okayophelia:

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read like a motherfucker. don’t learn from your betters, just inhale them. imprint rhythms and chokeholds and things-that-shoot-up-your-spine into your fingertips. read how romance novels create characters so vivid you want to fuck them and have them be fucked. read brutal minimalism and extravagant prose. read children’s books to remember about wonder and post-modernists to remember about freedom. read because at some point you will be so full with the consumption of language you will need to start pouring it back out again.

write like an asshole. write things when you’ve stayed up so late you are delirious. write when you’re drunk. write when a song has made you feel catastrophic. write when you’re famished. write when you’re spitting mad. write so you don’t curl up in the bottom of a shower and sob. write when people have torn strips off you. write when you’re high on adrenaline. write because there’s a monster on your back and you need to make it real and separate from your soul. eventually, you will not need any of these props to make you brave enough.

seriously. that’s it.


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A large list of everything you should know about roleplaying if you’re a beginner:

howto-rp:

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*If anyone has anything they think would be a good addition to this list, send me a message!


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[Guide] Self-Paras: A Documentary

critiqualicious:

/david attenborough voice

And here you see the wild selfie in its natural habitat, the writer’s desk, munching on a piece of your creativity. You, like many other writers before you, have fallen prey to its sharp teeth and serrated claws, and you now find yourself with a mighty case of the writer’s block.

Though you may find yourself up the creek without a paddle, friend, have no fear! I’m here to teach you not only what a selfie is, but when and why people use them. As a closer I’ll also go over how to write one in case you’re still confused. Still have questions after this guide? Don’t be afraid to inquire! I only bite when I’m hungry.

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These writing prompts are not mandatory, however they will count as activity. These prompts are provided to you to help you have a better understanding of your character and explore their development as they attend Fantasia Academy.

"Who are you, really?"

This prompt focuses around the idea of identity. According to psychologists, teenagers build a sense of self by reflecting on how others see them. Today’s teens need to become more independent because their parents or caretakers might not be around much longer. Therefore teens have to start relying more on what peers think and develop “a more socially constructed sense of self”. For this prompt, you will need to write a character sketch for your character. A character sketch is when the writer is trying to introduce the reader to someone, for example their character. You would want the reader to have a strong mental image of the character, to know how they talk, personality, and see the world around them. Character sketches are simply a snap shots of characters and their identity;  therefore, you do not need to write a complete history of the character. A good way to write a character sketch is to tell a little story or about your character. Here are some resources centered around character sketches: (x),(x),(x).

The only requirements for this prompt are:

  • Must be set in present time (the setting would have to be within the school) and be written in third point of view.
  • Please make sure it is at least two paragraphs in length but if you want to write more, we highly encourage you to! 
  • Try your best. Like Gloria Kempton had once said, “Just write. Take risks. You’ll make mistakes. That’s how you learn,

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These writing prompts are not mandatory, however they will count as activity. These prompts are provided to you to help you have a better understanding of your character and explore their development as they attend Fantasia Academy.

"Two is Better Than One"

This writing prompt is for those who wanted to be part of the paraing pair-up challenge. It will be very simple and each person has been randomly placed together with another who has agreed to be part of this challenge. Each pair will be given a place around town or a place on the school’s campus. The goal is to come up with a para/convo for the two of you featuring the word and/or feeling that has been given within the assigned setting.

  • Alice & Snow White in the Ashdown Library (word: Cliché)  
  • Megara & Belle in the Infirmary (word: Earnest)
  • Hades & Vanellope von Schweetz in the Dining Hall (word: Trouble)
  • Lilo & Rapunzel in the Art & Drama Center (word: Bug-eyed)

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Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities

kgillsrpc:

This is an old post of mine, but I decided to make it rebloggable as others may find it useful as well.

Anonymous asked: I’m in a very very good roleplay and I feel seriously insecure. I typed up a self-para once and didn’t dare to post it. I’m really afraid that the people there would judge me because their English is just so good and I’m… not. It was a shock to get accepted and my activity’s low because of this fear. What can I do and do you have any tips? Thank you.

I understand you so very well. Feeling insecure in the company of other writers or roleplayers is something I’m fairly sure most of us have experienced at one point or another. There are a few pieces of advice I can think of right off the bat.

The admins accepted you for a reason

This is probably the most important thing I can tell you. Admins usually know what type of people they are looking to have in their roleplay, and everyone is accepted for a reason. If they had thought you weren’t good enough, or that you weren’t up to par with the other roleplayers, they most likely wouldn’t have accepted in the first place. Trust their judgment, as they should know their players better than anyone else.

Don’t compare yourself to others

This is easier said than done, really, but still an important point. There are times when writers compare themselves to ones they consider better or more famous; and that is only healthy. But don’t take that comparison too far. You are you, and hopefully you have your own style when it comes to writing. Don’t worry about what everyone else in the group is doing, and instead, focus on being happy with your own writing. Challenge yourself, and strive to improve in comparison to pieces you have written before, not in comparison to what others have written.

Don’t be afraid

Don’t be afraid to write something you think is terrible, and to let yourself make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to share your pieces, and to interact with other players. The only way for you to overcome your insecurities is by stepping out of your comfort zone, and to take a chance. I constantly write things I think are utter horseshit, but I still put that writing out there. Being critical of your own writing is only natural, but don’t be too critical to the point where it starts to hinder you. You can always ask a friend to read through your piece before you post it, and ask them what they think. Most likely your writing is much better than you think it is. And most importantly, don’t be afraid of being judged. There will always be people who judge you, and others who don’t even notice. The most important thing is that you are proud of what you have accomplished.

You learn by doing

The only way to get better at writing is—yes, you guessed it—by writing, writing, and writing. Chances are you will never develop if you let your insecurities take over completely. This kind of relates to the previous point, but don’t be afraid to write something you think is terrible. If you’re unhappy with the first draft, edit it. Then edit it again, until you’re satisfied. Let the words flow without thinking too much about it. Experiment, and have fun with it without worry. You’ll learn and improve by doing and being fearless; that’s a fact. No one is magically an amazing writer right from the start. You get there by practicing.

Read up on things you’re insecure about

You mentioned that the other players’ English is really good, and that you worry they will judge you. One’s grammar and language skills can always be improved, by reading up on things you’re insecure about. Expand your vocabulary by reading lots of books. If you’re unsure what a certain word means or in what context it should be used, look it up in a dictionary. If there are grammatical rules you don’t quite grasp, look up articles online. Make sure to proofread your writing, and to run it through a spellchecker. Ask someone you trust to read your writing, and ask them if they notice any errors or discrepancies. Do your research, and expand your horizons.

Ask a previous writing partner to apply

If you’re insecure within the roleplay, and feel as if you’re not “good enough” to interact with the other members, why not ask a previous roleplay partner of yours to apply? Someone you’ve had fun with and been comfortable writing with in the past. Having a solid rock to lean back on might be a good idea in the beginning; and once you’re more comfortable in your own skin and when it comes to writing your character in the roleplay, you can start broadening the spectrum of your interactions.

Hopefully this gave you some material when it comes to trying to overcome at least some of your insecurities. Just remember that you are just as deserving of being in that roleplay as any of the others. After all, you were accepted, which means at least the admins think you’re good enough; and in turn, that probably means your fellow players will think you’re good enough too.

Here are some additional links that might be of use to you:

Good luck!


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These writing prompts are not mandatory, however they will count as activity. These prompts are provided to you to help you have a better understanding of your character and explore their development as they attend Fantasia Academy.

"High-School Confidential!"

One of the best ways for a writer to get to know their characters is to ask questions about them. It has been said that, "The more you know your characters, the fuller they will be". For this prompt, you will only need to fill out a character questionnaire. Remember to write in third point of view and try to be as detailed as possible! You may post this prompt under a read-more or post it with a photoset, graphic, or gif that relates to your character! If you want to add more information, then you can use this character development questionnaire for help. (x)

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Writing Tips: Proofreading

kgillsrpc:

I’m currently finishing up a university degree in journalism, and I’ve been doing journalistic work for newspapers and radio alike for some years now. It’s a line of work wherein proofreading is essential. People are paying to read a piece you’ve written, which means you simply can’t allow for an article to be printed while it’s still half-finished; sans proofreading.

Even though proofreading might seem like a tedious task to some, I tend to think of it as the icing on the cake when it comes to creative writing as well—that final touch to perfect a piece of writing in order to make it even better. However, I’ve found that some roleplayers and writers seem to lack the tools to do so, perhaps as a result of not knowing what to look for.

So, here are a few tips on how to go about proofreading something you’ve written. Please note that this post was geared toward shorter pieces of writing, such as roleplay paras and short stories. When it comes to novels etc, you will probably need a professional to do the work for you.

Use a spell-checker

If your text editor doesn’t have a built-in one, you can find ones online as well, such as here, and here. Tumblr also has its own spell-checker, located between the link and read more buttons above your post editor. Keep in mind that a spell-checker will only reveal typos and errors in spelling, and while this is a good place to begin, more often than not you will have to go further than that.

Double-check your punctuation

Make sure you’re using commas, apostrophes and other forms of punctuation marks correctly, and beware of double or triple spacing (when someone types   like this, it tends to  be annoying and leaves  ugly holes in the running   text), as you should only use one space after each word or punctuation mark.

Double-check your word use

This is where a thesaurus and a dictionary come in handy. Make sure the words you’ve chosen have been use in the right context; seeing as you may sometimes think a word means something it actually doesn’t. Some synonyms may also have slightly different connotations or nuances, in spite of the meaning being essentially the same. It’s especially important you double-check more difficult words, or words you don’t use that often. Commonly confused word pairs can also be tricky, so pay specific attention to those.

Look for missing words and odd sentence structures

Sometimes I will come up with a specific wording only to change my mind mid-writing; and once I proofread, I come to realize I’ve used half the original sentence combined with the ending I thought up for the new sentence. When changing one’s mind about a particular wording, some words can also get lost in the process, or become jumbled up. This can sometimes be difficult to spot (especially since spell-checkers don’t pick up on it), but the only thing you really can do, is to make sure all of your individual sentences make sense, and that no important words have been left out.

Check your grammar

This bit goes hand in hand with checking your word use and punctuation, and is perhaps the most difficult part of proofreading, especially if you don’t have a good eye for spotting grammatical errors. Luckily this is something you will most likely become more skilled at once you become more well-versed at proofreading, but until then, there are online grammar checkers available for you to use: such as here, and here.

Beware of repeats

Repeating certain words or phrases can be a highly effective rhetorical tool when it’s done on purpose; however, when you do it unconsciously, it can become highly annoying to the reader, and also makes the text seem less fluent as it tends to introduce a pause. It’s not as big of a deal when it happens with words that are used all the time to form sentences or bind them together, but less commonly used or longer words can be problematic when repeated, as they are more noticeable to the eye. So, be careful of using the same word several times in sentences following one another, or even in the same paragraph. Use synonyms or a thesaurus check if you must, but an even better way of going about it is probably rewriting some of the sentences in order to avoid that choice of words entirely.

Check your sentence lengths

This quote by Gary Provost probably best describes what I’m trying to go for here. If you keep piling several sentences of about the same length after one another, your writing tends to become slightly monotonous and dull; not to mention how pauses are introduced where you might not intend for them to exist, in turn making the text more difficult to read. Try to vary the sentence lengths, and using long, short, and medium-length sentences mixed with one another.

Read, read, and read

I sometimes read through a piece of writing up to five times or more when proofreading. During the first read-through I spot maybe a few errors, and during the second, I spot such errors I missed during the first read-through. The risk of becoming blind to your own writing is rather prominent (which can be helped by asking a friend to read it, too), but don’t be afraid or too lazy to read your own writing more than once.

And finally; read aloud

I have found that the most effective way of noticing if something is amiss, is reading the piece I’ve written aloud. It might seem a little ridiculous while you’re doing it, but it really does help you spot incomplete sentences, odd or difficult sentence structures, and pauses in awkward places.

Considering the vastness of the English language, there are probably a million other things you could try to look for as well; but I believe I’ve managed to cover the essentials. Keep in mind that this is simply what I try to do when it comes to proofreading and editing; you might not be as nitpicky as I am, which probably also means you will be happy with a less thorough proofreading session.


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Stimulating Conversation

writeworld:

Anonymous asked: Can you help with conversation starters? Like how to get your character interacting with a character who is more on the recluse side?

Sure thing, anon! Here a a few tips for encouraging believable interactions between reclusive characters and their peers:

  1. Ask a question. This is my favorite tactic. Right off the bat, at the very onset of dialogue, have a character (not the recluse) show up and ask a question. A few examples:
    • “What are you doing here?”
    • “How can I help you?”
    • “How do you take your coffee?”
    • “Where were you this morning?”
    These questions all have two notable things in common.
    1. They are about the recluse. They use the word you. Get the recluses to talk about themselves or things that they know, and you’ll have a much easier time of it. If they have to respond to questions when they don’t know the answers, reclusive characters may not be prone to productive runs of dialogue.
    2. They’re open-ended. The more outgoing character is asking a question that must be answered with something other than a “yes” or a “no”. You want it to be something leading, something that forces the reclusive character to either give a legitimate response or be totally rude.
  2. Give them something worth talking about. If you hand her a bomb or him the front page of the September 11th, 2001 issue of the New York Times, you’re essentially passing along a conversation piece. Now the characters have something in common: they’ve both witnessed something worth exploring through dialogue. It might be that they’ve both encountered an odd person or survived a plane crash or witnessed a crime or eaten crappy pizza. Regardless, give them something notable in common, something worth taking about, and the reclusive character might even kick off the dialogue!  
  3. Physically give or take away. This is a bit more specific than handing a reclusive character something worth talking about. If the reclusive character wants or doesn’t want something, and the more outgoing character is the person that can give or take away that thing, there’s a conversation there. You might start by the more outgoing person presenting a thing like:
    • hot tea
    • pen
    • gun
    • textbook
    • infant
    Now have the reclusive character react through dialogue.
    • hot tea: “Wow! That’s so nice! You didn’t have to do that…”
    • pen: “Thanks. Mine just ran out of ink. How did you know?”
    • gun: “Why would I need this?”
    • textbook: “That’s not the right edition.”
    • infant: “Can’t you get someone else to watch your kid?”
    In a few of those responses, the reclusive character did an interesting thing: they asked a question. Questions are a cheap and easy way to keep dialogue going. Get both sides asking open-ended questions that the other can answer or that they can answer together, and you’ve got a full-on conversation started.
    Enough with the giving. What about the taking away? Imagine if the more outgoing character was taking that thing away. How might your reclusive character react to having an infant grabbed from his arms or xer hot tea spilled or the pen taken right out of her hand while she’s try to write? That would make for some dialogue, no? How can you invent interesting situations for your characters to have items taken away or given to them in such a way that it would spark a verbal reaction?
  4. Super-size the awkward factor. So much so that they have to actually say something. If you’ve got two people trapped in an elevator, for instance, or if they’re sitting side-by-side in the only two seats left on the bus, or if someone just fell off of their horse into a pond, there might be room for some dialogue in there.
  5. Don’t forget why dialogue exists. Dialogue exists, at least in part, to reveal a character’s motives and personality, give the reader information about the plot, and move the reader through the narrative in an interesting way. If you stray from these goals with your writing just to coax a reclusive character out of their shell, you might not be using your dialogue most effectively. A reclusive character can stay quiet for chapters without any problem if you have no good reason to make them speak.

For more on dialogue, check out This is a Towel: Dialogue. Also consider reading The Passion of Dialogue to learn more about why a character, and by extension a writer, might choose to communicate through dialogue.

Thank you for your question! If you have any comments on this article or other questions about writing, you can message us here!

-C


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These writing prompts are not mandatory, however they will count as activity. These prompts are provided to you to help you have a better understanding of your character and explore their development as they attend Fantasia Academy.

"First day of my life"

In the words of C. JoyBell C.: “No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”  For this prompt, you will need to write a self-para about your character just arriving Fantasia Academy and entering their dorm room for the first time. Describe how your character feels when they arrive at the gates of Fantasia and what is going in their heads as they take their first steps on campus. What role do they think that they will play in the so-called “high school food chain” there? Do they want to be the big man on campus, a fearful leader among their classmates, a complete social butterfly that everyone admires, or the loner who just wants to go home? This is to help you understand why your character is there. 

The only requirements for this prompt are:

  • The self-para needs to be three paragraphs long. If you want to do more than three, then be our guest and challenge yourself!
  • Remember to write in third point of view and try to be as detailed as possible!
  • Please post a picture of how your character’s dorm room looks like along with the self-para.
  • Try your best. Like Gloria Kempton had once said, “Just write. Take risks. You’ll make mistakes. That’s how you learn,

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