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.
artist-versus-poet asked: I’m having a hard time coming up with an antagonist. Is there any sort of list of different types of antagonists?
It’s difficult to find a comprehensive list of antagonist types because almost anyone or anything can be an antagonist. Even a good person with good intentions can be an antagonist if he’s opposing the protagonist in some way.
If you really look around, you can find the attempts of different people to list some common, basic antagonist types, but these lists are by no means definitive. Here are two that I found:
How To Write Compelling Antagonists by KM Weiland
The Different Types of Antagonists – Case Study: Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell (POSSIBLE SPOILER)
I also recommend reading The 25 Things You Should Know About Protagonists by Chuck Wendig at terribleminds.
Anonymous asked: Hi! I’m writing a story about a king who turns evil (for lack of a better word), in a way that makes his advisers, servants, and wife turn against him. There is a secret council whose main objective is to bring him down, but i’m having trouble solidifying why he is so evil. Like, I can’t seem to find a good reason to make them want him dead.Well, historically, if a king’s advisers felt he was a threat to their safety and prosperity (and secondarily that of the kingdom), that would have been a pretty good reason to attempt to end his reign by death. Maybe your king has gone completely off the deep end, has become paranoid of everyone and everything around him, frequently arrests the people around him and accuses them of plotting against him, takes away rights and titles from people he suspects of betrayal, attacking the towns and castles of his lords in an attempt to thwart an imagined uprising, torturing random subjects to get information, and even going so far as to execute loyal subjects on the suspicion that they are acting against him. If some of those people were the loved ones of his wife, advisers, and servants, that should be enough for them to want to turn against him. And they would be fearing for themselves as well.
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
- Manifestation of darkness
- 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?
(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.
Genesis. Say your character uses water powers. Can she create water spontaneously and whip it around, or does she need a source? Many stories don’t address this - and I’m being anal for asking you to - but if your character spontaneously generates water or fire, where does it come from? Do they extract water from their own bodies? Do they carry a water bottle? Do they extract it from the air? Other sources could be magical items or special sites.
Overlap. This is your biggest concern - how much do the powers overlap? You shouldn’t develop elemental powers in a vacuum. Just to give a few examples of how your powers overlap,
- Electricity, fire = light
- Volcanoes are earth + fire; magma is melted (fire) rock (earth)
- Electricity can sometimes create fire
- Hurricanes = water + air
- What is quicksand? Water or earth?
You don’t have to worry about this problem as much if anyone can learn the elements. If people can only learn one or two, then you have a problem. At what point do you stop them from using others’ powers? The electricity/fire/light menage a trois seems particularly difficult. I don’t know what you mean by “light”, so you might want to come up with a strict definition for it.
Relationships. Electricity creates light, ignites fires, travels in water, travels through the air, and scorches the earth. Fire turns water to steam, sometimes results from electricity, creates light, heats the air/fills it with smoke, and turns earth/rock to lava, burns the earth, etc. Water can kill fire or turn into steam, amplify electrical charges, reflect light, contains air (especially in turbulent water), and erodes earth. You can go on with this list; I won’t for sake of brevity and because you should exercise your imagination. The relationship between all these elements is the other major reason why elemental powers should never be developed in a vacuum - because the world doesn’t operate in a vacuum. If you have people fighting each other, then it would be wise to map out how the different powers affect each other. A lot of these elements in combination can make something greater than one element alone, so consider making it better to fight in groups rather than as the lone gunman magician.
Stereotypes. Wielders of different elements usually have certain personalities. Fire-wielders will be fiery, brash, warm, and quick to act. Water wielders will be passive, calm, and patient. Earth wielders are hippy Greenpeace activists. Those are the most ubiquitous ones, anyway.
Different uses. Most elemental mages are like, “Whoosh, whoosh I create wind I control the air!” or “Wow I can move rocks! I control the earth!” or “Ahaha burn motherf*ckers! I control fire!” and so on. Think beyond the usually animal speech, living flamethrower, wind blowing stuff you see in every elemental story. You can use it, of course, but consider other points. Avatar allowed waterbenders to bend blood as well - blood being 92% water - which was pretty cool. Air mages could remove oxygen from the air, making them silent killers. I don’t know what kind of light you’re using, but if it’s sunlight, those people can grow crops even when it’s raining. Earth wielders can usually talk to animals and plants, and not much else. What about digging ditches or building? What about processed earth materials, like paper. Can they control paper? What about the wood frames that make up our houses? And can they control radioactive material as well? It’s just something to think about.