"memento mori."

Memento mori (Latin) - "Remember that you will die."

A blog for all things to do with writing, keeping this blog for future references and also to store all my story ideas.


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A List of Words to Use Instead of Said


Not that there’s anything wrong with using ‘said’, but it helps to switch it up a bit if you’re afraid of overusing it. Using ‘said’ doesn’t really explain anything to your readers besides telling us that a character has spoken. If you want to put more emotion into your writing, try using some of these words:

  • Accepted, Accused, Acknowledged, Added, Admitted, Advertised, Affirmed, Agonized, Agreed, Alleged, Announced, Answered, Appealed, Argued, Arranged, Articulated, Asked, Asserted, Assumed, Assured, Avowed
  • Barked, Bawled, Beamed, Beckoned, Began, Begged, Bellowed,  Bet, Beseeched, Bleated Blubbered, Blurted, Bossed, Bragged, Breathed, Broadcasted, Bugged
  • Called, Cautioned, Censured, Chatted, Chattered, Chimed in, Choked, Chortled, Chuckled, Claimed, Comforted, Commanded, Complained, Conceded, Concurred, Condemned, Confessed, Confided, Confirmed, Consoled, Contended, Continued, Cried out, Criticized, Croaked, Crooned, Crowed
  • Dared, Decided, Declared, Defended, Demanded, Denied, Described, Discounted, Doubted
  • Emitted, Empathized, Encouraged, Ended, Entreated, Exacted, Exclaimed, Explained, Exposed
  • Faltered, Finished, Fretted, Fumed
  • Gasped, Giggled, Greeted, Groaned, Growled, Grumbled, Guessed, Gulped
  • Hesitated, Hinted, Hissed, Howled
  • Implied, Implored, Inclined, Indicated, Informed, Inquired, Insisted, Interjected, Interrupted, Invited
  • Jeered, Jested, Joked, Justified
  • Laughed, Lied, Lisped
  • Maintained, Marked, Mimicked, Moaned, Mocked, Mourned, Murmured, Mused, Muttered
  • Nagged, Nodded, Noted
  • Objected, Observed, Offered, Ordered
  • Panted, Pleaded, Preached, Presented, Presumed, Proclaimed, Prodded, Professed, Promised, Proposed, Protested, Provoked, Publicized, Published
  • Quavered, Queried, Questioned, Quoted
  • Reassured, Raged, Ranted, Reasoned, Rejoiced, Rejoined, Released, Remarked, Repeated, Replied, Reprimanded, Requested, Required, Retorted, Revealed, Roared
  • Sang, Scoffed, Scolded, Seethed, Settled, Shared, Shouted, Shrieked, Shrugged, Shuddered, Snarled , Sobbed, Specified, Spluttered, Spread, Stammered, Stated, Stuttered, Stressed, Suggested, Supposed, Swore
  • Taunted, Teased, Tempted, Tested, Theorized, Thought, Told
  • Urged, Uttered
  • Voiced, Vowed
  • Wailed, Warned, Wept, Whimpered, Whined, Whispered, Wondered, Worried
  • Yawned, Yelled

There are plenty more, so feel free to add to the list. Thanks!

-Kris Noel

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Gaaaaaaaaah. Someone kill me, please?

I get inspiration to write so then I go on a massive writing spree, a few days later I read through what I wrote and absolutely hate it!

Then my inspiration to write just disappears. I do what gave me inspiration again, read or listen to music, still nothing. Out of the blue, the inspiration comes back and I repeat phase one only then to repeat phase two. 

It’s like this vicious cycle. Getting inspiration, writing, reading and hating what I wrote, lacking inspiration, attempting to regain inspiration, it returns months later, write again, hate what I write, inspiration goes bye bye, the search again, nothing happens, months go by and it comes back.. etc. 

Probably going to get some hate for this, I’m sorry if this offends anyone.

But why are we discussing writing about POC? If you want to write a POC then go ahead and do it. The one thing that strikes me is how people say they don’t know how to write a POC and fear people will tear them apart for getting a POC wrong. I mean, at the end of the day isn’t a POC a human just like everyone else? So if you can write a white person surely writing a POC is something you can write too? Maybe I’m just looking into this too much. Basically all I’m saying is, just write a POC like a normal human, like they are. We’re all human at the end of the day. 

Wrote four chapters of my story but now I’m going to start again because it’s poop and I don’t like it.

Advice: Stuck on Fight Scenes and Dialogue


Anonymous said: In a lot of stories set in medieval times the hero is a poor person who falls for the Princess; in my story I was hoping to go with the hero being a female who is a warrior but also viewed as an equal to her partner who is a warrior but the Prince, first in line to be King. Would people hate this change? The male isn’t just going to be in the story for the sake of love.



A lot of people want changes like this. Don’t worry about the people who would hate it.

Man, tell this guy that if the male turns out to not be romantically inclined, or at the very least the romance is thrown on the back-burner, I WILL BE HIS FIRST BUYER WHEN IT HITS THE MARKET! I HAVE WANTED TO HEAR OF A STORY LIKE THIS IN AAAANY SETTING FOR AGES! I know I’m a nobody, but seriously, send him my sincerest regards!

His first buyer? But this is my question and I’m a female! :c I’m also glad that people want this change, I was too scared to ask this; thinking people would send me hate, acting like I’m some crazy person.

Character Development: Types of Antagonists


Advice: Evil King’s Motivation


Female villains


Male villains come in the following flavors:

  • Mad scientist
  • Hideous monster (usually male because of gender pronouns, not male animal characteristics)
  • Greedy CEO
  • Dark lord
  • Corrupted by power
  • Criminally insane
  • Antivillain with an interesting backstory
  • Somebody who uses their incredibly destructive powers
  • Cult leader
  • Dictator
  • Manifestation of darkness
  • Zealot/extremist
  • Manipulator (nonsexual)
  • And much, much more!

Female villains generally come in four flavors:

  • Innocent but deadly
  • Seductress/sexual manipulator
  • Forced into evil, usually by a male
  • Occasionally, if an author is feeling *progressive*, nature-themed and extremely powerful, since women are often perceived as being closer to nature

Can we have some more awesome female villains who fall on the first list?