faedreamer: lauramkaye: warriormaggie: cheshirealicat: mightymur: The final, brilliant word on passive voice. “She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- passive “Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- active The best learning tools for grammar inevitably involve zombies. @emotionalmorphine BRILLIANT writers take note!!!!

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Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don’t think anyone could have
made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.

J.K. Rowling

(via to-write-my-book)

What looked like morning was the beginning of endless night.

William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist (via bookhangs)

The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.

T Pynchon
(via writingdotcoffee)

10 Helpful Notes On Character Design

honhonhon: So many people have asked me for character design tips over the past couple of years. Here’s a whole list of rules I keep in mind with my own character designs. In no specific order: Simple is good. Streamline your design to its essence. The more shit you add on your character the more…

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In a time of destruction, create something.

Maxine Hong Kingston

(via promptly-written)

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

E.L. Doctorow (via the-raven-series)

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

Terry Pratchett (via writingbonesblog)

You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally.

Haruki Murakami (via promptly-written)