saladinahmed:

Questions you should ask yourself about your Strong Female Character. From this excellent article: http://t.co/efkvvUqsum

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MY WRITING MASTERPOST

I just have a lot of writing tips and masterposts and just stuff in my likes and I decided to put them all into this. All rights goes to the people who made them.

Cool Other Masterposts:

General:

Characters:

Tips on Writing Dialogue:

Tips on Writing Point of View:

Style & Craft of Writing:

Content:

Revision:

Plot, Structure, & Outline:

Setting & Making Your Own World

Helpful Tools & Software:

Grammer & Revision:

Creativity Boosters:

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Motivation:

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Prompts:

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QuestionSo, I have these two characters that eventually become a couple. How can I make sure they have "chemistry"? I see people talk about that with fictional couples all the time, but I don't really understand what it means or how to pull it off... Answer

thewritingcafe:

Chemistry is when two characters have a strong, authentic, natural connection or attraction to one another. This term is most often used for characters who are romantically involved, since good chemistry usually involves sexual tension, but platonic relationships can have chemistry too.

Here are characteristics of characters who have good chemistry:

  • Attraction: This doesn’t necessarily mean that the characters are romantically and/or sexually attracted to one another, but it can. This means that characters naturally gravitated toward one another and that they are attracted to the other person’s mere existence.
  • Complement: These characters complement each other. Both are whole on their own (and should be developed that way), but when together they create a new kind of force. They work well together and other people see that. It’s like when two people are always known as a “package”. Everyone refers to them as being together because they’re always together and when they’re together, they seem more complete and balanced to other people.
  • Connection: Something connects these two characters. It could be because they share a back story, they live near each other, they have a similar hobby, they work at the same place, they’re both in school, or because they keep ending up in the same place at the same time.
  • Sexual Tension: Sexual tension is most often found when the characters are supposed to be romantically involved, but romance doesn’t have to happen if sexual tension occurs.
  • Authentic: When characters have good chemistry, their interactions are natural and authentic. This is difficult to pull off because it’s one of those things that just happens when you write.
  • Reaction: It’s called character chemistry for a reason! Think of characters like elements. Putting the right elements together creates a reaction. These characters need to fit together and their bond needs to create something new.
  • The Secret Formula: While there are certain characteristics that create chemistry between characters, it all depends on the characters themselves and how you write it. There’s no equation for creating chemistry that will always be successful. Sometimes chemistry between characters comes out naturally without the author’s intention.

Examples of Chemistry in TV Shows

thedancingwriter:

Keeping a character’s voice consistent throughout a book can be a challenge. There are a multitude of factors to maintaining a character’s voice. Keep in mind that as the character develops, the voice doesn’t change. A character’s voice at its core can best be described as a character’s personality. Here are a few factors for you to consider:

  • Social class
  • Intelligence
  • Background
  • Extrovert or introvert
  • Sense of humor or seriousness
  • Long sentences or short, crisp ones
  • Impulsive or logical
  • How character views surroundings
  • How character makes decisions
  • What character observes first

And many, many more…

Let me use my character, Amelia Gareth from When Stars Die, to give you an example of voice consistency by answering some of the points above.

  1. Social class: Amelia comes from the upper class in the 19th century, so when she speaks or narrates, her exposition and dialogue are going to have a formality to them that someone from the lower class wouldn’t have.
  2. Intelligence: Amelia is sharp, so when she is in a situation that demands an immediate answer, she is able to come up with one, no matter how impulsive or illogical it may be. She has to be intelligent to survive in her world.
  3. Background: Before Amelia came to Cathedral Reims, she mostly lived at her manor, hardly venturing outside, so she isn’t very worldly. Even at Cathedral Reims she is confined and only allowed certain knowledge taught by the nuns. So the cathedral suppresses her chances at personal development. Thus, her actions and dialogue are going to mirror this lack of worldliness, so she often comes off as immature.
  4. Extrovert or Introvert: Amelia is an extrovert. She wants to be around people. She wants friends, as she didn’t have many at home. She is fiercely protective of her younger brother and will do whatever it takes to protect him. She also isn’t afraid to voice her feelings when she finds something disagreeable. She’s terrified of ending up alone. She is concerned with her external world.
  5. Long sentences or short, crisp ones. Amelia might fall somewhere in between. She exists in the 19th century, so brevity wasn’t too much of a thing. If you’ve ever read books published in the 19th century, you’ll know this. However, her voice had to be adjusted for a more modern audience, so she can’t be too wordy. But her thought process isn’t clipped. It’s detailed.
  6. Impulsive or logical: Due to her background, she is impulsive. She is about her happiness, about protecting her younger brother. When either of these things are threatened, she doesn’t think logically to find a solution.
  7. Surroundings: When Amelia views her surroundings, she views them in detail. When the story begins, she has only been at the cathedral for three years, so she has been trapped in her manor for fifteen, so it’s like the world is new to her.
  8. Decisions: She’s never been confronted with the harsh realities of life, so, as stated above, her decisions are impulsive.
  9. Observations: Because of what she’s gone through, she’ll note the negative things first. Witches are despised in her world, so she’ll generally relate that negativity to the state of the world overall. When she can’t find anything negative, she’ll note the positive, but she’ll think of a crisp, blue sky as something that shouldn’t be there because of the world she lives in.
  10. Sense of humor or seriousness: You can probably tell Amelia is serious. There is a lot going against her, so she feels like she cannot relax.

So when doing a character outline for voice, keep these things in mind and anything else you can think of to keep your character’s voice consistent. Refer to this outline constantly. Step into your character’s shoes and ask, “How would she/he react? How would he/she respond to a character telling him/her something?” And so on and so forth. Also, if it has been a couple of days since you’ve last written, read the previous few pages to get back into your character’s voice. Simply put, become your character.

shitsuren-chama:

Well, it’s the easiest way for me, anyways.

  1. Bare Bones — structuring and completing the basic plot, creating characters.
  2. Sinew — Now connecting each bone (plot point). This is the part where you give a BASIC Accomplishment of each chapter.
  3. The Meat — laying down the basic idea (shit script!) for each chapter. Can go chapter-by-chapter, as long as you keep in mind foreshadowing and stuff.
  4. The Fat — fleshing out your chapter. This is finally the part where you start thinking about the art aspect of things.
  5. Cosmetic — filling in your chapters. Actually planning out the final draft and sticking to it.
  6. Dessert — extras, side stories, promotional images, holiday projects, etc..

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Before you even begin to draw anything at all, plan the basic structure of your story. The whole story, beginning, major points, and end. If you’ve only got a vague idea of how you want your story to go, write it down. Vague is fine for right now. The important part is having the basics mapped out from BEGINNING to END.

For example:

  1. Alien invasion threatens earth. The Galactic Fighters have been stranded on Earth in pursuit of the enemies.
  2. Cat Galactic Fighter meets Humans who care for him, and fellow Galactic Fighters around the country.
  3. The Enemies have attained the help of a business mogul, and are building a weapon on his funding.
  4. The Cat Galactic Fighter and Friends defeat the Enemies and business mogul, but REALLY, the Enemy Leader is higher up, controlling a stronger human and elite team.
  5. Characters are lulled into false security, the begin rebuilding their ship. But the Elite team attacks them and kills one Galactic Fighter.
  6. Cat Galactic Fighter gets taken prisoner. Leaderless, the friends and humans feel like there’s no hope of winning.
  7. One of the Galactic Fighters befriends one of the Elite, and they hatch a plan. The Human Mogul begins to realize that the earth will be destroyed (himself included). 
  8. The Galactic Fighters, Mogul, and Humans defeat the Enemy Boss from the inside-out, and save the planet. However, many die, and the characters must all come to terms with their grieving.
    The remaining Galactic Fighters and Enemies (now defunct) work together to return to their homelands and bury their dead, saying farewell to their human friends.

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Now you’ve got the bare bones of your story, you have to lay down the sinew— That which connects Part 1 to Part 2. Connects Part 2 to Part 3. etc..

What are some of the very important parts you’d like to add, which can help connect Bone 1 (the beginning) to Bone 2 (introducing side-characters)?

examples?

  • character side-stories
  • background stories
  • mini obstacles/problems
  • relationship/character development
  • remember: all side-stories must re-join the plot before the end! If they’re not relevant to the plot, or characterization, they’re probably best left as little extras (after the comic is finished)

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Now that you’ve gotten the in-between Sinewy parts down-pat, it’s time to start working on a chapter-by-chapter basis. That is— fleshing out exactly what you’d like to do in each chapter.

The best way for me to do this, is to identify the Main Objective of each chapter, and just shit out a basic-ass script to describe what I want to happen.

For example: In Chapter 1, the main thing I want to do is

  • Establish Cat Galactic Fighter’s relationship with the 2 humans
  • Reveal to the 2 humans that Cat is an Alien 

And so, to reach those 2 very important Chapter Objectives, I brainstorm and think of a way that I can kind make those things happen.

Shitty script example:

"Humans go to place A. They find the Cat. Cat is an alien, but they don’t know. They take the cat home. The Cat eats all the dish soap b/c it’s got chemicals for its alien bod. The Cat won’t eat cat food, so they become worried. They finally decide take it to the vet. The alien’s secret is revealed when a crow alien attacks the city on way to vet. The cat transforms into Galactic Fighter and kicks the shit out of the Crow Galactic Fighter (enemy)."

As long as you’ve got those sinewy pieces laid out over your bare bones, you can easily pull the rest of the chapter out of it. The important part is getting the basics down, so that you don’t forget, then adding things around it as necessary.

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You’ve laid out the basic shitty script for, like, 5~10 chapters, and now you’re trying to fill in all the gaps with fat. 

Basically, you’re gonna take your shit script, and you’re gonna elaborate. It can be as detailed as you want. You can even write it out like a novel or a fanfic to help you remember.

Also, you’re gonna start thinking about how you wanna lay it all out in comic form.

I would recommend making ‘thumbs’ or neemu. That’s when you draw very little, mock-up versions of your comic, like storyboarding I guess. By making these little mock-up versions, you can get a feeling for what is right and what is wrong for your pages.

It’s a WHOLE LOT easier to fix stick-figure drawins and panels than it is to, say, go back and redo an entire final-draft page because it doesn’t feel right.

I would recommend making like 5~10 chapters worth of neemu and scripts. I’ll tell you why in the next step.

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You’ve got your 5~10 chapters all planned out and laid out. You’ve gone through all your neemu, you’ve tweaked and changed things, and now you’re ready to start in on your final drafts.

You’re gonna lay out your panels, sketch and ink everything, add in dialogue and lettering, and distribute.

HOWEVER, You’ll want to do them IN ORDER of each chapter! Meaning, you work on Chapter 1’s sketches, and do all of them, before you move into Chapter 2’s sketches. You finish Chapter 2’s sketches before you move on to Chapter 3’s sketches, etc..

For example:

  1. Layout chapters 1-5
  2. sketch chapters 1-5
  3. ink chapters 1-5
  4. colour/greyscale 1-5
  5. Finish chapters 1-5
  6. queue up each page for distribution.

If each of your chapters is 20 pages long, you’ve done 5 chapters already, that’s 100 pages. 

If you publish a new page every Mon/Wed/Fri, then that means you have about 33 weeks until you run out of pages.

That’s a little over 6 months, during which, you can 

  • Layout chapters 6-10
  • sketch chapters 6-10
  • ink chapters 6-10
  • colour/greyscale 6-10
  • finish chapters 6-10
  • queue up each page for distribution.

and repeat. It’ll be a lot less hassle on you, but your pace will be consistent, which means more people will be seeing/attracted to your stuff. Plus, you can take frequent breaks, just as long as you work at a steady pace.

And because you’re able to keep at a steady pace and free up a lot of time, you now have free time to work on the fun things! 

The Dessert

Things which you REALLY wanted to draw, but they couldn’t fit comfortably into the story line. Little side projects and the ilk.

Things like”

  • extras
  • side stories
  • promotional images
  • holiday projects
  • gratuitous fan service
  • diary
  • character bio’s
  • trivia
  • etc..
lifemadesimple:

The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
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The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
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The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
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The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
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The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
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The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
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The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
lifemadesimple:

The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
lifemadesimple:

The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.
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The Psychology of Colour -
A Guide for Designers.

lifemadesimple:

The Psychology of Colour -

A Guide for Designers.


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