punkhowlett:

INSPO→  The Red String of Fate

The red string of fate, also referred to as the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. 
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmates or a twin flame.(x)


I love this. <3

punkhowlett:

INSPO→  The Red String of Fate

The red string of fate, also referred to as the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. 

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmates or a twin flame.(x)

I love this. <3

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thekingdomblog:

the realest thing I’ve ever read. 

tagged → #quotes #so true
Vampires: How to Avoid a Sucky Story

thepenspointofview:

Anonymous asked:

i just started following so i don’t know if this has been covered or not but vampires? please and thianks :)

Ah, vampires!  When it comes to writing, that’s a subject that’s super difficult to sink your teeth into.  *gets shot in the nose for such terrible punmenship*

Anyway, all jokes aside, this is a topic that’s been tried and tried again and pounded into the dirt by the beefy champions of cliché.  Vampires have drifted into the group dubbed “commercial literature”, which is great if you’re only out to make money, but not so great if you’re really looking to tell a good story.

It is, however, possible to tell a fantastic story, even with vampires!  It’s just a little tricky.  Here’s some guidelines to get you started:

Don’t focus so much on the mystical aspect of being a vampire.

Too many vampire stories make the conflict quite literally: “EGADS!  I CANNOT LIVE, FOR I AM A CREATURE OF THE NIGHT!” Yes, being a vampire can be inconvenient, but it doesn’t always have to be filled with angsty darkness because of the character’s condition.  A good way to make your character deeper than their paranormal self is to chart them out as a human, first.  What are their likes?  Their dislikes?  What are they scared of (that doesn’t have to do with the authorities wanting to shove a wooden stake through their hearts)?  Do they have a pet?  Family?  Even little things like their favorite color help develop them.  (For more character development exercises, we have a post here)  After that, add the fangs—but still remember that (in most cases) they’re still partially human.  Which leads us to our next point…

Bond human struggles with vampire-based struggles.

What would it be like to get braces fastened on vampire fangs?  For a bloodsucker to sponsor a blood drive to win a scholarship?  To have your character dress up as Batman for Halloween, just to hide the fact that they still can’t control their transfiguration yet?  Adding vampire quirks or even conflicts to everyday human issues makes your character more relatable as well as more unique.  You can even incorporate their “condition” into their job (bat tender at the zoo, cavern tour guide) or even their relationships (can you imagine a vampire father calming his adopted human daughter when she gets blood drawn?) Decide whether you want your character to be more of a monster or more of a human, but beware.  Making your character a creature uncontrollably ravenous for food and psychopathic at the sight of a blood cell can get a bit unrealistic if you’re not very careful.  After all, if you are going the human route, nobody gets that crazy and desperate about what they eat…unless it’s me with chicken wings.

Avoid the cliché!!!!

Most vampire, as well as many other supernatural stories, get swallowed by the flames of literary hell because of this.  Many of these clichés lie in folklore-based stereotypes, such as:

  • Burning in the sunlight
  • Being vulnerable to garlic
  • Being immortal
  • Super duper extreme hunger for blood
  • Superhuman abilities
  • Wooden stake through the heart (but as Dracula said in Hotel Transylvania, who wouldn’t that kill?)

Some common cliches that don’t have to do with folklore basically lie in the dark, brooding attitude of many vampire characters, or the entire idea of “don’t come near me, I’m a monster! *dramatic face shield*” Don’t worry, though!  You can still include some of these traits!  Just try and twist them so they’re unique, in ways they’ve never been done before!  Many writers of vampire-themed literature, including Stephanie Meyer, have tried to do this—and some have succeeded.  However, so, so many vampire stories have one fatal flaw, which leads us to our final point…

Never neglect the rest of your plot just for the vampire storyline!

Yes, I understand the story may actually be about how tough it is to be a vampire.  And that’s ok!  But if your vampire’s saving the world or falling in love on the side, you can have the most interesting, non-cliché character on the planet, and it won’t matter.  Why?  Because you’ll still have a flat story overall.  Brush up on rules of avoiding cliché in plots overall—romance is an especially hard one—and eventually, you’ll be able to juggle both your bloodsucking baby and everything else going on in the world around them.

Above all, make sure whatever you write, it’s for you.  The major error in vampire-themed commercial literature is that they write vampires only because they’ll sell, not because it’s what their heart is set on.  If this is really what you want to write, then by all means, do it!  And during the process, don’t let people dictate what your character(s) should or shouldn’t do and have in their lives.  Don’t be afraid to fail, either!  Stories like this have been tainted and even teased a lot in society, which makes it hard to break through the barriers that the bookstores have built.  But eventually, you can do it, if you try again and again.

 Lastly, don’t be afraid to take risks!  Vampire or none, this is your story.

Don’t let it drive you batty.

(Oh, and by the way, welcome to thepunspointofview thepenspointofview)

~Jessica

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Description: Writing a Scene of Pure Shock

writing-questions-answered:

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characterandwritinghelp:

liathwen:

salomeideal:

8point6seconds:

adventuresintimeandspace:

Here are some scientific facts about blood loss for all you psychopaths writers out there.

I would like to know what is in those bottles. 

It’s Siracha!!!! Siracha is life!

That’s actually highly useful.

I’d love some sources, but this seems like an actually useful visual reference.

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Writing Resources Masterlist

referenceforwriters:

The full list of resources RFW has reblogged or shared.

Editing Software

Writing Software

  • WriteRoom (distraction free; $9.99)
  • Scrivener (multi-faceted writing platform; $45)
  • Pages (mac specific writing software; $20.99 with iWork)
  • MS Office for Mac (multiple programs for composing; $150)
  • Google Docs (free online writing)
  • My Writing Nook (online text editor; free)
  • Bubbl.us (online mind map application; free)
  • Freemind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
  • XMind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
  • Liquid Story Binder (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $45.95; Windows, portable)
  • SuperNotecard (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
  • yWriter (novel organization and writing software; free; Windows, Linux, portable)
  • JDarkRoom (minimalist text editor; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
  • AutoRealm (map creation software; free; Windows, Linux with Wine)
  • ZenWriter (free and for $9,95; autosaves; Windows; you can add music; easy to carry on a flashdrive)
  • BigHugeLabs (online; minimalistic; free; auto-saves; you can create and account and see your documents anywhere you log in)
  • More Free Software

Generators

Character Questionnaires

Writing Communities

Organization

World Building

Productivity Boosts and Background Sounds

For more resources, check this tag and this list. Suggest some if you know of any. 

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askmommypetra:

acciorpc:

This is a compilation of guides on how to write kissing and sex scenes! If you know of a good one that isn’t listed here submit it to me and I will update the list! Almost eveyr link is NSFW.
Accurately Write Gay Sex
An Instructional Guide to Kinks, Fetishes and the World of BDSM
Advice
Bare Bones [Step by Step/Stages]
Boners
Blow Jobs [And Getting Ready to Write Smut]
Casual Sex
Decode His Smoochin’ Style
Erotic Horror
For Starters
FuckYeahSexEducation [Blog]
Gay Sex
Gay Smut
Guide to Bottoming
A Guide to the Different Types of Kisses
How To Smut (For Virgins)
A How to Guide to Writing Smut (Or, how we all know you’re a virgin who’s writing slashfic)
How To Write A Perfect First Kiss
How to French Kiss?
How to Write Good Smut
How to smut - The Bare Bones
How to write a kiss
How To Kiss: 4 Types Of Kisses Men Love
How to write a great kiss!
How to Write a Kissing Scene
How To Write A fictional Sec Scene
How To Write Sex Scenes (Terminology Caution)
The Ups and Downs (of erections)
Domination and Submission
In General [and details]
Kinks and Fetishes
Kissing
Kiss and Tell – How to Write a Kissing Scene
Language in Smut
Lesbian Smut
Lesbian Smut
Making Love
Meta on How to Write Realistic BDSM
Planned Sex 
The Orgasmic French Kiss
Resources
Sex Scene
Sex Scenes
Sex Scene References
Sex that Makes People Want to Cry
Smut 101
Smut 101
So I heard you want to Write Smut
Straight Smut
Twenty Steps to Writing Great Love Scenes
Types of Kisses
Types Of Kisses
Types Of Kisses
Terms [Vocabulary]
The Birds and the Bees of Writing Smut
The Basics
The Basic Ideas
The First Time
Tips
Tips from Smut-101
Write Sex Right
Writing Sex and Love Scenes
Writing (And reading) Sex Scenes: Good, Bad &amp; Ugly
What is a french kiss and how do I do it?
What Does A Kiss Mean? 9 Kisses Decoded
Words and Synonyms 
Words for Sex
Writing a Sex Scene
Writing from a Male’s Perspective
Writing Sex
Writing Smut
Writing Smut when You’re a Prude
Writing Tips
3 Secrets for Writing a Good Sex Scene
7 Tips for Writing Sex in Fan Fiction
12-Step Program [How to Write Sex]
25 HUMPALICIOUS STEPS FOR WRITING YOUR FIRST SEX SCENE, BY DELILAH S. DAWSON (AUTHOR OF WICKED AS SHE WANTS)

askmommypetra:

acciorpc:

This is a compilation of guides on how to write kissing and sex scenes! If you know of a good one that isn’t listed here submit it to me and I will update the list! Almost eveyr link is NSFW.

tagged → #reference

wordsandchocolate:

I made a slideshow about how to create a fictional character… I got most of the information from the ‘start writing fiction’ (free) course on the OpenUniversity website and found it incredibly useful so here’s a visual version for you :)

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"Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for."
— Rainbow Rowell (via amandaonwriting)
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Linger

the-matryoshka:

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Come to me, love. Your sweet scent drives me to insanity,

Please, let me feel your warm skin as my mouth maps an unknown trail upon your neck.

The seething hiss, as my teeth pierce through your delicate porcelain skin, remains trapped in your veins,

And you flow richly, splendidly onto my lapping tongue,

Slide down my thirsty throat. Your sustenance brings me exquisite bliss, a state of tranquil pleasure then deep satisfaction and,

As I withdraw from you, you still linger.

A shiny, silky red glow on my lips.