Everyone worries about word count. Whether you’re writing a first draft, trying to reach a daily goal, or revising, you’re probably worrying about your word count.
When You Shouldn’t Worry about Word…
George R.R. Martin
[when asked if he was going to let any Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire characters live] (via let-them-eat-static)
I Promise I’m Not a Murderer: The Story of a Researching Writer
now with a sequel:
I Swear I’m Not Pregnant, I’m Just Naming Characters
Don’t forget: I’m not Trying to Break Into This Building, I Just Need to Know the Layout of it
The Sequel: I’m Really Not Poisoning Anyone, I Just Need To Know The Symptoms OF Poisoning And How Long They WOULD Take To Die From It.
Additionally: Please Don’t Put Me In A CIA Prison, I’m Just Trying To Figure Out How A Character Could Sneak Into Afghanistan From Pakistan While Avoiding the Border Police and the US Military.
Spinoff: I’m Not a Terrorist, I’m Just Curious About How Bombs Work
Hello! I’m making a blog where artists and authors can find others to work with. If you need someone to collaborate with, draw your characters, or write a plot out for you, this is the place to go. If you could go to the url artistsandauthors and reblog the latest post or post this ask to get the word out, that’d be great! It’s fine if you don’t, though. Have a nice day (or night, as it may be).
Do you have any ideas for original (or with a personal spin) magical creatures/characters? I’m having trouble making them up for a story. Thank you so much! - im-adddicted-to-you
Your characters need to be a part of the world they live in. Whether you’re making magical creatures/characters live on Earth or you’re creating a whole new world, their appearances and personalities have to make sense with their surroundings. My best advice would be to get to know the environment that’s going to be home to your characters and what kind of story you want to tell. When you already know your plot and your setting really well, your characters will most likely come easily.
Here you are a few links that might come in handy:
- Writing Realistic Magical Characters
- How to Describe a Fantasy Creature
- Tips for Writing Mythical Creatures
- Character Questionnaire for Fantasy Characters
- Fantasy Names Generator
- 10 Steps to Creating Realistic Fantasy Animals
Anti-heroes. They’re pretty awesome, right? They have tons of attitude and don’t afraid of anything! But for those of us who aren’t teenage boys, they can get kind of obnoxious. Their power-tripping can seem over the top and their angst can seem downright whiny. So how do you write troubled characters who your readers don’t want to strangle with their own totally kewl leather jackets?
15 Writers - The Best Writing Advice They Received
- Alice Kahn: The best writing advice I’ve ever heard: Don’t write like you went to college.
- Andrei Codrescu: Best advice I ever got was from the Romanian poet Nichita Stanescu, who told me in Bucharest, before I emigrated: ‘Learn English. French is dead.’
- Christopher Buckley: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received was from William Zinsser: ‘Be grateful for every word you can cut.’
- Cynthia Ozick: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received is: Write with authority.
- David Guterson: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received is to take it seriously, because to do it well is all-consuming.
- George Plimpton: I think the best advice on writing I’ve received was from John Steinbeck, who suggested that one way to get around writer’s block (which I was suffering hideously at the time) was to pretend to be writing to an aunt, or a girlfriend. I did this, writing to an actress friend I knew, Jean Seberg. The editors of Harpers forgot to take off the salutation and that’s how the article begins in the magazine: Dear Jean….
- James Atlas: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received was from Dwight Macdonald: ‘Everything about the same subject in the same place.’
- Margaret Carlson: Best writing advice I’ve ever received: Sell everything three times.
- Nick Tosches: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received was given to me, like so much else, by Hubert Selby, Jr.: to learn and to know that writing is not an act of the self, except perhaps as exorcism; that, in writing what is worth being written, one serves, as vessel and voice, a power greater than vessel and voice.
- Patsy Garlan: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received is: Don’t answer the phone.
- Peter Mayle: Best advice on writing I’ve ever received: Finish.
- Richard Ford: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received: ‘Don’t have children.’ I gave it to myself.
- Robert Lipsyte: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received was, ‘Rewrite it!’ A lot of editors said that. They were all right. Writing is really rewriting—making the story better, clearer, truer.
- Russell Banks: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received was probably something Ted Solotaroff told me years ago when he was my editor. Going over a manuscript line by line again and again he kept reminding me, ‘Remember, this is your book, not my book. You’re the one who’s going to have to live with it the rest of your life. I might publish 30 or 40 books this year, you’re only going to publish one, and probably the only one you’re going to publish in two or three years.’
- Whitney Balliett: The best advice on writing I’ve ever received is, ‘Knock ‘em dead with that lead sentence.’
From Writers Write