"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.

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?

34 Tips To Improve Your Writing

(SOURCE) Here’s a list consisting of about 34 different tips &tricks you can put to use while writing and/or roleplaying! No lie, they help a ton. So, try a few out for yourself.

  • Pay attention to punctuation, especially to the correct use of commas and periods. These two punctuation marks regulate the flow of your thoughts, and they can make your text confusing even if the words are clear.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo, which challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I noticed that my writing has definitely improved over the course of the book — and it’s not even finished yet.
  • Try not to edit while you’re creating your first draft. Creating and editing are two separate processes using different sides of the brain, and if you try doing both at once you’ll lose. Make a deal with your internal editor that it will get the chance to rip your piece to shreds; it will just need to wait some time. A really nice trick is to switch off your monitor when you’re typing. You can’t edit what you can’t see.
  • In a sentence: write daily for 30 minutes minimum! It’s easy to notice the difference in a short time. Suddenly, ideas come to you and you think of other things to write. You experiment with styles and voices and words and the language becomes more familiar…
  • Learn the rules of good writing… then learn when and how to break them.
  • I sometimes write out 8 to 10 pages from the book of my favorite writer… in longhand. This helps me to get started and swing into the style I wish to write in.
  • Be a good reader first.
  • While spell-checking programs serve as a good tool, they should not be relied upon to detect all mistakes. Regardless of the length of the article, always read and review what you have written.
  • Learn to take criticism and seek it out at every opportunity. Don’t get upset even if you think the criticism is harsh, don’t be offended even if you think it’s wrong, and always thank those who take the time to offer it.
  • Right click on a word to use the thesaurus. Do it again on the new word and make the best use of your vocabulary.
  • After editing the work on screen or in print, I like to read the text aloud. Awkward sentences and errors that slipped through earlier edits show up readily when reading out loud.
  • Avoid wordiness. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
  • Write as if you’re on deadline and have 500 words to make your point. Then do it again. And again.
  • Sometimes I type in a large font to have the words and sentences bold before me. Sometimes, in the middle of a document I will start a new topic on a fresh sheet to have that clean feeling. Then, I’ll cut and insert it into the larger document. I wait until my paper is done before I examine my word usage and vocabulary choices. (And reading this column it has reminded me that no two words are ever exactly alike.) So at the end, I take time to examine my choice of words. I have a lot of fun selecting the exact words to pinpoint my thoughts or points.
  • To be a good writer is to start writing everyday. As Mark Twain said, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Try using new words. i.e avoid repeating words. this way we learn the usage of different words. Do edit your previous articles. Start with small paragraphs like writing an article for a Newspaper, and proceed from there.
  • Remove as many adjectives as possible. Read Jack Finney’s tale, Cousin Len’s Wonderful Adjective Cellar for a fantastical tale about how a hack becomes a successful author with the help of a magical salt cellar that removes adjectives from his work.
  • I set my writing aside and edit a day or two later with the aim of making it terse. It has trained me to be more conscious of brevity when writing for immediate distribution.
  • Try to write in simple way. Express your views with most appropriate words.
  • Read great writers for inspiration. If you read them enough, their excellent writing style will rub off onto your dazzling blog. YOU ARE what you read (and write!).
  • I watch my action tense and wordiness in sentences when I am writing my technical diddley. For example, in a sentence where you say …”you will have to…” I replace it with “…you must…”, or “Click on the Go button to…” can be replaced with “Click Go to…”. Think of words such as “enables”, instead of “allows you to” or “helps you to”. If one word will work where three are, replace it! I always find these, where I slip into conversational as I am writing quickly, then go back and purge, purge, purge.
  • Don’t shy away from adopting the good habits that other writers use. Do not worry about the length of the article as long as it conveys the point. Of course, the fewer words you use, the better. Start the article with a short sentence, not more than 8 words.
  • Instead of adding tags (he said/she said) to every bit of dialogue, learn to identify the speaker by showing him/her in action. Example: “Pass that sweet-smelling turkey this way.” With knife in one hand and fork in the other, Sam looked eager to pounce.
  • Write often and to completion by following a realistic writing schedule.
  • One that works for me every time is to focus on the positive intention behind my writing. What is it that I want to communicate, express, convey? By focusing on that, by getting into the state that I’m trying to express, I find that I stop worrying about the words – just let them tumble out of their own accord. It’s a great strategy for beating writer’s block, or overcoming anxiety about a particular piece of writing, whether that’s composing a formal business letter, writing a piece from the heart, or guest blogging somewhere ‘big’…
  • Use others writer’s sentences and paragraphs as models and then emulate the syntactic structure with your own content. I’ve learned more about grammar and punctuation that way.
  • Avoid long sentences.
  • Learn the difference between me, myself and I. For example: “Contact Bob or myself if you have any questions.” I hear this very often!
  • When doing a long project, a novel, for instance, shut off your internal editor and just write. Think of your first draft as a complex outline waiting to be expanded upon, and let the words flow.
  • Careful with unnecessary expressions. “At this point in time” came along during the Nixon congressional hearings. Too bad it didn’t go out with him. What about “on a daily basis?”
  • For large documents, I use Word’s Speech feature to have the computer read the article back. This allows me to catch errors I have missed – especially missing words or words that ’sort of sound the same’ but are spelled differently (e.g. Front me instead of ‘From me’).
  • Either read the book “Writing Tools 50 Strategies for Every Writer”, by Roy Peter Clark, or read the Fifty Writing Tools: Quick List on his blog. Then join a writing group, or hire a writing coach.
  • Write the first draft spontaneously. Switch off your internal editor until it is time to review your first draft.
  • If you’re writing fiction, it’s a great idea to have a plot. It will coordinate your thoughts and add consistency to the text.
  • Edit your older articles and pieces. You will notice that great part of it will be crap, and it will allow you to refine your style and avoid mistakes that you used to make.

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