the tiger does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep
Hi, I'm Danielle. And I write. No, well, I do a lot of other stuff too. But writing is probably the most important thing in my life. I'm a twenty-something living with her also-writer-girlfriend and two boxadors, Mona and Otto. I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and geek out giraffes and anything about science. Mona Lisa Vito is my Patronus. I have a slight pretzel M&M addiction.
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Regarding the 'Women in Refrigerators' trope. The setting of my world is quite violent, and a number of lesser characters, both male and female, are killed not long after their introductions. Their deaths are used for both world-building and to advance plot, and not necessarily motivations for other characters, but is this still putting them in the fridge?
Anonymous

thewritingcafe:

Nope. Sometimes people die because death is around us. If you’re writing a war story, people are going to die because it’s war. Setting determines how prevalent death is. Minor characters will die. Major characters will die. Everyone is at risk for death and sometimes these deaths can be used as motivation or to advance the plot. That’s okay.

What is a problem is when you:

  • Introduce a female character
  • For the purpose of killing her off
  • So that you can use this death to motivate a male character (usually a boyfriend, but also a husband, father, son, brother, or friend)

This is what stuffing a woman in the fridge is. Writers create a female character for the sole purpose of killing her off early on (most often, these women are murdered by the antagonist to the male protagonist) to serve as a motive for a male character. This happens way too often to let it go unnoticed.

Death can still be a motive for characters though. If a character dies, other characters might continue on in honor of that character or they might be motivated to avenge this character (see Harry in The Prisoner of Azkaban).

(Source: ktlljhnsn)

What is fat in a piece of writing?
strangeartsandothertings

fixyourwritinghabits:

The problem with the term ‘writing fat’ is that it’s not very specific and hard to pin down. Some articles define it as unspecific words, or lengthy descriptions, but I think it can be summed up as more than that. I’d define fat in writing as a few different things:

Filler scenes. Are you writing scenes just to reach a word count? Do they have no impact on the plot or characters? Chances are you’re going to have to cut them out later. ‘Filler’ is used in TV and movies to provide a much needed tension break from the action or info-laden scenes (think of long shots of driving, making coffee, or the character just walking), or in the worst of cases, to meet some episode requirement (ALTA made fun of having done this quite well in one episode).

In a visual medium, the mind needs those moments to process the previous action or scene. In a written medium, it’s unnecessary, and these scenes tend to be a waste of your investment and the reader’s time.

Description that doesn’t tell us anything. It doesn’t matter how beautifully written it is, if the reader learns nothing from your description, they will start to skim. This is not easy to the hang of at first, but here are some things you should look for:

  • Description that sets the stage. When well done, description that establishes the setting of each scene will hook your reader in. If you’re description a place for a reason, it’s okay. If you’re description something because you don’t know what else to write and you’re trying to fill up space, chances are you need to cut it down.
  • Description that shows us something about the character. Body language and behavior are important, but you can also use description to frame a character’s mood and viewpoint. How the character views the weather or chooses to describe another person tells us a great deal about how they feel and what kind of person they are.

Pointless dialogue. In real life, a lot of what people say doesn’t have any particular meaning. They’re certainly not trying to move a plot along. In a story, what is said and how it is said is just as essential as anything else. Dialogue should convey information, whether the characters are aware that it is or not. A stilted conversation over coffee can indicate awkwardness and discomfort among two people, and what’s not said is just as important as what is. Your dialogue should be as pointed as your description!

Filler is fine for NaNoWriMo, but when it comes to editing, you need to be sure everything in your story has a purpose. Good luck!

~Agent Black

fashion-runways:

Zac Posen 2014 Resort Collection

Recently there was some discussion about giving phone numbers to baristas and I wanted to share that today a customer (who is a creep who always STARES at the girls) actually did just that. Our SM is going to ban him from the store because that sort of attention is NOT as flattering as people think it is!
Anonymous

Face Reading (Physiognomy): Eyes

psych-facts:

spiritualseeker:

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Since eyes are the primary sensory organ for light, it is no surprise that eyes have been called the windows of the soul. Our eyes reflect our outlook, our attitudes, and our openness. Conversely, they tell when we filter or screen out information.

sixpenceee:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Colony
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray_Spear
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_reply
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanganyika_Laughter_Epidemic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mad_Gasser_of_Mattoon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete-Encased_High_School_Girl_Murder_Case
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoples_Temple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MRSA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_stones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedlec_Ossuary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubbly_Creek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Spanish_Kitchen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bonnet_syndrome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markovian_parallax_denigrate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tiles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_hand_syndrome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaistos_Disc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capgras_delusion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywater
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole-body_transplant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_transplant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_J._White
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Demikhov
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guided_rat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamster_zona-free_ovum_test
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_immortality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandre_Oram
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-75
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atuk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Curse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cure_for_Insomnia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pripyat%2C_Ukraine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_flying_saucer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tofts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trepanation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Goo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grinning_Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawfordsville_monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_Base
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junko_Furuta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hermitage_%28Ontario%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starchild_skull
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Parsons
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faces_of_belmez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Parker_Ray
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_information_awareness
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penis_panic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mahavishnu_Orchestra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Footprints
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Thunderstorm%2C_Widecombe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bloop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_place_artifacts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowpeople
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ararat_anomaly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_big_cats
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goatman_%28cryptozoology%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greys
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackalope
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_Project
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Heeled_Jack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owlman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomalous_phenomenon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_triangle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overtoun_Bridge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mad_Gasser_of_Mattoon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupa_%28anomaly%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverpilen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Dutchman%27s_Gold_Mine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Lick_Monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_tunnel_incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Project
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moll_Dyer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchen_Tunnel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_Scout_Lane
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Footprints
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_Vault
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_pass_accident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borley_Rectory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clapham_Wood_Mystery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_shift
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moberly-Jourdain_incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_%28unsolved_Thames_murder_case%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_put_Bella_in_the_Wych_Elm%3F
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Torso_Murderer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_of_Glamis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ediacaran_biota
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Holmes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loveland_Frog
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariana_UFO_Incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentich_Disappearance
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Night_Stalker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dahlia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Kroll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_K%C3%BCrten
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_de_Rais
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Vacher
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melonheads
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish
The horror doesn’t stop here though. I have lots more masterposts:
masterpost of horror games
masterpost of creepy online games
masterpost of creepy websites
masterpost of gothic/horror novels (yes I link you to a PDF version of the entire book!)
masterpost to make you feel better (when all the horror is too much)
The following aren’t masterposts, but they have an abundance of information
Ways to contact the dead
Creepy meaning behind nursery rhymes
Creepiest glitch experiences
Creepy facts compilation
Compilation of horror pranks
Paranormal Science Resources
Map of monsters/ghosts/cryptids in the USA
Alien Abduction experiences

sixpenceee:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Colony
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray_Spear
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_reply
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanganyika_Laughter_Epidemic
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mad_Gasser_of_Mattoon
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete-Encased_High_School_Girl_Murder_Case
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoples_Temple
  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA
  9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MRSA
  10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_stones
  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide
  12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731
  13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Man
  14. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedlec_Ossuary
  15. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubbly_Creek
  16. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Spanish_Kitchen
  17. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bonnet_syndrome
  18. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript
  19. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markovian_parallax_denigrate
  20. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tiles
  21. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_hand_syndrome
  22. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaistos_Disc
  23. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete
  24. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capgras_delusion
  25. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywater
  26. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole-body_transplant
  27. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_transplant
  28. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_J._White
  29. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Demikhov
  30. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guided_rat
  31. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome
  32. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamster_zona-free_ovum_test
  33. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_immortality
  34. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandre_Oram
  35. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina
  36. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_Man
  37. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-75
  38. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atuk
  39. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Curse
  40. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cure_for_Insomnia
  41. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pripyat%2C_Ukraine
  42. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_flying_saucer
  43. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tofts
  44. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trepanation
  45. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Goo
  46. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grinning_Man
  47. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawfordsville_monster
  48. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_Base
  49. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junko_Furuta
  50. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hermitage_%28Ontario%29
  51. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party
  52. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish
  53. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starchild_skull
  54. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil
  55. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Parsons
  56. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faces_of_belmez
  57. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Parker_Ray
  58. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_information_awareness
  59. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penis_panic
  60. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich
  61. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mahavishnu_Orchestra
  62. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Footprints
  63. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Thunderstorm%2C_Widecombe
  64. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bloop
  65. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_place_artifacts
  66. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman
  67. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowpeople
  68. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ararat_anomaly
  69. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory
  70. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
  71. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_big_cats
  72. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goatman_%28cryptozoology%29
  73. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greys
  74. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackalope
  75. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_Project
  76. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Heeled_Jack
  77. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owlman
  78. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomalous_phenomenon
  79. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_triangle
  80. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overtoun_Bridge
  81. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mad_Gasser_of_Mattoon
  82. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupa_%28anomaly%29
  83. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverpilen
  84. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Dutchman%27s_Gold_Mine
  85. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara
  86. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Lick_Monster
  87. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_people
  88. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_tunnel_incident
  89. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Project
  90. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moll_Dyer
  91. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchen_Tunnel
  92. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_Scout_Lane
  93. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Footprints
  94. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_Vault
  95. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_pass_accident
  96. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
  97. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borley_Rectory
  98. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clapham_Wood_Mystery
  99. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_shift
  100. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moberly-Jourdain_incident
  101. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein
  102. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_%28unsolved_Thames_murder_case%29
  103. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_put_Bella_in_the_Wych_Elm%3F
  104. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Torso_Murderer
  105. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_of_Glamis
  106. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ediacaran_biota
  107. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Holmes
  108. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loveland_Frog
  109. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariana_UFO_Incident
  110. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart
  111. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentich_Disappearance
  112. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Night_Stalker
  113. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dahlia
  114. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Kroll
  115. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_K%C3%BCrten
  116. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_de_Rais
  117. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Vacher
  118. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melonheads
  119. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper
  120. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish

The horror doesn’t stop here though. I have lots more masterposts:

masterpost of horror games

masterpost of creepy online games

masterpost of creepy websites

masterpost of gothic/horror novels (yes I link you to a PDF version of the entire book!)

masterpost to make you feel better (when all the horror is too much)

The following aren’t masterposts, but they have an abundance of information

Ways to contact the dead

Creepy meaning behind nursery rhymes

Creepiest glitch experiences

Creepy facts compilation

Compilation of horror pranks

Paranormal Science Resources

Map of monsters/ghosts/cryptids in the USA

Alien Abduction experiences

20 reasons why you should work in a coffee shop in your 20s

eve-and-eve:

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1. You will inevitably realize how horrible 80% of human are, which will crush your ignorant innocence and optimism. But in the same breath, you will realize how great those remaining 20% are!

2. It will make you stronger and stand taller.

3. You will meet someone that in some way helps…

dope-barista:

All my problems begin, and end with frappuccino roast.