Answered Ask: Writing About Panic Attacks


fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

I am writing about a person who experiences panic/anxiety attacks , how do I go about writing a realistic one ? And I am writing about someone who is self harming and then another person finds out about it , I need help writing…

koopat911:

Notice only 20 shades of gray

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How Do I Make This Different?


thewritingcafe:

I get a lot of questions from writers who think their story is too close to its inspiration or too similar to another story. I can’t give you direct answers because it’s your story. I can’t write it for you. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t help you find a way to make it different.

Step One: Similarities

Is your story too similar to another story? Or is to too similar to the inspiration? Make a list of all the similarities between them. This includes, plot points, dialogue, characters, back stories, fight scenes, world building, settings, sub plots, and character interactions.

  • Characters: Make sure names, appearances, back stories, personalities, and roles of characters differ. I can’t give you a number of “how much is too much” in terms of similar characters because it depends on cast size. You can have characters who share some similarities, but try to make those similarities a little bit different too.
  • Character Roles: If you can match up all of your character roles or archetypes with the characters in the other story, you should change things around a bit. You don’t want too many parallels.
  • Back Stories: These can be unique to characters more than appearances or names. Make sure these are different. If your characters have the same or similar back stories as characters in another story, it’ll be difficult to make these characters original.
  • Major Plot Points: Stay away from the major plot points and major parts of the story you’re trying to distance yourself from. Did the other story have its opening scene in a school? Put your opening scene elsewhere. 
  • Specifics: This is mostly in relation to world building. Make a list of everything that is specific to the inspiration source or the other story (for example, the word muggle and its usage from Harry Potter is specific to that universe). You cannot use any of these things. Stay away from them.

Step Two: What Can’t Happen?

Make a list of things that are specific to the inspiration or to the story that yours is similar to. An example is a boy wizard with an odd scar. That’s obviously Harry Potter. That’s something that you can’t do unless you separate it from Harry Potter so much that no one thinks of Harry Potter when they learn about your character. This is an example of what you cannot do.

Continue making a list of everything that you cannot do or don’t want to do in your story. Do you want to write a dystopian that is original? I can tell you right now to get rid of any sort of system in which people are separated and assigned a career or are associated with one particular thing because of that. This has been used in the dystopian novel since before any of us were born. Getting rid of that will lead you away from most dystopian novels right from the beginning.

If you find that one of your plot points is too similar to that of another story, take note of what happened in that other story. Your story can’t do that. Do something else. However, you should do more than just change the outcomes of the plot points. The whole story should go in a different direction due to this change.

Step Three: What Never Happened?

If you find something that never happened in the inspiration source or the original story and if it works with your story, put it in. Make it as different as you can. Adding the new and taking away the used can help you do this. If you’re writing something similar to Percy Jackson, don’t use the same myths. Use different myths. Take away some of the used myths. If you’re writing something similar to Harry Potter, use different magic systems and different magical creatures.

Step Four: There Are Still Similarities!

Yeah. There’s going to be a lot of similarities to lots of other stories too. You’re going to have tropes in common with most of the stories within your genre. Pure originality is impossible. Some stories have the exact same premise (The Hunger Games and Battle Royale), but have different settings, characters, plots, outcomes, and are different overall.

Step Five: It Takes a While

This is not going to happen overnight. You need to put effort into your story and it’s going to take a long time if you want to get it right. Don’t give up after a week.

Over time, your story will evolve on its own. Writers rarely end up with what they first imagined their story to be. It will naturally go off on its own road. Follow it and stick with it.

Step Six: The Test

Find a beta reader who has read/seen the inspiration source or who has read/seen the story that is similar to yours. Don’t tell them that you’re trying to distance them. Don’t mention the inspiration source or the other story at all. Have them read it. If they say nothing about it being similar to those other stories, you should be okay. However, you should still ask and see what they say.

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Writing Tips: Displaying a Scene with Narrator's Absence


thepenspointofview:

Anonymous said: Google isn't helping but I really need some reference on whip fighting. As searching for whips usually lead to fetishs and such. Wording my research correctly is almost impossible.

milkovichhelps:

Whip fighting, you say?

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Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

First off, I’m so sorry if you’ve been waiting for an answer for a while, tumblr never notified me I had a message >< Anyway, I can definitely see where you’d be hitting a block with this topic. I tried to do a little research myself and the majority of what I found tended to lead me down a BDSM path. If none of the resources I was able to find helped you out I’d try asking howtofightwrite, they focus solely on the combat and weapons side of writing so they’ll probably have more info on this topic than me. 

Articles and Online Guides

Videos

My advice when researching this topic, is to pick out the type of whip your character is using then google that name along with the words “fighting” or “combat”, what useful links I did find were all through googling “bullwhip fighting” or “bullwhip combat”.

- Mickey

 
damianrules:

I said I’d write up a tutorial on how to make these wings. It’ll be terrible So, here goes. XD
Have one or two friends to help you out. It’s easier with more hands.Materials:
Thin poster board. (For small wings you will need 3 pieces. For wings like this you will need 6)
Opal cellophane. (two rolls to be safe)
Adhesive glue.
Scissors.
Wire cutters.
Exacto knife. (I recommended using this for cutting out the poster board)
Hot glue gun.
3 Hanger wires (it’s super sturdy)
Pencil, and eraser.
Iron.
GLITTER!!!!!!!!!
Step one:
Find a reference photo! These wings are meant for a Periwinkle cosplay but since her and Tinkerbell have the same wings we used Tink as a reference.
Step Two:
Since we made our wings super large we had to glue two pieces of poster board together. This is why I said 6 pieces for large wings. Reason why is because of their size just one piece would make it droop. So before drawing the design on you spray one piece with adhesive and put the other piece on top of it. Making it as even as possible.
If you’re making smaller wings just go to step three!
Step Three:
Draw your design on the poster board. We drew ours on from corner to corner (diagonally) If you want smaller wings I recommend drawing it from corner to the the middle of the board.
Step four:
This is the most tedious of all the steps to making wings. Take your exact o knife and start cutting. You cut around the design but make sure to cut half an inch away from the line. You can go back later to make it thinner if you want. Using one poster board will take less time then two since it isn’t as thick.
Make sure there is something underneath the board so you don’t damage your floor.
Step Five: (not necessary but who says no to glitter)
We’re obsessed with glitter. So naturally we coated both sides of the design with white glitter. We used adhesive for this as well.
Step Six: (Smaller wings don’t need this but if you want to add it then go ahead!)
Take your wire hanger and bend it out so it’s the same shape of the wing that will be the closest to your back. Glue the wire down about 7 inches down from the tip of the wing. Most of the support is needed in the middle, and bottom of the wing.
Let some of the wire hang out of the bottom about four inches so you can connect the harness.
Step Seven
Roll out the cellophane to go over the wings. One piece for each side. Spray adhesive to the wing first and then gently place the cellophane over it. I recommend having someone help you with this part because adhesive is a pain when something goes wrong.
Do this for both the big wing, and the smaller one. Make sure the cellophane is over the wing evenly. Pat out any bubbles it may have.
Step Eight:
When both sides have cellophane on it take your iron and make sure it’s on a low setting. You don’t want it to burn or melt the cellophane. Gently go over the wing, and even it out as much as possible. There will be some bubbles, and such but think of it being more realistic.
Step Nine:
Cut off any excessive cellophane but leave some near the veins and by the wire. If it’s to short the cellophane will come apart. We left little less then half an inch.
Step Nine:
Take the adhesive to glue the little wing to the bigger one. You want to make sure you glue it on the inside.
Step Ten:
Use another wire hanger and bend it into a rectangle. Wire hanger is tough to bend so you’re going to have to use your inner strength. Cut off any excess wire with a wire cutter. Cover it with electrical tape so it becomes sturdier.
 Step Eleven:
Line up the wing wire with the harness wire at the spot where it’s needed. Take the wing and connect it to the harness. Using electrical tape to keep the two of them together. Cut off an excess wire so it doesn’t dig into the wearers back.
Alas you have fairy wings!! I hope this helps a bit T-T Have fun!
Tip: You may have to cut a slit in the back of your outfit for the wings to slip into. Wearing a bra helps because it goes underneath it.

damianrules:

I said I’d write up a tutorial on how to make these wings. It’ll be terrible So, here goes. XD

Have one or two friends to help you out. It’s easier with more hands.

Materials:

Thin poster board. (For small wings you will need 3 pieces. For wings like this you will need 6)

Opal cellophane. (two rolls to be safe)

Adhesive glue.

Scissors.

Wire cutters.

Exacto knife. (I recommended using this for cutting out the poster board)

Hot glue gun.

3 Hanger wires (it’s super sturdy)

Pencil, and eraser.

Iron.

GLITTER!!!!!!!!!

Step one:

Find a reference photo! These wings are meant for a Periwinkle cosplay but since her and Tinkerbell have the same wings we used Tink as a reference.

Step Two:

Since we made our wings super large we had to glue two pieces of poster board together. This is why I said 6 pieces for large wings. Reason why is because of their size just one piece would make it droop. So before drawing the design on you spray one piece with adhesive and put the other piece on top of it. Making it as even as possible.

If you’re making smaller wings just go to step three!

Step Three:

Draw your design on the poster board. We drew ours on from corner to corner (diagonally) If you want smaller wings I recommend drawing it from corner to the the middle of the board.

Step four:

This is the most tedious of all the steps to making wings. Take your exact o knife and start cutting. You cut around the design but make sure to cut half an inch away from the line. You can go back later to make it thinner if you want. Using one poster board will take less time then two since it isn’t as thick.

Make sure there is something underneath the board so you don’t damage your floor.

Step Five: (not necessary but who says no to glitter)

We’re obsessed with glitter. So naturally we coated both sides of the design with white glitter. We used adhesive for this as well.

Step Six: (Smaller wings don’t need this but if you want to add it then go ahead!)

Take your wire hanger and bend it out so it’s the same shape of the wing that will be the closest to your back. Glue the wire down about 7 inches down from the tip of the wing. Most of the support is needed in the middle, and bottom of the wing.

Let some of the wire hang out of the bottom about four inches so you can connect the harness.

Step Seven

Roll out the cellophane to go over the wings. One piece for each side. Spray adhesive to the wing first and then gently place the cellophane over it. I recommend having someone help you with this part because adhesive is a pain when something goes wrong.

Do this for both the big wing, and the smaller one. Make sure the cellophane is over the wing evenly. Pat out any bubbles it may have.

Step Eight:

When both sides have cellophane on it take your iron and make sure it’s on a low setting. You don’t want it to burn or melt the cellophane. Gently go over the wing, and even it out as much as possible. There will be some bubbles, and such but think of it being more realistic.

Step Nine:

Cut off any excessive cellophane but leave some near the veins and by the wire. If it’s to short the cellophane will come apart. We left little less then half an inch.

Step Nine:

Take the adhesive to glue the little wing to the bigger one. You want to make sure you glue it on the inside.

Step Ten:

Use another wire hanger and bend it into a rectangle. Wire hanger is tough to bend so you’re going to have to use your inner strength. Cut off any excess wire with a wire cutter. Cover it with electrical tape so it becomes sturdier.

Step Eleven:

Line up the wing wire with the harness wire at the spot where it’s needed. Take the wing and connect it to the harness. Using electrical tape to keep the two of them together. Cut off an excess wire so it doesn’t dig into the wearers back.

Alas you have fairy wings!! I hope this helps a bit T-T Have fun!

Tip: You may have to cut a slit in the back of your outfit for the wings to slip into. Wearing a bra helps because it goes underneath it.

(via necroticnymph)

The 13 Most Common Errors on a Novel's First Page


yeahwriters:

boazpriestly:

  • Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
  • Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
  • Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
  • Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
  • Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
  • Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
  • Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
  • Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
  • Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
  • Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
  • Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
  • Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
  • Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.

This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.

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Anonymous said: Do you know anything about Druidism? I am leaning towards becoming a druid and following the path but I don't know where to begin. Could you give me an over view of it, if possible?

gardenofthequeen:

links for youuuuuu!!!!:D 

From sagefae

From @thedruidsteaparty (couldn’t link to her resource page :<)

Druidry Tags

What is Druidry?

Where do I Begin? (a personal guide from me to you)

The Three Tiers of Druidry

Bard

Ovate

Druid

Teaching & Practices

Druids Wheel of the Year

Festivals 

Druid Prayer & Devotion

Ritual

Oracles & Divination 

Earth Mysteries

Stone Circles

Tree Lore

Tree Symbolism

The Ogham Trees

Trees & People

Trees & Elements

Plant Lore

The Curriculum of the 13 Moons: Exploring the Gifts of Plants

Animal Lore

Sacred Animals of The Druids

Star Lore

Rituals

Dedicating Your Grove

Druidic Triple Circle

Opening the Doorway - An Awen Ritual

Activities

Nature for Indoor Druids

Sun Water

Making Your Ogham Sticks

Opening The Crane Bag (blessing)

Charging & Invocation of Your Ogham Sticks

Ogham Spreads (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

Awen & The Sun

Working with Awen: Connecting with Light & Inspiration

Incense for Bards

Incense for Ovates

Incense for Druids

Seeking the Spirit of the Land

Druidry & Other Paths

Druidry & Wicca

Druidcraft

Christianity & Druidry

Helpful Websites

The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids

The British Druid Order

Ancient Order of Druids in America

Books I Have Read

The Path of Druidry by Penny Billington

A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine by Ellen Evert Hopman

Druid Mysteries by Phillp Carr-Gomm

Living Druidry by Emma Restall Orr

Ogham: The Celtic Tree Oracle by Paul Rhys Mountfort

Tree Wisdom by Jaqueline Memory Patterson

The Modern-Day Druidess by Cassandra Easton

Introductory Books

Other Books


Oracles Decks

The Druid Plant Oracle

The Druid Animal Oracle

The Celtic Tree Oracle

Wildwood Tarot

Druidcraft Tarot

Videos

Druidry: A Beginner’s Guide part 1

Druidry: A Beginner’s Guide part 2

Druidry: A Beginner’s Guide part 3

Phillp Carr-Gomm Druidry

The Seven Gifts of Druidry

A Druid Tree Meditation

Beginner’s Introductions to the Ogham

The Green Wood Grove (Druid Network)

Information on BURNS


thewritershelpers:

For some reason, several people wanted more information about burns. Instead of answering these all separately, we decided it made more sense to make a master post (yay). This is some research to get you going along with some links to further your own research and…