Anonymous sent: Hi, I was wondering if you had any information and/or links on this site for the Urban Fantasy genre?

thewritingcafe:

Urban Fantasy is a mash up of fantasy, horror, and paranormal, so look at this master post first.

To write an Urban Fantasy, you need to understand the difference between Urban Fantasy and Modern/Contemporary Fantasy. The former has grit, horror, and a bit of noir. The latter is just fantasy set in our modern world (like Harry Potter).

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Stereotypes, Tropes, and Archetypes

writeworld:

What are the differences between stereotypes, tropes, and archetypes? What are they? How do writers use them? Let’s take a look at some vocabulary and how we define these terms to make sense of them for ourselves.

Stereotype (n): A widely held but fixed and…
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If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.

Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)

Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.

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im5-official:

Ahh yes, The dreaded school. When it comes around we all dread, new teachers, new schedule, some new unfamiliar faces, the MASSIVE amount of homework load, less time on tumblr. Here is another long post with a few sites and others to help you out here!

College needs:
Advice on college
Alternatives to buying expensive textbooks
AP Cram Packets
Cheat sheet for becoming an adult
Dorm room survival
Free online college classes
How to survive college masterpost
Food
cheap & healthy snacks
chocolate muffin in a mug tutorial
Coffee recipes to help stay awake
Every Starbucks drink and pasty FTW
For the vegans you bad ass motherfuckers
Herearesomedeliciousfood
macaroni cheese / mac&cheese in a cup
quick and easy soup recipes
study snacks
Study snack
thousands of quick and easy snack recipes
Yummy cheesiness!
40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
Helpful sites:
Challenge your brain
Feed the hungry while using your vocabulary
Free online textbooks
Grade calculator
Quizlet
Rape Escape
Whole page dedicated to studying/organizing
High school needs:
For Juniors or Seniors With Low Income Families Looking For Scholarships
How to survive freshman year
Mental health resources:
a website that is always relevant.
falling asleep tips
How long to sleep
how to talk to and help an anxiety-ridden friend
how to wake up in the morning
keep taking your mind off of it
mental illness recovery tips
need a motivational speech? i like this one for myself.
not having a good day? :c
picking up a hobby can relax you during the school year!!
seriously just please try to relax ily
take your mind off of it
tips on self-love
when to go to sleep/wake up
working out is a total stress-buster.
Misc resources:
download free books
express yourself with make-up 
Hobbies masterpost
I fucking love to study to this.
please remember this.
Sick ass movie list I have more but, this is a school one so message me for more.
Sites to help you not get distracted with other sites. (Mac)(PC)
Various ways to where a scarf
What’s the fucking weather
Motivation:
earn a cute kitten picture after writing
how to get motivated
Procrastinator? 
Music/Sound:
calm/nature sounds
chill playlist
coffee shop blues
coffee shop sounds
concentration playlist
relaxation
study playlist
4hours of classical music
School resources:
An already typed essay at your fingertips(type the subject and press random stuff and an essay forms. TO KIND OF HELP)
bibliography maker
educational links fucking galore
my favorite tutoring website
online ruler
pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
Social media citing
study like a college kid
Time Management
Psychology Lectures by a Professor from Yale University
Stress relief:
Calm
compliments generator
how long to nap
go to a quiet place
learn more about anxiety.
panic and anxiety information masterpost
Relaxation techniques
Stress Analyst
the thoughts room
take a guided relaxation
yoga poses
Studying/school help:English/History:
Best place to get help for English
essay structure guide
essay writing help
free microsoft word alternative
Grammar and spell checker
Graphic Essay Organizer
Help on reading/researching
Make a kick ass essay
Masterpost of writing software
microsoft word equivalent
more essay writing help
On books you you don’t want to read
Tip of my tongue
Foreign Languages:
Learn, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, German, Italian
Geography:
learn geography
Math/Science:
calculators (includes graphing, geometric, stats etc)
College/high school Chemistry notes
math problem solver (2)
Periodic Table
Thinking/memorizing
This is the math god
Study Needs:
Answers to the textbook
Beneficial studying tips
Crash course in any subject with John Green
Free Educational resources for anyone and everyone 
help in a ton of subjects
Helps you in any subject
homework help
how to google
how to study, Study guide
finals survival guide
improve your studying skills
Learning Websites Masterpage
Looking for a word
make flash cards
One of the best learning websites
Scholarpedia
Tips before/during an exam
Tips on Exams
TIPS:
Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you. 
Be kind to one another.
I think that about does it. So yeah:)
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back to school + journaling

writingnotebooks:

Dear journaling enthusiast,

You’re here because you love notebooks. You love sturdy hardcovers and flexible spines, pages that crinkle when you turn them and fine-tipped pens.

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You probably know the pleasure of curling up with only a notebook and your thoughts. You…

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10 Rules for Writers

promptly-written:

By Jonathan Franzen

1. The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.

2. Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money.

3. Never use the word “then” as a conjunction–we have “and” for this purpose. Substituting “then” is the lazy or tone-deaf writer’s non-solution to the problem of too many “ands” on the page.

4. Write in the third person unless a really distinctive first-person voice offers itself irresistibly.

5. When information becomes free and universally accessible, voluminous research for a novel is devalued along with it.

6. The most purely autobiographical fiction requires pure invention. Nobody ever wrote a more auto biographical story than “The Metamorphosis”.

7. You see more sitting still than chasing after.

8. It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.

9. Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.

10. You have to love before you can be relentless.

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butcherofblavikenrps:

007. CAREERS
This is an extensive list of careers, with over 1000 listed careers, from small time all the way up to astronaut. Ever had trouble figuring out what your character could be doing for a living, or are you sick and tired seeing the same occupations listed over and over again? This masterlist will help you both in creating a unique original character, or occupationally diverse pre-made- and skeletal bios for your RP.
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Character Development: Alternatives to Worksheets

writing-questions-answered:

Aww, thanks!

I always recommend character development sheets as a character development exercise, but try not to take them too seriously/rely on them too heavily.

I suggest switching gears and trying some different character development exercises. There are several that I find to be really helpful when I’m struggling to get to know a character:


1) Reality TV Crew:

This is so much fun I even do it for characters I understand well. :) Start by choosing a point just prior to when your story starts, then pretend a camera crew is following your character through a normal day. Write down everything that happens from the moment your character wakes up until the moment they go to bed. Be sure to explore their interactions with other characters, how they react to good and bad things (good: getting a package in the mail, bad: finding out they have a cavity), what they do to entertain themselves, and how they meet their basic needs. You can even do little reaction interviews, ala The Office or Modern Family where the character divulges their feelings about things that have happened. If it works for you and you want to dive deeper, try to find an important even in their back story and follow them through that day, too.

2) First-Person Free Write

This is kind of like the last one except without a “camera crew.” This one is done in first-person present tense, as if you’re inside your character’s head as they are experiencing an important even in their life. It can be any event that you want, but it’s extra helpful if it is an experience that adds to their back story or has an impact on who they are.

3) Character Interview

For this, you’re going to answer interview questions as if you were your character. There are a number of ways you can go about this. You can look for interviews with real people to help you come up with questions, or you can just wing it and make up a bunch of questions on your own. Either way, make sure you have a good mix of mundane questions like “what is your favorite food” to really profound questions like “if you could go back in time and erase one event from history, what would it be?” Write down all of your questions ahead of time, and then either hand write the answers (remembering that you are the character as you answer), or even better—answer them out loud, either by yourself or with a friend to ask the questions.

4) Alternate Universe Crisis Mode

This is a free write exercise where you drop your character into a crisis that has nothing to do with your plot or back story. This is simply an exercise in possibility—to see how they would react in an extremely stressful situation. It could be a car accident, a ski weekend interrupted by a crazy ax murderer, or devastating earthquake. It doesn’t even have to be a situation in the same time, place, or universe in which your story takes place. If you want to see how your character would have fared in place of one of Henry VIII’s mostly ill-fated wives, go for it! You can even drop your character into your favorite TV show or movie as if they were an additional cast member. This exercise is all about learning who they are as a person. Are they brave or fearful? Do they lead or follow? Are they helping the injured or too squeamish? Are they optimistic or pessimistic? This exercise will tell you a lot about your character.

5) Milestone Map

In this exercise, you’re going to write 1-3 paragraphs, first-person, about all of your character’s major milestones from the first day of school to whatever milestone they hit prior to your story beginning. These don’t even have to be major milestones like getting a driver’s license or going to prom—they can be smaller ones, too, like first babysitting job, first A on a test, first kiss, etc.

6) Character Playlist

One of the first things I do when I create a character is listen to a lot of music. I’ll usually start by listening to “B sides” (the non-hit songs) of my favorite bands and singers. Then I’ll use an app like Pandora (which plays random songs based on your interests) to find new music, or sometimes I’ll sit on YouTube and watch random music videos to find new stuff. Little by little, a playlist will begin to emerge as I hear songs that fit my character. When I have a good list of songs going, I’ll sit down and really listen to the music. More often than not I learn new things about my character this way.

7) Character Board

This one is especially fun if you’re crafty or good with photoshop, but it’s still fun even if you’re not. The object is to create an inspiration board for your character filled with photos of everything from clothing to physical features, and from quotes to items the might own. Anything that reminds you of your character. If you have access to magazines you can tear up, you might do it on a piece of poster board or bulletin board and have fun decorating it old school Or, you might prefer to do a collage in photoshop or an online collage app. You can even do a gallery on Pinterest or Tumblr if you prefer.

8) Visualization Tricks

Sometimes a character’s personality won’t fall into place until you’re able to visualize them. There are a number of ways you can go about getting a good picture of them into your head. If you’re good at drawing, you can try to draw a portrait of them. If you’re not good at drawing, you might enlist a friend or family member who is. Or, if that’s not possible, try looking through the commissions tag on tumblr and see if you can pay someone to do it. Some artists might even be willing to negotiate if you can’t afford to pay them, if there’s something else you can offer them like writing them a piece of fan-fiction, making them a fan-video, or a graphic. Sometimes it’s fun to do a “casting call” and choose an actor or model who looks like your character to “play” them in your mind. It’s very important that you already know what your character looks like before doing this, because the goal isn’t to use an actor as your character. It’s just a way to help you visualize them easier.


If none of these help you  get a better handle on your character, there may be something else not working. You might consider putting them into a folder for a future project and try creating a new character for the current story. Sometimes that ends up being the magic trick that gets things flowing again. :)

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dailycharacterdevelopment:

Things to consider:
What is the nature of the threat that could move your character to betray those they love? Is it personal, or would it be detrimental to a group or society as a whole?
Would your character experience guilt or remorse in betraying those closest to them?
Does your character harbor any significant attachments to people in the first place? Do they prioritize themselves or anything else over their peers?
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