Advice: Fixing a Plot-less Novel
Anonymous asked: I had this idea for a novel, with characters and a few scenes here and there but no well developed plot, i don’t know what happens in between. At first i was full of inspiration for the story, but after a while it died away and now i just don’t no what to do with the idea. I like it very much, but everything i write about it just comes out empty and passionless. It’s like the idea is spilled in a mess all over the place. I even get dizzy everytime i try to focus on it. What can i do ?
It sounds like you need to take a step back from the writing stage, and focus on figuring out your plot and story structure.
Here are some posts I did with links to articles that will help you get everything sorted out:
Figuring Out a Plot
How to Develop a Plot
Plot and Story Structure
Once you have your plot and story structure figured out, you should consider doing an outline, scene cards, or a timeline of your story’s events. These will be valuable in helping to keep your story on track as you write.
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How to draw folds
Notes on how to draw folds back when I was teaching manga classes back in 2006. From the book “Drawing people” by Barbara Bradley.
This book has a very detailed description of 6 types of commonly seen folds and I think is one of the most educational resource on how to draw folds(Besides Vilppu and Bridgeman).
Masterpost of Tips and Inspiration for Horror Writers
This isn’t a comprehensive list - only the ones I actually found helpful and worth the time it took to read them. None of the original posts are mine; I just collected them. Feel free to send me other links if you find any and want me to add them.
The bare bones: horror writing tips
- how do I start writing horror fiction?
- what makes horror horrifying?
- the seeds of horror
- 25 things you should know about writing horror
- 13 tips for writing horror fiction
- 5 elements of a good horror story
- 20 tips for writing the perfect horror short story
- creating an environment for a horror story
- getting the best out of your bad guys
- leaving your monster in the closet
- plot and character in horror fiction
- horror plot cliches and top 5 overused horror settings
- how to write horror
- classic structure of the horror novel
- generic horror vs. innovative horror
- 8 ways to pile on the fear in your horror fiction
- what makes for a great thriller?
Genre tips (only listen to these if you care more about your audience than being a literary writer)
- the line between horror and dark fantasy
- what today’s readers want and what today’s readers don’t want
- horror subgenres
Not horror-specific, but helpful nonetheless
- 25 ways to fuck with your characters
- 25 steps to edit the unmerciful suck out of your story
- 5 ways to make your novel hopelessly addictive
Prompts and inspiration, in case you’re stuck on your plot or need motivation for a scene
Anonymous asked: i would be so happy if you could tell me what tools in paint tool sai you use and settings ;A; i'm so sorry to ask its just your line work is so amazing and your coloring, ugh I love it! thank you for your time ;u;
The only thing I really use in sai is this:
Also, thank you so much! ; u ; <3 Hope you enjoy the brush!
"Guide to Writing Science Fiction"
- Alien Invasion: Involves aliens who invade Earth (usually).
- Alternate History: Just as the name suggests, this genre deals with alternate histories. This can include traveling back in time, changing something, and returning to the changed future (such as Back to the Future).
- Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic: This genre deals with the “end of the world” or what happens after such an event.
- Artificial Intelligence: Involves artificial intelligence, usually one that becomes more “human”.
- Astronaut: Deals with astronauts, often those who run into aliens or other disasters in space. The characters often die or disappear.
- Biopunk: This genre is about altering genetics and DNA. These stories often take place in the near-future in which humans have been altered or in which human experimentation is common.
- Cyberpunk: Involves a cyberworld or A.I. and is often set in the near-future. Blade Runner is a good example.
- Detective: A cross-over between detective fiction and science fiction.
- Dystopian: Dystopians are often “false utopians”, but underneath there is suffering.
- Environmental: This genre focuses on the environment and threats against it.
- Generation Ship: In which a society lives entirely on a ship and has been there for generations. They often know nothing of outside worlds. The ship in Wall-E is an example.
- Gothic Sci-fi: Science fiction with a horror element. Think Frankenstein.
- Hard Sci-fi: This genre pays special attention to scientific detail and accuracy.
- Humor: This genre is light and humorous.
- Kaiju: This is a Japanese sub-genre that involves a large monster as the antagonist.
- Lost Worlds: As the name suggests, this genre has lost worlds or mysterious places. Lost is a prime example.
- Military Sci-fi: Self-explanatory. Deals with war and military elements in a science fiction setting.
- Multiverse: Involves many universes.
- Robot: Involves robots as the main focus of the story.
- Soft Sci-fi: This sub-genre does not put too much emphasis on scientific accuracy or detail.
- Space Opera: Features adventures in space, such as Star Wars.
- Steampunk: Involves Victorian-like settings with high technology.
- Superhuman: Involves making humans superhuman or giving them extra abilities.
- Time Travel: Self-explanatory.
- Utopian: The opposite of dystopian, though characters may still see problems with this type of society. Utopians are ideal societies.
- Western Sci-fi: Science fiction with Western elements (as in the Wild West). An example is Firefly.
- Hard Sci-fi: 90k - 100k
- Space Opera: 90k - 120k
- General: 80k - 115k
- Middle Grade Sci-fi: 30k - 75k
- Most sci-fi takes place in the future or the near-future. Where does yours take place? Why does it take place in that time period? Once you know when it takes place, figure out the society. You’ll need to know how society got to that point and why. Was there a war? Did one country become two because of that?
- Other than the time period you’ll need the actual setting. Does it take place in space? On a planet? Where on that planet? Or does the setting change because of travel?
- The less you know about science, the softer your sci-fi will be. Take what subject you know most about (biology, chemistry, ecology, etc.) and use that for most of the science stuff, as long as your confident in your knowledge. However, keep it general and broad.
- Technology advances more and more each day, much more than it did one hundred years ago. Establish the technology of your world and how quickly it evolves. Decide what is common place and what is rather new. Do only certain people get certain technologies? Why?
- With more advances in science comes better medicine and probably longer life. Think about how long your characters are likely to live and establish what medicines are available (like if there is a cure for cancer or if certain diseases have been completely wiped out).
- Are We Going Somewhere Nice?
- Time, Distance, and Cost in Science Fiction
- Making Believable Future Technologies
- Magic and Science Fiction
- Time and Holidays
- Axial Tilt
- The Edge of Thought
- Putting the Science in Your Science Fiction
- How to be Memorably Wrong in Science Fiction
- Putting Your Stars in Their Places
- Animals in Science Fiction
- Ten Laws of Good Science Fiction
- Writing Science Fiction Articles
- How to Write Science Fiction
- 5 Tips for Writing Science Fiction
- World Building Links
- World Building in Science Fiction
- World Building for Sci Fi
- How to Write Good Science Fiction
- How to Write Science Fiction
Behold: Work stages for an early page from September 25’s new Empowered one-shot, Nine Beers with Ninjette, featuring beautiful work by acclaimed guest artist Takeshi Miyazawa: http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/23-899/Empowered-Special-Nine-Beers-with-Ninjette
"Kick back and have a cold one with hearty-partying Ninjette, Empowered’s Best Friend Forever, as she weaves a boozy yet poignant tale of ninja magic, complete with fighting, flirting, and swing-dancing with the Maidman—not to mention the outwitting of ’Jette’s monstrous thug of a father. Drink up!"
In order, the stages are: Takeshi’s initial pencils; finished inks; screen-toned inks (note that the top of the page is a “bleed”, meaning that the art extends all the way to the edge of the printed page); my crudely marked-up lettering guide, using a jpeg of the inks; and the final version, featuring ace letterer Susie Lee’s caption and word balloons. Wheeee!