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It’s good for you to write down your thoughts. It’s therapeutic because it forces you to slow down and think about life.

- Katie Kacvinsky, Awaken
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theroadpavedwithwords:

I just wanted you all to know that you can totally finish that piece that you’re working on, because you are super talented and wonderful and there are people that love you that would love to read your story, and you should totally do it. 

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I have a question about tokenism? Because of my setting (12 people imprisoned alone), my secondary cast is limited, but I wanted to stay diverse, so I tried to include people of several different races. Unfortunately, because of the limited cast there are a few races represented by only one or two characters? Im doing my absolute best to make every character well rounded and avoid stereotypes, but do you think having singlular representation like that will come across as token-ish anyway?

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Tokenism and Diversity

This is from the FAQ’s page: “Tokenism is writing about a minority character to give the illusion that the author is being diverse and inclusive while relying on stereotypes as an attempt to make the characters seem “authentic.” while giving majority of characterization to the main (often White) character.” 

Tokenism isn’t necessarily about having one character from a specific group, tokenism is relying on stereotypes to tell your story. If you are trying your hardest to make your characters well rounded and three dimensional and avoiding stereotypes, then I don’t think you have much to worry about. I would suggest finding a beta reader who can help you comb over the fine details.   

~Mod Najela

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vintageanchorbooks:

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BOOKS: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/how-long-it-takes-to-read-the-worlds-most-popular-books

How do you write a realistic action scene

What kind of action scene? Fighting? Car chase? Explosion? This is pretty vague.

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The Psychology of Writing: Character Development and Fear

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Whether it’s spiders, heights, socializing, public speaking, deep water, patterns, or even themselves, most every character you’ll ever write will face some debilitating fear or phobia. In today’s article let’s take a look at what fear is, how it differs from a phobia, and how you can best write these factors into your characters believably. We’ll be discussing:

  • What causes fear
  • Physical signs of fear
  • Internal sensations of fear
  • Mental responses to fear
  • Cues of long-term fear
  • Signs of suppressed fear

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Hi there! One of my characters has a stutter stemming from years of abuse, and I wondered if you could give me any tips on how to make it realistic?

Hi!

Stutters are made worse when the person is uncomfortable, upset, angry, with frustration, stress, excitement, overwhelmed, etc. So keep this in mind when writing dialogue, as well as who the character is speaking to.

You may not always have to write out the stutter, especially if your character’s stutter is very prominent. Instead, you may want to try something like:

"Do I really have to?" Maria stuttered, twisting her hands together as she forced out her sentence.

Think about how to naturally break the word up. What part of the word would someone be likely to stutter on? For example, if they were stuttering over the word ‘likely’, they probably wouldn’t get caught up on the ‘ly’ part. “Li-likely,” is where they’d probably get stuck.

How do others react to your character? Do they get frustrated or angry when they take a bit to get their words out? Are they patient and supportive?

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First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.

- Octavia E. Butler (via nanowrimoallyear)
hi you're probably really busy but do you have anything on how to write about contemporary dance? like ways to describe it, techniques, certain moves? thank you so so much!

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Good luck!

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