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Writer Beware



Writer Beware makes posts on which publishing houses to avoid at all costs, which words to look for and which words to watch out for in contracts, and several other things that will keep you in control and knowledgeable about the publishing process.  I’d suggest reading through the website if you want to avoid getting ripped off, cheated, or scammed.

I’m just going to reblog this every so often because it’s a site that every writer needs to see.

Storytelling is an act of cruelty. We are cruel to our characters because to be kind is to invite boredom, and boredom in storytelling is synonymous with big doomy death-shaped death. So: be cruel to your protagonist. Rob him of something. Something important. Something he needs. A weapon. An asset. A piece of knowledge. A loved one. A DELICIOUS PIE. Take it away! Force him to operate without it. Conflict reinvigorates stale stories. New conflict, or old conflict that has evolved and grown teeth.
Chuck Wendig (via writingquotes)
  • Track Name

    Hoist the Colours

  • Album

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Soundtrack

  • Artist

    Hans Zimmer




yo, ho all hands
hoist the colours high
heave ho,thieves and beggars
never shall we die


Wait is that first bit about Calypso?

The whole song is about Calypso. It’s literally a fable about the Brethren Court imprisoning the goddess of the sea in human form and thus claiming control of the sea themselves, disguised as a sea shanty.

  • Track Name

    Radioactive (Split)

  • Artist

    Imagine Dragons/Vitamin String Quartet



Radioactive - Imagine Dragons/Vitamin String Quartet; The left ear is the official studio version by Imagine Dragons while the right ear is the official studio cover by the Vitamin String Quartet.

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Did I just listen to a song or have a religious experience?

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khaizarin asked:

Dear Mr. Gaiman. I'm an aspiring writer looking to be the best author I can be, and because of that, I try to research the things I write about so I know everything there is to know about it. However, the current project I'm writing is proving to be challenging. In fact, I need to talk to a coroner, to research the decaying of a human body and any means of which to slow it down. Do you have a suggestion as to how I can contact someone willing to talk to me, despite me sounding totally insane?


All research enquiries sound insane. Sometimes, as when you are squodging through a sewage tunnel researching Neverwhere, they seem insane to you too.

When I needed to write an autopsy in AMERICAN GODS I called my family doctor, and he turned out to have been the county prosector, and we spent a couple of hours on the phone with him answering all my questions, even the stupid ones. (“Why do you have to put the organs back in the same order you took them out?” “Because otherwise they won’t fit.” “Oh.”)

There are a LOT of books about death, dying and what happens to bodies post mortem, that you could use too. Check your library. Talk to your librarians. In my experience, they like the weird requests.*

*do not stare at them in an unsettling way while you ask, though. Try to smile, unless you have an unsettling smile.

Quick & Dirty Guide To Improving Your Writing



I really didn’t want to do homework so here are some quick and dirty tricks for revising your writing - especially if you write fanfiction. It gives you examples of common errors and quick and easy ways to correct them. Big ty for kyrilu for suggestions and sarahdoesfandom for letting me steal some examples off her (go read both of their fic - it’s amazing). Lots of suggestions (and a couple examples) stolen from Natalie Goldberg (check out her book Writing Down The Bones - she’s the best) and The Elements of Style. And remember: sharing is caring.

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Redundancy & Wordiness
Avoid repeating words/phrases within a sentence and as well as using redundant sentence structure. [x]

Repeating Words. Don’t repeat the same word in one sentence (or several times in sentences close by).

  • In January, Tony Stark and Loki go skiing in Canada. You don’t want to use ‘in’ twice (besides that, ‘in January and ‘in Canada’ are both prepositional phrases). So, you might change this to ‘Each January, Tony Stark and Loki go skiing in Canada’.

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vil·lain /ˈvilən/  noun: A person guilty or capable of a crime or wickedness;

a mix of songs (+ one remix & one cover) about/from your favorite disney villains all around !!

i. be prepared - the lion king // ii. mother knows best (reprise) - tangled // iii. cruella de vil (remix) - 101 dalmatians // iv. mine, mine, mine - pocahontas // v. friends on the other side - the princess and the frog // vi. poor unfortunate souls - the little mermaid // vii. gaston - the beauty and the beast // viii. snuff out the light (yzma’s song) - emperor’s new groove // ix. my lullaby - lion king ii: simba’s pride // x. the siamese cat song (cover by hilary and haylie duff) - the lady and the tramp // xi. you’re only second rate - the return of jafar // xii. savages (part 1 & 2) - pocahontas // xiii. oogie boogie’s song - the nightmare before christmas // xiv. i wan’na be like you - the jungle book // xv. prince ali (reprise) - aladdin // xvi. not one of us - lion king ii: simba’s pride // xvii. hellfire - the hunchback of notre damn


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