The Writing Sanctum

Welcome! I'm Nic. This is a blog dedicated to writing. including links to writing sites, writing tips, contests, and news from the writing community.
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Hey everyone - just wanted to let you know I’ll be on vacation for the next week.
I’m bad at making queues so I’ll just update everything when I get back.
^.^ Bye!

First person or third person?

Which do you prefer to write in?

^ Writing Prompt of the Week ^

This picture is fantastic for a short story. Prompts like this are great because they give you a little bit more to base your story off of; just by looking at their facial expressions a few ideas jump into my mind.

^ Writing Prompt of the Week ^

This picture is fantastic for a short story. Prompts like this are great because they give you a little bit more to base your story off of; just by looking at their facial expressions a few ideas jump into my mind.

amandaonwriting:

Character Questionnaire
How to create a character for your novel.
1. How does your character think of their father? What do they hate and love about him? What influence - literal or imagined - did the father have?
2. Their mother? How do they think of her? What do they hate? Love? What influence - literal or imagined - did the mother have?
3. Brothers, sisters? Who do they like? Why? What do they despise about their siblings?
4. What type of discipline was your character subjected to at home? Strict? Lenient?
5. Were they overprotected as a child? Sheltered?
6. Did they feel rejection or affection as a child?
7. What was the economic status of their family?
8. How does your character feel about religion?
9. What about political beliefs?
10. Is your character street-smart, book-smart, intelligent, intellectual, slow-witted?
11. How do they see themselves: as smart, as intelligent, uneducated?
12. How does their education and intelligence – or lack thereof - reflect in their speech pattern, vocabulary, and pronunciations?
13. Did they like school? Teachers? Schoolmates?
14. Were they involved at school? Sports? Clubs? Debate? Were they unconnected?
15. Did they graduate? High-School? College? Do they have a PHD? A GED?
16. What does your character do for a living? How do they see their profession? What do they like about it? Dislike?
17. Did they travel? Where? Why? When?
18. What did they find abroad, and what did they remember?
19. What were your character’s deepest disillusions? In life? What are they now?
20. What were the most deeply impressive political or social, national or international, events that they experienced?
21. What are your character’s manners like? What is their type of hero? Whom do they hate?
22. Who are their friends? Lovers? ‘Type’ or ‘ideal’ partner?
23. What do they want from a partner? What do they think and feel of sex?
24. What social groups and activities does your character attend? What role do they like to play? What role do they actually play, usually?
25. What are their hobbies and interests?
26. What does your character’s home look like? Personal taste? Clothing? Hair? Appearance?
27. How do they relate to their appearance? How do they wear their clothing? Style? Quality?
28. Who is your character’s mate? How do they relate to him or her? How did they make their choice?
29. What is your character’s weaknesses? Hubris? Pride? Controlling?
30. Are they holding on to something in the past? Can he or she forgive?
31. Does your character have children? How do they feel about their parental role? About the children? How do the children relate?
32. How does your character react to stress situations? Defensively? Aggressively? Evasively?
33. Do they drink? Take drugs? What about their health? 
34. Does your character feel self-righteous? Revengeful? Contemptuous?
35. Do they always rationalize errors? How do they accept disasters and failures?
36. Do they like to suffer? Like to see other people suffering?
37. How is your character’s imagination? Daydreaming a lot? Worried most of the time? Living in memories?
38. Are they basically negative when facing new things? Suspicious? Hostile? Scared? Enthusiastic?
39. What do they like to ridicule? What do they find stupid?
40. How is their sense of humor? Do they have one?
41. Is your character aware of who they are? Strengths? Weaknesses? Idiosyncrasies? Capable of self-irony?
42. What does your character want most? What do they need really badly, compulsively? What are they willing to do, to sacrifice, to obtain?
43. Does your character have any secrets? If so, are they holding them back?
44. How badly do they want to obtain their life objectives? How do they pursue them?
45. Is your character pragmatic? Think first? Responsible? All action? A visionary? Passionate? Quixotic?
46. Is your character tall? Short? What about size? Weight? Posture? How do they feel about their physical body?
47. Do they want to project an image of a younger, older, more important person? Does they want to be visible or invisible?
48. How are your character’s gestures? Vigorous? Weak? Controlled? Compulsive? Energetic? Sluggish?
49. What about voice? Pitch? Strength? Tempo and rhythm of speech? Pronunciation? Accent?
50. What are the prevailing facial expressions? Sour? Cheerful? Dominating?
Questionnaire: The Script Lab
Image: Zazzle

amandaonwriting:

Character Questionnaire

How to create a character for your novel.

1. How does your character think of their father? What do they hate and love about him? What influence - literal or imagined - did the father have?

2. Their mother? How do they think of her? What do they hate? Love? What influence - literal or imagined - did the mother have?

3. Brothers, sisters? Who do they like? Why? What do they despise about their siblings?

4. What type of discipline was your character subjected to at home? Strict? Lenient?

5. Were they overprotected as a child? Sheltered?

6. Did they feel rejection or affection as a child?

7. What was the economic status of their family?

8. How does your character feel about religion?

9. What about political beliefs?

10. Is your character street-smart, book-smart, intelligent, intellectual, slow-witted?

11. How do they see themselves: as smart, as intelligent, uneducated?

12. How does their education and intelligence – or lack thereof - reflect in their speech pattern, vocabulary, and pronunciations?

13. Did they like school? Teachers? Schoolmates?

14. Were they involved at school? Sports? Clubs? Debate? Were they unconnected?

15. Did they graduate? High-School? College? Do they have a PHD? A GED?

16. What does your character do for a living? How do they see their profession? What do they like about it? Dislike?

17. Did they travel? Where? Why? When?

18. What did they find abroad, and what did they remember?

19. What were your character’s deepest disillusions? In life? What are they now?

20. What were the most deeply impressive political or social, national or international, events that they experienced?

21. What are your character’s manners like? What is their type of hero? Whom do they hate?

22. Who are their friends? Lovers? ‘Type’ or ‘ideal’ partner?

23. What do they want from a partner? What do they think and feel of sex?

24. What social groups and activities does your character attend? What role do they like to play? What role do they actually play, usually?

25. What are their hobbies and interests?

26. What does your character’s home look like? Personal taste? Clothing? Hair? Appearance?

27. How do they relate to their appearance? How do they wear their clothing? Style? Quality?

28. Who is your character’s mate? How do they relate to him or her? How did they make their choice?

29. What is your character’s weaknesses? Hubris? Pride? Controlling?

30. Are they holding on to something in the past? Can he or she forgive?

31. Does your character have children? How do they feel about their parental role? About the children? How do the children relate?

32. How does your character react to stress situations? Defensively? Aggressively? Evasively?

33. Do they drink? Take drugs? What about their health? 

34. Does your character feel self-righteous? Revengeful? Contemptuous?

35. Do they always rationalize errors? How do they accept disasters and failures?

36. Do they like to suffer? Like to see other people suffering?

37. How is your character’s imagination? Daydreaming a lot? Worried most of the time? Living in memories?

38. Are they basically negative when facing new things? Suspicious? Hostile? Scared? Enthusiastic?

39. What do they like to ridicule? What do they find stupid?

40. How is their sense of humor? Do they have one?

41. Is your character aware of who they are? Strengths? Weaknesses? Idiosyncrasies? Capable of self-irony?

42. What does your character want most? What do they need really badly, compulsively? What are they willing to do, to sacrifice, to obtain?

43. Does your character have any secrets? If so, are they holding them back?

44. How badly do they want to obtain their life objectives? How do they pursue them?

45. Is your character pragmatic? Think first? Responsible? All action? A visionary? Passionate? Quixotic?

46. Is your character tall? Short? What about size? Weight? Posture? How do they feel about their physical body?

47. Do they want to project an image of a younger, older, more important person? Does they want to be visible or invisible?

48. How are your character’s gestures? Vigorous? Weak? Controlled? Compulsive? Energetic? Sluggish?

49. What about voice? Pitch? Strength? Tempo and rhythm of speech? Pronunciation? Accent?

50. What are the prevailing facial expressions? Sour? Cheerful? Dominating?

Questionnaire: The Script Lab

Image: Zazzle

(via fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment)

When Inspiration Hits

Inspiration can come to you from anything, anywhere, and it’s important to be ready.
Here are three ways to remember ideas when you are away from your computer or your notebook:
1: Carry a pen and paper with you when you go out. You can put it in your pocket, purse, or car- however some people find carrying a notebook with them a problem due to portability issues. At the very least you should carry a pen - its small and can be stored almost anywhere. This way you can write down ideas on your hands or even the back of receipts if you’re out shopping.
2: If you carry a phone or iPod with you, there are two good ways to write down your ideas. If you have a touch screen device, you should save a section in ‘notes’ dedicated to writing inspirations. If you do not have this on your phone, you can text the idea to someone and go back to check the texts when you have your computer or notebook back. (and if you don’t text, you can phone your home phone and leave yourself a message)
3: If you find yourself without any of the above, don’t panic. There are plenty of memorization techniques you can use, you just need to find one that will work for you. (There are plenty of places online you can go to find them)

Daily Writing Tips

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/

A really handy website that helps with the big things in writing and the small. 

Body Language Cheat Sheet

Body Language Cheat Sheet

Writing Challenge

The writing challenge has begun!

Rules for this Short Story:

-Between 250 and 1000 words

-Original works or Fanfiction- both are okay

-Must Include the following:

A title

One of the two themes (do with them whatever you want): lost, found 

The words (in any form): pardon, restricted, box

A non-human being (animals, plants, aliens etc.)

All pieces will be published after submitted. If you want tags on your story, include them after your story. 

I will be accepting stories untilwhenever! 

"Dictionaries are your friends. As are thesauruses. Though they are not required, they are strongly recommended."
-Anonymous

Original works, Fanfiction or Both?

Which do you enjoy writing better?

For Creating Worlds

http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/

This link, in my opinion, is one of the most useful things for fantasy and science fiction writers. 

Here you can a few hundred important questions to consider when creating a world, a town, a race, a planet etc.

I use these questions to guide my own writing and they helped me to develop the plot for my story. After answering many questions, ideas seemed to branch off from one another and soon I had created 5 unique cities!  

If you take a look, make sure to tell me what you think!

Computer is back up and running!

Woot!

Pen and Paper or Computer?

Pen and Paper or Computer?

"A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket."
~Charles Peguy