I’m not a big fan of adjectives, but it’s food for thought.
How are you “not a big fan of adjectives”
Sorry, I guess I need to clarify my comment since this post is now circulating outside of writing advice pages. What I meant was that I’m not a big fan of using adjectives excessively in writing fiction. I write fiction. My page is about helping people who write fiction too. So, to clarify, if you find you’re using a list of adjectives as long as your arm to describe a noun, try finding a more accurate noun to use. This will tighten up your work and lower the chance of your reader getting bogged down by your wordiness. But, here’s a bunch of cool sounding ones you could use sparingly. lol mbrussell ;)
Emperor’s New College
Latin American Studies Majors:
Religious Studies Majors:
Women & Gender Studies Majors:
I fell apart at Government Majors
The final, brilliant word on passive voice.
“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- passive
“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- active
(Found from FYCD.)
This is so perfect.
That’s how I remember!
psyduuuck said: Where does one begin to look for beta readers? Obviously it's necessary to have someone impartial read over your entire thing and give you an honest critique of good points and bad, but where do you FIND the people who are willing, and also qualified, to do that for you? Is there some kind of site that hooks people up with this?
Where to Find Beta Readers
Looking for good beta readers takes time and effort. There is no beta reader directory or one site that lists out every beta reader and their preferences and not every beta reader you find will be willing to critique your work.
Below is a list of sites you could use to begin your search:
Now, before you rush off looking for beta readers, here’s a few tips:
Offer to beta. Critiquing other people’s work makes you a better editor. If you can find someone to exchange writing with, it’s a win-win situation.
Build connections. Connect with fellow aspiring writers on social media, in forums, through writers conferences, local writing clubs etc. These are people that you can exchange work with.
Don’t get too caught up with qualifications, especially when you’re asking someone to use their time to critique your work for free. If you’re looking for someone with professional qualifications and editing experience, you should be willing to pay for it.
Don’t take it personally if a beta reader you send your work to never replies. People get busy, people forget, people won’t click with your writing. Remember that (unless you’ve agreed to beta read for them in return or paid them) they have no obligation to beta read for you if they no longer want to.
I wish you the best of luck finding a beta reader!
A picture says a thousand words. Write them.
Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.
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How I forgot to write
A story of loss, learning and personal growth…
This article has outstanding advice. No matter what type of writer you are, or how experienced you are, certain things always apply.
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MARY FUCKING SHELLEY. ’oh, i’m a nineteen year old female in a world where females are basically valued only as mothers, grieving over the loss of my child, disowned by my father, in dire financial straights, stuck in a country that’s not my own, ignored and cheated on by my…
get to know me: [08/10] female characters.
Skye ”She said no-her story started here. Her whole life, she thought she wasn’t wanted, that she didn’t belong, that every family that took her in didn’t want her to stay, didn’t care. But all that time, it was S.H.I.E.L.D. protecting her, looking after her. That’s what she took away from the story-not the family she’ll never have, but the one she’s always had. Here I am, telling her something that could destroy her faith in humanity, and somehow she manages to repair a little piece of mine. The world is full of evil and lies and pain and death, and you can’t hide from it-you can only face it. The question is, when you do, how do you respond? Who do you become?”
Welcome to my Tumblr, a place filled with musings of an aspiring author who lives another life every time she opens a book.
A little bit about me:
I am an English Master's Student at UNT.
I have been writing since I could remember, and I'm working on a novel that I hope to have finished in the next few months!
Some Fandoms I am into: Dresden Files, Supernatural, Teen Wolf (thank you Heathyr!), Once Upon a Time, Sherlock, Lord of the Rings, The Borgias, Game of Thrones, and am starting to slowly get into The Mortal Instruments.