Amateur Ramblings




This will help you write good.

This is my favourite

April Camp NaNoWriMo

Day: 18

24, 134/ 40, 000

Elise is showing Lawrence the improved map. “I’m sure when you guys go up there you’ll be able to cross some more of these off the list. It’s hard to say what’s going on up there now.”
He nods a few times looking down at the map. “This is really good.” He looks over at her. “Good job.” He claps her on the shoulder.
"I have a personal question for you," she says in a whisper.
"Alright?" Lawrence begins to fold up the map.
"You and Cabbot." She touches her two index fingers together. "Are you two—"
"Together?" Lawrence asks. Elise nods. "Yes."
"I knew it."
"I’m so used to having everyone around me know."
"You guys have got some real cute googly eyes for each other." Elise starts walking away.
"Thank you?" Lawrence watches at she walks away.
"You’re welcome."

(I love all of you.)

10 Writing Exercises to Tighten Your Writing




The Story Coaster by Grant Snider

This is amazing. The unicorn in “extraneous scenery” wins.

I’m dying over the unreliable narrator.  I wish I could love this a hundred times.  The critical reaction is so spot on.

April Camp NaNoWriMo

Day: 17

22, 706/ 40, 000

"We don’t necessarily want to kill you!" Andy shouts between gunshots. "We just can’t have you runnin’ around after you killed King. We know where you and your friends are hiding out. If we don’t get you here, we’ll get you there. And take your girlfriend too." Andy fires at Nick’s feet. "I liked her. She was a fighter. What does she like—"
Nick steps out from around the car. He fires his last two shots into Andy’s chest. The man doubles over with blood pouring from the wounds. Mick looks over at his friend and then back to Nick who proceeds to hide behind the car. “I’m out,” he says looking over at Lawrence.
"We have a trunk full of guns and ammo, none of us are out." Lawrence looks through one of the boxes for ammo that matches Nick’s gun. "Here."
Dylan is in the back of the truck. “You smell that?” He asks lifting his nose to the sky.
"I do actually." Nick nods.
The smell of rotting flesh fills the air. “We gotta get outta here,” Cabbot says over his shoulder. “That’s a lot of them.”
"We can’t just leave him alive! He’ll come after us!" Nick looks at Lawrence for support.
"I don’t think that’s going to be an issue," Dylan says pointing out the windshield.
The group peers around the edges of their previously rolling cover. The horde is moving in on Mick who is waiting for the group to step out behind the cover again. The three men jump into the back of the truck slamming the door down before the zombies hidden inside the buildings make their way outside. Lawrence takes the driver’s seat again while the other three are barely seated in the back. A few zombies begin banging on the car causing it to sway.
"Backwards or forwards?" Lawrence asks starting the truck.
"Backwards!" Dylan screams.

(Wrote a lot… sort of.)



making up your own fictional universe

creating an entire history for it

creating characters who have complex back stories


then never writing or doing anything with it at all ever

(Source: charleyzheng)

April Camp NaNoWriMo

Day: 16

21, 347/ 40, 000

"We’re gonna get out of this." She nods, unconvinced. "Don’t look at me like that."
She smirks. “Sorry. Everything just feels really shitty right now.”
"We get some ZSA on our side I’m sure we’ll figure something out."

(Mreh. So tired. Bare minimum effort. Sleep. Sentence fragments. Just phrases.)


the writing reference “said is dead” post is bad

said is not dead. said is very much alive and should be predominantly used in fiction writing, because if you always use words like mumble and observe and articulate and state and express then it will get very noticeable and irritating!! use “said” and “asked” more than anything, and substitute other fancier words in only when necessary and when it will enrich the content of your writing.

Learning the Essentials of Plotting Your Novel


I get a lot of questions about plotting, so I figured I’d write up some tips on getting started. Learning how to plot your novel can be difficult, but it’s really all about knowing what your characters want and how they’re going to get it or attempt to get it. A character with motivations and goals will help focus your plot and get you to figure out where it needs to go. Here are a few essentials when it comes to plotting your novel:

Create a plot skeleton

It helps to first jot down the key elements of the story you want to tell. Creating a plot skeleton means getting down to the bare bones of your story. What’s most important? What scenes are essential to your story? Once you figure out those key scenes and have some semblance of a beginning, middle, and an end, you’ll see your story start to come together.

Work on a timeline

If you’re having trouble figuring out when you want things to happen, try working on a timeline. What event needs to happen first in order to lead into the next big event? Your story is going to have some ups and downs, so you need to make sure your story is paced well. You don’t want action, action, action without any rest for your readers. Learning to pace your novel well is an important skill to have as a writer. I suggest reading up on story arcs.

Focus on characters

Your characters will tell the story if you let them. Focusing on the wants and needs of all your characters will help build the plot for you. It’s sometimes as easy as that. Think about what your character wants and go from there. What journey will your character be in for? What does the antagonist want? How do they stand in the way of your protagonist? Think about how one action leads to the next.

Make sure your scenes connect

When telling a story you don’t want to keep saying “and then this happens”. Then you’re just stringing together events without thinking about how they build on each either. You need to think about the “but” in your story. Something like this helps; “Amy wanted to go the school dance, but her mother doesn’t want her to go.” This explains that Amy really wants to do something, but another person is standing in her way. You can begin to think about conflict and why Amy’s mother doesn’t want her to go. You can begin to piece together a story and connect the dots.

Flesh out your story

Once you have all the big scenes figured out, you can begin to add extra detail and flesh out your novel.  Spend more time thinking about your world and the specific details of your characters. Work on scenes that will help reveal the setting and all those character details. Figure out what interactions are necessary to give your readers important information. Each scene should work to push the story to its resolution.

Let your characters resolve their problems

It’s very important that you let your characters resolve their problems on their own. If you’re developing your characters along the way, the resolution should be a result of them finally gaining the power, knowledge, strength, etc., to fix things. I know not every story will be “resolved”, but if you want your protagonist to grow in some way they need to figure out their own problems instead of relying on other factors to get them through. A good plot shows how your characters learned to overcome their obstacles on their own.

-Kris Noel