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
the realest thing I’ve ever read.
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
faerielullabies asked: I’m really stuck and could use your help. My story is about a villain, a truly evil person with no redeemable qualities besides his traumatic past, who is out prowling the streets one night and loses nearly his entire leg in a car accident. I have the story plotted out, but I have no idea how to describe the earth shattering shock of losing a leg without it sounding flat. It’s written in first person, and he is truly devastated. Could you give maybe write a short example of pure shock, please?
I’m not going to write an example but I’ll do something better: I’ll help you figure out how to write it yourself. :)
Writing an emotionally heavy scene like this requires you to rely on all the senses to illustrate the character’s shock. But first, you may want to do some research on shock—which is an actual medical condition—so that you know what the patient will experience. You may also want to see if you can find some accounts from people who lost a limb in an accident to see what they went through.
Illustrate the character’s shock by applying what you’ve learned to their various senses:
- Touch - What does the injury feel like? What is the pain like? What other symptoms of shock to they feel in their body? Stomach ache? Headache? Dizziness? Nausea? What do they actually touch during the traumatic moment? Do they have contact with the injury? The blood? The flesh? What are they thinking as they experience all of this? What do they feel?
- Taste - Are there any tastes associated with the injury? Bile in their mouth from vomiting or nearly vomiting? Did they sustain any other injuries in the accident which caused blood to be in the mouth? Are sweat and tears reaching the mouth? Can they taste anything in the air, like exhaust from the car or burned rubber from the tires? Does anyone put something in their mouth to bite down on to help with the pain? How does that taste?
- Smell - Are there any smells associated with the accident? Related to the environment—like perhaps the accident was near a sweet smelling field of flowers—or related to the accident, like burned rubber, car exhaust, smoke? If they or anyone else vomited, they can probably smell that. Sometimes when people are seriously injured, their bowels evacuate, so that’s something someone might smell, too—though that might be a bit unpleasant or graphic to include in your description.
- Sound - What can your character hear? Noises from terrified onlookers? Noises from the car? Noises from the environment, like birds chirping or insects buzzing? Perhaps their own cries?
- Sight - What does your character see? Probably lots of blood, damaged flesh, torn clothing, terrified onlookers, a wrecked car, smoke or fire, a peaceful night sky?
All of these elements together with the medical symptoms of shock can be brought together to create a vivid scene. Good luck! :)
Here are some scientific facts about blood loss for all you
psychopathswriters 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.
The full list of resources RFW has reblogged or shared.
- StyleWriter 4 (14-day trial period)
- Editminion (free)
- Pro Writing Aid (online editor; mostly free, but offers more features if you pay.)
- AutoCrit (offers free analysis for under 500 words)
- Paper Rater (designed for essays)
- 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
- Plot Scenario Generator
- Script Frenzy’s Plot Machine
- GotPoetry.com’s Short Story Starter
- Fictiongen’s Genre-Fiction Generator
- Nine.FrenchBoys.net’s List of Generators
- Warpcore SF’s Science Fiction Plot Generator
- Ugoi.net’s Regency Romance Generator
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s Random Plot Generator
- Squidoo’s Step-By-Step Story Plot Generator
- Character Development Questions for Writers (113 Q’s)
- Character Questions (30 Q’s)
- Character Questionnaire 1 and 2 (Interesting questions)
- Child Character Questionnaire (40 Q’sl)
- Adult Character Questionnaire (32 Q’s)
- The Mother of All Character Questionnaires (382 Q’s)
- Character Questionnaire (50 Q’s - Generic)
- Character Outlines (Very Complete)
- Character Questionnaire Tag
- FictionPress (FanFiction.net’s original fic counterpart)
- Archive Of Our Own (mainly fanfic)
- BBC English Literature Message Board
- Writer’s Cafe
- Writing Community: Writer’s Workshop
- Book Country
- Eplans (visualizing apartments, houses, etc; floorplants)
- Planet Maker (visualize a whole planet)
- TimeAndDate (timelines, dates)
- Fractal World Generator (maps of worlds)
- Creating a City From Scratch
Productivity Boosts and Background Sounds
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
- Bare Bones [Step by Step/Stages]
- 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
- 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
- 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 from Smut-101
- Write Sex Right
- Writing Sex and Love Scenes
- Writing (And reading) Sex Scenes: Good, Bad & 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)
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 :)
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.