prose. This is because your writing style is the lens through with your readers experience the story. It’s the user interface design of storytelling, and you don’t want to turn people off to a great story because of bad design--instead, you want it draw them in and make their experience all the more pleasant.
Here are some ways to use the narrative elements of your writing to both speed up the pace of your story as well as t
How to Pace Character ArcEveryone loves stories about underdogs pulling off a big win and the likes of Han Solo picking up arms to fight for what’s right. But what about when a character just can’t make up his mind to do anything? Or the girl who’s always right no matter what and never has a bad thing happen to her? Those stories just aren’t as interesting and can verge on annoying.
So how do you fix them? You’ve got to plan the pace of your character arc, your character’s journey of transformation, from the very beginning.
What Is Character Arc?
Character arc is a change in your character physically, emotionally, or spiritually from the beginning of your story to the end. It’s called an arc because it spans the length of your story in an arcing fashion. This change can be for the better or worse—growth or regression—but something has to change. If your character ends up the same as he or she started, well, that doesn’t make for
Character ArcsNovel Writing Basics Week
What is a Character Arc?
A character arc is how a character changes from the beginning of the story to the end. These aren't just physical changes, though those might happen, too. These are changes that occur because after your character has gone through whatever the story entrails, s/he can't (or at least shouldn't) be the same person afterwards. Characters might mature. They might become more selfless. They might learn to have fun. They might make a friend. They might learn to let someone go. All of these are character arcs.
Why Are Character Arcs Important?
Reading is a huge time investment, but one of the reasons we keep doing it is that satisfaction we get at the end. We love that feeling of closing a cover and thinking, "That was worth it." If a reader finishes a story feeling like the plot was interesting, the writing style was good, but overall the story doesn't seem like it went anywhere or had a point, that may be a
I'm an amature... wait that's not how you spell amature its spelt amateur... goddammit now i'm going to have to go back through all my pictures and re-tag them (|||❛︵❛.)
Okay I'm back, where was i... oh yeah that,s right my art sucks! But while my art does suck i really started in 2014 so i guess i have been improving and maybe one day I wont be an amature- DAMMIT...
-Maybe one day i wont be an AMATEUR artist and will have some skill (ﾉﾟ▽ﾟ)ﾉ
Also when viewing my pictures it might be note worthy to know that i suck at digital art more than drawing, so it degrades the original picture abit, and apparently 'abit' isn't a word, so don't judge them too low, still low they deserve that but not as low as it would of been without reading this, and that brings up another topic, why are you here? I don't mean to be rude stay here as long as you like, wait no don't stay, leave and then come back, that way I'll have more views, why are you still here LEAVE!, then join back.
And finally if some of my drawings seem tilted its because i don't have steady hands when holding an I-phone camera