bleedforyourtypewriter:

Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:

Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:

Making notes? Here you go:

Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:

Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:

Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:

Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:

So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 

All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:

I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:

Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.

Just letting everyone now you should now be able to see all of the posts on this blog! It was a problem with the html/css in the description. Thanks for letting me know about it!

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simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!
-MissKyo
simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!
-MissKyo
simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!
-MissKyo
simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!
-MissKyo
simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!
-MissKyo
simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!
-MissKyo
simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!
-MissKyo

simplyoriginalcharacters:

samswritingtips:

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]

Some of you lovelies might find this very useful for character descriptions!

-MissKyo

amandaonwriting:

Literary Birthday - 15 August

Happy Birthday, Stieg Larsson, born 15 August 1954, died 9 November 2004

Quotes

  1. Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular forms of entertainment that exist. If you then try to have something to say… that I have, of course.
  2. Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment. It isn’t primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
  3. I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don’t describe anything in the society outside.

Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the “Millennium series” of crime novels, which started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They have sold more than 65 million copies.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

writingnotebooks:

Dear journaling enthusiast,

You’re here because you love notebooks. You love sturdy hardcovers and flexible spines, pages that crinkle when you turn them and fine-tipped pens.

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You probably know the pleasure of curling up with only a notebook and your thoughts. You love to turn back through the pages, admiring your own handwriting and the narrative of your life.

But how often have you used your notebook as a force of positive change? Do you just write about your day…every day…or do you want to get something more out of it?

Journaling isn’t just a form of self-expression, it’s a method of vibrant growth, change, and healing.

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Let me just ask you one thing: do you feel secure about the steps you’ve taken to achieve your personal and professional dreams? Are you confident about your ability to succeed?

If you’ve haven’t done everything you can…if you find yourself overwhelmed by all the things you want to do (but don’t have enough time for), then keep reading.

As we approach the beginning of autumn, we open ourselves to new beginnings.

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The start of the school year is a blank slate upon which you write your hopes and dreams and wishes for all that you hope to succeed in the future.

But maybe you could write your hopes and dreams in your journal.

What if there were guidelines that would enable you to realize those goals and hold yourself accountable for them?

With just one notebook, you can set up an entire system for understanding, setting, and tracking your personal goals.

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Imagine sitting at your desk at the end of the day. Your journal is open in front of you. You sip from a mug of warm tea between sentences.

There’s a stack of finished homework and completed projects next to you, and you’ve even had time to pursue some of your own personal goals.

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Maybe in your free time you’ve been practicing an instrument, studying a language, or improving your art or writing. Maybe you’re training for a sports team, a marathon, or just trying to get fit and healthy.

Maybe you finally found the time to get caught up on your scrapbooking backlog or you had the energy to get motivated to clean your room from top to bottom, making it look as clean and chic as a picture in a magazine.

Imagine having one little notebook that you can carry around with you, filled with your own personal musings, goals, dreams, desires, inspiration, and success stories.

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Imagine that at the end of the day, you write down a list of everything you’ve accomplished…and you have pages more in your journal, detailing the hard work you’ve done and the things you’ve achieved.

Whatever your hobbies, passions, and goals for the future — they can be achieved.

If you love to write, journal, create, explore, and set goals, then the productivity system I recommend in my ebook “Journaling Your Goals: Prompts, Motivation, and Advice to Help You Achieve Your Dreams” will definitely work for you.

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If you track the #studyspo tag, love “productivity porn,” follow @writingnotebooks, or get a kick out of seeing other people’s notebooks, journals, and workspaces, then you’ll love “Journaling Your Goals.”

Here’s a bit of what you’ll get if you read JYG:

  • What supplies and tools you’ll need
  • How to format your notebook for optimal success
  • How to brainstorm and set goals
  • How to set and track challenges to push yourself to new levels of success (and fun!)
  • How to become obsessed with your projects
  • How to create a life wheel
  • How to use rituals and automate your routines to motivate you
  • How to figure out your values
  • How to visualize your goals
  • How to prep with a checklist

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And that’s just getting started. JYG also includes sections on:

  • How to overcome crippling fear and doubt
  • How pop culture inspiration like Harry Potter, Supernatural, and video games can motivate you to succeed
  • How to be “YOU 2.0
  • How to associate hard work with good things
  • How to go “Adventure Studying
  • How aiming for rejection can make you a more confident person
  • How to find a mentor, a role model, and a support system
  • How to create a personal manifesto
  • How to celebrate your achievements

As a recent grad and someone who’s been journaling since childhood, I developed this system based on my own needs for personal motivation and goal-setting.

JYG is a four week program which includes:

Week One: Here and Now

Week Two: Reflect

Week Three: Act on It

Week Four: Moving Forward

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With JYG, you get more than just writing prompts, inspiration, and advice. More sections include:

  • How to make a memory jar
  • How to set New Year’s Resolutions
  • How to nourish your soul through self care and spiritual routines
  • How to make a comfort box
  • How to reward yourself and enjoy simple pleasures on your path to success

However, this system isn’t just for students. It can be used by a wide range of individuals, from stay-at-home moms/dads to people in the workforce.

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Even my mother, who got an advance copy of my ebook when she supported it in the crowdfunding stage, told me that she didn’t expect to learn anything new…but was pleasantly surprised to find lots of accessible information that she was able to apply to her own life goals.

If office supplies make your heart go pitter-pat…

If you love order and organization — or if you aren’t organized enough and need a system to help you structure your productivity…

…then you’ll love “Journaling Your Goals.”

The best thing about JYG? It costs less than the Frappuccino you’re going to buy at Starbucks when you sit down with my ebook and a fresh, blank notebook, ready to start applying the tips and techniques to jumpstart your goals.

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And guess what? Journaling Your Goals is available on Amazon for only US$2.99.

Almost 30,000 words of handy tricks, life hacks, and inspiration. $3 value.

When you’re about to start buying school supplies, what is $3? It probably costs about as much as a school notebook. Less than the price of a pack of nice pens.

Don’t forget that you’ll have direct access to the author if you ever have any questions or concerns. I’m here at @writingnotebooks and my ask box is always open, so you can reach me at any time.

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Do yourself and your dreams a favor by investing in “Journaling Your Goals.” Start the school year off right. Get organized and motivated for everything you’re about to achieve.

Journaling Your Goals: Prompts, Motivation, and Advice to Help You Achieve Your Dreams is available in the US and most international stores on Amazon.

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Be well. Do good things. And best of luck. I believe in you!

-@writingnotebooks

(photos courtesy of my own self, @eighty-eightphotography, @thenotebookdoodles, @artistnicholerae, @justparis, @karyboo21, @succubus-studies, and more)

romantic0utlaw:

think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!
this site has additional info, diagrams, worksheets, and models, as well as information on things like coasts, volcanoes, and populations
look at real life sources for climates. Consider the way that your continent(s) lay in relation to their equator, and the weather and types of flora and fauna and peoples that adapted to it.
think about pangea. If you have multiple continents, do they fit together like a jigsaw?
when in doubt, look at the natural world around you and think about what would change if something was drastically different. Look at the reactions between parts of our world and change them.
play civilization games and think about the things that go into making decisions there
romantic0utlaw:

think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!
this site has additional info, diagrams, worksheets, and models, as well as information on things like coasts, volcanoes, and populations
look at real life sources for climates. Consider the way that your continent(s) lay in relation to their equator, and the weather and types of flora and fauna and peoples that adapted to it.
think about pangea. If you have multiple continents, do they fit together like a jigsaw?
when in doubt, look at the natural world around you and think about what would change if something was drastically different. Look at the reactions between parts of our world and change them.
play civilization games and think about the things that go into making decisions there
romantic0utlaw:

think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!
this site has additional info, diagrams, worksheets, and models, as well as information on things like coasts, volcanoes, and populations
look at real life sources for climates. Consider the way that your continent(s) lay in relation to their equator, and the weather and types of flora and fauna and peoples that adapted to it.
think about pangea. If you have multiple continents, do they fit together like a jigsaw?
when in doubt, look at the natural world around you and think about what would change if something was drastically different. Look at the reactions between parts of our world and change them.
play civilization games and think about the things that go into making decisions there
romantic0utlaw:

think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!
this site has additional info, diagrams, worksheets, and models, as well as information on things like coasts, volcanoes, and populations
look at real life sources for climates. Consider the way that your continent(s) lay in relation to their equator, and the weather and types of flora and fauna and peoples that adapted to it.
think about pangea. If you have multiple continents, do they fit together like a jigsaw?
when in doubt, look at the natural world around you and think about what would change if something was drastically different. Look at the reactions between parts of our world and change them.
play civilization games and think about the things that go into making decisions there

romantic0utlaw:

think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!

fictionwritingtips:

fictionwritingtips:

Creating a world from scratch isn’t easy. Developing everything takes time and there’s a lot to think about. Worldbuilding doesn’t just mean focusing on locations; you need to take the time to do extensive planning. If you have some ideas, but aren’t sure how to link them together, try asking yourself some questions. I’ve compiled a list that should help you focus your ideas and create an incredible world for your story:


The World


• Is this place like Earth? Is it an alternate Earth?
• What types of creatures live in my world? Are there humans? Will I be making up different races?
• Is my world based on science or magic? Or a combination of both? Is the magic in my world explained?
• What does the world look like physically? Are there mountains? Are there oceans?
• How has my world been built up? Are there cities?
• How much land is habitable?
• What is your world’s history and how does that change the plot?
• What is an average day like for my main characters?
• How do people travel between lands? Is space travel possible?
• What is the technology like? Is it more advanced than Earth’s technology?
• What type of climate does my world have?


The Culture


• What types of jobs do people have? What is a good job to have? What’s respectable?
• Do people believe in myths or have stories to explain their history?
• Do people believe in story-telling? What do they do for fun? How to they share their history?
• What are the customs of different groups? What do they hold as sacred? Do they worship a God or Gods?
• What are families like? Relationships?
• How do people deal with certain life events? Death? Marriage? Childbirth?
• What foods do people eat? What’s eaten during celebration? Is any food sacred?
• How do people eat? At a table? Alone?
• How to people share their affections? How do they greet each other? How do they say goodbye?
• Do people have different languages? How do they communicate?
• Is everyone treated the same? Are there gender differences? How are the genders categorized?
• Do people have different religions? How do they worship?


Government


• What is the basic style of government? Is it different everywhere?
• Are there armies? How do you protect citizens? Who controls the armies?
• Are government officials elected?
• Do people pay taxes? How are taxes collected?
• Are government and religion separated?
• Who rules? Are they kind? Are the citizens afraid of him or her? Is there corruption?
• What services does the government provide?
• Does the government deal with criminals? How? What types of laws are there?


Daily Activities


• What do people do on a daily basis?
• What is considered “fun”? What’s a relaxing activity?
• What do people wear? Does it change for different activities? Is there a dress code or any kind?
• What is considered normal? What’s abnormal behavior? How are these people judged?
• Do people go to school? What’s the school like? What do they learn?
• Are their holidays? How are they celebrated?
• What are homes like? Are people settled in one spot? Do they travel?
• Do most people know how to read? What is considered smart? How is intelligence judged?

You can ask yourself tons of questions to expand on your world and figure out exactly how you want it to be. Worldbuilding is a long process, so take the time necessary to develop everything.

-Kris Noel

Reblogging because I get asked this a lot.

lettersandlight:

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Each week, a new author will serve as your Camp Counselor, answering your writing questions. Heather Mackey, our third counselor, is author of the middle-grade fantasy Dreamwood:

How can you write a character’s inner dialogue? How do you format it? — kiwithewitch

Drat, she thought tearfully, these NaNoWriMo questions are going to expose me as a fraud!

My book didn’t have a ton of interior dialogue, but I noticed when it came back from copyedit all such passages were in italic. When you’re directly transcribing the thoughts of a character, put those thoughts in italic. (Use quotes only for dialogue that’s spoken aloud.)

But formatting is the easy part. How should you best use it? I think the answer is: sparingly. Interior dialogue—at least of the direct sort in my example—can become a crutch. And italics are annoying. Really, if my character is worried about people thinking she’s a fraud, you, the reader, should be able to detect that simply from her body language, her actions, or something she says to someone else. Dramatize it, don’t think it.

Now, in first person point of view or in close third, you’re often in a character’s thoughts. So you may find yourself writing stuff like this:

She looked out the window. Would anyone take her advice?

This needs neither italics nor quotes. You’re so close to the character, you’re naturally reporting what’s going on in their head, and it’s a lot easier to read. In fact, with some writers, you’re reading mainly interior thought with very little action.

Still, I think as a general rule of thumb you want externalize inner thought and emotion as much as possible, particularly if you’re writing in an action-oriented genre.

Ask yourself:

  • Can I show this another way?
  • Is it necessary?
  • How does the passage read without it?

In the end, how much you use interior dialogue has to be a matter of personal style, genre, and what your aims are for your book. Look at the authors you admire in the genre you’re working in and study how they use this tool. 

Next week, we have our final Camp Counselor, Kat Zhang, author of the Hybrid Chronicles, a young adult series. Ask her your questions here!

sad-bot:

i dont think you guys appreciate how rad this site is 

because first of all you got your basic fantasy and game race names for like

everything

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