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Anonymous whispered:

So I am only 14 years old and I don't have that much experience to supply my writing. I hang out with mostly girls but in the story I'm attempting to write the main character has a lot of guy friends and she a junior and I was just wondering if you or any of your followers could supply some information on how juniors in high school (especially guys) act or something around those lines. lol sorry if this doesn't make sense I just really need help building my characters.

Well, at 14 I was in high school, so I am assuming you’re in high school as of now. My suggestion to you: people watch. It’s a great way to see how people interact in a public setting. You don’t have to be obvious about it, but if your school has some events or rallies that separate by class rank, then those would be good for you to go to.

As for writing a character with a lot of guy friends… it’s the same as writing a character with a lot of girlfriends. Questions to ask yourself:

  • Why are they friends?
  • What interests do they share?
  • Are they close friends? Or really more like acquaintances? 
  • Why does your female character feel more comfortable around guys? Does she like the attention? (Remember, characters need flaws, so this would be a perfectly good explanation.) Did it just happen that way because of interests? Did they grow up together? 

As long as you write your characters as people and not their gender, you’ll be okay. People first, interactions first, and gender doesn’t have to play a role in everything.

Followers?

-H

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Anonymous whispered:

Would self-harm or depression be good topics for a memoir?

Honestly, I think as long as you’re honest about what you’re writing about and actually write what had happened to you, I think that any event in life can be a good topic for a memoir.

-H

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Anonymous whispered:

What is the difference between a Drabble and a Oneshot?

From what I understand and was explained to me by my rp friends (correct me, followers, if I am wrong):

Drabbles are generally just bits and pieces of a stories that have an exact 100-word requirement, but one-shots is a self-contained story that is written in one try (or, well, shot). 

Here is a forum-link on drabbles. 

Hope that helps! 

-H

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Female Characters: A No-Win Situation

Female character: I love him!
Audience: Ugh, she's so annoying. All she does is think about him. She's such a weak character/mary sue/dependent/needy chick. I hope they get rid of her.
Female character: I hate him!
Audience: Wow, she's so heartless. After all he's done for her. She's such a bitch/diva/ice queen. I hope they get rid of her.
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Come join an awesome community of roleplayers! 

New bios are going to be posted throughout the next week, and we’d love to have you!

Link to main roleplay

-H

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Anonymous whispered:

Hello. I have a question that concerns writing an essay. Is it fine if one uses multiple examples in one body paragraph? I want to write the examples after the 1st one in different paragraphs but IDK how to do it smoothly; I'm having trouble writing the topic sentences. Thanks!

What you need are transitional words and phrases. There are so many of them that can help you out, that it’s impossible to know which one fits your situation! It really is circumstantial to what you are writing about or on. 

Here is a link for a page filled with transitional words and phrases.(That ENTIRE link is just absolutely fantastic.)

For your need of using multiple examples in one body paragraph, go to the Examples/Support/Emphasis section.

Here is a FANTASTIC page of how to use transitions and make it also read well with examples and explanations. 

And here is one more helpful little page of transitions from UCSB. 

Hopefully this all helps you out! If it doesn’t, shoot us another ask and I’ll go into more detail. :)

-H

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bex656 whispered:

Hey would you follow the tumblr blog A Writer's Death? My friend wants to touch some lives before she is taken from life. A promo or anything would help her fulfill her dream of being a writer with the time she has left. Thank you!

Yeah I’ll search her xxxx

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Crime Scene Practice (UK)

twh-forensics:

twh-forensics:

It is worth noting that unlike the US, the UK’s forensics laboratories are part of the private sector since 2010. To quote Douglas Adams; “This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”

So, how does a crime scene work?

Not like on the telly box with that…

Bringing this back around for anyone that missed it!

-C

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Anonymous whispered:

Can you give me tips on writing about electrocution?

klariza-helps:

Note: I had to sit through a 45 minute electrocution lecture courtesy of a teacher I asked about the history of electrocution. See how I love you?

Anyway, sure thing! I was going to just give you a paragraph on writing it, but then one thing led to another, and I decided to go ahead and write a small guide on electrocution and electric shock, as I couldn’t find a tumblr based one myself. (If all you really care about is writing it, just scroll down to the end of the post.)

Let’s start out with what electrocution is and basic information about it.

Know the difference between electrocution and electric shock. (I’m bringing this up because people often confuse electrocution and electric shock.) The basic difference is that one kills you, and the other doesn’t.

  • Electrocution - “death caused by electric shock, either accidental or deliberate. The word is derived from “electro” and “execution”, but it is also used for accidental death.”
  • Electric shock - “a sudden discharge of electricity through a part of the body.” (non-deadly)

Current is what kills in electrocution. The current level is determined by the applied voltage and the resistance of the material (i.e., your body) that the current is flowing through. Depending on the individual, the resistance of dry skin is usually between 1,000 -100,000 W.

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(image courtesy of my digital electronics teacher)

POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING?: If you’re interested, take a look at this post. It shows a dead body after electrocution

Most electrocutions are done accidentally. It’s actually rather rare that you are electrocuted on purpose. In fact, electrocution in general isn’t all that commonplace. One count that I found expressed electrocution with a lifetime odd of 1-in-5,000 for Americans. (I’m almost sure that the website was referring to a high current electric shock, but I’ll let it slide.) I don’t know what sort of situation your character is in, but keep this in mind when writing.

  • Electric Shocks

An electric shock is usually painful. A small shock from static electricity may contain thousands of volts but has very little current behind it due to high internal resistance.

Their danger levels depend on:

  • The amount of current flowing through the body.
  • The path of the current through the body.
  • The length of time the body is in the circuit.
  • The voltage.
  • The presence of moisture.
  • The phase of the heart cycle when the electric shock occurs.
  • The health of the person before the occurance.

Shock effects include:

  • Psychological
  • Burns
  • Neurological

Fun fact: electric shocks are used in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). General anesthesia and a muscle relaxant ensured that the patient doesn’t feel a thing, even though enough electricity to light a room for one second passes through their brain. Patients do, however, experience (typically) temporary memory loss. ECT is known to be used on severely depressed patients or patients with boipolar disorder. (x) 

  • Electric Chair:

Alright, so I’ll start off with some early history on the electric chair, because who doesn’t love background information?

New York built the first electric chair in 1888 (figures). (William Kemmler was the first to be executed in 1890.) Others began to adopt this method, though it is not the sole method of execution in any state today as it was then. (The electric chair remained the only method in Nebraska until February of 2008.)

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(1890, used to kill Kemmler)

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(2005)

What happens in the process, you ask?

Well, the person is usually shaved and strapped to a chair with belts. The belts cross the prisoner’s chest, groin, arms, and legs. A metal electrode is attached to the scalp and forehead, over a sponge that has been moistened with saline (it can’t be too wet or too dry). An additional electrode is moistened with Electro-Crème and attached to a part of the prisoner’s leg. The prisoner is blindfolded, and the execution team leaves the room. The warden tells the executioner when to pull the handle to connect the power supply. A current jolt of 500 to 2000 volts for about 30 seconds is given, but this varies from case to case. (Robert Gleason Jr. received 1,800 volts at 7.5 amps at TWO 90-second cycles.) The body relaxes when the current is turned off. The doctors wait momentarily, and then go check to see if the heart is still beating; if it is, another jolt of electricity is given, and this continues until the doctors can officially proclaim that the heart is not beating. (Multiple physicians check this.)

Give me gross specifics on what goes on, maybe?

The prisoner’s hands usually grip the chair. They may violently move their limbs, causing dislocation or fractures. Their tissues swell. Defecation occurs. Steam/smoke rises, and the smell of burning is in the air. At postmortem, the body is hot enough to blister if it is touched. An autopsy has to be delayed so that the internal organs can cool. Third degree burns with blackening are present where the electrodes met the scalp and legs.

Quotes! I want quotes on what happened, I command you to give me quotes!

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan had this to say about execution by electric chair: “…the prisoner’s eyeballs sometimes pop out and rest on [his] cheeks. The prisoner often defecates, urinates, and vomits blood and drool. The body turns bright red as its temperature rises, and the prisoner’s flesh swells and his skin stretches to the point of breaking. Sometimes the prisoner catches fire….Witnesses hear a loud and sustained sound like bacon frying, and the sickly sweet smell of burning flesh permeates the chamber.

I wanted to talk a bit about botched executions as well. 

  • William Vandiver- He was still breathing after an initial surge of 2,300 volts. The execution took a total of 17 minutes and five jolts of electricity.
  • Wilbert Lee Evans - When hit with the first jolt, blood spewed from the right side of the mask on his face, covering his shirt with blood and a sizzling sound could be heard as blood dripped from his lips. Evans moaned continuously until a second jolt of electricity was applied. 
  • Pedro Medina - Foot-high flames shot from the headpiece during the execution. The execution chamber was filled with a stench of thick smoke. It gagged the two dozen official witnesses. An official flipped a switch to cut off the power to end (early) the two-minute cycle of 2,000 volts. Medina’s chest continued to heave until he died after the flames went out.

Gruesome? Definitely.

  • How do you apply all of this in your writing?

Take the information I have given you in stride. Understand what electrocution and electric shock are. Know your character. Some people are scared of death, some aren’t. Know how your character would react in such a situation when they’re face to face with the person who, with the pull of a switch, will send a lethal amount of current running through their body. 

On an ending note, I highly recommend you READ THIS ESSAY. Not only does it send goosebumps down my arm every time I read it, it will help you understand the psychological aspect of electrocution as well. 

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cleverhelp:

So throw away your prodigal sons; They probably spent all of your money, anyway!

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Anonymous whispered:

How do I describe someone as goodlooking? It's actually very important that the character is handsome as this is crucial for the plotline. So I tried to describe him from different perspectives from characters to make him more 'human' but how would I really give the thought of someone being goodlooking without saying like, "omg he's so hot"? Thanks in advance!

The simplest way to do this is to probably just state that your character is good-looking.  Beauty is an abstract and subjective concept, therefore different people will have different opinions on what makes something beautiful.  But if your narrator states “He was beautiful.” it’s much easier for the reader to accept that as a fact as opposed to you describing the character and leaving it up to your reader to judge him as beautiful.  Since you say that your character’s physical attractiveness is crucial to your plot, then it isn’t really something up for debate.  Having your reader judge the character’s attractiveness based on a description when you clearly want them to see him as handsome feels a bit manipulative.

But then I’m not a fan of the extensive description of a character’s physicality so I am telling you how would do it. If you really want to describe your character’s physical attributes, you can convey attractiveness through the tone of the description and the images you use.

For example: 

"His eyes were green. But not just.  Poets would have summoned emeralds and the leaves of spring but those things would never be true to how green his eyes were."

Compared to:

"His eyes were green. Green like the fake booger toys prepubescent boys used to taunt perfectly innocent little girls. It was flat green. Disgusting green. ‘I’d-rather-not-touch-that’ green."

Both paragraphs describe green eyes but see the difference imagery and tone make?  And while there is an argument to be made about the narrator’s biases, if other characters corroborate the narrator’s conclusion then you’re pretty much okay.

I hope this helps.

- A

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Anonymous whispered:

I was wondering if you had any type of information on age progression with children as how would a four year old act what type of characteristics would he or she have

writeworld:

We are not a child psychology blog (or else we’re a stupendously bad child psychology blog). It is with heavy hearts, therefore, that we must admit that we do not have many (any) in-house resources for the developmental stages of tiny humans. We do, however, have links! 

I highly recommend the book The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types by Linda N. Edelstein for basic profiles of children in various social and psychological situations from the need-to-know perspective of a writer. 

Other than that, here are some resources for writing four(ish) year olds:

And here are some general resources on writing children:

Also, I bet there are some parents out there on Tumblr who may be willing resources for you, anon. If you’d like to be a resource for this anon on four year olds, please reply to this post. Please do not send us a message with your interest. (It’s much easier for us and for the anon and for everyone, really, if you just reply directly to the post.)

If anyone else has any resources they think would go nicely with this list, please send them along!

Thank you for… wondering…! 

-C

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Anonymous whispered:

I saw an ask about how to write characters with relationships that the author hasn't experienced eg. someone with a single mother writing a character with a father, but I have the opposite problem. I grew up with both of my parents but I'm trying to write a character that never knew his father. Any suggestions?

Do some research perhaps? Talk to people who have had this experience, this will probably help you. 

Is there anyone who is willing to be asked questions about this? 

-S

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Anonymous whispered:

How to start out a story?

There is no one way to start out a story. You really just have to figure out what you want to write and well… write it.

-H

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Anonymous whispered:

People say to read Anton Chekhov to get an understanding of how to write short stories. I have a book of his collected works, he's immensely talented, yet sometimes the stories range from interesting to boring in my view. I even find myself struggling to finish a story, since I start to lose interest in what's going on. I'm beating myself up because I don't fully grasp or catch onto the underlying meanings. How can I be a writer if I'm not quick on understanding another writer's work fully?

There are so many different kinds of writing out there, and everything isn’t meant for everybody. Everyone writes differently and, likewise, everyone reads differently. If Chekhov isn’t your speed then find someone else. I’ve always been told to find a writing style you admire, and read that. Of course writers should always try to branch out and read more than just their favorites, but that doesn’t mean you absolutely have to read everything by one person. Classics are classics for a reason, but not all classics are exciting or attention grabbing. Read what you want, and read what you can. You’ll pick up writing habits that you like from whoever or whatever you read.

Happy Writing,

-B

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