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  1. dyslexic-kids:

    Many of you saw this when I originally posted it a few months ago, and it was incredibly popular. However, we have a lot of new people and I thought they might want to see it, as well.  Dyslexia is often accompanied by other conditions such as ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

  2. Find Common Words in Your Writing

    hello095:

    Proofreading can be boring and reading through a dreary writing app can also be too but an easy way I find words which I use too much is to make a word cloud.

    First, you should copy your desired text into this site (or if it doesn’t work for you, try this site). Then, click the button to see it and voila! You now have an easy way to pick up on words which you use too often.

    I find this as a good starting point in writing—especially if you’re not used to too much screen time—and it can be fun too!

    Here is a word cloud I used for this post:

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  3. fantasieswriter:

    FANTASY1X1 DOES -- GUIDE TO: MEMORY LOSS

    Hey there! Kyla here and I just wanted to share my experience with writing characters with memory loss. It’s more than just “I don’t know who you are.” or “Who am I?”. Those are the small things that have a bigger meaning under them and I’m here to tell you about that. I’m not an expert at this, but I have had 5+ years of experience with characters with lost memories. I’ll also be pulling scientific stuff from things like dementia and all things that fall under it, because I believe that’s a good psychological example to help.

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  4. heathersrph:

    Because a certain BFFL of mine [zoella-rps] asked, here is a masterlist of Broadway Shows and the fabulous characters within them that could make for great plots for RP's, characters, inspiration, and whatever else! Like or reblog if this helped you!

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  5. Abduction and Kidnapping

    referenceforwriters:

    Do you have any advice for writing kidnapping? Specifically estranged parent kidnapping from parent who has custody? - livingdeadblondegirl 

    What you are referring to is abduction, not kidnapping***. What you described also has a name: Parental child abduction. Here’s the difference. (x)

    • Abduction is when someone uses deceit or force in order to take a person or a child away from their home or relatives. […]The most common cases of abduction are seen in divorce cases, where one parent is given the sole custody of a child. The person who abducts is not holding the person for profit or any monetary gain from the victim. The laws for abduction crimes vary from state to state and country to country, depending on the severity of the crime.
    • Kidnapping is taking away or forcefully transporting a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment, a confinement without legal authority.  […] Kidnapping involves taking a person from their family forcefully without their consent with the motive of holding the person as a hostage and earning a profit from their family. The kidnapping could be for a number of reasons such as getting monetary reward, or getting some sort of benefit from the person.

     Now that we know the difference, we can work on each. 

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  6. RP Resource: Writing British Characters.

    inspirant:

    Here’s a rather broad combination of UK words, phrases and sayings that one can use as a writing template for predominately English characters. I tried to lend my attention to the more obscure ones of our daily use to try and defer from the same-old, same-old. Note: I will be updating it from time to time, so you may wish to reference back at later dates.

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  7. xnotpossible:

    holnnes:

    How to Britpick your own fanfiction by an English Sherlockian who get unreasonably annoyed when people use the wrong slang

    Other useful links:

    (Of course this doesn’t just apply to Sherlock, but any British characters.) 

    I would like to add a few things.

    Firstly, it is more common to find Primary schools than Infants & Junior schools, but most Primary schools are split into Infants and Juniors internally (They’re the same school but have a separate playground for infantas and juniors, and it’s always a big deal when you go up to the juniors).
    Also, I have never heard anyone refer to the school you go to after Primary as Senior school. In my experience it’s more commonly called Secondary school or Comprehensive school (comp for short). The difference between sixth form and college is that sixth form is basically the same as comp, but in college you get way more freedom.

    We also have various bank holidays throughout the year, and it would be best for you to google them. In Wales we have Saint David’s day which is a big thing, but England doesn’t have that. There’s also Saint Patrick’s day in Ireland and I think St George’s day in England, but I’m not sure how big those two are. Also in schools there are teacher training days (more commonly called inset days) where the kids don’t go to school.

    You can also call your grandma nanna.

    Also for the love of God remember that the temperature is different. I once read a fanfic where the author literally said ‘It was a cool 85 degree summer day and so they were having a BBQ outside’. Like no. 85 degrees is bloody boiling here. No one will be outside having a BBQ. They will be inside in front of their fans. We rarely get weather this hot though. Like probably not even once a year will it go to 85 degrees.

  8. Hey Quel! How do you play a sociopathic character?

    altf4pls:

    Uuhh… :| How do I play one, or how do you play one in general? Because they’re two different things in general.

    I suppose answering the latter would be more helpful. First, figure out how your character is “sociopathic”. These type of characters don’t always need to be the “sadistic serial killer that steals your babies in the night and feeds them to demons mwahahaha she’s so evil!”

    Regard these persons not as “how evil” they could be, but first think of what “sociopathic” means. What people consider “sociopathic” actually tend to be prevalent in highly successful people:

    • a lack of shame
    • highly competitive
    • incredibly ambitious
    • muted to no empathy
    • easy liars, expert liars
    • react to extreme emotional stimuli in very stoic manner
    • very charming and charismatic
    • high intelligence
    • highly manipulative (emotionally or psychologically)
    • violent (this can be physical, but it can also be emotionally or psychologically)
    • extreme self-confidence (could be to the point of megalomania)

    Many people have these traits individually, or a select few of them. I, myself, have a lack of shame, muted empathy, I’m told I’m very charming and charismatic, I hardly respond to stimuli that would make others anxious or afraid, I have high self-confidence, and high intelligence. I have what psychology calls “primary psychopathic traits”; the affective aspects of psychopathy. There’s also the “secondary psychopathic traits”, which is, in fact, not psychopathy, but ASPD. These concern mostly a lack of socially rewarded behaviour.

    Now, the “primary” part is nature, whereas the “secondary” is nurture. You can have “primary” traits, but that doesn’t mean you turn out to be a ruthless killer that stomps on bunnies for fun. It’s undoubtedly that you’ll note a person with “primary” traits in your life, but it takes two pieces of the puzzle to turn a person into the “sociopathic character of tales and fantasies”. A Hannibal Lecter, if you were, if I had to name someone most everyone is familiar with.

    So how do you play a “sociopathic” character? It depends on what route you want to go. Do you want this to be an overall good person - or as good as they can be - or an overall bad person? If they’re a “bad” person, do they want to change it? Do they not care? Do they revel in it? If they’re a “good” person, what is it about them that makes them good, despite perhaps their “primary” traits? Do they recognise their lack of empathy and try to make up for it by rational sympathy (not caring from the heart, but caring from the mind, not “feeling” it, but doing it anyway because it’s a good thing to do)? Do they isolate themselves from other people, or do they try to reach out to people? How do they cope with their inability to really connect with people, or do they have people they have connected with emotionally?

    There’s really no simple answer. A person with “primary” and/or “secondary” traits can be just as complex as you, yourself, and maybe even moreso. There’s no one way to play a person with this brain and behavioural structure. Two people can have the same sets of traits, and still be vastly different people. What matters here is intentmotivedesire. What is your intent for this character? What is your motive, and what is your desire of it? Even better, what is their intent, or motive, or desire?

    I know you probably wanted an easy answer, but there is none. Despite myself, despite Tomo, and John, and Nikolay, I cannot tell you how to play a “sociopathic” character. Despite the fact that I, Tomo, John, and Nikolay all share so-called “primary” traits, I am not any of these characters, and these characters are nothing like one another. Four examples of how these “primary” traits work, and four different personalities altogether.

    That’s all I can really say about that.

  9. Don’t be Afraid to Take a Break

    writeydoos:

    Let’s face it, writing is hard. Like, really hard.

    Finding the right words and crafting an enjoyable, memorable story can be so damn draining. Sometimes the words just aren’t there. Sometimes you’re tired or stressed or just not feeling it. Sometimes you just need a fucking break.

    I don’t know about you, but I was scared of breaks for a long time. So many people had told me I should be making time for my writing, no matter what. Got writer’s block? Write anyway. Don’t like the words you’re typing? Write anyway. Feeling stressed? Write anyway.

    I felt like I should always put my writing first. If I wasn’t writing, I was wasting time and would probably turn out to be a failure. And it got to the point where writing wasn’t much fun anymore because it was just so damn stressful.

    I’d let myself turn it into an obligation.

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    Don’t let your passion become a chore. Write because you love it, not because you’re trying to fulfill some phantom obligation.

    If you aren’t feeling up to writing today, don’t. If tomorrow shows up and you still aren’t feeling it, that’s perfectly fine. Take as much time as you need.

    Don’t be afraid of breaks.

    Breaks aren’t a bad thing. You aren’t wasting time. You’re taking care of yourself and that is nothing to be ashamed of. So, play some video games. Watch a movie. Spend a few hours looking at funny cat videos. Whatever relaxes you.

    Because writing isn’t an obligation. It isn’t a chore. You won’t get into any trouble if you don’t write for a few days. You aren’t going to end up as a failure.

    Take care of yourself and take a break.

    Happy writing, lovelies

  10. Story Showing Versus Story Telling

    thewrittenwanderer:

    You’ve all heard it before:  Show, don’t tell.

    It’s tough, though—tougher than it needs to be.  I mean, what do all the so-called writing gurus even mean when they say that?  Isn’t writing synonymous with story telling?

    Well, in a sense.  Let’s try to break it down.  To begin, the importance of showing and not telling again lies in the No. 1 Law Of Writing which states that Your Readers Are Not Dummies.  I mean, let’s be real.  If I tell you

    "Sylvia was sad that morning,"

    your response will probably be along the lines of, “Yeah, so what?”  Sure, it sucks butt that she’s sad, but by telling your readers this, you’re denying them their own feelings.  Humans are special because we have abstract thought.  We have these funny little symbols called “letters” that form weird shapes and generally have nothing whatsoever to do with anything, but yet they can trigger recognition and memories as if we were actually experiencing what’s written.   

    When I write the word “sad,” you can probably recognize the term.  You realize that poor ol’ Sylvia is feeling a bit blue.  But let me show you this sentence:

    "That morning, Sylvia didn’t want to open her eyes.  She didn’t want the light of day to come pecking through her window, and she didn’t want to bear a glance at her worried mother.  At that moment, as she bit her lip hard and pulled her knees close, all she wanted do was feel the hot tears at the corners of her eyes and wonder, God—just wonder—how many more heartbeats she would have to count before life released her from the world entire."

    What’d you get out of that?  Notice that I didn’t use any terms such as sad, depressed, or killjoy.  (Fun side note:  If you look up synonyms for “party pooper,” at dictionary.com, it gives you “Prophet of Doom” in related terms.  Geesh, who needs depression when you can be the friggin’ Prophet of Doom?!)

    Anyway.  Nope, I didn’t tell you that Sylvia was sad, or even a Prophet of Doom.  But did you feel it anyway?  By describing Sylvia’s feelings rather than just blurting them out, I think it creates an even stronger image of her character.  It makes her a bit more human—after all, when you’re feeling so terribly ecstatic, your brain doesn’t give you flashing message that says, YOU ARE HAPPY, YOU LUMP OF MEAT.  No!  You feel instead.  You might smile without reason.  Your stomach may flutter.  But no words can pinpoint it exactly.  By describing a character’s feelings, you’re letting your reader feel them, too.  They might associate certain words with certain feelings, but they also associate actions and habits with feelings too—and chances are, those small actions will hit them harder than a single, confining word.

    What do you think?  When you’re reading, do you think it’s better to know that the main character is sad, or that she has a strange buzz in the back of her throat and that she’s afraid to speak because of it?  What’s showing versus telling to you?

  11. vinylhunts:

    #830 small/medium and high quality gifs of Zendaya Coleman can be downloaded here. The gifs are what I deem usable for a typical gif chat, so little to no text gifs have been included. A huge shoutout to the creators of these gifs, I couldn’t have done this without you. Please make sure you like/reblog this post if you found it useful and have a fabulous day, happy roleplaying!

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  12. Stereotyping Tropes List (TVTropes)

    writingwithcolor:

    A masterpost of the Stereotyping Tropes from TVtropes.org. This list is identical to the one linked above, save the addition of Indigenous peoples, which was added. Check for the titles with links, as it leads to more pages of tropes.
    For an assortment of other related tropes, some not mentioned here, see “Race Tropes" as well as "Prejudice Tropes.”
    Advice on handling characters that lean towards harmful portrayals can be found in the tropes & stereotypes tags at writingwithcolor.

    General

    Africans

    African Americans/Black

    Americans

    Arabs

    Asians

    Australians

    Brits

    Canadians

    Chinese

    Dutch

    Eastern Europeans

    Europeans

    French

    Germans

    Indians

    Indigenous

    Irish

    Israel

    Italians

    Japanese

    Jewish

    Latin Americans

    Nordic Countries

    Russians

    Scots

    Spaniards

  13. How do I tell an RP that asked to affiliate with mine that I don't want to affiliate with them because they're white washing disney characters that are POC. Is it wrong if I just ignore their ask?

    rpchew:

    i haven’t checked my inbox in a few days, so apologies if this was delayed. 

    Ignoring the ask would send a message, an ambiguous one. If you ignore it, they might think you’re not interested, and they’ll go away. Or they might message you again, and that might be annoying and not solve the problem in the first place. 

    You should reply, and it would be a good idea to give a reason. It’s up to you, in your context and environment, to deem what kind of a response to give, how blatant you want to be and how deep you want to go. 

    "We’re not interested in affiliating right now." 

    "We’re not interested in affiliating with your roleplay because we seem to have different priorities." 

    "We’re not interested in affiliating with your roleplay as we don’t appreciate your whitewashing of Disney characters." 

    It’s perfectly fine just to go, “we’re not interested” without reason, because affiliations must be mutual. If one party doesn’t wish for it, then it’s nothing. 

    It would also be a good idea to help them, while you have the opportunity. You’ll have to assume they’re ignorant, and if even they aren’t and fully aware, guide them towards a better place. These people are trying to get affiliations for a reason—promotion—and having whitewashed characters doesn’t give a good image. 

    "Here are some resources and if you take these ideas into consideration and improve your roleplay’s representation and accuracy, we might consider affiliation." 

    Talking of links, here’s a few resources I would personally recommend.

    TL;DR: It isn’t wrong to ignore their ask. It’ll save you future trouble if you don’t ignore it though. If repercussions do occur because of saying no, blocking them is always an option. 

    I hoped that helped! If you need further help, just message me off anonymous because I could help you better with more context in private. 

  14. cassieofrph:

    cassieofrph presents: MARK RUFFALO RP FC PACK. Here you will find a ZIP. file of a FC Pack of MY KING Mark Ruffalo, not requested by anyone, but I thought I’d share what I have collected for indie and group roleplay purposes.

        AGE: Forty-Six
        ETHNICITY: Italian, French-Canadian
        APPEARANCE: Dark hair, (sometimes salt & pepper) stocky, brown eyes

    This pack contains, in separate named folders;

    • #402 HQ GIFs of Mark Ruffalo both acting & as himself
    • #86 HQ GIF Icons, sized 100x100, of Mark Ruffalo acting
    • #9 Images, various sizes
    • #864 RP Icons +#98 of The Hulk, sized 100x100
    Please like/reblog if you found this helpful. You’re lovely ❀ MF