useful links about the 50s/60s/70s for fanfiction/imagine writers!!
it’s good to be well-informed when writing fanfictions and such and i hope this helps u guys out!!!
it’s good to be well-informed when writing fanfictions and such and i hope this helps u guys out!!!
- How bodies decompose
- Wilderness survival skills
- Mob mentality
- Other cultures
- What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
- Common tropes in your genre
- Average weather for your setting
This is strange and entertaining. I neither agree or disagree with the following. I just thought it interesting.
Back in college, my friend Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women but I was horrible at it. Nobody would talk to me for more than thirty seconds, and every woman would laugh at all his jokes for what seemed like hours. Even decades later I think they are still laughing at his jokes. One time he turned to me and said, “The girls are getting bored when you talk. Your stories go on too long. From now on, you need to leave out every other sentence when you tell a story.” We were both undergrads in Computer Science. I haven’t seen him since, but that’s the most important writing (and communicating) advice I ever got.
33 other tips for being a better writer
Write whatever you want. Then take out the first paragraph and last paragraph. Here’s the funny thing about this rule. It’s sort of like knowing the future. You still can’t change it. In other words, even if you know this rule and write the article, the article will still be better if you take out the first paragraph and the last paragraph.
Take a huge bowel movement every day. And you won’t see that on any other list on how to be a better writer. If your body doesn’t flow then your brain won’t flow. Eat more fruit if you have to.
Bleed in the first line. We’re all human. A computer can win Jeopardy but can’t write a novel. If you want people to relate to you, then you have to be human. Penelope Trunk started a post a few weeks ago: “I smashed a lamp over my head. There was blood everywhere. And glass. And I took a picture.” That’s real bleeding. My wife recently put up a post where the first line was so painful she had to take it down. Too many people were crying.
Don’t ask for permission. In other words, never say “in my opinion” (or worse “IMHO”). We know it’s your opinion. You’re writing it.
Write a lot. I spent the entire 90s writing bad fiction. 5 bad novels. Dozens of bad stories. But I learned to handle massive rejection. And how to put two words together. In my head, I won the Pulitzer Prize. But in my hand, over 100 rejection letters.
Read a lot. You can’t write without first reading. A lot. When I was writing five bad novels in a row, I would read all day long whenever I wasn’t writing (I had a job as a programmer, which I would do for about five minutes a day because my programs all worked and I just had to “maintain” them). I read everything I could get my hands on.
Read before you write. Before I write every day, I spend 30-60 minutes reading high quality short stories, poetry, or essays. Books by Denis Johnson, Miranda July, David Foster Wallace, Ariel Leve, William Vollmann, Raymond Carver, etc. All the writers are in the top 1/1000 of 1% of writers. It has to be at that level, or else it won’t lift up your writing at all.
Coffee. I go through three cups at least before I even begin to write. No coffee, no creativity.
Break the laws of physics. There’s no time in text. Nothing has to go in order. Don’t make it nonsense. But don’t be beholden to the laws of physics. This post on my personal blog is an example.
Be honest. Tell people the stuff they all think but nobody ever says. Some people will be angry you let out the secret. But most people will be grateful. Otherwise, you aren’t delivering value. Be the little boy in The Emperor Wears No Clothes. If you can’t do this, don’t write.
Don’t hurt anyone. This goes against the above rule. But I never like to hurt people. And I don’t respect people who get pageviews by breaking this rule. Don’t be a bad guy. Was Buddha a Bad Father? — another one from my blog — addresses this.
Don’t be afraid of what people think. For each single person you worry about, deduct 1% in quality from your writing. Everyone has deductions. I have to deduct about 10% right off the top. Maybe there’s 10 people I’m worried about. Some of them are evil people. Some of them are people I just don’t want to offend. So my writing is only about 90% of what it could be. But I think most people write at about 20% of what it could be. Believe it or not, clients, customers, friends, family — they’ll love you more if you are honest with them. So we all have our boundaries. But try this: for the next ten things you write, tell people something that nobody knows about you.
Be opinionated. Most people I know have strong opinions about at least one or two things. Write about those. Nobody cares about all the things you don’t have strong opinions on. Barry Ritholz told me the other day he doesn’t start writing until he’s angry about something. That’s one approach. Barry and I have had some great writing fights because sometimes we’ve been angry at each other.
Have a shocking title. I blew it the other day. I wanted to title this piece “How I torture women” but I settled for “I’m guilty of torture.” I wimped out. But I have some other fun ones. Like “is it bad I wanted my first kid to be aborted” (which the famous Howard Lindzon cautioned me against). Don’t forget that you are competing against a trillion other pieces of content out there. So you need a title to draw people in. Else you lose.
Steal. I don’t quite mean it literally. But if you know a topic gets pageviews (and you aren’t hurting anyone) then steal it, no matter who’s written about it or how many times you’ve written about it before. “How I Screwed Yasser Arafat out of $2mm was able to nicely piggyback off of how amazingly popular Yasser Arafat is.
Make people cry. If you’ve ever been in love, you know how to cry. Bring readers to that moment when they were a child, and all of life was in front of them, except for that one bittersweet moment when everything began to change. If only that one moment could’ve lasted forever. Take them back to that moment.
I’m not sure whether you mean personality flaws or physical flaws, so I’m going to divide my advice up into two sections for your convenience. Please let me know if I’ve misunderstood you…!
Throughout literature, the main flaw of an angel is an urge for violence. Angels aren’t just messengers in the Bible. Revelation (9:13-15), for example:
‘And four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.’
They’re not just servants to God, but His warriors as well. He orders them to kill the very same creatures He has asked them to love and adore. You can’t really imagine what kind of psychological make-up a creature like that would have to have in order to be able to follow every order with absolute loyalty.
Whilst some angels in the Bible are depicted as gentle messengers, that’s not their only purpose and they are shown to have great power. It’s not always used for ‘good’.
A lot of stories to do with angels also explore the angelic hierarchy. It’s made pretty clear in the Bible what God does to angels who rebel against Him:
God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgement. John 5:1-9
Depending on whether you’re writing angels as part of a religious canon, ambition and jealousy are two key flaws one could put to them, specifically in regards to God’s love and creation of mankind. Lucifer would be a prime example of pride as a flaw, although interpretations differ.
There’s also the idea of nephilim, children born of angels and humans (Genesis, 6:4). Here, it’s assumed that angels, like people, can experience desire past the point of minding how much trouble it’ll get them into.
There’s also the fact that angels aren’t born of earth, so their viewpoints, opinions and observations of earthly behaviours/objects is a really fun thing to play around with.
More than once, an angel appears to someone in the Bible with a sword ‘…drawn in his hand’ (Joshua 5:13-15, Numbers 22:23).
It doesn’t sound like such a scary thought when you imagine angels as being ‘like men’, but you only have to read a couple of passages from Ezekiel (1:1-14, 10:1-12) to get an idea of how horrifying they supposedly did look.
Supernatural toys with the idea that angels have a heavenly form which cannot be shown to people on earth, so they have to possess a vessel.
If you did stick with the traditional ‘like men’ appearance, then their wings would be the first ‘flaw’ you could look at. Earth is designed for human beings, creatures with two arms and two legs. Angels are essentially six-limbed, including their extra appendages. They wouldn’t be able to use the majority of our facilities, at least not comfortably.
They’re also said to be androgynous. Most people bizarrely interpret this as, ‘a very gorgeous, muscular-looking man’… I have to say Angel Sanctuary is my favourite work in regards to the angelic characters not being strictly tied to one masculine gender. They have the ‘beautiful’, ethereal appearance one might tie to angels instead, which would present its own problems in our world, I’d imagine (as in, people knowing that they’re around something not quite human).
- A Glory of Angels
- Angels and Demons
- Fallen Angel Names
- Little Tips for Writing Winged Characters
- Books with Half-Angel, Half-Human Characters
- YA Angels
- Books with Angels, Gods or Demons
- Angels & Demons
- A few unusual angels
Hope this helps!
Because you’ve liked my blog recs before, I’ve compiled an insane blog/site recommendation masterlist. Below the read more you’ll find hundreds of recommendations for inspiration, instruction, and genre-related help. Additionally, there are blogs written by professional writers and over 100 links each for poetry related sites and science fiction blogs.
- Jane Friedman: Being Human at Electric Speed, by Jane Friedman
- Rachelle Gardner, by Rachelle Gardner
- WordServe Water Cooler
- Red Lemon Club
- Silliman’s Blog, by Ron Silliman
- Harriet, the Blog, by the Poetry Foundation
- A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, by J.A. Konrath
- Make a Living Writing, by Carol Tice
- Nathan Bransford, author, by Nathan Bransford
- Wordplay, by K.M. Weiland
- terribleminds, by Chuck Wendig
- Writer Beware blog, by Victoria Strauss
- InkyGirl, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
- Book of Kells, by Kelli Russell Agodon
- ProBlogger, by Darren Rowse
- Modern Confessional, by Collin Kelley
- Best American Poetry blog, by the BAP team
- The Traveling Writer, by Alexis Grant
- Baggott Asher Bode, by Julianna Baggott
- Chicks Dig Poetry, by Sandra Beasley
- Evil Editor, by an evil editor
There is more to Fantasy than heroic/epic/high fantasy and medieval fantasy indeed. Let’s take for example urban and dark, two of my favorites:
Simply, research about the many subgenres Fantasy has (x) and write and research your way to them.