This gif set will never get old, ever.

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Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers

As described by Selnick’s article:

Author and doctor of clinical psychology Carolyn Kaufman has released a one-page body language cheat sheet of psychological “tells” (PDF link) fiction writers can use to dress their characters.

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Writing Help: Four Tips For Writing Deep Point Of View 


Tip #1: Delete the phrase “s/he saw”

Obviously not every use of the word saw (and its nieces and nephews: observed, noticed, etc.) will be slashed. But go through your manuscript looking for lines like these:

She saw the lights come on in the kitchen.

And change to:


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Fantasy World Maps 


A map, you say? Well, here’s this article on city design by Jon Roberts of Fantastic Maps. Here’s another from him on how to design a town and another on worldbuilding using…

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Writing Tips: Pacing your Story 


Be aware of how syntax can affect a story.

Longer sentences that flow and offer a ton of imagery tend to be slow and at times, even lulling. Shorter sentences tend to come across as swift and brisk. Keep in mind that sentence variation is always critical in a story,…

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60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers  

Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college…

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This is an ultimate masterlist of many, many resources that could be helpful for writers/roleplayers.
Improve Your Writing Habits Now
5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing
Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities
Improve Your Paras
Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
Writing Better Than You Normally Do
How’s My Driving?
A Description Resource
55 Words to Describe Someones Voice
Describing Skin Colors
Describing a Person: Adding Details
Emotions Vocabulary
90 Words For ‘Looks’
Be More Descriptive
Describe a Character’s Look Well
100 Words for Facial Expressions
To Show and Not To Tell
Words to Describe Facial Expressions
Describing Clothes
List of Actions
Tone, Feelings and Emotions
Writing Specific Characters
Character Guides
Writing Help for Writers
Ultimate Writing Resource List
Lots of RP Guides
Online Writing Resources
List of Websites to Help You Focus
Resources for Writing Bio’s
Helpful Links for Writing Help
General Writing Resources
Resources for Biography Writing
Mental Ilnesses/Disorders Guides
8 Words You Should Avoid While Writing
  Body Language
Body Language Cheat
Body Language Reference Cheat
Tips for Writers: Body Language
Types of Crying
Body Language: Mirroring
Words Instead of Walk (2)
Commonly Confused Adjectives
A Guide on Punctuation
Common Writing Mistakes
25 Synoms for ‘Expession’
How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words
Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
Other Ways to Say..
300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
List of Misused Words
Words for Sex
100 Beautiful and Ugly Words
Words to Use More Often
Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’
Three Self Editing Tips
Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’
Synonyms for Common Words
Alternatives for ‘Smile’
Transitional Words
The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’
Synonyms for ‘Wrote’
A Case Of She Said, She Said
Writer’s Block
How to: Cure Writer’s Block
Some Tips on Writer’s Block
Got Writer’s Block?
6 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
Tips for Dealing With Writer’s Block
Application (Itself)
How to: Make That Application Your Bitch
How to: Make Your App Better
How to: Submit a Flawless Audition
10 Tips for Applying
Para (Sample)
Para Sample Ideas
5 Tips on Writing an IC Para Sample
Writing an IC Sample Without Escaping From the Bio
How to: Create a Worthy IC Para Sample
How to: Write an Impressive Para Sample
How to: Lengthen Short Para’s
Drabble Stuff
Prompts List
Writing Prompts
Drabble Prompts
How to Get Into Character
Writing Challenges/Prompts
A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs
Para Prompts & Ideas
Writing Prompts for Journal Entries
A List of Para Starters
Bad Asses
Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Emotional Detachment
The Girl Next Door
Introverts (2)
Mean Persons (2)
Party Girls
Rich (2) 
Serial Killers (2)
Shyness (2, 3)
Villains (2)
Disorders in general (2, 3, 4, 5) 
Attention Deficit Disorder
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Anxiety (2, 3, 4, 5) 
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
Bipolar Disorder (2, 3)
Cotard Delusions
Depression (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)   
Eeating Disorders (2, 3)
Facitious Disorders
Histrionic Personality Disorder
Multiple Personality Disorder (2)
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Night Terrors
Kleptomania (2)
A Pyromaniac
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2)
Sex Addiction (2)
Schizophrenia (2)
Sociopaths (2)
Aspergers Syndrome
Someone Blind (2)
Cancer (2, 3)
Muteness (2, 3)
Ballet Dancer (2)
Alcohol Influence (2, 3, 4, 5)
Cocaine Influence
Ecstasy Influence (2)
Heroin Use
LSD Influence
Marijuana Influence (2, 3)
Opiate Use
California (2, 3)
England/Britain (2, 3, 4, 5)
New York
The South (2)
Females (2)
Males (2)
Witches (2)
A Death Scene
Loosing Someone (2)
Old Persons
Physical Injuries (2, 3)
Sexual Abuse (2)
Fight Scenes (2, 3, 4)
Biography Writing
Components of Your Biographies
Character sheet (2, 3)
Need Help With Character Creation?
How to: Draw Inspiration for Characters From Music
How to: Write a Biography (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
How to: Write a Fully Developed Character
How to: Create a Cast of Characters (2)
Writing an Original Character (2, 3)
Creating Believable Characters (2, 3)
Bio Formats (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Little Things You Can Add To Your Bios
Connections (2)
Bio Twists
Female Names (2, 3, 4, 5)
Male Names (2, 3, 4, 5) 
Last Names  (2, 3, 4)
Jung’s 16 Personality Types
Underused Character Personalities
Birth-Order: Personality Traits
The Difference Between Personality and Behavior
How to: Show a Characters Personality In a Paragraph
16 Character Traits
Underused Personalities
Personality Traits

Positive (2)
Negative (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Both (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Addictions and Bad Habits
Bad Habits
Character Habits
Character Quirks
Phobias (2)
300 Possible Secrets to Give Your Characters
I Bet You Didn’t Know..
Character Plots And Secrets (2)
Celebrity Secrets
Secret Masterlist
Song Lyrics Masterlist
Songs for Biographies
Favorite Quotes: TV and Movies
Favorite Quotes: Notable Authors
Favorite Quotes: Celebrities
Favorite Quotes: Popular Books (2)
Quotes From Songs
Character Quotes
Masterlist of Bio Lyrics
Masterlist of Bio Quotes
Masterlist of Song Lyrics
Biography Lyrics
A Masterlist of Quotes
The Quotation Garden
Mary Sue’s

A Mary Sue In The Inbox
Your Character Is A Sue, Not Just A Mary Or Gary
Not Writing A Mary Sue

Para Titles
100 Paragraph Titles
Para Titles - Song Title Edition (2,3)
A Whole Ton of Para Titles
350+ Song Titles
Para Titles For You (2)
How to: Create an interesting starter
How to: Make an Interesting Starter
Gif Conversations: A Guide
A Brief Guide to Starters
Interesting Gif Convesation Starters
Starters Masterlist
Gif Starter Posts
46 Interesting Gif Chat Starters
Ideas for Gif Chat Starters
Masterlist: Jobs
Possible Careers for Characters
Artistic Occupations
Martha’s Vineyard Job Masterlist
Interesting Jobs
Para Ideas
Masterlist: Para Ideas
Top 50 Places for Starters
Writing Topics: Para Ideas
101 Date Ideas
68 Date Ideas
22 Date Ideas
Popular Places to Eat
Character Developement
Character Development Questionaire
Character Surveys
C.D. Questionaire
30 Day Character Development Meme
Character Development Questions (2)
100 Pt. Questionaire
IC and OOC Surveys
Online Test for Character Building
30 Days of Character Development
How to: Develop Characters
Get To Know Your Characters
Romance (in general)
The Little Ways a Ship Gets Build
Roleplaying Relationships
8 Ways to Say I Love You
How to: Make a Set Ship RP Work
How to: Write a Romantic Scene
Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Relationships
Putting a Label on It
Synonyms for Love
Pregnancy (2, 3, 4, 5)
Smut Guide: Casual Sex
Smut Guide: For Beginners
How to: Write a First Time Sex Scene Romantically
How to: Smut - The Bare Bones
How to: Smut (For Virgins)
How to: Write Lesbian Smut
How to: Write Smut (2, 3)
How to: Write a Blowjob/Prepping for Smut
Smut Guides of Tumblr
Tips on Writing Sex Scenes
A Guide to Language in Smut
Domination and Submission
Making Love
A Smut Guide
How to: Write a Kiss (2)
Different Types of Kisses
Writing Out the First Kiss
Plot Writing
How to: Create the Best Plot for Your RP
How to: Create A Plot Outline in 8 Steps
How to: Write A Plot in 12 Steps
How to: Write A Quality Plot
How to: Spice Up Your Roleplay Plots
Components of Your Plot Page
Writing Up A Plot
Basics of Writing A Plot
Links for Plot Writing Help
Eight Unique Plot Ideas
Plot Twists
Situation Ideas (2, 3)
Guide to Plotting
Eras Masterlist
Everything You Need to Know Abut the 20’s
20’s Slang
Primary Sources on Ancient Civilizations
How to: Play the Greek Goddess ‘Harmonia’
How to: Roleplay In the Victorian Era
Victorian Dialogue


This is an ultimate masterlist of many, many resources that could be helpful for writers/roleplayers.





  Body Language


Writer’s Block


Application (Itself)

Para (Sample)













Biography Writing



Personality Traits



Mary Sue’s


Para Titles




Character Developement


Romance (in general)




Plot Writing


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Things almost every author needs to research 



  • How bodies decompose
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Mob mentality
  • Other cultures
  • What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
  • Common tropes in your genre
  • Average weather for your setting


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The Top 42 Writing Posts of 2013 


These were the posts you wanted to see in 2013. Your favourite posts were divided them into three categories: writing advice, reference and resources for writers, and general posts. 

The Top 21 Writing Advice Posts

  1. Creating Characters - Five Mistakes Beginner Writers Make
  2. 123 Ideas for Character Flaws
  3. Search and Destroy
  4. 10 Essential Tips for Writing Antagonists
  5. Six things alcohol taught me about writing
  6. Why your story needs a theme
  7. Improve your writing skills by reading different genres
  8. Five instances when you need to tell (and not show)
  9. The Top Five Useless Phrases in Emails
  10. Heroes and Anti-Heroes - What’s the difference?
  11. 10 Things Aspiring Novelists Should Know
  12. The Top 10 Reasons to Write Short Stories
  13. Rewriting – A Checklist for Authors
  14. What are the rules of Write Club?
  15. The Top 10 Tips for Plotting and Finishing a Book
  16. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers
  17. Basic Plot Structure - The Five Plotting Moments That Matter
  18. Talk Show — How to let your characters tell their story
  19. Plotting - 10 Basic Dos and Don’ts
  20. Five things to do before NaNoWriMo starts
  21. How to write great dialogue

The Top 12 Writing Resources

  1. Body Language Reference Sheet
  2. Personality Disorders
  3. 209 Words To Describe Touch
  4. 50 Iconic Writers Who Were Repeatedly Rejected
  5. 10 Famous Authors Who Used Pen Names
  6. Nine Writing Jobs
  7. 17 Authors Being Honest
  8. The Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors
  9. 51 Grammatical Terms Explained
  10. Writers of Substance (Abuse)
  11. The 12 Common Character Archetypes
  12. Synonyms for 95 Commonly Used Words

The Top Nine Miscellaneous Writing Posts

  1. The Top 10 Literary Quotes About Coffee
  2. How to survive a relationship with a writer
  3. November is NaNoWriMo
  4. Banned Books Week - The 10 most challenged titles of 2012
  5. What if Emily Dickinson attended a writing workshop?
  6. The Top 20 Literary Quotes About Short Stories
  7. Writers Write Reviewers Choose Their Top Books of 2013
  8. Short Story Competitions
  9. November is When Your Novel Happens

From Writers Write

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Survive Nature 


SurviveNature offers tips and advice for surviving in several different enviroments. 

+ Survival Skills 

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Anonymous whispered, "In my story, one of my main characters in in a building when it explodes and another is outside. I've tried to search the effects and damages done by explosions, but all I'm finding is stuff about nuclear bombs. I'm looking for information on much smaller explosives. Do you have any references or tips? (I love your blog, by the way)"


If you watch the news, you will have seen at least once the devastation left behind by air bombing, car bombs and bombs that have been detonated inside of buildings. In fact, the best way to get a look at the effects of bomb blasts is to review cases from the past, for all it’s absolutely horrifying that we have these kind of ‘resources’ to draw upon in the first place.

Here are some pictures of the damage done to buildings after bomb attacks:

  • Picture One - Two powerful car bombs killed at least six people outside a Baghdad interior ministry building… (November, 2005) x
  • Picture Two - US and Saudi personnel survey the damage  to Khobar towers caused by the explosion of a fuel truck… (June, 1996) x
  • Picture Three - Damaged building left for thirteen years after NATO bombings in Belgrade, Serbia (June, 2012) x
  • Picture Four - A car bombing attack known as the Omagh bombing, Ireland (August, 1998) x
  • Picture Five - Oklahoma City bombings (April, 1995) x

Look at these images and any others you can find (Google brought up a tonne) and draw similarities between them. Bombs tear through entire structures. There is nearly always death involved as well as severe injury to those within the vicinity of the attack. The after affects to those caught up in an explosion can vary from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to severe burns and the worsening of pre-existing health conditions.

At the very least you’ll get out of an explosion with minor damage to your airways from the smoke inhalation and air pressure. Here are some more resources I found through Google:

A lot of the time, when your research is bringing up the wrong results, you’re using the wrong kind of words in your search. It’s worth adjusting your phrasing a little to get what you’re looking for.

I hope these resources are of some use anyway. Best of luck.


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123 Ideas for Character Flaws


123 Ideas for Character Flaws

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And I thought I’d post a bunch of tips and resources on writing that I’ve collected over the year! Check it out:

Character Design

Interesting Medieval names

4 ways to make your heroine stronger

Costume references

High School Nanowrimo Workbook (has a bunch of great references…

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I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!

(save the images to zoom in on the pics)

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I let you sleep in my bed!