|okay, I have a question. would you say that it's more important to have amazing characters but an bad plot, or an amazing plot but bad characters? I know it's best to have good ones for both but I was just wondering.|
I’ve heard it said that a strong character can carry a weak plot, but a weak character can’t keep up with a strong plot.
|Hi! My friends suggested I write a book that was more comedy than serious. I want to write it in first person, but the character I made is so out of my comfort zone that I don't know how to properly insert myself into their shoes! Any tips?|
Trying to write a character you can’t really ‘get into’ is a sure-fire way to create a bad character. You’re the master of your written words - change the character until you feel comfortable enough to write as that person.
Writing in First Person is difficult enough without trying to write a character very different from yourself. Good luck!
|I'm writing a fantasy story that has characters who are different beings like faeries, witches (humans), werewolves (humans), etc. A friend of mine told me that it's stupid to include and focus on more than one supernatural creatures that it's ridiculous and confusing and that I should pick one and focus on it only. I was wondering if my friend is right or am I fine?|
There’s no real ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ when it comes to writing. If you feel like you’re capable of writing a story with multiple supernatural creatures in it, then go for it :)
|My mum came up with this great philosophy when I found out an idea I had for a story had already been done. She said 'every idea's been done; it all depends on how you present it.'|
That’s very, very true. The stories are old, but the way they’re told is new. As writers, that’s what we do - conceive new ways to tell stories.
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Lewis Buzbee (via what-it-takes-to-come-alive)
|Hey, I have something to share with all the writers here today! It's called Duotrope. It's a website. You have to sign up and pay (it's $5 per month or $50 for a whole year), but you can use it to search for publishing markets for fiction, non-fiction and poetry, sorting by topic and length and all kinds of cool stuff. I've had a couple of pieces published from using this thing – it's good! :D|
Thank you for the reference! :)
Robert Plutchik created a wheel of emotions in 1980 which consisted of 8 basic emotions and 8 advanced emotions each composed of 2 basic ones.
Eight Basic Emotions
Basic Emotion ⇄ Basic Opposite
- Joy ⇄ Sadness
- Trust ⇄ Disgust
- Fear ⇄ Anger
- Surprise ⇄ Anticipation
Combination of Basic Emotions (A + B) = Advanced Human Emotions (Opposite Advanced Emotion in Parentheses)
- Anticipation + Joy = Optimism (Disapproval)
- Joy + Trust = Love (Remorse)
- Trust + Fear = Submission (Contempt)
- Fear + Surprise = Awe (Aggression)
- Surprise + Sadness = Disappointment (Optimism)
- Sadness + Disgust = Remorse (Love)
- Disgust + Anger = Contempt (Submission)
- Anger + Anticipation = Aggression (Awe)
I actually had this diagram from my psychology class and I started writing a series or fics based on all the emotions.
But this one is way more detailed I’ll have to save it.
fucking coolest thing ive seen in months
|I can relate to that anon so much. I've had people laugh at my writing right in my face. It's hard but I just remember that my work is uniquely mine. This plot and these characters came from my brain and that makes it special to me.|
|When looking for names, people generally jump to baby name books/websites, but if that's not working for you, I'd recommend looking at census data, yearbooks, and phonebooks. :)|
That’s a great idea! I’ve actually even had some people tell me they found interesting names in graveyards(although always be respectful and never outright steal someone’s name, that’s not okay). It’s amazing how many different places we can gain inspiration for characters.
“Massive list of publishers 1:http://www.youngwriterssociety.com/viewtopic.php?f=391&t=84076
And massive list of publishers 2:
Scroll through the whole things. There are more publishers in later posts.”
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
newpages.com for all of your submission needs. The post contests, magazine submission deadlines, etc.
ljspillane.com/posts/2… These are a few ideas.