Hello! Do you have any tips on how to write crying scenes?
Crying is something to be careful with. When someone cries- How someone cries- It can often be a big moment for the reader in how they decide on how they feel about the character.
Characters who are constantly weepy are like to be seen as weak, and while this can be counteracted by other solid character development if not the case, it’s still a heavy part of them.
Not everyone cries hollywood pretty. People make odd sounds when they’re in agony - they wail and they wheeze, and sometimes they sound like strained, barking seals.
Crying can come up slowly or suddenly. A character might spend days constantly choking back a lump in their throat only to have it well up and over the cusp of barrier at the mention of a sandwich. Sometimes it comes all out of nowhere - you’re fine one moment, you’re sobbing the very next.
Take the time to describe your crying. Don’t default to “he began to cry”, it’s stale and you lose a huge opportunity to build some character.
It’s easy to have a character fall into crying whenever something bad happens. I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman. You can probably find a pdf copy for free online.
Don't suppose you have any posts on animal- or in particular horse-related vocab? Half my novel characters ride horses and, not being a horsey person myself, I'm running out of ways of talking about them ¬_¬
Ohhh, I was confused at first to what you meant but now I know.
- Glossary of equestrian terms
- Horse riding for beginners
- Riding and training terms
- On horses in general
- Horse personalities
- Horse color descriptions
- Different types of horses
- Why and how to ride a horse bareback
- How to handle a scared horse
- Caring for your horse in the stable
- Wounded horses
- How to sit correctly on a horse
- A horse’s tail
- Equine body language chart
- How to understand horse communication
- Horse behavior
There you go. Happy writing!
hey do you know anything about home schooling? :)
I do not! I do think this will be different depending on where you want to set it so I’ve got links for different countries so hopefully this will be helpful
Homeschooling or homeschool (also called home education or home based learning) is the education of children at home, typically by parents or by tutors, rather than in other formal settings of public or private school. Although prior to the introduction of compulsory school attendance laws, most childhood education occurred within the family or community, homeschooling in the modern sense is an alternative in developed countries to attending public or private schools. Homeschooling is a legal option for parents in many countries, allowing them to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to public or private schools outside the individual’s home. [x]
Hopefully these will get you a better idea on homeschooling, sorry it couldn’t be more specific but I didn’t know where you wanted information from.
The Celtic Animal Zodiac.
The Celts honored the rhythms of Nature, and observed different flavors of their environment according to the season. Like our Native American kin, the full moon in each month held a special personality. They had a tree zodiac a Moon Zodiac and an Animal Zodiac. The Animal Zodiac is based on the animal that is most prominent within the season and the month of the persons birth. Below is a brief description of personality traits from the signs.
December 24 - January 20
The stag Celtic animal sign has high ideals and aspirations. If you want to start a new project, get a Stag sign to help you. They will not be deterred from their vision. They are thorough, patient and their persistence insures their triumphs. When others have long given up, Stags buck their way past boundaries. They are proud, and rightfully so - they hold themselves in a regal way. They are naturally noble, like they came from royalty. This is not to say Stags feel entitled. Far from it. They believe in righteous hard work, and their integrity is their trademark. You might also want to read my page on stag meanings for tattoo ideas here.
January 21 - February 17
Quick minded, and even quicker wit, the cat of the Celtic year packs a pounce in the realm of intellect. This Celtic animal sign has impeccable reasoning abilities, but moreover they have a knack for seeing the underside of things, a “sixth mental sense” if you will. They have unorthodox vision, and should be called upon when fresh new perspectives are needed in a project. They also have a kind, humanitarian quality that makes them lovable. Although sometimes they can appear aloof because they like to be on the fringe, always observing. Nevertheless, they have the best intentions at heart. Cats are also very creative, and need an artistic outlet to express themselves.
February 18 - March 17
The Celtic animal sign of the snake has a cool exterior but are infinitely lively. They are curious and are always full of questions about how the world works, and how the people around them work (even if they aren’t openly asking, you can bet they’re figuring out the answers in their own mind). Snakes are natural communicators, and they can be hugely persuasive. If they are passionate about a cause they can round up the whole neighborhood with their zeal and enthusiasm for their purpose. Snakes can be spontaneous and unpredictable too. And although they’re pretty flexible, they like things to go their way (who doesn’t?), and will prove to be uncooperative if pushed in a corner.
March 18 - April 14
The fox sign is amazingly cunning and knows how to work a room with sly, sexy humor. Full of guile, vigor and bright intelligence the fox is an untamable force. This Celtic animal sign is the one to take with you on exotic vacations, they will wind your ways into amazing adventures. They have a knack for story telling, and every experience is fodder for their tales. They are tender-hearted, although they don’t show that soft side too often because they’re too busy playing and cracking jokes. However, they aren’t shy about showing their loyalty; if you are the friend of the fox, you have a friend for life. Highly energetic and courageous, the fox has an indomitable spirit.
April 15 - May 12
Strong, loving, stable and sure are the watchwords for the bulls of the Celtic lunar year. Cows/bulls are the ones you turn to when you need a shoulder to cry on, honest opinions and solid advice (particularly in relationships). These Celtic animal signs have bullseye intuition and can spot a liar from a mile away. Because they’re highly intuitive, they can be misunderstood as moody or over emotional. They also come by stubborness honestly. They have excellent taste, and have a flair for classy elegance in fashion and home décor. These signs are as trustworthy as the day is long, and know how to keep a secret.
May 13 - June 9
The Celtic animal sign of seahorse is vastly flexible and resourceful. The seahorse is the person you want managing your finances or handling your legal matters because these people are infinitely clever (if there’s a loophole, they’ve either found it or invented it). They also have amazing memory retention. They are sometimes hard to follow because they’re minds are so sharp. They can also be changeable, but they always come back around to a level of high charisma. These people are astoundingly versatile and adapt remarkably well in any environment. Seahorses are so loveable too. Even better, they love being adored, and easily reciprocate affection.
June 10 - July 7
The wren Celtic animal sign is associated with freshness, and opening to new insights, and sunnier dispositions. They are natural care givers and will sign sweet melodies to cheer their friends and family. They remain calm in the midst of stormy weather. You want to have these people with you if you find yourself in a crisis; they are resourceful and stay cool under pressure. Wrens are self-motivated (they know how to get what they want) and work best in solo situations. They are also have a high sense of responsibility and moral integrity. They seek balance in their lives by being leaders at work on in the community, but secretly they would rather be traveling abroad living a life of a gypsy (this however, is often against their better judgment).
July 8 - August 4
Exuberant, expansive and powerful, the Celtic animal sign of the horse will give you a run for your money. Naturally competitive, and rightfully so. The horse has loads of talent, and enough confidence to go ‘round, particularly in business matters. They have a sixth sense when it comes to strategy and navigation (these signs have an uncanny internal compass). They are gregarious, and openly charming (even flirty). They make grand appearances, and know how to carry themselves with style and authority. They do well in leadership positions, but they are just as happy to be the helpers of the clan (as long as they are given adequate recognition for their talents and contributions). Potentially headstrong, they are also valiant in times of adversity.
August 5 - September 1
Salmon signs dive deep in their inner waters for inspiration, bright visions and dreamy perspective. They are naturally intuitive but they don’t make a big deal out of it. These people have a unique view of the world which makes them some of the community’s best artists, poets and visionaries. Some times they dive way too deep for the rest of us, and some just can’t follow where they swim. But that’s okay, the fish sign needs that kind of depth, isolation and introspection because when they come back up for air, the world is awed by their brilliance and insight. They are very bright and intelligent and know how to get what they want no matter how hard they must work for it.
September 2 - September 29
Spiritually evolved, and eloquent in expressing themselves, the swan swims in a class of their own. They have high standards, infinitely discriminating tastes and they have a keen eye for beauty (even when others cannot see it). Very refined and noble, sometimes the swan is mistaken as detached. This however, is not the case. The swan is a lover, and can prove to be quite passionate in relationships. That “coolness” comes from the swan’s understanding of composure. They’re natural aristocrats. They can be exacting in details, and have specific ideas about how things should be done. If you want someone who is perceptive, organized and extremely tasteful, get a swan’s perspective.
September 30 - October 27
This Celtic animal sign lives up to the adage “social butterfly.” Flitting from friend to friend in parties, and always in contact with loved ones (they’re the ones always on the phone, or texting). They can’t help it. Butterflies are gentle souls who can’t be tied down for very long. They love to dream, express new ideas and talk about their plans with all their friends. These are the people who brighten up any dark day with their cheer and magnetically bright personalities. They are naturally empathetic, and would never intentionally harm anyone. Rather, they make easy friends, and like to see others uplifted. Butterflies bring a sense of wonder and youth to our world. Keep these people around you to remind you of how truly good life can be.
October 28 - November 24
Wolves have a strong sense of purpose, and will go to great lengths to see their point is made, and fully understood. This Celtic animal sign is fearless, brave and they rarely compromise. These are the hero’s you want by your side in the heat of battle. They will not back down, and they will take no quarter. Others marvel at their inner fortitude. Where do they find the energy and wherewithal to keep going? They thrive on challenge, that’s what gives them their stamina. They have impeccable character, and “honor” is their middle name. They are strong willed, and sometimes live up to the “lone wolf” label. Nevertheless, you always know where you stand with them, and they will unite with you as long as you share their cause.
November 25 - December 23
Seldom do we see more focus in the Celtic animal signs than that of the hawk. When these signs see something they want, they go after it with a force that is remarkable. If, however, they aren’t interested in a project, they will fly off to other more interesting prospects. They care deeply for wisdom, and often focus on sharing that knowledge with others. They can be very philanthropic and generous. Hawks have a keen sense of balance, and they navigate through life with an internal “true north” that creates an uncanny integrity within them. They are open minded and philosophical. Although they entertain all manner of hypotheses, they are strongly opinionated (that inner “true north” thing). That is not to say they cannot be persuaded.
I am a fox. lol.
Hello! I wonder if you had a post on cliches in general? What is your in take on cliches? Do you think its okay to use one or two of them in a book?
You should be aware of cliches in your genre. The real problem with cliches is their predictability, If you’ve read too much fantasy, you can predict the plot of a story that begins with an orphan teenage hero on a farm in the middle of nowhere. If you’ve read too much paranormal romance, you can predict the fate of the unacknowledged but hot teenager even before she meets the Dark and Mysterious Boy.
I have lost count of all the books I’ve read with willowy, wise, immortal, pointy-eared elves who are fading for some reason. I’ve lost count of the rebellious and misunderstood teenagers, the magic swords, the missing/mysterious fathers, the genetic magic, the hooded strangers, the Big Damn Heroes, the castles, and the Dark Lords. When you see it enough times, you can predict how that character will act, how the plot will unfold, or how objects will play into the final scene.
By making yourself aware of your genre’s cliches, you will also be aware of how readers expect the story to go. Your job is to shatter their expectations into itty bitty pieces so that they want to keep reading because they’re off the grid in terms of genre convention.
That being said, people aren’t going to hate your book if you use cliches. They aren’t going to throw it away and badmouth you on Goodreads. If your book runs on cliches, it will be dull. However, this still isn’t enough for people to hate you. Some people like the familiar trappings of cliches. Also, if a reader is new to the genre, they might not know something is cliche and accept it as an amazing idea. I thought Eragon was great until I became more widely read in the fantasy genre. Not to mention there are cliches you can give a cool twist instead of remaking entirely. Genetic magic, for example, is totally a cliche. Almost every book uses a magic you must be born with. I acknowledge that it is a cliche and I would like books that use other sources for genetic magic, but I still read and enjoy books that use genetic magic. It’s such a broad topic that you can twist it any way you want.
However, there are cliches that should not be used. Always do your research before writing someone who doesn’t share your ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality, income, sexuality, mental ability, physical ability, occupation, and I’m probably missing a few but you get the point. Don’t use cliches that are racist, misogynistic, or transphobic. Don’t imply people need monogamous love to be happy. Don’t imply men and women can’t be “just friends”. Don’t fridge women, don’t kill off queer/POC characters to teach the MC a lesson. Don’t make all the good people hot and all the bad people ugly. Don’t cure someone’s mental illness with a love interest.
tl;dr be aware of cliches and don’t use stereotypes
Dining Etiquette Around The World, an infographic by Restaurant Choice
via Feel Design
are these relevant or clichés to you?
List of Words to Describe Killing Different People
- amicicide: murder of a friend
- episcopicide: killing of bishops
- filicide: killing of one's own child
- fratricide: killing of one's brother
- gynaecide: killing of women
- mariticide: killing or killer of one's husband
- matricide: killing of one's mother
- neonaticide: killing or killer of a newborn infant
- parenticide: killing or killer of one's parents
- parricide: killing of parents or a parent-like close relative
- patricide: killing of one's father
- prolicide: killing of offspring; killing of the human race
- regicide: killing of a monarch
- senicide: killing of old men
- siblicide: killing or killer of a sibling
- sororicide: killing of one's own sister
- speciocide: destruction of an entire species
- tyrannicide: killing of a tyrant
- uxoricide: killing of one's own wife
- vaticide: killing of a prophet
Writers Block Resource Master Post
You’ve just received an amazing reply that leaves your breathless from one of your rp partners. You can’t wait to get started on your reply! You open up that word doc and your fingers begin to move but wait a minute… you can barely get a sentence into your response before you become stuck. Your muse prances off back into the woods and you’re forced to hit your head against your keyboard for hours trying to come up with some mediocre reply in order to keep the plot going. Before this happens just STOP right there and take look at the ways that have successfully worked for me whenever I’m trying to lure my writing muse back out into the open.
Background Noise: At times when when I’m trying to seriously engage in heavy writing I need some sort of noise in my ears to prevent silence from becoming overwhelming or to block outside distractions. When I’m having a really difficult time concentrating music with lyrics can be too much. Which is why I turn to different sound sites to cultivate the right mood.
- Sound Sleeping - For creating custom relaxed sound mixes.
- Rainy Mood - The sounds of rain.
- August Ambience - The sounds of summer nights.
- Forest Mood - The sounds of the woodlands.
- Fire Crackling - An hour long recording of fire crackling.
- Soundrown - A collection of different sounds including coffee shop, waves, white noise, etc.
- iSerenity - A collection including typewriters to sprinklers.
- SimplyNoise - A collection specializing in color sound essentially white noise that goes in different octaves. White is highest, pink in the middle, and brown the lowest.
- NatureSoundPlayer - A collection including thunderstorms, rivers, frogs, and crickets.
- Coffitivity - For those really into the sound of coffee shops also allows you to play your own music with the coffee shop loop.
Music: Sometimes there is nothing like a bit of music to loosen up those fingertips. These sites & apps are what I use to find music suitable for my writing.
- 8Tracks - No download required and completely ad free. Search pre-made mixes to suit your current writing mood. Writing a steamy kiss scene? Search for a “love” mix. Writing for your otp? Search your otp’s name for inspired song selections.
- Fanmixes - I’ve linked to only one but tumblr is full of fanmix blogs that create playlist inspired by shows and pairings. Find specialized fanmixes with google search or role the dice with a tumblr “fanmix” tag search.
- Spotify - Free with minimal ads. Make your own playlist or search for others. A database that allows you to search any song and play it on demand. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
- Focus At Will - Lyric free music in different genres to help you focus.
Visual Stimulation: Sounds can be very stimulating but sometimes it takes a little more than that to be helpful so here are a few visual aids and ideas that can come in handy.
- Watch a Movie or TV Show - Preferably in the genre you’re wanting to do work in. If you’re involved in a fandom rp revisit the original show to get ideas for the character you’re playing or your oc. If you’re rping a certain plot use a site like Tastekid to new find movies or shows similar to ones that have already inspired you. Use Netflix & Hulu to actually watch the films.
- Search for Imagery - Search for inspiring photos and graphics with sites like Favim, Flickr, WeHeartIt, & the tumblr tag search engine.
- Read Work by Your Favorite Writers - Not to copy but chances are you enjoy your favorite authors because they inspire you. Use that to your advantage.
- Collect Inspiration - Create a second tumblr to collect your inspiration (music, videos, photos, etc). Use the tagging system to keep everything organized and easily accessible when you need it most. For instructions click here.
Actively Working: Sitting around and hoping to find inspiration may not be your thing. Here are a few tactics I use when I have a hard time getting a reply out of my head.
- Research - Chances are there is something you could use a little more information on in order to make your roleplaying all the more interesting and multidimensional. If you can’t seem to write take some time to research for your rp. It could be the setting, character’s occupations, time era, etc. Sites like Wikipedia are excellent sources of information.
- Development - Take the time to develop your character even further. Write up a list of adjetives that describe them or tie your character development into research. Find out the psychology behind your character and their motivations. Flesh out their backstory. Think about introducing minor characters (family members, friends, exs, etc) to give them more depth.
- "Method Act" - Create a tumblr or online journal as your character. Write about anything from their point of view. Reblog things they would want to reblog OR you can take personality test as your character to see what type of personality they’d have. It’s difficult but enlightening. This will help you get into your characters mind and possibly come up with a reply.
- Write, Just Write - It doesn’t have to be related to the story at all. Just start writing about your day to get yourself warmed up. Look up writing plots online. Then think of writing a self-para for your character in your rp but unrelated to your current reply even just a bit of dialogue could be igniting.
- Outline - Write down what you want to happen in the scene or what needs to happen, then make that happen.
- Plot - Think of what is going to happen after this scene and write it down or what you would like to happen in the rp in general. This can help immensely, viewing the bigger picture. You can do this with your partner for more fun and inspiration.
Other Tips: For when all else fails.
- Brew & Drink Tea -It will give you a caffeine boost and while you’re working on brewing the tea and waiting for it to be finished you can give yourself time to think.
- Converse - Talk with others or talk to yourself. It may seem foreign but actual human interaction may provide you with ideas for your own character. Draw from your own life. If no one is around imagine a bit of dialogue your character would say and have a bit of a conversation as them. Sounds crazy but if no one is around to see you won’t look it.
- Converse Part II - Talk to your partner about your block. Ask them if they have any ideas or suggestions on what your character should do chances are they have some ideal response in mind themselves. Now would be the time to ask for advice. :)
- Turn off the TV - If you’re finally sitting down to write get rid of visual noise.
- Get Out - Take a trip to the gas station for a pack of gum, walk to the mail box, go to the bookstore, etc. Get out of the house and let your commuting give you inspiration and time to think.
- Dance - At times your brain just needs a rush of physical energy to wake it up. Take a minute or two put on your favorite song and dance. It will put you in a better mood and help blank your mind to get creative.
The worst thing you can do when you hit a wall is get lazy and stop thinking. These resources and tips have worked me out of a few tough writing spots. Hopefully they work for you!
Describing the Smell of Blood
Anonymous asked: How one describe the smell of blood?
The answer to this question will depend on a few factors:
- Which blood is being described.
- Who is doing the describing.
- How fancy you want to get.
In the Victorian era, hand-fans were used not only to cool oneself but also as a secret way to communicate the language of love. For example, by running one’s fingers through the fan’s ribs, one is trying to say, "I want to talk to you." The enigmatic language of the fan was widely used by both men and women.
I. A fan placed near the heart.
"You have won my love."
II. A closed fan touching the right eye.
"When may I be allowed to see you?"
III. A closed fan moved threateningly.
"Do not act so impudently!"
IV. A half-opened fan pressed to the lips.
"You may kiss me."
V. Covering the left ear with an open fan.
"Do not betray my secret."
VI. Hiding the eyes behind an open fan.
"I love you."
VII. Shutting a fully open fan slowly.
"I promise to marry you."
VIII. Fanning oneself slowly.
"I am married."
IX. Letting one’s fan rest on the right cheek or the left.
"Yes" and "No", interchangeably.
X. Opening and closing the fan several times.
"You are cruel."
XI. Fan in front of the face.
XII. Twirling the fan in the left hand.
"We are being watched."
XIII. Fan held over left ear.
"I wish to be rid of you."
XIV. Carrying an open fan in the left hand.
"Come and talk to me."
XV. Opening a fan wide.
"Wait for me."
XVI. Placing the fan behind the head with finger.
[Artwork: Secret, by Lee Yun-hi.]