maxkirin:

Hello there~

First off, I wanna say that it’s pretty awesome both of you want to get back into writing! One can’t have enough writerly friends :D

Silliness aside, you’re both dealing with the same issue:

How do you regain motivation?

Well, I have just the thing for you~ The following exercise will work regardless if you haven’t been writing in years, or if you just got struck with writer’s block. This is what I use whenever I feel like I’m losing motivation on my current work:

  1. Grab paper and a writing utensil (you could also use your computer, but analog has worked better for me because of the kinetic nature of pencil+paper c;).
  2. Take a deep breath. Hold it in. Let it out slowly. Give your brain much-needed oxygen~
  3. Ask yourself the following questions: “What were my favorite things about this book? What excited me the most? What did I look forward to the most?”
  4. Write down everything that comes to mind. Everything. These can be things like ‘the romance between character A & B’ or ‘the rotten antagonist’ or ‘the protagonist’s antics’. Ultimately, these are the things that drove you (sometimes subconsciously) to work on this book to begin with.
  5. Take a second to consider the things that you wrote down.
  6. Make a note of them, and return to your project— with the intention to enhance the things that excited you, the things that made the project FUN for you from the beginning.

Writing should be fun. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Now, if you’re feeling doubtful about my advice, consider this: If you read step 6 and your gut reaction was "I can’t make the book all about THAT" then I think you may be trying to impress someone. Also, what do you mean you can’t make your book about anything you want? Of course you can. It’s your book, and it’s your time.

And, lastly I leave you with this: The reader can tell when you had fun writing. Sure, you can power through a book you hated to write, but don’t even think for one second that people are going to enjoy it.

If you didn’t enjoy writing it, why would anyone enjoy reading it?

I hope this helps~ If any of you has any more questions, don’t hesitate to them my way!

Have fun, and keep writing~

posted: 2 days ago
with: 412 notes

gaymergirls:

aww nasa has a page for space technology terms you can use in science fiction

nerds

IMPORTANT: I would like your input on the WRITERS UNITE compilation!

maxkirin:

Hello, writerly friends!

As I mentioned earlier, WRITERS UNITE has been an incredible success so far. I can now say (without doubt) that I have gotten over a hundred awesome pieces of advice, from writers of all ages and skill levels. I don’t mean to sound sappy, but there plenty of pieces that made me go "I wish I had known that when I first got started.” The way some of them were phrased were so perfect I was speechless.

This is… actually part the reason I am posting this.

When I originally made the WRITERS UNITE post, I thought I would get a few dozen messages— thirty at most (because Past-Max tends to be shortsighted). I thought I would just make the advice into a slideshow and release it on Friday.

Now though, there is so much (and all of it is so good), I feel awful just picking a few (out of so many submissions). So, I want to open up the conversation to all of you (even if you didn’t submit). I try to be transparent with everything I do, and in this situation I would never consider acting without asking you all first (after all, you are the ones who sent me this amazing advice).

So, how do you think I should go about compiling this advice? There are a few ways I think I could go about compiling— but they both come with their ups and downs.

Option #1: “Slideshow”

This is the original plan. I would pick a selection from all of the advice and create a slideshow. Additionally, I would create a thank-you post containing the URLs of everyone who submitted (least I can do). This would mean, of course, that I would have to choose a few from the hundreds of awesome submissions.

Option #2: “Compilation Book”

Someone actually suggested, on an message separate from their advice, if I would consider putting all the advice into one book. Now I like this idea (because it doesn’t ask me to pick from all of your awesome advice ;3;), but the person who asked had a bunch of questions to go along with their suggestion, so allow me to relay my thoughts:

  • Would this be a physical book? No. It would be a FREE eBook. I code eBooks for a living (and I can do it in my sleep) so I would probably have this compilation in all the major digital formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF).
  • Why not a physical book? There is a lot of money that goes into the production of a paperback. I am in no situation to be giving away ‘free’ physical books (that cost money to make), and if I considered charging for the book I would walk into a metaphorical mine-field, because paperback production costs are steep, and I would have to get release papers from every writer who submitted. Unfortunately, physical books are out of the question :c
  • Would this book cost money? No. I would release for FREE as a download. Gumroad (where my books are) allows free downloads, so I would put it up there along with a few mirrors (like Box.com and such). The books would, of course, come free of any DRM.
  • How long would this take to make? A week or so. As I said, I code eBooks. I can take a whole manuscript and turn it into an eBook in a few hours. Of course, I also kind of have a day-job along with the blog, so a week is a comfortable and conservative time-window.
  • This would contain all of the advice? Yup. I would probably sort them by subject and number them. Imagine like those proverb books. Each piece of advice would get its own page. Everything would be sourced, and I would also add an index at the end, listing everyone who submitted (and have a link to their blog).
  • What if I don’t want my advice on this book? No problem. If you sent advice and you disagree with it being in the eBook just send me a message and I will omitt it. No questions asked c:

I apologize if this has gone a bit long, but I wanted to write all the information I had at hand so that you could all make an educated decision~ ((If you have any more questions, please send them my way and I will update this ASAP!))

Now, I pass the mic to you. What do you think? What are your thoughts? What option do you think it’s the best? Do you think there’s a better way to go about things?

PS: Thank you for taking the time to read this, and share your thoughts! i really appreciate it~ ♥︎ And now for a complementary question mark: ?

posted: 2 weeks ago
with: 168 notes

maxkirin:

A kind follower reminded me of that '7 Cardinal Rules of Life' post going around, and they asked me if I would ever do my take on them (that being, a writerly take). Well, seeing as how I’ve been running a Writer Positivity series for over 100 posts, I thought it would be a fun chance to collect some of my favorite advice!

PS: The above are not meant to be taken as ‘literal’ rules for writing, but rather advice for leading the lifestyle of a writer~ ♥︎

Looking for more writerly content? Make sure to follow maxkirin.tumblr.com for your daily dose of writer positivity, advice, and prompts!

posted: 2 weeks ago
with: 4970 notes

The Color Thesaurus

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All from Ingrid’s Notes on Wordpress, direct link here.

maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎

Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!

Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎

Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

posted: 3 weeks ago
with: 2220 notes

Alright.

mresundance:

tehjai:

wiwaxiasunglasses:

writeworld:

Instead of whispered, consider:

  • murmured
  • mumbled
  • muttered
  • breathed
  • sighed
  • hissed
  • mouthed
  • uttered
  • intoned
  • susurrated
  • purred
  • said in an undertone
  • gasped
  • hinted
  • said low
  • said into someone’s ear
  • said softly
  • said under one’s breath
  • said in hushed tones
  • insinuated

These posts make me unreasonably cranky. So cranky, in fact, that every time a new one of these goddamn things crosses my dash, I’m just going to dissect them. Both for the edification of newer writers and because fuck these lists.

As mentioned in previous posts: These are not synonyms for whispered. You can’t use them interchangeably. Let’s go through them.

"Well," she whispered, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is speaking in a voice so low it’s become words made of breath, probably because she doesn’t want to be heard.

"Well," she murmured, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is saying this very quietly, but above a whisper. She may be talking to herself.

"Well," she mumbled, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is speaking under her breath in low enough tones that her words may sound unclear or slurred. Also very possibly talking to herself.

"Well," she muttered, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is speaking lowly, but more clearly than a mumble. She sounds angry, irritated, or dully frustrated.

"Well," she breathed, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Breathing words may mean relief, exasperation, or exhaustion, and sound half like a sigh. Oh, look—

"Well," she sighed, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

The character is almost certainly not happy. She’s speaking in a tired, heavy breath.

"Well," she hissed, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character’s words are coming out in low, very sharp breaths. She sounds angry, irritated, or maybe just in an intense moment.

"Well," she mouthed, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character is using the barest hint of her voice, if any at all. Her lips are silently forming the syllables.

"Well," she uttered, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

Using uttered in this particular type of descriptive sense actually just sounds awkward. That said, ‘utter’ sounds like a word that implies speech in low yet strong and loud tones, well-enunciated, like someone preaching.

"Well," she intoned, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

The tone of her voice is dull and flat, with little variance in pitch. She is saying this without much emotion (intentionally or not).

Fuck “susurrated”.

"Well," she purred, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The manner she’s speaking in is silky, smooth, and particularly pleased; quite possibly smug. In this particular example, this implies she probably does have a choice about [whatever it is] and is being facetious.

"Well," she said in an undertone, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

This is bad, because an undertone is something that needs describing. That’s like saying “her dress was a color”.

"Well," she gasped, “I suppose I haven’t got a choice.”

The character is speaking in a sharp intake of breath, probably brought on by surprise or shock. She could also be short of breath, being strangled or something.

"Well," she hinted, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

The character has particular (duh) hint-hint tones in her voice as she speaks to someone. One can just imagine her leaning over closer to their ear.

"Well," she said low, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Her voice has dropped below normal pitch, but is above a whisper. There’s a certain amount of dullness in the tone, probably.

"Well," she said, into his ear, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

This implies nothing about the actual voice, just that she’s literally speaking right into his ear (perhaps at normal volume, which would be painful). It doesn’t, on its own, carry any connotations of tone or emotion.

"Well," she said softly, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

I have a personal beef with the word “softly” on account of writers in a certain area of a certain MMO that use that word for fucking everything; speech, movement, touch, footsteps, because it helps to passively describe their character as delicate and pretty or something.

It’s a personal beef. There’s nothing really wrong with the word. Moving on.

Saying something softly implies not only a lowered pitch but a certain gentleness (or at least lack of weight) in tone.

"Well," she said under her breath, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

This is very like muttered, murmured, etc — it sounds (dur) breathier, and is more likely to imply a person talking to themselves.

"Well," she said in hushed tones, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Now you’re getting closer to an equal term for “whispered”; hushed tones could mean that, or half-whispered. It does imply a certain amount of whisperiness or breathiness. It also implies a deliberate attempt to be quiet.

"Well," she insinuated, "I suppose I haven’t got a choice."

Like with ‘uttered’, this feels grammatically weird in that it’s usually a thing a person describes another person as doing (“Greg didn’t say it, but he insinuated it!”), but whatever. It’s similar to hinting; it means you’re trying to imply or subtly convey something, but has nothing to do with actual whispers.

tl;dr Those words are all different, these lists are terrible writing advice and people need to stop pulling tangentially-related words from the thesaurus and saying they all mean the same thing.

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as i tell my students:

"use the precise word, not the word that kinda sorta fits or ‘sounds more impressive’ “

use exactly the word you MEAN

pigeonbits:

Color palette tutorial time!

This is by no means the Only Way To Pick Colors—it’s just a relatively-simple method I use sometimes.  I’ve found it works pretty well, almost regardless of what colors you pick—as long as you can keep them organized by those light/dark warm/cool categories, and make sure one category takes up a significantly higher proportion of page space, it usually turns out pretty good!

zaynkin:

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nentindo:

THERE’S AN ONLINE CALCULATOR THAT DOES LONG DIVISION WITH REMAINDERS AND SHOWS THE WORK

hey this is pretty useful if youre in fourth grade

stop being so dismissive and condescending you prick this is helpful for anyone so go shove a calculator up your ass

(Source: nentindo)

asbaeks:

okay so I’ve seen a lot of really cool things around the internet so I thought I’d compile a bunch of references and fun things into one easy post for y’all! this has been a real long time in the making but it’s finally finished uwu (◡‿◡✿)
any links on this masterpost broken? use this!
BEING AN ADULT
50 sci fi and fantasy works every socialist should read
a whole bunch of cv/resume templates
any lipstick colour you want for cheap
college survival masterpost
food for broke college kids
how to answer common job interview questions
how to become an adult
how to look busy even when you’re not
learn languages
need to escape from a bad home situation?
short introductions to politics and other grown up issues
should i vote ukip?
what are my transferable skills?
what the fuck should i make for dinner?
writing a cover letter
CHEER UP
24/7 cute animal livestreams
7 cups of tea
cute websites
feeling ok?
feeling stressed?
for when u hav feelings
for when ur sad my lil pumpkin
happy things
positivity tag
trekkie care package
FILMS
afi’s top 100
all the disney and pixar u could want
animated faves
find a good movie to watch
ghibli \ wes anderson \ sofia coppola
good movies to watch whenever
lgbtqia+ movies
lovely big movie masterpost
ooo scary movies
studio ghibli subs n dubs
superheroes!
totally 90’s
what do you mean we’re not 10 any more?
FOOD
a whole bunch of delicious recipes
breakfast on the go
cheap and healthy snacks
ever wanted to try lembas bread?
fuckingrecipes
lavender lemonade
make your own vitamin water
microwave mug snacks
my food and recipe tag
no more ramen
quick and easy snacks
quick and easy soups
recipes from your favourite fandoms
smoothie recipes for every occasion
study snacks
supercook ingredient match
thinking about going vegan?
FUN STUFF
cute games
if ur real bored
coolio psychological games to make u think
easy blanket nest
more cutie games
plants that help bees
realistic drawings and animations of plants
reject someone in elvish
waste time!
write a letter to a disney character
GENDER & SEXUALITY
chest binder tutorial
helpcorgi’s gender + sexuality masterpost
if someone tries to tell you your sexuality isn’t natural
lgbtqia+ movies
movies about gay ladies
music monday
resources for cis allies
roundup of the best ya novels w lgbtqia+ characters
simple cami binder
MENTAL ILLNESS
7 cups of tea
anxiety masterpost
bipolar disorder masterpost
depression masterpost
disorder specific coping strategies
feeling isolated?
help w mental illness
if you’re not good at reading body language
need help but low on cash?
panic and anxiety info and resources
read web text more easily
recovering from emotional trauma
recovery resources
SCHOOL
a fuckload of free books
back to school masterpost
can’t afford microsoft word?
cool sciency things
exam survival
getting up in the morning
gigantic study masterpost
learn anything | also on youtube
lots and lots of free books
peer-reviewed alternative to wikipedia
pull an all-nighter
remember more of the things you study
simple essay structure
study skills
useful websites
SELF CARE
alleviate menstrual cramps
boost your confidence
funny non gendered sex education
love yourself!
more sex ed
on your period?
self help after anxiety
stop biting your nails
stop procrastinating
stop skipping breakfast
super silky summer legs
tumblr saviour for the rest of the web
SOUNDS
all the music posts you’ve reblogged
calming noises
daft punk
get shit done mix
music to write to
my mixes on 8tracks
star trek ambient sounds
star trek ds9 infirmary background ambience
when you can’t remember the name of a song
which artist should i listen to next?
THEMES
brilliant theme makers and other useful things
list of simple theme makers
make your own theme from scratch
the cutest themes on this website
TV
90’s cartoons
black comedy written by charlie brooker
bob ross’ joy of painting
cute urban fantasy miniseries w positive depiction of a disabled character
danish political intrigue w subtitles
every star trek episode ever
firefly
gangsters in the ’20s - gr8 lady characters
giles & sue
how to watch classic who | now here’s the masterpost!
jack davenport and idris elba fight vampires
paul mcgann fan? you will be after this
series about cool people starting a colony on another planet - if you enjoy babylon 5 and deep space nine you’ll love this
the hour
the x files
twin peaks
MISC
cool text tricks
cool sweary insults
cute masterpost full of nice stuff
how to get shit done
how to pack efficiently
imaginedragins’ everything masterpost
learn how to code
literallyrad’s resource masterpost
the everything post
the ultimate writing resource post

asbaeks:

okay so I’ve seen a lot of really cool things around the internet so I thought I’d compile a bunch of references and fun things into one easy post for y’all! this has been a real long time in the making but it’s finally finished uwu (◡‿◡✿)

  • any links on this masterpost broken? use this!
BEING AN ADULT
CHEER UP
FILMS
FOOD
FUN STUFF
GENDER & SEXUALITY
MENTAL ILLNESS
SCHOOL
SELF CARE
SOUNDS
THEMES
TV
MISC

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