Hello, writerly friends~ ♥︎
You asked for a Writing Advice Masterpost, so here it is! Below you will find a collection of the best questions and answers from the last two years. Not only that, but they are also organized so you can find the answers to your questions quickly and get on with writing.
But wait, there is more!
This post is more than just a collection of advice, it’s a nexus for writing advice, resources, and information! That’s right, this post is going to grow over time. I will be updating this masterpost WEEKLY with new answers, writing advice videos, playlists, and more! So, make sure to bookmark this page and follow my blog (maxkirin.tumblr.com) so you don’t miss a thing~ ♥︎
- Daily Story Seed
- Daily Weird Prompt
- Daily Character Question
- Your Writing Horoscope (Discontinued)
- "Can I publish a story based on one of your prompts?"
Virtual Writing Academy
- Episode #01: Writing An Intense Scene
- Episode #02: Fleshing Out Characters
- Episode #03: Writing An Engaging Story
- Episode #04: Writing Different POVs
- Episode #05: Writing A Compelling Antagonist
- Episode #06: Writing Things You Have Never Experienced
Motivation & Inspiration
- Daily Writer Positivity
- How to Finish Your First Novel (M. Kirin’s Origin Story)
- What Confidence Is and Is NOT
- How to Regain the Motivation to Finish That Book
- "I’m afraid writing is a waste of time"
- "I’m half-way through this book and I’m stuck"
- Stop Trying to Impress People
- Stop Trying to Make Your Parents Proud of your Writing
- Your Parents Disapprove of Your Writing?
- You’re Not The Worst Writer In The World
- English Not Your First Language? Neither is Mine
- A Tip for All Young Writers Worrying That Nobody Will Take Them Seriously
- Dealing with Hate and Harsh Criticism
- You Need to Develop a Thick Skin
- Neil Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” Speech
- Feeling Down About Your Writing? :c
Planning, Outlining, and Getting Started
- M. Kirin’s (Strange) Guide to Planning Your Novel
- M. Kirin’s Click-n-Drag Story Generator
- Which outlining method is the best? (Video)
- "I want to write a book but I have no idea where to start"
- The Story-Idea Test
- M. Kirin’s Secret for Starting books, and Finishing Them
- M. Kirin’s Top 3 Tips to Start Writing and Never Stopping
- The 10-Minute Writing Trick
- Tips for writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal
- How Much Worldbuilding is Enough?
Editing & Revision
- M. Kirin’s Top 5 Revision Tips
- How to Love and Care for Your Beta Readers
- M. Kirin’s (subjective) secret recipe for the second draft
- When is the best time to edit a story?
- M. Kirin Talks About Editing, and Speeding Up Your Story
- M. Kirin Uses Evernote to Revise Books
- "Kill Your Darlings" VS "Cut What You Love"
- Writing Killer Plot-Twists and Mystery Novels
Hot Button Issues
- Realism is a dirty word
- Racist & homophobic language in fiction
- Inaccuracy in Fiction (Video)
- M. Kirin drops a few bombs on ‘creative vocabulary’
- "I want to write but I don’t have the time"
- Is it bad to have too many LGBTQIA or POC characters?
- "My antagonist is POC/LGBTQIA, is this bad?"
- "All my characters are LGBTQIA, is this bad?"
- When to let go of a story
- Overcoming the First Sentence
- Overcoming the First Sentence, Again
- Overcoming the First Sentence, Redux
- The 10-Minute Rule
- Making Boring Scenes FUN to Write!
- Stories are like children
- Let’s Talk About Titles (And Then Talk Some More)
- M. Kirin Reveals the ‘Secret’ Behind Style
- How much description/scenery is too much?
- How can I write faster?
- I want my readers to love my characters
- I think my book may be too short for my genre
- My story doesn’t have an Antagonists, should I add one?
- I killed one of my main characters by mistake, what do I do?
- M. Kirin’s Writing Advice for Fleshing out Romantic Relationships
- A warning about character names and meanings
- Help! My characters are not doing what I expected them to!
- A warning about character sheets
- A talk about the beauty of first drafts, and pacing
- Is getting attached to your characters… bad?
- A note on Antagonism, and whether you need a villain or not
- Past or present tense?
- Is swearing okay? And other muthafuckin’ truths
- "What emotion do you find hardest to write?"
- "What writing software do you use?"
- Communication, a must for collaborative works
- Researching illegal things, cousin? I got just the thing for you!
- Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips
- M. Kirin’s Tarot Cheat-Sheet
Writing Music & Playlists
- Writing In The Dark (Relaxing, Unobtrusive)
- Writing About Love (All the Feels)
- Writing & Fighting! (Super Intense!)
- M. Kirin’s Favorite Music to Listen to While Writing
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Body Language Secrets Everyone Must Know
by Aldis Kalnins
Especially useful for convincing obnoxious men you actually like them and that they should give you money.
If you are familiar with Color Scheme Designer then you’ll love this new site from the same creator! Paletton!
Its the same concept as the original website, but completely remastered! There’s more variety to the colors you can pick, and also different Combinations!
Not only this, but you also have more examples than on the original site! From some basic art to animation! Giving you an easy way to understand how the colors complement one another!
Its still on BETA testing but there are pretty neat features coming soon like a Widget for your page, a Mobile App and more plug-ins in the future, so please check the website and have fun coloring
I know I’ve talked a lot about making sure that your characters stay “in character”, but what I mean by that is your character’s actions should make sense depending on the situation. There are many reasons why a character might act out-of-character and that doesn’t mean that you’ve done something wrong as a writer. As long as your character’s actions are explained and what they’re doing is in line with their character development, they can do “strange” things from time to time. Here are a few reasons why one of your characters might act in an odd manner:
Out of anger. Intense emotions really change how people act, which most people probably know from personal experience. I’ve done and said things out of anger that I would never say or do if I was thinking clearly. People do things out of anger, out of sadness, out of extreme happiness, etc. Keep emotion in mind when you’re writing your novel. It helps explain why a character might have acted a certain way and it helps humanize them.
Something happened that changed them. Moments cause you to act differently than you normally would. Maybe you’ve experienced a death of someone close. Maybe someone you love got sick or is in serious trouble. That might cause you to justify your actions or act in a way that seems sensible at the time. However, avoid using characters as “props” to draw out emotions from your protagonist. Don’t kill off the love interest in order to justify revenge. There’s a delicate balance.
They’re growing. If a character makes better decisions than they normally would, due to events that opened their eyes, that’s all part of their character development. A character can grow and change and eventually those actions will make sense. Your character should change and develop over the course of the novel, so they won’t necessarily be acting out-of-character. These changes should happen.
They’ve made a mistake/They’re human. People make mistakes and they do things that they thought were right. If your characters act in a certain way out of emotion or just because they made the wrong choices, they’re human. They don’t have all the answers. Having your characters make mistakes, learn from them, and make decisions based on those mistakes is just part of their journey AND this keeps your characters from being Mary Sues. We don’t want to see perfection in your characters, we want to see growth, and we want to be interested in their arc.
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[100+] HARU AND RIN ICONS
Here’s a batch of 100x100 harurin icons to celebrate a milestone and the upcoming summer! Icons range from textured to colorful. Includes: official art + scans, frfr eps, duet cd, and season two PV.