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Fighting Words

clevergirlhelps:

Attack

Advance, assail, assault, beset, charge, drive, foray, hurtle, launch, lunge, maul, press forward, push, rush, storm, surge

Break

Blast, breach, carve, cleave, cleft, crack, cripple, crunch, demolish, destroy, disable, disfigure, disintegrate, divide,…

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World Building Considerations: Cities

thewritingcafe:

Creating a world from scratch can be overwhelming, but having an understanding of how societies form can be quite helpful. Here is a basic overview of how cities form.

The Origin

So how do cities pop up? Humans were nomadic for thousands of years before they learned to…

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Anonymous said: do you have a list or know of a list that has literary agents/agencies that have tumblr blogs? thanks!! 

characterandwritinghelp:

slitheringink:

thewritingcafe:

I couldn’t find much. You can find a lot more lit agents on twitter and I think everyone listed here also has a twitter.

Laurie Abkemeier

  • (From website): She is currently most interested in narrative nonfiction about remarkable individuals or achievements in the areas of history, sports, science, nature, sociology, and technology, and prescriptive nonfiction that is research-based. She is also interested in hearing from artists and illustrators with book ideas.

Hannah Bowman

  • (From website): Hannah specializes in commercial fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, and romance. Hannah is also interested in nonfiction, particularly in the areas of mathematics, science and religion (especially history and sociology of Christianity).

Diana Fox

  • (From Publisher’s Marketplace): I am actively seeking the following: young adult fiction (all genres), science fiction/fantasy, romance, historical fiction, thrillers, and graphic novels. I’m always interested in books that cross genres and reinvent popular concepts with an engaging new twist (especially when there’s a historical and/or speculative element involved). On the nonfiction side I’m interested in memoirs, biography, and smart narrative nonfiction; I particularly enjoy memoirs and other nonfiction about sex work, addiction and recovery, and pop culture.

HSG Agency

  • Multiple agents looking for YA, middle grade, adult fiction, picture book, and non-fiction writers. Specific genres for each agent is listed on their website.

New Leaf Literary

  • Multiple agents. Genres are listed here.

Rebecca Friedman

  • (From website): Looking for literary novels of suspense, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult, as well as journalistic non-fiction and memoir.

Eric Nelson

  • I can’t find his exact genres, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly non fiction. You’ll have to look at his books and his twitter.

PS Literary Agency

  • Multiple agents. All literary agents and what they’re looking for are listed on the main website, which is listed on their tumblr blog.

Regal Literary

  • We represent works in a wide range of categories, with an emphasis on literary fiction, outstanding thriller and crime fiction, and serious narrative non-fiction. Specific agents can be found here.

Sarah Such Literary Agency

  • Literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, including Y/A and children’s books.

For later.

You might also want to check out the agentandeditorwishlist Tumblr. It has been inactive for a while, but it might point you in the direction of an agent or editor that will click with your story.

-Headless

Posted: 3 days ago with 640 notes
winterbcky:

writing: suspense ;; an instrumental mix

perihelion - trent reznor & atticus ross // descent - austin wintory // oxymorons - alexandre desplat // rain - marco beltrami // use and abuse part 1 - andrew hale // obelisk - timber timbre // legions (war) - zoe keating // in chaos eternal - atrium carceri // great bird of prey - trent reznor & atticus ross // the void - steven price // the tale of the three brothers - alexandre desplat // constellations - balmorhea // i’m goblin - hans zimmer and the magnificent six // interrogation - the chemical brothers

winterbcky:

writing: suspense ;; an instrumental mix

perihelion - trent reznor & atticus ross // descent - austin wintory // oxymorons - alexandre desplat // rain - marco beltrami // use and abuse part 1 - andrew hale // obelisk - timber timbre // legions (war) - zoe keating // in chaos eternal - atrium carceri // great bird of prey - trent reznor & atticus ross // the void - steven price // the tale of the three brothers - alexandre desplat // constellations - balmorhea // i’m goblin - hans zimmer and the magnificent six // interrogation - the chemical brothers

earthfire75 said: Hello! First, I'd like to say I really love your fics. And to that end, I would like to ask for a bit of guidance/advice. I'm working on a chapter of my own fic and I'm trying to write out a kissing scene, and a rather emotional one at that. I'm still really new to this and was wondering if you had or know of any sources I could go to for a little help pulling it together. Thank you. 

allegoricalrose:

Oh yay- there can never be enough kissing scenes in this universe!

Ramblings about Writing Kisses

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Now, this is just my personal opinion (and I’m not, by far, an expert!), but when I write kisses, the lip-locking itself is usually the least important part. I’m much more concerned about:

  • The lead up and the tension in the room. I often augment that tension (because it’s my favourite part!) by interrupting the usually angsty introspection to comment on a feature of their environment, e.g. “The water was dripping into the sink and there was a tiny sliver of light peeking in from between the closed curtains.” I like this because it not only draws out the suspense but if you do it right, you can infuse the tension into even these mundane details and show rather than tell an actor’s state of mind: the way we interpret our world is very much influenced by our emotions!.
  • What the kiss means. Kissing is really just another form of expressing an emotion: which one do you want to show?
  • Who initiates the kiss (and what this says about their character, development, state of mind)
  • Whether the recipient goes to meet their lips or stays passive (and what this says about their character, development, state of mind)
  • If they stay passive, long long until they respond? Remember, every second of shock/non-response will feel like an eternity for the kisser!
  • Is it practiced/skilled/smooth or is it sloppy and imperfect? (I like sloppy, personally: it adds an element of urgency or first-time nerves.)
  • How do they break away? (Is it abrupt, a gentle tapering, moving to the neck?)
  • What do they do after the kiss? (are they panting, do their foreheads meet, do they make eye contact?)
  • How do the characters feel after the kiss? (aroused; brainless; regretful; worried; awkward? Also, bodily reactions: swollen lips; shaky hands racing hearts?)

I find the actual kiss often tricky to write because, let’s be honest, it’s difficult to make tongue thrusts and salvia mingling sexy or sweet (or whatever tone you’re going for). As such, I usually focus on what the characters are sensing during it: taste, smell, touch, hearing, visual (eyes open or closed?) and their emotional reactions to being kissed.

When I bother describing the dance of the tongues (ugh, I hate that phrase! but I use it…) I sometimes like to imagine the tongues are tiny personifications of the actors themselves, and that they’re interacting and conversing same as their full sized counterparts. One makes a move, the other responds, they’re tentative and then joyful: they react to the others’ actions. 

I often feel like I’m recycling ad nauseam the same old words (explore, dance, thrust, biting, lips lips lips lips) but I am also very careful about the type of words I use and their tone. ‘Thrust’ for example is very urgent and a little aggressive so I wouldn’t use it if I want the kiss to be sweet or hesitant. ‘Sucking’ and ‘slurping’ I would only use in certain contexts too. Kissing and sex is often all about dominance, conquering, and giving in, so I will sometimes pilfer words/phrases/images from that vocabulary category and adapt it for the kissing: e.g. ‘victory march’. 

Here’s some great references I’ve used at some point or the other: I especially like the first one because sometimes I just need help finding the right word…

One more thing: don’t feel like you have to write an extremely detailed account of every muscle movement in a three minute long kiss. If you want to, you should, but some of the most effective kisses I’ve read are short and leave things up to the reader’s imagination in terms of technique: kisses are usually a gateway and not the be-all-and-end-all, whether to further emotional intimacy, for revealing feelings, to assert power, etc. You can also slow down your plot waaay too much if you ramble on for pages about one kiss…

Hope that helps, good luck!

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Marketing 101: How NOT to Promote Your Novel

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Character Voice Consistency

thedancingwriter:

Keeping a character’s voice consistent throughout a book can be a challenge. There are a multitude of factors to maintaining a character’s voice. Keep in mind that as the character develops, the voice doesn’t change. A character’s voice at its core can best be described as…

Posted: 1 week ago with 5,119 notes
bleedforyourtypewriter:

Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:
Coggle 
Lucidchart
Mural.ly
Blumind
MindMeister
Mindmaple
Mindomo
NovaMind
Popplet
Scapple
Tree Sheets
Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)
XMind
FreeMind
Oak Outliner
Work Flowy
The Outliner of Giants
Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:
Gedit
Google Docs
Kate
LibreOffice
Microsoft Word
My Writing Spot
NoteTab
Open Office
Quabel
Ted
Vim
yEdit
Making notes? Here you go:
CintaNotes
Evernote
KeepNote
Memonic
MS OneNote
Scribe
SuperNotecard
Tomboy
Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:
Aeon Timeline 
Dipity
Preceden
Tiki-Toki
Timeglider
Timeline
TimelineJS
TimeToast
Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:
Liquid Story Binder XE
LitLift
PangurPad
Scriptito
Scrivener
Writer’s Café
Yarny
yWriter
Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:
Dark Room 
FocusWriter
JDarkRoom
Momentum Writer
OmmWriter
Q10
Writemonkey
Zen Writer 
Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:
Cold Turkey 
FocalFilter
Freedom
InternetOff
Keepmeout
Nanny
Productivity Owl
RescueTime
SelfControl
SelfRestraint
Simple Blocker
StayFocusd
Strict Workflow
Time Doctor
Waste No Time
Website Blocker
So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 
AutoCrit
EditMinion
Grammarly
LyX
SlickWrite
SmartEdit
After the Deadline
All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:
Acrobat
InDesign
Calibre
CutePDF
Jutoh
Mobipocket Creator
PagePlus
PageStream
PDFCreator
Scribus
Sigil
I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:
750 Words
One Page per Day
Oneword
Penzu
Write or Die
Written Kitten
Focus Booster
Spaaze
AutoREALM (Map building software)

Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.

bleedforyourtypewriter:

Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon. 

Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:

Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:

Making notes? Here you go:

Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:

Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:

Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:

Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:

So you’ve got something down? Need to edit? 

All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:

I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:

Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.